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redhood

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Isaako is a terrible player.

God, I hope he is not our fullback. Given the way we have been over the past few years, if he is named to start, they will persist with him, no matter how shit he is.

He deadset could not catch Coronavirus in China and his defence is abysmal, both positionally and in one v one contact.

If he is the best we can do? We are in all sorts...
I think Seibold will stick with him for the first 8 and make a call after that.

I agree with you but ay. His defence is terrible and he just makes a lot of errors.

On a positive note but, we do have a lot of competition for spots so it should keep him and everyone else on their toes.
 
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redhood

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I thought we actually looked reasonably smooth when he was handling the ball.

His first touch in the first game setup a half break after he cut inside and later in that game I think it was him that passed to Staggs who dropped it cold when he would've scored.

Second game he looked more of a 13 a side halfback. Set up that movement to the right side... that is stock standard, but something we've been missing for awhile. Later he threw a nice pass back in field to attack in behind the ruck... again stock standard stuff but the kind of stuff we have been missing since basically Lockyer.

His defence looked solid considering it's nines and you're going to get a lot of one on one tackles against big physical backs and forwards.

I suspect he will cop it for his kick dead, but it wasn't far off and nines doesn't really lend itself to kicking games... he should've done better with it though.

He's basically there to get us around the field and leave it to the other half for the attack... and chime in when he can. Which I think he showed he can do quite well.
Yep. I agree, bud. I thought he did well. So did Dearden.

I swear some fans want him to be the most perfect player straight off the bat and can not see the positives in any game whatsoever.
 

AndyB

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Isaako is a terrible player.

God, I hope he is not our fullback. Given the way we have been over the past few years, if he is named to start, they will persist with him, no matter how shit he is.

He deadset could not catch Coronavirus in China and his defence is abysmal, both positionally and in one v one contact.

If he is the best we can do? We are in all sorts...
A major part of the modern fullback is "ball playing", coming into the line etc.
I haven't seen Isaako do any of this, and if anybody can show me he can then I'd be happy to see it.
It just seems to me without that ability, plays would seem a bit disjointed.
 
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dazzat99

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A major part of the modern fullback is "ball playing", coming into the line etc.
I haven't seen Isaako do any of this, and if anybody can show me he can then I'd be happy to see it.
It just seems to me without that ability, plays would seem a bit disjointed.
Yes, I am having a change of mind about Issako at fullback. You are right about ballplaying, but defence is also a big factory and he shows some lapses during the 9s.

Nui looked solid. Bird, although relatively untested at fullback, would be an option I'd like to see explored before Round 1.

Seibold may be pushing for Bird to be No. 1 so he can play Boyd at centre. Which is crap.
 

Foordy

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Seibold may be pushing for Bird to be No. 1 so he can play Boyd at centre. Which is crap.
maybe he is thinking Bird to fullback because both him and Staggs are natural right side players ... both of their form improved significantly when they moved from left to right center ...

this gets them both into the side ... not to mention that Bird is a much better ball player than Isaako ... which is an important part of the modern fullbacks game
 

raveenkari

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No injuries is the major prize here, but also seeing Farnworth, Paix etc get a run was good and bad.

Good knowing we have some really good talent coming through.

Bad knowing none of em will get a shot cause of Boyd
 

Jason Simmons

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A major part of the modern fullback is "ball playing", coming into the line etc.
I haven't seen Isaako do any of this, and if anybody can show me he can then I'd be happy to see it.
It just seems to me without that ability, plays would seem a bit disjointed.
Ball playing? Hell, I’d settle for him being a good consistent support runner and be ‘solid’ out the back, but even that seems to much to hope for. He doesn’t seem to know when to run or when to pass, in addition to his defensive issues.

Add in his ball catching problems and I really don’t see how anyone at the Broncs are seeing him as a fullback. He struggles to defend, catch, ball play or act as a support runner and this screams ‘fullback’ to someone within the organisation???

I know I‘m coming off pretty hard on the guy, but I’m just stating what I see. I see him continually miss tackles and / or be out of position when he is needed. I see him continually dropping the ball. I see him continually flat-footed and rarely going looking for work. He seems like a nice guy, but where is his improvement as a player? All I see is him going backwards at a rapid rate.

Okay... 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
 
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