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by julian87
January 20, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Bench forwards
Replies: 21
Views: 851

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Bench forwards

I did, I’m just banging on because I think it’s a ridiculous scenario for the club to be in whilst arguably still in a premiership window.
by julian87
January 20, 2021, 1:46 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

That was terrible. Paine should hand in his double pluggers, esky and disappear back into the Tassie wilderness.. Starc needs to go, keep him around for short form cricket. Warner Pucovski Labu (c) Smith Head Green Carey Cummins Pattinson Lyon Hazlewood. Next time around. Very underwhelming series ...
by julian87
January 20, 2021, 8:39 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Bench forwards
Replies: 21
Views: 851

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Bench forwards

This is insanely difficult, particularly as I don't have CHN in my top 17, based on his 2020... and unless Dunamis Lui puts in form like the second half of 2020, I'm not entirely sure he's a certainty for the top 17, long term, either. But I agree Dunamis certainly merits being there on the basis o...
by julian87
January 20, 2021, 8:37 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Bench forwards
Replies: 21
Views: 851

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Bench forwards

-PJ- wrote: January 20, 2021, 6:27 am We have some very good forwards playing reggies this year
* we have some very good forwards playing in the local Canberra competition this year.
by julian87
January 20, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Just on T20s. With the World Cup around the corner the selectors have some make or break decisions coming up. If the all rounder is to bat #7 it has to be Dan Christian, absolutely no questions asked. Marsh keeps breaking down and Stoinis is nothing but an opening bat (cost us the 50 over World Cup)...
by julian87
January 20, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

That was terrible. Paine should hand in his double pluggers, esky and disappear back into the Tassie wilderness.. Starc needs to go, keep him around for short form cricket. Warner Pucovski Labu (c) Smith Head Green Carey Cummins Pattinson Lyon Hazlewood. Next time around. Very underwhelming series ...
by julian87
January 20, 2021, 8:20 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Starc is copping it and rightly so but Jeeze Lyon has had an absolutely rubbish series! He has added more with the bat then he has with the ball.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk It looks horrible on paper. But he bowled pretty well for the most part on a few wickets that didn’t deteriorate ag...
by julian87
January 19, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Warne saying India should change their order to try and win the game. Christ he talks some smack in the box for such a good ex player.
by julian87
January 19, 2021, 7:41 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Second rowers
Replies: 34
Views: 1008

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Second rowers

Do he should. Stuart didn’t take the risk of signing him for him to be used as a battering ram bench forward. He played that role last year for a multitude of reasons that all made sense.

This season he will be back to 100% fitness and straight in to replace Bateman as he was signed to do.
by julian87
January 18, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Second rowers
Replies: 34
Views: 1008

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Second rowers

CHN left second row with Whitehead reverting to the right. The best ball player in the team gains the best line runner in the team. The limited ball playing halfback gains a genuine ball playing forward on the right side of the field to assist. Whitehead is also switched on as a short kick chaser so...
by julian87
January 18, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

That'll do for Wade. They wanted to bring in Pucovski and it was between him and Head to see who made way. He's not taken that lifeline so in the absence of alternative Head deserves a recall. As a comparison between the two. Career Test Average: Wade 29.87 Head 39.75 Recent form (since Ashes): Wad...
by julian87
January 18, 2021, 6:23 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

It was frustrating viewing as an Aussie fan but **** you have to give credit to their 7 and 8. Was a wonderful counterpunching partnership. What test cricket is all about.
by julian87
January 16, 2021, 6:44 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Wade still being in the team is abhorrent.
by julian87
January 14, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Smith should never captain again imo. Unfortunately the best captain option doesn’t bat well enough to retain his place ahead of Matt Wade apparently.
by julian87
January 14, 2021, 11:30 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Warner Labu Smith Maxwell head phillipe green Cummins Pattinson lyon hazewood Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk This is ducking hilarious if it’s not a pisstake. Let’s drop the best keeper in Australia who’s also the captain for the backup keeper from WA (who’s probably their 3rd in line option ...
by julian87
January 14, 2021, 6:33 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

Warner Labu Smith Maxwell head phillipe green Cummins Pattinson lyon hazewood Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk This is ducking hilarious if it’s not a pisstake. Let’s drop the best keeper in Australia who’s also the captain for the backup keeper from WA (who’s probably their 3rd in line option ...
by julian87
January 10, 2021, 7:33 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Wingers
Replies: 36
Views: 1250

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Wingers

Are people saying Valemei has ‘more upside’ because he’s Fijian? Yes Julian there can be no other reasons :shock: Well before I posted the biggest positive thing said about him was that he ‘makes things happen’ besides his errors. So besides that and breaking more tackles (but actually making less ...
by julian87
January 9, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Wingers
Replies: 36
Views: 1250

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Wingers

Are people saying Valemei has ‘more upside’ because he’s Fijian?
by julian87
January 9, 2021, 10:13 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Wingers
Replies: 36
Views: 1250

Re: POLL: Strongest 2020 line up: Wingers

Simonsson is so, so far ahead of Valemei. I’m surprised this is even a discussion.

Rapana + Simonsson walk it in.
by julian87
January 9, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

-PJ- wrote: January 8, 2021, 3:39 pm
Azza wrote: January 8, 2021, 3:29 pm Wade's dismissal was soft, absolutely shocking shot.
Travis Head enjoyed it..
Wade ahead of Head is an absolute joke to start with.
by julian87
January 1, 2021, 12:56 pm
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: The Film Thread
Replies: 2388
Views: 160249

Re: The Film Thread

Just watched Breath (2017) on Netflix, directed and featuring Simon Baker, based on the Tim Winton novel. Very good film, enjoyed it. I thought it was very ordinary as a fan of the novel. The story was actually a story within the story and all context of why it was even told was absent in the film....
by julian87
December 29, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Your predicted Canberra Raiders team for next year?
Replies: 289
Views: 14807

Re: Your predicted Canberra Raiders team for next year?

Disagree with an outside back on the bench that was mentioned earlier. Havili or Starling to be the utility.

Whitehead covers halves.
A slimmer, fitter CHN via Tapine/Young covers centre.
by julian87
December 16, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders on a one year deal
Replies: 25
Views: 1548

Re: Jordan Rapana re-signs with Canberra Raiders on a one year deal

Happy with this. Yes speed in our backs is a concern but I haven’t forgotten Simonsson and hope his return is key. Having had a bit of time to reassess 2020 after being rather apathetic about it at the time gee Rapana at centre rather than Cotric was a horrific coaching move. It made sense in attack...
by julian87
December 16, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: North Sydney Bears
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: North Sydney Bears

The 2 I can think of are Craig Smith and Danny Williams.

Williams played pff the bench in the 99 grand final and Smith was famously knocked out by Ainscough for the winning penalty try.
by julian87
December 15, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

I’ll say it again. Whiteman > pretty much all other opening options.
by julian87
December 9, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: The Cricket Thread
Replies: 20570
Views: 837787

Re: The Cricket Thread

I know he’s been put out or pasture but with Warner out Khawaja really has to play. Burns sucks and Is only in the frame because Warner likes him. Pucovski looks the real deal but the concussion thing is an issue. + Whiteman > Harris, Marsh and Burns as well imo. You can pick a stop gap opener (expe...
by julian87
December 7, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2485
Views: 331363

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

And just on Brandon Smith. I think he’s shown he’s a better lock than hooker tbf.
by julian87
December 7, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2485
Views: 331363

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

I would **** love to see Smith go to the Gold Coast. I’d think a lot more of him tbh.
by julian87
December 5, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 in review - Stalwarts and debutants
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: 2020 in review - Stalwarts and debutants

I was genuinely surprised as how well Matt Frawley went in that cronulla game We know Sam Williams to be a capable half for short stints in FG. So his performance was not surprising, but Frawley's was. He looked capable of filling in for a game or two and defending his position should be called on....
by julian87
December 5, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2485
Views: 331363

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

The Dogs would be dirty that they rushed into buying Flanagan and now a far superior player that they really need is available imo.
by julian87
December 5, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2485
Views: 331363

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

He went downhill but I think he’d improve just about every team in the competition
by julian87
December 5, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2021 NRL Jerseys
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: 2021 NRL Jerseys

Ours are far and away the worst. Disgusting.
by julian87
December 1, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Albert Hopoate on one year deal
Replies: 57
Views: 5202

Re: Canberra Raiders linked to Albert Hopoate

2020 was the least amount of football I’ve watched in years so I really can’t speak on his foray into first grade. ACL injuries are a killer as we know and all of the reserve players came in with no footy under their belt so those 2 doubled = a forgive to use a racing term. It would be a mistake to ...
by julian87
December 1, 2020, 5:33 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2485
Views: 331363

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

I’m all for Hopoate. Has had huge wraps and would be bargain basement.
by julian87
November 24, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 in review - Corey Harawira-Naera
Replies: 55
Views: 1637

Re: 2020 in review - Corey Harawira-Naera

I normally don’t like edge back row stats because so much work is done off the ball in attack and positionally in defense.

But that post really does underline what is being said in this thread.