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Dragons re-sign Mikaele Ravalawa

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by TruSaint, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. Crush

    Crush First Grade

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    Go Dragons!
     
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    For me this signing has Mary all over it ...
     
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    good one
     
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    Agree 100%.
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    If he did, I'm sure Ben Hunt would have caugh.......

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    You would think that if you were young Saab, this would just make you want to leave even more as he travels from the western suburbs to Wollongong to train all the time with his parents still
     
  7. Dragonsamy

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    For that price worth a go
     
  8. Dragonsamy

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    Good thinks Denis but looks like no Canterbury cup this year, at this stage
     
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    This season is gone. We've only played weak teams for a whole two points. It's going to get a whole lot worse no matter who's selecting the team or coaching it. Time to experiment.

    Saab and Ravalawa offer unique body types we don't have at SGI-we seem to produce the Sailor, Dufty Field little blokes in abundance but not the bigger bodies. I can understand the anger about Rav but I believe he is being played out of position- he is no good fielding kicks- get him into the centres.

    For mine, the Williame experiment has failed- he just doesn't threaten the line in attack. I would get rid of him, put Rav in the centres inside Pereira, Saab to full-back where he can use his height- sack Norman, Dufty to five eighth and improvise on the right wing (Sailor?) until we can recruit a top line performer.
     
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    Very fine line between raw talent and no skill.

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    Wow ! Now that one came out of the blue . Saab yes , but Ravalawa , that has got my grey matter working overtime .

    Still gents let’s not be too judgmental , after all possum’s mate must know what he is doing . :flushed:
     
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    Mate, I want to know what he has shown thus far to earn a new 3 year deal.
    I know some people rate him, and maybe he has upside, but its not like he's an unknown quantity.
    Thats one spot now secured for 3 years. I think it was a knee jerk signing by the club, to divert from the mess. I could well be wrong, and hope he proves me such.
     
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    Exactly my thoughts TruSaint - a knee jerk reaction by management to quell the disenchantment of fans with so many players moving elsewhere or attempting to leave the J.V.

    I don’t see Ravalawa hitting the heights any time soon , but improvement could be found under a new coach , still they should of signed him only for another 12 months and then see just how much he has advanced .
     
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    Saab to fullback!?
    Dufty to 5/8!?
    Sailor to wing!?
    Williame experiment has failed!?
    Geez, some big calls there mate.
     
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    Honestly this is a joke right?
     
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    Interesting re-signing and can understand the rational around it.
    From the video it appears Rava and Saab will be our wingers moving forward.

    From the info I can gather on our 'stocks' for the back 5 are:

    Fullbacks -
    Dufty : 24 yrs old
    Ramsey : 20 years old
    Lomax : 20 nearly 21 years old
    Schiller : 19?
    I think theres another - Sloane but not sure:

    Right Wing -
    Ravalawa : 22
    Saab : 19 > 20
    Sailor : 22
    Feagai (×2) : 19

    Left Wing -
    Periera : 27 > 28
    Saab or Ravalawa ????

    Right Centre -
    Aitken : 25
    Lafai : 29
    Lomax : 20 > 21
    Feagai (x2)

    Left Centre -
    Williame : 27 > 28
    Sauni-Essau : 21
    Aitken and Lafai

    Mmm didnt realise Lomax was younger than Sailor.
    The big question is where do play Ramsey? Considering also he's an unknown at first grade level.

    Now im not inferring that Rava or Saab are walk up starters, but it sure sounded like it. Add to this is that Dufty is contracted to end 2021. I have a feeling Dufty will see out his contract (form permitting).

    The way i see it, our back 5 for 2021, first grade, will look something like:
    1. Dufty
    2. Rava or Saab
    3. Williame
    4. Lomax
    5. Saab or Rava

    Canterbury Cup
    1. Ramsey
    2. Periera
    3. SSE
    4. Feagai
    5. Feagai
     
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    You’re forgetting Silverman. Not sure if he’s a fullback or centre in the future, but needs to be in our 2023 plans for sure.
     
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    Not sure about the three year’s.
    I’d have thought a year to see how much improvement he could make & try him in the centres even in reserves.
    I’m ok with persevering with him as I can see if the penny drops one day he’ll be worth the effort.
     
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    That my friend may be the problem , can he hear the penny drop ? Let's hope he does hear it .....
     
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