2019 Rd 1 V Titans: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

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Post by Canberra Milk » March 12, 2019, 4:02 pm

A clunky looking team to me, for the obvious reasons:
  • A winger playing fullback
    A fullback/centre playing five-eighth
    Two backrowers playing prop
    A five-eighth playing halfback
It could work, you never know with sport, but I'm not sold. I'd have had Sam Williams 7 for structure, and at least one genuine cart-the-ball-up prop. Anyway I will be at the game.

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Post by -PJ- » March 12, 2019, 4:05 pm

gergreg wrote:
March 12, 2019, 3:59 pm
When are referees announced?

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Post by greeneyed » March 12, 2019, 4:11 pm

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When are referees announced?

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Post by BadnMean » March 12, 2019, 4:14 pm

Canberra Milk wrote:
March 12, 2019, 4:02 pm
A clunky looking team to me, for the obvious reasons:
  • A winger playing fullback
    A fullback/centre playing five-eighth
    Two backrowers playing prop
    A five-eighth playing halfback
It could work, you never know with sport, but I'm not sold. I'd have had Sam Williams 7 for structure, and at least one genuine cart-the-ball-up prop. Anyway I will be at the game.
Majority on NRL players shift positions during their career. Prop or lock is definitely the best spot for both Papa and Sia at this stage of their career.

Jury out on whether CNK is a winger or not- again, most (I have not stats on that but at least half I can think of) NRL fullbacks come into the team first as a winger..

Halves- that is the big risk. Not sure what makes Sezer a 5/8? It's not his running game.

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Post by The Rickman » March 12, 2019, 4:14 pm

Canberra Milk wrote:
March 12, 2019, 4:02 pm
A clunky looking team to me, for the obvious reasons:
  • A winger playing fullback
    A fullback/centre playing five-eighth
    Two backrowers playing prop
    A five-eighth playing halfback
It could work, you never know with sport, but I'm not sold. I'd have had Sam Williams 7 for structure, and at least one genuine cart-the-ball-up prop. Anyway I will be at the game.
Haha have you copied Lucy's post from Facebook!

I'll be at the game too, should catch up for a beer.
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Post by The Rickman » March 12, 2019, 4:15 pm

Also, Sia Soliola hasn't been a secondrower for about the last three decades.
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Post by Sid » March 12, 2019, 4:15 pm

Bailey SIMONNSON is the only player listed across all teams in Caps..
could be our most exciting prospect since PAGE

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Post by The Rickman » March 12, 2019, 4:16 pm

Sid wrote:
March 12, 2019, 4:15 pm
Bailey SIMONNSON is the only player listed across all teams in Caps..
could be our most exciting prospect since PAGE

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Post by greeneyed » March 12, 2019, 4:19 pm

Sid wrote:
March 12, 2019, 4:15 pm
Bailey SIMONNSON is the only player listed across all teams in Caps..
could be our most exciting prospect since PAGE

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Post by Makaveli » March 12, 2019, 4:19 pm

At least J Bateman has pushed L Bateman out of the team

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Post by Danaman137 » March 12, 2019, 4:20 pm

Makaveli wrote:At least J Bateman has pushed L Bateman out of the team
I’d argue horsburgh is the one that pushed him out


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Post by Makaveli » March 12, 2019, 4:21 pm

Danaman137 wrote:
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Makaveli wrote:At least J Bateman has pushed L Bateman out of the team
I’d argue horsburgh is the one that pushed him out


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Post by Green Chapel » March 12, 2019, 4:23 pm

Nicely balanced team !

Should put Titans away !!

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Post by Crusader » March 12, 2019, 4:24 pm

I said it last year round 1, if Rein plays we lose.

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Post by Canberra Milk » March 12, 2019, 4:36 pm

The Rickman wrote:
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Also, Sia Soliola hasn't been a secondrower for about the last three decades.
Due to necessity, an over abundance of second rowers
Majority on NRL players shift positions during their career. Prop or lock is definitely the best spot for both Papa and Sia at this stage of their career.
I specifically mean that they play better elsewhere. With the exception of CNK perhaps, I haven't seen enough. Papa had a big year at lock. But prop and lock are not the same thing. Nobody would seriously consider playing Taumololo at prop for example. Elliott Whitehead spent time there but could no way play prop. If you have one traditional "battering ram" prop then maybe the second can have more flexibility to vary they game, but two non-typical props, I'm very hesitant

Sezer yeah well that's a long and tired debate. I certainly wouldn't have him as the only/chief playmaker and in that sense not a 7 to me

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Post by gergreg » March 12, 2019, 4:47 pm

-PJ- wrote:
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When are referees announced?

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Unfortunately he referees EDIT for the Storm as well.

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Post by Canberra Milk » March 12, 2019, 4:50 pm

Anyway most of the defensive blame last year was on Boyd/Paulo (too big, create defensive issues from outside men having to cover their slow lateral movement... also tired too quick and run out of puff, hence the fading at end of games) and Austin (can't tackle/defend)

In theory both problems are solved

We'll be a bottom-of-the-8 team at best I think, managing my expectations in advance :D

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Post by greeneyed » March 12, 2019, 4:55 pm

Josh Papalii props up Raiders pack for Shannon Boyd showdown

Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii will line up in the front-row for the first time in four years as he looks to deliver on added expectation in a showdown with Shannon Boyd.

"It’s a massive challenge for our forward pack, not being as big as previous years. In saying that, we have picked up some international players in [John Bateman] and [Ryan Sutton] from England. I can’t wait to go out there and watch the boys play in the lime green jersey and hopefully do well."

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Post by Green eyed Mick » March 12, 2019, 4:58 pm

Very happy with that side. Going to be a huge test for our forwards but I think if we can match them in the middle we will be able to score points against their edges.

Big congratulations to Horsburg for beating out a very competitive field for the last spot in the 17.

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greeneyed wrote:
March 12, 2019, 4:55 pm
Josh Papalii props up Raiders pack for Shannon Boyd showdown

Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii will line up in the front-row for the first time in four years as he looks to deliver on added expectation in a showdown with Shannon Boyd.

"It’s a massive challenge for our forward pack, not being as big as previous years. In saying that, we have picked up some international players in [John Bateman] and [Ryan Sutton] from England. I can’t wait to go out there and watch the boys play in the lime green jersey and hopefully do well."

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Post by Crusader » March 12, 2019, 5:05 pm

8 current International Rep players, not including former rep player in Sia and the injured Rapana, thats a pretty good team.

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Post by greeneyed » March 12, 2019, 5:08 pm

Five new faces poised for Canberra Raiders debut

Rick Horsburgh may well have dropped the phone when his son Corey rang to talk footy and casually revealed he is one of five new faces poised to make a Canberra Raiders debut in their season opener.

"I think my dad would be more excited than me, he loves it that much. It will be really special for my family," Horsburgh said. "He played a bit of footy growing up, he says he went alright but I never got to watch him. I ring my dad probably once a week and footy is all he wants to talk about. He loves it.

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Post by The Rickman » March 12, 2019, 5:24 pm

Green eyed Mick wrote:Very happy with that side. Going to be a huge test for our forwards but I think if we can match them in the middle we will be able to score points against their edges.

Big congratulations to Horsburg for beating out a very competitive field for the last spot in the 17.
Hooray! Even Green eyed Rick is on board!! We can’t fail now


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Post by greeneyed » March 12, 2019, 5:48 pm

Just watching NRL 360 talking about Mikaele Ravalawa... gee we could have used him right about now.


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Post by Coastalraider » March 12, 2019, 5:50 pm

Woodgers wrote:
March 12, 2019, 3:27 pm
Yeah Guler is the only big surprise, strange he could've fallen that far out of favour to not even be on the list.

The rest of it is as expected and looks about as good as it can be. No Oldfield is a big blow but let's hope BS is not BS.
I wonder if this is Sticky making a statement early. Guler looked great last year, and average in the trials - this might be the message to the forward pack, ‘there is depth this year, and unless you are putting in solid work, you won’t get a look.’ For a young buck, it might be a great thing.

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Post by Rickmando » March 12, 2019, 5:56 pm

First team list of the year, and Rick delivers! He’s clearly showing signs of learning from the mistakes of previous years.

Now I’m just waiting to see Horsburgh actually get off the pine - then I’ll be totally convinced of the #Rickdemption2019

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Post by Green eyed Mick » March 12, 2019, 6:11 pm

The Rickman wrote:
March 12, 2019, 5:24 pm
Green eyed Mick wrote:Very happy with that side. Going to be a huge test for our forwards but I think if we can match them in the middle we will be able to score points against their edges.

Big congratulations to Horsburg for beating out a very competitive field for the last spot in the 17.
Hooray! Even Green eyed Rick is on board!! We can’t fail now


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Post by exrefhollywood » March 12, 2019, 6:14 pm

lets all get ready for the turmoils of another adventurous season......with some highs, and plenty of lows.....

some people here think sam Williams is the answer......my god u don't know much

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Post by FROG » March 12, 2019, 6:31 pm

Stoked Horsburgh has been named. Let's hope he gets more than 5 mins game time!

Only change id have made is to put Guler ahead of Sutton. Appreciate sentiments that Gulers trial form wasnt that great but neither was suttons imo. I just hope it doesnt adversely affect his confidence.. hold on, perish that thought.. #inrickywetrust

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Post by zim » March 12, 2019, 6:43 pm

greeneyed wrote:
March 12, 2019, 5:48 pm
Just watching NRL 360 talking about Mikaele Ravalawa... gee we could have used him right about now.
Yeah, but there's no way he sticks around behind Cotric, Rapana and Oldfield. The dragon's had 2 wing spots to compete for in the starting 13.

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Post by dubby » March 12, 2019, 6:50 pm

Gee that's a really different looking team.

I guess we'll see how well they go on Sunday.

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Post by Ruben Daley » March 12, 2019, 6:57 pm

Coastalraider wrote:
March 12, 2019, 5:50 pm
Woodgers wrote:
March 12, 2019, 3:27 pm
Yeah Guler is the only big surprise, strange he could've fallen that far out of favour to not even be on the list.

The rest of it is as expected and looks about as good as it can be. No Oldfield is a big blow but let's hope BS is not BS.
I wonder if this is Sticky making a statement early. Guler looked great last year, and average in the trials - this might be the message to the forward pack, ‘there is depth this year, and unless you are putting in solid work, you won’t get a look.’ For a young buck, it might be a great thing.
Yeah, I like it. I’m a fan of Guler but not in the same way I was a fan of Papa after a similar number of games. I think it’s reasonable for him not to be picked if his preseason wasn’t as good as others’.

It’s great that Horsborough got the nod so that Guler, Hunt, Collins etc. all now see first grade is there for anyone who puts in - but also have the fire of thinking they’re as good or better than some of the guys ahead of them.

I’m not an anti-Luke Bateman guy but it’s refreshing to see him outside the 17.

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Post by greeneyed » March 12, 2019, 6:59 pm

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Post by Zip Zip » March 12, 2019, 7:04 pm

I think that's about as good a team as we can name, but geez we're lacking size up front. The Titans forward pack is a huge strength, I don't know how we're going to be able to stop their go forward. The team looks alright, but yeah I'm a bit concerned.
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