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Ben Farrar is the final element in the new look Catalans quest for silverware


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#1 ParisSurtout

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:57 AM

Farrar is a brilliant young talent. He can make the diffference, especially if Greenshields and Bosc are on the field, to the attacking prowess of Les Catalans. He is normally a centre who can also play full back. As a junior in Newcastle he played with Catalans bound scrum half Scott Dureau.

See highlights of the Manly vs Sydney Roosters match in NRL round 25 (page 4 of the list of videos):

Watch the Manly No 18's role in Manly's first two tries



(This cllip also shows why likely Kiwi centres Steve Matai and Shaun Kenny-Dowell will be too good for the English centres during the Four Nations).

Greenshields, Farrar and Bosc will be too much attacking talent for most opposing teams to handle, especially if Dureau turns out to be a great asset. Who knows, with these players we may see Wigan vs Catalans or Warrington vs Catalans at Wembley or Old Trafford in 2011.

Edited by ParisSurtout, 14 September 2010 - 07:12 PM.

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#2 East Coast Tiger

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:08 AM

Meh. Hardly the buy of the century. If he is added he'll be okay but if he's being signed because Greeenshields is on the way out they won't be better off overall. Better than losing Greenshields and not signing anyone though.

#3 scotthouston2008

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:26 AM

he's good yes but i don't agree that his signing along with your other comings and goings will take you from wooden spoon to a major final!!! laugh.gif

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:23 AM

i hope he is not the last, as we are missing a big experienced go forward front rower wink.gif
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#5 scotthouston2008

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:24 AM

QUOTE (foti with the goaty @ Sep 2 2010, 11:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i hope he is not the last, as we are missing a big experienced go forward front rower wink.gif
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i heard chris feather is interested in a return to sl tongue.gif

#6 ParisSurtout

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 11:20 PM

QUOTE (foti with the goaty @ Sep 2 2010, 06:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i hope he is not the last, as we are missing a big experienced go forward front rower wink.gif
cheers
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As I understand the prop forward lineup, it will be :

Ferriol, Guisset, Casty, Martins, Paea....with Carlaw as cover.

Paea has go forward from the little I have seen of him. He is just not getting a run in a top flight Sydney Roosters pack.

But you are right. Catalans probably need one more experienced prop though.

Edited by ParisSurtout, 02 September 2010 - 11:50 PM.

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#7 scotthouston2008

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:53 AM

I really rate Ferriol! He's awesome when he's not giving away penalties . . .

#8 foti with the goaty

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:25 AM

Has Paea signed up ?
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:35 AM

QUOTE (foti with the goaty @ Sep 3 2010, 11:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has Paea signed up ?
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pretty sure it hasnt been officially announced however there's very strong links.

#10 ParisSurtout

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (foti with the goaty @ Sep 3 2010, 06:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has Paea signed up ?
cheers
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I was told by someone in the know that Paea has signed.
Watch him this weekend play for Roosters.

Also Scott Dureau is starting scrum half for Newcastle Knights.
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#11 ParisSurtout

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 11:46 PM

QUOTE (ParisSurtout @ Sep 3 2010, 08:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was told by someone in the know that Paea has signed. Watch him this weekend play for Roosters.

Also Scott Dureau is starting scrum half for Newcastle Knights.



Paea's signing has now been officially confirmed. (Take note RP).

Ben Farrar's signing is imminent.

It turns out that Farrar is an old mate of Scott Dureau, the new half back.

http://www.smh.com.a...0908-151fq.html

Edited by ParisSurtout, 12 September 2010 - 09:05 AM.

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#12 ParisSurtout

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 09:08 AM

Australia's leading rugby league caller Ray Warren just announced on Channel 9 that Ben Farrar is going to Catalans.

Both Ray Warren and Phillip Gould praised Farrar's performance in a well beaten Manly side today -- both in attack and defence.

This is very good news for what should be a resurgent Catalans Dragons team in 2011.

Edited by ParisSurtout, 12 September 2010 - 09:09 AM.

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#13 jim_57

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 09:53 AM

QUOTE (ParisSurtout @ Sep 12 2010, 07:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Australia's leading rugby league caller Ray Warren just announced on Channel 9 that Ben Farrar is going to Catalans.

Both Ray Warren and Phillip Gould praised Farrar's performance in a well beaten Manly side today -- both in attack and defence.

This is very good news for what should be a resurgent Catalans Dragons team in 2011.


Great signing. Although as ECT says if it's to replace Greenshields it's a loss for the team.

What's the latest on Greenshields? I've been out of loop for a few weeks, he hasn't been confirmed as re-signing or leaving?

#14 ParisSurtout

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (East Coast Tiger @ Sep 2 2010, 04:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Meh. Hardly the buy of the century. If he is added he'll be okay but if he's being signed because Greeenshields is on the way out they won't be better off overall. Better than losing Greenshields and not signing anyone though.



He is not a replacement for Greenshields, but he is cover for Greenshields.
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#15 ParisSurtout

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:29 AM

Here is how the Catalans might line up next season, given the changes to the squad:

Clint Greenshields

Freddy Vaccari, Ben Farrar, Jean-Philippe Baile, Vincent Duport,

Thomas Bosc
Scott Dureau

Gregory Mounis
Sebastien Raguin, Dane Carlaw,
David Ferriol, Ian Henderson, Remy Casty


Bench: Jamal Fakir, Cyrille Gossard, Jerome Guisset, Lopini Paea

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Primary reserves: Cyrille Stacul, Jason Baiteiri, Sebastien Martins, Chris Walker(?), William Bartheau, Tony Gigot, David Guasch

If the coach is any good --- and I think that Trent Robinson will be very good --- then this team is definitely playoff material, probably top six at least. A lot will also hinge on the performances of Scott Dureau. Should he not perform as hoped, expect Farrar to move to stand off and Bosc to scrum half, with Duport going to centre and Stacul to wing.

The only problem I see is lack of quality cover for Henderson.

Edited by ParisSurtout, 15 September 2010 - 01:49 AM.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 07:22 AM

QUOTE (ParisSurtout @ Sep 15 2010, 02:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here is how the Catalans might line up next season, given the changes to the squad:

Clint Greenshields

Freddy Vaccari, Ben Farrar, Jean-Philippe Baile, Vincent Duport,

Thomas Bosc
Scott Dureau

Gregory Mounis
Sebastien Raguin, Dane Carlaw,
David Ferriol, Ian Henderson, Remy Casty


Bench: Jamal Fakir, Cyrille Gossard, Jerome Guisset, Lopini Paea

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Primary reserves: Cyrille Stacul, Jason Baiteiri, Sebastien Martins, Chris Walker(?), William Bartheau, Tony Gigot, David Guasch

If the coach is any good --- and I think that Trent Robinson will be very good --- then this team is definitely playoff material, probably top six at least. A lot will also hinge on the performances of Scott Dureau. Should he not perform as hoped, expect Farrar to move to stand off and Bosc to scrum half, with Duport going to centre and Stacul to wing.

The only problem I see is lack of quality cover for Henderson.


You forgot to mention Damien Blanche, class signing laugh.gif

#17 ParisSurtout

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:49 PM

QUOTE (Agbrigg @ Sep 15 2010, 03:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You forgot to mention Damien Blanche, class signing laugh.gif



Damien Blanche played very well in the World Cup.

Pity his form has slumped while playing at a substandard club. I do expect the crisp, rapid, passing of Ben Farrar will give Mr Blanche the service and hence try scoring opportunities that he has been missing in west Yorkshire.
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#18 ParisSurtout

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:51 PM

Double post

Edited by ParisSurtout, 15 September 2010 - 08:53 PM.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 06:26 AM

how confident are you that catalans will be in the top 6

they have absolutley no chance

i would imagine they will be 9th or 10th next year



as for a visit to old trafford they have no chance, they are light years behind st helens, wigan, wire and leeds. i would put huddersfield and both hull teams above them also

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 06:37 AM

QUOTE (TheDuke @ Sep 16 2010, 07:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
how confident are you that catalans will be in the top 6

they have absolutley no chance

i would imagine they will be 9th or 10th next year



as for a visit to old trafford they have no chance, they are light years behind st helens, wigan, wire and leeds. i would put huddersfield and both hull teams above them also



I agree.

Top 8 will be a struggle, avoiding wooden spoon will be a major achievement.

Just hope the crowds pick up as well




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