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@tigerap said in Esan Marsters:

What a fall from Grace since he left us…

listed as a reserve for the Cowgirls with Connelly Leumelu (who struggled to make Canterbury Cup) listed to play centre…

Also we went hard for Zane Tetevano, he ended up with the Riff, he too is a reserve…

Some big named and highly paid players are struggling in 2020

Corey Thompson is reserve for the Titans despite the tears that were shed here when he left.

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Our pack has been owned by Knights and Warriors. Still excited?
I’d like to see it boosted. Lose ET, McQueen, and either Eisenhuth or Clark and get some new blood including a big experienced front rower like James Tamou.

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@iofthetigers said in A crucial period for Madge...:

@rozelle_rudy said in [A crucial period for Madge...](/post/120r likely to replace him.

I think Madge will be here for the long haul, I don’t think there has been a team that has been hit as hard as the Tigers have been during Covid, when you take into account our recruitment & how much we have invested in youth.

I don’t get your comment about Covid hitting Tigers hardest because we’ve invested in youth. Why? Because they can’t go out socially and court trouble?

posted in General Rugby League read more

My memory goes further back. Way back to the mid 60s, when Eastern Suburbs were the worst side in the NSWRL. I think it was 1966, a year or so before they got Jack Gibson in, that they didn’t get a single win. No competition points, not a sausage. And getting walloped by cricket scores.

After one heavy loss, the coach threatened to make them do laps of the training oval for every point they got beat by. And true to his word, after the next loss, they had to jog 30 or so laps.

Next game after that was on a muddy track. At half time they were down 20-0. As the muddy players dropped back to the shed, the coach noticed one of the forwards had a relatively clean shirt.
Hey you! coach exclaimed. You didn’t have a go out there, did you? Look how clean you are. What are you doing?

Savin’ meself for trainin’ replied the player.

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Madge for better or worse. Even if we finish 13th this year - more than possible - even if we’re not much better next year, there’s no point in the club moving Madge on early. There’s no one better likely to replace him.

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@Flash089 said in The Halves:

1.Mbye
2. Nofa
3. BJ
4. Talau
5. Apisau
6. Reynolds
7. Madden
8. Packer
9. Liddle
10.Twal
11. Luci
12. Lawrence
13. Huth
14. Clark
15. Garner
16. Blore
17. McIntyre
It’s a risk but it’s the only combo we haven’t tried.

I’d try Doueihi in the halves before bringing Madden in. Look at Madden, Simpkin and maybe other development players in the last couple of rounds.
No Benji or Lawrence, they won’t or shouldn’t be here in 2021. From now on stick with those who probably will be.
1.Mbye
2. Nofa
3. BJ
4. Talau
5. Apisau
6. Doueihi
7. Benji
8. Packer
9. Liddle
10.Twal
11. Luci
12. Garner
13. Huth
14. Reynolds
15. Mikaele
16. Blore
17. McIntyre

posted in Contracts read more

Hopefully we could have a better roster with what I estimate would be about $2M in salary cap freed up if we cut Benji, Rowdy, McQueen, ET, Jennings and either Clark or Eisenhuth loose. Add in the $350k our cap was penalised this year for the Pascoe fine. Add in about $800k if we can get someone to take Reynolds and Packer while we pay half their salaries.
That’s a tidy war chest. There are some good players off contract or wishing to leave clubs. We’ll be competing with Warriors, Manly and others for them though.

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I have to disagree with the praise for the pack. Luciano Leilua, Twal and Aloiai are decent. We need a new bunch around them. Garner, if he learns defence. Mikaele, if he gets his 2019 form back. Musgrave, Blore, McIntyre if they continue to show early promise. Stefano next year, who knows?
But Eisenhuth, Packer, McQueen, Taylor, Lawrence, Packer, Clark, Seyfarth. Hasbeens or probably never will be…
New big young mongrel forwards desperately needed.

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@Earl said in A crucial period for Madge...:

@Hangonaminute said in A crucial period for Madge...:

Aloiai

He’s good. We just need at least 4 better forwards who around him. Packer, Lawrence, Clark, Taylor, Eisenhuth, McQueen, even Mikaele. We just need better than that lot.