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snake77

snake77

Today's "let the haters say what they want" is a bit of a "You'se got what you wanted" comment. There just seems to be a mental block somewhere there for Shaun Johnson, whether born from insecurity or whatever. It must be super hard to always be in the spotlight etc, but you just don't get the Cameron Smith's of the world making these comments. There is a hard edge missing. That hard edge and clarity about the job they go out and do is what separates the greats from the rest.

Part of brand Shaun Johnson is the marketing currency that he gets from social media, but it can't do good things for a bloke. Surely he'd be better off without it.

The pressure of not yet being the player everyone always thought he'd be is getting pretty real. It will be helpful to have the likes of Benji and Foran who have both had to rebuild their careers to give him advice and support him. Hopefully this bump in the road becomes career defining in a good way. I expect him to come back better, he has rarely let the Kiwis jersey down.
Talking to Foran and Marshall would be a good idea. Marshall has really turned his career around from a flashy player to a guy who can use smarts and has improved his game management. Johnson has been hearing about the issues with his game his entire career, from multiple coaches. He probably is working hard on it and like you state he may never reach the heights he could of.

Modern life seems to be addressing things via social media. He would of been better leave the haters comment and keep it to simply "Friday night wasn't the best. A shame to miss out this week but I wish the boys all of the best and they have my full support. I'll be training hard to get back".
 
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bruce

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Maybe the wrong thread...but on another forum that is usually on the money I saw a comment that the local Tongan Community, including some Churches, are not behind this team and it could affect gate sales this Saturday.

Anybody know how the sales are going?
 
Mr. Muller

Mr. Muller

Maybe the wrong thread...but on another forum that is usually on the money I saw a comment that the local Tongan Community, including some Churches, are not behind this team and it could affect gate sales this Saturday.

Anybody know how the sales are going?

Yes as I’ve mentioned in the MMT thread a few ‘leaders’ of the Tongan community have called for people to boycott the hamilton match last week as well as this weeks game vs Kangaroos. It’s been ramped up a bit as they know a huge number of Tongans are in Auckland, it’s also turned political back in Tonga as well as one side is backing the boys the other well, they have the view that these boys are not ‘tongan’ and don’t represent them. Boy were they singing a different tune in the past.
 
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bruce

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Yes as I’ve mentioned in the MMT thread a few ‘leaders’ of the Tongan community have called for people to boycott the hamilton match last week as well as this weeks game vs Kangaroos. It’s been ramped up a bit as they know a huge number of Tongans are in Auckland, it’s also turned political back in Tonga as well as one side is backing the boys the other well, they have the view that these boys are not ‘tongan’ and don’t represent them. Boy were they singing a different tune in the past.
Well...I finally got a ticket in a block that seems booked out...put my bet on Kiwis 13 plus...see what happens
 
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playdaball

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Old Kiwi news:
I heard from a very good source back in the day that Foran and a few others weren’t that keen on playing with Benji as they’d come from a disciplined club style of play that didn’t fit in with Benji’s Ad - lib , off the cuff style. Benji has now adapted his game model ( thanks for that term SK) and his playing a more structured game.
 
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playdaball

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I’m thinking GB RL and England RU will win whilst their cricket team will lose.

It’s been a good year for English sport.
 
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Hardyman's Yugo

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I’m hoping the last week will have got the GB team up to speed after the Tonga loss. Philbin coming into the squad is a good thing, he’s an excellent impact player from the bench imho
 
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Weno

Weno

Maybe the wrong thread...but on another forum that is usually on the money I saw a comment that the local Tongan Community, including some Churches, are not behind this team and it could affect gate sales this Saturday.

Anybody know how the sales are going?
Just need to advertise $2 off KFC vouchers.
Protest over.
Two Hamilton KFC's run out of chicken.
Thought they would of learnt from the world cup.
Tokoroa was the only Waikato KFC that didn't run out of chicken during the world cup.
 
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1995Warriorsfan

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I have been told ticket sales are now picking up for tomorrow. Still not huge but they are now selling tickets for the south stand. They are hoping for a big walk up crowd.

With the AB's not playing in the RWC final and with the Tongan RL having sorted out their issues this has contributed to the increase sales.
 
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bruce

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I have been told ticket sales are now picking up for tomorrow. Still not huge but they are now selling tickets for the south stand. They are hoping for a big walk up crowd.

With the AB's not playing in the RWC final and with the Tongan RL having sorted out their issues this has contributed to the increase sales.
They weren't selling for the south stand when I bought so there must have been a very late surge. That augurs well for the occasion to be fair. The Tongans will cheer for the Kiwis before they face their maker in the final game.
 
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Mr. Muller

Mr. Muller

They weren't selling for the south stand when I bought so there must have been a very late surge. That augurs well for the occasion to be fair. The Tongans will cheer for the Kiwis before they face their maker in the final game.

No ABs in the final means kiwi fans can stay back and cheer on Tonga lol
 
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