2019 Pre Season and Trials

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  1. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Kayln Ponga selected as 5/8 for Maori all stars - great for us - he will get to play and train with another side in the position we want him to get experience in. His partner in the halves will be another rookie in Jahrome Hughes, so Ponga will have to step up and do a lot of playmaking I think, which can only be good for him.

    Danny Levi on the bench for Maori all stars - also good for us.

    Jesse Ramien number 18 for Koori all stars - not so great if he only trains with them and doesn't play.
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Maybe we can stop calling Levi the kiwi hooker now.
     
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    Shame about Finau. Sounds like he just wasn’t applying himself. With Moga potentially facing suspension/termination, he might’ve had a decent shot at a centre position.
     
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    Mitch Andrews seems to be in all the vision of the squad training, as well as Tex Hoy.
    I suspect Andrews will get the junior development contract that Finau had - we need a centre, and he looks to be holding his own, while Finau only trained for a few weeks before needing surgery for a shoulder injury he probably had before he arrived.
     
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    EASBay17 Steve Walters

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    usually they play 6 or 7 on the bench with unlimited interchange in the all star games. i assume its the same this time round and jesse will play
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    In the Toohey article today, he mentions Ponga's record as a goal kicker - about a 70% kicker - and says Lino is the only alternative.
    I can remember Brodie Jones, Sam Stone, Tex Hoy and Zac Woolford all being pretty handy goal kickers - and Danny Levi being pretty ordinary at it.
    I suspect Crossland could do it, because he has a mighty boot on him, and Pearce should be able to kick as well.
    Anyway, Ponga is the only regular firstgrader with form, and he's well off the pace of most goalkickers in the NRL.
     
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    Owey Daniel Saifiti

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    As the article said, it could be the difference on more than a few occasions this year

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  11. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2019/02/03/the-skill-d-saf-plans-to-unleash-in-2019/

    Dan Saifiti saying he used to offload and wants to get it "back in his game".

    He has never been an offloader. He tried to do it a bit in his second year of firstgrade, but wasn't much good at it.

    Brown has often said we need to offload more, and Klem is pretty decent at it.

    Brodie Jones is pretty good at it, and the Croker brothers, Matt and Harry, are as good at offloading as any juniors we have ever had.

    anyway, it would be nice if Dan can offload a few times a game, along with Klem, but I don't think he has a natural ability at it, as good offloaders seem to have.
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Barnett is our second phase guy. 2017 he would have had more offloads than the rest of the pack combined. Hopefully that shoulder is right
     
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    Offloads for the sake of them can be more of a negative with poor application or unexpecting recipients.

    If offloads are expected to feature more frequently this year hopefully there's a lot of practice in support play to let us get the most out of the opportunity.

    Snappy service from the offload recipient to Ponga, Watson and Pearce should get us plenty of extra metres and hopefully points this year. Expect to see Ramien and Fitz benefit considerably.
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Right Wobbles just look at Adam Blair.
     
  15. Billy

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    I see the Knights are going to live stream the Cronulla trial on facebook.
    They are saying for 3 hours between 5-30 and 8.30, so the reserve grade game as well.
    Since they'll use big squads in both grades, I expect all the best juniors will be playing reserves.
    The facebook live stream was a bit more reliable than barTV or similar when big numbers jump on.
     
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    Jamie Soward's Power Rankings - Halves

    1. Cooper Cronk-Luke Keary (Roosters)

    While Keary dominated the try assists for the Roosters with 21 last season, it was Cronk who often positioned Keary to be able to attack with freedom throughout 2018. Look for this pair to roll on and torture the whole NRL again.

    2. Mitchell Pearce-Kalyn Ponga (Knights)

    Ponga's move from fullback to five-eighth is intriguing. I haven't been excited about a player switching positions since Darren Lockyer. Pearce bounced back from his exit from the Roosters and apart from injury was dominant for the Knights in his first year at the club. I'll be watching closely to see how Ponga adjusts his kicking game in tight contests.

    3. Adam Reynolds-Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)

    Walker and Reynolds complement each other well but it was a failure to adapt the game plan last year when Plan A wasn't working in the big games that cost them. I look forward to Reynolds running the ball more.

    4. Ben Hunt-Corey Norman (Dragons)

    Hunt will steer the team around enough and put Norman in position to link with Gareth Widdop, who looks dangerous as a fullback option. I'll be keeping an eye on if it goes sour early as this new combo may take time.

    5. Nathan Cleary-James Maloney (Panthers)

    These two combined for only 19 try assists in 2018 but it's the big-game experience Nathan has seen at State of Origin level combined with Mr Experience himself in Maloney that could see them make the biggest jump from now until September. Cleary will need to bounce out of Origin better this year.

    6. Daly Cherry-Evans-Kane Elgey (Sea Eagles)

    DCE is the Pied Piper for the Manly team and how he goes will shape how they'll go. Elgey struggled at the Titans so I'm looking for him to be able to relax and play footy while letting DCE steer the team around.

    7. Chad Townsend-Shaun Johnson (Sharks)

    Townsend and Matt Moylan had a combined 30 try assists last year and I thought showed some real promise with the partnership blossoming. With Moylan switching to fullback this year, Johnson brings an ad lib style that will complement Townsend and his consistent game.

    8. Anthony Milford-Kodi Nikorima (Broncos)

    The most interesting pair in this list, who actually had some really good stats in 2018. Their kicking game and decision-making when games get tight continue to be their Achilles heel for me. They have the forward pack and all the talent. Milford is the key.

    9. Ash Taylor-Tyrone Peachey (Titans)

    Taylor had a big year individually in 2018. I look for Peachey to be the perfect foil for Taylor; a running five-eighth who makes things happen. If they go with Tyrone Roberts he and Taylor love playing together.

    10. Luke Brooks-Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)

    Brooks had his best year in the NRL despite not having a regular halves partner in 2018. If Benji can stay fit I expect Brooks to continue to raise his game. He seems to love having Benji play alongside him as the security blanket to help steer the team.

    11. Brodie Croft-Cameron Munster (Storm)

    Croft settled late last year and looked good. Cam Smith will direct the traffic which should allow Croft and Munster to continue to play footy. They have no Billy Slater out the back of all the plays now which pushes this combo down my rankings to start the year.

    12. Michael Morgan-Jake Clifford (Cowboys)

    Morgan is under the most pressure to get it right from the start. Look for him to be very hands-on early to start the year. Clifford or Te Maire Martin will partner Morgan and the two have differing styles. Clifford is a footballer who has finesse and has a great kicking game. Martin is a competitor and will be solid in defence.

    13. Kieran Foran-Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs)

    Foran needs to be fit and running the ball to help Lewis in year two. I worry that neither of these two has a strong kicking game, although Lewis does have an accurate short kicking game.

    14. Aidan Sezer-Jack Wighton (Raiders)

    Sezer has to be the man every game with Wighton adjusting to the new halves role. Wighton will run the ball and compete but it won't help if Sezer can't direct the team and close out games. Sam Williams will be champing at the bit at the first sign of trouble with this combination.

    15. Blake Green-Chanel Tevita-Harris (Warriors)

    Green will have to be patient and I would love to see him in the No.7 until Tevita-Harris feels comfortable. This kid can play but it will take time. The steady hand of Green is the perfect fit. Adam Keighran is the other option to replace Shaun Johnson in the Warriors line-up.

    16. Mitch Moses-Dylan Brown (Eels)

    Sorry, Eels fans but this is a rebuilding year after last season's wooden spoon. Moses has the keys to the car now so I expect him to dominate and direct the team in 2019. His form and body language will be so important in allowing 18-year-old Brown to grow into learning to be a first-grader.


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  17. mozza

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    Remember when Jaelen Feeney and Trent Hodkinson were our halves?

    Sa keen. This season can’t come quickly enough.
     
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    Pretty skillful bugger Barnett. Criminally underrated too.
     
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