Widdop Fullback

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  1. MrDragon007

    MrDragon007 Juniors

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    Just read on NRL.com that England coach Wayne Bennett has named Gareth Widdop at fullback for this weekends game.
    Alot on here have stated Widdop to fullback at the dragons (it wont happen imo) but what if Widdop destroys them at fullback?
    What if Bennett keeps him there for the remainder of the world cup and Widdop kills it at fullback?
    Do we think about tinkling with the idea in our dragons team for 2018?
    Will be interesting to see how he goes. Im not sure if i want him to kill it or not to be honest.
     
  2. Dennis Papaioannou

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    Slay who, the Froggies?
    Let's not get carried away.
    Bennet didn't like what he saw from Widdop against Lebanon - especially the second half which is when we usually tanked in club games.
    On the other hand both our star halves are playing out of position in their respective World Cup teams.
    Hmmm.
     
  3. John moz

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    Has played at no 1 for storm before he arrived at dragons.He would be a good fullback great defender at the back .Then we could have field at 6 with hunt.
     
  4. MrDragon007

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    Field and Hunt, could be similar to the Hunt / Milford combo?
    Maybe move Dufty to the wing?
    Widdop in backline plays would kill it, being a 5/8 and all.
    Will be interesting to see how he goes at fullback.
     
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  5. Walpole

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    Widdop has played a grand total of 7 games at fullback out of the 181 games he's played for England, Melbourne and the Dragons. Like Hunt playing at hooker, he's considered good enough to be able to cover a second position.

    But, bloody hell, please let's see what the team's like with a genuine, top line 6 and 7 playing in their correct positions. We haven't had that since....
     
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  6. dragonssamy61

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    I can see what your thinking.
    But I think widdop to fullback will only happen if dufty is struggling.
    We have more back up at fullback with field and herbert than we do in the halves.
    The only other thing that might change that situation is if Nicholls is killing it in rev grade.
    He could come into 6 and widdop to 1 and dufty back to rev grade untill he comes good.
    But that is just conjure.
     
  7. Coffs dragon

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    Stop gap measure only by Bennett. Gaz is our 5/8 and Ben Hunt is our 1/2 and no need to f**k them around like Kurt Manns treatment!
     
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  8. BennyV

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    Looking forward to peoples team lists with Widdop at fullback and Hunt at hooker.
     
  9. Crush

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    1. Widdop
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    3. Aitken
    4. Lafai
    5. Macca
    6. Field
    7. Jack de Bellin
    8. Vaughan
    9. Hunt
    Nobody will see it coming!
     
  10. dragonssamy61

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    Bloody hell crush
    Mary has justlooked at that a gone .
    Might give that a try during the year.
     
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  11. Saint_JimmyG

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    Perhaps it is Widdop's haircut that has prompted his move to fullback?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.
     
  12. watatank

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    It's one thing in a tournament but over a long season is another. There was a time where Widdop could have been playing fullback (when we first got him) but the ship has sailed.

    Widdop and Hunt need to develop a combination more than anything, that's the way the team has been constructed and what the team needs.
     
  13. ouryear

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    Surely he will be a better fullback than half though.
    At least he won't be kicking the ball into players feet or backs.

    And Graham can then lead the team, no one will hear widdop from way back there.

    Many positives to shift him.
    Bring it on I say.

    In Wayne we trust.
     
  14. JDHD

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    I stopped trusting in Wayne when he salted the god damn earth after he left us for Newcastle.
     
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    Mate Bennett is as shifty as they come ....... will do anything to win , thats why he is successful .
     
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  16. Datramp

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    Widdop to FB and Mann to 5/8. I am down with it.
     
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    It's funny how Bennett is the messiah to most people.

    But when he makes moves like Widdop to FB, or Hunt to hooker suddenly he has no idea.

    Newsflash, Bennett has more of a clue than most on here (not that I'm advocating Widdop to FB for the Dragons).
     
  18. Dragonslayer

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    Yes I always give a chuckle whenever Bennett's name gets thrown around as the messiah or master coach.
    Yes he is good but when was the last time he won a premiership?
    Yes thats right 7yrs ago. Add to that he's probably had the cream of players, especially with the Broncos. At Newcastle he struggled too.
    As we enter 2018 he has a far weaker (IMO) squad than the past couple of years.
    As i said he's a good coach and yes instrumental in our 2010 GF win. However, he hasn't moved with the times since then and i doubt he ever will.
    Oh and yes McGregor is not even a pimple on Bennetts backside.
     
  19. hazzbeen

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    Could work .... but I dont think we will ever know with you know who .......
     
  20. Overseas dragon

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    1 Widdop
    2 Dufty
    3 Lafai
    4 McDonald
    5 Mann
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    11Thompson
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    17 Lomax yes I hear what your saying Mary hates it well that's his problem.Mcdonald gets a run in the centres but not for too long wake up big guy it's up to you.Latimore and Allsgood take your pick. a clever coach might switch fullbacks in attack DUFTY/ WIDDOP..we don't have a clever coach
     
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