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#141 The Phantom Horseman

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:43 AM

Why not Cording at centre and Uaisele on the wing? Big man in Cording with enough pace to draw men in and hopefully release Uaisele down the wing.

Cording did start at centre yesterday but seemed to drift back to the pack for much of the game. Sure he could cope with playing there, but judged on Mark Campbell's comments in the Yearbook, our days of filling in at centre with players out of position are hopefully over. There's no reason to play Cording there once Uaisele is there with Saxton/Sharp/Chisholm on the wings.

#142 jamescolin

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

 

Cording did start at centre yesterday but seemed to drift back to the pack for much of the game. Sure he could cope with playing there, but judged on Mark Campbell's comments in the Yearbook, our days of filling in at centre with players out of position are hopefully over. There's no reason to play Cording there once Uaisele is there with Saxton/Sharp/Chisholm on the wings.

 All interesting stuff and good comments on the players concerned. The question now is are we going to be a better team than last season. We scored nearly twice as many points away against Hunslet when we won there last season. Have Hunslet improved, have we, with our new recruits, gone back or was it just the very adverse conditions?

#143 jt

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 08:34 PM


All interesting stuff and good comments on the players concerned. The question now is are we going to be a better team than last season. We scored nearly twice as many points away against Hunslet when we won there last season. Have Hunslet improved, have we, with our new recruits, gone back or was it just the very adverse conditions?


Friendlies IMO don't mean a lot to the season it lets the coaches know how his players are doing and gives everyone a chance to show the coach what they can do

We will be there again this year but I think Leigh have recruited well and will take some beating Everything in place for JB to win it and I don't think the BOD can do much more at this level for the players so we will see

#144 The Phantom Horseman

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

The question now is are we going to be a better team than last season. We scored nearly twice as many points away against Hunslet when we won there last season. Have Hunslet improved, have we, with our new recruits, gone back or was it just the very adverse conditions?

The conditions were terrible, you couldn't judge any team on that, and also we were making regular substitutions throughout the game. Three of our tries came from kicks and the other two from about 5 yards out (both good tries though), there was no possibility of flowing rugby. The encouraging thing for me is that we didn't seem lost in terms of calls etc, we looked reasonably organised considering we had so many newcomers especially in the pivotal positions. I find it hard to believe we will be a bad team this year - if any of our rivals had signed the likes of Sharp, Greg, Etu, Kain, Crossley, Ellis, Flanagan, Nicholson, Lockwood, Cording etc etc they would be full of themselves. It's just a question of how quickly we can gel as a team under Bastian and how much progress other teams have made.

#145 jamescolin

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 03:30 PM

Thanks for that good analysis PH. Hope to make it to the next match.




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