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NRL team: Trial v Newcastle Knights

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by tumbidragon, Feb 18, 2020.

  1. alexwilliams_66692007

    alexwilliams_66692007 First Grade

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    All I got out of our trial yesterday is our depth is still pretty bad
     
  2. ALSGI

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    Hope you’re right giboz71
     
  3. Brutalitops

    Brutalitops Juniors

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    I said as soon as Williame was signed that he is a good signing who would surprise the people reacting negatively to it.
     
  4. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    Yeah same, but in fairness there aren't too many first grade centres I wouldn't take over what we have.
     
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  5. Forbes Creek Dragons

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    Once you have the full team on the paddock the team will be a lot better. Ponga will add a lot. Great pack they were bending us backwards at will yesterday in the first half but our defence kept us in it.
     
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    Great analysis Kit- Over the years, I've also been singing the praises of some of the players you've singled out for mention.

    Adam Clune is just a classic half back- bullet pass, great vision, speed- there was a rumour going around that he was either a law student or doing some kind of professional development tin the law and was only available to play CC football in previous years. Don't know where that came from but he's got to be pushing for a top 30 position.

    Agree about Kerr- Artie Beetson like offload for the Indigenous try and so unlucky with the Medial Ligament tear. On that form, if fit, could be a smoky for an Origin spot- off the bench.

    I've also been advocating for Pereira to be given a run in the centres- he's played there in the past but at SGI he's been exclusively used on the wing. He's got good hands, built close to the ground, quick and is hard to stop. But, after that horrible landing in scoring a try which impacted his cervical spine, i wondered if he would ever be confident enough to return to footy- so credit to him. But there must be some doubts in his mind about performing the exaggerated dives that all wingers seem to be able to do these days to defy the touchline- and that's another reason I"d like to trial him in the centres.

    Lafai looks old, slow and ineffectual- Aitken- well it's all been said hasn't it? However, I'd give Sailor and Pereira my starting centre positions- you could be right about Wiliame- just haven't seen enough of him to form an opinion.

    Souths backs, in particular, will help to sort out some of these selection issues in the Charity Shield.
     
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  7. Saint_JimmyG

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    Kerr needs to worry about being a regular top 17 player first; this is a make or break year for him. SOO representation is a million miles away.

    Undoubtedly Peirera is the club’s best winger, but his biggest frail is under kicks where opposing flankers regular out jump him in contests. Whether or not he plays first grade is still doubtful.

    And l I cannot believe some are waxing lyrical over Williame, who did zip in his previous NRL career followed by the same nothingness in the ESL.
     
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  8. Saint_JimmyG

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    How could anyone forget Andrew Frew?

    Oh, that’s right...
     
  9. Saint_JimmyG

    Saint_JimmyG First Grade

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    I had just erased him from my memory....thanks a lot.
     
  10. Wittenberg

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    Agree Sailor appears to have more attacking skills and more of a footballing brain than either of our current centres but Sailor’s defence is suspect and his one on one defence in the Nines did not fill me with much confidence. Nevertheless he may provide us with something new, we know exactly what we are going to get with Aitken and Lafai.
     
  11. Wittenberg

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    How did Saab play in the trial? I hear he was quiet and didn’t set the world on fire. Is that a fair summary or did he play better than I have been told?
     
  12. Frank Facer

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    To my knowledge Aitken played lock most of his juniors.
     
  13. Overseas dragon

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    So your In Mary's corner,,, aintken and slowfai. ......
     
  14. R&WTILLIDIE

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    I’d take a plastic cone over Aitken
     
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    Saab didn’t get much ball so there is no way to analyse his performance
     
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    Do you guys know where I can get a Maitland Trial Premiers t-shirt?
    i'm going to savour this one because it's going to be a lean year.
     
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    He didn’t get a lot of game time and no real opportunity to do much more than a few scoots from dummy half. A lot of the attack in 2nd half went to the left which Pereira got to enjoy.
     
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    My honest take after watching the whole trial last night
    Positive defence is better but The knights squandered a few opportunities in the first half
    We were lucky to be 6 all

    negative attack similar in 1st grade but will see what CC brings next week
    Score flattered 1st grade as it was the CC second half that stood out Against a woeful knights team.... pretty much mirrors last year CC for me. We do have a good CC squad...again. Not sure Head can take them to the next level But still 1 level ahead of Mary
     
  19. Dragon set in stone.

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    Try paulthebaldpretender.com apparently he was seen at the printers on Saturday night.
     
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    Our spirits and stocks are so low that Williame is being talked about as a good signing and his form against a very pedestrian outfit seen as crucial
    FMD we have really become so desperate for any semblance of good news.
     

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