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You’re thinking of another era, players give lip over long periods and it’s only one player who goes to town. He became a legend in his own lunch time and Bellamy was smart enough to get rid of him.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

I’m a bit perplexed why a player like Dufty hasn’t improved these weak points. Tedesco was very poor at passing to supports until he came to Chook world and now he’s very good at it.

Some players go their whole career without any idea of what to do with the ball when they get in the clear and I don’t know why coaches aren’t teaching it to them.

Why your team will do better in 2020: St George Illawarra Dragons

The reason Scott snotted Walker is because Scott is a barbarian. Plenty of players get a bit of lip but it’s only Scott in recent memory who has lashed out to that extent. Walker is perfectly entitled to give a bit of lip, which is the point that is being missed here. If they make it an offence then Walker would be silly to continue.

The thing you can’t do is punch someone and not only that, it’s a criminal offence which can be prosecuted.

Do you not think the ”Wild Thing” aka Mathew Lodge doesn’t cop heaps of lip?

I was referring to Tim Gores endorsement of Scotts assault.

Picking and choosing when you think it’s ok for someone to punch someone else in the head is fraught with peril Geoff.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

I remember one well known Raiders fan being right behind Scott when he assaulted Dylan Walker. There will be some in society who read of Scotts assault on cops and be equally delighted.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

It’s a pretty handy looking outfit on paper but it’s hard to say how they will go. Morgan is a key of course and has appeared to be hampered by injuries for a while but I’m not sure what is wrong with Hess, he was very destructive early in his career but has become pedestrian.

Marsters was very effective also in his first year or so but looks like he needs to get super fit and quicker to be a long term danger with the Cows.

Why your team will do better in 2020: North Queensland Cowboys

He got plenty of support when he broke a piece of Dylan Walkers head but it was misguided support. It was a fair clue as to his persona. Bellamy wasn’t as impressed as the punters I can guess.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

I had a decent look at Kurt Mann when he was at the Saints and I couldn’t see much to get fired up about. A bit like Gutherson but not as good. Same as Watson, a bit on the average side.

I was surprised at the size of Bradman Beast and I doubt he’s stopped filling out, looks like a talent but might be getting too big for the centres soon.

Ponga is the top gun by a mile at the club and hopefully will have a big year.

The Knights who will rise in 2020

The Storm couldn’t wait to offload ”Punchy” Scott and there were good reasons for it. Haven’t heard much from Todd lately, this case might drag him out of his bunker.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

It’s a big call to label him one of the most dangerous attacking players in the NRL. At his best he was hard to handle but I can’t see him turning the Tigers attack around.

Tigers sign Joey Leilua to three-year deal

Manly’s secret weapon is the team spirit they have developed. They look like a happy bunch and nobody wanted to leave the club at the seasons end. I believe the players can see some good times ahead.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

Mitchell was a huge factor in the last year and more so the season before in who won the big games. If Chamberlain was playing for NSW and the Chooks instead of Mitchell , I think the end results are a lot different.

The Tigers are a perfect example of how teams go with 13 reliable players.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

I’ve been more optimistic about Manly for a couple of years now than most fans of the game and even made the bold statement a couple of years back when we were close to our first spoon that I’d rather be in Manly’s position than Saints.

Although it was considered nonsense at the time, I think I had a fair point.

It was a bit soul destroying, as a fan, watching centres who were better off in the second row dominating the rep teams.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

I skimmed over Carneys comments from the Raiders old boys day and initially thought it was from years ago when he was sacked from the club. When I read it properly and saw that it was from a year or so back it just shows why he kept on stuffing up.

His actions and consequences never seem to enter a section of the brain which can fully understand what it all means and he just shrugs things off with a smile a heads off down to the cartoon parlor to get another silly engraving on his person.

Who sank Todd Carney’s career?

They did cross my mind. Crusher was a hell of a player and Close was pretty handy too. My old man sold Close his house near the beach and I heard they wanted him out on a surf ski to keep the weight down a bit.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

Morris is a decent centre but his attacking prowess is now the complete opposite of Mitchells. Mitchell at his best was a massive threat and Morris is a minor threat. It’s the same sort of thing when fan favorite Flash Gordon was at the club. Decent player but they wouldn’t have won anything without Tedesco.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

It is true Joe that centres haven’t been the star players for many years in title wins but I can’t recall it ever happening at Manly and I’m hoping that trend continues. Fulton, Gartner, O’Conner , Hill, Lyon and Matai among others were major players in title wins.

Maybe the era of average centres has come and gone?

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

Surely the same centres don’t get a crack in 2020? It’s looking a bit like Hasler’s spell at the Dogs whereby the players performance and game plans seemed to be deteriorating each week.

Why your team will do better in 2020: St George Illawarra Dragons

Thanks Greg, some great clashes coming up with the Sharks centres and I’m hoping the Sharks turn to jelly once again when we play them. Ironically the Sharks seem to do well against us when we are challenging for the crown, historically anyway.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

Thanks Bezza. Chambers was rated as the best centre in the game for a while and for me that indicated the lack of quality in the position. Mann and Linnet high on the list just further highlights the issue.

Manu and Mitchell were a different story altogether and real match winners with an ability to create tries with power, skill, speed and imagination.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

I’m hoping Wayne will stick with Gagai for another couple of years. We had a conversation about him prior to last season and we were both correct in our assessment. He is very ordinary in that role. Hard to understand why the coach couldn’t see it.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

Ramien/Xerri is potentially a real threat but they’ve both got a bit to prove. Morris is just solid now and centre is the worst position on the paddock to play in, by a long way, if you aren’t a threat one on one.

Manly's much maligned centres could play a major role in a title win in 2020

If a few of the backs lived up to the hype the Saints could have be contenders. If the centres and fullback were making the state team or even going close then it would be happy days but they’re closer to playing park football based on their recent form.

Dufty was the closest thing to Brett Stewart I’ve seen for a while but he’s gone off the boil and I can’t see him ever making the rep teams which is a pity.

Why your team will do better in 2020: St George Illawarra Dragons

It could be lacking a couple of work horses , plenty of strike power but maybe they’ll need to let one or two go over the next couple of years?

What to do with Darius Boyd?

Daley was always selected in rep teams before legends like Terry Lamb and Cliff Lyons. He wasn’t over rated at all , it’s an over rated term anyway. The QLD forwards who got smashed trying to run at him learnt pretty quickly that his defence was pretty handy as well.

Like Laurie Daley before him, will Jack Wighton now become a star?

Such a contrast between the Storm and Broncos in the way they put a team together. The Storm appear to tap Will Chambers on the shoulder and get him out of the joint in a seamless manner before the obvious decline became worse.

I wouldn’t be too impressed if I was a player at the Broncos putting in the big ones every game to see a team mate waiting until he’s criticised heavily before having a real crack.

What to do with Darius Boyd?