2024 Trial 2 v Cowboys: Teams and Game Day *Teams p1*

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Raiders 13+
3
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Raiders 1-12
6
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Draw
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Cowboys 1-12
1
8%
Cowboys 13+
3
23%
 
Total votes: 13

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I think Saulo was the best of our lesser name players over the two trials.

Some promising stuff from Strange today too.

All in all, I’d score us a B for our trial performances, which is better than I can remember for a while.
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Billy Walker wrote: February 25, 2024, 3:56 pm While neither were poor, I didn’t think Ata or Mooney did anything to justify the calls for them to be picked. I thought Saulo and even Hola offered more. For me though it was Hoskins and Smithies that are right in the frame. Guler wasn’t impressive.
I thought Mooney was good. Smithies was impressive. Our forwards were good. Strange was by far the biggest positive. Looked very good.

The problem with that trial though is none of our core problems look like being solved. The Cows were absolutely awful in the first half yet every time they managed to hold on to the ball and get within 20 metres they just looked like scoring. Very worrying signs in my opinion. In attack same issues - no direction inside their 20 etc.
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I think Starling looked the better of our 9s.

Hola is applying pressure on Mooney, Saulo, Guler for a prop bench spot.

Strange is looking fine, and I'm hoping he'll escape with a fine. It wasn't a bad tackle.

Chevy is going to be a hell of a player. Reminds me of Brett Stewart.

Levi and Woolford were both mediocre.

Schiller showed he is pretty much a depth player.

I'm still deciding about Weekes. Just so clunky.

Hosking went well, as did Puru, Mariota in limited time

To lose to an almost nrl cows side in the 2nd half with a nsw cup side was not awful.



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Billy Walker wrote:While neither were poor, I didn’t think Ata or Mooney did anything to justify the calls for them to be picked. I thought Saulo and even Hola offered more. For me though it was Hoskins and Smithies that are right in the frame. Guler wasn’t impressive.
I definitely think Hola has outperformed Mooney during the trials.


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Crusader wrote:cant be too unhappy with that, still got that poor10min period which won the game for Cowboys

good signs
* Morgan Smithies
* Zac Hosking
* Peter Hola
* Ethan Strange (hopefully not suspended)
* surprisingly Savage look ok
* Papa and Whitehead did well
* usual Timoko

who stood out for you?
Hola for me.

He ran hard and with aggression. He looked better than Mooney,which is not a criticism.

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Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
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Strange > Weekes
All wingers that played (except Nepo) > Hoppa
Saulo > Guler. I don't think Mooney did enough to dislodge Saulo or Ata assuming the other bench spots for Rd 1 are Starling, Hosking, Ata and Saulo.
Levi > Woolford in the trials, but I'd play Woolford based on the last 2 years
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MATCH REPORT: Raiders rookie faces nervous wait after starring in pre-season loss to Cowboys



Canberra Raiders youngster Ethan Strange has pressed his claims for a starting halves spot with a standout showing in the team's final pre-season trial, however he faces a nervous wait after being put on report for a dangerous tackle. The halfback led a undermanned Raiders side to a 14-8 half-time lead before a stacked North Queensland Cowboys took control in the second 40 in front of 6048 fans at Seiffert Oval.

Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt crossed for a hat-trick in his side's 36-26 victory. The result denied Canberra the title of Preseason Challenge champions.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS 36 (Kyle Feldt 3, Thomas Mikaele 2, Zac Laybutt, Murray Taulagi tries, Valentine Holmes 2, Scott Drinkwater 1 conversions) defeated CANBERRA RAIDERS 26 (Ethan Strange, Xavier Savage, Matthew Timoko, Nick Cotric, Peter Hola tries; Ethan Strange 1, Chevy Stewart 1 conversions). Crowd 6048 at Seiffert Oval.

Read more: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/ ... /?cs=14239

Young Raiders show plenty in trial loss to Cowboys: https://canberradaily.com.au/young-raid ... o-cowboys/

Winners and losers: Papalii sends warning while Raiders miss cash prize

A fitter and leaner Josh Papalii has sent a warning sign to his rivals in his first hit out of the 2024 season. The Canberra Raiders prop produced an impressive 20 minute stint during Sunday's trial against the North Queensland Cowboys at Seiffert Oval. Papalii ran for 79 metres from seven carries to lay the foundation for his side's early 14-4 lead. The veteran has endured a gruelling pre-season, shedding multiple kilograms to ensure his body is firing throughout the season.

Read more: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/ ... /?cs=14280

MATCH REPORT: Raiders fall to Cowboys in second Preseason Challenge match: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2024/02 ... nge-match/

Raiders teen stars in No.6 shootout; What we learned: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... d6d3d3d728
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Raoul Duke wrote: February 25, 2024, 3:56 pm Why does anyone care what the result was?
Because they (crazily) actually add the preseason comp to club honours. It would be nice to see the 21st century be represented in that list.
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I couldn't watch but it sounds ok to me, given the line-up

Going to be a year of managing expectations somewhat
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My ideal run out side for 2024:

1. Stewart
2. Rapana
3. Kris
4. Timoko (get the man more football)
5. Savage (ditto)
6. Fogarty
7. Strange
8. Horse
9. Woolford
10. Mariota
11. Young
12. Hosking
13. Tapine

14. Puru
15. Papalii
16. Mooney
17. Hola

Best of the rest: Cotric, Schiller, Saulo, Martin, Starling

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Good trial for mine.

Looked pretty good with our best team on in the first half, with Rapa, Taps, Fog to come in. Strange looked great but might get suspended. Second half majority of our NSW Cup side got a run against a first grade Cowboys side.

Biggest plus is no injuries!
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Rickmando wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:17 pm My ideal run out side for 2024:

1. Stewart
2. Rapana
3. Kris
4. Timoko (get the man more football)
5. Savage (ditto)
6. Fogarty
7. Strange
8. Horse
9. Woolford
10. Mariota
11. Young
12. Hosking
13. Tapine

14. Puru
15. Papalii
16. Mooney
17. Hola

Best of the rest: Cotric, Schiller, Saulo, Martin, Starling

And if the colonel somehow lands mid-year then Fogarty’s on limited time too
So Smithies and Whitehead are playing Cup ?
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-PJ- wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:21 pm
Rickmando wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:17 pm My ideal run out side for 2024:

1. Stewart
2. Rapana
3. Kris
4. Timoko (get the man more football)
5. Savage (ditto)
6. Fogarty
7. Strange
8. Horse
9. Woolford
10. Mariota
11. Young
12. Hosking
13. Tapine

14. Puru
15. Papalii
16. Mooney
17. Hola

Best of the rest: Cotric, Schiller, Saulo, Martin, Starling

And if the colonel somehow lands mid-year then Fogarty’s on limited time too
So Smithies and Whitehead are playing Cup ?
Ah I knew I’d miss someone. Smithies definitely in, for Mooney or Hola I guess.

Whitehead - I’d be happy for him to play zero games of first grade this year. He hasn’t played good footy for 3 years, and in this scenario I’m pretending I have Rick’s level of job security and can plan to peak in 2025/26
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NoMan wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:08 pm Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
Well said!

Smithies looks very good. Lots of kick pressure and repeat efforts. Love him already.

A shame Stewart didn't get more opportunity in attack. Thought he looked very good in defence.
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Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:30 pm
NoMan wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:08 pm Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
Well said!

Smithies looks very good. Lots of kick pressure and repeat efforts. Love him already.

A shame Stewart didn't get more opportunity in attack. Thought he looked very good in defence.
I think as soon as Smithies is fully acclimatised to the NRL, he can be a real tone setter for us in terms of work rate.

Not a great amount of punch with the ball in hand I thought - but lots of energy to pair with some of our more dynamic ball runners and hopefully take a bit of defensive work off their plate.

I wouldn’t want him out there with the likes of Guler or Saulo though, I could see that seriously stifling our go-forward.
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Bluesbrother wrote:
NoMan wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:08 pm Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
Well said!

Smithies looks very good. Lots of kick pressure and repeat efforts. Love him already.

A shame Stewart didn't get more opportunity in attack. Thought he looked very good in defence.
Geez, what were you doing out there today? You just let blokes run around you all afternoon!
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Rickmando wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:40 pm
Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:30 pm
NoMan wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:08 pm Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
Well said!

Smithies looks very good. Lots of kick pressure and repeat efforts. Love him already.

A shame Stewart didn't get more opportunity in attack. Thought he looked very good in defence.
I think as soon as Smithies is fully acclimatised to the NRL, he can be a real tone setter for us in terms of work rate.

Not a great amount of punch with the ball in hand I thought - but lots of energy to pair with some of our more dynamic ball runners and hopefully take a bit of defensive work off their plate.

I wouldn’t want him out there with the likes of Guler or Saulo though, I could see that seriously stifling our go-forward.
Calling it now - Morgan Smithies will challenge Yeo, Murray, Carrigan as the best lock in the game in the coming years.
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Strange playing right half and he just looks so much better and more confident there. Defensively and offensively. I think he should be the pick in round 1 if available but I don’t think he’ll be available. Tackle looked a 1-2 weeker to me.

If Stuart picks him and plays him left half… honestly it might break me.
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Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:57 pm
Rickmando wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:40 pm
Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:30 pm
NoMan wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:08 pm Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
Well said!

Smithies looks very good. Lots of kick pressure and repeat efforts. Love him already.

A shame Stewart didn't get more opportunity in attack. Thought he looked very good in defence.
I think as soon as Smithies is fully acclimatised to the NRL, he can be a real tone setter for us in terms of work rate.

Not a great amount of punch with the ball in hand I thought - but lots of energy to pair with some of our more dynamic ball runners and hopefully take a bit of defensive work off their plate.

I wouldn’t want him out there with the likes of Guler or Saulo though, I could see that seriously stifling our go-forward.
Calling it now - Morgan Smithies will challenge Yeo, Murray, Carrigan as the best lock in the game in the coming years.
That indeed is a big call
Can’t say I noticed him much at the ground but I expect his game is more likely to be noticed via tv broadcast
Eager to watch it tonight to get a better feel for him
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Botman wrote:
Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:57 pm
Rickmando wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:40 pm
Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:30 pm
NoMan wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:08 pm Decent hit out.

In the positional battles I would say:
- Strange over Weekes by miles. Shame about the probable suspension. I got a lot of concerns about Weekes at this point.
- Levi was a lot better than Woolford. Two of the passes that hit the ground were not even him, and his service and defense were a lot better. Germ looked underdone to me.
- Rapana will be the fullback, not much opportunity for Stewart and Hoppa was the better of those two but he wasn't playing on the backfoot the whole time.
- Saulo and Mooney both played well. Saulo ran some really nice lines and Mooney really helped the defense in the middle when he came back on. Guler was average in comparison and shouldn't be an automatic selection. Hola really struggled defensively but I don't think he is a realistic chance anyway.
- Savage showed enough to get the spot over Asomua.

Of the rest Papa looked primed for a good year and Smithies really locked up the middle well. Hosking great but might be a waste of a bench spot.
Well said!

Smithies looks very good. Lots of kick pressure and repeat efforts. Love him already.

A shame Stewart didn't get more opportunity in attack. Thought he looked very good in defence.
I think as soon as Smithies is fully acclimatised to the NRL, he can be a real tone setter for us in terms of work rate.

Not a great amount of punch with the ball in hand I thought - but lots of energy to pair with some of our more dynamic ball runners and hopefully take a bit of defensive work off their plate.

I wouldn’t want him out there with the likes of Guler or Saulo though, I could see that seriously stifling our go-forward.
Calling it now - Morgan Smithies will challenge Yeo, Murray, Carrigan as the best lock in the game in the coming years.
That indeed is a big call
Can’t say I noticed him much at the ground but I expect his game is more likely to be noticed via tv broadcast
Eager to watch it tonight to get a better feel for him
I cannot agree on Levi, his service was flat out horrible, Woolford certainly looked off the pace but behind a pack going backwards and 12 on the park

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dubby wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:02 pm I think Starling looked the better of our 9s.

Hola is applying pressure on Mooney, Saulo, Guler for a prop bench spot.

Strange is looking fine, and I'm hoping he'll escape with a fine. It wasn't a bad tackle.

Chevy is going to be a hell of a player. Reminds me of Brett Stewart.

Levi and Woolford were both mediocre.

Schiller showed he is pretty much a depth player.

I'm still deciding about Weekes. Just so clunky.

Hosking went well, as did Puru, Mariota in limited time

To lose to an almost nrl cows side in the 2nd half with a nsw cup side was not awful.



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Really interesting trial. A few thoughts.

- for mine, I think (hope?) that Strange will get a fine. There wasn't that much in it. Max 1 week suspension.

- Chevy definitely needs a bit more time in NSW Cup, but I would love to have seen him on the ground when our starting pack was on. Seemed like he was trying to get involved but couldn't given the cowboys pack was dominate when he was on.

- (despite the game scoreline) I felt our defense looked reasonably well organised in the first half. The right side especially just looked like a rock, especially once Hosking joined Strange and Timoko. Left side seemed disorganised. Some out and out arm tackling from Weekes and Schiller. Hopefully that gets stiffens up with Kris and Fog/Strange.

- was really interested to see Mooney barking orders behind the try line after one of the cowboys tries. Not sure what to make of it (if anything)

So my best 17 is (with who I think RS will pick for R1 in brackets if different):

1. Rapa
2. Cotric
3. Timoko
4. Kris (Hopoate)
5. Savage
6. Strange (Weekes if ES suspended, Cook a smokey)
7. Fogarty
8. Horsbrugh (Papalii)
9. Woolford (Levi)
10. Tapine
11. Young
12. Hosking (EW)
13. Smithies
14. Puru (Starling)
15. Papalii
16. Mariota (Saulo)
17. EW (Hosking)
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Kaeo isn't a bad player at all. For me he just isn't as willing to get as involved and put himself in the game as Strange and I think that's what we need in the halves as Jamal isn't that sort of player.

Kaeo has a lot of class about him. I actually would have liked to see him at fullback as I don't think Chevy has done enough to earn the 1. I hope Strange is in the 6 and Kaeo in the 14 for round 1.
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Puru played first receiver for a little bit out there today. And looked great….

Looks to be a solid backup.
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denissnowy wrote: February 25, 2024, 5:06 pm
- was really interested to see Mooney barking orders behind the try line after one of the cowboys tries. Not sure what to make of it (if anything)
Noticed him being the vocal guy at the 2nd half drinks break too
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Not bad from the kids/2nd string. Considering cowboys had their starting spine most of the game. Couldv won it there at the end.
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North Queensland defeated the Raiders 36-26 or 7 tries to 5. They were closer to full strength than the Raiders and had a possession advantage 54% to 46% (per NRL stats). I thought the Raiders generally defended well although the long wide balls to the right found us out a number of times. The sin bin for Strange cost us defensively during the 10 minutes we were a player short. We gave them the ball right from the start when Asomua dropped the kick off and again when Cotric took the ball dead on a kick off after a try. I hope we have those basic errors out of our game in the trial match rather than when Competition points are on the line.

Hopefully Fog will be over his hamstring injury for next week, both for his attacking kicks and goal kicking. Taps should give us some extra grunt in the middle and Rapa is also a back up goal kicker and the player to rev up the side. As expected Smithies and Hosking were good defensively. Timoko needs more ball and his try by running around Val Holmes was sensational. Weekes kick out on the full in the first half reminded me of Jack. Hopefully he doesn't do that next week. My son and I will be at the match in Newcastle.
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Regs Revolution wrote: February 25, 2024, 5:09 pm Puru played first receiver for a little bit out there today. And looked great….

Looks to be a solid backup.
Good player. Can't see him getting much time in 1st grade this season unless there are injuries.
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Bluesbrother wrote:
Regs Revolution wrote: February 25, 2024, 5:09 pm Puru played first receiver for a little bit out there today. And looked great….

Looks to be a solid backup.
Good player. Can't see him getting much time in 1st grade this season unless there are injuries.
I reckon if he was playing on the wing he wouldn’t have let Feldt run around him four times
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It was remarkable watching Jed play
I said last week I like him and I do, the bloke plays where ever they ask him to and does his best. Team player, but someone mentioned last week that my critic of him as an athlete was off the mark

I challenge anyone to watch that game and tell me he’s an NRL athlete :lol:

And granted I think his best position is edge forward and they asked him to go and mark up as a winger against Drinkwater, Val and Feldt but it was jarring to see how they targeted him
He spent a lot of time putting himself in a terrible position but even at times he was in the right spot, he just could not keep in front of the play.
Awful stuff :lol:

He’s a good bloke to have around nsw cup though imo. Team first, hard working mentality
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Bluesbrother wrote: February 25, 2024, 5:02 pm
dubby wrote: February 25, 2024, 4:02 pm I think Starling looked the better of our 9s.

Hola is applying pressure on Mooney, Saulo, Guler for a prop bench spot.

Strange is looking fine, and I'm hoping he'll escape with a fine. It wasn't a bad tackle.

Chevy is going to be a hell of a player. Reminds me of Brett Stewart.

Levi and Woolford were both mediocre.

Schiller showed he is pretty much a depth player.

I'm still deciding about Weekes. Just so clunky.

Hosking went well, as did Puru, Mariota in limited time

To lose to an almost nrl cows side in the 2nd half with a nsw cup side was not awful.



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The Nickman wrote: February 25, 2024, 5:25 pm
Bluesbrother wrote:
Regs Revolution wrote: February 25, 2024, 5:09 pm Puru played first receiver for a little bit out there today. And looked great….

Looks to be a solid backup.
Good player. Can't see him getting much time in 1st grade this season unless there are injuries.
I reckon if he was playing on the wing he wouldn’t have let Feldt run around him four times
What's your point Nickman? We all know Jed Stuart isn't a first grader? Just looking for a bait?
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How was Hoppa at fullback by the way?
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