Wests Tigers hookers struck down by injury leading into Robbie Farah rematch

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Wests Tigers hookers struck down by injury leading into Robbie Farah rematch

Post by willow » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 11:06 am

Wests Tigers hookers struck down by injury leading into Robbie Farah rematch
FEBRUARY 14, 2017 8:54PM
Christian Nicolussi
The Daily Telegraph

LIFE after Robbie Farah is already shaping as a major headache for the Wests Tigers with two of their specialist hookers unlikely to be fit for round one — against Robbie Farah.
Matt Ballin and Jacob Liddle are battling knee and shoulder injuries respectively to be right for the opener against South Sydney, which could pave the way for journeyman Matt McIlwrick to wear Farah’s old No. 9 jersey.
Ballin is returning from a second knee reconstruction, and will not feature in Friday night’s trial against North Queensland.
Even if he were to miss the club’s season opener against Farah and Souths, Ballin said there was no use rushing back and breaking down again.

“The season is 26 rounds, or 24 games, so for me and the club, they want me there the whole year, not round one or two and then be gone again,’’ Ballin told The Daily Telegraph.
“I’m pretty much doing everything full, including contact, running, tackling and passing.
“I want to play now, I’d love to play in Friday’s trial, but common sense prevails, and they (the Tigers medical staff) say this is our protocol, and they know what they’re doing.’’
The chance to go head to head with his Tigers predecessor Farah will not motivate Ballin to return any sooner.

Ballin arrived from Manly just over 12 months ago, but broke down in his second game with another serious knee injury.
Liddle, the 20-year-old seen as 33-year-old Ballin’s understudy, fell awkwardly in a tackle during training earlier this month, and has not been able to complete contact work since.
He is unsure when he will return to full training let alone play.

McIlwrick said he would be up for the challenge if given the starting gig against Farah.
He was one of the last hookers to play against Farah when he was punted to NSW Cup and featured in some emotional scenes at Leichhardt Oval.
Coach Jason Taylor also has the option of Jack Littlejohn at hooker, while Elijah Taylor also slotted into dummy-half last season.
McIlwrick will get more game time against the Cowboys on Friday.
“I’ve been fortunate to get through the whole pre-season, and that’s all I can ask. If the opportunity comes my way, I’ll take it with both hands,’’ McIlwrick said.
“I played against Robbie when he came back to reserve grade. He’ll be up for the challenge and will want to make a statement.’’
Farah played his first game for Souths at Campbelltown Sports Stadium last Saturday night, and will round out his pre-season in Sunday’s Charity Shield.


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Post by Tiger Watto » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 11:17 am

Fire Up Matt... The Stage is yours!
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Post by Cultured Bogan » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 11:18 am

Hope the club is just foxing with Ballin.
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Post by bp tiger » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 11:22 am

what a load of rubbish, if ballin is not ready now, 2-3 more weeks will not make a whole lot of difference, just another JT stuff up, we should never have bought him.

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Post by Muffstar » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 11:36 am

bp tiger wrote:what a load of rubbish, if ballin is not ready now, 2-3 more weeks will not make a whole lot of difference, just another JT stuff up, we should never have bought him.
Agree, it was a vindictive purchase by Taylor.


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Post by jirskyr » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 11:52 am

Ballin speaks well.

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Post by bp tiger » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 12:20 pm

jirskyr wrote:Ballin speaks well.
yeshe does, and that will win us a lot of games wont it. lol

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Post by barra » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 1:28 pm

Liddle should get his shoulder right, was only going to be eased in this season anyway by the sounds.

Ballin has to follow medical staff protocol, I'm cool with that and no point in giving him an undeserved hard time...

And so we have MM, who was signed for this very occasion. No world beater but would much rather he be wearing the 9 than ET or someone else playing out of position.

Let's just get on with it, I don't see what the fuss is about, this sort of thing happens.

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Post by underdog » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 1:33 pm

Yeah true, i'd rather a hooker who's best words strung together amount to HOW BAH DAH? that can sharply service from dummy half as oppose to an eloquently spoken sloth.

Jordan Rankin speaks well as well from memory.
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Post by TCL » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 1:34 pm

We also have Rankin that can play No: 9.

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Post by formerguest » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 1:37 pm

barra wrote:Liddle should get his shoulder right, was only going to be eased in this season anyway by the sounds.

Ballin has to follow medical staff protocol, I'm cool with that and no point in giving him an undeserved hard time...

And so we have MM, who was signed for this very occasion. No world beater but would much rather he be wearing the 9 than ET or someone else playing out of position.

Let's just get on with it, I don't see what the fuss is about, this sort of thing happens.
Could be that some just like grinding axes.

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Post by jadtiger » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 1:59 pm

Tiger Come Lately wrote:We also have Rankin that can play No: 9.
I hope he plays no 9 all year .........in reggies

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Post by clifferdSH » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 2:05 pm

Tiger Come Lately wrote:We also have Rankin that can play No: 9.

Yeah but we don't want that

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Post by TCL » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 2:39 pm

clifferdSH wrote:
Tiger Come Lately wrote:We also have Rankin that can play No: 9.

Yeah but we don't want that
True we don't (i don't even want him in our Reggies team), But we don't decide who should be on the team and what position they should play. Who we should recruit and who we should let go.

If Rankin doesn't mess up during the cowboys trial and the No 9's are not available, i guarantee that JT will consider him for selection.

I remember posting late last year that there was potential that JT would select JR for the no 9 if things didn't work out.

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Post by Cultured Bogan » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 2:47 pm

underdog wrote:Yeah true, i'd rather a hooker who's best words strung together amount to HOW BAH DAH? that can sharply service from dummy half as oppose to an eloquently spoken sloth.

Jordan Rankin speaks well as well from memory.
Aw mate, I thought this would be the last place we'd expect to see that...
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Post by gallagher » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 3:16 pm

formerguest wrote:
barra wrote:Liddle should get his shoulder right, was only going to be eased in this season anyway by the sounds.

Ballin has to follow medical staff protocol, I'm cool with that and no point in giving him an undeserved hard time...

And so we have MM, who was signed for this very occasion. No world beater but would much rather he be wearing the 9 than ET or someone else playing out of position.

Let's just get on with it, I don't see what the fuss is about, this sort of thing happens.
Could be that some just like grinding axes.
Theres nothing left of the axe head. They're grinding down the handle now.

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Post by Masterton » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 4:15 pm

bp tiger wrote:what a load of rubbish, if ballin is not ready now, 2-3 more weeks will not make a whole lot of difference, just another JT stuff up, we should never have bought him.
How quickly we forget the years of rushing players back, just to get injured again.
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Post by TCL » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 4:28 pm

Masterton wrote:
bp tiger wrote:what a load of rubbish, if ballin is not ready now, 2-3 more weeks will not make a whole lot of difference, just another JT stuff up, we should never have bought him.
How quickly we forget the years of rushing players back, just to get injured again.


Masterton your right we shouldn't rush players back, but he was injured in late may or june last year which was 8 months ago. If that knee isn't right now what is a further two weeks going to do.

Im no Dr but you would think there has to come a time when we cut our losses on Matt as a player and stop fluffing up a recruitment mistake. we bought him busted he played two games and broke again.

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