NRL Power Rankings

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    First installment of the power rankings done by the DT, This one is the number 9s

    HOOKERS

    1. Cameron Smith
    2. Jake Friend
    3. Andrew McCullough
    4. Jake Granville
    5. Cameron McInnes
    6. Nathan Peats
    7. Apisai Koroisau
    8. Danny Levi
    9. Damien Cook
    10. Peter Wallace
    11. Jayden Brailey
    12. Michale Lichaa
    13. Isaac Luke
    14. Kaysa Pritchard
    15. Matt McIlwrick
    16. Craig Garvey / Siliva Havili

    DANNY LEVI

    It has been a tough few years from the Knights but Levi is one of the diamonds they’ve found in the rough.

    Levi has won just six of his 48 NRL matches but he’s the kind of player Newcastle can build their future around.

    The similarities between Levi and Issac Luke, the man he replaced as New Zealand’s Test hooker are just too stark to ignore — both are compact, powerful runners with tremendous acceleration off the mark and the strength to break the line.

    Levi recorded five try assists, four line breaks and six line break assists in 2017, all career highs, and played a major part in Newcastle’s late season revival before enjoying a fine World Cup campaign with New Zealand.

    Much of his success came after coach Nathan Brown switched him to the bench, allowing Jamie Buhrer to play the opening 20 minutes at hooker before Levi played the final three quarters of the match and it gave Levi a new lease on life.

    Brown’s possible return to that strategy is one of several intriguing roster choices surrounding the Knights this season.


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...l/news-story/5f10ff0b39ce4b8d87be81ebcd10e804
     
  2. Joshhh

    Joshhh OnARampageFuelledByGod

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    I didn't realize there were so little quality hookers running around today. Cameron Smith is a level above, then Friend, McCullough, Granville & Peats are next level down. The rest are really all guys still proving themselves or journeymen.
     
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    It will be interesting to see where Michael Lichaa ranks by season end after moving away from the rigid structure he was expected to operate under at the bulldogs...I think he might move up that list if he is given more opportunity to play his more natural game
     
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    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    It would've been interesting to see where they ranked Hodgson if he wasn't injured
     
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    Battler Adrian Brunker

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    I agree, he has more to offer than what's been shown.
     
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    Battler Adrian Brunker

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    Would have to be number 2 I'd reckon.
     
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    Yeah definitely top 5 at the very least, Class player
     
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    Battler Adrian Brunker

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    If I was putting a team together, without restriction, I'd have him before anyone other than Smith. Better than top 5 in my opinion.
     
  9. mozza

    mozza Game on broheim

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    If fully fit and playing at their best top 5 would be:
    1-Smith
    2-Hodgson
    3-Luke
    4-McCullough
    5-Granville
    Friend has detiorated a fair bit over the last few years. Really rate Koroisau too. Happy with Levi though he’ll be right up there in a few years.
     
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    Jeez you're being kind to Isaac Luke! "Friend has deteriorated bit over the last few years" havs you watched Isaac since he went to the black hole of talent that is the NZ Warriors. He's been overweight, disinterested and flat out rubbish at times.

    1. Smith
    2. McCullough (Showed his quality after his injury last year, Brisbane were half the team they were pre-injury, Broncos most important players)
    3. Hodgson
    4. Granville
    5. Friend
    6. Levi

    With a decent team around him this year Danny will show his ability. Excellent runner of the ball, crafty ball player at the line, can score a tough try close to the try line and his defence continues to improve.
    McInnes and Korisau had good years but don't have the class of Danny. Peats has been found out as a bit of a liability offensively, tackles a lot but offers little else in the way of creativity in the ruck.
     
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    Levi along with Wallace could skip a place or two

    Will be interesting to see where Pearce sits. If all goes well with Ponga we will likely have one of the best spines in the comp in the not too distant future

    This is really building towards a premiership quality sqaud in 2019/2020. By that time our young guns will be well and truly seasoned. And our under performers will have been shipped out for classy imports
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    2016 Hodgson was pushing Smith for best hooker in the game. 2017, not so much.

    List look about right which is surprising for a DT article.
     
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    I would take McIness and Korisau over Levi every day of the week and 69 times on Sunday *no homo*
     
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    TheBatman Todd Anderson

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    Entitled to your opinion but disagree. Was only 2 years ago McInnes was going nowhere at Souths and ditto Korisau at Penrith and Souths
     
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    Left Foot Banned

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    My opinions or should I say facts are always right.
    Fact is Buhrer was starting in front of him.
    He lacks the class/polish to be a starting hooker.
    He can’t control the ruck.
    He has a decent running game against tiring forwards.
    He’s best used off the bench.
     
  16. mozza

    mozza Game on broheim

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    Yawn. Levi is improving all the time and was excellent for New Zealand. Talking out of his arse as usual.
     
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    Left Foot Banned

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    Inb4 bringing up he’s now a NZ rep.
    Being a NZ rep is not an achievement these days.

    Gerard Beale 10 NZ Games, 5 Tries

     
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    mozza Game on broheim

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    Got picked ahead of Isaac Luke who Left Foot said Levi is nothing like and nowhere near in terms of talent.
     
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    Left Foot Banned

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    Billy messages arent showing up because he has probably blocked me?? but no doubt he’s talking up our next great up and comer in Tom Starling lol
     
  20. mozza

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    Wrong again. I believe he blocked me because I called him out on his bullsh*t.
     

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