For those with short attention spans, I'll summarize this for you: Jake Turpin is God.Guys, we need to calm down. Jake Turpin is a back-up dummy half. Andrew McCullough is our main hooker. When he is fit he will be in the side.
Now, let's get to the good stuff.
The most interesting thing so far about Turpin's fledgling career (and we're sorta seeing it here) is that I think far too much is being made of the opposing teams.
It's just silly in my opinion and it goes to show what I'm currently finding fascinating about how fandom and those internal to a sporting organisation can be worlds apart.
Let's borrow Jake Turpin, just for a second, from his impending godhood.
He made his debut against the Titans last season. He played 46 minutes, had a line-break assist, a try assist and made 32 tackles (including a hit on Mitch Rein which made the highlights reel).
Pretty respectable. After the match, do you think the Broncos coaching staff sat down with him and said "Sorry Jake, despite making an impressive debut and helping us to a 34-0 victory, it doesn't count because it was against the Titans. Let's see how you against the Roosters."
On what planet are we living on where that sounds even remotely plausible?
Reflecting on his performance post-match with the coach, even last night, I would be shocked and stunned if the Manly Sea Eagles were even mentioned... most likely it revolved around his shaky start, the penalties as well as his contributions to the win.
I get the fact the other side is a big deal for some fans but it's still puzzling to me.
Let's play this silly game until the end. If we get belted next week by the Roosters, is he on par with Macca? He achieved the same thing a few weeks ago. An agonising one point loss? A lucky win in the last minute?
Does that count?
My friends and brothers, we need to stop this. Yes, the opposition is a factor but I'd argue it's not even a significant one in determining the worth of a performance.
I thought he did pretty well in front of a massive crowd on a big occasion. That's something no one is talking about lol. Go figure.
I can't think of ANY circumstance where Macca should return to the team. Sure, he racks up tons of tackles. Yet, in the bigger scheme of things, that seems to means dick. The few games we've been spoiled to have enjoyed without him were some of our best defensive efforts.Great to see the Turpinator get a win and prove a few doubters initially wrong and also playing the full 80 with little noticeable issue.
Wasn’t fantastic in that he put us under pressure with some nervous energy penalties, perhaps amplified even more if he was aware of the Segeyaro signing and thinking he had to win the game by himself, but after the first 20 when
he and the rest of the side settled down and got into it, things flowed better.
Still the odd clunky tackle play where he’d run back the other way and no one knew what he was doing, but put that down to unfamiliarity rather than abandoning any game plan. But his runs were mostly purposeful and, if only as he’s still an unknown quantity, his runs created some doubt in the defensive line which is what you need.
Tackling I noticed he went high a fair amount so he needs to be mindful to not get thrown off being a smaller guy, but there was no doubting his intensity. Really good to see.
Passing was very good after some head-highs (let’s not kid ourselves, Macca still does it way more often than a 250 gamer should too) and there was a lot more cutouts which allowed quicker ball movement. Would’ve been interesting to see how that kick out dummy-half ended up had Cummins not been in the way.
Something also tells me that without McCullough there and Dearden being a rookie half (who was very good again, won’t be long before he’s killing teams), it allowed Milford to take almost full control which reaped many rewards
Overall, a great return for him, but like the rest of the team, big and real test this week coming. Hope he kills it, and while Segeyaro is obviously a talented player, I don’t want Turpin getting benched or usurped too quickly. Let’s see how well he can gel with his forwards and Milf/Dearden
Unless he and Seggers are legit terrible, I don’t want Macca walking straight back in the second he’s fit, even though I know that’s what will happen
Agree, I’m not sure if he’s the final answer either, but he’s definitely a better answer than Macca. I’m actually more intrigued to see both him and Segeyaro do in the role, I don’t think Turps is ready for 80 mins every week and I also think injecting someone like Segyaro as an impact player might be the X factor we’ve been sorely missing.For the life of me, I cannot understand anyone who actually thinks McCullough offers anything to the team anymore.
Great tackler, sure. Great clubman, sure. But his time has passed and he isn't what we need.
Turpin was good not great. He's not the answer but he'll do for now.
It's funny how Seibold's plan is now what pretty much every fan and commentator has been telling him to do all season. If this continues we'll shortly see Boyd joining Macca in the consumer seafood game.Agree, I’m not sure if he’s the final answer either, but he’s definitely a better answer than Macca. I’m actually more intrigued to see both him and Segeyaro do in the role, I don’t think Turps is ready for 80 mins every week and I also think injecting someone like Segyaro as an impact player might be the X factor we’ve been sorely missing.
The circumstance is that his name is Andrew McCulloughI can't think of ANY circumstance where Macca should return to the team. Sure, he racks up tons of tackles. Yet, in the bigger scheme of things, that seems to means dick. The few games we've been spoiled to have enjoyed without him were some of our best defensive efforts.
Seibold implying he's taking a break with his injury makes me nervous. He should've been shopped to a Japanese rugby club in return for a bucket of squid after the Dragons drubbing last season.