- Jul 30, 2017
Good to see the Bears still going. Use to love the old ground.
I agree about keeping Talakai away from the centres but he isn't (and will never be) big enough to make it in the forwards either IMO. I don't really rate Siosifa Talakai. He is too small for the forwards and lacking in speed and mobility as an outside back and his defence is also suspect.Talakai would be in our top 25 pushing top 21....
Needs to improve his defence and keep him away from centre at all costs..
No, I was only referring to the above post, I've never been to those sites you mentioned."generally agree with what you say"
As I have only posted two or three times here I am assuming that you are referring to Zero Tackle or the ROAR? Is that you 3hats? Or what other profile are you known by on either of these sites? I have reserved my profile name SSTID_1970 (used on both these sites) to avoid trolls acquiring my identity.
I think Talakai has potential there to come off the bench if we need him too! He's a motor on him that's for sure. He's a back up option at this point if injuries hit...I agree about keeping Talakai away from the centres but he isn't (and will never be) big enough to make it in the forwards either IMO. I don't really rate Siosifa Talakai. He is too small for the forwards and lacking in speed and mobility as an outside back and his defence is also suspect.
Jesse Arthars and Mawene Hiroti look like exciting prospects to take over in the role of custodian given the chance and AJ (who is improving at FB) is better suited to the wing IMO. Souths need finishers with speed to burn out wide. Although Gagai and Inglis in the centres would be a great pairing I can't help but think that Gagai outside GI and with Sam Burgess as edge as back rower would be an unstoppable combination. I am aware that Gagai plays on the right but he could easily slot in on the left wing and would make the most of the many opportunities provided by Inglis out wide. This would allow Campbell Graham an opportunity to play right centre (but he needs to put a few more kilos first). With his suspect knee, Inglis has the best chance of playing a full season if he shifts to the centres and leaves FB for younger legs like AJ, Arthars or Hiroti.
Connor Tracey shows promise but I am worried that after 3 successive knee operations in as many years young Tracey may be on shaky legs. Fingers crossed though as by all accounts he is meant to be a good young talent with great prospects for the future.
I'm very interested in seeing how Jesse Arthars, Mawene Hiroti, Connor Tracey, Tyrone Taukamo, Lucky Taavale, Sam Johnstone, Ky Rodwell and Jesse Martins progress throughout the season. There is considerable young talent at Souths that will put pressure on the first 17 in 2018 and seem to be outstanding prospects going forward. If Inglis, Reynolds and Sam can remain fit and on the field, Walker remains at 5/8 and "the Twins" can hold the ball Souths look set for more glory, glory in 2018!
Even Britt or Turner can play back row plus Leulaui...I don't understand the big push to have Sam Burgess play second row. He is one of the best middle third forwards in the world. Just get him to play a bit wider at times when we are attacking the try line. It's not like we don't have decent second row options: Crichton, Sutton, Fuimaono, Murray.
I see Sutto and Angus as both starting off the bench...Yeah but I see them as back up players.