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#21 bobbruce

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:20 PM

I've always maintained that Hanley was the best player I've ever seen, but I think that's now no longer the case. Some players come along once or twice in a lifetime that seem to transcend the game and players around them, just like Hanley. But for me I think that Hanley has been surpassed.

I reckon Greg Inglis is the best player I've ever seen.


I know what your saying and I wouldn't be surprised if Inglis does surpass him. For me though as it stands I still think Hanley shades it as the best I've seen. Mainly down to the way he went from a great athlete without much game sense playing wing/centre to a stand off and eventually onto a loose forward with all the craft and knowledge of someone who'd been playing it from a young age.

#22 marklaspalmas

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:22 PM

Whilst running through posters selections, the one name that is included in all teams with the exception of one is Martin Offiah, it strikes me that has years go by we tend to see things a little different from at the actual time of events. I thought that I would get pilloried for including him in my selection has it seemed that more people would look at his short comings other than what he would do best, score tries, but I always maintained that in defence there where fewer tries scored on his wing than most due to his ability to turn and catch, and I consider had he still been on the field at Old Trafford in 1990 when Ricky Stuart made that break in the dying moments which culminated in Mal Meninga's try we would have won the ashes, it was a length of the field try - tryline to tryline - and try as he may Carl Gibson did not have the pace to prevent the score, I think Offiah would have prevented it.  

 

Agree about Offiah, an indisputable great of the game.

 

But at OT in 1990 Carl Gibson would've caught Meninga easily if Ricky Stuart hadn't held him back.


 

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