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7 hours ago, BrisbaneRhino said:

I hope some of these big young outside backs make it.  We can match Aus/NZ in the forwards physically, but too often we've got skinny little outside backs who struggle to make regulation tackles against bigger opponents.  I remember walking past Lee Smith and Mark Calderwood in Brisbane when they toured with GB and I couldn't believe how small and skinny they both were - I'd been in the same hotel as NSW a while earlier and they were all massive by comparison (Matt King was playing on the wing I think).

There was a reason Ryan Hall did well at international level before he bulked up ridiculously.

Mind you, I also really want to see the next cocky halfback for GB. I want a new Gregory/Goulding marching round the field like they own the place. 

Harry Smith and Lewis Dodd are very talented 

And i agree that the Aussies and indeed kiwis have been much bigger than us internationally 

We do have some big units coming through however 

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DoM Young is 6’6” and has been superbly developed by The Giants Academy & Scholarship both as a player and as a man. The Senior twins are both 6’5” not two inches shorter as stated by someone

I sincerely hope Wane doesn't play Bateman in the centre. You lose a world class edge forward and gain an average centre. 

I think a lot of plaudits for the promise he's showing should probably really sit with his junior club, Dewsbury Moor and his coach Matt Walker.

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9 hours ago, Omott91 said:

Set to debut for Knights in today's game. 

Caught out defensively a couple of times early from looking at the highlights, but that's to be expected on debut. 

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3 minutes ago, Saint 1 said:

Caught out defensively a couple of times early from looking at the highlights, but that's to be expected on debut. 

Never laid a finger on the attacker in both occasions but like as you say it’s to be expected on his debut.

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He looked a bit of a defensive liability, but given his experience that's really not surprising - I fully expect he'll get better.

One thing though, while he's tall he could bulk up considerably.  He's already pretty strong and ran the ball well at times, but looking at him he could easily carry another 5-10 kg.  

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9 hours ago, BrisbaneRhino said:

He looked a bit of a defensive liability, but given his experience that's really not surprising - I fully expect he'll get better.

One thing though, while he's tall he could bulk up considerably.  He's already pretty strong and ran the ball well at times, but looking at him he could easily carry another 5-10 kg.  

He did look out of position in defence yes

But this is a lad that barely played for Huddersfield 1st team so his achievements so far are immense. 

At the moment Herbie Farnworth is a fair way ahead of him in terms of international selection as are Harry Newman, jake Wardle, a revitalised Mark Percival, oliver gildart, josh Griffin and even Jack broadbent another Leeds youngster 

That defensive challenge needs to be driven into Dominic so that opposition players know he will bulldose them 

 

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I agree entirely. He also won't have had as much practice with the team as others. I thought when he made contact he did very well - certainly didn't drop off any tackles. The problem was his decision-making as the ball was moved to his side meant he became a bit of a target to play around. That's down to inexperience and lack of time to work on combinations in defence. They do say after all that centre is the hardest position defensively.

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just watched the knights game- a lot to work on from that performance - can't see the coach rushing to put him 1st on the team sheet on that showing 

did the bloke who invented the phrase "one hit wonder" invent anything else?

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Not surprising really.  He made his NRL debut younger than most Aussies, and has far less experience at a reasonable level than anyone he's playing against.  A season mostly in reserve grade should see him get used to patterns of play and gain confidence in decision-making. 

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11 hours ago, graveyard johnny said:

just watched the knights game- a lot to work on from that performance - can't see the coach rushing to put him 1st on the team sheet on that showing 

At 19 on his debut that’s gotta be expected. He’s got the potential to be England’s best centre IMO. 

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12 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

At 19 on his debut that’s gotta be expected. He’s got the potential to be England’s best centre IMO. 

is he quick? how would he fare on the wing with a bit more bulk on him do you reckon?

did the bloke who invented the phrase "one hit wonder" invent anything else?

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1 hour ago, graveyard johnny said:

is he quick? how would he fare on the wing with a bit more bulk on him do you reckon?

His NRL profile has him at 107kg which is just short of 17 stone. I’m not sure he’d need anymore bulk to play wing. He set up his winger for a try with a great centre’s offload in a pre season trial, I think that’s his position.

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1 hour ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

His NRL profile has him at 107kg which is just short of 17 stone. I’m not sure he’d need anymore bulk to play wing. He set up his winger for a try with a great centre’s offload in a pre season trial, I think that’s his position.

It was against a pub team remember.

His positioning is very poor but a season in reserves with the odd game in the NRL will do him a world of good - the coaching and his ability to learn and implement will be key.

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2 hours ago, sweaty craiq said:

It was against a pub team remember.

His positioning is very poor but a season in reserves with the odd game in the NRL will do him a world of good - the coaching and his ability to learn and implement will be key.

It wasn’t against a pub team, but I agree with the rest of the post, very few teenagers are NRL first team players week in week out.

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Bradman Best should be back in Round 9 so that should tie up one centre spot. Blake Green comes back this week so that will leave them wanting to slot Kurt Mann in somewhere. So there's Hymel Hunt, Shibasaki, and Tuala to fit into one centre spot.

Allowing for the normal injury rate I could see Young getting 5 games this year. On the plus side, there are no experienced first-graders in the Knights' NSW Cup team who would rank ahead of Young.

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5 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

It wasn’t against a pub team, but I agree with the rest of the post, very few teenagers are NRL first team players week in week out.

It was a pubs reserve team then - check the you tube

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5 hours ago, Cumbrian Mackem said:

Scored 2 tries though I believe?

Scored two with impressive power and made another brilliant offload for his winger to score, hope the injury's not serious because he looked like a man amongst boys in those highlights.

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2 minutes ago, wackojacko said:

Scored two with impressive power and made another brilliant offload for his winger to score, hope the injury's not serious because he looked like a man amongst boys in those highlights.

Where can one catch the highlights marra?

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