Q-Cup Intrust Super Cup 2019

Big Pete

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Wynnum did well to come away with that 18-2 victory. They lost Drew and Dearden through out the match, had Cronin in the bin at a crucial juncture yet somehow were able to keep Easts away. In fairness the Tigers actually crossed the line on three occassions, but were denied by the referee on all of them. The toughest was the no-try against Svendsen who had it taken off of him because Kata, who had no real bearing on the play, was off-side and in the vicinity of the ball.

The Seagulls just controlled possession better than Easts. They weren't afraid to get into the arm-wrestle where as the Tigers kept inviting Wynnum into it with errors. When they got through their sets, Easts actually looked more dangerous with the football, but they just lacked the finness.

Dearden played within himself. The Seagulls kept his role simple and for the most part he executed well, aside from an attempted bomb into the corner that went all of 10m. Outside of that, whenever he was called upon, he made the most of it and Easts struggled to get a hold of him. He reminds me of Milford in that he's deceptively strong and can operate in tight spaces. There were a few times where he brushed aside the inside defender after he got a good shot on him. Also like Milford, he has a great short ball and he should have had a try assist, Tate dropped an absolute sitter.

Gebbie was mostly strong at the back. It's hard to be overly critical of a player who scored a length of the field match-winner, but he's far from the finished product. His running game is a good base, but he's got to develop other parts of his game if he wants to make it in the NRL. I'm happy he pulls an Olam and just keeps improving year in, year out but there's still a bit of a 'the good, the bad and the ugly' about his game.

Similar thought process with Templeman. He's one of Rugby League's great mysteries to me. In 2013 he was one of the top prospects in the NYC and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before he'd make a splash in the NRL. Since then his career has been plagued with inconsistensy and he's struggled to even make the side. He has certain qualities that would make him an elite NRL player, but he's just let down by his technique and thought process.

Tualau who is on a train and trial deal at the Broncos, was no frills one way or another. Got through his work with no fuss but he was barely noticeable.

Of the Melbourne contingent, Aaron Pene looked the most exciting. Strong runner of the football and also has some pace about him. He's a bit raw at this stage, but if Bellamy can apply some polish to his game, Melbourne will have another monster on their hands. With Fa'asuamaleaui they still have a lot of competition for spots.
 

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Norths Devil stream is up.


Norths lead 18-0. O'Sullivan, Farnworth and Dargan the try-scorers.

Make that 18-4, Bob Blair just ran through O'Sullivan.
 
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Big Pete

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Frei runs off of O'Sullivan, breaks through a tackle and lunges over.

24-4.

27 gone.
 
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O'Sullivan looked to have put Frei over again, but the referee's pull him back for the Cooper Cronk pass.
 

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Great cut out pass from Dargan and Farnworth bags a double.

30-4 Norths HT.
 
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I'll catch the rest of the replay later. What I am seeing from O'Sullivan is his work with his edge forward. It's important for a half to develop a good combination with his edge backrow and O'Sullivan is doing a good job of it.

I thought he lacked some vision towards the end of the half. The Pride were well short on numbers down their left and he should have taken the odds to it. Instead he goes the cross-field kick, it was well short and ended up being a penalty to the Pride.

Dargan's had some great touches, but his general play leaves something to be desired. I'll watch it again in the replay, but you can see why he hasn't been given an opportunity.

Farnworth was very busy, sometimes doubling up and not afraid to show some skill with an offload or a kick for himself. Bullemor came on late and his foot-work through the middle was troubling the tired Pride defenders on the inside. I will be keeping a close eye on Riki in the replay.
 

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I know it’s vs the Pride, but how is Herbie not playing ahead of Shibasucky and Coates?
 

Big Pete

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I know it’s vs the Pride, but how is Herbie not playing ahead of Shibasucky and Coates?
Because he's a winger. Even in the games he was listed in the centres, he was playing outside of Pollock.

What bothers me is that Richie Kennar was signed over him.
 

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Watched Taylor pretty closely today, he was ok. I would love to see him find his love by having a real crack. Not just out the back shovel it on, if he ran three times I would be shocked.

Nice short ball for a try and Cook but have a go mate, chip kick and play some football.
 

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Kobe Hetherington will debut for Norths on Saturday. Jason's son and a Broncos contracted player.
 
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