Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby blazza18 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:26 pm

Four forwards is the way to go. Having an outside back on the bench is a total waste. Concerned about injuries? Don't play anyone.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Mattpoet » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:37 pm

I agree however I will say this, it is possibly worth a go later in the season if we have top two sewn up just as an experiment to see how it goes and potentially open up another option going into the finals.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby bula » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:56 pm

Ok so I thought Brandon Smith was out for the year but Frank Ponnisi mentioned hopefully by round 26. Not sure why I thought he was out for the season.
Tohu week to week but hopefully in 2 weeks and Munster by next game.
Happy with that

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby blazza18 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:38 pm

Mattpoet wrote:I agree however I will say this, it is possibly worth a go later in the season if we have top two sewn up just as an experiment to see how it goes and potentially open up another option going into the finals.


Gotta come up with a really crazy team in round 26 if we have a top 2 spot already locked up. The only player that should be confirmed no matter what is Cronk because it's his last home game.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby TC » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:49 pm

Danger D wrote:Also good to have Griffin around in case Cam's shoulder/pec problem gets aggravated. I'm not Slade's biggest fan but I feel he did a decent job against Manly.

He went well as a bench back rower. I actually think he's a pretty good footballer; it's just he's not a hooker.
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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Mattpoet » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:16 pm

Be interesting to see if he gets re-signed

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Storm Spirit » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:26 pm

Mattpoet wrote:Be interesting to see if he gets re-signed


Yes this.

wondered the same today.

No contract for 2018...strange for a player that Craig supposedly loves.
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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby yourhero » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:13 pm

With Brandon Smith the bench hooking option - and a real useful option too given the impact he can provide - is there realistically even a spot for Slade?

In the squad? Maybe. In the regular 17 or even first drop replacements? I'd say no.

His defence is good. Running game from DH solid. Service from DH mediocre. I definitely don't think he is a backrow option worth carrying over other larger guys.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Mattpoet » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:36 pm

To be fair to Slade, he was a much more dynamic player before the injuries.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby yourhero » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:14 pm

Fair play to Griffin, coming back from the horrific run of knee injuries, he has done exceptionally well. He has heart.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby mystormboys » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:33 pm

I heard Newcastle Knights are interested in Griffen

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby RobbieRoss » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:44 pm

bula wrote:Ok so I thought Brandon Smith was out for the year but Frank Ponnisi mentioned hopefully by round 26. Not sure why I thought he was out for the season.
Tohu week to week but hopefully in 2 weeks and Munster by next game.
Happy with that



Yes agree that is good.

Re Brandon, the initial estimate had him returning around rounds 25 or 26 or week 1 finals, so seems he is still in that ball park

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Danger D » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:05 am

yourhero wrote:With Brandon Smith the bench hooking option - and a real useful option too given the impact he can provide - is there realistically even a spot for Slade?

In the squad? Maybe. In the regular 17 or even first drop replacements? I'd say no.

His defence is good. Running game from DH solid. Service from DH mediocre. I definitely don't think he is a backrow option worth carrying over other larger guys.


I tend to agree with this assessment but I think he would be a decent depth signing given he's had a run in first grade and knows our systems and structures.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Danger D » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:12 am

RobbieRoss wrote:I am looking at Hughes as backup for Billy or indeed Jacks , and if Cam has an issue then Bill and Kenny could share dummy half with Jahrome to FB.


Wanting to carry Hughes on the bench is a totally valid viewpoint given the outstanding form he's been in but him replacing Billy at fullback is sheer sacrilege! No one moves Billy out of fullback - in fact I would petition that we break with rugby league tradition and retire the number 1 jersey as no mortal would ever fill Billy's boots! Of course I jest. I think what you've proposed is totally viable but just of the opinion that we have a better option.

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Re: Round 22 - Cowboys vs Storm

Postby Mister M » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:31 am

blazza18 wrote:
Mattpoet wrote:I agree however I will say this, it is possibly worth a go later in the season if we have top two sewn up just as an experiment to see how it goes and potentially open up another option going into the finals.


Gotta come up with a really crazy team in round 26 if we have a top 2 spot already locked up. The only player that should be confirmed no matter what is Cronk because it's his last home game.


That sounds like a HORRIBLE idea.

If you are going to rest players prior to finals, spread it out over a few weeks but have most of the core group back for the Round 26 game. The Round 26 game is really important for consistency and match practice at that time of the season.

If a player is rested on Round 26 they can go from 27th August (day after the Round 25 game) to potentially the 22nd/23rd September (Prelim final weekend) having only played ONE game (the qualifying final). Players need to play more regularly than one game within a month.


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