Round 17 vs Melbourne

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  1. Frank Facer

    Frank Facer Juniors

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    We will be without DeBelin, Frizell and Vaughan and Hunt if all of the origin players get picked for NSW and Qld respectively. Melbourne will be without Slater, Chambers, Kaufusi, Munster and Addo Carr if they all get picked for Qld and NSW respectively. Melbourne will also be without Jesse Bromwich and Kasiano due to injuries. I think we are getting them at a good time. Without our origin players, I would pick

    1 Dufty
    2 Mann
    3 Aitken
    4 Lafai
    5 McDonald
    6 Widdop
    7 Nicholls
    13 Lawrie
    12 Sims
    11 Host
    10 Graham
    9 McInnes
    8 Ah Mau

    14 Nightingale
    15 Lucky
    16 Latimore
    17 Sele

    I think that looks like a decent team, without our 4 origin players.
     
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  2. dino1

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    WE need more speed hence I would be satisfied with Jai on the bench
     
  3. 2010

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    I am more confident of us beating the Storm then us beating Parramatta.
    On tonight's performance they can be beaten.
    Matter of fact the Storm and Easts were both worse then us against Parramatta.
     
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  4. giboz71

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    I’m glad the Storm won tonight.

    Would have been fired up next week against us and they rarely lose 2 in a row.
     
  5. Mickthedragon

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    Widdop will need to step up and is very capable. Our young forwards will also have to lift.
     
  6. Overseas dragon

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    I have a feeling Frank that widdop and mann will be the halves ....we shall
    See but I'd like to see Nicholls he has a good kicking game .....
     
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    Nicholls seems the better option. True half, less disruption to structure...
     
  8. Saint_JimmyG

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    Nicholls hasn't been a part of the team's "structures", let alone played a single first grade game yet (at 29 years-old!).

    McGregor won't take the risk.

    No, Mann and Widdop will be the halves. Nightingale will slip back in on the right wing. Melbourne will try to exploit that side all night.
     
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  9. Saint_JimmyG

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    Agreed it's a decent side, however McGregor had repeatedly shown he does not take gambles.

    Mann and Widdop will be the halves.

    Nightingale will be on the right wing.

    Unsure whether Lawrie will start at lock (alternatives don't easily come to mind).

    I doubt Sele will play. For an unknown reason, he's on the nose.
     
  10. Frank Facer

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    Mary may very well go with Widdop and Mann as the halves and Nightingale on the wing. He may also think that he wants a genuine halfback to steer the team around the paddock and pick Nicholls at halfback? He may think that it would be less disruption to the side, by leaving Mann on the wing and Nightingale on the bench?
     
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  11. Saints Forever

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    Really looking forward to this game. If there is a team I hate in the league its Melbourne Storm.

    This is a game we should win.

    No Slater, Addo Carr, Chambers, and Munster means Melbourne's backline will lack its usual scoring potency.

    In contrast barring Hunt, our backline will be stable and cohesive. Nicholls may get a game at 7, though I wouldn't be shocked if Widdop played 7 and Mann 6, with Flo moved from bench to the wing.

    Have a feeling Dufty will carve them up off a Leilua pass.

    Leilua is a big kid, his attitude has improved. His work rate is up and he shows urgency when there is a loose ball on the ground. Silky hands. Starting to run much harder.

    Sir James,Tariq Sims & Latimore will drive our young forwards.

    LAM will be fresh and ready to go.

    Host, Lawrie, Sele and Leilua are all worthy of a bench spot and will be super keen to press their claims for a top 17 spot.

    If With Bromwich and Kasiano don't play Melbourne's forwards will struggle..

    Saints by 8 !
     
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  12. SBD82

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    Is sims available? I'd have thought he would travel to qld with the blues if he is still 18th man.
     
  13. saintm

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    Luc is a great player and has had a good combo with Dufty going back to Harold Matt’s love watching them play together!
     
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    The reason is that, frankly, he’s not first grade standard. He’s got no leg drive, he doesn’t go looking for work in defence or attack, he’s smaller than most players (but that’s no excuse, look at Victor Radley at the chooks) and he struggles to make an impact in reserve grade. Lawrie may be a bit of a potato but at least you notice him when he runs.
     
  15. JDHD

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    Nicholls will play. We signed him specifically to cover for Hunt provided his form was good in ISP and he’s been our best reggies player.
     
  16. giboz71

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    I was wondering this myself.

    I’d be pretty annoyed if he didn’t play if he’s the 18th man in a dead rubber game.

    No reason he can’t join the Blues squad after Thursday if Orgin isn’t till the following Wednesday.
     
  17. West coast dragon

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    I see Mann going into the halves nighty back to the wing and Nicholls staying right where he is in isp
     
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    Given the series is won, it wouldnt suprise me if Sims played in the dead rubber. Just for the experience and and eye on next year.
     
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    I hope your right Frank I saw nicholls play recently he was quite ok ............not much of a running game but clever kicking game .....with widdop and dufty in the team he doesn't need to run .....
     
  20. SBD82

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    I'd love for him to get a game, he's been so close for so long. But barring injury I can't see who they would drop for him.
     

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