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Huge wrap on Parramatta Eels' 17-year-old Bevan French

Chipmunk

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He's clutching 19 straws (from 13 games).

...and by straws, I mean tries.

19 tries in 13 games illustrates that the hype was legit at the time.

Would you have said he was overhyped after that season? No f**king way.

Any decline thereafter, isn't a case of him failing to live up to the hype as he had already done that in his first season.

Face it Chippy, it was a stupid statement. Give yourself a dozen.

One season wonder by the looks of it.
 

Gary Gutful

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If all you can get from a so-called future star is a one season wonder, then were they not over hyped in the first place?
Not if they lived up to the hype in their first year.

Would you have said he was overhyped after the first season? No. The kid proved he can f**ken play the game so it was more than just hype.

Saying he was overhyped after he proved he can play is just dumb.
 

Chipmunk

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Not if they lived up to the hype in their first year.

Would you have said he was overhyped after the first season? No. The kid proved he can f**ken play the game so it was more than just hype.

Saying he was overhyped after he proved he can play is just dumb.

He was expected to be more than a one season wonder, so I suggest he hasn't lived up to the hype.
 

Happy MEel

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Not if they lived up to the hype in their first year.

Would you have said he was overhyped after the first season? No. The kid proved he can f**ken play the game so it was more than just hype.

Saying he was overhyped after he proved he can play is just dumb.
Chipmunk has a point. There was clearly hype during and after (as opposed to prior) his first season in 2016, which he has definitely not lived up to.
Here’s an example (after a very quick google search):

“But Rugby League legend Justin Hodges sees the foundation of future success in the Eels, with French a large part of brighter days to come.”

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/09/01/bevan-french-shows-bright-future
 

betcats

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He got a lot ofhype coming out of the nines tournaments didn't he? Similar to Kata one year, that competition really created some hype about a few rookies that probably was over the top.
 

Gary Gutful

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Chipmunk has a point. There was clearly hype during and after (as opposed to prior) his first season in 2016, which he has definitely not lived up to.
Here’s an example (after a very quick google search):

“But Rugby League legend Justin Hodges sees the foundation of future success in the Eels, with French a large part of brighter days to come.”

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/09/01/bevan-french-shows-bright-future
He'd already proved he could play by this point. His performances were triggering those comments.

...and Chipmunk referred to him as one of the most overhyped players in Parra's history. To qualify for that title he needs to have never performed at first grade level ever imo.
 
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Gary Gutful

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No, but I would hope he would've been more than a one season wonder, which we've had plenty of those also.
So, the hype was justified after the first season?

Why is it then excessive after three seasons? He already proved he could play after one season.

I don't understand why you are disagreeing with me.
 

Happy MEel

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He'd already proved he could play by this point. His performances were triggering those comments.

...and Chipmunk referred to him as one of the most overhyped players in Parra's history. To qualify for that title he needs to have never performed at first grade level ever imo.
...and those comments could still be classified as hype considering they were made about a rookie. There’s also this article titled “Rookie Bevan French as the player to lead eels into the future” from August 2016. If that’s not hype we have very different perspectives on what it actually is.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=DTWEB_MRE170_a_GGL&dest=https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/rookie-bevan-french-looms-as-the-player-to-lead-eels-into-the-future/news-story/9e51dbbc1a11c8fd78327ce525c44c06&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium&nk=fefbea018e3548486d88a53fe87d164c-1560232202
 

Delboy

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NRL is an unforgiving sport, once you have played a few games then the homework on how to stop you starts. Bevan doesn't appear to have the next step to be able to combat what he was able to do previously. A handy strike weapon but when wingers are basically over 6' and 95kg he would always struggle. Handy fullback back up , but couldn't break the line physically and it told.
 

Gary Gutful

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...and those comments could still be classified as hype considering they were made about a rookie. There’s also this article titled “Rookie Bevan French as the player to lead eels into the future” from August 2016. If that’s not hype we have very different perspectives on what it actually is.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=DTWEB_MRE170_a_GGL&dest=https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/rookie-bevan-french-looms-as-the-player-to-lead-eels-into-the-future/news-story/9e51dbbc1a11c8fd78327ce525c44c06&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium&nk=fefbea018e3548486d88a53fe87d164c-1560232202
I don't actually understand your point about what hype is.

Those comments were made because he lived up to the original hype. He had already proved that he could play by that point.
 

Eelogical

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NRL is an unforgiving sport, once you have played a few games then the homework on how to stop you starts. Bevan doesn't appear to have the next step to be able to combat what he was able to do previously. A handy strike weapon but when wingers are basically over 6' and 95kg he would always struggle. Handy fullback back up , but couldn't break the line physically and it told.
He'd go great in a team that had players who could break the line and had him running off them....right up the middle. We aren't that team, we couldn't break wind even after a night at Guzman Y Gomez.
 

Gary Gutful

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He'd go great in a team that had players who could break the line and had him running off them....right up the middle. We aren't that team, we couldn't break wind even after a night at Guzman Y Gomez.
@hineyrulz could teach them how to break wind. He regularly clears out Chardon's Corner with his egg steamers.
 
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