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Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:24 am
Posted by Lord Tony Smith on Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:24 am
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We need a winger. DESPERATELY.
Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:34 am
Posted by rubber duckie on Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:34 am
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I still think Russell will be okay in this squad. In fact I think he can add something few others can.
As I've said, I've wiped the slate clean and I'll not be a critic until the season starts.
Remember I have probably been a major critic of him in the past.
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Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:44 am
Posted by WazzaWire on Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:44 am
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Lord Tony Smith wrote:
I've heard he's backed out last minute. No idea how true it is.


Won't be losing any sleep if he has. Let's be honest most of us had never heard of him till a couple of weeks ago.
Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:04 am
Posted by Jimathay on Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:04 am
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My only concern is that the only area we're weaker now than last year is at hooker.

Clark/Smith < Clark/Dwyer.

I'd not heard of Baptiste either, but a decent interchange 9 is something we needed to look at.

However, if we shut up shop now, I'd be happy enough. We've addressed the two main issues, being the hole at halfback and beefing up our pack (inc the return of Currie and Crosby).

A winger would be the cherry on top of an already delicious looking squad, but not a necessity for me.
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Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:07 am
Posted by ComeOnYouWolves on Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:07 am
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Baptiste isnt a bad hooker, although he hardly gets much game time at Canberra due to Hodgson. Sometimes when Baptiste comes on Hodgson then goes to 13 with Baptiste going to 9.
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:35 pm
Posted by the flying biscuit on Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:35 pm
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Baptiste is a great hooker. He'd be great addition to the squad. He showed some nice touches with the ball and solid defensive work in his first game for PNG. My concern is he could quite easily get an NRL deal better than what we are able to offer.

Clark has a been a massive disappointment for me and has seen his form plummet to become third choice England hooker. ....I think Baptiste would make us serious contenders next season...
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Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:48 pm
Posted by moving on... on Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:48 pm
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the flying biscuit wrote:
Clark has a been a massive disappointment for me and has seen his form plummet to become third choice England hooker. ....I think Baptiste would make us serious contenders next season...


Clark is an absolute machine week in, week out. He game revolves around a quick ruck and runners either side of the ruck hitting a hard line. We've just been through two years of every set consisting of 4 scoots and a kick to the corner. I expect to Clark to go back to his MOS form under price, he was being smothered with mediocrity under the latter years or Smith and Agar.
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Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:18 pm
Posted by the flying biscuit on Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:18 pm
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Clark is an absolute machine week in, week out. He game revolves around a quick ruck and runners either side of the ruck hitting a hard line. We've just been through two years of every set consisting of 4 scoots and a kick to the corner. I expect to Clark to go back to his MOS form under price, he was being smothered with mediocrity under the latter years or Smith and Agar.


He's not a bad player...you rarely win a MOS if you are.

However he has zero kicking game, and this separates the Cameron Smiths and Josh Hodgsons from the rest of the Worlds Hookers. (Monas Had a great kicking game too)

Baptitste created a try for a forward in the PNG game by giving a disguised short pass. it was simple enough but those cute plays also seem to pass Clark by.

one of my favourite NRL hookers was/is Mitch Rein at St George.He was similar to Clarke in he was/is great at Dummy half running. And its so exciting to watch a hooker make that decision to not pass but instead take on the half gap left by tired defenders.
But that doesn't suit some teams and is Why Rein only got a handful games at the Panthers this year and has now moved on.

What happens When Clark loses his pace what will separate him from the run of the mill hookers then?

He's clearly played injured last season so another reason to have a good back up hooker....
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Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:36 pm
Posted by wire-flyer on Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:36 pm
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rubber duckie wrote:
I'm sure we'll find out sooner or later. I'm not so sure we really need Babtiste anyway, he'd offer more depth than another dimension.
I'd prefer another prop if depth is what we are looking for.


Hmm, you just said "he signed"?
Re: Rumours 2
Post Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:43 pm
Posted by Lord Tony Smith on Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:43 pm
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the flying biscuit wrote:
He's not a bad player...you rarely win a MOS if you are.

However he has zero kicking game, and this separates the Cameron Smiths and Josh Hodgsons from the rest of the Worlds Hookers. (Monas Had a great kicking game too)

Give me Daryl Clark over Josh Hodgson any day of the week.
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