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Canberra Vikings 2018

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by Brumby Jack, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    Who are likely to come into the team to replace Folau, Arnold, Powell and Banks?

    I'd think McInerney to start at No 2 with JM-R on the bench (if fit), and Lonergan for Powell.

    Some options in the other two spots. Will Sam Carter come in for Rory, or will Enever move to lock and maybe Valetini get a start (if fit)? Hanson could come straight in to full back, but maybe Andrew Muirhead to 15 and someone else at wing?

    By reports, JJH is likely to start at 10 with Simone coming into 12. Otherwise, much the same as last week I presume.
  2. MonkeyBoy Bill Watson (15)

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  3. RoffsChoice Peter Johnson (47)

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    Talk about a bitter-sweet photo...
  4. bigtoughguy Stan Wickham (3)

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    What do you mean?
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  5. RoffsChoice Peter Johnson (47)

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    Wish Dargaville was still here, and still with the Brumbies!
  6. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    Will the Vikings make it to the finals this year and take the big prize? Or do they still need some improvement in skills and/or personnel to finish on top?

    I see two issues that are causing some angst; THP and No 7.

    Since Les Makin's absence Tom Ross has had to step up to start in the scrum. That has been a huge ask for a 20 year old and he has been a little inconsistent come scrum time. Will Makin be back later in the season, or has he gone for the year?

    As a No 7, Michael Oakman-Hunt is a very good No 6. Hard hitting defender and strong runner with the ball. But he doesn't give the Vikings a lot of presence at the breakdown. I think they desperately need a proper No 7 who can put pressure on opposition ball and be more effective at securing own ball at the breakdown. The Vikings seem to play most of all their games chasing the opposition. What they do with the ball when they get it indicates to me that they will threaten any other side if they can win a bit more ball from the breakdown.

    Is there a No 7 hanging around who could be brought in? If nobody local, how about someone like Kitone Ale from the Marlins? Is it too late?

    The good things I've been impressed with are many. Veaa Fefita looks to be an up and coming LHP capable of playing at this level and maybe above. Tom Ross of course but especially with another couple of years experience in him.

    Darcy Swain I think will end up a Wallaby. Has all the skills needed and is a genuine hard man in defence. Unlike a lot of Locks, some of whom are Wallabies, he doesn't go to ground at the first touch of a tackler but strives to win the tackle collision and continue to make ground.

    Valetini has looked like a champion in the making, but unfortunately is now out again with injury.

    I was very impressed with B J Edwards' efforts off the bench against NSW Country. Seemed to win the collision, get over the gain line and make plenty of metres with the ball.

    Hawera is showing better game management than I've seen before and his passing game is excellent. Will be all the better next year with more emphasis by the Brumbies on an attacking game plan. His goal kicking has been a revelation too.

    JJH is showing much improved defensive capabilities to go with his quite good attacking game. Will never be a dominant tackler, but few now get past him. Good signs of development there. Ikitau has been a very good performer in the 13 spot. This could be a combination we will see more of over time. I am also impressed with Simone, who is equally at home at 12 or 13. Has some good creative skills as well as being a talented footballer.

    Taliauli and Muirhead are two of the more consistent performers on the wing in the NRC. Both are in good form and will be competing for Super game time again next year.

    Hansen at 15 has shown a lot of good things. One for the future too I believe.

    I am confident the Vikings will make the finals, but not so sure they have all spots covered sufficiently to take the whole thing out.
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  7. Bandar Alfred Walker (16)

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    What happened to Angus Allen from last season, he started a couple of matches and was in the squad every week I think?
  8. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    I've been asking that exact question for a couple of months now, but the lack of response has been deafening.
  9. griffins Herbert Moran (7)

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    If you'd watched the JID finals you'd have noted he was injured.
  10. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    ^^^^ thanks, but are there any other 7s locally who could have a go? I don't see any of Oakman-Hunt, BJ Edwards or Ben Hyne being strong over the ball at the breakdown. They seem to me to be quite similar players, more at home at 6 or 8. Rob Valetini has won a couple of turnovers in his one and a half games, but again he's not what a conventional 7 looks like or plays like.
  11. RoffsChoice Peter Johnson (47)

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    I was a big fan of David Bennett at 7 with Uni Norths this year, a very well-rounded player. Can poach, tackle, run, offload, even jump in the lineout.
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  12. Slim 293 Jason Little (69)

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    It sounds like Valetini’s injury is not too serious, and he’s going to be rested this week...

    BR gets his wish as potential Vikings MVP JJH will miss the match due to family commitments.
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  13. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    An opportunity Slim for Simone and Ikitau to partner in 12 and 13. That is a combination that warrants a look. If it isn't as productive as JJH at 12 and one of the others at 13, then we've established something worth knowing.
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  14. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    I have been banging on over a few weeks about the lack of a proper fetcher in the Vikings, but I do think the three No 6/8s might be the way to stop the Drua. The Drua don't give too many opportunities for the opposition to win the ball at the breakdown with their high paced off-loading game. A backrow that can physically match the Drua forwards and hold the players off the ground in the tackle might be the only way to stop the rampaging. Anyway, we'll no doubt soon see.
  15. Slim 293 Jason Little (69)

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    Darcy Swain received the Rising Star nomination for this week......

    I didn't realise that he qualified, and now that I know that I'm a bit surprised he didn't pick up a nomination sooner.

    He's definitely a strong contender for the award this year.
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  16. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    he's been on the cards for a few weeks for 'selection' (I'm on the panel to select). RA just waiting for the right week I guess.
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  17. Wilson Dick Tooth (41)

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    Are they/you intentionally picking a player from a different team each week, or is that just how the nominations have worked out so far?
  18. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    I throw out a nomination from each team each week. RA then decide the one for the round. I have no doubt they share it around to some degree.
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  19. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    In the absence of a match thread, and My apparent loss of privilege to create one, I'll post here that the Vikings are in the semis, beating Brisbane City 13 -10 in pretty atrocious conditions. Handling and intent by both sides was quite good in those conditions. As I foresaw, the Vikings had a problem at scrum time and lost Tom Ross to a YC in the second half. They are also very much missing a fetcher who will get over the ball at the breakdown. Otherwise they have a reasonable shot at the Drua next week, in Fiji.
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  20. RoffsChoice Peter Johnson (47)

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    It’s finals footy, anything can happen, and we know this team is good enough. Beat Fiji in Fiji and I’ll call us favourites.
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