Dragons vs Hull

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  1. TomRedVRiver

    TomRedVRiver Juniors

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    Only 10 days (from tomorrow) until we get our first taste of footy, my friends. 10 f**king days. I can taste it!!!

    Does anyone know if we are treating this game as a trial? As in having a playing squad of 20+
    Or do we have to pick a 17 only?
     
  2. Alec's-saints

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    our 1, 6, 7, 9 must play to work on combinations. I'd be resting Graham Vaughn frizz.
     
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  3. Old Kogarah Boy 1

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    TRVR, if we win, it’s a full blown trial.
    If we come runner up, it’s only a gimmick game not to be taken seriously.

    I’d be going full bore and try to get as many wins up before game 1.
     
  4. ouryear

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    Yep, otherwise flying12,000 miles or whatever it is, will be a waste of time.

    Bring on a blood fest I say, boots and all, winner takes all.
     
  5. 2010

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    Is it going to be on TV or Foxtell
     
  6. TomRedVRiver

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    Foxtel unfortunately mate.
     
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  7. mickeylane

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    I’m certain he will give time to every first grade candidate barring maybe Hunt, Frizell and Widdop - I think Graham will step out for a short run and captain the team.

    I think we will see our potential first choice team for 2018 during the 1st half of Charity Shield.
     
  8. mickeylane

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    Potential run out team:

    Dufty
    McDonald
    Lafai
    Lomax
    Mann

    Field
    ???

    Ah Mau
    Mciness
    Vaughan
    Simms
    Host
    JDB

    Luciano
    Sele
    Allgood
    Robson
     
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  9. Old Timer

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    If our 2 biggest signings are not in the run out team for our 1st game of the year then someone needs to be shot.
    They need to be sprinting onto that field in the Big Red V and making an instant statement to the fans even if they only stay for 20 minutes or so.
    I'm f**king positive the fans don't want to see Allgood.
     
  10. watatank

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    I agree that the 1,6,7,9 needs to all play together as much as possible. Not sure about the rest of the team, I'd imagine they will rest a few players in prep for Charity Shield. I can see something us resting Aitken, Nightingale, Vaughan, Frizell and De Belin. So we'd end up with something like

    1. Dufty
    2. MacDonald
    3. Mann
    4. Lafai
    5. Herbert
    6. Widdop
    7. Hunt
    8. Graham
    9. McInnes
    10. Ah Mau
    11. Host
    12. Sims
    13. Sele

    14. Lawrie
    15. Leilua
    16. Allgood
    17. Latimore
    18. Robson
    19. Lomax
    20. Field
     
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  12. Redhoopz

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    What statement would they need to make?

    Honestly, I couldn't care who they play. I wouldn't be risking anything for a trial, especially the first trial. They don't mean anything. It doesn't matter whether they win or loose.

    The charity shield is the only trial that you would expect to see a near full strength team for a half.
     
  13. Crush

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    Aren't the trials about getting the team match fit and making sure that the combinations are gelling? Why in the world would we waste time playing Jai Field at 6 when there is absolutely no chance in hell he will play 6 for the dragons in the next 4 fricken years!?
    Surely we select our starting 13 presuming they are all fit then substitute the outsiders in once we are satisfied that they have had a good hit out and the combos are working.
    No? Am I off the mark?
     
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    Personally id like to see all the young guns tried against HULL so that supercoach gets an idea whether Garrick' ,lomax and other young guns can shine ..........
     
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    Faaaaaaaaaarothing!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  16. Old Timer

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    We only play 2 trials prior to a tough Rd 1 game against the Broncos.
    So you think that unopposed training drills is sufficiently good enough for 2 high profile signings who have only just commenced training due to the break after the World Cup to fit into a brand new side with no hiccups?
    RE making a statement, these players have come from long careers at other clubs and have been heralded by many fans as the players that will make a substantial difference to our chances.
    The fans are deserving to see these players at the very 1st opportunity and the players are deserving of running out and showing all and sundry that they are now "ST GI" and are here to make that difference and watch out every other team as they are on a mission.
    If trials don't matter then why do we play them at all?
    I would love to see you go down and tell James Graham that he needs to be kept in cotton wool, that trials mean nothing and it doesn't matter if you win or lose. LOL you would need to book an ambulance for yourself.
     
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  17. Old Kogarah Boy 1

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    No Crush, your not off the mark .............. in fact, your all over it like a rash!
     
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  18. dragonssamy61

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    They will start with the top 13 player and will give the e while squad a run.
    The only guys who want get a run are people who are not over there if season injuries like mybe aitken.
    But traibing this week will tell
     
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    Totally agree we need the likely team working together against another team ASAP. If we get a chance to throw in some young’uns in the second half, fine.

    We have to hit the ground running in round 1 and it can’t be a disjointed team.
     
  20. LINESPEED

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    We'd have to be the most conservative club in the NRL re treatment of our juniors. And there's such a conservative discussion roundabout on this forum.
    Fact is we lost 2 of our best youngsters in Bird & Cook and will lose another 3 or so if the young guys aren't given a genuine shot by mid season. McDonald's & Aitken's ( & Nightingale's?) retention almost guarantees 2 will depart sooner rather than later. We seem to seed the comp with our juniors and forwards still in their prime. The rot began with our loss of hard man Kevin Ryan in 1966. He became captain coach of Canterbury and they ended our run of 11 premierships by beating us in the semis in 1967. I'm off topic, but it still freaks me out that we lost Ennis, because IMHO there'd've been fewer soft c**k forward performances over the last 10 years with him in the pack.

    Anyway try compiling your own list & you'll see what I mean.

    It amounts to squandered premierships.

    Never would've happened under Facer - who oversaw 12 premierships!

    I remember in my younger days making up potential Australian teams with our prematurely lost players - WTF it's still happening!
    Talk about fiddling while Rome burns?

    So best team against Hull FFS!
    Stick on the hard men & goers & always select on form
     
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