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David Bywaters Player Appraisal - KR Home
Posted by southstander on August 18 2007 - 12:58:30

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 Friday's game against Hull KR;

5Smith8Bombed a couple of chances in the first half that apart Lee looked very solid last night - rumour has it he promised Tony a spot in Hello magazine if he got a return to the first team!!.
2Donald8Excellent - shown tons of commitment and a greater willingness to get involved - one of his best performances of the year.
3Toopi8 Switched around a bit from centre (both sides) to loose forward to winger - coped pretty well with the upheaval - his defence is a real asset to the side at the moment.
4Senior8Keith is expriencing an end of season renaissance - looked more aggressive than he has in previous weeks and kept his handling errors to zero.
25Hall8Hopefully his dead leg will not keep him out of the side for the Bradford game - Ryan is beginning to look the real deal - once again when given the opportunity he took his try with some style - he looks very solid defensively.
6McGuire9Beginning to hit some real form - his ghosting past one player in the first and an incredible one handed pick up in the second illustrate his quality - his is just about to reach blast off at the right time of the year.
13Sinfield9Another superb performance - you have now to question when Burrow is fit what is the best half back combination? The pass for Donald's try showed great awareness and vision.
8Leuleui8I bet Micelle Azui is hurting a bit today - what a hit from Kylie - this was his best all round performance in a Rhinos shirt.
9Diskin8Carried on from last week - a very positive performance - ran intelligently from dummy half and distributed with some quality.
16Bailey8Significant improvement on many of his recent efforts - he actually broke the line in the second half!!.
11Jones Buchanan7A bit of an uneven performance, interceptions thrown, penalties conceeded interspaced with bit of real quality like the run and pass for McGuire's try.
10Peacock10My MOM - Immense - the move back to the second row has given Jamie a real boost - his running with the ball last night was superb - lets hope he can keep this run of form upto the end of the season.
12Ellis8If there is a fault in Gareth's game it is his ability to offload at the right time - twice last night he offloaded straight to the opposition - that apart a typical high quality Ellis performance.
14Lauiti'iti7Does what an impact player should do - make an impact - whether it was down the middle or out wide the opposition knew he was on the field.
15Thackray7Didn't hit the high notes of previous weeks although the heavy strapping round his middle suggests he wasn't 100% - nevertheless didn't shirk the responsibility of carrying the ball.
18Kirke7Whilst this may only be one game but compare the impact of him and Ablett and perhaps the call for Ablett's inclusion at the expense of Ian is justified - reminiscent of JJB three years ago without the potential
22Ablett8His line break in the second half changed the game - showed his versatility when Hall went off by playing centre inside Toopi - hopefully Carl will retain his place as he is a young player with much to offer.

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