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David Astbury

thegdog

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Nank rightly getting kudos for a huge last quarter, but Dave shouldering much of the load in the first half kept Toby fresh. Held his own, which is all we needed from him. A credit to Down To Love to take on the new role. He's a smart team leader.
Competed really well in the ruck. Didn’t give any free kicks away and played good game
 
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Dyer'ere

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Dave was better than Nank in the ruck at times tonight. His kicking was ok. (Couple of errors.) He was, as usual, really hard running onto loose. Knocked plenty over.

He's underdone. He will improve.

Dave is brutal on the loose ball and can use by hand. It's him or Caddy for the change ruck slot. DTL better behind the ball, Josh better in front of it.

Dave can't kick but can use by hand and quickly. And he is much harder. (Neither can jump.)

Caddy is more talented. Dave is more professional. Size wise? Nothing in it. 188/88 v 195/98 (IIRC) Same size. Oh, Dave is quicker.

FWIW had we played Josh tonight in lieu of Dave we win be 20pts+.

Ah but these coaches are playing this week to win next.
 
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Harry

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DLTD was great in the ruck. Played it really smart and didn't try to over do it. Just held his ground and made sure his opponent didn't get a clear tap. Won some good taps himself also.
 
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Rancey18

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I have really liked him in the ruck. Competes hard. Ultimate team man.
 
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eZyT

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Dave was better than Nank in the ruck at times tonight. His kicking was ok. (Couple of errors.) He was, as usual, really hard running onto loose. Knocked plenty over.

He's underdone. He will improve.

Dave is brutal on the loose ball and can use by hand. It's him or Caddy for the change ruck slot. DTL better behind the ball, Josh better in front of it.

Dave can't kick but can use by hand and quickly. And he is much harder. (Neither can jump.)

Caddy is more talented. Dave is more professional. Size wise? Nothing in it. 188/88 v 195/98 (IIRC) Same size. Oh, Dave is quicker.

FWIW had we played Josh tonight in lieu of Dave we win be 20pts+.

Ah but these coaches are playing this week to win next.

at Half time, DTLD was the leading clearance player on AO.

unprecedented has had a fair work out this year, so ill try find another
 
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Dont Argue

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I remember another KPP who became a handy ruckman towards the end of his career.
Went on to become a reasonable CEO and part time Demi God in his later years.
 
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Brettstigers

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One consistent thing for "part-time" rucks - they give away frees in the ruck contest trying to equalize the size difference and make a contest. Dave hasn't done that - he's strong enough to hold the big boys up. Its a big plus.
 
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Dyer'ere

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at Half time, DTLD was the leading clearance player on AO.

unprecedented has had a fair work out this year, so ill try find another
Ladhams lifted but he was vulnerable on the night, eZ.

Somebody could get Ladhams by the hair. Somebody did. And, to be fair to Ladhams, he fought back.

But for a long time Ladhams was uncompetitive. (Chol would've won mostly against him the past month.)

DTL is underdone. And as a ruck he was an ambush. (Coaches learn quickly from ambushes.) But he is disciplined. Coachable. And even at 30, progressive.

Dave or Caddy? Let's see.
 
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toothless

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Is essentially putting his career on the line each time he goes to a centre bounce. Competes hard and does what is required. The consummate team player
 
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Tenacious Tiges

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So many role players in this team. That’s the key as Dimma said in the presser tonight. We can adulate them all because they all do their bit. Sometimes they have to dull their games to shine like the Cotch.
 
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UKTiger

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Shaun Astbury / Dave Grigg has shown that we are more than OK with one genuine ruck and a 'small' second ruck. Dave showed us all his talents to adapt, be effective and play the percentages so he did more than good tonight. Chols dream of a GF is now on a back burner
 

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Very competitive in those conditions in the ruck.
Bit of a masterstroke by the footy dept tonight how we used Nank, Dave & Balta as opposed to the failed Chol option.
Kudos DLTD.
 
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