Dave Cowper (27)
Anyone know when the merit sides are announced?
I only caught bits and pieces of the match. What happened?Just Bowen. And Teddy Wilson off the bench.
JB got man of the match but the judge overlook some unsportsmanlike conduct (x2) for a guy as experienced as him that really should rule out that sort of recognition. I hope he get that out of his game because unnecessary and make him look like the goose.
It is a hot take but I love it because it means there are a bunch of talented young play makers. I would say to this point that in the Oceania champs I thought Bowen looked better than Gordon (I know Bowen started v Fiji and Gordon Argentina & NZ)Here's a very hot take... and I can't believe I am saying this as a former critic myself... But Tom Morrison? Could he be this age group's best fly-half? Always thought it was Bowen, but Mason looked to be slightly better than him today... But not as good as Tom Morrison. This Tah's team was chalk and cheese when Morrison is steering them around and not Bowen. They look far more dynamic, always testing the defence, and I love the way he takes on the line and is a genuine threat to run the ball. Think Bowen has the superior kicking game in general play however.
5 of the boys. All high quality backs!
Had a quick look at the nsw squad & there is not that much of a cross over of players from the tahs
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Floyd Aubrey (GPS)
Charlie Wigan (UQ)
Dylan Loader (Bond University)
Harrison Usher (Bond University)
Harry McLaughlin-Phillips (Souths Rugby Club)
John Bryant (Souths Rugby Club)
Lachlan Shaw (UQ)
Max Craig (Easts Rugby Club)
Nick Baker (GPS)
Nick Bloomfield (Easts Rugby Club)
Sam Farrar (Easts Rugby Club)
Taj Annan (Easts Rugby Club)
Tim Ryan (Brothers)
Willem Johnstone (Souths Rugby Club)
Austin Anderson (Wests)
Massimo De Lutis (Wests)
Henry Palmer (Tuggeranong)
Klayton Thorn (Gungahlin)
Liam Bowron (Royals)
Lachlan Hooper (Tuggeranong)
Marley Pearce (Wests Scarborough)
Jhy Legg (Wests Scarborough)
Ned Slack-Smith (Palmyra)
Dane Sawers (Kalamunda)
Ryan McGloin (Joondalup Brothers)
Jamie Clark (Sydney Uni)
Oscar Hicks (Sydney Uni)
Clem Haloholo (Sydney Uni)
Teddy Wilson (Eastern Suburbs)
Max Jorgensen (TBC)
Tom Morrison (Sydney Uni)
Jaydon Viliamu (Randwick)
Jack Bowen (Eastern Suburbs)
Archie Saunders (Warringah)
Henry O'Donnell (Sydney Uni)
Charlie Worthington (Randwick)
Jackson Ropata (Southern Districts)
Darby Lancaster (Eastern Suburbs)
Patrick Levamai (Melbourne Harlequins/Wests Bulldogs)
Max Johnson (Wests Bulldogs)
Daniel Maeva (Wyndham Rhinos)
Antonio Masina (Melbourne Unicorns/UQ)
Leafi Talataina (Endeavour Hills)
Mason Gordon (Wests Bulldogs)
David Vaihu (Wests Bulldogs)
Lebron Naea (Endeavour Hills/Wests Bulldogs)
Divad Palu (Wyndham Rhinos)
Zac Hough (Wests Bulldogs)
Agree. His workThought Albert Alcock (hooker) from Waratahs was hard done by. Mobile props with good ball skills, who hit like a ton of bricks, and a threat around the breakdown. Exactly the type of player we need to develop. Also genuinely thought he was the best hooker in the comp when on the field. Think that was a mistake… not the first time we’ve seen a mistake from the rugby in Australia and certainly not the last.
Can't say I noticed Alcock, but very pleased to see Marley Pearce from WA in the squad. I thought he was the pick of all the hookers.