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TripleL

To get the best out of Luke I don’t think you can use him as a 80min player.

Agree with you comments re Cooke - would seem like he’s had a good preseason but there’s certainly so doubt about his ability at NRL level.

Lawton seemingly fits with what you want as a backup dummy half. I’m sure he’ll get his opportunity unless Cooke out preforms expectations...

Like Jazz as a player but not a dummy half.
 
Tony Martin

Tony Martin

It’s strange how Manaia has gone from starting hooker in that friendly game at camp to not featuring at all in the trials. If he’s not injured I have a feeling he wants to go back to Sydney
 
Off The Bench

Off The Bench

Karl was brought here to play
Its no accident Roach out Karl in
The club would have known for a while about roaches injury an have found
A replacement with same amount of game time .Our recruitment team
Are on the ball at the moment.
Luke is definitely going to miss games this year .Suspensions ,Injuries etc..
Its part of the deal with him .
The only question iv got is does Karl come strait in round one
Or does he get a couple of weeks to learn the calls.
 

WarriorBall

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I dunno if it’s keeping him out of the side but I know Manaia’s been told by the coaches he needs to bulk up, they’re obviously not confident he can handle the rigours of playing in the middle of the park in first grade yet.

The way I see it the race for the Utility role is between Cooke and Lawton, I’d expect those two will be in and out of the side for the 2018 season with Cooke starting against the Bunny’s while Lawton familiarise’s himself his new surroundings and the team structures.
 
bruce

bruce

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The way I see it the race for the Utility role is between Cooke and Lawton, I’d expect those two will be in and out of the side for the 2018 season with Cooke starting against the Bunny’s while Lawton familiarise’s himself his new surroundings and the team structures.
I can't see it any other way.The positive is they might both put pressure on Bully Luke.
 
Defence

Defence

Well Luke's gonna have to play the lions share- 60- 65 minutes so whoever is backing him up won't get too much time at dummy half so they're gonna have to have the ability to cover other positions too.
That rules Cherington out.
I was a big fan of Cooke in the 20s- thought he got mucked around a bit. Same thing happened here at the burleigh bears- the coach at the time had nfi.
Tevagas not much of a dummy half- plays tough tho and gives u another running forward option.
Lawton is probably the most talented of the lot and versatile.
I can see him cementing the utility spot by years end but Cooke obviously has the jump on him.
 
Gizzyfan

Gizzyfan

Well Luke's gonna have to play the lions share- 60- 65 minutes so whoever is backing him up won't get too much time at dummy half so they're gonna have to have the ability to cover other positions too.
That rules Cherington out.
I was a big fan of Cooke in the 20s- thought he got mucked around a bit. Same thing happened here at the burleigh bears- the coach at the time had nfi.
Tevagas not much of a dummy half- plays tough tho and gives u another running forward option.
Lawton is probably the most talented of the lot and versatile.
I can see him cementing the utility spot by years end but Cooke obviously has the jump on him.

Thats not even taking injuries into account.
 

flying coconut

IS Cherrington at the club still and fit? He is a good player, having cook and tevaga in front of him is ridiculous
 
bruce

bruce

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OMG, I’ve slipped into an alternate universe where this Bruce almost said something nice about Luke
I still think he is an unprofessional shite who didn't earn his coin over the last two seasons, but he is bloody ripped and obviously very fit. So he has pulled his finger out and if he continues to do so that will make people very happy.
 
eudebrito

eudebrito

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IS Cherrington at the club still and fit? He is a good player, having cook and tevaga in front of him is ridiculous

He featured in their season launch photos from last week, even if they were thinking about mugging him off, due to Roache he'd be back in the calculations.

Wish we knew who was in top 30 and who wasn't, teams will get themselves in a situation where even if player 31 is in better form, they HAVE to play the top 30 guy if he's fit. what is the point of that.
 
razzrillinger

razzrillinger

It is strange that we haven't seen Cherrington in first grade since 2016 but we have to remember that he's still relatively young and his previous game time came at the Tigers while they were in a pretty terrible predicament.
 
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