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Intrust Super Premiership Team List

 

The Wentworthville Magpies were comprehensively walloped last week at the hands of the Newtown Jets are will be desperately looking to bounce back as they travel to New Zealand to face the Warriors. Wenty’s finals aspirations are currently being held together by threads with a 4-pt gulf separating them from the 8th placed Canterbury Bulldogs and they will need to upset the 5th placed Warriors if they are to ignite any sort of charge to the post-season.

While the NRL squad has the week off following their heart-breaking loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons, there is no rest for Will Smith. Maligned, and fairly so really, as the catalyst for the last-gasp loss to the Dragons, Smith now lines up alongside the talented Jaeman Salmon in the halves.

There is little new to report otherwise though. The Magpies field a strong front-row on paper with seasoned NRL players in Kane Evans, Kaysa Pritchard and Suaia Matagi but on-field form said otherwise. If the Magpies are to spring a massive upset there is no doubt that their high-profile forwards will need to finally step up to the plate.

 

Wentworthville Magpies
1. Abbas Miski
2. Dane Aukafolau
3. Kirisome Auva’a
4. Nathan Davis
5. Greg Leleisiuao
6. Jaeman Salmon
7. Will Smith
8. Kane Evans
9. Kaysa Pritchard
10. Suaia Matagi
11. Matt Woods
12. Junior Salesi Faingaa
13. Daniel Dole
Interchange
14. Haimona Hiroti
15. Nick Kassis
16. Piki Rogers
17. Eddie Aiono

 

Jersey Flegg Team List

 

The youngest of Parramatta’s senior football teams is right in the thick of the battle for a place in the Top 4. Fresh off a bye they too will travel to New Zealand looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Warriors and in doing so keep in touch with the 4th placed Mounties.

The usual spread of talent has been named for the trip to the land of the long white cloud so look for the likes of Dylan BrownJohn FonuaTui Afualo and Stefano Utoikamanu to spearhead the assault on the Kiwis on Saturday.

 

Parramatta Eels Jersey Flegg side
1. John Fonua
2. Haze Dunster
3. Tuimavave Afualo
4. Noel Aukafolau
5. Taufu Afu
6. Todd Sapienza
7. Dylan Brown
8. Michael Tupou
9. Ayden Carling
10. Sean Keppie
11. Dylan Clifford
12. Nick Okladnikov
13. Jesse Cronin
Interchange
14. Vea Tapaatoutai
15. Steve Dresler
16. Stefano Utoikamanu
17. PJ Vaigalu
18. Tyrone Faulkner
19. Bruce Ward
20. Valance Harris
21. Ethan Parry
22. Sam McGregor

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Good job
Does anyone think it may be a good idea to give Kahfusi a couple of games off the bench towards the end of 18. im absouloutley certain he is big and tough enough. It may serve him well because its only a matter of time for him….

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I am surprised to see Dane Aukafolau on the wing, is this where he has been playing of late?

Also I assume Mahoney and Kaufusi are being rested for U20’s Origin

John Eel
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John Eel

Sorry Anonymous should read John Eel

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

John Akafolau was switched to the wing last Saturday in the terrible performance by the ISP team. To me only around 4 were doing much, I would hate to think what the score would have been like without the defensive effort from Kaysa. Greg L is a big concern in defence as he seems to back away.

Anonymous
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Thanks Colin I did not see the game. After looking at the final scores I am not sure that I wanted to. I definitely feel that a number of these players have probably thrown in the towel knowing they will not be around 2019. Very disappointing.

colin hussey
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colin hussey

I had been looking forward to the game, as that match should they have won could have helped keep them in the finals race, but watching the way the Jets played with a very open attacking style of game with offloads aplenty, Wenty had no idea, Greg L scored early and not a bad effort but he backed away from tackles, also why Aka was put to the wing, didn’t help much though. The big players Faaingi was slow and lethargic, Evans not up to the standard, Stromquist another big unit going nowhere. The commentators also said that Pritchard was… Read more »

John Eel
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John Eel

The aim is to win the NRL not the ISP but that effort seems bitterly disapointing

I watched a little of the Fiji game and I thought Faingaa was disappointing in that game from the little bit I seen

colin hussey
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colin hussey

John, I agree the aim is to win the NRL, thing is though if the players underneath are not putting in enough to provide pressure on the NRL team, then what happens when injuries come into play?

We do need a strong reserve team that has enough players in it that can readily slot into the top side when injury or suspension takes place, also provide players to the NRL as others retire from above.

John Eel
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John Eel

Colin have the Storm ever won the ISP? Having said that they always seem to be able to come up with able replacements as needed

colin hussey
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colin hussey

John, do they have a team in an ISP comp? They have a younger team playing somewhere but with Melbourne having so many RL teams to pick players from, they really just need good scouts to pick the eyes out of other states teams, and of course pay them with no cap problems.

John Eel
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John Eel

They have a team in Qld, ISP,Sunshine coast maybe. Also they are looking for a team in Sydney as well. I reckon that if the Eels ever walked away from Wenty they would be in like Flynn. They tried to cut a deal with the Jets for 2019 but Sharks resigned again.

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John, Faingaa is a boy playing his first few games against men to prepare him and test his fortitude. At this stage of his career development we should not expect too much of him especially playing in a losing team last week with his fellow forwards going backwards.

colin hussey
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colin hussey

Faaingaa has played well in his short international matches, and so far the 20’s and similar comps, he is a big unit and needs to watch his weight, if he can keep the weight down and lift his motor for the rest of the year in ISP, then see how he goes, at this stage not sure how long he could stay on the paddock at a higher level.

sixties
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Salesi has an injury and will be out for a few weeks.

Paul
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Paul

Where is Ray Stone? I noticed he wasn’t picked in our last game and he wasn’t on the injury list. Are we losing him

Anonymous
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Anonymous

He picked up an injury in game vs Wyong.

The Badger
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The Badger

Why would that stop them playing him? Keppie is going to Manly but they still keep developing him for their use.
Work that out!

sixties
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Who are you referring to Badger? Stone is out for a few weeks as is Fainga’a.

John Eel
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John Eel

In the “Eels in the News” story Knights miss out on Fergusson they talk about M Jennings taking up his option for an extension. Some are reporting it as a 1 yr option others saying it includes 2020 season. Which is correct?

colin hussey
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colin hussey

Understand it to be 2 years, the original announcement was that he had signed for 4yrs, no mention of the option at the time though.

Anonymous
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I have not seen any games in full only some highlights; the combination of mixed teams; young players and some not being consistent seems an issue; along with the Wenty / Parra partnership which Sixties highlighted so well previously; i do not know how they train as a group as some i think are on fulltime contracts and others not. This all needs to be reviewed as per the internal review. Yes we want them to be putting pressure on NRL as well as giving the younger ones a go; is it me or has the NRL with all the… Read more »

colin hussey
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colin hussey

Its not new, the old 3rd, reserve, then under 23 and Reserves had good progression aspects associated with them and then the Under 23’s were dumped for presidents cup, then the reserves go. How many players were put out of the game when those changes took place? Not only that how many teams have been lost with the old 2nd division teams that folded? That blog by Sixties was excellent but probably a bit hard for the NRL boffins to understand. Can the eels as such look at having their own fully eels ISP team along with Wenty also competing… Read more »

John Eel
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John Eel

Colin I have no doubt that if the Eels go it alone and part company with Wenty, another NRL club will swoop in and fill the vacuum

sixties
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Of course someone will John, but the juniors remain as Eels juniors. It would just be a commercial arrangement with some use of senior players. I can wear another club linking there. A joint venture simply hasn’t worked for the Eels and it’s silly to hang on out of fear.

sixties
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Yes they can Colin. Let’s keep pushing for it.

sixties
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I long for simpler times with the lower grades too Anonymous, but that’s probably just a dream now. I have my concerns around a top 30 system and I’d like to explore better options.