Round 1 - Roosters vs Rabbitohs: Friday 15th March 7:55pm @SCG

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  1. callmack1

    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    The day is here, Game Day!!!!! Man, I've been waiting for this day for so friggin long and couldn't be more excited!! Gonna be a super tough game, probably up there with one of the toughest we'll get all year. It's going to take all our skill, all our focus, all our strength and all our willpower to beat them but I know the boys are up to it!!
     
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    Outside of the usual suspects, Braiden Burns has been fantastic!
     
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    Burns was fantastic.
     
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    If Burns can stay fit i think he’s in for a big season.
     
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    Those steps he put on Manu were sublime!! His D was great. Plus he really looks super fit.
     
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    Can’t wait to see him on a dry track.
     
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    If Murray doesn’t play origin I’ll give it away . One of the the best if not the best young forwards in the game
     
  10. callmack1

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    Hoh, how good was that?!! Great feeling!! What a way to start the Season with a big win over our arch-rivals, especially when no one really picked us to win!!! A bit of a bludger of a game with the conditions but we put in a classy performance of wet weather footy and seemed to frustrate the Roosters into errors which they made a lot of. We just strangled them throughout the 80 minutes and broke them down which was great to watch. It is only Round 1 but this is a huge statement to the rest of the comp, to come out and beat the Roosters like that, wow!!

    Considering the condiditons, we were great in attack. Pretty high completion rate for those conditions, good go-forward for most of the game, and we were throwing a lot of shapes at them in attack which was great to see. I noticed the forwards in paticular were running at all kinds of differenrt angles, it was great to watch. We also played patient and didn't get frustrated with not scoring, we just kept building pressure which was wonderful. As a result, we scored some pretty nice tries. I have noticed a bit of an adjustment to our attack, it just seems to flow differently, but I will watch the replay tomorrow and get more of a read on that. However, at times, we really struggled to get of our own end which was a bit concerning and we really lacked go-forward from everyone and I think this is an area that needs to be addressed somewhat. Overall though, a great attacking performance.

    Defensively, I think we got the pass mark. Defence through the middle was outstanding, we bashed them into submission with defence, forcing them back at times and/or not allowing them to make much ground. Edge defence however left a bit to be desired I think because there were times when we just looked all at sea in the edges and almost everytime The Roosters spread it to the edge, they looked like making a break. This is a huge part of our game that needs addressing, it will be a work in progress though.

    Johnston: Not bad at all tonight, chimed into the backline while trying to create opportunities for those around him. He seems to not be as scared of contact as much either as his kick returns were a lot stronger tonight. Congrats to AJ on scoring too to finish off that beautiful right hand shift. His only error was when Mitchell stole the ball from him.

    Gagai: Fantastic. Did make an error or two but was outstanding otherwise. Such strong carries coming out of our own end and he was almost always up above the advantage line. Gags was heavily involved all night and just didn't stop, it was brilliant! Defensively he did look a little shaky as he can't decide whether to Jam in or slide. This has to be fixed.

    Inglis: Not too much to say about GI apart from the fact he was solid. This was just a game for him to get back into it and he did that with some strong carries and a lot of aggression in defence. GI certainly showed great signs.

    Burns: Wow, wow, wow! Loved his work tonight. Such strong runs with that late left-foot step of his that was very allusive. Burnsy was in the thick of everything too and seemed really eager to get the ball. Him and Graham already have a great combo in both attack and defence. defensively, Manu did stand Burns up a couple of times but other then that, he was just so good! I think he was one of our best.

    Graham: Not too much to say for Cammy either but he was solid. Just like last year he chipped in with a fair bit of work, doing some strong hit ups on a regular basis to help out the forwards. Did look a little indecisive in defence at times but that will be fixed. Nice fifnish by Graham for that try too.

    Walker: Was good. Back to his destructive best, if not even better!! He just looked so dangerous all game, everytime he touched the ball it looked like something was gonna happen. He had that left edge running perfectly, some of the plays they pulled off were just great to watch, especially in the conditions. great desire to get his try. One thing I will say about Cody is that I feel he kind of went a bit quiet in the last 20 minutes of the first half when we needed him to guide the young guys off the bench but that'll improve I hope.

    Reynolds: One of our best for sure! He just had the ball on a string all night with a pinpoint long and short kicking game. The couple he did near the line that hit the posts for two tries were simply genious. He seemed to run more tonight too and goal kicking needs to imp

    Tatola: Didn't get as many minutes as I was expecting but still had a good performance. His Pre-Season form carried on with very strong runs and a high work rate.

    Cook: Cookie was brilliant tonight, one of our best. Not really the right weather for his running game but he picked and chose his moments as he did still have a few dashes when the markers weren't square. I just loved the way he controlled the ruck, it was Cam Smith like!! His kicking game became evident as he found the grass with a few kicks out of dummy half and he put in that beauty of a grubber for Sam's try. A high workrate in defence as always. Cookie has certainly added some strings to his bow.

    T.Burgess: A good opening game for Tom. Actually played more minutes than I thought he would which was good as it allowed him to just roll through the middle all night as he did with some barnstorming runs I think he would've run well over 100 meters as he was huge for us through that middle thid. Also no errors from Tom I think!! I was disappointed he clocked off for friend's try though.

    Sutton: Sutto honestly hasn't skipped a beat and he has carried on his form from last year which was seen tonight in a big way. He did plenty of work and it was all quality stuff with that last minute left foot step of his which allows him more momentum compared to the defender and thus, more post contact meters. He was pretty solid in defence too and did a good job against that lethal Roosters left edge.

    S.Burgess: He was in everything tonight!! Played on the edge, in the middle and he was busy all game. Constantly wanted the ball in his hands which saw him produce a big output, lead by example and lay a great platform for the rest of the side to work their magic. Got himself a try too!! I still question if he is quick enough laterally in defence to be a second rower as he was caught out a couple of times leading to a line break. He did make a couple of errors but all in all, it was a great game for Sam!

    Murray: Well, where do I even start?! Just wow, Murray amazed me tonight. He just got through so much work, he was everywhere!! For a guy of his size, his runs are some of the strongest in the game and tonight was no different as he constantly bent the Roosters defensive line backwards in almost every run and provided a fast play-the-ball. Got through a mountain of defence too, easily one of our best tonight.

    Lowe: Pretty solid. Didn't have a heavy involvement but he did do his job well. A few solid runs and I noticed he got through a fair bit of work n defence.

    Knight: Despite making an early error, he provided great impact off the bench as he just came on and gave his all. You could see it in every run he did, it was 100% Like what I see from him and he'll be a great impact player throughout the Season.

    Nicholls: See Lowe's comments. He played longer minutes than expected too.'

    Allan: Not really much to say with his limited minutes but I'm just stoked he's made his debut!!

    One thing I will say is that over all, our bench is a little weak. In my opinion, we lost a fair bit of momentum once Tom and Cam came off for a breather and it returned with them.

    No doubt defence is still a work in progress too, we have a lot to work on there.

    All up, a great victory, especially against them!!! There are no words to describe how much I hate them so a win over them is always so sweet.

    It's only Round 1 so we can't get ahead ourselves but we have made a big statement tonight, what a win, I'm so happy!!
     
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    Agreed once Tom and Murray went off Souths seemed to struggle. When George is back he will probably be on the bench in place of Nicholls so that should help a bit.
     
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    Anyone else notice Chrichton only come on to the field once Sam went off for a HIA? :joy:
     
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    Great game by all the boys - loved the way Gagai put Latrell in his place. And Cody taking on Cronk - so much passion.
    If I was the NRL I would be re- thinking putting Latrell up as one of the role models for the game - bad look.
    And Murray to take Angus’s SOO spot :joy:
     
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    There was talk of AR not playing,i think he was scared his shoulder wasnt ready, he didnt play bad and had a hand everywhere, but i think he needs to slim down 5kg and he needs goal kicking practice, he use to be a needle with his kicks, now its as if he has lost a bit. He can improve at least 40% and if he does wow!
     
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    Hopefully having Sam next to him on the edge will help his confidence as he has been a target for late hits from the opposition since Good Friday 2015. I know people label him as 'made of glass' but a lot of his injuries have been collision related. I would like to see anyone cop some of the hits he gets on a regular basis and get back up and carry on.
    With a bit of protection (which i don't believe he has had in the past) and a coach who has led some of the great halves of the past few decades, i believe we could see AR go to another level as 2019 progresses.
     
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    Re: Latrell, if i were the NRL i would be telling him to pull his head in. He is an ideal candidate to be the face of the NRL imo but needs to grow out of the grubby niggle.
     
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    Agree. Bennett loves an impact forward from the bench as we saw in his last few years at Brisbane. I wouldn't be surprised if Nicholls got a start for 20-25 minutes to get through the meat and potatoes work before George and Tatola are unleashed.
     
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    Great wrap up once again. Good signs, but as you said a real lot to improve on.

    The Fox commentary said it well, Renno really looked confident, and one of the things WB does well is bring the best out in his halves. I really think Renno is going to regain his best form under Bennett, regain it, then bring it to another level.
     
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    What a great presser from Bennett. I wasn’t expecting much, but he really revealed a lot and didn’t hold back.

    Loved when he said he had two of the best halves in the game, a talented fullback, and a really talented hooker. His job isn’t to stifle them, his job is to let them play football.

    Loved how he acknowledged we actually had a right side and he intends to use it.

    Loved he was straight up about GI. Told them he’s a very experienced player, that knows what he’s doing, he won’t be at his best for the next 3-4 weeks, but will still do his job. But in 5 or 6 weeks he’ll be ready to show his best.

    Most of all I liked how his biggest take away from the game was that “they are team with a new coach, I’ve got different ideas than their used to, Im a coach at a new club. I think after that we can have confidence in each other.”

    Plus when he told that reporter to ask him that question tomorrow. Then the reporter said so I should just turn up at your house. And he says “well you’ve done that before”. Awesome come back.

    I think he showed more in that interview than Madge or Seibold showed in 4 seasons.

    I’m starting to warm to the Wayne train.
     

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