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Waratahs 2018

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Micheal, May 22, 2017.

  1. Micheal Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Looking forward to next year given the horror of this season and the return of the prodigal son..

    POST STOLEN TO TRACK SQUAD:

    Hooker:

    Tolu Latu (2018)
    Hugh Roach (2018)

    Prop:

    Sekope Kepu (2019)
    Paddy Ryan (2018)
    Tom Robertson (2018)
    Matt Sandell (2018)

    Lock:

    Tom Staniforth (2020)
    Rob Simmons (2019)

    Backrow:

    Michael Hooper (2018)
    Jed Holloway (2019)
    Jack Dempsey (2018)

    Scrumhalf:

    Nick Phipps (2019)
    Jake Gordon (2019)

    Flyhalf:

    Bernard Foley (2018)

    Centre:

    Kurtley Beale (2019)

    Wing:

    Taqele Naiyaravoro (2018)
    Andrew Kellaway (2018)
    Cam Clarke (2018)

    Fullback:

    Israel Folau (2018)

    Confirmed Gone:

    Will Skelton (Sarasens)
    Dean Mumm (retired)
    Rob Horne (Northampton)
    David Horwitz (Rebels)
    Jim Stewart (retired - broken neck)
    Andrew Deegan (Connacht)

    Contract Up:

    Damian Fitzpatrick
    Ned Hanigan
    Angus Ta'avoa
    Michael Wells
    Bryce Heagerty
    Irae Simone
    Mack Mason
    Ryan McCauley

    Likely Gone:

    Reece Robinson (overseas)
    Harry Jones (Aussie 7s)
    Dave McDuling (released)
    Senio Toleafoa (released)
    Sam Needs (released)
    David Lolohea (released)
    Brad Wilkin (released)
    Matt Lucas (Brumbies)
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  2. fatprop John Eales (66)

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    We need aggressive rock shifter locks

    And a backrower or two who can get over the advantage line in close
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  3. Micheal Nev Cottrell (35)

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    A ha! I knew this was out of place in the old thread, but didn't know how to create a new one. Funny how these things work out sometimes.

    Agreed - we need a big hitter in the 2nd row to complement Hanigan's / McDulings / McCauleys workrate.

    If anyone has the time to find out who we have on contract for next season and who we don't that'd be fantastic.

    The earliest I could do so is probably next weekend.
  4. Karma Police Allen Oxlade (6)

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    I'd be happy to let Robertson, Mumm and Horwitz go. They are currently passengers or liabilities. Ditto Lucas and Roach.

    If the Rebels go, biggest target should be Lomax, followed by Hodge and Timani. Hodge at 12 or 15 (or even 13) outside Foley would be good. he and Beale could even swap between 12 and 15.

    Lomax could learn from Kepu.

    How about getting the other Ala'alatoa home?
  5. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    How is Horwitz a liability? He's been one of the big improvers this year.

    He's never going to be a superstar but he's fitted in well this year and surprised a lot of people by staying ahead of Simone quite comfortably.
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  6. Micheal Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Likewise agree, Horwitz has performed well this year and is on an upwards trajectory. Defense, distribution and running has been good.

    Now he's coming good we shouldn't do away with him.
  7. Twoilms Trevor Allan (34)

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    Best second rower in the world mould? hehe
  8. Lindommer Mark Ella (57)

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    A coupla hard, shredding second-rowers and the rest of the current Tahs squad will look after itself. But I would like to see the talented youngsters who've been blooded the last few years continue to improve. I'm referring to Robertson (selectors, PLEASE leave him at THP in future), Roach, Hanigan, Dempsey, Holloway, Gordon, Horwitz, Simone, Clark and Kellaway here. This is where the Kiwis beat us hands-down: they're much better at turning talented youngsters into the finished product.
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  9. RugbyReg George Gregan (70)

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    if you are referring to Cam, then it's Clarke.

    I don't think it's too much to ask to get the spelling of his name correct.

    ;)
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  10. fatprop John Eales (66)

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    Robertson the prop? Yeah, nah
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  11. Twoilms Trevor Allan (34)

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    As if you'd lose Robertson or Robinson. Both handy enough.
  12. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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  13. RugbyReg George Gregan (70)

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  15. KOB1987 Greg Davis (50)

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    Yeah, just like our halfback Phibbs.
  16. Micheal Nev Cottrell (35)

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    And the front pages favourite player: FelaouĆ¼.
  17. A mutterer Bill McLean (32)

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    wtf? lucas has played better than phipps most of his minutes so far this season.
  18. fatprop John Eales (66)

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    disagree, Phipps' speed to the breakdown is just so much better,,,, with that you get quicker clearances and that builds momentum and creates opportunities as the bad guys have less time to set their defences.
  19. Twoilms Trevor Allan (34)

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    Looks like Beale might miss the English Premiership final against Exeter with a minor hamstring injury/strain.
  20. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Yeah, it's hard to see any hamstring injury allowing him to play the following weekend. He certainly didn't look awful when he came off but certainly wasn't good enough to continue. It also wasn't a case of the game being in the bag so he could come off as a precaution for the next week.

    Wasps were lucky to get out of that game with a win and missed Beale in the second half when a lot of their scoring opportunities were bombed.

    I reckon Exeter will win next weekend, particularly if Beale is missing.

    For Exeter, Dave Dennis was great. Physical with an excellent workrate and strong at set piece.

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