Eels Trial Game thoughts?

It was pretty obvious which players had played in the NRL or not. Will Smith, Papali'i and Lussick were the best players in the first half. Arthur looked very good in all aspects of the game for such a young half. He goes so deep in the line which is something Moses stopped doing last year. His kicking game was good and he was defensively strong as well. Oldfield got injured early with a suspected MCL injury. Opacic has played better than Penisini. While Penisini is built very good and has loads of potential, I believe he is not ready for the NRL yet. Plus I think from last year our priority should be to strengthen our edge defence (especially losing Jennings who is one of the best defensive centres) so Opacic should be the right choice. Sean Russel didnt play much with Rankin filling in. Rankin played alright but I think he is only depth for eels. Russel didn't play enough to judge his performance in the first half. David Hollis got better as the game went on, however, like Penisini, they are not ready for NRL just yet. Having no junior and reserve grade competition last year would off effected their readiness for NRL. Dunster played solid without being spectacular. Kafusi was solid while Hipgrave was ill-displcine in his short spell in the first half. Players for RD1 Team:Smith and Lussick will be fighting very hard for a utility spot on the bench given the injury to Cartwright. Opacic will most likely take Jennings spot unless Sivo is moved to the centre with Dunster on the wing. Smith or Arthur will be first choice back up in the halves. Papali'i will get a bench spot for sure and Kafusi will push his name to be on the bench as well.

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  • Isiah Papalii was the best player on the paddock and could easily get a start in the 17. Joey Lussick has a much better running game than Reed Mahoney. Mahoneys defence willprobably keep him in. 

    Jordan Rankin should be in Jennings spot as he is also a goalkicker. 

    Honorable mention to both wingers Matt Komolafe and Solomone Naiduki who had great games.

    Still a long way to go but very encouraging and see how the boys go against Penrith next week

    • Rankin is not a centre and has never played the postion so why would that be an option?

      Papali is a lock for a top 17 spot

      Lussick will challenge for the bench and may even challenge Reed for his jersey as the year goes on.

      One thing that's come out of this game is we will have a good reserve grade team

    • Lussick was incisive, but I don't think he gave our team enough width at times, something Mahoney does so well. 

    • We already have an elite goal kicker 

      • Thought the same thing.  Rankin over Moses?  Seriously?

  • I thought the best were definitely Rankin who I reckon deserves a bench spot. He's a thinker and can read the game well. He's a very good goal kicker and defensively sound. Lussick was also very good and Arthur was also good. Opacic was good and will probably fill in at centre but would rather have Jenkins. Penisini wasn't that great. I thought Kafusi and Papali'i were both good and Makatoa ( not sure of spelling) was very good. Overall some really good prospects.

    • 100% rankin looked good as.and got a good boot on him.

  • Jordan Rankin from fullback was easily best player on the field in second half . Dominant running the ball before  drawing in opposition players to weaken the defence against the eventual ball runner . And kicked at least  2 goals from the sideline . He has to be in the 17. Great options this year !!! Go Parra 2021 !!! 

    • 100%

    • Rankin played in the halves in the 2nd half, that is where he looked good.

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