PRE-GAME Round 7 - Eels v Broncos

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ChewThePhatt

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I'm impressed with Bull's interview. Especially when he said in response to Deardon "he's somebody you want to put your body on the line for being a forward".

Such commitment from one so young. He's definitely his own man. I think he reminds me of a smarter version of Tunsa. I'm waiting for the day when he gets a bit more NRL experience and puts in a hit to match.
Couldn't agree more, I love him.
This is one rising star that the Broncos have managed to somehow keep out of the spotlight. & I think it'll pay huge dividends over time.
The things I like about him the most...

Humility.
Smarts.
Genuine footballer.
Genuine speed.
Wicked step.

For mine, he's very understated & I love it.
 

theshed

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Asiata must be struggling with his neck more than is being made public. Seems strange that he’s been in and out of the team otherwise. Maybe they’re worried about being beaten for size by the big Eels pack so they went with Flegler instead?
Yeah Asiata has shit in Kev’s cereal. Went from being heralded as a pillar of the teams attack to being given short minutes and dropped in and out of the team.

I hope Levi’s inclusion gets the best out of Turpin. Ballsy to bring him straight into the squad with only a couple days training with the team. Obviously sees what we all do, that Turps isn’t an 80 minute hooker.
 

K-Style

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Is Flegler for Asiata our Thursday swap. I feel like we've had a fairly regular Thursday swap of players. I didn't think Asiata linked up to well with Dearden but Flegler is a liability. Surprised he's not suspended really.
 

Wolfie

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Couldn't agree more, I love him.
This is one rising star that the Broncos have managed to somehow keep out of the spotlight. & I think it'll pay huge dividends over time.
The things I like about him the most...

Humility.
Smarts.
Genuine footballer.
Genuine speed.
Wicked step.

For mine, he's very understated & I love it.

He is probably the perfect bench forward. I know some people look down on that role, but its crucial in todays game to have somebody who can come off the bench and do what he does. Nothing wrong with being a specialist in that type of position.
 

winslow_wong

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Asiata being dropped I can't agree with, would of dropped Flegs TBH, Put Asiata as 13 and move Carrigan to bench.

Do agree with Levi coming straight on though, he has alot of first grade experience will be very useful to keep Turps sharp. Herbie is back so we will be much stronger on the Left, Mead is too good to be dropped ATM deserves his spot in the team but might be less effective as centre.
Is Asiata still carrying that injury? It’s the only explanation for not playing your main off season signing.
 

Huge

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Parra are 1.18 and we are 5.00
Might have a sneaky little bet on us.
Thought we'd 10s or more. I mean, what's changed? Last week it was $11, now it's 5 and we're playing a competition favourite. We still haven't won a game. Sounds like a few punters are jumping on a break through for us. Hope so.
 

McHunt

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Yeah Asiata has shit in Kev’s cereal. Went from being heralded as a pillar of the teams attack to being given short minutes and dropped in and out of the team.

I hope Levi’s inclusion gets the best out of Turpin. Ballsy to bring him straight into the squad with only a couple days training with the team. Obviously sees what we all do, that Turps isn’t an 80 minute hooker.
I wonder if Kevvie went to the Devils/Magpies game to watch Paix and came back with Levi instead?

Either way, it's a sign to Turpin he's expendable like the rest of the spine.
 

Sproj

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Aside from Mead (not many other options to be fair) at centre and Flegler instead of Kennedy, I think the balance of this side is starting to look so much better. I'm very excited to see Turps get some ready made help off the bench.
 

Fitzy

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Couldn't agree more, I love him.
This is one rising star that the Broncos have managed to somehow keep out of the spotlight. & I think it'll pay huge dividends over time.
The things I like about him the most...

Humility.
Smarts.
Genuine footballer.
Genuine speed.
Wicked step.

For mine, he's very understated & I love it.
Yep very humble, not sure how smart everyone is here but he is very intelligent, very strong and would easily be the fastest prop and possibly forward
 

theshed

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the only changes that I would make to the side Kevvie named, is what Mustafur Mustafur said.

Asiata to 13
Carrigan to bench
Flegler to have a stint in the ISC
I was probably the biggest fan here of Aisata’s signing in the off season but he hasn’t impressed me. He hasn’t been playing the role he excels at and although he tries hard, there has been some pretty sloppy moments in attack and defence.

Personally I’d keep the the team Kev named but would drop Flegler for Kennedy. A decent right centre would be nice though. Hopefully Mead steps up.
 

Thelmus

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I think the problem with Asiata from what I have seen is he seems to have a smaller tank than a lot of other middle forwards but doesn't have the impact of a bench forward.
He used to be an 80 minute player so I think it's possibly just an interrupted off-season and a few injuries impacting his performance.
He really needed to nail that starting 13 spot because there are better options on the bench and a bigger utility off the bench can cover a lot of what he brings with ball playing skills. At least you cant afford a forward giving underwhelming runs off the bench and another spot taken by a second hooker.
To get back in contention he needs to make some harder runs or build up his minutes in q cup.
I agree with the utility though as much as it is nice to have ball playing forward it's more important to have a constant threat from dummy half and a hooker not so off his feet with exhaustion that he plays the blind side rather than open or vice versa.
Even the best of the so called 80 minute hookers had ways to take a spell from the constant grind but poor old Turpin looked stuck following a cycle of throwing an amazing 80 minute all action game followed by one where he could barely engage the markers. Macca got caught in a similar trend before him and is now a little more free thanks to a ready made hooker playing half.
Theres no one really capable like that (at least consistently) so I applaud the new signing.
 
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