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Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 10:07 am  
RockNRolla wrote:
You only have to read the Leeds forum and see what they are saying after the Rovers game, how having a quality 6,7 and 9 has made a massive difference.

We have a full back at 6, hooker at 7, an ageing 9 and a loose forward as our interchage 9.


Think of it as a 2 stage process. This year we have refreshed the forwards and next year we will refresh the backs and hooker.
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 10:49 am  
RockNRolla wrote:
You only have to read the Leeds forum and see what they are saying after the Rovers game, how having a quality 6,7 and 9 has made a massive difference.

We have a full back at 6, hooker at 7, an ageing 9 and a loose forward as our interchage 9.


One trial game?

Let’s see what they are saying mid season.

Bear in mind we were without two half backs that if selected would change our spine.

Plus we were playing Wigan whose defence was superb. I doubt Rovers defence was as good?
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 11:05 am  
Unfortunately there is no quick fix with FC. Smith has started to rebuild Hull but do people honestly believe he can change all our problems overnight. It's not a game of football manager . I bet he wishes he could get rid of a few and go out and buy a few.
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 12:45 pm  
RockNRolla wrote:
You only have to read the Leeds forum and see what they are saying after the Rovers game, how having a quality 6,7 and 9 has made a massive difference.

We have a full back at 6, hooker at 7, an ageing 9 and a loose forward as our interchage 9.



They have only played one friendly game together (maybe two) they can't get carried away, just like we can't overreact after the Wigan game (I maybe did to be fair)
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 1:20 pm  
davey41 wrote:
One trial game?

Let’s see what they are saying mid season.

Bear in mind we were without two half backs that if selected would change our spine.

Plus we were playing Wigan whose defence was superb. I doubt Rovers defence was as good?


Apologies if it's come across as a criticism. It wasn't. I was just trying to point out with what we are having to work with this season.

I'm still quietly optimistic that if we can keep Trueman fit and he can build up a partnership with Morgan Smith and Brown moves to 9 that we can have an improved season.

For what it's worth, if we can get everyone fit then my 17 would be

Walker
Mitch
Carlos
Sutcliffe
Tindall
Trueman
Smith
Ese Ese
Houghton
Gardiner
Sao
Okunbor
Fash

Pele
J.Brown
Asworth (2nd row)
N.Brown
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 1:27 pm  
RockNRolla wrote:
Apologies if it's come across as a criticism. It wasn't. I was just trying to point out with what we are having to work with this season.

I'm still quietly optimistic that if we can keep Trueman fit and he can build up a partnership with Morgan Smith and Brown moves to 9 that we can have an improved season.

For what it's worth, if we can get everyone fit then my 17 would be

Walker
Mitch
Carlos
Sutcliffe
Tindall
Trueman
Smith
Ese Ese
Houghton
Gardiner
Sao
Okunbor
Fash

Pele
J.Brown
Asworth (2nd row)
N.Brown


I didn't think it like that.

I quite like your team, although think Brown is too good for the bench, needs to play 80, I'd start him 13 and move to 9 in the game.

Hoy is the intresting one, think I'd have him and Trueman at halfback.
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 2:00 pm  
RockNRolla wrote:
Apologies if it's come across as a criticism. It wasn't. I was just trying to point out with what we are having to work with this season.

I'm still quietly optimistic that if we can keep Trueman fit and he can build up a partnership with Morgan Smith and Brown moves to 9 that we can have an improved season.

For what it's worth, if we can get everyone fit then my 17 would be

Walker
Mitch
Carlos
Sutcliffe
Tindall
Trueman
Smith
Ese Ese
Houghton
Gardiner
Sao
Okunbor
Fash

Pele
J.Brown
Asworth (2nd row)
N.Brown


Fair enough!

Interpreted your original post wrong.

Agree with most of your selections and especially the spine.

When everyone is fit then Nu Brown should mostly be used at hooker.
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:09 pm  
Anyone see the tries from Sundays game anywhere, appreciate it isn't great watching for Hull fans, but still like to watch them back. Can only see them on Wigan TV, which you need for and ones from behind the post which are awful.
Re: Pre-season. : Tue Feb 06, 2024 3:54 pm  
Armavinit wrote:
Martin’s going to be busy playing both wings?


must have extraordinary long legs
Re: Pre-season. : Wed Feb 07, 2024 1:32 am  
My hopes ain't high for this season, but I'm gonna wait for a few games in before I make a final judgment on where we are.

It's a lot of new faces and I'm willing to give them a chance to see what they can produce.

I fear we're not gonna challenge for anything, but pray that I'm proven wrong.

My biggest concern has always been the back row. I've always been a believer in the back row being the engine room and the most important cog of a rugby league team. They're the ones that do the tough work on the exposed and open edges. They've also got to have a bit of footballing quality about them.
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