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Western Force 2019

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by RugbyReg, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    Aisake Meo*
    Andrew Ready
    Ben Grant
    Brynard Stander
    Cameron Orr
    Carlo Tizzano
    Chris Alcock
    Chris Heiberg
    Dom Hardman*
    Feleti Kaitu’u
    Fergus Lee-Warner
    Harrison Lloyd
    Heath Tessmann
    Henry Stowers
    Jack Bromely*
    Jackson Pugh*
    Jeremy Thrush
    Johan Bardoul
    Markus Vanzati
    Ollie Callan*
    Tevin Ferris
    Tom Sheminant
    AJ Alatimu
    Andrew Deegan
    Brad Lacey
    Byron Ralston*
    Chris Tuatara-Morrison*
    Grason Makara*
    Halaufa Lavaka*
    Henry Taefu
    Ian Prior
    Issak Fines
    Jack McGregor
    Jake Strachan*
    Jonah Placid
    Kiti Ratu*
    Leon Feke*
    Marcel Brache
    Nick Jooste
    Pama Fou*
    Rory O’Sullivan*
  2. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    Enjoy seeing these names like Pama Fou and Jake Strachan in these squads
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  3. Shaker Ron Walden (29)

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    I like seeing Tuatara-Morrison back. Cool throwback to the SR days. Alatimu/Taefu/Stowers/Brache all named but are all in their country's squads, you'd expect them to head to Japan.
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  4. Pieman Sydney Middleton (9)

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    Yep. Totally agree. IM0 Jake was one of Souths' best all season.
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  5. Shaker Ron Walden (29)

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    Also no Kieran Longbottom is odd.
  6. Finsbury Girl Bill McLean (32)

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    Would love to see Ready smash it & make it back into Super footy.
  7. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    KBomb is reportedly recovering well from knee surgery.
  8. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    He came across to Peth so that he could play Global Rapid Rugby and reportedly loves life in Perth.

    Why would he return to Super Rugby for the final season in 2020?
  9. NotMeSir Bob McCowan (2)

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  11. Silverado Nev Cottrell (35)

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    And where would he go?
  12. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    Only just saw these quotes from a few days ago:

    Hooker Heath Tessmann has rubbished claims by Canberra Vikings that Global Rapid Rugby gives Western Force an advantage in the National Rugby Championship.

    The fiery veteran said the Brumbies-backed Vikings were the most experienced squad in the competition as they wheeled out five Wallabies and another 11 Super Rugby players for the Round 4 clash at UWA Sports Park.

    “These guys have the biggest group of Super players playing together,” he said.

    “They spend a lot of time together, they know how each other plays, they know their structures, they get into them quickly. They have knowledge and experience.

    “It’s a very good reason why they have featured heavily in this competition. They have been the bar-setters for this competition.

    “They are bringing a very strong squad and will be our biggest challenge so far but we don’t just want to match them, we want to better them.

    Good on 'im
  13. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    He’s wrong of course.

    The Force have been playing and training with this team for the year.

    The Vikings may have wallabies and super rugby players but the combinations they have are new and inexperienced.
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  14. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    Sounds like you really rate this GRR comp, Reg. Good to hear, mate. I like what it's developing for the Asia-Pacific sides.

    But that's only relevant to the no-wallabies forward pack playing against Valetini, Samu, et al.

    Take a look at the Force backline -- 7 of the 10 Western Force backs named for this Vikings game only joined the squad a few months ago, leading into the NRC.

    Now the halves are certainly a match for wallaby Powell and young Lolesio, but Prior and Deegan were also injured and missed playing stretches of GRR this year.

    9 Prior
    10 Deegan
    11 Placid
    12 Tuatara-Morrison
    13 Ralston
    14 Feke
    15 Strachan

    21 Fines
    22 Makara
    23 Miller
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  15. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Comprehensive top-of-table result for the Western Force gives a chance to have their next two games at home.

    The team stats show the WF very much middle of the road for all stats except highest points and close to lowest turnovers conceded. Excellent team stats with only Jonah Placid and Andrew Deegan standouts on individual stats.

    This is the kind of results the Western Force has been aiming for.

    Hope they can make it 2 from 2 at home.

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  16. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Very good effort in the Finals by the Western Force considering the number of first-choice players who were unavailable for selection either through injury or RWC commitments.

    The list was a long one:
    Injuries: Ian Prior (capt), Kieran Longbottom, Johan Bardoul, Chris Alcock, Brad Lacey
    RWC: Marcel Brache, AJ Alatimu, Henry Taefu

    Other regular players who moved on prior to the start of the NRC included: Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Rodney Iona, Clay Uyen and Rod Davies.

    Was also very good to see the young talent from Club Rugby and interstate who were given a chance to show their stuff in the NRC.
    Including: Pama Fou, Byron Ralston, Dom Hardman, Rory O’Sullivan, Jake Strachan, Aisake Meo, Chris Miller, Leon Feke, Kiti Ratu, Grason Makara.

    Jonah Placid, who had a fantastic return to the NRC, also needed to get used to an entirely new player group.

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