Brother Faisal

1st Grade Fringe
May 9, 2012
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do we go into the world cup with luke or start fresh with 2 young hookers.

the only issues ive had with luke is service and dumb errors and penalties, averages 2 penalties,and 3 errors a game
 
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Boats n Hoes

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May 14, 2012
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1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Dallin Watene Zelezniak
3. Dean Whare
4. Brad Takairangi
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Danny Levi
10. Adam Blair
11. Jason Taumololo
12. Kevin Proctor
13. Simon Mannering

14. Elijah Taylor/Alex Glenn/Kenny Bromwich
15. Jarred Waerea Hargreaves
16. Sam Kasiano
17. Martin Tapau
 

Weno

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 3, 2012
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1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. Dallin Watene Zelezniak
3. Dean Whare
4. Brad Takairangi
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Danny Levi
10. Adam Blair
11. Jason Taumololo
12. Kevin Proctor
13. Simon Mannering

14. Elijah Taylor/Alex Glenn/Kenny Bromwich
15. Jarred Waerea Hargreaves
16. Sam Kasiano
17. Martin Tapau

Love the backline bruv.

I would have a different pack to compliment your awesome backline..

8. Bromwich
9. Leuluai
10. Matulino ( Be back to his best )
11. Mannering
12. Proctor
13. Taumalolo

14. Tapau
15. Tapine
16. Mau
17. Hiku ( Utility )

18th man.

Fisher Harris
 
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Jay M

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Sep 25, 2012
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Cheers. I figure Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Johnson and Foran (if fit) are certs. Whare without a doubt is our number one centre and there's a ready made Penrith combo there with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Takairangi has been criminally overlooked for a while now.....and Rapana has elevated his game to first choice Kiwi winger now.

Really good side. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak for me is not necessarily a shoe-in (he's had a few shockers) - I'd potentially prefer to see Hiku or maybe even Kahu over Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. But in a way, it's a tough call.
 
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Boats n Hoes

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Really good side. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak for me is not necessarily a shoe-in (he's had a few shockers) - I'd potentially prefer to see Hiku or maybe even Kahu over Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. But in a way, it's a tough call.

Yeah Kahu probably is odds on, for mine he's a good percentage player although maybe lacking a bit of spark. Hiku i havent really been following (isnt he still injured?). I just feel especially in one off games combinations are all important, Whare and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak already have an existing one (looked really good on the weekend), that said i wouldnt be overly surprised if Kahu is the preffered wingman.
 
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Jay M

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Yeah Kahu probably is odds on, for mine he's a good percentage player although maybe lacking a bit of spark. Hiku i havent really been following (isnt he still injured?). I just feel especially in one off games combinations are all important, Whare and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak already have an existing one (looked really good on the weekend), that said i wouldnt be overly surprised if Kahu is the preffered wingman.

Hiku fractured his eye socket in round 1 I think (but played the 80), missed round 2, played off the bench the last 2 rounds (27 mins, 24 mins).

Be interesting to see which way Green goes with the wingers as Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Kahu have both been favourites of various coaches
 

Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
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do we go into the world cup with luke or start fresh with 2 young hookers.

the only issues ive had with luke is service and dumb errors and penalties, averages 2 penalties,and 3 errors a game

You go with 2 specialist hookers in Luke and Levi. And have a utility in Nikorima.

Here's an interesting question what are peoples best Kiwi side made of players yet to play for the Kiwis?
 
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bruce

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Are you referencing the Warriors or are we are talking about the Kiwis? Because Isaac Luke has one more test matches than any other Kiwi hooker.
Are you referencing the Warriors or are we are talking about the Kiwis? Because Isaac Luke has one more test matches than any other Kiwi hooker.
I am talking about current form, you don't pick on reputation in this game and expect to win.
 

Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
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NRL: Knights hooker Danny Levi back to dynamic best and eyeing a New Zealand jumper

source: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/4563031/pain-free-levi-hooking-in/

DANNY Levi felt like an 80-year-old man some mornings last season. Tortured by a protruding disc which was pressing on nerves in his lower back, Levi struggled to sit up straight in bed. Simple tasks like tying shoelaces were painstaking. At its worst, Homer Simpson had more chance of touching his toes than the once nimble Knights hooker.

“I had sciatic pain going down my right leg and couldn’t straighten it or bend over,” Levi said. “I felt an 80-year-old man.”

Still, the 21-year-old soldiered on until round 24, punching out 28 tackles on average per 55 minute shift.

“It sucked to have but I’m sure there are many dudes who are a lot worse,” Levi said.


Levi had spinal surgery in August, and after first fearing the surgery was unsuccessful, felt brand new by the time preseason came around.

“Initially, I thought they had got the wrong spot because the pain was still there a week after the surgery,” he said. “Then I woke up one night and went to sit up and my leg was straight and I could touch my toes. I thought ‘this is awesome, it works’.”

Four games into the new season, Levi is back to his dynamic best and eyeing a New Zealand jumper for the ANZAC Test against the Kangaroos in Canberra on May 5.

“Now I can bend down properly to pick the ball up,” he said. “I have regained some speed and am more explosive.”

Levi’s competition for the Kiwi No.9 jersey is childhood hero Issac Luke.

“I think it is everyone’s goal to play for their country,” the proud New Zealander said. “I know the ANZAC Test is coming up and it has definitely been in the back of my mind. I want to put myself forward to get a spot. Last year I was 19th man for ANZAC Test, then I was ruled out for the Four Nations with my back. Hopefully this year is the year.”

Kiwi coach David Kidwell was an assistant when Levi was 19th man.

“Hopefully he is watching or the selectors are watching my games, and I am doing the right things,” Levi said. “At the moment my main focus is playing good footy for the Knights and trying to get a few wins on the board.”

With Rory Kostjasyn training after throat surgery, courtesy of an accidental elbow by Levi, competition for the Knights No.9 is about to heat up.

Rather than feel threatened, Levi regards the two-time premiership winner’s return as a bonus.

“I am still going to work my ares off to keep my jersey,” Levi said.

“I have been working with Rory a fair bit. He is a good dude and has been around for so long. When I heard he was coming to the club, I knew he was going to have a lot of experience and I’d be able to learn from him. He is definitely going to help our team.”


Coach Nathan Brown, for one, is looking forward to the turbo-charged dummy halves working in tandem.

“We brought Rory here to work with Danny on the field and off it,” Brown said. “Danny is still a very young player and to start at hooker every week is tough. It is a tough spot for good, seasoned players. Ideally, we will have Rory start some games and Danny come off the bench and vice versa. That will allow Jamie Buhrer to stay in the back row. Rory can play in the halves and he can play 13 as well. We would like him and Danny to work together at some stage.”

Away from the field, Levi has become the Knights’ resident barber.

“When I first moved over here to play under-20s nearly five years ago I didn’t have much money and couldn’t afford a haircut,” Levi said. “I bought a cheap pair of clippers from Big W and started cutting my own hair. The Saifitis brothers were my first customers. I used to ask them If I could cut their hair and they were too nice to say no. I did some pretty shocking ones at the start. I got better and people saw it and they started wanting me to cut their hair. I charge $10 each. Some pay, some don’t. I get a few IOU’s.”

Dentefinitely deserves selection for the Kiwis in my opinion has been outstanding to begin the season. Their is so many talented young Kiwis in the NRL at the moment.
 

Defence

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May 9, 2012
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Here's an interesting question what are peoples best Kiwi side made of players yet to play for the Kiwis?

There's been quite a few fringe players get a start the last couple of years so that makes it a bit harder.
Damn shame what happened with simona- he was a bit unlucky to never get a start. I might be dreaming with ponga but I'll throw him in there anyway...

Ponga
Feki
Takairangi
Hurrell
Joseph Manu
Faamanu brown
Ata

Nas
Levi
Addin Fonua-Blake
passi
Tagatesse
Ah mau
 
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Selector

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 2, 2015
2,274
There's been quite a few fringe players get a start the last couple of years so that makes it a bit harder.
Damn shame what happened with simona- he was a bit unlucky to never get a start. I might be dreaming with ponga but I'll throw him in there anyway...

Ponga
Feki
Takairangi
Hurrell
Joseph Manu
Faamanu brown
Ata

Nas
Levi
Addin Fonua-Blake
passi
Tagatesse
Ah mau


That's not a bad team. Think Brown is severely underated and should be an NRL regular in my opinion. Was thinking about a Kiwis under 23 side. All players born no earlier than 1994.


Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Manu
Milne
Kata
Fusitua
TMM
Brown
Addin Fonua-Blake
Levi
NAS
Tapine
JFH
Aloai

Nikorima
CHN
Musgrove
Lisone

Leota
Marsters
Hingano
Talakai
Cherrington

All have played NRL except Matsters, named him in an extended squad. He will be the next Kiwi sensation to burst onto the NRL scene in my opinion. Top talent.
 
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I think it is an interesting choice coming up for the number 6 jersey.

we haven't had a great deal of choice in the past, but Foran looked good this weekend and Martin has been very solid for the Panthers.

foran may not make himself available and want to ease his way back... Martin would be next cab off the rank?
 

Jay M

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Sep 25, 2012
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I think it is an interesting choice coming up for the number 6 jersey.

we haven't had a great deal of choice in the past, but Foran looked good this weekend and Martin has been very solid for the Panthers.

foran may not make himself available and want to ease his way back... Martin would be next cab off the rank?

Martin 6, Foran 7? ;)
 
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1. Roger Tuivasa-Shek
2. Jordan Rapana
3. Dean Whare
4. Jordan Kahu
5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak
6. Kieran Foran
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Adam Blair
9. Isaac Luke
10. Jesse Bromwich
11. Simon Mannering
12. Martin Taupau
13. Jason Taumalolo

14. Lewis Brown
15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
16. Russell Packer
17. Sam Kasiano
 

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