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@Sabre said in JAC:

@tony-soprano said in JAC:

https://twitter.com/telegraph_sport/status/1322831679732424704?s=21

“Just when we thought Josh Addo-Carr was locked in to join
@WestsTigers, the race has been thrown wide open.”

-From the same mob that had him signing with the Bulldogs all of last week.

It also says sources close to Addo-Carr flatly denied the rumour. I think this one is a case of what will be, will be.

Melbourne are within their rights to ask for a like for like replacement, but honestly, if you are going to release on compassionate grounds, it should be unconditional.

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I’ll go a little bit against the grain here.

I would sign him on minimum contract for another year (100K-150K)

The main issues with him are defence and the odd miracle play that doesn’t come off.

The upside is 15 try assists and 14 line break assists this season.

Jimmy Maloney, Darren Lockyer, Thurston were not great defenders either. Their clubs found ways to hide them.

For one more year and while our cap straightens out, I would have him there. Just my 2 cents

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@twentyforty said in Becoming a development club:

@frullens said in Becoming a development club:

Gus Gould always says that the best clubs at the top of the ladder develop their own talent. And says the clubs at the bottom who try to buy their way up the ladder will never succeed.

Tim Sheens always said that too. It must be common knowledge in all clubs.
It’s also a part of the Australian culture to be impatient for success. A coach doesn’t have much time to prove himself, and a player needs to go places very quickly. But the club has no such constraints and therefore should not allow this urgency to create panic. The club appears to lack the high level of continuity in management systems and goals which lead to success. The club may even lack the ability to identify its own shortcomings?
Difficult to say without a detailed review of systems and procedures, but you could be forgiven for thinking that we can’t retain our developing players and we can’t recruit recruit experienced with an acceptable level of success.

It’s no accident that we had a plethora of junior talent coming through during and after Sheens.

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@cochise said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Tiger5150 said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@cochise said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@weststigers said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

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I just watched the replay of Benji’s kick again.

All he had to do was cut McIntyre to Lawrence who either goes straight through or draws Johnston and passes to Nofoaluma for the try.

We had them shot!

I don’t agree, with Chris’ speed now days the rabbits slide and contain him. They are already starting to back off and slide in the picture.

If you watch the replay again, Lawrence clearly knew it was on because he was screaming through. IMO if Benji hits Lawrence chest he would have been hard to stop and he always had Nofo.

Yeah Johnson has turned inwards so you are probably right, i am only going off the picture having not seen a replay at all, as I was at the games and was too busy cursing Benji.

The replay shows clearly - Campbell Graham is watching Benji. Lawrence has run a classic out ball line into the gap outside Graham’s shoulder and Nofa is holding the sideline which leaves Johnston in no mans land.

If Benji engages Walker and throws the cutout to Lawrence, Lawrence has 2 choices depending on what Johnston does - hit the hole with a run to the line or draw Johnston and Nofa scores.

I’m not sure where their fullback was, but I doubt he would have stopped this play if executed properly.

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I just watched the replay of Benji’s kick again.

All he had to do was cut McIntyre to Lawrence who either goes straight through or draws Johnston and passes to Nofoaluma for the try.

We had them shot!

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@CocaCola said in Signing Suggestions & Rumours:

Cody Ramsey (fullback) makes his debut for Dragons this weekend (on the wing).
Has speed, footwork & great support play. He’s only 20, so if we strike out with JAC & Staines, maybe worth keeping an eye out on his progress in the next 12 months.

If he signs a haircut clause, I’m in.

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He hasn’t had many easy ones that’s for sure. Most were under a lot of pressure too.

I reckon it’s worth 2-3 wins per season if you can go up by 6 most times. Essentially, that gets us into the 8.

I’ve been critical of Doueihi in both attack and defence.

Attack because of his speed and defence because he is out of position and misses tackles.

BUT…if he can tidy up his defence and consistently make conversions like the last 2 weeks, he becomes an infinitely more valuable player in the team and deserving of his relatively high salary against his stature in the game.

If he can’t add something to his game, he’ll have some good games and some bad games, but ultimately he becomes another kid in the NRL that never quite reached his potential.

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@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@weststigers said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@weststigers said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Strongee said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Moh said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@boonboon said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

AJ bingled 2 balls that shuld have been tries and Talau blew another try with hsi 2 on 1 pass where Gagai took the intercept. We had it all over them in that game for the last 60 minutes and should have won it easily. Put that and the Titans game down as our finals chances down the drain

Not watching closely enough - AJ only ruined the Benji pass, he just wasn’t experienced enough to be up flatter and completely wasn’t expecting it, not an excuse but purely a rookie’s mistake.

The other one from AD was ruled a forward pass 🙂

There is always the option for the guy with 17 years experience to look and see where the runner is and pass it to where he is instead of where he wished he was. Again.

Nah , he put it where it needed to be . It’s just another blown set play , if he puts it 1-2 metres behind the advantage line , where AJ was . That we 💯 AJ fault. That’s fine . He’s 20

Fair enough I can agree that AJ might have been a step behind but to me you either pass it to him or you don’t. There’s no point passing to where he should have or could have been. Even if he gets tackled because you had to hold the pass up a touch I would rather that than lose the ball.

Actually, that’s exactly what you’re meant to do…

So you’re telling me you’re meant to pass it to where a gap is even if there’s no player there to pass to? I’d say your team is going to spend a lot of time defending.

You pass in front of the player so he can run onto it. Passing directly to the player halts momentum…you are taught this as a basic skill from a young age.

AJ was too deep - the pass was fine.

I disagree. There were 2 mistakes made in the play. The first was AJ being a step behind. The second was Benji passing too far out in front of him.

Yes you pass in front of the player so he can run onto it, but not so far in front he can’t reach it. The other basic skill you teach kids from a young age is if the player isn’t there to receive the pass, hold on to the ball.

Respect your opinion, but the way I saw it was the same pass was delivered for AJ’s try…the only difference was that AJ was ready and in position.

I know what you’re saying…you think the pass wasn’t on in the first place…I think we disagree on that minor point…

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@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@weststigers said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Strongee said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Bones said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@Moh said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

@boonboon said in **live game feed** vs the Bunnies:

AJ bingled 2 balls that shuld have been tries and Talau blew another try with hsi 2 on 1 pass where Gagai took the intercept. We had it all over them in that game for the last 60 minutes and should have won it easily. Put that and the Titans game down as our finals chances down the drain

Not watching closely enough - AJ only ruined the Benji pass, he just wasn’t experienced enough to be up flatter and completely wasn’t expecting it, not an excuse but purely a rookie’s mistake.

The other one from AD was ruled a forward pass 🙂

There is always the option for the guy with 17 years experience to look and see where the runner is and pass it to where he is instead of where he wished he was. Again.

Nah , he put it where it needed to be . It’s just another blown set play , if he puts it 1-2 metres behind the advantage line , where AJ was . That we 💯 AJ fault. That’s fine . He’s 20

Fair enough I can agree that AJ might have been a step behind but to me you either pass it to him or you don’t. There’s no point passing to where he should have or could have been. Even if he gets tackled because you had to hold the pass up a touch I would rather that than lose the ball.

Actually, that’s exactly what you’re meant to do…

So you’re telling me you’re meant to pass it to where a gap is even if there’s no player there to pass to? I’d say your team is going to spend a lot of time defending.

You pass in front of the player so he can run onto it. Passing directly to the player halts momentum…you are taught this as a basic skill from a young age.

AJ was too deep - the pass was fine.

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If it makes anyone feel any better…Alex Johnson dropped the ball with the line open…we probably didn’t have the right to get so close anyway.