1. Round 6 Edition OUT NOW:

    The Round 6 issue of The Front Row, our exclusive online e-magazine and NRL match programme for is out now!

    It's time for the NRL to take concussion more seriously. A look at recent events and what rules need changing. We talk to Adam O'Brien on how Newcastle plan to respond after last week's big loss to the Titans, and there's a special tribute to retiring North Queensland half Michael Morgan. As always, the full program for the coming weekend's action across NRL, NSWRL and QRL with a wrap-up of the weekend just gone.

    VOLUME 2 ISSUE 6 - READ NOW!

    Guest, click here to read online or download your free PDF copy

Best example of a player standing up when the first choice becomes unavailable

Discussion in 'NRL' started by lucablight, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. lucablight

    lucablight Bench

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2004
    Messages:
    3,783
    Likes Received:
    237
    When everyone found out Jonathan Thurston was gone for the season I’m sure most people wrote off the cowboys chances for this year. However as we have all seen Michael Morgan has risen out of Thurstons shadow and announced himself as a genuine superstar of the game in his own right.

    What are some other examples of players who arrived when they were called upon to fill in for a first choice player who was injured or unavailable?

    Another example I can think of would be Cooper Cronk replacing Matt Orford once he left the Storm and Terry Campese replacing Todd Carney for the Raiders when Carney was stood down.
     
  2. carcharias

    carcharias Immortal

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2003
    Messages:
    43,120
    Likes Received:
    10,727
    Gallen replacing ET
     
  3. gallagher

    gallagher Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Messages:
    1,702
    Likes Received:
    103
    Steve Walters was behind his brother for rep duties until Kerod got suspended elbowing Graeme Wynn in the head. His rep carrer took off after that.
     
  4. Saxon

    Saxon Juniors

    Joined:
    May 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,349
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    Billy Slater standing in for Robbie Ross.
     
    Bloke and stormbati like this.
  5. mozza91

    mozza91 First Grade

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    8,038
    Likes Received:
    9,342
    Danny Buderus coming in for Brett Clements and playing hooker for the 1st time in FG in a semi against the Chooks in 1998.

    He did pretty well for himself.
     
    Dave_ likes this.
  6. The Beaver

    The Beaver Juniors

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2014
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    151
    Leo Dynevor standing in for Johns
     
    Lynoman, beave, Apey and 9 others like this.
  7. Clifferd

    Clifferd Coach

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Messages:
    10,805
    Likes Received:
    4,275
    Jack littlejohn covering for Luke Brooks
     
    Iafeta likes this.
  8. thorson1987

    thorson1987 Coach

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    16,907
    Likes Received:
    3,407
    Cam Munster standing in for Billy last season.
     
    beave, Apey, Cloudsurfer and 8 others like this.
  9. Pedge1971

    Pedge1971 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    5,898
    Likes Received:
    3,210
    First one I thought of. Easy to forget but no way me make the grand final without blokes like Leo and Brett Grogan coming from the clouds in 1997.
     
  10. Life's Good

    Life's Good Coach

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Messages:
    13,971
    Likes Received:
    28,675
    Keeping to the theme but looking at coaches instead. In 1996 Rod Reddy walked out on the Dragons before the season started. In steps David Waite who not only pulled the squad together as one(Tallis decided to sit the year out, SL players were only given approval to play late in the day). Despite that he still got us to the Grand Final. What a ride that was from nowhere.
     
    Dragon_psa and Iafeta like this.
  11. Pedge1971

    Pedge1971 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    5,898
    Likes Received:
    3,210
    Almost the reverse of the dragons of 2017....
     
    Iafeta likes this.
  12. Life's Good

    Life's Good Coach

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Messages:
    13,971
    Likes Received:
    28,675
    Complete, not almost. You don't have to be nice about it:wink:
     
    Iafeta and Pedge1971 like this.
  13. DeeJ

    DeeJ Bench

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,034
    Likes Received:
    542
    Justin Hodges for Karmichael Hunt 2006.
     
  14. The_Shield

    The_Shield Juniors

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2014
    Messages:
    1,895
    Likes Received:
    780
    Cameron Munster in origin 3
     
    STORM.99/07 and stormbati like this.
  15. King hit

    King hit Coach

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2016
    Messages:
    12,688
    Likes Received:
    7,704
    Paul Osbourne for John Lomax in the 1994 Grand Final
     
    nick87, beave, Iafeta and 5 others like this.
  16. Life's Good

    Life's Good Coach

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2016
    Messages:
    13,971
    Likes Received:
    28,675
    Despite being a merkin, Hodges was great in 06. Those long loping runs from FB terrorised a lot of defences. He was a very good creative back up for Lockyer that year.
     
    Iafeta, GoTheBroncs and Dave_ like this.
  17. 9701

    9701 First Grade

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2010
    Messages:
    5,381
    Likes Received:
    421
    Sean Rudder, he stood up and carried that hack Johns to a Premiership :)
     
    Iafeta likes this.
  18. Rabbit toes

    Rabbit toes Bench

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    4,749
    Likes Received:
    3,157
    Korisau for Luke in Souths grand final win.
    Api hadn't played footy for over 6 weeks
     
    thomo, justdave, Iafeta and 1 other person like this.
  19. ANTiLAG

    ANTiLAG First Grade

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2003
    Messages:
    8,014
    Likes Received:
    368
    Paul Hauff was the incumbent 1991 Qld origin fullback in which he starred and made a test for Straya. The following year he gets injured after a handful of rounds and O'Niell (who wanted to be a 5/8th) pretty much ended Hauff's first grade career after not getting his fb role back for Brisbane 92 or 93 prem. Oneill is one of my all time fav players.

    Mullins move from centre to fb made Belcher's retirement after 1993 less noticable for the green machine in 1994 prem success. Became a star.

    These 2 teams had fantastic squad depth for their prem wins 89-94.

    Cross codes, the most famous example is possibly Steve Young filling in for Joe Montana (widely regarded pre-injury as #1 qb in NFL and an all time superstar of the sport) was pretty epic for the 49'ers and their fans and controversially ended with Montanna leaving the club when fit after not regaining the starting spot but with an upside in Young guiding the 49ers to further Super Bowl success.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2017
    Bloke and Iafeta like this.
  20. simmo1

    simmo1 Bench

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2007
    Messages:
    4,663
    Likes Received:
    897
    ET replacing Paul Mellor.
     
    Apey, Iafeta, AJB1102 and 10 others like this.

Share This Page