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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Peters View Post
    I know this is not necessarily the thread to make the following comment in but given the dominance of Saints over several seasons now and the talent and potential of the players available to Woolf does the following statement by Leeds new NZ signing Fusitu'a hold water? "Leeds play an exciting brand of rugby league and I am excited to come over and be a part of that."
    Yeah, I think it does. It's the sort of cliched statement players always tend to make when joining a new club (regardless of sport).

    If he'd have said that he was joining the best side in SL, then he would, of course, be talking out of his hoop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbo Again View Post
    Makinson's being (IMO) unfairly maligned a bit. There's been perhaps a couple of naughty shots this season, but the GF hit on Yaha is what is sticking in people's minds. Yet there wasn't any malice in that. He was sprinting across to tackle him as Yaha gathers the chip. Makinson starts to shape into the hit just as Yaha begins to stoop low. If Yaha doesn't do that, Makinson hits him about mid-level of his torso. Even with Yaha stooping, Makinson's first contact is on the shoulder; the speed he's running and force of the hit, coupled with Yaha's continuing to stoop further, bouncing the arm into Yaha's head.

    Penalty, yes, but nothing in it.
    It was the actions of a player ruthlessly committed to the cause.

    He wanted to stop Yaha scoring more than Yaha wanted to score.

    Which is why the SL trophy has extended it's tenancy in our trophy room for another year.

    The players run hard, tackle hard & do what it takes to win. We've moaned for years that we are soft. Not any more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Fridge View Post
    We've moaned for years that we are soft. Not any more

    Yeah, that kinda crept up on us!

    Watched that clip of the Hohaia/Floower assault and Wello loses his sh*t at Floower, but then half the scum run in wanting to fight. A few more brawls over the preceding few years where they were ultra-aggressive in these handbags flashpoints and we were too passive. Similarly, the point's bee made lots that when one of their players takes a chin-tickler, they all pile in; when it's one of ours getting the same, his teammates stand there waiting for the penalty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel Cleal View Post
    I think that is fair enough. Some players do know how to stay the correct side of the line. I am not sure if Tommy is one of them.
    I like to think that TM is professional enough to realise if he's treading on thin ice and do something about it. The problem is that in his position he often has to fly in to cut the move off or fly out to make the corner flag try saver. Both are spectacular when they come off but don't leave much room for error, and if you get pinged for a couple of incidents like that in quick succession you sometimes find your card is marked. That may be where TM is at the moment (especially after his earlier indiscretion) so maybe time to keep his head down for a bit. (Though easier said than done with such a whole-hearted player)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbo Again View Post
    Thought it's be interesting to see how others scored each of the players out of ten for the season. Only criteria is that they must have played at least 3 games. My own thoughts would be:

    Lachlan Coote – 8
    Slow start to the season but rediscovered his form as the season progressed. Not quite as pivotal in attack as in the previous couple of years but so solid at the back and his organising of the defence remains brilliant.

    Tommy Makinson – 7
    Tenacious as ever as the consummate all-round winger. Fewer opportunities to show his attacking/running skills.

    Kevin Naiqama – 7½
    Brilliant MoM performance in the Grand Final capped off a typically solid season for a player who always pulls it out more for the big games.

    Mark Percival – 7
    Season a little disjointed by injuries, but overall a strong return after almost a season out last year. Not as many breaks as pre-injury but that try against Wire…

    Regan Grace – 7½
    Electric when has a bit of space (which is still sadly not often enough) and the best broken-field player in SL, but has also come on leaps and bounds in defence and positioning.

    Jonny Lomax – 6½
    Less effective individually in attack, but defence still superb. A totally professional display in the Grand Final, and has helped Dodd settle in seemlessly.

    Theo Fages – 6
    A true warrior with a defence that’s peerless for a halfback. The CCF performance was both great and gritty, but missed the run-in through injury.

    Alex Walmsley – 9
    Another with a slow start to the season, but went on to show he’s clearly the best prop in SL by a mile. Some unbelievable displays of power running.

    James Roby – 7½
    Just keeps going. At times looked a little struggling, but in some games – including big ones - rolled back the years with masterclass performances.

    Matty Lees – 6½
    A solid season, interrupted by an ankle injury for a player unluckier than most. Defensively superb, but still a little limited in impact with ball in hand.

    Joel Thompson – 5
    A disappointment overall, after his body let him down; one season too far. Gracious enough to recognise this and not string the club along, and improved in the 2nd half of the season, putting in a strong performance in the CCF.

    James Bentley – 6
    Looking good before the bad injury, then went ‘nutcase’ after returning, niggling and slamming opposition players in equal measure, but falling foul of refs.

    Morgan Knowles – 8½
    Quietly went about his business of absolutely smashing opposition ball carriers in the middle. But also handy with the ball in hand when required. A brilliant player.

    Sione Mata’utia – 6½
    Patchy start to his Saints career with some fans beginning to grumble, but came on strong as the season wore on with great defence and strong running in the channels, plus some ball-playing ability. I’m expecting big things next year.

    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – 6½
    The Joker is showing his age a little, but still delivers punch and still gets under the skin of opposition players and fans alike.

    Kyle Amor – 6
    A reliable back-up that trundles the ball in and makes yards after collision.

    Agnatius Paasi – 6½
    Mixed bag of performances, sometimes looking brilliant/sometimes passive, but improved consistency toward the latter end of the season to help prevent too much of a drop-off in intensity when Walmsley goes off.

    Jack Welsby – 9
    Late last season showed what he’s capable of, and he not only carried that on this season, but elevated it further. His progression has been amazing. Puts doubt in the minds of defenders and has both a great rugby brain and ability to time a pass. Superb talent.

    Aaron Smith – 5
    Not too many chances, and when his did get on the field did a solid job but nothing more, lacking zip from DH (but maybe just following instructions)

    Joe Batchelor – 7
    Such a brilliant progression from a player who looked a little more than squad-filler, to nailing down the right-SR spot with a series of strong performances that defied many expectations, capped by a great GF.

    Lewis Dodd – 7
    A lot of hype around the lad from an early age, and introduced slowly. But looks to have both the skill and the confidence to make the 7 shirt his own.

    Josh Simm – 5
    Like Smith, very limited chances. Despite there definitely being *something* there in terms of talent, needs to step up if he’s to make it.
    I would agree with all of this bar LMS. I think he deserves at least a 7 and a half

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