PRE-GAME Round 14 - Eels vs Broncos

McHunt

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He was good last year no doubt, and he has been good this year. Still doesn't change the fact he wasn't really banging the door down to get a spot this year. If you watched him in ISC, you would have clearly seen that. What he has done is taken the opportunity given to him. Its his spot to lose now. The signs are good, but plenty of younger guys kill it early on and fall away. Look at Issako right now, nobody saw this form he is in coming. Turps just has to keep it up and its good we have players putting pressure on him to keep performing. We need more of that.
Turpin is God good.
 

Brotherdu

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I'm with you. He hasn't had a great season but he's still better under the high ball than Boyd. He at least jumps for it, rather than squats on his haunches and falls backwards, like Boyd.

If I were Seib, at the first sign of classic Darius defence, I'd switch Isaako to fullback and Boyd into the centres. That will expose both of them, plus if there's one thing Boyd can still do it's pass. The more balls we get to Oates, the more we score.

If Darius fucks that up, it's time to drop him.
Put him back there for defence, sure, he would hopefully put his body on the line more often, but I don't think you can sell it as a 'he's still better under the high ball that Boyd'....because he's not.

Isaako has dropped way more ball fielding bombs than Boyd has. I think he's up to 12 errors or something so far this season (behind Oates) and most of them are from dropping bombs. Boyd is generally pretty safe under the high ball even if he falls over.
 

McHunt

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I think he has better game awareness and passing game than isaako.
Put him back there for defence, sure, he would hopefully put his body on the line more often, but I don't think you can sell it as a 'he's still better under the high ball that Boyd'....because he's not.

Isaako has dropped way more ball fielding bombs than Boyd has. I think he's up to 12 errors or something so far this season (behind Oates) and most of them are from dropping bombs. Boyd is generally pretty safe under the high ball even if he falls over.
Yeah, you're probably both right, but ****, we have to get Boyd out from fullback, and Isaako needs to lift his game as well. I'm not as concerned with Isaako's high ball as his ability to chime into the back line as a member of the spine.

Fucked if I know, but NZ thinks he's a fullback, and he reckons he's one, so let him live and die by it. Maybe the pair of them are in a queue out the door.
 

NSW stables

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What were peoples thoughts on kennar?. He had a decent match against the titans except for a couple defence lapses. He took plenty of hard yards out of trouble. Just imagine the 1, 2 punch of kennar and oates. That would really get us going on the front foot for our sets.

May be worth giving isaako some time in Q cup to rebuild his confidence and concentrate on the basics. Maybe get back some form and/or motivation.
 

soup

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Yeah, you're probably both right, but ****, we have to get Boyd out from fullback, and Isaako needs to lift his game as well. I'm not as concerned with Isaako's high ball as his ability to chime into the back line as a member of the spine.

Fucked if I know, but NZ thinks he's a fullback, and he reckons he's one, so let him live and die by it. Maybe the pair of them are in a queue out the door.
Even they don’t think he is. DWZ took the fullback spot and captaincy while RTS was out.
 

Huge

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My guess is Segy will play plenty of games after this next one. McCullough has to produce the spark that Segy is known for or Siebold will see little point in having McCullough come on as a benchy.

On appearance Siebold has a formula and his hooker ingredient is a Cook like player and he only has that in Turps and Segy. I doubt McCullough will get many chances to produce a spark when he plays. My bet is McCullough will be left out of the side sooner than most think. I'm a shit judge!
 
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Pub Steak

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HA ! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him pass. Never needs to
Oates has a good pass. He played fullback throughout his junior years. Just isn't really a fullback type player anymore. What we really need to think is, who would play there if Boyd was injured? Then give that Kent a go. Probably look to the youngsters for an answer.
 

winslow_wong

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My guess is Segy will play plenty of games after this next one. McCullough has to produce the spark that Segy is known for or Siebold will see little point in having McCullough come on as a benchy.

On appearance Siebold has a formula and his hooker ingredient is a Cook like player and he only has that in Turps and Segy. I doubt McCullough will get many chances to produce a spark when he plays. My bet is McCullough will be left out of the side sooner than most think. I'm a shit judge!
He’s had so many chances. Enoughs enough. Even after last weeks effort he’s still getting picked. We can’t keep waiting for him to come good. It isn’t going to happen.
 

Foordy

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Even if we were in form and on top of the ladder, I would still be worried about this game.

The Eels are a bogey side for us. They tend to bring out the worst in us.
up here ... we have a 68% winning record against them in Sydney
 

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