Nines / Trial Games

IceWorks

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Only watched the 3 minute hilights.. so a limited viewpoint but time enough to notice wingers coming in off the wing for a couple of tries let in and Isaako dawdling to take the conversion when the last try was scored. How much longer will the awesome training and outstanding KPIs and OKRs and performance measures be enough when the onfield performance is so dismal?

Broncs to miss the 8 this year and round 4 for first article about Milf needing to step up and justify his price tag:) Would love to be wrong but I dont see how even an optimistic judge can view this team as top 4 worthy.
 

Big Pete

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Worth noting Cory Paix scored for the Magpies in their 20-12 loss to the Jets.


2:38 and you'll have to forgive the lovely footage of a beam, but here you see Paix take on the line and muscle his way over. Good stuff and even though it's not the type of run that will pay off in the NRL, it's good to see the acceleration to beat the first marker and the strength to force his way over.

Injuries permitting I'm 100% confident he'll play NRL this year.
 
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Kyall

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A lot of us need to calm the **** down, at the end of the day these are only trial matches they mean absolutely nothing towards the results of the 2020 season. Our main players just needed a little game time and wouldn't of went completely all out because they know they have to get healthy off the field. There's players that already are picked it would of only been a few the coaches would be looking at they are the players going all out like Bird and Hoppa.
 

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Worth noting Cory Paix scored for the Magpies in their 20-12 loss to the Jets.


2:38 and you'll have to forgive the lovely footage of a beam, but here you see Paix take on the line and muscle his way over. Good stuff and even though it's not the type of run that will pay off in the NRL, it's good to see the acceleration to beat the first marker and the strength to force his way over.

Injuries permitting I'm 100% confident he'll play NRL this year.
He was more decisive and sure of his role on Saturday. Had clearly worked hard on understanding the position.
 
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Just re-watched the titans trial....

Lol I have to laugh re-reading some of the comments on here after watching it with less emotional investment/bias myself.

A few things stood out for me...

Did anyone factor in that this is a trial, with unlimited interchanges? Seibold seemed to make no changes in the first half at all, which would be fantastic in an nrl game but led to fatigue in this game with the titans subbing their forwards every 10 mins it looked like (weaker defence by broncos and more energy in attack by the titans increased near half time). The titans had incredibly line speed in the last 25 mins of the game and wanted it more. Does anyone seriously believe that lisoni and Wallace would be sprinting up in the 70tj minute of an nrl game with proper interchanges?

Dearden is looking amazing. He steadied the game the last 20 mins for us after that shocking period. Amazing for a 19 year old.

Kennedy and riki had some poor defensive reads but their runs were very good I thought, still both good options for 10 minute bench cameos but I actually think hopoate is a better option if longer minutes are needed as he has more defensive energy.

Boyd is shit.... There's no sugar coating it. He looks worse in the re-watch. Arthurs looks like a big step up from him.

Macca is shit too but he's a very solid 2nd hooker. He may not be an attacking whiz, far from it, but for 20 min stints in the middle of a game while Turpin improves his consistency and becomes an 80 min hooker or paix develops, he is suitable for sure.

I think confidence is a big issue with both of the above at the moment.

Flegler may lose us a game, maybe 2, during the season but he is awesome to have on the team. A hot head like that makes the opposition look over their shoulder a little when they hit our halves.

Isaakos problem is something he has had even in his first year... He can't break a tackle to save his life. And he is low on confidence as well I believe.

Bird is in for a very big year. I reckon he will be a top 5 fullback by the end of the year if he stays injury free. His game awareness is remarkable considering his time out of the game and his lack of experience at fb.

Fifita needs to sign his contract and stop listening to his all stars team mates. If he keeps on only turning up for the special plays his value should and could drop down after a few rounds.

Carrigan will have a break out year. How he didn't make the origin squad this preseason astounded me at the time, but now even more so.

We will miss ofa, I think ppl will realise how important his rotation off the bench is these first 2 rounds.

And... Is gamble the tallest half in the nrl? Haha
 

Kyall

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I was a fan at giving Issako 1st shot at fullback but he's not up to it or defiantly needs time in Qcup. He shouldn't be just shut out but he needs to find he's form for fullback. He isn't breaking tackles or looking very dangerous during his time on the field in the trials. Let him learn to properly play fullback in Qcup and bring him in later on in the season and drop Boyd back to reserve grade.
 

john1420

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Outside of Dearden's brief cameo in the first half when he came on for Bird, both Dearden and Gamble only came on after the Titans had notched up 28 points. For all intents and purposes, that was the Round 1 line-up with Isaako and Farnworth coming in for their respective players.
I appreciate the insight BP, but also, I wasn't necessarily complaining about defence - although of course that is a problem - but that could have been compensated for by the Broncos scoring more points. We only lost by 6. And those extra points may have been scored with more Bird and less Isaako.
 

winslow_wong

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I was a fan at giving Issako 1st shot at fullback but he's not up to it or defiantly needs time in Qcup. He shouldn't be just shut out but he needs to find he's form for fullback. He isn't breaking tackles or looking very dangerous during his time on the field in the trials. Let him learn to properly play fullback in Qcup and bring him in later on in the season and drop Boyd back to reserve grade.
Isaako fails in all aspects of being a top grade winger as well. Maybe he has some pace but that’s about it. He’ll be moved on once his current contract expires..
 

Kyall

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He shouldn't be in the side round 1 as a winger rather have Coates. Let Issako start in Qcup.
Isaako fails in all aspects of being a top grade winger as well. Maybe he has some pace but that’s about it. He’ll be moved on once his current contract expires..
 

Big Pete

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I appreciate the insight BP, but also, I wasn't necessarily complaining about defence - although of course that is a problem - but that could have been compensated for by the Broncos scoring more points. We only lost by 6. And those extra points may have been scored with more Bird and less Isaako.
My point was that the game shifted when the NRL players were on the field. When they came off, the score actually ended up being 6-0 Broncos.

Whether you can really read too much into how the Broncos scored those 16 points is another point of contention.

Bird may have made a difference, but then I don't think Isaako was the reason why the Broncos found themselves in that position and I don't think there's that big a gap between them at fullback.
 
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Renegade

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I was at the trial and my thoughts have already been repeated by various others but:

Croft was good

Dearden looked super composed when he came on, instantly made a difference in terms of our fluidity.

Haas was good albeit a bit lazy in d

Flegler is our new McGuire, get the drop balls and lazy penalties out of your game dude

Coates good in attack (same as last year)

Milford was pretty fucking bad

Carrigan tried hard and was third man in when there was a stink - didnt necessarily try and inflame things further but didn't take a backward step - I like that, that's what captains should do, be the first man on the scene to help your mate out.

Fifita too also put in, would like to his metres for the game as he was a constant handful in the tackle. Also made a 30-40 yard break in the first half where he just absolutely steamrolled some poor bastard.

Oates was pretty average

Rhys Kennedy bent the line in attack but was atrocious in d, think he got done twice on the line. Lateral movement questionable at best.

Bird tried hard at fullback and tried to get involved. Wouldn't say he did anything of note but his effort levels were obvious - dude put in.

Isaako on the other hand just looked flat, didn't make any real mistakes that I can remember but didn't overly contribute either. Was like a safer, lesser version of Darius circa 2008.

Boyd at centre is not going to work long term. can see him allowing attackers to get on his outside and them 2v1'ing our winger all day due to his reluctance to get stuck in.

Macca just isn't in sync with the rest of the team, as evidenced at the end of the game with 10mins left where he put in a kick that no one was expecting - it wasn't even a bad kick, but you could tell it was a bit of an afterthought that sorta summed up everything about Macca. Tries hard, good in d, but just go to the next level in attack no matter what.

I assume the result is more a case of constant rotation - hard to get momentum when there's a different bloke next to you every 20mins.

Was also front row when Tanah Boyd nailed the reserve hooker square in the head with the ball during midgame warmups. 10/10 would watch again.
 
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