Yes but lets wait till the trials to see how Ash goes.

Fox league 502 will be showing a lot of trial games so we can judge.

Nor sure about Sky Sport Nz.

As for Patty Herbert.

I told you jokers when we let him go.

Sad day as the guy has attitude in spades now his talent has improved.

Warriors loss. Titans gain.
Sky has them listed for next week. Looks like on a Sky Select episode. When Vossy mentioned the trials last night I checked the planner and set them all to record.
 
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My Game assessment
1) Fantastic game. Long live the all star game.
2) Kodi played as good as whatever you thought of him going into the match. To my eyes he was absolute garbage. Must have butchered at least two tries and awful 6th tackle options where he gave away 7 tackle sets with lame bombs that were easily caught by the indigenious in their goal zone. He played at the level you would expect from a 4th in line half that spends half a season in Reserve Grade.
3) Chanel Harris-Tavita was worse than Kodi. If that is even possible. With a three on two overlap I realised just how left hand dominant is he is, as he was completely unable to pass to his right and the ball dribbled out of his hand feebly and bounced before the recipient and the try went begging. Kicks that were even worse than Kodi's. Including some left footed side kick on the 6th tackle that was intended to create a forced drop out but instead didn't go very far and was gathered easily by Indigenious. I hope the rumour is true we are shopping him around. I also hope the wish I created and wrote on a piece of paper and cast into a wishing well comes true that Kodi is fired into the sun.
4) Nicho Hynes wasn't much better than either Kodi or Chanel Harris-Tavita. And as much as I am bagging Kodi, and Kodi deserves to be bagged, Nicho worse than Kodi. Nicho as I expected and observed last year only passes the ball when all options for him as a ball runner have well and truely died. Rather than looking to be a play maker from the second he gets the ball he always tries to score a try himself regardless of how may defenders are in front of him or how far out from the try line he is. Even the try he created was dumb as he kicked his grubber on the 4th tackle.
5) David Fifta had me out of my seat. May be the best second rower of this generation.
6) The Maori props were beasts.
7) Jazz looked incredible.
8) Patrick Herbert looked like a man who has done some deep soul searching about his piss poor play in the last match of the Titans season and had re-invented himself in the off season. Good for him. He was an asset for he Marori but I still don't want him back at this stage. I also didn't like his haircut for what that comment is worth (this is a joke).
9) JAC's lack of involvement in the game was a poor effort for a captain and cost his side the match.
 
5) David Fifta had me out of my seat. May be the best second rower of this generation.
I’m a massive Fifita fan however there’s no way he’s at that level just yet - unquestionably he has the highest ceiling of his generation of edge forwards however he was absent for way too much of that game.

Real conundrum what to do with him as a Supercoach option this year!
 
I’m a massive Fifita fan however there’s no way he’s at that level just yet - unquestionably he has the highest ceiling of his generation of edge forwards however he was absent for way too much of that game.

Real conundrum what to do with him as a Supercoach option this year!
He was only absent as Tapine winded him with the late shoulder charge and they decided to rest him to ensure no further bruising to his ribs in what was effectively an exhibition game. Had this been a regular season NRL match he would have been back from that hit quite quickly.
Andrew Fifita equals - The Boss.
When he is on the field the Boss is in the office.
 
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I’m a massive Fifita fan however there’s no way he’s at that level just yet - unquestionably he has the highest ceiling of his generation of edge forwards however he was absent for way too much of that game.

Real conundrum what to do with him as a Supercoach option this year!
I agree - he’s good for a highlight play when he’s up against outside backs, but doesn’t really roll the sleeves up and do the hard yards you’d expect. That’s been his biggest criticism.

However his ceiling is limitless if he can find a way to be more consistently involved. He has special talent, for sure.
 
Great game, this is going to rival origin soon enough. The last two games have been close affairs with massive theatre involved with Haka and war dance. NSW looking too strong for Queensland in the disparity of players to choose from may make it stale, and the indigenous game could become a huge money maker for the nrl. Liked the idea of bringing to NZ and think it could be huge. Somehow introduce a Pacifica team in that incorporates the nations of say Moana Pacifica and the sky’s the limit.
 
I agree - he’s good for a highlight play when he’s up against outside backs, but doesn’t really roll the sleeves up and do the hard yards you’d expect. That’s been his biggest criticism.

However his ceiling is limitless if he can find a way to be more consistently involved. He has special talent, for sure.
Two of those backs he brushed aside last night on his barnstorming run included
a) Patrick Herbert whose tackling efforts last night were compared to Steve Matai by someone earlier in this thread
b) Chanel Harris-Tavita who is well renowned heavy hitting tackler.
 
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Great game to start the season, passion in 1 off games lifts players up a notch. Makes the normal ordinary player look good, proved in those shit conditions, weren't a lot of mistakes.
Trick is can they keep it up for 20 plus games.
Not a lot to take away.. hope Currans ok.. Jazz played within himself for a change, probably self preservation with a long season ahead, a lot smarter I thought. Kodi and Chanel Harris-Tavita not much difference than last year... jury's out on them, til we see the trial games with their regular team mates..
Oh well roll on 2022... let's gone..
 

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He was only absent as Tapine winded him with the late shoulder charge and they decided to rest him to ensure no further bruising to his ribs in what was effectively an exhibition game. Had this been a regular season NRL match he would have been back from that hit quite quickly.
Andrew Fifita equals - The Boss.
When he is on the field the Boss is in the office.
Tapine??

Try Rapana

I agree with others that Fafita is ony a highlight player

I also agree woith your assessment of Hynes
 

matiunz

This year yet?
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Great game, this is going to rival origin soon enough. The last two games have been close affairs with massive theatre involved with Haka and war dance. NSW looking too strong for Queensland in the disparity of players to choose from may make it stale, and the indigenous game could become a huge money maker for the nrl. Liked the idea of bringing to NZ and think it could be huge. Somehow introduce a Pacifica team in that incorporates the nations of say Moana Pacifica and the sky’s the limit.
Can’t see them taking it to NZ for a while yet much the same as the ANZAC game the NRL don’t care that much about NZ. It’s pretty much the indigenous show that the Maori just happened to be invited to. The format is better with Maori playing as it was pretty hard to for people to rationalise supporting the NRL all stars.
Being at the game you’d hardly know any other team apart from Indigenous we’re playing except for the pre match Haka
 

matiunz

This year yet?
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My Game assessment
1) Fantastic game. Long live the all star game.
2) Kodi played as good as whatever you thought of him going into the match. To my eyes he was absolute garbage. Must have butchered at least two tries and awful 6th tackle options where he gave away 7 tackle sets with lame bombs that were easily caught by the indigenious in their goal zone. He played at the level you would expect from a 4th in line half that spends half a season in Reserve Grade.
3) Chanel Harris-Tavita was worse than Kodi. If that is even possible. With a three on two overlap I realised just how left hand dominant is he is, as he was completely unable to pass to his right and the ball dribbled out of his hand feebly and bounced before the recipient and the try went begging. Kicks that were even worse than Kodi's. Including some left footed side kick on the 6th tackle that was intended to create a forced drop out but instead didn't go very far and was gathered easily by Indigenious. I hope the rumour is true we are shopping him around. I also hope the wish I created and wrote on a piece of paper and cast into a wishing well comes true that Kodi is fired into the sun.
4) Nicho Hynes wasn't much better than either Kodi or Chanel Harris-Tavita. And as much as I am bagging Kodi, and Kodi deserves to be bagged, Nicho worse than Kodi. Nicho as I expected and observed last year only passes the ball when all options for him as a ball runner have well and truely died. Rather than looking to be a play maker from the second he gets the ball he always tries to score a try himself regardless of how may defenders are in front of him or how far out from the try line he is. Even the try he created was dumb as he kicked his grubber on the 4th tackle.
5) David Fifta had me out of my seat. May be the best second rower of this generation.
6) The Maori props were beasts.
7) Jazz looked incredible.
8) Patrick Herbert looked like a man who has done some deep soul searching about his piss poor play in the last match of the Titans season and had re-invented himself in the off season. Good for him. He was an asset for he Marori but I still don't want him back at this stage. I also didn't like his haircut for what that comment is worth (this is a joke).
9) JAC's lack of involvement in the game was a poor effort for a captain and cost his side the match.
Your hate of Kodi is a little irrational, he was pretty good last night. The Maori team left a few tries out there and most were due to CHTs involvement.
Yes Kodi had some poor games last year but his best games are above that of CHTs vanilla game, found it telling that later in the game Chanel Harris-Tavita was being shifted to fullback away from the attack
 
Can’t see them taking it to NZ for a while yet much the same as the ANZAC game the NRL don’t care that much about NZ. It’s pretty much the indigenous show that the Maori just happened to be invited to. The format is better with Maori playing as it was pretty hard to for people to rationalise supporting the NRL all stars.
Being at the game you’d hardly know any other team apart from Indigenous we’re playing except for the pre match Haka
Story going around that Abdo has told Kidwell it will be in NZ next year whether that’s just trying to apply pressure.
 
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gREVUS

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He was only absent as Tapine winded him with the late shoulder charge and they decided to rest him to ensure no further bruising to his ribs in what was effectively an exhibition game. Had this been a regular season NRL match he would have been back from that hit quite quickly.
Andrew Fifita equals - The Boss.
When he is on the field the Boss is in the office.
yea but the faster pace of the game, and no free interchanges (unlike last night) will mean that he will run out of puff fast and become a defensive turnstile later in matches.
Your comment when he is on the field i think is the key bit there.
 
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gREVUS

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Great game to start the season, passion in 1 off games lifts players up a notch. Makes the normal ordinary player look good, proved in those shit conditions, weren't a lot of mistakes.
Trick is can they keep it up for 20 plus games.
Not a lot to take away.. hope Currans ok.. Jazz played within himself for a change, probably self preservation with a long season ahead, a lot smarter I thought. Kodi and Chanel Harris-Tavita not much difference than last year... jury's out on them, til we see the trial games with their regular team mates..
Oh well roll on 2022... let's gone..
like the Jazz comment, to often he tries to do it all, last night he seemed more contained and capable for it.