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PostSubject: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 9:47 am

Who have been the big improvers this season for yours?

I wouldn't name guys like Thaiday, Heighington and Paterson as improved players as they have all had pretty solid seasons before hand just they did have a bit of a slump last season.

A few off the top of my head;

Akuila Uate - still has a bit of problems with handling errors but he has looked far more dangerous with the ball in his hand and almost looks unstoppable once given some space out on the flanks.

Scott Bolton - had a good year in his first full season of first grade last season and has really stepped up a notch this season and his work rate has been unbelievable.

Ben Te'o - had a pretty quiet season last year at the broncos but has pulled off some great performances this season.

Mitchell Aubusson - has looked far better in the backrow

Bryce Gibbs - has been immense for the tigers and seems to have gotten the bs out of his game.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 10:11 am

Beau Champion - Souths fans loved to bag him earlier in his career and every time he did something good, they would say he'd be at the 'right place at the right time'. His defensive reads have also been poor at times in the last few seasons. This year he has established himself as a great defensive centre, shutting down an in-form Josh Morris and letting a lot less tries. He is one of the leading tryscorers and has been able to create tries off his own ability instead of passes from his inside men.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 10:31 am

Adding to your list: Nate Myles, Lachlan Coote, Tim Grant, Ben Farrar and Tim Mannah
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 10:42 am

For the Warriors it would have to be Sam Rapira, after a pretty ordinary '09 season he's been one of our best this year.

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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 11:07 am

Although I have rated him highly since he came to the Broncos I have to agree that Ben Te'o has taken his game to a whole new level and doing it in a poorly performing team is just a great effort.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 11:10 am

Brenton wrote:
Adding to your list: Nate Myles, Lachlan Coote, Tim Grant, Ben Farrar and Tim Mannah

Agree with all mentioned.

But Nate Myles is a big improver. While he has been very solid in origin in the last few seasons he could only fork out a decent club performance one in every while and at times he looked as though he just didn't have any motivation. But he really has turned that around and has just gotten much better in every aspect in his game.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeThu May 13, 2010 11:42 pm

Shannon McPherson and Ben Lowe.. With Mcpherson, I couldn't wait to see the back of him but now I'm glad he has re-signed for the next 2 years.. Hopefully he'll continue to improve. Ben Lowe is just playing like a man possessed this year, and has also re-signed for another couple years.

Adding in Asotasi, Geddes (Also an improved player this year), Burgess, Taylor, Crocker (If he ever gets on the field), Pettybourne, Luke, Tyrell signed for the next couple/few years, and Stuart off contract at the end of next year, as well as Ross if he gets the chance to play again, we just need kick Sutton and Sandow up the ass, and providing we don't have an off season again where our chief playmaker (Sutton), captain (Asotasi), and most experienced forward (Crocker) Major Signing (Taylor) aren't layed up with off season operations/injuries and unable to train for a large chunk of the off season, and with Burgess only going to get better as he learns to play in the NRL, we have a team that could well compete for the top four in the coming seasons..

On a side note, would melbourne like to take back Garret Crossman, and we'll take Tolman or Blair of your hands..
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeFri May 14, 2010 4:29 am

aiden tolman
corey parker
luke priddis
darius boyd
issac luke
matt ballin
brett morris
scott bolton
kevin kingston
mitchell aubusson
ben smith
sam thaiday
beau scott
josh dugan
nate myles
jamie lyon
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeFri May 14, 2010 2:49 pm

Darius Boyd, Lachlan Coote, Beau Scott, Jamal Idris, Josh Dugan
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeFri May 14, 2010 5:03 pm

After tonight once again I say The Terminator Ben Te'o
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun May 16, 2010 3:43 am

Te'o is playing some sweeeeeeet footy.

Also Thaiday has become an amazing player after an up and down start to the year. (2 average games?) He's always been a good player but he has improved to become one of the form players in the comp at the moment, IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun May 16, 2010 7:23 am

Yeah Thaiday's form has been 1000% better then what it was for the first few sloppy games for the year and he is easily the form foward of the comp atm and now with Te'o really stepping up and Kenny about to come back looks like we have a pretty handy foward pack.

Hope Thaiday can take his form to Sydney next week and help QLD demolish NSW.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun May 16, 2010 7:36 am

The biggest improvement standout player for me would probaly have to be Ben Te'o. He pulls off soooo many big hits per game and is such a strong runner with the ball, and he's pretty versatile. Has a pretty good step for a player with a size like him and is pretty much unstoppable when you're defending Te'o from your line. Another former Tiger backrow that has hit great form.. Laffranchi (2008), then Harrison (2009), now Te'o.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun May 16, 2010 11:00 am

corey parker for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun May 16, 2010 3:25 pm

Elford was good today, I dont see many panthers games but he was a lot better than I remember (not sure how consistent he has been though)
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun May 16, 2010 3:27 pm

Based on today's game, Ben Lowe has emerged from practically nowhere.

34 tackles, 8 tackle breaks, 15 hitups for 172 metres.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSat Jun 05, 2010 11:28 am

Luke Walsh has improved everything about his game. Running, Passing, Kicking and Tackling. He has done 23 try assists this year double the amount of the second person Benji Marshall.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSat Jun 05, 2010 11:41 am

There's no secret that Penrith have scored a third of their tries from Kicks. So alot of those try assists were from Kicks.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSat Jun 05, 2010 3:22 pm

Tim Mannah. He's been fantastic this season, almost NSW eligible this year, if not this year definitely next.
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PostSubject: Re: Most improved player/s   Most improved player/s Icon_minitimeSun Jun 06, 2010 6:54 am

Although I agree that Mannah has been great this year, they have noted a few times in the Roast how he never plays the ball with his foot. They're right in saying that since he gets a fair adavantage over defenders as he doesn't need to completely get his back straight when touching the ball with his foot. This causes a pretty quick play the ball. I could be wrong though, the foot touching the ball could make zero difference to the speed of the play the ball.
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