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Eels Pre-Season Training – January 23, 2019: Thanks… But No Thanks

In a recent interview, Tepai made reference to how many “Malcolms” the squad have been completing at training.

“Malcolms”?

These strangely named conditioning drills have the players running different intervals, hitting the ground frequently during the run. Imagine a middle distance runner hitting the ground every ten or twenty metres and you get a sense of what the players are asked to do.

There was no shortage of Malcolms towards the end of today’s session. After asking a couple of the players after training about the name “Malcolm” – and my thought is that if Jimenez has named it after someone, that person was obviously a bastard – a “generous” offer was made by Dylan Brown to our group of spectators.

“Would you like to join in?”

“Thanks. But no thanks. Not unless you’ve got an ambulance on standby.”

The opposed work under the control of NRL referees including Gavin Badger was undoubtedly the feature of today, but I suspect that some of the greatest benefit was the way the squad was forced to dig deep in their conditioning. For me, they’ll draw great confidence from this pre-season.

The opposed session was far from perfect. There were some scrappy moments, especially from the Red team, though on occasion this was the result of defensive pressure.  Nonetheless, there were definitely some coachable moments to arise from the hit out.

Opposed Highlights

Maika Sivo

* An impressive high take of a kick by Sivo to score for the Reds

* Sivo’s spectacular fingertips catch of a line dropout – he’s still not doing full contact but we saw more of his skill base today

* Marata’s incredible chase to round up a flying Will Smith after the fleet footed back had taken an intercept and looked certain to score – this type of effort in a training run, in the heat, says plenty about a player’s desire to compete

Oregon Kaufusi

* Kaufusi hammering the line with powerful charges

* Kane Evans busting into the clear after hitting a gap next to the ruck

* Tepai Moeroa being very vocal, urging his team mates on

* David “Jason Smith” Gower again directing the young Reds 

 

* Kyle Schneider sharp and very composed at dummy half for the Reds

* The Blue forwards delivering plenty of defensive muscle

Other Observations

Munz

Some of the opposed session was played as two hand touch. This brought speed to the ruck and caused the defence to back peddle, giving the attack an opportunity to show if they could take advantage of an unsettled defence.

After the “Malcoms” were thrown in at the latter stages of the session, the players were still expected to complete a very physical defensive drill.

Apart from the usual suspects, two players to catch the eye during the conditioning were Manu Ma’u and Michael Jennings. They are looking very fit.

Fergo

Jaeman Salmon, Nathan Brown, Blake Ferguson and Brad Takairangi were all running in rehab today. I can’t comment on how long that will be for, but they all looked to be running freely.

Fergo

However, watching Ferguson in action was an eye-opener for me and I’d like to share it with fellow supporters. Not only was he busting a gut in his work (and I reckon he was revelling in how demanding it was), but he was also yelling encouragement to the players on the field during his breaks.

Furthermore, he spent time mentoring Salmon as they watched and discussed the backline play, then worked on some ball skills themselves.

This type of leadership and mentoring from a premiership winning player will be invaluable to the young backs coming through the Eels system.

Quick ReminderJunior Reps

For those interested, the Junior Reps will be trialling against Penrith at St Pats High School, Blacktown on Thursday and Friday evening.

The Tarsha Gale, 15s Development and Laurie Daley Cup teams will be playing from 4:30pm on Thursday.

The Harold Matts, Andrew Johns and SG Ball will take the fields from 6:30pm on Friday.

After many of the players were rested from last week’s trials, you’re likely to see a bit more team work with some established combinations on show. These clashes with Penrith are always highly contested, even trials. It’s well worth getting to, especially if you’re a local.

 

Eels forever!

 

Sixties

 

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Thanks for the write up again mate.
For me the most to pleasing points abt your report were that Mau and Jenko looking fit and the comments abt Fergo.
I won’t make it for the trials as being too far but they will be a strong hit out as Penrith being the neighbours and super strong. Should be a good indicator of how both teams go.
Can you outline how the Johns Cup works. Is this the wkend comp for 15/16 yrs who haven’t made Matt’s / Ball?
Good to read while o/seas mate. Cheers

Anthony
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Anthony

Hey Sixties do you know what the news on Salmon is? I heard talk he received a 2 week suspension over his driving charge but have not been able to find any confirmation on the subject anywhere

BDon
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BDon

Do we invite the referees or are they allocated by their masters to all clubs? I can now see why they’re calling players by first name during games.
How have Lane and Kaufusi looked in agility, awareness and urgency, they look to have that Brett Kenny trait of seeming calm, measured and unhurried. It’s just that we know in hindsight that Kenny channeled these traits into something pretty special. Kaufusi looks top 17 material but a queue is forming.

Terry
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Terry

All well and good to train hard, hell anyone can but can they do it on game day? Let’s see.

Bob jay
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Bob jay

Hell anyone can ,you ??

Terry
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Terry

Seeing I played Jersey Flegg a few years back, I’m guessing I could champ…Hell its only a guess!!

Matthew Sweeney
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Matthew Sweeney

Nice positive write up Sixties. Just a quick one . Is Fergo one of the bigger boys ie a bit of a beast?

Anonymous
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Geez, you’ve got to be excited at the prospect that is SIVO. I really hope he reaches full potential at NRL level.
Sixties, thanks again for this report. How is Moses going? Have you noticed more talking than last pre season and organising the troops? He has a lot more responsibility this season, I believe that he’ll handle it.
Sorry mate, it’s Grunta.

Seth hardie
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Seth hardie

Moses is the one we need to take responsibility of this team! Is he looking in charge of things sixties. A lot rides on this young man.If the pigs aim up this year he really has to CATTLEDOG the time for niceties are over! Keep positive sixties the reports boost all of us

MattL
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MattL

Been enjoying all of your reports with out feeling the need to comment lately but wanted to chirp in and say thx for making cricket season bearable. Footy season is nearly here.

Michael Formosa
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Michael Formosa

I’m loving these reports mate! Just one question is there any word of Parra bringing a halves coach on to help Brown out. I know we used Brett Kimmorley one pre season and other clubs use them to great success.

Jonboy
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Jonboy

Great write up once again Sixties and a solid depiction of today’s events. The elapsed time between training and posting suggests to me that either your on a promise tonight or you were soooo excited by today’s session you simply couldn’t wait to write it up. Hearing Fergo spew his guts up at the conclusion of ceremonies today and then shout out with satisfaction after imparting/sharing his knowledge and experience with “Fish” and to a lesser extent Browny was without a doubt the highlight of what I witnessed today. If Fergo brings just half of this effort, drive and ferocity… Read more »

rowdy roddy
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rowdy roddy

Thanks for your perspective on today’s activities Jonboy, Sixties can’t observe and record every-one of the boys efforts alone. I know he appreciates the extra eyes and ears that yourself and others bring as do we fans who can’t get as often as we would like to.

colin hussey
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I’m an bit late joining in the discussion, but again I like what I am reading, thanks sixties, its interesting to me to see 3 more out in training although not into the heavy stuff, Sivo looks and could well be the answer to the open wing spot, early days though but seems to have vg hands for the ball. If he ends up with the potential even near Semi, it should really make our backs a big worry for the opposition, and could be infectious to the forwards as they take the brunt and lead in the team. I… Read more »

Trevor Campbell
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Trevor Campbell

I haven’t replied to any reports since somewhere around the middle of last year, (spent a bit of the last two seasons recuperating) but I have still been following everyone’s reports fervently. I mentioned back in 2017 about attitude being the driver of success for certain players and their teams, especially the 2017 Eels 20’s side and the 2016 and 2017 Eels nrl sides. Those teams had certain players that refused to give up and who led from the front. I can only comment on the 2017 20’s side as I never saw any 2018 20’s games. For the 20’s… Read more »

colin hussey
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Trevor a good report indeed. I saw Tui a couple of seasons back in a couple of games and he was quite devasting in some of his runs. I don’t remember Stone playing in those games but I do remember his input into a couple of NSW rep/soo origin games against QLD and he really made me sit up and take notice. Not a lot of him except his hair in those days and played above his weight both in attack and defence. I like what I am seeing of Kafusi and have said that above. The younger players I… Read more »

Trevor Campbell
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Trevor Campbell

Thanks Col. I saw Stone slip and miss a tackle in one game and Mahoney who always involved himself in the tackle, didn’t on this occasion, resulting in the player racing away to score. Well Stone and Mahoney didn’t hang their heads, instead they were filthy with themselves. That’s the attitude all players need to be good team players. I also hope Bev gets his confidence back as the game needs exciting players like him. I can’t believe Kaufusi’s size and also Stefano??? the other big young player training beside him. It bodes well for the future if those big… Read more »

colin hussey
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sixties and Trevor I am very surprised, happily so at this point of time seeing how the likes of Alvaro, Ma’u, Tepai and others have added to their torso’s, I looked at a video on the eels web site and there was Jnr, with a bit of a gut still, with sweat pouring off his forehead, he still looks big but a different big, same as a few others this season. There is still value in a utility I believe, but it depends on the type and where he’s able to play and make an impression, as such for us… Read more »

Trevor Campbell
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Trevor Campbell

Yeah Col it would be great to see such hard work pay off for those three (Mahoney, Stone, Pritchard).

colin hussey
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Too True.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Happy new yr sixties. Finally got internet connection after moving. What a headache telecommunications industry is lol.

Anyhow good read I see nothing but a good year in 2019.

I was at Parramatta today n let me just say other teams that turn up will be shocked by the size of the stadium. It’s bloody massive.

#eels4life#