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Canberra Vikings - Offical NRC Team Thread

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by Slim 293, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    Anyways, something a bit more constructive... possible lineup:

    1. Sione
    2. Abel
    3. Makin
    4. Enever
    5. Carter
    6. Hyne
    7. Cusack
    8. Valentini / Fakosilea
    9. Powell / Lonergan
    10. Hawera
    11. Dargaville
    12. JJH
    13. Kuridrani / Ikitau
    14. Taliauli
    15. Banks

    16. Faingaa
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    19. Swain
    20. Fakosilea / Valentini
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    22.
    23. Muirehead

    If Phipps and Kerevi are preferred of the Wobs during the test season there is a slim chance that Powell and Kuridrani could get a run....

    I reckon they'll start with Fakosilea, but I just don't rate him at all - Valentini will be the better player.

    They should be competing for the title with that squad.... but they should've been last year as well - Southwell didn't seem to know what he was doing week to week.
  2. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    But I'd question the inclusion of Sione Taufa and Angus Wagner for example. The Vikings' scrum has been towelled up by both the Royals and Wests this year. I can't see how their two props should be there based on the form shown in the semis. Surely, there must be better options in the other JID sides?
  3. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    Can't argue with the tight five at all.

    Cusack to me is a definite No 6. Has he played No 7 (as distinct from 7s) at all?

    Valetini is currently out with concussion. Hopefully, he gets back fit for the NRC. Otherwise, I can see Ben Hyne competing for the No 8 spot with Lolo. Hyne had a storming game there against Wests in the semi.

    I'd prefer to see Dargaville playing closer in, so I'd be looking at No 12. I still think JJH has a few deficiencies at this level.

    Reckon then I'd look to someone like Tom Banks for the No 13 spot, with Muirhead, Johnston and Taliauli making up the back three.

    Swain will be on the bench as lock cover, not in No 18.
  4. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    For the first time ever we seem to be lacking in 7's, hence why I shifted Cusack there....

    We have plenty of 6/8's so I think we'll have to accommodate one of them at 7, and Cusack might be the best option of the bunch.




    There's probably a better chance that they'll shift Dargaville to 13, bring Muirhead onto the wing and keep Banks at fullback.


    Yep, that was just a numbering fault by me...
  5. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    Possibly, but in Wests case one of their props is the 38 year old Coutts....
  6. No.8 Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Would you really say that the opportunities that Oj and Penca got at NRC were enough game time to showcase their ability? Lets be honest.
  7. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    Last year.... yes.

    Noa fared slightly better but after all the hype surrounding Penca he just wasn't up to it..

    But even my rusted on Queanbeyan old boy of a Father was saying the same thing about him - great club player, but he doesn't have what it takes to make it at higher levels.
  8. Wilson Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    This is the part I think alot of people miss with the NRC. For most of these club guys it's their first exposure to any sort of professional environment, not everyone is suited to it and often enough that becomes clear on the training paddock as much or more so than on the field.
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  9. Brumby Jack Steve Williams (59)

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    France. Just.

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  10. Pedrolicus Dick Tooth (41)

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    Bloody hell, three tight heads.

    Cheers BJ.

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  11. Bulldog Vay Wilson (31)

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    Is Jarrad Butler injured - wouldn't he be your #7?
  12. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    He's already left for Connacht... not in the squad.
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  14. Phantom Stan Wickham (3)

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    Having witnessed the GF, Cussack and Allen would make for a very dynamic back row partnership. Put some raging angry no8 in there and it makes for a good balance.
  15. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    Like that idea. Either of Hyne or Kaino would fit in at 8, but of course Kaino doesn't seem to have made the squad.

    Probably Fakosolea if he can stay fit, or Valetini if he can get fit will fill the 8 spot.
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    Has Fakasolea managed much rugby in 2017?
  17. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    Very little for the Brumbies, but not sure of his involvements in the JID comp.
  18. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    Anyone want to help us cover the Vikings this year? Looking for people to write match reviews of home matches or take photos?
  19. Brumby Jack Steve Williams (59)

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    Vikings team vs Qld Country

    Tom Cusack unavailable this week.

    1. Harry Lloyd
    2. Robbie Abel
    3. Les Leuluailii-Makin
    4. Blake Enever (C)
    5. Sam Carter
    6. Ben Hyne
    7. Angus Allen
    8. Lolo Fakaosilea
    9. Joe Powell
    10. Wharenui Hawera
    11. Ben Johnston
    12. James Dargaville
    13. Andrew Robinson
    14. Andrew Muirhead
    15. Tom Banks

    16. Folau Faingaa
    17. Joel Penders
    18. Max Bode
    19. Darcy Swain
    20. Rob Valetini
    21. Pedro Rolando
    22. Liam Moseley
    23. Len Ikitau
  20. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    Falalei Sione not in the squad. Is he injured? I would think he is a starter when fit and available.

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