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Dufty to Fullback/Dugan to Centre

JDHD

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I didn't want Dufty in grade until next year so he could develop his game in Cup. As usual, I'm proven to be a complete idiot. He was outstanding, and based off that performance, he cannot be left out of first grade again. Aitken's injury is simultaneously unfortunate and fortuitous because it means we can accomodate Dufty and Dugan in the same side.
 

Divine

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Duges will miss the FB position for sure but the entire rationale behind us offloading him was we see his future in the centres. Hopefully he cops it sweet and continues to give 110% until year's end. Meantime we can settle back and hopefully watch a backline with some long awaited firepower.
 

2010Dragons

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Well done and congratulations to Matt Duffy.This kid is a star in the making and a KEEPER !!
  1. Duffy has step, speed and can set up tries
  2. Dugan has step NO SPEED and hogs the ball very rarely sets up tries.
I think it was a good move to let Dugan go to the sharks.
Watching Duffy play today has given me hope for 2018 and beyond.
 

rasaint

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This is the 1st time that Matt Dufty has had top 1st graders in Widdop etc to play off.

You can not coach speed and can not win without it. Matt is genuinely lighting quick and the in back line plays he opened up space for our backs and caused indecision with the opposition. Simply he has that speed that allows him to come from deep and still arrive between opposition players. Throws a beautiful accurate bullet pass. He has to stay.

Well done Nene a strong game.
 

Dragonslayer

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I thought it interesting that Widdop was actively looking for Dufty to pass to and pass with confidence. This adds so much dimension to our attack where now Widdop can choose to pass or run it himself, it will put opposition defenders in 2 minds wether to attack Widdop or Dufty. I they come in on Widdop he will pass to Dufty and open that door, likewise, if they decide to defend Dufty then Widdop will have an opportunity to exploit the hole.
Another observation regarding Dufty is that Lafai looked to have more space to move whereas the last couple of weeks he's been heavily marked.
A big difference in our shape today with Dufty as opposed to Duges at fullback.
 

Dragsters

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You know it makes sense...

We know it makes sense...

Let's hope Mary does too.

He did say in the presser when asked about Dufty's debut that "we haven't replaced Josh"

I'm not fully convinced mary does just yet.

Well know if he figures it out by Tuesday arvo perhaps...
 

hazzbeen

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I didn't want Dufty in grade until next year so he could develop his game in Cup. As usual, I'm proven to be a complete idiot. He was outstanding, and based off that performance, he cannot be left out of first grade again. Aitken's injury is simultaneously unfortunate and fortuitous because it means we can accomodate Dufty and Dugan in the same side.
Knowing Mary he will probably play Mann at center Duges at fullback . IMO Duffy and Mann should be in the team . Also a mention for Nene he has stepped it up , a couple of weeks ago I was calling for him to be dropped ...
 

Frank Facer

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You know it makes sense...

We know it makes sense...

Let's hope Mary does too.

He did say in the presser when asked about Dufty's debut that "we haven't replaced Josh"

I'm not fully convinced mary does just yet.

Well know if he figures it out by Tuesday arvo perhaps...[/QUOTE

Well hopefully Mary is reading this forum and takes note.
 
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This is another IQ test for Mary.......................................

Lets hope he spends some time reviewing the replay. Don't listen to us Mary, listen to Cooper Cronk.
 

Drakon

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You know it makes sense...

We know it makes sense...

Let's hope Mary does too.

He did say in the presser when asked about Dufty's debut that "we haven't replaced Josh"

I'm not fully convinced mary does just yet.

Well know if he figures it out by Tuesday arvo perhaps...
Hey Dragsters, I believe Mary was referring to not having replaced Duges for next year.

Will be pleasantly surprised if he does start Matt next week though.
 

blacksafake

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Knowing Mary he will probably play Mann at center Duges at fullback . IMO Duffy and Mann should be in the team . Also a mention for Nene he has stepped it up , a couple of weeks ago I was calling for him to be dropped ...
Nene has stepped it up lately & his taking of a bomb today when the eagles were only 8 behind was big in the context of the game. We scored shortly after which steadied the ship
 

Frank Facer

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Hey Dragsters, I believe Mary was referring to not having replaced Duges for next year.

Will be pleasantly surprised if he does start Matt next week though.
If Mary does not start Dufty at fullback next week, then I think he should be sacked.
 
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Hey Dragsters, I believe Mary was referring to not having replaced Duges for next year.

Will be pleasantly surprised if he does start Matt next week though.

I interpreted Mary's comment as stating that Duges is still his first choice Full Back.

Question is:

Are we stronger with Mann at Centre and Duges at Full Back or Duges at Centre with Dufty at Full Back ?
 

JDHD

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Imagine Ben Hunt advancing on a retreating defensive line with Frizell on his inside shoulder, Sims on his outside and Dufty sweeping around the back. Good grief.
 

BankstownDragon

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I interpreted Mary's comment as stating that Duges is still his first choice Full Back.

Question is:

Are we stronger with Mann at Centre and Duges at Full Back or Duges at Centre with Dufty at Full Back ?

Good question.

For me the answer is obvious.

Dufty fullback & Dugan Right centre.

Irrespective of wether Aitken is fit or not, centre is a critical position defence wise (players are isolated and have to make instant decisions whilst back pedaling or shifting sideways) and this is where Dugan is 10 x better than anyone else we have at centre.

Plus the added bonus that if Dufty, for some reason, struggles in a game, then you have an instant switch and its sorted.

Id have Duges at RC and Aitken/Lafai/Milne at LC. They all have thier weaknesses and Im not sure wgo Id go with at LC.

Great win today.
 

JDHD

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I interpreted Mary's comment as stating that Duges is still his first choice Full Back.

Question is:

Are we stronger with Mann at Centre and Duges at Full Back or Duges at Centre with Dufty at Full Back ?

I'd say that Mann at Centre and Dufty at FB probably makes us more dangerous in attack. Both players can run or pass, while Dugan can only run.
 

TomRedVRiver

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Mary needs to see that he is in a win/win situation here. He's not taking a massive risk playing Dugan at centre and Dufty at fullback for the following reasons:

- Dufty has proven he can handle first grade footy
- Dugan and Dufty can switch between defensive/attacking roles if the game is tight.
- With the way that our interchange works, we usually carry a back on our bench... So if Dufty at fullback isn't working, the coach can hook him.. shift Dugan back to fullback and throw Mann into right centre. Not that i'd recommend hooking a player in his first few games, you could potentially shatter his confidence, but if it's necessary then the option is there.
 
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