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#61 petero

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE (MrPosh @ Jun 28 2010, 03:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Quite a few. You are quite right that it is important to pick with form and also players that play there for their clubs, but I would put several ahead of Bridge in terms of talent.

I would like to see Pryce play at centre, but I'm not sure that he can do that effectively if he's not doing that for his club - I still feel it's his best position. Likewise Joel Tomkins, who looks to have all the necessary attributes, but I see Wigan fans feel he should stay in the second row.

I might be a minority, but I really like Clubb at Quins and I think that Lee Smith is a better option than Bridge (as I'm sure would be Callum Watkins) - especially if Widdop is going to be full-back. Add in Gleeson and the fact centre is meant to be Tom Briscoe's best position and I think Bridge should be quite a way from the team.

Also, the fact that he originally chose Ireland should rule him out of selection permanently.


I have nothing against Clubb apart from the fact that he is never going to be international class, at centre or in any position you care to name.

And as for Lee Smith!
How much of a memory span do you have?
The very same Lee Smith was exposed thoroughly and utterly as a non-centre, at R/L anyway in the Four Nations comp last year.
He was the culprit that allowed the Aussies free rein on the right side of our defence with his complete inability to read in any shape or form, a defensive position each and every time that was required.

If you believe that Bridge is inferior to either of those two you name in the centre position, then its back to the drawing board for you I am afraid.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 07:20 PM

Form and injury permitting, I reckon Leroy Cudjoe, Kevin Brown or Stephen Wild could be considered to name a few. Any of those young Saints kids worth a shout?

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#63 HullRover

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 09:18 AM

From a purely neutral standpoint, I think Bridge is one of the most improved players in Super League and, right now, the best British centre around!

Sam Tomkins apart, I thought he was England's best player in the recent international.

Did nobody see the way he created the try for Chris Hicks against the Rhinos...gathering a difficult ball before breaking the line and putting in an inch-perfect crossfield kick? That was pure class and beyond anything the likes of Shenton, Platt, Sykes, Atkins et al could ever dream about doing!

I think he will be a big miss in England's only real 'problem position' nowadays!

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:07 PM

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#65 Outwoodtiger

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:17 PM

It was sad to see that Chris Bridge is so badly injured that he will now miss the Quad Nations down under this year.

I for one have seen this guy improve so much since Tony Smith joined Warrington and his late entrance onto the international stage last year in the first Australia game really turned around his international career and put him on the map.

This season he has been simply sensational and i wondered who we think might replace him on the bus, have they emerged yet or might they still come through and put their hand up this season?

How is Yeamen going this year is he getting back to the form of 3 years ago?

Maybe Widdup might be used in that position with Paul Wellens coming back in at full back?

I don't really get the Gleeson argument at all to be honest, he is a shadow of the player that played for Great Britain and St Helens!! a Shadow!

Heres a name for the future and I am sorry but he is a Cas Player...........Joe Arundel, wow what potential this kid as got, watch this space!!

Edited by Outwoodtiger, 01 July 2010 - 04:25 PM.


#66 Dave T

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 05:54 PM

Personally I think the position is up for grabs, I don't think anybody is a natural replacement (as has been seen by some of the players suggested).

As we saw last year, a few young lads came through and did a good job, and we shouldn;t be afraid of putting somebody in the deep end, whether that be Briscoe, Atkins or whoever.

#67 RP London

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:13 PM

How far is arundle away from the cas first team?

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:24 PM

in my oppinion these are much better players than the way over rated 6 penaltys a match bridge
michael shenton
leon pryce
karl pryce
kirk yeaman
kallum watkins
tony clubb
joe westerman would be an excellent centre
ryan atkins best centre at warrington.

#69 Hannibal

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:37 PM

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How far is arundle away from the cas first team?

He was actually born last Thursday.

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:53 PM

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He was actually born last Thursday.

You should've seen how he stepped the mid wife, you can't coach things like that.
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#71 Tex Evans Thigh

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:48 PM

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in my oppinion these are much better players than the way over rated 6 penaltys a match bridge
michael shenton
leon pryce
karl pryce
kirk yeaman
kallum watkins
tony clubb
joe westerman would be an excellent centre
ryan atkins best centre at warrington


That is quite possibly the most misguided, poorly informed post Ive seen this year. Well done.
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#72 Dave T

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:57 PM

QUOTE (the horseman @ Jul 1 2010, 08:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
in my oppinion these are much better players than the way over rated 6 penaltys a match bridge
michael shenton
leon pryce
karl pryce
kirk yeaman
kallum watkins
tony clubb
joe westerman would be an excellent centre
ryan atkins best centre at warrington.

laugh.gif I love posts like this.

You just show yourself up as a simpleton who can't count or understand the game. Last year he gave 14 in 23 gams, this year he has given 4 in 17. Hardly 6 a game, or anywhere near.

L Pryce has given 14 in 18 games this year

Edited by Dave T, 01 July 2010 - 08:58 PM.


#73 getdownmonkeyman

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Posted 01 July 2010 - 09:01 PM

QUOTE (the horseman @ Jul 1 2010, 08:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
in my oppinion these are much better players than the way over rated 6 penaltys a match bridge
michael shenton
leon pryce
karl pryce
kirk yeaman
kallum watkins
tony clubb
joe westerman would be an excellent centre
ryan atkins best centre at warrington.



Heavens to murgatroyd...

#74 Outwoodtiger

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:34 PM

QUOTE (RP London @ Jul 1 2010, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How far is arundle away from the cas first team?


He's in the first team already, came on against Catalans a few weeks ago and made some scintillating runs in the left centre position, been talked about for a while due to how he has been playing for the Academy team, but he took his chance really well and played with great maturity considering his age.

Shenton can go if he wants because this guy looks the business!!

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE (Outwoodtiger @ Jul 2 2010, 02:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's in the first team already, came on against Catalans a few weeks ago and made some scintillating runs in the left centre position, been talked about for a while due to how he has been playing for the Academy team, but he took his chance really well and played with great maturity considering his age.

Shenton can go if he wants because this guy looks the business!!

So you'd rather have a team with one good centre than two.
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#76 RP London

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:44 PM

QUOTE (terrywebbisgod @ Jul 2 2010, 01:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you'd rather have a team with one good centre than two.

Its great to hear they have the choice and that they are both british. Agree its not an either or surely. Look at warrington with arguably two international centres and both english before even looking at king.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:45 PM

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Playing for Castleford Tigers is like a dream come true.
It is my hometown club and playing for them is all I have ever wanted to do. I am so proud to be able to pull on the Tigers shirt, especially in Super League.

I made my debut in 2008 when I was 16, but I didn't play at all last year, which was a bit frustrating, so it's nice to be back in contention.

I have played four times this year which is really pleasing and it is good to have got some positive reviews.

Like everybody, I want to stay in the squad for the rest of the season, make a few more first-team appearances and keep learning.

Next year will be a big one for me and I really want to kick on.

I am only 18, but there's a lot of players of my age who are making an impact in Super League and I want to do the same.

I am lucky because I'm working with two class centres in James Evans and Michael Shenton. They are both experienced players and Shenny is an England international, which is what I aspire to.

They are both great with me. I am learning off them all the time and they both do extras with me after training which is massively helpful.

I get a lot of tips off them, like how to run your lines and they are also giving me a lot of advice about the right diet and so on.

That might sound obvious, but it is really important, because you have to rebuild muscle, make sure you have the right energy levels and that sort of thing.

Being full-time has helped me a lot. I was combining rugby with college work, but since I finished my studies it has been all rugby and it's great to be able to concentrate on that without any distractions.

Things are going pretty well for me at the moment and everybody at the club is feeling a lot better after two wins in a week.

I was happy with the way I went in both games. It was good to make an impact against Catalans. I was fresh when I came off the bench and I had a good player, Rangi Chase, looking after me, so that really helped.

I played the full game against Salford and I really enjoyed that

#78 Outwoodtiger

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:51 PM

QUOTE (terrywebbisgod @ Jul 2 2010, 02:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you'd rather have a team with one good centre than two.


Obviously not, but if he's off anyway, we have potentially got a replacement with great potential (and lets be honest we are only still talking about shenton having potential, he is NO Keith senior) we have either Evans, Mcgoldrick (His true position) or even Westy in the other Centre position so we are not short.

See, i wasn't even aggressive................I'm cured!!!

#79 Kenilworth Tiger

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:04 PM

QUOTE (Outwoodtiger @ Jul 2 2010, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Obviously not, but if he's off anyway, we have potentially got a replacement with great potential (and lets be honest we are only still talking about shenton having potential, he is NO Keith senior) we have either Evans, Mcgoldrick (His true position) or even Westy in the other Centre position so we are not short.

See, i wasn't even aggressive................I'm cured!!!


AGree with you that he's no senior BUT he has a very very impressive against Senior in recent years.

I for one would love to see Shenton and Arundel for years to come but, as you say, seems like Shenny's off
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

I, just like those Castleford supporters felt that the ball should have gone to David Plange but he put the bit betwen his teeth...and it was a try

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 05:33 PM

QUOTE (Kenilworth Tiger @ Jul 2 2010, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
AGree with you that he's no senior BUT he has a very very impressive against Senior in recent years.

I for one would love to see Shenton and Arundel for years to come but, as you say, seems like Shenny's off




to wigan... i've had it from a good source.

PS before i'm slagged off, the same one who said johnson to Wakey.