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Failing stars leave title hopes dimming

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lsz, Mar 17, 2016.

By lsz on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:04 AM
  1. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    TWO clubs that recruited exceptionally well in the off-season remain winless heading into the third round.

    Why?

    Because their "go to" players, or money men - in this case Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly) and Shaun Johnson (Warriors) - are not delivering on the field under pressure situations, especially with last-play options.

    Johnson, who former Newcastle great and rugby league immortal Andrew Johns rates as the second best stepper in the game, has made just one line break and is not taking the ball deep enough into the defensive lines like other playmakers such as Johnathan Thurston or Moses Mbye.

    He has also missed seven tackles compared to three by Mbye, who has led the Bulldogs to two wins.

    Johnston suffered a bad ankle injury last season, after which the Warriors lost their last eight games with him on the sidelines.

    But they haven't performed any better at the start of this campaign, taking their losing streak to 10 games in a row with Johnson back on the field, and some experts saying coach Andrew McFadden either needs to fire him up or drop him.

    Cherry-Evans, who Manly reportedly paid $10 million for a lifetime contract at Brookvale, has been very disappointing for the Sea Eagles and again against an enthusiastic young Wests Tigers side he made a number of poor decisions with the football and never really got his side rolling.

    Manly underwent a significant restructure this season after club legend Bob Fulton orchestrated a major player shopping spree.

    This included Origin representative Nate Myles, bulldozing young forward Martin Taupau and brilliant attacker Dylan Walker.

    They have also brought in an experienced hard-head forward in Lewis Brown and a promising young 23-year-old hooker from the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup, Matt Parcell, to make sure incoming coach Trent Barrett had a roster capable of giving him a great start to his coaching debut.

    While the Sea Eagles have a young gun in Tom Trbojevic playing fullback, there's no doubt that they miss the experience and class of Brett Stewart at the back, his support play and what he creates with the ball.

    The Warriors, meanwhile, splashed out and added world-class fullback Tuivasa-Sheck and hard-man hooker Issac Luke to coach McFadden's squad - two players critics felt were essential purchases to transform the Kiwis into a genuine premiership threat.

    As of yet, Tuivasa-Sheck has not really produced the form he is capable of, but it may just be a case of finding his feet and then bam.

    So after the opening two rounds of the NRL, the two teams most punters tipped to be the big improvers in 2016 are closer to last than first on the competition ladder.

    If it's any consolation to their fans, North Queensland lost its opening three games last season and marched on to win the grand final, but it won 11 games in a row mid-season.

    Can Manly or the Warriors achieve that?

    http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/failing-stars-leave-title-hopes-dimming/2965073/
     

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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lsz, Mar 17, 2016.

    1. lsz

      lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Even the Coffs media are having a crack at us...
       
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      • robbiea

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        Pfff ,Two rounds in ,Plenty of time..
         
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        • Dan

          Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2017 Tipping Competitor 2016 Tipping Competitor

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          Premierships are won or lost in the first 2 rounds, history has proven this time and time again........

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          • HappilyManly

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            We missed the Top 8 by only 1 win last year@:cool:
             
          • Dan

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            Yes but we also lost the last 2 games
             
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            • HappilyManly

              HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              We may do so again.
              Hate how everyone keeps saying we are only in round x - just get back into the winning groove :mad:
               
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              • Dan

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                I think we should just give up on the season and start from scratch
                 
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                • Ryan

                  Ryan Well-Known Member

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                  I had the rubber out last night, so maybe I could help ;)
                   
                • tookey

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                  The problem is we haven't looked remotely like winning either of the first two games including one against an expected contender for the the wooden spoon.
                   
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                  • jbb/james

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                    The problem i see is not that what he is trying isnt working. He just isnt trying enough. Im not saying effort, he just isnt having a go at testing the line often enough

                    When you set your price high you realise you will be on your pat malone with other options as clubs cant afford 2 playmakers

                    If he runs out of options, trys stuff that doesnt work, im ok with that. He just doesnt look like he wants the ball for the team. This isnt about execution , its about understanding he is the man where the buck stops. Thats sport
                     
                  • SeaEagleRock8

                    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    If you mean DCE, maybe he's a bit tentative coming back from the shoulder op?
                     
                  • The Who

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                    No. We won the last round against Cronulla, but it was too late.
                    The killer loss was to Doesn'tmatta at Brookie, which still rates as the most disappointing performance in recent memory.
                     
                  • eaglebuzz

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                    We looked likely against the Tigers when we started to get some points on the board. I think if Parcell's try had been awarded we might even have gone on to win it. We showed patches of what we're capable of against the tigers. Some extra stiffness in defence and better team selections are the two biggest issues at the moment.
                     
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