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What We Learned – NRL Trial vs Canberra Raiders

Footy is officially back. That is always one of the biggest positives to come out of any opening trial and it still stands true tonight. The Parramatta Eels ultimately went down to the Canberra Raiders 22-20 following a bizarre sequence of events in the final thirty seconds of play but the ‘true’ score for the sake of critical analysis was 20-12 for the Eels at the close of the third quarter.

Canberra fielded a team largely made up of fringe first-graders and NRL hopefuls and to their credit they stuck around for the sixty minutes in which Parramatta fielded their strongest outfit of the night. The first trial of the preseason tends to be a time to evaluate individual play over team play in general (not to say that you should ignore obvious positives or negatives in team play) so that will largely be the theme of this post.

On that note there are plenty of takeaways to come out of the showdown at St Marys, so let’s get into the good and bad from tonight.

 

Junior Paulo is a bad, bad man

 

He won’t be the magical cure-all for everything that went wrong with Parramatta’s forward pack in 2018 but hot damn was Junior Paulo impressive tonight. The homecoming forward was a load for the defence all night with the ball in hand and practically offloaded at will. Encouragingly, he also played significant minutes across the three quarters of play that featured Parramatta starters. He even found himself defending a winger out wide at one point in the second half and promptly planted said back on his arse with a cracking textbook driving tackle.

I know it is but the first game back for the blockbusting prop forward but the signs are genuinely positive.

 

Brown composed, Moses mercurial in new looks halves pairing

 

The media hype surrounding the impending NRL debut of Dylan Brown is quickly approaching a crescendo but the young man himself looks ready to go about his business. Brown may not have dazzled in the trial against the Raiders but he handled everything that came his way with aplomb and poise.

Brown was willing to take on the line and threatened to break through on at least two occasions before scrambling defenders brought him down. He displayed a deft touch from the boot as the off-kicker to Mitchell Moses and perhaps most encouragingly, he looks to have struck up the foundations of a partnership with newcomer backrower Shaun Lane.

There will be mistakes made, lumps to be had and lessons to be learned for the rookie play-maker in the coming weeks and months but tonight was a solid start to his blossoming career.

Moses on the other hand had the form-o-meter fluctuating between hot and cold like a metronome at times tonight. He played a starring hand in Ethan Parry’s second try of the game with a sizzling run that split the line before hitting a pin-point cross-field kick to the rookie winger but he also struggled with rhythm and execution on a number of right-edge plays.

His lead up work to the Jaeman Salmon try was a microcosm of this with a poor initial kick giving way to a wicked follow-up kick and some sensational heads up play from Parramatta’s senior half. Consistency will be the name of the game for Moses as he takes Brown under his wing this year and we will probably get a better indication of where he is at in that regard in the Penrith trial.

One encouraging note between the duo of Moses and Brown was that our long kicking game looks to have been tidied up significantly. Tepid mid-field bombs were done away with tonight in favour of flatter, angled kicks.

 

EDGE stocks looks improved 

 

Second year starter Marata Niukore and new recruit Shaun Lane have plenty to prove this preseason as they battle for places in a congested backrow. They both got an early jump on their competition tonight with solid showings and now look ahead to the Penrith trial to really push hard for starting berths.

Lane has a superb feel for running lanes for a big man and I am not sure if the live stream captured it but on a couple of occasions he had pushed up in support from out wide and had the potential to make a big bust but the ball-carrier through the ruck didn’t see him in their peripheral vision. The towering backrower did have one bad error to his name as he lost the ball on the first tackle of a penalty set but the good far out-weighed the bad tonight.

Out on the right-edge, Niukore ran with power and authority and looks to have significantly bulked up compared to 2018. Unfortunately, Marata wasn’t featured in the red zone tonight as the Eels looked to attack out wider but if he can bring that power running option to the goal line it will be a massive boost for the Eels.

 

Parry poised to shake up the depth charts

 

Ethan Parry should be a familiar name to hard core fans and frequenters of my junior blogs over recent years but most fans could be forgiven for not knowing who he is. A two-try effort tonight will certainly catapult his name into the spotlight – even if both efforts were relatively straight forward. Rather, it is his prototypical athletic profile and single-minded competitiveness that I believe will see him emerge from the preseason as one of the real smokeys for a NRL debut.

Arguably his biggest highlight play of the first half involved him running near full pelt down the right sideline and almost impossibly reaching behind to somehow reel in a stray pass from Mitchell Moses. It was a display of rare athleticism and a glimpse at the intriguing potential of what a flanker pairing of Parry and Blake Ferguson could offer down the road.

 

Gutherson is finally back

 

ACL injuries are a mean business. The recovery time for elite athletes sustaining such an injury is ridiculous compared to an average human. Obviously the vast resources available to these athletes compared to normal people plays a role but the loads they put their ACLs under in such a short recovery period is insane. The flipside to this is that far too often these players are not anywhere near 100% in their return seasons from ACL injuries.

Look at Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in 2017, who was labelled as a bust for the Warriors as he battled back from his own ACL injury. Fast forward to 2018 and the dynamic fullback was born anew en-route to claiming his maiden Dally M medal. The same will hopefully be true for Clinton Gutherson in 2019 as he puts the #1 on lockdown and grows into the captaincy for the embattled Eels.

Gutherson ran free and easy against the Raiders tonight and showed his play-making chops with a brilliant bit of vision and execution down the left-edge short side. After diagnosing that there was no fullback in play, Gutherson took the ball down the short side and placed a perfectly weighted grubber kick ahead for a flying Michael Jennings.

Parramatta’s young spine needs everything it get from ‘Gutho’ and the signs were good tonight.

 

Reed runs off the rust

 

Reed Mahoney was one of the few genuine bright spots in 2018 and fans are eager to see the exciting rake take his game to new heights in his sophomore season. However, the preseason rust cares little for any player, superstar or substitute, and that was evident tonight with Mahoney lacking timing and polish with his distribution around the ruck. I am far from worried though and I am tipping this to sort itself out quickly.

On a positive note however, Reed showed that he hadn’t lost his incisive running game – running at key moments to earn good metreage and penalties.

One thing that might be concerning is the depth behind the young rake. Mahoney played out the entire three quarters of play for Brad Arthur but with Will Smith and Kaysa Pritchard unavailable due to injuries, almost everything rides on Reed’s young shoulders.

 

Finding your centre

 

The Eels need to find their centre, almost quite literally. Jaeman Salmon is the popular choice to fill the gap at right centre but Josh Hoffman ran out as the starter tonight in a less than stellar endorsement of the young centre. Salmon would go on to score an opportunistic try and worked hard rucking the ball out but I don’t think he has the position on lock down at this stage. Brad Takairangi looms as a potential stop-gap solution but his issues with lateral defence and defensive freelancing wouldn’t exactly inspire fans.

It will certainly be one of the most important subtexts to the upcoming Penrith trial.

 

So what were your takeaways from the 22-20 (20-12) result? I know some fans will be upset by some of the jankiness on display in our first outing of the preseason, especially given how high tensions are heading into 2019 but putting that aside for the moment – which players caught your eye and who and what are you excited to see against Penrith?

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Thanks for the overview Forty20. I watched the game online, it is great to have the footy back. You have provided a balanced overview, I would like to point out two negatives, which may hurt us during the season. 1. Playing against a B-grade team, the opposition were able to get the ball out with 3 of our players in the tackle, this hurt us a lot last year and looks like we still have a lot to learn about how we communicate to lock up the ball in a tackle 2. I will call it the Wombat, we must… Read more »

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“One thing that might be concerning is the depth behind the young rake. Mahoney played out the entire three quarters of play for Brad Arthur but with Will Smith and Kaysa Pritchard unavailable due to injuries, almost everything rides on Reed’s young shoulders.

So what injuries does Will ZSmith and Kaysa Pritchard have.
Was Smith and Pritchard even there tonight.?
Why didn’t young Schneider get a run.?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Perceptive summary. The bad: Moses – even the couple of whizz bang things he did seemed fortunate, and just after he made some other mistake. Then there were his straight out mistakes. The least he could have done was play a no frills game with no mistakes. I’m not sure he is capable, he seems too sure/unsure of himself. Mannah – As sincere as he is, he makes crucial defensive mis-reads or gives away pointless yet pertinent penalties. They would be better to blood a younger prop earlier. The Mannah problem can be rectified. The Moses problem is trickier and… Read more »

Soren Lorenson
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Soren Lorenson

Since we are talking individuals, anyone have anything to say about French and Fergo in the All stars match? I didn’t see the game.

Milo
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Milo

Sorry didn’t watch it. I find those games a little hard to get into. And after reading former AUSTRALIAN player Mal Meningas comments I wont say anymore….

Anthony
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Anthony

Unfortunately after driving around for parking for close to 30 minutes, we decided to turn around once 7 o clock came and watch the stream. However I take that as a positive with the number of fans eager to go and watch what amounted to a blowing out of the cobwebs. I wanted to see how Brown went, and with what I was able to see, I’m confident that he can develop as a quality half 5/8 for us going forward. I’m glad that we have forwards that can bend the line, just need to keep them injury free. The… Read more »

Peter Zuccolotto
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Peter Zuccolotto

With the prospect of the sharks having to part ways with one or two players it sounds like a hooker and centre are a must. Another prop in the Fifita mould wouldn’t go astray.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Lucky for Canberra there was not video refs. That try under the post really I watched it over and over again later n still couldn’t see were the ball touched the ground 🤔

Anonymous
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Anonymous

My biggest concern is more team orientated rather than individual performances, we seem to be going with the same attacking structures as we have for the past few seasons, these same structures failed us badly last year yet we are rolling with them again, this is a massive fail from the coach as far as I am concerned. Also, we seem to have the same old issues with discipline, giving away penalties in our first defensive set seems to be our thing, soft tries on our goal line is another, an inability to get repeat sets, the same basic out… Read more »

Bob jay
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Bob jay

Snake ??

Anonymous
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Anonymous

No. It seems criticism isn’t welcome on this site, lets all just cover everything in fairy floss and call it sweet.

Phil jelley
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Phil jelley

Smells venomous to me

John Eel
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John Eel

Phil would have made a good defensive coach. Tackled with a lot of aggression. Good communicator.

Parra Pete
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Parra Pete

Ethan Parry..the new Patty Richards…Liked the look of Mick Jennings ..he appeared fitter and keener than previous seasons..Fergo and French were good in the Melbourne match also.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

A good round up forty. There was a lot to like in the match, but I just hope our injured players are ready for the next trial which should show more. I am a bit concerned with the goal kicking again, ok early days but MM was a bit off, who else do we have though? Gutho, Fergo? I liked Jnr and others need to be running nearby and get his passing skills to continue the attack, which takes me to Tepi, he is not a middle forward and could be much better utilised as an edge player running of… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I’ve been saying that for the last few years, that Tepai must be kept out of the middle. He’s potentially an effective hole running edge back rower, but we need to find his role in the team quickly. To be honest, I’d rather he have a run at centre than play in the middle, so innefective is his go forward and disposition for head clashes.

Fathead
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Fathead

I believe the best thing for the Eels would be to look at a Fergo / Mennings centre combo and then place Sivo and Parry on the wings.
Fergo is our best outside back and should be closer to the action and played centre most of his junior career there.

BDon
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BDon

Big picture for me, showed improvement in some (not all) key areas. First 40 indicated this but 3rd quarter when critical to turn 20 points into 30 vía best roster looked a little ordinary. Raiders lifted, reduced errors, we stayed competitive but consistent errors killed off our ascendancy. No points final 40. We conceded in the last 30 seconds of each half, always a worry. 2 Raiders’ tries from changes of direction near line, another worry. Kicking game looked better. Nathan Brown and Ferguson will add a lot, but geez Raiders had some talent watching on. Reed Mahoney saved a… Read more »

Brian
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Brian

I loved big Junior Paulo and his off loading. And thought both Moses and Brown aimed up in defence, a sign of commitment. That was the one thing I was looking for and both showed it.

It was just a trial but was happy with what was produced.

Big Derek
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Big Derek

is there an answer to the question that was asked several times, and I believe needs explanation. Our attack coach is Steve Murphy, well what is he coaching, we have been poor in attack and clunky for the 4/5 years he has been at the club. If he isn’t the problem or at fault, what or who is? Whilst ts only the first trial, there seemed no difference in shape or system than the terrible efforts last year. A big shift in attacking style when in the opposition half is a minimum requirement, the roster has been built in the… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Spot on Derek.

Phil jelley
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Phil jelley

🔪🔪🔪

Pou
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Pou

I think Hoffman is a genuine chance of taking that right centre spot for two reasons – lateral movement is one of his strengths, and he has nealry 180 NRL games under his belt. Experience is exremely valuable, especially for a young team that doesn’t have much to begin with.

Anthony
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Anthony

I really hope not. He’s disgraceful in defence

John K
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John K

Yes it is a trial game after all but our line defence requires a lot of attention.
That was the most alarming thing for me.
The problem is that these type of things collectively become habitual.

rowdy roddy
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rowdy roddy

Good summary of what I witnessed and what I missed from my ground level vantage point at the north end of grandstand 40/20. While it is early days for our team and especially the new spine, I thought the boys showed great promise across the whole team up to halftime. IMO many of the issues that subdued our 2018 campaign were addressed in the fluency of our attack between the halves and three quarters. The forwards also backed one another by support play in the middle and on edges often including 2 or 3 times where Lane ran some great… Read more »

Greg Okladnikov
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Greg Okladnikov

great report

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Our online defence was garbage. 2 soft tries by the Canberra reserve grade. It looks like our 2019 season is to be a copy of 2018. Why we keep picking George Jennings is beyond me. His drop ball with the line wide open is typical of this dope.

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Off topic question. Has anyone heard anything about Robert Jennings.?
From what I can tell is that Benny won’t be signing him with all these other signings going on around him.

Anthony
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Anthony

Reportedly off to Tigers in the next few days

The rev aka Snedden
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The rev aka Snedden

Funny that I thought the tiger’s are on the cap n over for next yr with the Robbie Farah drama

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I saw him at the trial with his pregnant partner and child

Darryl Wets
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Darryl Wets

My only concern was the repeat penalties given away. If you eliminate a penalty, you take a tackle set and either points or a position advantage from the opposition. Last year, I would watch just hoping a penalty wouldn’t be given that would allow the other team easy downfield metres. They can’t be perfect but no soft penalties for 2019

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Spelt my last name wrong. Fat thumbs: West.

Chris eels4lyf
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Chris eels4lyf

Thanks for the post pretty much summed it up Junior was strong and brown did his job. A few things though, thought Mannah looked strong when he came on think he might be better than Alvaro starting? Also thought
Tepai and Terepo made a good case for themselves, do you think Nathan Brown being injured has earns the right to start at lock ?

sixties
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I think that Brown has the runs on the board and his aggression is a bonus. I also can’t understand the Mannah criticism.

Rocket
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Rocket

Also don’t understand the criticism of Mannah.
Hardly ever gets put on his back and has a quick play the ball. When he started a match we normally held our own in defence. When he was replaced we normally would start to lose the middle.

Poppa
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I will tell you why, human physcology is so suggestable that people start believing what they read. There is a definite undermining of Mannah for some reason. I was critical the year before last when he was getting all the head knocks, but he did a good job last year and I saw no difference in that trial. This same process has been applied against Moses and French and it is disconcerting to understand how easy it is to lead some of our so called supporters, who then repeat it because they don’t watch a game, only read about it.… Read more »

John Eel
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John Eel

Poppa I agree with you in regard to Moses and Mannah. With French however I believe that he is suffering a crisis of confidence since his knee injury.

We know how talented he is but he needs to get back to his football best, shine in the effort plays and put pressure on BA to pick him.

I also believe his days as a winger are over and his best opportunity lies as a Fullback.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Agree on each count John, Bev just needs to get his confidence back, and that can only happen if he starts running and other leaps without any problematic twinges or the like, once he knows his op has worked he should then rekindle his best days.

John Eel
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John Eel

Maybe that is part of the problem Colin. As I understand he never had the operation

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

John, that surprises me as was sure he had surgery on the ACL, similar to Gutho.

John Eel
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John Eel

I think i got i a bit wrong. He did have surgery but not a reconstruction. I think he may have had the ligament removed. I am sure someone on here will know.

Think his was medial ligament

Anonymous
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Anonymous

But where does he belong? I would say the right wing like 2017. I think he needs to spend a few seasons there. In 2018 playing in that position, I hope is was injury rather than attitude, if it was attitude, he can go like Sandow. Dont get me wrong, love Bevvy, but he needs to put the team first and the riches will follow.

Milo
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Milo

Good result for the 60 mins.
Forwards need to play as a unit and they did ok.
We need to look at hooker for depth.
Halves did well and need time to gel. brown is v good. Moses has to step up – simple.
Good to have Junior back and Lane is good.

sixties
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I took positives from the trial too Milo. I am looking for combinations to develop

Milo
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Milo

Agreed mate; i have faith in the forwards and the depth looks good. Centre could be an issue but give Parry / Dunster etc a season to learn and Salmon too. We just need to strengthen halves and hooker.

WildEels
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WildEels

Are those both Parra junior?

Milo
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Milo

Not sure of where they were born etc. but both have come through junior reps.

Phil Mann
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Phil Mann

I was reasonably pleased with some individual performances, Junior was a standout.
The collective team performance overall was ordinary. Irrespective of who was on the paddock a team with any footy intellect would have worked out that; with ball in hand and less than a minute to go, even in a trial, we should be practising closing out the game. Long way to go in the brains department.

sixties
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That was pretty much the Wenty RM Cup team by then. Correct Phil, even in a trial it was poor.

Ajax
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Ajax

You know who I love? TEREPO!!!! He really has improved over the last few years. He was always good for a few dropped balls but that wasn’t the case recently and he was one player who left nothing in the tank. Prediction: he will be our best forward in 2019!!!

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Ajax, agree re Peni, only aspect with him is his size that concerns me is his size, although he does play well above his weight and for me is going to be hard to keep out of the top squad, in this years gallery he is shown to be 108Kgs a bit up on last year which should help him.

Other player I like and hope over injuries is Ma’u who is a bit light but another who can play above his weight. Injury free he can be a force again for the team.

Poppa
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Poppa

I don’t see a problem with his size at all Col, he is no lightweight, bigger than De Bellin (107k) and Matt Scott (106k)……that is well over 16 1/2 stone in the old weight, which puts him bigger than many of the Parramatta greats of the past.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Pops, I guess that his appearance is a bit deceiving as far as his size is concerned, I just did a conversion and 108kg actually came in at 17stone which also is shown as his weight on Wiki, so I withdraw what I said re his size but he certainly looks to play like someone much bigger.

Happy to be wrong though & IIRC the Bear was only in the 16stone territory.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Pops, there’s a new gallery set of pics of the training this week, about half way through them there is pic of Peni between two others & when you look at his build, I’m blowed if he looks 108Kgs, but he certainly looks fit and has determination written over his face.

John Eel
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John Eel

Terepo is one of my favourite players also. So agree with both comments. I also have a view that Marata will stand up in 2019. I thought he was good on Friday and did his future chances no harm

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

John, I believe there will be a traffic jamb in the forwards with the options available. The one area of concern that I really have is with the centres, atm I am not convinced that Salmon is ready for one spot, there has been a lot of silence from the NRL regarding his recent conviction, the decision and penalty could be coming after the next trial though. Based on the trial match against Canberra, who fits as replacements for the second centre spot? Taka, has recent experience, as well as Hoffman, both have good experience but both have poor records… Read more »

Salty Pete
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Salty Pete

Col, it’s not well known but Salmon has a one game suspension. First Round.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Wasn’t aware of the suspension, although I expected it along with at least 2 weeks.

Its a void still for the other centre spot though, I would like to see Salmon and potential other centre play 40 each way against Penrith.

sixties
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Gday Ajax. Always good to see you here. Baz is as honest a footballer as you’ll get. You know he’ll rip in with every carry.

Micky
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Great report forty. This is my 1st time on TCT and I enjoy the the honesty that members show.. To be able to come on here and give an honest opinion without being shot down is a blessing. Only watched parts of the trial but what I got out of it was enough to satisfy me that 2019 will be better than 2018, by how much who knows. Jnr was good, Brown WILL be a superstar half in the next 2-3yrs, guaranteed. Moses didn’t overplay his hand and his defence was good. Lane showed glimpses of what he can bring… Read more »

Milo
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Milo

Well said Micky, i can see your point of view on this and more.
i would not put those expectations on Brown but can see your excitement and he needs good time and development imo.
I keep saying that our fwds should be ok; and our halves and hooker need to be fit as back ups could be v tough to come by.
Parra need to cut out the errors / increase their discipline without the ball and get the defence back.

sixties
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That error count is crucial Milo, absolutely agree. And when errors come, not dropping their heads but playing tough in the next set.

Milo
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Milo

Absolutely – this needs to come from all 13 on field and leaders leading it.

sixties
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Thanks for getting involved Micky and welcome to TCT. I agree with most of your observations and in particular the improvement. Trying to predict just how much the Eels will improve is still too early to tell, and injuries as always will play a role.

Colin Hussey
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Colin Hussey

Micky welcome to TCT you wont regret being here and your post is well put. Re the knock on by Gennings, I don’t entirely knock him for the error as bad as it was, the reasons being simple 1: he did not read the play early enough and was not positioned for the pass, 2: The pass itself was ill directed and in in the front of Gennings, and it only got to his finger tips with him stretching for it. End of the day both he and the player passing the ball equally are at fault and that includes… Read more »

sixties
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I agree Colin. Well analysed.

Terry
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Terry

My 2 bobs worth…. Dylan Brown is a talent, but will be worn out from all those big bodies that will be targeting him. Mahoney is not the answer at Hooker, yes his all heart but a liability in defence on the line. No attack from him whatsoever. Paulo and Lane big inclusions both size and skill wise both can offload and that’s a advantage. This next game against Penrith will be the one to show if we have improved. Thought the Canberra game they switched off at halftime BUT still should have held on. Those two early penalties against… Read more »

sixties
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Terry, the players on the field at the end shouldn’t have lost but it was the Wenty RM Cup team.
I’m trying to not overhype Brown but I guarantee you that the defence won’t faze him.

Terry
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Terry

It would be nice if you can have the names that ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ the posts. I’m guessing it’s the same culprits.

rayt
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rayt

I’m one that occasionally adds a like/dislike as sometimes I agree with a post & with the disagrees I just couldn’t be bothered replying to most of them (so sometimes I just vote down). Guess I’m a getting bit lazy
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rayt
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rayt

Also meant to add I was not one of those that voted down Terry’s 2 bobs worth, seemed a reasonable post.

rowdy roddy
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rowdy roddy

See above. Insufficient symbols to choose from. Not sure you would get many responses if a name had to be attached to it though.

BDon
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BDon

My gut feel about Mahoney is that Arthur wants the ball in Moses’ hands at this stage. I have some doubts like you, only because I haven’t seen enough, but Mahoney has a big motor, is a smart footballer, is no smaller than a few other top rakes(Farah, Friend, even Cam Smith) and is a Queenslander. No tries v Raiders were defensive blunders by him. Warea-Hargreaves picked him out last year, wasn’t pretty but I thought he went OK, the Queenslander in him kept saying ‘do your best big fella’.

rowdy roddy
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rowdy roddy

I’m one of the people on here who like to use the “like” and “dislike” Terry, but sometimes a comment is more appropriate as there are occasionally posts like yours where I agree in part and also disagree with other aspects of your stated position as in this case. I would warn you the individual being dismantled is more important to some than the substance of the attack. Mr Money is one whom I have grown to admire since after blaming him for us losing the U20’s a few years ago with a brain explosion not unlike Will Smith last… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Just a quick question regarding the way we played people have said it’s the same style we have played for years nothing new. However if you were a coach in today’s modern game would you not save a new style for round 1 ? Do we want the panthers see our new moves?
Just a thought…

Grunta
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Grunta

The footy is back and this place is dead.
Hello o o o o o …

John Eel
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John Eel

It would be nice to have George Burgess line up in the next trial. Would give the Penrith trial a bit of spice

rowdy roddy
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rowdy roddy

Our revitalized interest in Big George tells me our coaching staff are on the ball and clearly astute in the areas we need to strengthen on field. Having missed out on Kapow from manly and having watched the benefit of a big forward leading the charge against Canberra? They didn’t change their focus and go looking for another half or centre. It also shows Big George was wise to knock back our first offer and wait for the money!