Your team 2019

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  1. Russell Coight

    Russell Coight Juniors

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    Even though we haven't finalized our squad and it could be pretty far off the mark it's always fun to see what a new look team we can have.

    Presuming we re-sign Farah and Marshall and upgrade a couple

    I wouldn't mind injecting some youth into the team

    1. Moses Mbye
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Esan Marsters
    4. Connelly Lemuelu (huge wraps on him coming through the grades)
    5. Corey Thompson
    6. Josh Reynolds
    7. Luke Brooks
    8. Alex Twal
    9. Farah/Liddle
    10. Ben Matulino
    11. Chris Lawrence
    12. Micheal Chee Kam
    13. Elijah Taylor

    14. Thomas Mikaele
    15. Josh Aloiai
    16. Luke Garner (would like to see him play a middle forward type role to replace Taylor aswell as cover the backs if any injuries)
    17. Russell Packer
     
  2. Vic Mackey

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    We need a center, another outside back and a prop IMO to be a top 8 threat. McIntyre (center) and Smith (fullback) have looked good in nsw cup, McIntyre probably closer to firsts then Smith but still not sold on either.
     
  3. Tiger05

    Tiger05 First Grade

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    Has anyone seen Connelly Lemuelu play ? I like Marsters and Fonua but I worry that they are both big strong centres who are defensively weak.

    I couldn't pick Robbie in the starting team. I just think we need Benji and Robbie playing only if we have injuries.

    We need some beasts in the pack. Aloiai & Mikaele might be able to fill impact forward positions.

    I reckon we need Liddle and Reynolds to fire if we are to improve next season.
     
  4. Russell Coight

    Russell Coight Juniors

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    Isn't Mcintyre a 2nd rower or am I thinking of someone else?
    Also as someone who doesnt watch nsw cup regularly how does Toni Tali go? I seen him play once and he was really impressive, think he got injured though
     
  5. Russell Coight

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    I don't personally want Farah there but Liddle isn't exactly a proven first grader, imo next year I think we might need to gamble on a few youngsters. Maybe 3-4 + hopefully a fully fit Reynolds
     
  6. Vic Mackey

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    He’s played center recently and has gone fairly well. Mainly played center/wing in ball/Matt’s but then moved to second row in NYC.

    Talis been ordinary, sadly never progressed from NYC. Terrible defender and never passes to his winger even if they’re unmarked
     
  7. Tiger05

    Tiger05 First Grade

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    I agree that Liddle isn't a proven first grader. Robbie though to me has proven that he isn't the right option for us going forward and we need better. He was great for us in a couple of games this season but I don't think he will ever get that players other than himself are the best option in critical plays. Way too many hog plays when they aren't required.

    I have no problems with signing Robbie because we need a quality back-up hooker.

    I like your idea in relation to a couple of youngsters. We need some more spark in the team.
     
  8. JB04

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    1. Moses Mbye
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Esan Marsters
    4. I’m hoping somebody who really impresses in pre season or a center is bought (not sold on Fonua)
    5. Corey Thompson
    6. Benji Marshall
    7. Luke Brooks
    8. Russell Packer
    9. Jacob Liddle
    10. Ben Matulino
    11. Josh Aloiai
    12. Chris Lawrence
    13. Elijah Taylor

    14. Josh Reynolds
    15. Alex Twal
    16. Michael Chee Kam
    17. Thomas Mikaele
     
  9. Tiger05

    Tiger05 First Grade

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    I'm trying to think about this and what we need as players.

    Wingers:- Nofo and Thompson. To me these two aren't top quality wingers but they both do the job and do it pretty well.
    Centres:- Fonua and Marsters. Big, strong runs from both of them. They also both lack pace and concern me defensively.
    Middle forwards:- Aloia, Taylor, Eisenhuth, Twal, Matulino. Packer. I reckon we need another quality option here.
    Edge forwards:- Garner, MCK, Lawrence, Taylor & Aloiai (they can both play on the edge but they are both probably better in the middle). I think these guys can do the job but we lack a damaging edge forward.
    Halves:- Brooks, Benji & Reynolds. I think Benji is busted. I hope Reynolds isn't busted but he could be. Brooks is one of our best players.
    Fullback:- Mbye. Quality player.
    Hooker:- Liddle and Robbie. I hope Liddle comes on because I don't think we will go well with Robbie playing a lot of first grade next year.

    Basically we have an average squad with a couple of class players (Brooks and Mbye) that aren't in the best players in the game category. Overall though it's not really a bad squad. We just lack a couple of quality players. I think hooker is potentially our worst position next season. I also think we lack a couple of forwards who can have an impact.

    I'd love to see us bring on a quality rookie next season and buy a couple of quality players in the off-season.
     
  10. Vic Mackey

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    This is the 2019 squad so far

    1. Mbye
    2. Nofoaluma
    3. Marsters
    4. Fonua
    5. Thompson
    6. Reynolds
    7. Brooks
    8. Packer
    9. Liddle
    10. Matulino
    11. Lawrence
    12. CheeKam
    13. Taylor
    14. Twal
    15. Gamble
    16. Eisenhuth
    17. Rochow
    18. McQueen (rumoured leaving)
    19. Aloiai
    20. Clarke
    21. Garner
    22. McIntyre
    23. Mikaele
    24. Smith
    25. Farah?
    26. Marshall?
     
  11. Vic Mackey

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    Ideally I think we need 2 more centers/wingers, a hooker/utility and a prop
     
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    I assume IC will take a safety first approach to his 1st 17 unless someone really impresses over the summer in which case that person might get a run as a reserve.

    I'd go with:

    1. Moses Mbye
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Esan Marsters
    4. we need a centre - Dylan Walker would be good here.
    5. Corey Thompson
    6. Josh Reynolds
    7. Luke Brooks
    8. Russell Packer
    9. Farah/Liddle
    10. Ben Matulino
    11. Chris Lawrence
    12. Micheal Chee Kam
    13. Alex Twal

    14. Thomas Mikaele
    15. Josh Aloiai
    16. Elijah Taylor
    17. No idea but as a few have nominated Mikaela, happy to list him at 14. Need another forward.
     
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  13. Russell Coight

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    With McQueen possibly leaving with the others included, mixed in with the spots remaining surely we'd have enough for 2-3 experienced to pretty good first graders. I'm talking a Dylan Walker, Martin taupau type player. Rest of the spots can be filled by fringe players
     
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  14. Russell Coight

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    Also Gamble to me has the frame to be a centre/second rower. Pack 5kg on him in the off season aswell as train him there and see how he goes

    It's quite clear hes fairly out of favour for the halves so why not try him in a different position?
     
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    Gamble is a strange one. ...kinda like Blake Austin on camomile tea. Can't make my mind up if he is potential emerging or if what we've seen is about it.
     
  16. Rabbits20

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    Not a top 10 squad imo...

    Mediocre.
     
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    Piss off, virgin.
     
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    It’s literally the same squad that came 9th this year :joy:
     
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  19. Russell Coight

    Russell Coight Juniors

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    Same squad that belted the living shit out of your woman bashing scum even though we were under all adversity

    Let's take things into perspective here, this comp is close as f**k. If we win on Thursday we are only 2 wins behind your team. We got ripped against Brisbane and lost about 2-3 games by 4 points or less

    We really aren't far behind you guys at all.

    Another stat that will probably fall on deaf ears for you, we will be the first team to get 13 wins in a season and not make the 8. Every other year that's enough to qualify for the finals
     
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  20. Tiger05

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    That is about the best team we currently have. I assume Mahe fills the centre position.

    I reckon that forward pack is the best we have. ET can sub in any backrow spot. Mikaele and Aloiai should offer some impact. Having Twal at lock should give us a good starting pack. We lack an impact forward like Burgess or Taumolo but those guys should do the job.

    I'd play Liddle off the bench mainly because I can't see him providing 80 quality minutes.

    It's not a weak team but we really need Liddle and Reynolds to perform well above what they have offered so far plus we need Mikaele and Aloiai to offer some impact.
     

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