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I’m a Brooks fan. His defence has improved out of sight and he’s consistently a threat to actually win the contact against bigger second rowers. I like his running game but geez I wish he had a step that actually let him change directions at speed, rather than a stop and let the defence adjust before he can take off again. Kicking game was strong last night but he needs to improve his decision making on plays out the back. A couple of times he’s gone short when he needs to go long and vice versa, Mbye threw his hands up a few times.

All around great comeback from Esan though. Constant threat on the edge and showed plenty of character to nail the 2 from near enough to the sideline and get us in front.

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OK I’m now convinced that nobody watches the game, or notices anything other than the obvious.

I’m stunned nobody noticed Chee.

He was pretty good with the ball but had some poor misses in defence (though being inside Benji doesn’t help). I don’t think he was a net negative, but I didn’t have him in our top 3.

3. Nofoaluma
2. Twal
1. Packer

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Great cover tackle at the end on Rapana too. As said above his goal line defence is a worry, but we’ve got a couple of other props that stake their claim on defence, I’d happily give Sue another contract and trust Ivan to keep him performing when he doesn’t need a new deal.

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ET definitely looks the odd man out in the future, but that team is a few years away at best (if ever). A lot of his tackles come as third man in taking out the legs and getting the guy to the floor. He and Packer are the only reason we ever stand a chance through the middle of the field because bar Matulino, the rest of our forwards generally get beaten in contact. We’ve seen it cost us big time against the likes of Newcastle where the bigger outside backs just roll through our middle off the back of quick play the balls.

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I hope not! I like Tui, besides what do we get out of swapping him for Moses? Still paying close to 700k for Moses. Doesn’t make sense

Where does this come from? Moses asked for a release, and was granted one, the only money on our salary cap was what we had already paid him last year.
I may be wrong but that’s just my understanding of it…

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See this is what I don’t get when people pick at our team. We’ve got a fair chunk of our squad in the 1, 6 and 9, the quality just isn’t there.

1. Lolohea, Thompson, throw in Naiqama
6. Reynolds, Marshall, Gamble
9. Liddle, McIlwrick, Godinet

Benji has regressed to the mean, Tui never really got going and Liddle is playing with paper shoulders.
Brooks’ form has been great, and Corey has exceeded expectations. If Grub was fit he’d be exactly what we need in the 6 at the moment. We’re not far removed from a good spine, but it’s the quality of the depth, not the lack of options that’s killing us.

A couple of injuries to the above also didn’t help.

Still if you look at the losses, they all come from losing the ruck in the first instance. Errors come off the back of that. When we win the ruck, our spine looks pretty good. Need another prop in the rotation as Sue is a HIA risk and second rower to really compete week in week out

Agreed on the prop front, as nice as Eisenhuth and Twal are defensively, we just miss that extra impetus across the board.
As much as I hate Adam Blair, I’d swap him for Rochow in a heartbeat. We haven’t had line-speed for as long as I can remember, and we saw what Harawira-Naera and Katoa** did to Brooks all game on Thursday. Rowdy has had his moments this year but every game it seems like the opposition halves have all the time in the world, while poor Luke gets mobbed one off the ruck. Another reason to get Tui back in I guess, but our pack can go a long way towards addressing it themselves.

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Reading through a thread like this it becomes apparent that most people have given up on our club ever signing a high profile player.

I refuse to have that mentality, we are every chance with every good player off contract. This is Ivan Cleary not the last bloke.

Is this the same Ivan Cleary that has us currently with

We have had no 5/8
We have had no Fullback
We have had no Hooker

and as a direct result that is losing us games…?

See this is what I don’t get when people pick at our team. We’ve got a fair chunk of our squad in the 1, 6 and 9, the quality just isn’t there.

1. Lolohea, Thompson, throw in Naiqama
6. Reynolds, Marshall, Gamble
9. Liddle, McIlwrick, Godinet

Benji has regressed to the mean, Tui never really got going and Liddle is playing with paper shoulders.
Brooks’ form has been great, and Corey has exceeded expectations. If Grub was fit he’d be exactly what we need in the 6 at the moment. We’re not far removed from a good spine, but it’s the quality of the depth, not the lack of options that’s killing us.

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I can see Danny Levi having a similar career trajectory as Cam McInness if he finds the right team, but I don’t think that’s us, especially if he’s upset about being outperformed by a new recruit.

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Wasn’t ideal, but we have to keep in mind that Feldt is one of the best in the business at it. One mongrel bounce could have easily been two, but for the most part they were reasonably covered.

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I went with Paseka. Hard to vote for some of the bigger names that left on bad terms, and everyone knew the kid was going to be something. Left for an opportunity more than anything, but I’d love to see how Ivan could develop him with Packer, Matulino, Benji and ET around.
Definitely fills a hole in our roster too.