Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Forty20, Jul 21, 2013.
Someone wake me up when we sign someone noteworthy. I don't feel like a team list just yet....
I agree. Personally, I think if he hadn't been injured early this year that we would have been pushing for an origin spot. I rate him very highly.
Unable to over hype Parra juniors (due to their performance) Parramatta Forum members have now taken to over hyping Penrith juniors. Hehe
Or do we have a lack of massive speedsters?
I'd say Hayne and Hopoate would still be the best wingers in the club.
Pretty sure Simmons turned 26 back in 2010..... So unless he's had his 26th birthday 4 times over??
Guess we are all hoping we can make better use of them then dime a dozen wingers...
This year should have proven that wingers are no longer a dime a dozen.
So then it's settled.
Norman will play fullback while Hayne and Hoppa stay out on the wings.
Loko will play in the 6.
I would definitely have Hopoate on the wing next year.
Probably Sio on the other. Morgan and Loko in the centres.
I can't believe some people have come out and said "Why would you pay so much money for Hopoate just to play him on the wing" when it is clear that wing is such an important position nowadays. As you said we have definitely proven that this year.
How many bombs have our wingers dropped? How many tries have we let in because of this?
How many times have our wingers been caught in "no-man's land" in defence?
I'm pretty sure we have scored zero tries from kicks out to the corner. Can anyone remember one this year?
mansour is marked for the centres at the pamfers
Well the thing is with proper talent identification and better pathways, we shouldn't have to pay loads for other teams' wingers. Daniel Tupou & Jorge Taufua would have definitely taken the focus off our lack of wing ability
Team list of our U20's alumni, just off top of my head
1. Nathan Gardner
2. Jorge Taufua
3. Ryan Morgan
4. Justin Hunt
5. Daniel Tupou
6. Kris Keating
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Mitch Allgood
9. Anthony Mitchell
10. Tim Mannah
11. Taniela Lasalo
12. Tony Williams
13. Peni Terepo
14. Daniel Mortimer
15. Taulima Tautai
16. Albert Kelly
17. Pat O'Hanlon
I reckon Hayne and Hopoate are also the best fullbacks (and probably the best centres) in the club as well.
I'd say Hayne's the best in the club at every position from 1 to 7, and probably the best edge forward as well.
Loko would be lucky to be the fourth best centre in next year's squad. Fifth if we keep Tonga.
But I reckon loko could be our best edge forward by the end of next year
A move to the forwards is happening eventually regardless, I think he could turn into a very damaging wide running backrower, just hope injury doesn't ruin a talented player like him.
he's already our best centre by 3 good furlongs
I think moving him closer to the action has many benefits, two of which are:
* Less room for him in which to make a bad decision and more help to improve his tackling efficiency; and
* Being up against back-rowers who don't have his agility and speed, he won't need to step as much, and theoretically, it would save his knees.
I just think he's wasted in the centres tbh.
I agree with Poupou on this one. What he's brought to the team this year are strong runs, solid metres, a stack of tackle breaks, but not much in the way of finishing skills, creativity for his outside man, and strong one on one defence and decision making out wide. He can do the former from the back row, while the latter skills he lacks are the necessity of a good centre.
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