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Post Sun May 13, 2018 7:54 am
Posted by TheUnassumingBadger on Sun May 13, 2018 7:54 am
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Where does Ben Barba rank in terms of the best overseas player to come to Super League?

Personally, I never thought we would see anyone better than Jamie Lyon in this league, particularly with the recruiting power of Super League declining. But with Barba I think he is more influential on the team that Lyon, he's involved in the game throughout and comes up with scintillating plays and tries from anywhere on the field.

However, I would also say that Lyon was playing in a stronger league against better opposition. He had pace, power and some of the most refined ball skills I have ever seen, he regularly made international players look like schoolboys.

There are obviously others, but for me and Lyon and Barba would be 1 and 2 at the moment and if Barba can go on and win the GF with Saints this year continuing in his current form then I'd be inclined to say he's the best we've had over here in the SL era.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 8:52 am
Posted by Erik the not red on Sun May 13, 2018 8:52 am
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Barba hasn't played a full season yet - way too early to make that claim. That is not to say he won't end up in the No. 1 spot.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 8:56 am
Posted by Mash Butty on Sun May 13, 2018 8:56 am
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 8:59 am
Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Sun May 13, 2018 8:59 am
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Benjamin Barba's departure from Cronulla has left the Sharks in no man's land. They are struggling without him. St Helens can win everything if Benjamin Barba remains fit. He is the greatest import to Super League since Steven Menzies joined Catalans.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 9:17 am
Posted by rollin thunder on Sun May 13, 2018 9:17 am
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Ali lauititi end off. Barba just a show pony. Good player but a shiw pony playing in a team in great form.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 9:27 am
Posted by wrencat1873 on Sun May 13, 2018 9:27 am
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Barba is quality and has all the attributes needed, speed, balance, strength, great hands and reads the game exceptionally well and on current form, worth the admission fee on his own.
However, it's far, far too soon to be making any "greatest import" claims.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 9:45 am
Posted by Mash Butty on Sun May 13, 2018 9:45 am
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
Benjamin Barba's departure from Cronulla has left the Sharks in no man's land. They are struggling without him. St Helens can win everything if Benjamin Barba remains fit. He is the greatest import to Super League since Steven Menzies joined Catalans.

They seemed to do OK without him this morning
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 10:00 am
Posted by Wigg'n on Sun May 13, 2018 10:00 am
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Vainikolo, Lyon, Richards.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 10:32 am
Posted by The Ghost of '99 on Sun May 13, 2018 10:32 am
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Richards? A solid player but not amongst the very best.

Barba has a good chance of getting there amongst Lyon, Lauiti'iti, Vainikolo. And in the early days the Paul brothers were the real stars of Super League with Henry in my view better than Robbie.
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Post Sun May 13, 2018 10:44 am
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