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Posted by Seth on Mon May 27, 2019 4:08 pm
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Posted by DHM on Wed May 29, 2019 5:59 pm
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I was impressed with Walker, Myler, Seumanufagai, Donaldson, Peteru, and Merrin.

I also thought L. Sutcliffe worked hard; A. Sutcliffe made a crucial break, and Newman took his try well. Oledski fine too.

Dwyer and Parcell a mixed bag. Dwyer struggles for consistency and Parcell struggles for impact when he's not running against a retreating defensive line / PTB.

We surely need better wingers than Briscoe and Handley; they are the definition of sub-average at the moment. I'm coming round to the idea of resting Watkins if Hurrell is fit.

In the forwards, I thought Singleton just isn't doing enough with his carries. Cameron Smith is okay going forward and works hard but he seems to be a sloppy defender - the Sky team criticised him for 'going high' on one of the London try scorers when defending our line. Not sure either are good enough.

Trying to work out why we couldn't defend after going 24-10 up. Is it a mental thing? A fitness thing? Not playing as a team? If this team can learn to defend a lead we will be okay, but for some reason it's not happening.


Smith gets caught on the wrong side of the tackled player a lot when he's getting up after a tackle. He doesn't control the collision and he's always late into marker. Was far, far too slow getting into position on the goaline costing us a try second half. I know he's young but he seems to be lethargic and lack genuine strength and power running or in the tackle. Just not that impressive.

Shape is non existent in the team going forward or defending, kicking game is dreadful and last play on opponents line is beyond crap. Apart from that there's not much to work on, just fitness, attitude and basic decision making and skills. Not much at all. Be right in no time.
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Posted by Trebor1 on Wed May 29, 2019 7:20 pm
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Yes watched the tries again the other day. Smith was awful in defence
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Posted by BrisbaneRhino on Wed May 29, 2019 11:50 pm
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I remember watching highlights of Smith in the academy because he was going to be a megastar and being shot down for suggesting he looked like a lot of his game seemed to be based on being bigger than the opposition.

He certainly doesn't seem to have transitioned to first team that well yet. He's clearly got a good rugby brain but as a forward that counts for nothing if he can't do the basics.
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Cam Smith is absolutely fine. Hes still young and is doing a decent job and is gaining experience along the way.

Anyone remember Sinfield Ablett and JJB at same age?
Posted by christopher on Thu May 30, 2019 6:07 am
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Marty Grrrrrrrrrr! wrote:
Cam Smith is absolutely fine. Hes still young and is doing a decent job and is gaining experience along the way.

Anyone remember Sinfield Ablett and JJB at same age?


Kevin Sinfield was an International at Smiths age
Posted by lionarmour87 on Thu May 30, 2019 6:18 am
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Weve had a few next big things over the years who didnt quite hit the heights. We were so fortunate to get Sinfield all those years ago and then read the comments that really meant admiration from opposing fans
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christopher wrote:
Kevin Sinfield was an International at Smiths age


He played in a young team that beat Russia but was only just becoming a real regular in the Leeds team at the same age and if you remember got dropped for the cup final that year.

Cam will be fine.
Posted by KaeruJim on Thu May 30, 2019 4:36 pm
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Marty Grrrrrrrrrr! wrote:
He played in a young team that beat Russia but was only just becoming a real regular in the Leeds team at the same age and if you remember got dropped for the cup final that year.

Cam will be fine.

I tend to agree. He is a real footballer but still very young. What I will say though is that he needs to work extremely hard on his physical conditioning because he doesn’t have that natural edge now at open age.

He can defend very well front-on.

The thing is he’s a young learning his trade, and needs real quality around him. I think we need a Sims or JWH type prop still - someone who can put a shot on and lift the ante in defence. I don’t know who might be available for 2020 but we need some ticker and tiger in that pack.
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I agree regarding a hard hitting prop but would also add that a tough tackling number 9 in the middle of the park would also help the team.

Where they come from is another issue.
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