2019 Pre Season and Trials

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Interesting that the poll on the Knights site for wing, centre and fullback for round 1 has Star Toa, Tex Hoy and Mitch Andrews all as options to vote for.
    Right now, those guys are not in our 30 + 6 development players - so couldn't get a run under any circumstances - but they'd be in the running for the 3 remaining development spots.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    So 1 top 30 slot remaining and 3 developement spots, nice to see we are leaving ourselves with options.
     
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    Welcome back Lord!
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Thanks mate, had a good break, what are we 3 weeks from trials?
     
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    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    https://www.theherald.com.au/story/...eady-to-fight-to-save-his-nrl-career/?cs=7580

    Article about Buhrer training at hooker.
    I think he will play plenty of games this year as a hooker.
    We only have 1 genuine firstgrade hooker in Levi, and he struggles to play 80 minutes at top pace.
    An injury to Levi and Buhrer will probably be our starting hooker, with Mann coming on for impact in limited minutes.

    For the last few years our coaching group has not mentioned when players have injuries they take into games and manage week to week. Last year Buhrer had dramatically worse stats for defence and minutes on the field than he had the year before, and I think that can only be because he carried an injury most of the year. If he is over that and back to 2017 form, and has spent a full off season working on his dummy half skills, he could even be our best hooker right now, especially in defence. Fully fit, he is capable of playing 80 minutes and making 50 tackles.
     
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    I hope Buhrer really competes this year. I can't recall him ever being involved in off-field drama, and from all reports he seems to be well-respected among the playing group. He'd be great to keep on beyond this year if he can be consistently effective. With all the additional competition he may step his game up this year.
     
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    Wobbles Andrew Tangata-Toa

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    Buhrer isn't the flashy kind of hooker that gets the crowd excited, but is consistent and you know what you're going to get from him every week.
    I still see him as more of a utility though, same as Mann. Lino could probably do a reasonable job there too if needed.

    Zac Woolford is the only other specialist hooker in the squad besides Levi and Griffin. I hope he does enough in reserves to convince Brown to select him because I reckon he's got a bright career ahead.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2019/02/07/buderus-on-ramien-ponga-and-the-hooker-dilemma/

    Danny Buderus has a say about the position changes for next year.
    Talks up Levi, Ramien, the Ponga/Watson switch and Klemmer.
    On hooker, seems to be saying Levi is having a massive pre season and the guy pushing him most is Zac Woolford - which is what I always thought was going to happen, but not really the story we are hearing.

    His interesting take on the Ponga/Watson switch is that Ponga won't be doing much different, but Watson will be freed up to play his natural running game and use his energy and fitness to get involved. He seems to think Watson will benefit more.
     
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    Wobbles Andrew Tangata-Toa

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    That's some positive news for both Levi and Woolford. Some strong competition should only see them improve.

    Too soon to tell whether Woolford has what it takes to be an 80-minute hooker, but if he has the stamina that would make it difficult for Brown to select them both in the 17, especially if Mann or Buhrer snare a bench position.
     
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    It seems like nobody is giving Woolford a chance now after Brown's comments on Mann being in the 17. The 1 year deal was a smart move. Buhrer shouldn't be starting 9 in reserves.
     
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    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Great bloke Buhrer, good competitor and if all other hooker options fall over and the cleaner don't want to have a crack then Buhrer will do a job.
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    For sure Joel. Buhrer whilst a good servant is behind Levi, Mann and Woolford in my book. And these three are behind Nugget if he makes it back this year.
     
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    He’s a proven match winner. Give him 3 years and the 9 jersey
     
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    Sounds like D.SAf might be getting serious about this rugby league thing and getting his diet in order. If he has dropped 7kg from last season he should be very damaging, with better agility and better fitness to keep him going longer.
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    No doubt Kurriboy. I think both Safs would realise they are behind Klem, Glasby, Ese'ese and other young guys pushing through. If they want NRL games, and pay, time to work on fitness and aggression.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    The only thing that's stopping Dan from being in the top 5 props of the game is Dan.
     
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