Discussion in 'Brisbane Broncos Talk' started by Super Freak, Feb 8, 2018.
Well he has caved to Oates' demands, as he would prefer he played on the wing.
That's not caving. He's respecting his choice. He's allowing Corey to work hard for his goal if he wants it it is there. But he's saying it's a high risk high reward. Perform or plunder. Your future is yours for the taking.. because again, he's not hook. He won't force players out of position if they're not comfortable and he isn't putting a player on the roster above the roster itself. No demands are made to the Broncos. You fit into the team and respect the jersey or you go to the titans, eels or sharks.
Or so he would have you think! Puts pressure on Oates. Stand up and make the position your own if you want it. He hasn’t caved. He knows Oates is a backrower, always has been.
What’s the worst that can happen? He trials there, doesn’t work out and he ends up back on the wing. Nothing lost. Or, he kills it because he desperately wants it.
Nothing out of the ordinary with the comments. Oates will be in the 17 each week as he has far more utility than Mead did and he was in our 17 as the utility a few times last year. Thaiday, TPJ, Oates and Offa/Haas/Sua will be our bench. Wouldn't be overly surprised if Thaiday doesn't make the 17 some times, but i think for the most part he will so we have some experience on the bench. He's definitely not what he used to be, but I think playing a role in the middle will be better where he doesn't need speed. He got found out a lot last year when he played second row. Oates will likely get 25-35 minutes a game and is able to fill in at wing or centre if their is an injury. Having Jack Bird gives us so much utility. The bloke can cover every position bar prop, so having someone like oates who can come in and fill his centre spot, or shuffle kahu to centre and fill wing gives us a lot of options in case of injury / concussion.
He’s bigger, faster and I dare say maybe stronger than Coen Hess.
I expect Oates will do great in the back row, even if only an impact guy at first.
There was a play last year against Canberra where Benji had Oates run a second rowers line and turned the ball into him and he was unstoppable. He’ll be a great asset running at the line like that 25 minutes into a half against tired players and smaller halves, especially with someone like Nikorima drawing defenders and getting him the ball.
Why does a winger have to be worth so little in comparison? He’s a try scoring meter eater. I’d argue that is worth more than some forwards on the roster, although I imagine Bennett has a no expensive wingers policy...
If this is his dream good luck he’s earned an opportunity to give him a shot (within limits like Wayne said) but am concerned about how his body will manage.
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