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David Bywaters Player Appraisal - Salford Away
Posted by southstander on February 12 2007 - 14:23:20

Davids MoM
by David Bywater

After a couple of season off, we've once again asked Davidbyw to cast his eye over the Rhinos performances of the weekend and pass numerical judgement on the players.

Bound to be controversial, and to spark debate on the message boards, we'll keep tabs over the season and see if Davids appraisal of player of the season tallies with your Man-of-the-match votes.

Read more here....

Here are Davids thoughts about Sundays away game against Salford;

1Webb7Very good debut – took his tries well, linked well in the attack and looked solid in the defensive.
2Donald3Dire – another two seasons of this!! Spent more time with his back to the attackers than affecting a tackle – got tackled behind the lines running left to right when it would be easier to run straight.
3Toopi4 Based on this it is incredible he ever played in NRL let alone in numerous internationals – offered little in attack and even less in defence – things are not looking promising.
4Senior4Notices of Keith’s demise have unfortunately not been exaggerated – first noticed throwing a punch, secondly leaving the field for 10 minutes – difficult to think of any quality coming from this once sublime player.
20Gibson5Unfortunately knee ligament damage curtailed his game – let’s hope it doesn’t curtail his season
6McGuire7Did what he does – scored a try and linked the attack with Burrow – created the gap for Webb’s second try and tackled as well as anyone.
7Burrow7Industrious and dangerous in offence – his defence reminded me of the game at the Jungle last season. On the whole one of the better Rhinos players.
8Leuleui5Not likely to put the fear of God up anyone – runs with vigour yet - in the words of Chumbawumba – he gets knocked down – simply overrun by the bigger Salford forwards.
9Diskin7Excellent today – worked very hard in defence and probed intelligently in attack.
10Bailey6Took the ball up unstintingly – full marks for effort. Unfortunately his still isn’t punching his weight – perhaps he really is a second row forward.
14Lauiti'iti5An enigma – so much talent yet so often fails to produce. The pass to Donald that led to Salford’s last try summed up his afternoon – just a glimpse of 2004 would be great.
12Ellis7Superb defence – lost count of the number of tackles he made. However his style of carrying the ball two feet away from his body will cost us a big game one day.
13Sinfield8My MOM – cannot think of a single poor decision or poor piece of play from the captain today. Superb 40/20 and led from the front - pity some of his team mates were unable to follow his lead.
11Jones-Buchanan6Given the length of time JJB spent playing prop it would appear the lessons from last season have not been learned. His effort cannot be critisised but he is not physically a prop.
15Thackray7Notes of Jamie’s demise have been exaggerated – the best of all our props – ran with power, retained the ball in the tackle and defended well – pity Smith didn’t feel able to give him more game time.
17Scruton6I like the way he gives it everything, runs with real energy and hits the line at pace – after Thackray our best prop
23Tansey6Made the best of a bad situation – his try was crucial and won the game. Showed the versatility in his game – looking at our three quarter line he could be getting game time in a few different positions.

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