It was Mason. With Carter out of prems, he was being considered but they’ve gone with Jono Kent.
Having said that .. I don't see Mason dominating Bas Ward who has probably been the best 10 in Colts 1 Rugby this year. Jeeps do have a lot of weapons and tbh I have never really been on the Campbell Moller train to the degree that others have, but in truth, he was the best player on the field last week v UQ . Killed it. The hapless UQ midfield had no answer for him or Bas Ward. Or Barker. Or Aubrey.
Having Christian Krause back will help contain Moller in the midfield a bit but where it does get a bit tricky for Wests is that the midfield defense for Jeeps this season has been very very good ...which is why I am baffled that they have moved Gus Rozanowski to the wing when the guy they are replacing him with was part of Jeeps 2's midfield -back line last week that had 5 tries scored on them - noting that the UQ2's had no front foot ball off set piece given their scrum had no answer for the awkward length of Jeeps Darcy Hammonds at 1
Anyway ..it will be interesting to see if Mason and Vahiu Jr can exploit a potential defensive chink in Jeeps midfield
JEEPS won on raw talent,talent which wasn’t there last year,the coach seems to be getting them firing with little support,he needs to get some technical support with the scrums and lineout though.Well they did ..without Moller , that 15m channel was a problem for them the majority of the game .But ..without the size , Jeeps were just a much more conditioned, disciplined and composed team as they clawed their way back under the game management of Bas Ward at 10 , and for mine , a best on ground performance from Jeeps 7 , Lachie Howse. Consistency of defensive effort and ball pressure was pretty good - but very few young backrowers actually play productive link roles in attack. This aspect of Howse's game on Saturday was a difference making impact. He carried into impact with intent , took contact / committed defenders and made smart off loads that led to big territory gains against some of Wests big boys that were just too gassed.
Impressive win for Jeeps against a very competitive Wests team.
Yet to watch the game but heard there were some solid performances.
Team of the Week (obviously missing Brothers and Bond players)
15. Jake Sargood (Wests)
14. Harry Baker (GPS)
13. Lui Malaitai (Easts)
12. Bas Ward (GPS)
11. Darcy Reed (Wests)
10. Mason Gordon (Wests)
9. Cullin Cooper-Jones (GPS)
8. Ben Geraghty (GPS)
7. Max Hurwood (Wests)
6. Hamish McKee (Souths)
5. Alec Robinson (Wests)
4. Nick Baker (GPS)
3. Tom Fowler (Easts)
2. Baguio Johnson-Tiumalu (Wests)
1. Josh Mongard (Norths)
JEEPS won on raw talent,talent which wasn’t there last year,the coach seems to be getting them firing with little support,he needs to get some technical support with the scrums and lineout though.
Don't want to criticise the Courier-Mail because any coverage is good coverage and the Team of the Week I am sure is just a bit of fun for the click baited. Will be interesting to see their team of the season and if players get picked in the actual position they play in? Pretty sure Bas Ward is a 10 and Nick Baker a 6 or 8? Also Max Hurwood was listed at 6 but may play 7 too?
Respectfully (and very biased) Make no mistake Wests have some really good players, which like UQ, begs the question how are they not in the top 4 given the cattle? I think there would be some serious questions asked at Wests and UQ next season in the coaching ranks.
I’m not so sure about the Wests situation as to why, but at a surface look, it looks like an over reliance of size that has led to poor conditioning in finishing off games and an over estimation of quality / impact of a few of their key pieces - probably their most coveted forward and a couple of their most coveted backs.
Doesn’t seem to have much volume of depth quality either.
In UQ’s case it is just a good old combo of nepotism and incompetence with a stubborn resistance to make changes that were crying out to be made and that ultimately cost game wins. Said Nepotors and Nepotees have either already bailed or affirmed they won’t be back. Let’s have 3 cheers for culture …..hip hip …(crickets)
Other teams have been happy with your set piece also,6 or 7 top players who were not there last year and throwing a few thousand bucks at them make the coaches job much easier also.Not sure what you have been watching all year Gidgee but the set piece has been fantastic. The best thing about the GPS colts this year is the lack of "big names" to rely on, yes there is plenty of talent but there is most certainly more to it than that in this big turnaround. The new coaches that have come in seem to have done a great job with this group and turning around the disappointments of the past few seasons! I think the top 4 is very close and they are all in with a shot but giving the young gallopers a big chance of going all the way! Hopefully we can get back underway ASAP as think it will be a cracking finals series whoever takes it out!