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What a great read this was. It just goes to show much of an impression a player can leave on you if he’s just transparent and sincere with his replies. CNK is one of the best.

CNK's honesty makes all the cold pies totally worth it

The Panthers. Maloney’s experience and big game capabilities are vital to the young Panthers squad. He’s really steered the team around for the past 7 wins and his leadership is shining through. I think it’s more a case of the Panthers not wanting to lose Jarome Luai, who’s been excellent every time he’s played this year. It appears the Panthers are planning for the future, which is hard to argue against.

Who'll miss Maloney more; the Panthers or Blues?

The Titans are really missing Jai Arrow – He has both sides, the leg speed and engine, but also the power to really mix it with the big middles.

The transformation of the lock forward

That was more my understanding that he became a bit more of a battering ram. I didn’t watch a lot of 90’s so thanks for confirming that mate. Would have loved to watch more of him though.

The transformation of the lock forward

Very true. The leg speed, footwork and energy are the key factors why the players I’ve managed are so successful, but because they have smaller frames it allows them to possess those skills. It’s a good point with Taumololo, the only issue is if he started to think pass first before run, which would take away from his most damaging asset – his power running game.

The transformation of the lock forward

Hey mate, some great points there, which I completely agree with. It is to do with what suits the side, I just found it quite interesting that the 3 top sides all utilised smaller lock’s throughout games and it seems to cause team’s trouble. Your right with Finucane & Fisher-Harris, they’re both bigger units with massive engines. However, the Storm have Brandon Smith to come of the bench in that 13 role, and the Panthers have had Liam Martin playing in that position, who is also a smaller body. With the reduction in interchanges, the smaller plays are (usually) fitter as they don’t have to carry the big frames around and therefore it allows the coaches to stint their big men better.

The transformation of the lock forward

Daley did play a bit of lock, albeit not much. My point being was that you wouldn’t find Munster or Wighton starting lock for their side, although this was how sides sometimes lined up in the 80s/90s.

The transformation of the lock forward

Hi mate, yeah good point. I didn’t watch loads of 90’s footy but I always remember seeing how subtle Dymock’s ball playing was. I was probably more under the illusion that Clyde was a metre eater, but I’ll definitely try research more next time.

Yeah Cameron Murray is incredible, he’s only about 90kg but is so strong through his hips that sides can’t put him on his back. He’s also technically excellent and can spin in tackles to find his front.

There will always be the need for the big man who can dominate opposition packs, I just think the smaller more mobile locks complement it so well.

The transformation of the lock forward