PRE-GAME Round 3 - Broncos vs Eels

Alec

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Alex Glenn has done plenty of fill-in work at dummy half over the years so he might move in there to make room for another backrower to take his place on the edge
It's probably what's going to happen, and I'd vastly prefer McCullough filling in for 20-30 minutes over Glenn doing the same. Especially Glenn who isn't even fresh after starting the game in the 2nd row.
 

The Strapper

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We just need to get parra into a grind. Once they realise they are not going to roll over the top of us like last year they will start to wobble.
The first 20 mins or so will be important we have to just play low error footy and complete our sets but still take any chances that come.
I will be very happy if the half time score is close < 4pts then we can hopefully hit our stride in the second half.
 

BroncsFan

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I thought the CM article about Parramatta's "Big Boppers" was a bit fanciful. They named Reagan Campbell-Gillard as one of them. RCG has dropped in form massively over the last couple of seasons which is why Penrith were happy to let him go.
Ever since he played Origin and was very average his confidence has dropped and he started turning sideways when he hits the defensive line which took the sting out of his hitups. Our boys will make him look silly I reckon.
Paulo has a big motor and hits the line hard but they don't have the depth across the park in the forwards we do.
If we can nullify Moses we should have a good chance of shutting Eels down..
In regards to their forwards Junior Paulo is the one we need to shut down.

He's got a decent motor and is pretty skillful for a big man. He's also very difficult to get to ground with his late offloads killing us last year.

Peni will also be playing... he used to be a guy that would murder our middles through hard running and quick ptb... his form has dropped over the last couple years though so let's hope he doesn't find his form for this game.

The rest of their pack isn't really a threat as far as I'm concerned, so if we can keep them controlled for the first 20-30 mins Paulo will be off the field and we should run through them
 

Thelmus

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It's probably what's going to happen, and I'd vastly prefer McCullough filling in for 20-30 minutes over Glenn doing the same. Especially Glenn who isn't even fresh after starting the game in the 2nd row.
I tend to agree. I hope there has been some planning gone in with mecca's release as I think bare minimum we need a back up utility on the bench, and probably someone who can fill the role full time.
That might mean using dearden, but hopefully paix is fit and is in training. I think he can cover more roles and that kind of versatility will be vital.
I hope players that are versatile are kept around the 17, as we'll probably need all of them for this season.
 

KnToad

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Staggs would be another option ... give Herbie some time in the backline
Nah I wouldn't want to take Staggs away from where he can do the most damage at centre.
The kids an absolute gun and can score a try from anywhere so why blunt his attack by making him defend in the middle..
Would love for them to find a way to get Herbie into the game though - hopefully it's not due to an injury...
 

Marty Deutschmann

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Nah I wouldn't want to take Staggs away from where he can do the most damage at centre.
The kids an absolute gun and can score a try from anywhere so why blunt his attack by making him defend in the middle..
Would love for them to find a way to get Herbie into the game though - hopefully it's not due to an injury...
Like the last game where he switched to halfback and scored two more tries...
 

1910

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I tend to agree. I hope there has been some planning gone in with mecca's release as I think bare minimum we need a back up utility on the bench, and probably someone who can fill the role full time.
That might mean using dearden, but hopefully paix is fit and is in training. I think he can cover more roles and that kind of versatility will be vital.
I hope players that are versatile are kept around the 17, as we'll probably need all of them for this season.
You're allowed 32 players and 18 staff in your 'bubble'. The two development players are Niu and Bullemor.
 
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1910

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Who's gonna come on for turps?
Herbie's speed and running would be a asset and I think he's the most complete footballer at the moment- very adaptable. But his passing would be doubtful.

I have watched Paix twice this year- a trial and round one and he has improved dramatically. His decision making was better because he was starting and not having to adjust to the game- which was my big criticism of him last year and his tackling was great in both games. His stamina has improved too- he got through 60 minutes before Hazard came on and then came back again at the end.

Paix would be the safest option- I would be 100% more confident he could do 20 minutes at hooker than I was 12 months ago.

I'd even go both with two forwards on the bench.
 

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