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Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Gronk, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. The Phelan Folly

    The Phelan Folly Juniors

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    Yes. You are correct
    This is why God invented the Gurney. She's not stupid, after all.
     
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  2. Bazal

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    I like him. He's not the most skilful of hookers, but he has a proper dig and is very solid. Much better at hooker than Will Smith, which is the only real consideration IMO.

    He's also pretty big for a hooker from memory, and he can play a bit in the forwards.

    Honestly as long as he's a better option than Smith, we come out on top. And he is that
     
  3. forward pass

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    I seem to recall he played really well against us last year. I think it was him.
     
  4. Basil Brush

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    Surely Jennings gets his charge downgraded.
     
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    Nornally everyone plays well against us.
     
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    He's not a backup, he's interchange.

    Backups only play when there's an injury. Interchange players have a role to play whether there's an injury or not. Although he does cover mid-game injuries as well.
     
  7. Basil Brush

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    Yet Smith played hooker with no injury on weekend.

    And Salmon will replace Smith in that role.
     
  8. Poupou Escobar

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    Because he wasn't a backup. He was always intended to give Mahoney a rest.
    Salmon will replace Jennings. If he plays well it could be Takairangi who ends up on the bench the next week. Then he will be an interchange player too, not a backup.

    Do you know how many teams didn't carry a dummy half on the bench this round?
     
  9. emjaycee

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    I don't.
    How many?
     
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    I don't know either. A few. Brisbane and Souths at least.

    The point is everyone's defence degrades under fatigue. Only the highest quality middle defenders are up to NRL standard for the whole 80 minutes. Others play 80 minutes but are so important in attack that they are carried by their team mates. Does that describe Reed Mahoney at the moment? I don't think so.
     
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  11. I'm a loser baby...

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    I would have said 3. At some point 3 will be the correct answer to a question.
     
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    I agree with Hindy111, I don’t think he will take smiths 14 jersey. However if Mahoney is not available I think he will go straight into the 9 and Smith will stay in 14
     
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    Same. I think he's more likely to take Mahoney's starting position than he is to take Smith's spot.
     
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    For gods sake .... someone must know
     
  15. Barry O'Speedwagon

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    It would be a lot easier if the NRL made teams name the positions that the interchange players were responsible for. Pretty crap of them really. And easier if they just added a column to the official ladder that showed how many times the team had carried a hooker on the bench.
     
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    Surely McMerkinwaitth is a better option on the bench than Dill Smith???

    He can cover dummy half and slip into a middle forward role if need be. Smith can play a lot of positions equally poorly and is a liability in defence in all of them.
     
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    This. Smith doesn’t add anything coming on to play traditional hooker role. If that’s all he’s going to do, McMerkinrick is better at it
     
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    Agreed. He’s a far better middle defender than Smith and much better hooker. If we feel that we need to give Mahoney a spell, it makes far more sense to replace him with someone that is capable in that position.
     
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    Taka and W.Smith in side give felxibiltiy.

    If a forward goes down Taka can help the forward rotation by playing 20 mins in forwards while W.Smith slots into backline.
    W.Smith can also fill 1,3,4,6,7,9
    With both Taka and W.Smith in team we can cover every position in the side quite easily.What does this other guy cover ? Or is he only good to give Mahoney a rest.
     
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    We have plenty of guys who can cover multiple positions in the backs, halves and forwards quite well - Taka, Salmon, Gutho and even Fergo can cover 1,2, 3, 4 and 5. No one (including Smith) covers 9 very well. Mcrillick does.
     
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