2018 Harold Matts and SG Ball

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  1. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Game over 28-14
    Ugly win.
     
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    Great start to the season for both grades !!
     
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    My feeling is that both grades will think they can do better.
    Saints weren't bad, but in both grades, if we had 50% of possession and finished off well, we'd have won by 50.
    In Mathews, Crowther is the real deal. He only got the ball a handful of times, but came up with a try assist, a great try, and a couple of runs that were the best of the day.
    Pezet is a fast, slick half who made our first 2 tries with line breaks like a young Mullen slicing through the line.
    Cant and Robinson were the forwards who impressed most, both strong, fast and mobile.

    In Ball, Crossland and Madden are all class and made try after try for us, but also bombed a few by trying to be too clever at times. The whole forward pack looks quality. Big, mobile units, all of them. Alexander scored 3 tries from centre and looked like he might score every time he ran.
     
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    Needs to work on his fitness still. He is a massive guy who did some great runs, but spent a lot of time with hands on hips sucking in big breaths after all his runs.
     
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    Starford Toa scored a good try and looked good at fullback. Very hard running back.

    Simon Asela had a couple of really good runs early and then went down with a knee injury that looked bad at first, but he eventually got up and limped off, and he came back on in the second half, still limping a bit. He did plenty of runs, but he was sucking in the big breaths and had hands on hips a lot after his runs. He nearly scored a great try near the end but was stripped of the ball just as he bent over to put it down. We got a penalty for that because he was just short of the line when stripped I think, and the 2 points put us 14 points ahead with less than 10 to go.
     
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    Again Billy well done most appreciated
     
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    Innisfail, Queensland actually.
     
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    https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/02/11/highlights--harold-matthews-rd-1/

    Mathews highlights - knights start at just before 5 minute mark if you want to scroll forward. Looking at the highlights, I thought Crowther set up the 3rd try at the game, but it looks like it was Tyrone Nean, and the 5th try, scored by Crowther, was set up by a great pass from Nean as well. He played left centre in number 18.
     
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    Timanu Alexander had a lot of work to do to score that first try. His other 2 were a bit easier.
    All the guys who trained with the under 20s summer squad - Crossland, Madden, Alexander, Baker etc, all looked a class above. They have all progressed a lot, especially big Tom Baker. Two years ago Baker seemed really lucky to get picked for NSW after missing most of the Mathews season and only have about 4 huge runs as a bench prop in the finals series, but he has come a long way. Brad Fittler described him as "a gangly kid", which was a fair description of the skinny 6'5" prop, but he has filled out now and you couldn't call him gangly now.
     
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    week 2 sides

    HAROLD MATTHEWS

    1. Logan Radzevic
    2. Montel Kuru
    3. Harry Fraser
    4. Tyrone Nean
    5. Kodi Crowther
    6. Noah Ryan
    7. Jonah Pezet
    8. Locklan Williams
    9. Riley Jones
    10. Elvino Maroulis
    11. Tom Cant (c)
    12. Tallis Duncan
    13. Sam Robinson
    Bench
    14. Zac Miller
    15. Rhys MacDonald
    16. Jack Gunton
    17. Max Bradbury

    SG BALL

    1. Star Toa
    2. Caleb Nicholls
    3. Timanu Alexander
    4. Toby Marks
    5. Darcy Heaney
    6. Jock Madden
    7. Phoenix Crossland
    8. Campbell Sheppard
    9. Mitch Black
    10. Kingston Puru
    11. Simon Asela
    12. Cooper Jenkins
    13. Jaron Purcell
    14. Simi Sasagi
    15. Tom Baker
    16. Christian Ma'anaima
    17. Harry Croker
     
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    We play Balmain, who were flogged by Penrith in both grades last week.
    Hard to work out form after one game, but you'd think we'll be too good for Balmain.
     
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    So where’s ol’ mate Bradman Best?
     
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    Injured. Back round 5 i believe.


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    The Toohey article linked above somewhere says Best had a shoulder operation in the offseason and should be back mid season.
     
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    4-0 to Balmain after 3 minutes.
     

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