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Raiders fight off rivals to pinch electric sprint champ Xavier Savage from the Roosters

Post by greeneyed » June 7, 2019, 11:04 am

Canberra Raiders fight off rivals to pinch electric sprint champ Xavier Savage from the Sydney Roosters

Canberra are on the verge of snatching one of the fastest young talents in rugby league from the Roosters. Xavier Savage — a former Queensland sprint champion — is believed to be joining the Raiders on a lengthy deal in the coming days.

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Re: Raiders fight off rivals to pinch electric sprint champ Xavier Savage from the Roosters

Post by edwahu » June 7, 2019, 11:07 am

Interesting signing. It doesn't look like he actually played SG Ball for the Roosters but was in their extended squad, although as he is only 18 he may not have wanted to move down to Sydney yet.

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Post by simo » June 7, 2019, 11:08 am

I hope sprintman kicks on. Interesting to see which posi he is groomed for
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Post by Timbo » June 7, 2019, 11:15 am

I’m always wary of these signings. Fast does not equal good (see: Joven Clarke, Nathan Gardner, et al).
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Post by edwahu » June 7, 2019, 11:19 am

Timbo wrote:
June 7, 2019, 11:15 am
I’m always wary of these signings. Fast does not equal good (see: Joven Clarke, Nathan Gardner, et al).
Different build. This guy looks more like a young Inglis as far as frame goes.

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Post by -PJ- » June 7, 2019, 11:26 am

He runs fast...awesome !
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Post by T_R » June 7, 2019, 12:08 pm

Who cares if he can play.

Xavier Savage. That is a friggin' brilliant rugby league name.
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Post by zim » June 7, 2019, 12:10 pm

Hope here's more JAC than Bevan French.

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Post by Timbo » June 7, 2019, 12:42 pm

edwahu wrote:
June 7, 2019, 11:19 am
Timbo wrote:
June 7, 2019, 11:15 am
I’m always wary of these signings. Fast does not equal good (see: Joven Clarke, Nathan Gardner, et al).
Different build. This guy looks more like a young Inglis as far as frame goes.
I'm not going full-negative, don't get me wrong. More just that I'm wary about being overly excited about signing a player whose main characteristic is that they're fast.
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Post by BJ » June 7, 2019, 1:03 pm

Timbo wrote:I’m always wary of these signings. Fast does not equal good (see: Joven Clarke, Nathan Gardner, et al).
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Post by BadnMean » June 7, 2019, 1:32 pm

Ok, that's nice. We can see if he turns out to be a decent player over the next 2 or 3 years.

Or if we see one photo of him sprinting whilst pulling a tree branch and he's never seen again.

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Post by PigRickman » June 7, 2019, 1:50 pm

Timbo wrote:
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I’m always wary of these signings. Fast does not equal good (see: Joven Clarke, Nathan Gardner, et al).
For me it’s just about throwing darts really. Like I know talent scouting is a thing but these sorts of dudes are just lottery tickets and as far as lottery tickets go, taking a sprint guy isn’t a bad ticket to hold
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Post by Ronny P » June 7, 2019, 1:59 pm

Darren Clarke was a brilliant signing for the tigers back in the day .........................:(


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Post by Green Blogger » June 7, 2019, 3:18 pm

Speed is the one skill you cannot coach. Worth a punt and it looks like the Roosters did not want to lose him so it can't be that bad.

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Post by Sid » June 7, 2019, 3:23 pm

he can't wait to sprint down canberra's mountain bike tracks
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Post by BadnMean » June 7, 2019, 3:33 pm

Ronny P wrote:
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Darren Clarke was a brilliant signing for the tigers back in the day .........................:(


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Post by RedRaider » June 7, 2019, 3:46 pm

Cue the athlete vs footballer discussion.

I wonder which of our young players the chooks will now target.

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Post by Dusty » June 7, 2019, 3:58 pm

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Post by ALX22 » June 7, 2019, 4:28 pm

Yes, was named in the Roosters SG Ball squad but didn't play. Instead played centre (3/4) for the Easts Tigers in the MM Competition scoring 9 tries from 5 games. Will be SG Ball or MM eligible again next season (2020).

Is no longer at Brisbane Boys College, and is down at Palm Beach Currumbin.

If you want to see how fast he is find footage of the the U16 SOO game from last year.

Recently named in the QLD U18 Schoolboys side.
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Post by Begbie » June 7, 2019, 4:48 pm

The last speed signing we made was Horace Dove Edwin.

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Post by bonehead » June 7, 2019, 5:01 pm

ALX22 wrote:Yes, was named in the Roosters SG Ball squad but didn't play. Instead played centre (3/4) for the Easts Tigers in the MM Competition scoring 9 tries from 5 games. Will be SG Ball or MM eligible again next season (2020).

Is no longer at Brisbane Boys College, and is down at Palm Beach Currumbin.

If you want to see how fast he is find footage of the the U16 SOO game from last year.

Recently named in the QLD U18 Schoolboys side.
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Post by BadnMean » June 7, 2019, 6:06 pm

Begbie wrote:
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The last speed signing we made was Horace Dove Edwin.
:clap: That's an obscure one. Didn't end well as I recall. :roflmao

PS. what is the MM competition this kid plays in?

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BadnMean wrote:
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The last speed signing we made was Horace Dove Edwin.
:clap: That's an obscure one. Didn't end well as I recall. :roflmao

PS. what is the MM competition this kid plays in?
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Post by Lui_Bon » June 7, 2019, 11:29 pm

T_R wrote:
June 7, 2019, 12:08 pm
Who cares if he can play.

Xavier Savage. That is a friggin' brilliant rugby league name.
THIS is what's important!

Oh, and this quote from the article: His signature would be a huge coup for the Raiders, who are well-known as one of the best development clubs in the NRL.

"We will buy your sprint merchants and develop them into footballers..." yeah, ok... about time!
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Post by Ilanraiders » June 8, 2019, 6:58 pm

Good humble young indigenous kid from Cairns..... very very speed.
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Post by Brew » June 8, 2019, 7:53 pm

RedRaider wrote:Cue the athlete vs footballer discussion.

I wonder which of our young players the chooks will now target.
Not one of our but I hear they are looking at Ash Taylor and using Cooper as a bargaining tool (to Coach him).
You get the feeling Ash will reach his potential at a ‘big club’.


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Post by magoo » June 9, 2019, 1:25 am

Dear God. I sincerely hope not.

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Post by Travis » June 9, 2019, 10:28 am

I mentioned in the signing thread, but his selection in the 18 Years QLD Schoolboys team will see him travel to Canberra for the National Championship. The draw for that carnival can be see at http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page ... sID=414326 . While games are live streamed, locals should head to some of the QLD matches to see how he goes. It is highly unlikely that an Australian schoolboys side will tour this year, but hopefully a good carnival will see him named in the Merit team.

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Post by BadnMean » June 9, 2019, 10:30 am

I would love to see the Rooters turn their team into a hot garbage pile.

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Post by sprintman » June 9, 2019, 11:13 am

This signing shows we are now looked at in a more positive way, than we have been for many years

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Post by Hazza » June 9, 2019, 11:42 am

Brew wrote:
June 8, 2019, 7:53 pm
RedRaider wrote:Cue the athlete vs footballer discussion.

I wonder which of our young players the chooks will now target.
Not one of our but I hear they are looking at Ash Taylor and using Cooper as a bargaining tool (to Coach him).
You get the feeling Ash will reach his potential at a ‘big club’.


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I don't. What potential? I'd be delighted if the chooks signed him.

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Post by Sid » July 22, 2019, 9:35 pm

Kemp does a breakdown of Savage’s play on a Locker Room post on Facebook. I knew he was quick, didn’t realise he had awesome footwork to go with it.

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Post by Ronny P » July 22, 2019, 9:42 pm

Looks great. Obviously talented but not talented enough to make Australian side???????? Probably need to shop there first.


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Ronny P wrote:
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I saw three days of the ASSRL U18s National Championships tournament at Kippax last week... for those who missed the posts in the Raiders Pathways board. He was selected at No. 20 by Queensland originally... but I thought he was unlucky not to make the squad. They've only selected 17 players so far, so he might get added. He scored a hat trick in one game and a double in the final... started off the bench in the first game I saw, and ended up at starting centre in the final.
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Post by Billy Walker » July 24, 2019, 7:20 am

greeneyed wrote:
July 22, 2019, 9:55 pm
Ronny P wrote:
July 22, 2019, 9:42 pm
Looks great. Obviously talented but not talented enough to make Australian side???????? Probably need to shop there first.


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I saw three days of the ASSRL U18s National Championships tournament at Kippax last week... for those who missed the posts in the Raiders Pathways board. He was selected at No. 20 by Queensland originally... but I thought he was unlucky not to make the squad. They've only selected 17 players so far, so he might get added. He scored a hat trick in one game and a double in the final... started off the bench in the first game I saw, and ended up at starting centre in the final.
Can’t ask for much more than that - sounds like a great signing. What was your take on him GE? Does he continue to develop for 12 months before we have a serious look at him or is he already getting close to being considered as injury back up?

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