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'The Chopper'
Discussion started by falconsfan07 , 24 September, 2017 11:40
'The Chopper'
falconsfan07 24 September, 2017 11:40
Just watching the match replay. How good is Juans brother Santi Socino!?

He was only playing for Hull Ionions at NAT 2 level a couple of seasons ago.

Very effective in the tackle, literally chops anyone who runs at him, brilliant angles of running like his brother Juan.

And a high work rate , plenty of carries, sublime offloading too. A diamond in the rough!

Willis pulled some brilliant offloads out the bag too.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24/09/2017 11:53 by falconsfan07.

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GeordieFalcon 24 September, 2017 11:44
And he was a flanker that they turned into a hooked I believe ..

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pityacker 24 September, 2017 11:51
Santiago Socino was a revelation to watch running lines and offloading like a back and as already said defending really well , another who is impressing me more each time he plays is Sam Stuart , a different type of player to the excellent Tane Takulua he brings real energy and pace into the game and if he continues like this could be a real find.

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AFalcon24 24 September, 2017 12:21
Can't believe he is 114 kg as well. smiling smiley

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falconsfan07 24 September, 2017 12:24
Can't believe he is 114 kg as well. smiling smiley

Blimey, he balances that out well doesn't he

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pa8 24 September, 2017 12:36
The offy has his weight as 114kg and Sami Mavinga as 115kg ! Either Sami's been on one leg or he's added his toe to Santi's scales when he wasn't looking.

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Monkey1 24 September, 2017 13:01
The Chopper, I like it. That could stick as his nickname. Hope I get to see him play on Friday.

As for Mermoz, he was referred to in the Bath preview as Frog on the Tyne.

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aidanb 25 September, 2017 07:33
The chopper certainly was a top performer on Saturday.

Thatís 4 good hookers in the club

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Wensleydale Falcon 25 September, 2017 15:13
Had a long chat with Santi last season and what impressed me most was his "DESIRE" to work hard, learn from others and push hard for a first team start.

A young guy with not just a lot of talent but also a spot on attitude.

Absolutely delighted for him!!

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eastfalcon 25 September, 2017 15:22
Santi and Will Welch in Chris Foy's team of the weekend in the Daily Mail today. smiling smiley

Onwards and Upwards!

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alas 25 September, 2017 17:31
They are also in the Times' team of the week.

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Osric 25 September, 2017 18:38
And Santiago is in the Telegraph too alongside Craig Willis and Mark Wilson.

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markismith50 25 September, 2017 19:44
Quite a bit of national media interest this week.

The Telegraph have interviewed DTH today

The Times are speaking to Wells, Welch and Walder on Wednesday (all the Ws!)

The Mail are meeting Deano and Mark Wilson

BT were up today speaking to Wilson, Deano and Wardy

The Rugby Paper have a piece with Mark Wilson and Chris Harris in their next edition

Bobby Vickers was live on BBC Newcastle's sports show tonight

Mark Wilson has spoken to the Carlisle paper today

Shame the Chronicle website now has a stated policy of no rugby at all on its website (sadly a true story) but there'll still be stuff in the print versions.

Plus, we've got a cracking match programme lined up on Friday. Will Witty is the main interview, but it's worth buying just to read Harrison Orr's piece with Dave Walder. Absolute journalistic gold!


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aidanb 25 September, 2017 20:49
Any idea why the chronicle has that policy ?

Re: 'The Chopper'
markismith50 25 September, 2017 22:05
I'm speaking to them tomorrow Aidan, it seems insane to me.

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lizard118 26 September, 2017 09:35
I second that Smithy, especially with the team going well.

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dick g 26 September, 2017 19:18
The Falcons has its best start for years and the Chronic can't be bothered to report it on its website? Shows just how bad the city's press has become. We can recall fondly the golden age when ex-Gosforth and Scotland hooked Duncan Madden covered rugby for the Evening Chronicle and Alan Henley did the same for The Journal. Sad times. I feel quite sorry for Smithy trying to cope with the situation.

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Robs 26 September, 2017 19:29

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Robs 26 September, 2017 19:31
And Hedley I think

Re: 'The Chopper'
markismith50 26 September, 2017 20:02
Sadly it's true, they now have a policy of only NUFC and SAFC on their website barring "exceptional circumstances". They won't attend our press conferences from now on either, apparently.

For once I am lost for words.

Far be it from me to suggest people contact regional managing editor Darren Thwaites to complain. No point contacting the sports desk, they are just carrying out orders from above.

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