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Your matchday 23?
Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
11 January, 2017 19:02
Like all other clubs we have been hit hard this season on the injury front, however the big difference for me this season is the quality in the depth of our squad in comparison to previous seasons.

The guys who have come in to cover what we would usually call " first teamers " have been immense and the competition for places is great to see.

Now just say that we were in a position where Dean had every player available for selection (it would never happen) what would his matchday 23 be?

I'm trying to put mine together....it's not easy!

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
falconsfan07 (IP Logged)
11 January, 2017 19:13
Such a hard selection, I'd have-

1. Sam Lockwood
2. Scott Lawson
3. Jon Welsh

4. Callum Green/Robinson
5. Evan Olmsted

6. Mark Wilson
7. Will Welch
8. Nili Latu/Ally Hogg

9. Sonatane Takalua (GK)
10. Joel Hodgson

12. Juan Pablo Socino
13. Chris Harris/ sinoti sinoti @13? He's played there for Aironi/Adam Powell

11. Marcus Watson
14. Verniki Goneva

15. Alex Tait

16. Ben Sowrey/Kyle Cooper
17. Scotty Wilson
18. Rob Vickers
19. Will Witty
20. Opeti Fonua/Chick
21. Micky Young
22. Brett Connon/Willis
23. Sinoti/Dom Waldouck/Fred Burdon/kibirige

Anyone think sinoti should or could be given a go at 13. He's played there in the pro 12 and has good handling skills, just a thought.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/01/2017 19:20 by falconsfan07.

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
11 January, 2017 19:24
1,Vickers
2,Lawson
3,Welsh
4,Green
5,Robinson
6,Wilson
7,Welsh
8,Latu
9,Takalua
10,Hodgeson
11,Watson
12,Socinio
13,Harris
14,Goneva
15,Tait

16,Sowrey
17,Wilson (Scott)
18,Lockwood
19,Witty
20,Fonoua
21,Egerton
22,Sinotti
23,Hammersley


Mine would be something like this....I think.

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Pool_falcon (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 05:43
Not often we have less than 5 or so major injuries but my stab would be:

1. Lockwood
2. Cooper
3. Welsh
4. Green
5. Olmstead(Witty pushing close)
6. Wilson
7. Latu
8. Fonua

9. Takalua
10. Hodgson
11. Sinoti
12. JPS
13. Gonova
14. Watson
15. Hammersley

16. Sowery 17. Wilson 18. Vickers 19. Witty 20. Hogg 21. Egerton 22. Willis 23. Tait

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
A tramp abroad (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 07:14
With everyone fit and thinking just this season not long term I would go with:

1. Vickers
2. Lawson
3. Welsh
4. Green
5. Olmstead
6. Wilson
7. Latu
8. Hogg
9. Takalua
10. Hodgson
11. Watson
12. Socino
13. Harris
14. Gonova
15. Tait

16. Sowery (haven't seen anything of Cooper to make a judgement)
17. Lockwood
18. Wilson D.
19. Witty
20. Fonua
21. Egerton
22. Willis
23. Hammersley

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
nursepete (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 08:18
My 23 would be something like this:

1 Vickers
2 Lawson
3 Welsh
4 Green
5 Olmstead

6 Hogg
7 Wilson
8 Latu

9 Takalua
10 Hodgson

11 Watson
12 JPS
13 Harris
14 Goneva
15 Tait

16 Sowrey
17 Lockwood
18 Scott Wilson
19 Olmstead
20 Welch
21 Young
22 Sinoti
23 Hammersley

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 11:37
Tait v Hammersley is an interesting one...everyone going for Tait..

Lock forward...wow what a fantastic set of locks. Green and Olmstead seemingly edging it. But Witty has been impressive and Robinson was stand out last season.

Hats off to Dean and his team...we suddenly seem to have strength in depth all over the park...

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Osric (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 17:25
Sinoti in the 15, surely?

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
falconsfan07 (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 17:42
Quote:
Osric
Sinoti in the 15, surely?

We may have seen the best of him osric! Knee injuries are becoming a re occurring injury for him and the way he steps so aggressively, I think he might not be able to play the way he once did. He hasn't looked the same as 2 seasons ago. Bar his performance against sale in round 1. Mind you crabby Delany at 10 meant he got no good ball.

At the minute our 2 best wingers are Watson and Goneva imo.

How about giving sinoti a go at 13. He loves big shots in defence and carries hard. Can pass a ball really well to!

I'm surprised by the omission of Will Welch in everyone's squad. be an interesting squad selection when nili and hoggy are fit!

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Wensleydale Falcon (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 18:49
Will Welch in my squad.

Sinotti as a last 20 minutes impact player for me on current form prior to been injured.

Or the option of sharing the workload with Goneva to manage their game time. Great options though.

As GF says the interesting selection is Alex Tait at 15....he's been outstanding this season...Mr reliable wherever he plays. Looked very very good at FB over the last few weeks.

Hammersley coming on fresh and running it late in the game would cause a few problems for the opposition.

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Running Rugby (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 19:26
Some really tough calls for the Falcons coaches to make, and that has not been something we have all been able to say for a long time. And not just in one position, but all over the pitch.

Guarenteed starters for me would be Mark Wilson (as captain), Evan Olmstead (best signing of the season), Nili Latu (when fit), Tane Takalua and Joel Hodgson (best half back partnership we have had in years), Marcus Watson (the kid is just electric) and on current form, Alex Tait at fullback.

So I would go with something like this.....

1. Sam Lockwood (with Vickers coming on for the last twenty)
2. Kyle Cooper (If he can produce the form he did for the Sharks, he could be one of the best signings of the season)
3. Jon Welsh (pushed hard by a fit Scotty Wilson)
4. Sean Robinson (tough call on Witty and Green, who are options for the bench)
5. Evan Olmstead
6. Mark Wilson (captain)
7. Nili Latu
8. Callum Chick (tough on Fonua and Hogg, but this kid is the future of Newcastle Falcons)

9. Tane Takalua
10. Joel Hodgson
11. Niki Goneva
12. Juan Pablo Socino (not many other options, but he has been playing well lately)
13. Chris Harris (if he can stay fit, may sold the outside centre quandry)
14. Marcus Watson
15. Alex Tait

16. Scott Lawson/Ben Sowrey
17. Rob Vickers
18. Scott Wilson
19. Will Witty
20. Opeti Fonua/Ally Hogg/Will Welch
21. Sam Egerton (do not rate Micky Young at all)
22. Craig Willis (covers 10 and 12)
23. Sinoti Sinoti/Simon Hammersley

It is actually pretty hard to get all of the available players into that starting 23, and I have left out the likes of Brett Connon, Davey Wilson, Fred Burdon, Zach Kibirigie, Dom Waldouck and probably a few others.

Do not envy Deano and his coaches....



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Re: Your matchday 23?
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
12 January, 2017 21:00
Sinoti has been remarkably ineffective in attack, mainly because the opposition know exactly how to close him down. This however means they tie up defenders to give him extra cover, so our new attacking style could use that to good effect. I will certainly reserve judgement on his usefulness until I have seen him fully fit & playing a part in our attack, ideally early in the game when everyone is fresh rather than from the bench.

The down side seems to be that Sinoti is now trying too hard to punch through himself using his wiggle steps, and in the process is destroying his legs. The coaches need to think hard about how to make best use of him, as expecting his old magic to do the business doesn't seem to be a sensible strategy.

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Falcons_Thunder (IP Logged)
13 January, 2017 10:54
Next seasons starting 23 (Only players contracted beyond this season)

Davy Wilson
Sam Lockwood
Kyle Cooper
Sean Robinson
Mark Wilson
Will Welch
Nili Latu
Opeti Fonua

Tane Takulua
Joel Hodgson
Juan Pablo Socino 2018
Fred Burdon
Sinoti Sinoti Wing
Niki Goneva
Simon Hammersley

Scott Wilson
Andrew Foster
Scott Lawson/Ben Sowery
Calum green/Will Witty
Callum Chick/Evan Olmstead
Mike Delaney/ Brett Connon
Craig Willis
Beli Agulla

Would be fine if no players get injured at all. Ect season which is never gonna happen

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
aidanb (IP Logged)
13 January, 2017 11:40
Quote:
Monkey1
Sinoti has been remarkably ineffective in attack, mainly because the opposition know exactly how to close him down. This however means they tie up defenders to give him extra cover, so our new attacking style could use that to good effect. I will certainly reserve judgement on his usefulness until I have seen him fully fit & playing a part in our attack, ideally early in the game when everyone is fresh rather than from the bench.
The down side seems to be that Sinoti is now trying too hard to punch through himself using his wiggle steps, and in the process is destroying his legs. The coaches need to think hard about how to make best use of him, as expecting his old magic to do the business doesn't seem to be a sensible strategy.

I'd like to see how SinSin gets on with Joel at 10. I think the time and space he might just have would make a huge difference

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
13 January, 2017 15:04
Tait
Goneva
Harris
Socino
Watson
Hodgson
Takalua

Vickers
Lawson
Welsh
Witty
Olmstead
Wilson
Welch
Latu

Sowery
Lockwood
D.Wilson
Green
Hogg
Young
Delany
Sinoti

Difficult decisions but makes for a great squad

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
upwardonward (IP Logged)
13 January, 2017 15:56
I think Falcons Fan07 nailed it first up:IMO its a Wilson,Welch,Latu back row, any day of the week.But whichever permutation they play its a good one, as we have some imo very good backrowers but its all injury's permitting as we know.

Such a hard selection, I'd have-

1. Sam Lockwood
2. Scott Lawson
3. Jon Welsh

4. Callum Green/Robinson
5. Evan Olmsted

6. Mark Wilson
7. Will Welch
8. Nili Latu/Ally Hogg

9. Sonatane Takalua (GK)
10. Joel Hodgson

12. Juan Pablo Socino
13. Chris Harris/ sinoti sinoti @13? He's played there for Aironi/Adam Powell

11. Marcus Watson
14. Verniki Goneva

15. Alex Tait

16. Ben Sowrey/Kyle Cooper
17. Scotty Wilson
18. Rob Vickers
19. Will Witty
20. Opeti Fonua/Chick
21. Micky Young
22. Brett Connon/Willis
23. Sinoti/Dom Waldouck/Fred Burdon/kibirige

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
Leipziger (IP Logged)
13 January, 2017 16:07
15 Tait
14 Sinoti
13 Goneva
12 Socino
11 Watson (or Kibirige if we're assuming Watson leaves)
10 Hodgson
9 Takulua/Young
1 Vickers
2 Lawson
3 Welsh
4 Green/Witty
5 Olmstead/Robinson
6 Wilson
7 Welch
8 Latu

16 Sowrey
17 Lockwood
18 S Wilson
19 Any of the four locks above not starting
20 Hogg
21 Whichever of the above scrum-halves isn't starting
22 Catterick
23 Harris

 
Re: Your matchday 23?
aidanb (IP Logged)
13 January, 2017 16:18
1 Rob Vickers
2 Scott Lawson
3 Jon Welsh
4 Sean Robinson
5 Evan Olmstead
6 Mark Wilson
7 Will Welch
8 Opeti Fonua
9 Tane Takulua
10 Joel Hodgson
11 Marcus Watson
12 Juan Pablo Socino
13 Chris Harris
14 Niki Goneva
15 Alex Tait

Reps

Craig Willis
Dom Waldouck
Mike Delany
Davy Wilson
Ben Harris
Ben Sowery
Will Witty
Callum Chick


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