Ryan Garner (winger) and EJ (prop) were doing a Q&A on an Instagram page. One of the questions asked was, who are the hardest players to stop at training. Answers were: Zane Musgrove, Tom Mikaele and Mavoni Taifua.
I gotta do some reading, whos the last guy? Havent heard that name before.
I think you mean Mavoni Tuifua, JD
You’ll see him in Flegg/CC this year.
Musgrove, Mikaele, Tuifua, Seyfarth, Utoikamanu, Twal, Aloiai, EJ Toeava,
Garner, Leilua 2/3 spots left. I’m happy,
we’re building nicely, I’m very pleased.
I’ve seen him play quite a bit last year. Very scary!
I keep reading that we need some speed in the backs, we have (arguably) the second fastest man in the NRL already.
OFFICIAL SPEED TRACKER
- Josh Addo-Carr 38.5 km/h
- David Nofoaluma 36.7 km/h
- Latrell Mitchell 36.6 km/h
- Matt Dufty 36.5 km/h
- Suliasi Vunivalu 36.1 km/h
- Tautau Moga 36.0 km/h
- Ryan Papenhuyzen 35.8 km/h
- James Tedesco 35.7 km/h
- Jack Wighton 35.6 km/h
- Bailey Simonsson 35.5 km/h
- Kayln Ponga 35.5 km/h
- Blake Ferguson 35.5 km/h
- Victor Radley 35.3 km/h
- Edrick Lee 35.3 km/h
- Te Maire Martin 35.3 km/h
- James Roberts 35.2 km/h
Taken from the Daily Telegraph article last year. Shirvo also commented that Nofoaluma controlled his speed better than anyone else on the list and with some specific training had the potential to top the list. Sure, he has a few defensive issues at times but is that his fault or the team structure? Not too long ago most of us were saying that Ado-carr wasn’t fit for first grade because he had nothing to his game but speed. What changed when he got to the storm? The defensive structures managed to cover his weaknesses and let him shine. David does a lot of kick returns and dirty hit ups that would severely hinder his speed when the opportunities come but still has managed some massive run downs over the last couple of seasons. I think he is massively underrated. And he has ten times the heart of Mitchell, we dodged a bullet.
Just my two cents.
Is this average speed over a distance or top speed?
IF we get AD and JL someone from last year is going to miss out.
Will it be up-and-comer Momo? Or big earner Mbye? Thompson or Jennings? Seems like there’s no space for Reynolds either…
This isn’t necessarily my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Madge go with:
CT and Momo to miss out.
Talau next in line.
Could Talau play wing?
Big and fast. Wouldn’t look out of place.
He should play centre. JL should not be purchased because he will block Talau 's pathway as well as eat into money. We have at least one very good winger coming through without having to push Talau onto the wing to accommodate JL.
I watched Tommy at centre in a couple of his games in JF and CC and his strength attracted a number of defensive players which then allowed him to offload with great result. I agree that he would be wasted on the wing plus do we really want him to start out of position as he finds his way into the NRL as pointed out by others on this forum?
- C.T - due to experience notches Nof
Wing backup: D.N, Dylan Smith, Scolari/Wilson means the cupboard is pretty bare
Centre: Jennings, Cini.
Anybody got the list of new juniors (and posi)
I am hoping you are right Tigerboy re JAC.
That backline you have listed is basically our best case scenario at this point: JAC comes plus Abbey regains form after two knee recons (unlikely, but here’s hoping)
Re Scolari…agree he is a prospect, but he is not eligible for NRL this year?
If Scolari is not on a development contract already the club has 3 options:
Trial and train;
Development contract (but can’t play until June 30);
Top 30 (unlikely);
Would be great if they give the younger ones like he and Riszk, Wilson etc a go at the 9s to see how they perform.
A question I pose without being narky or sarcastic. If South’s have to pay some freight for Johnston or Gagai or both. Should we let spite stop us from picking up a bargain? South’s will offload them eventually, some Club will grab these guys on the cheap. Interested in you guys opinion
I’m coming around to that idea as well - i reckon we take both - AJ for 3 years and Gagai for 2. Screw Souths over for some costs and pick both up for around 800k. If Madge can get Gagai back to somewhere near his best it adds pace and a bit of class to the backline. I think our forwards will hold their own against most sides this season. Only concern really will be the no.9.
That would be great outcome for our backline provide we screw down the $s and get Rabbits to field substantial amount of the deal.
I don’t think we need to spend the dollars - there is a heap of young talent coming through that will fill the void over the next year or so. Save and spend the money where we need it. An average winger /fullback coming to the end of their careers is not going to win us a comp.