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Did API help DCE

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by maxta, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. maxta

    maxta Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    DCE has been trying his best but maybe overlooked an aspect Api took advantage of last night.
    The running game....& I don't mean a forwards hit up...done them...in fact injured this way.
    The speed of the modern game has added a massive opportunity for the halves to play more direct & RUN the footy rather than having to put players into a hole.
    Players like Milford, Morgan & our own Walker have looked dangerous off the back of momentum in the middle & will only do this more as the season grows.
    That doesn't mean DCE forgets ball playing completely - just take the line on more as Api did with 3 line breaks from 6 runs!!
    Personally like halves playing simple - turning forwards inside - early outballs to the 3/4 line to let them have a go at their opposite number & then the show & go when defence is back peddling.
    Just an observation but really impressed with what Api done & maybe DCE not so much learned too much, but can play that simple style & play a more relaxed, controlled game than he did the first 4 rounds - looking pressured with the world on his shoulders.
     
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    • HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Chez has an eagle eye view of how our forwards are shaping to run.
      He will learn their preferred steps and be able to hone his game management skills to utilize them :)

      I like how each week Manly fill in the New Era Jigsaw. First 20 minutes' piece is still to be found @:cool:
       
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      • Cameron

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        Api ran too much IMO.
        Brett, killer and tom were starved of good quality ball. He was good but he ran too much
         
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        • Rodo

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          And Mateo too. But maybe Mateo should have gone looking for the ball. After throwing that forward pass early he seemed to lose all confidence and did not try anything again. He should have been playing the role Gift used to play but sadly he did next to nothing last night.
           
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          • Chip and Chase

            Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Finding the balance between running and passing is the key. I happen to think DCE is one of the better running halves in the comp and isn't shy about giving it a crack. I don't think he needs to take anything too significant from Api's efforts last night.

            Api played to his strength, and it paid some rewards, so good effort from him. But in terms of it being a halfback masterclass it didn't rate.
             
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            • maxta

              maxta Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              Agreed - the bloke with size & skills like this should play more THROUGH the line - splitting defenders & passing when its ON....not union style
               
            • maxta

              maxta Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              Maybe...maybe not - if any half runs the ball 6 times & makes 3 line breaks I would ask to continue - though do agree not enough EARLY ball from Api & Walker to the outside backs OR that short ball to a rampaging Kapow!!
               
            • SeaEagle21

              SeaEagle21 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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              I think he did too and probably the three support players you mentioned didn't keep up because they were expecting him to take it to the line and offload. Problem was once Api broke free none of them could catch up to support him. It worked last night but he could get figured out in the next couple of weeks and become nulified. He was playing to his strength so can't fault him on sticking to what he knows as it worked.
               
            • Manlymaniac

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              With the ball we had last night if Daly played we win by 30. Api played well but we lacked polish.
               
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              • Fluffy

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                i think it is only fair to wait and see how DCE goes when he finally plays with forwards when we crack 1700m in a match
                 
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                • Frank

                  Frank Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  It is laughable to suggest that DCE has anything to learn from Api.
                   
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                  • Mango

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                    API @ 6
                    And
                    DCE @ 7

                    Walker@ ?
                     
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                    • Turbo

                      Turbo Well-Known Member

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                      A backline for the rest of the year could look something like this.

                      1.Stewart
                      2.Tafua
                      3.Lyon
                      4.Walker
                      5.Trbojevic
                      6.Koroisau
                      7.Cherry-Evans

                      And for the future

                      1.Trbojevic
                      2.Tafua
                      3.Walker
                      4.
                      5.
                      6.Koroiasu
                      7.Cherry-Evans
                       
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                      • Mango

                        Mango Active Member

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                        What to do with Matai, who will he sub if on the bench?
                        He is better than brown, but not sure if his body will handle 2rf
                         
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                        • Simonmyers11

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                          I have been saying that for ages. DcE always look his best we he runs more . Has a strong fend and a good dummy and is quick. Hope to see him run more when get gets back
                           
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                          • Woodsie

                            Woodsie played strong, done good.

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                            Hey Turbo, that's a phone call I'd love to hear,

                            (Turbo) Hey Skivvy, it's Turbo. How are you.

                            (Skivvi) Good Turbs, you.

                            (Turbo) Great Skivvy, just rang to tell you Api has had one good game at halfback so you sacked for the rest of the year. Goodbye.
                             
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                            • maxta

                              maxta Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                              Exactly right....DCE has been looking for that magic pass at the expense of his running game, particularly in the red zone....the most part he has ran the ball, is like a forward doing the dirty work.
                              Almost reading into Walker is the runner & he is the organiser.
                              His running game is right up there & once he takes more running options, think his passing will benefit on the back of it.
                               
                            • PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

                              PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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                              Dce realises now he has competition in the halves.It's the best thing that could happen it may bring the best out of him.
                               
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                              • Turbo

                                Turbo Well-Known Member

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                                Haha guess what at least Koroiasu has played one good game.
                                 
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                                • Woodsie

                                  Woodsie played strong, done good.

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                                  Correct, one good game with all indications that more will follow.

                                  But please wait at least one more week to be sure before you sell DCE and Matai, they have gone alright for us in the past.
                                   

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