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Re: Damien Mackenzie to Tigers
Posted by: Huxley (IP Logged)
Date: 04 August, 2017 11:51

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currently the squad looks very good - we do need perhaps only a Tight head
however the two players we have available are not going to have representative call-ups so only need injury cover. I suspect the club have a couple of injury covers in mind but won't pull them in unless needed

I make that we have 3 quality tightheads in Chippi, Koch, and Longbottom, is one of them injured? For me, loosehead feels a little light in quality, while I love Baz, I don't think he offers enough around the park to dampen the loss of Mako. I'm told the coaches are really pushing him to carry the ball more though.

Re: Damien Mackenzie to Tigers
Posted by: JO'G (IP Logged)
Date: 04 August, 2017 12:25

I'd forgotten about Longbottom - but Mako is so good anyone else is always going to appear lightweight by comparison



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Re: Damien Mackenzie to Tigers
Posted by: Dolph42 (IP Logged)
Date: 04 August, 2017 12:33

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Huxley
I make that we have 3 quality tightheads in Chippi, Koch, and Longbottom, is one of them injured? For me, loosehead feels a little light in quality, while I love Baz, I don't think he offers enough around the park to dampen the loss of Mako. I'm told the coaches are really pushing him to carry the ball more though.

To be fair it's tough to compete with Mako who is the best LH in the NH. I think Thompson-Stringer will get a reasonable amount of game time this season (e.g. the periods when Mako is away) and on the TH side wouldn't be surprised to see Walker bench a few times. I'd still prefer another proper or two, especially as Baz, Chipi and Longbottom are returning from injuries (though all look fit now).

Re: Damien Mackenzie to Tigers
Posted by: Huxley (IP Logged)
Date: 04 August, 2017 13:17

Agreed, that's why I said dampen, as we know how good Mako is. I'd like to see more of Hayden, I've been impressed with his destructive nature, especially against saints last season.

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