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Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:14 pm
Posted by Fishermanscap on Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:14 pm
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Anyway too much in-depth stuff, this is, after all, an RL forum.

So, Rocky, I think it's safe to talk about him again.

Been looking at his best bits from last year and boy that lad can play, easily got the best feet at the club.

It's a big year for him and I'd love to see him move into the half-backs for good. So what's needed?

IMHO and I can only really express my own opinion and it is as follows, take it as you wish. He only has two weaknesses in his game and one almost certainly causes the other. First his strength.

1: Totally committed player.
2: Great defence for his size.
3: Lightening quick especially off the mark.
4: Try scorer and goal kicker.
5: Complete set of skills, except that....

Now for what I see as his weakness and all players have them, just that the better ones learn and improve.

1: I think he trie to much sometimes when he should be thinking more. Not every move he makes has to be a matchwinner, sometimes he looks to me as though he's imagining he's over the try line or putting him in the killer pass before he takes the ball. I may be wrong I just see it that way. It is a bad habit that comes from a good place. He needs to actually slow himself down a bit, go through the motions more of the time and by doing so build a rapport with the players he wants to lead. Then it will come and players will support him when he's carrying the ball, they will anticipate what he's going to do and they will respond. This fault is actually the same one that has dogged Broughy through the years and stopped his progression from great SL player to top international, though tbf he has an exceptional kicking game that Hampshire doesn't which has been his saving grace at times.

2: The above manifested itself last year most obviously in his passing near the line. Yes, there were some beauties but there were too many bad passes aswell. All of which IMHO came from over-enthusiasm, Miller had a similar issue a few years back.

So very little wrong with the lad really and now he's more settled than he's ever been before, this being his third year at the club. Nows the time, if he's ever going to make his potential this is it. If he does I reckon we will have a genuine star on our hands rather than the potential kind that always splits opinion.

So Ryan Hampshire is my first tip for player of the season. No pressure and obviously fitness and the form of others and that of the team, in general, will play its part but he looks a good bet.
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:12 pm
Posted by mwildcats on Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:12 pm
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So fisherman, where do you see him playing and infront of whom.
Which position do you think is his best?
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Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:28 pm
Posted by Fishermanscap on Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:28 pm
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mwildcats wrote:
So fisherman, where do you see him playing and infront of whom.
Which position do you think is his best?


As I stated 'It's a big year for him and I'd love to see him move into the half-backs for good. So what's needed?'

He will have to take his chance when it comes, I don't wish to second guess CC but I'm assuming his first choice is Brough/Miller and rightly so. All the same, I hope CC uses any pre-season games to try Rocky in combination with the other two for some if not all the game.

As far as I can see Rocky is definitely third choice HB, the only other options being Josh Wood (unlikely as we only have two hookers), Baily who is really too young and perhaps Jowitt at a push, unless I'm missing someone.
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:47 pm
Posted by little wayne69 on Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:47 pm
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My tip would be full back.
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:02 pm
Posted by Shifty Cat on Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:02 pm
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When I read that and I've thought it before about Rocky, he sounds like you're describing a quality hooker. I don't know personally what experiences has he had during his junior and pro career playing there, if any but surely he must have be tried there. The lad would be a nightmare out of acting halfback, whether darting on his own , seeing a gap and looking for a support player, the opposition defense wouldn't know exactly where and how to set upo on quick play the balls.. I bet he'd love getting out of dummy half and sniff out an opportunity to get the team on the front foot, or create a try. Gone are the days of a hooker making 70 tackles and giving good service out of dummy half. They need more than that, they need to create, have vision and put teams under threat all the time; even if you don't take it you have to have the opposition on notice.
When I look at the top Hookers in the NRL like Cook, Smith, Hodgson & Apisai Koroisau, they're simply the most important players on their sides and the best hookers are either by chance playing for the best sides, or they're the best sides because they're the best No.9's.

Ayway got away from me then a bit, mean to just ask if Ryan had played Hooker and do people think he'd do well there.
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:02 pm
Posted by Khlav Kalash on Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:02 pm
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Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:16 pm
Posted by Fishermanscap on Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:16 pm
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Khlav Kalash wrote:
He's our 7 for me.


He’s our future 7 for me :D
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Posted by Kirmudgeonly on Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:41 pm
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Our current 29 would be my guess - walker 1 , Miller 6 brough 7 and wood k 9
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:46 pm
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Kirmudgeonly wrote:
Our current 29 would be my guess - walker 1 , Miller 6 brough 7 and wood k 9

Only suprise so far is arona at ten and pleased to see kirmond taking the 12 in his last season
Re: Back to Rugby, back to Rocky
Post Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:58 pm
Posted by BOJ042 on Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:58 pm
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maybe he will be our 14 as he can cover a number of positions
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