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12 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

Can I just point out that the stats I linked to are not measuring a players ability to pass, tackle or catch.  They are not describing what a great Rugby League player can or should be able to do or what their skill set is.

They are simply showing who are the fastest players in each round.

And I will maintain (but it does appear controversial on here for some reason) that being fast is actually quite a good thing... particularly for a Rugby League winger.

Speed, stamina and skill, with speed being the only one that is natural.  Sure, you can make a player faster but they would never run as fast as a player who has had the same speed related training.

Youngs attempted tackle just backed up my comments on another thread though, that fundamental tackling skills are lacking these days and that the tackle from the rear especially is highly skilled.  His effort was too early but might have also been exacerbated by the risk of him tackling over the ball carriers shoulder and being called for ‘head high’.  Either way, his attempt was dunnage.

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26 minutes ago, Saint Toppy said:

I just don't see anything special in Young to be honest. He always looks really ponderous and his positioning is poor. Huddersfield fans were raving about him a few seasons ago when he played against Saints, but he was absolutely awful that day with numerous dropped balls, missed tackles and poor positioning, with him at fault for several of the Saints try's.

He's getting his chance at the moment to show what he can do in the NRL but he's got a very long way to go.

Wasn’t he 17 making his debut in that game ?

Given he’s only 19 and with a handful of first grade games behind him,having a way to go is hardly unusual,especially playing in the centres.

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He reminds me of karl pryce. Big, strong, quick and talented but has a lazy side. Hopefully it's just  fitness and not a lazy thing and he'll go far. 

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He’s a kid , thrown into first grade in a struggling outfit ahead of his time due to injuries . What are we expecting ? Everything now is just great experience and money in the bank for later . He’s got a long way to go , this is hardly news . What we’ve seen is that the raw materials are there to build upon 

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On 24/06/2021 at 10:43, Saint Toppy said:

I just don't see anything special in Young to be honest. He always looks really ponderous and his positioning is poor. Huddersfield fans were raving about him a few seasons ago when he played against Saints, but he was absolutely awful that day with numerous dropped balls, missed tackles and poor positioning, with him at fault for several of the Saints try's.

He's getting his chance at the moment to show what he can do in the NRL but he's got a very long way to go.

He was what, 16 maybe just turned 17 years old the day he played against Sts, he’s still only 19 years old now!

He stands 6’6” and as a youngster he hadn’t then and still hasn’t yet grown into his frame, very much like the Senior twins at 6’5”. Young athletes at that height and build won’t gain the full core strength until much later than smaller athletes.

Staying with Young, playing against The Cowboys this morning  he scored two good try’s, laid another one on a plate with a superb backhand flick offload, laid the last pass on for Kalyn  Pongas try & ran for around 180mtrs

Not bad for a 19 year old trying his hand in the NRL

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11 minutes ago, OMEGA said:

Staying with Young, he scored two good try’s and laid another one on a plate with a superb backhand flick offload playing against The Cowboys this morning 

He laid on both of Ponga's tries, and Ponga did the same for Young's brace.

That was only Dom's 4th NRL game with the Knights also having a tough time this season, and he certainly shows his inexperience at times. I think some of their injured players are close to returning, though, and this could see Young playing winger to Bradman Best's centre.

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Very pleased to see Dom Young do so well . Hopefully he keeps his spot . Herbie put in a very strong performance for Brisbane , ridiculous if he’s kept out in the cold

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26 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Very pleased to see Dom Young do so well . Hopefully he keeps his spot . Herbie put in a very strong performance for Brisbane , ridiculous if he’s kept out in the cold

Well I did notice he was out of position defensively a couple of times 😉 The Combined Nations of the All Star Kingdom would have ripped him to shreds.

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I think you can see from his game that Dom Young will be a very good centre.  His flick pass for Ponga's first try was quality skill for a player in his first few games.

Getting some first grade game time on the wing is good but I want to see him develop as a top class right centre.

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We could in two years have a really strong choice at centre…

King, Farnworth, Young, Wardle, Newman et al. 

Just need them to keep developing (and get selected)…

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21 hours ago, GeordieSaint said:

We could in two years have a really strong choice at centre…

King, Farnworth, Young, Wardle, Newman et al. 

Just need them to keep developing (and get selected)…

You missed out Currie

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Bulldogs prop Luke Thompson just about ticked every single stat box in a sensational performance on Sunday that had it all.

The Englishman scored a try, set up another, ran for 190 metres, had nine tackle busts, two linebreaks, one offload, 25 tackles… and a sin-bin.

His most stunning moment came in the 56th minute when he broke through Cronulla’s defence, beating four players before sending Jake Averillo over for a try.

“That is absolutely amazing. Luke Thompson, rampant, rampaging and almost ridiculous,” Andrew Voss said.

from FoxSport

 

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