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David Bywaters Player Appraisal - Crusaders Away
Posted by southstander on January 30 2010 - 18:01:25

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 opening game against the Crusaders;

1Watkins8Coped admirably with the responsibility of playing in a strange position. Looked assured under the high ball and ran the ball back enthusiastically all night. His pass that started the McGuire try was exceptional – if England are to compete with Australia this is the type of athlete we need at full back
2Donald6The score might seem harsh, it is more a reflection of his inactivity, scored a try and was largely responsible for the one the team conceded – pretty quiet night, with a serious centre along side him I think this quiet performance will be the exception this season
3Delaney8 If this is a glimpse of what is to come then Leeds could have made the signing of the season. Solid defence and tough ball in hand – very good performance – I wonder if Brett thought he would ever play in the snow? A bit of a contrast from the Gold Coast
4Senior6Not unexpectedly Keith looked a bit rusty especially in the first half – he improved significantly in the second – typical early season performance
25Hall6Not the best night to be a winger, especially if your centre is a little below par, Ryan didn’t see much of the ball but when he did he was positive and secure
6McGuire8Looked like he was preparing for duties in the pack, slightly chunkier than last season. That apart had a hand in most of tries – and despite the extra pounds still managed to evade capture for his try.
7Burrow7Slightly overshadowed by his half back partner but his endeavour around the play of the ball helped to create the space for the others to capitalize – solid all round performance in less than ideal conditions.
8Leulai8For me the prop who provided the most go forward – very dynamic whenever he carried the ball – one small mistake apart a very good night
9Buderus8His second spell turned the game, very clever running from the play the ball and incisive distribution
10Bailey7Defensively very strong tonight – McClennan must have read him the riot act because he seemed far more willing to take the ball up than usual
11Jones Buchanan6Is JJB in panto – those sideburns – the only benefit I can see is they would have kept his face warm – pretty quiet night he was not alone in that respect amongst the second rowers who were all a much of muchness
12Ablett6Sideburns apart similar to JJB worked hard but perhaps didn’t get the reward for the effort he put in – didn’t seem to get a lot of game time either – I could be wrong there
13Sinfield9My MOM – Sinny provided the bits of real quality in the game, his pass to McGuire in the lead up to Delanney’s try was superb. Kicked well through out the game, a real captain’s knock
14Lauitiiti7Not the night for his silky skills but he was in the right place to take his tries, not sure about the second one though!!!
15Kirke7For me the pick of the back row forwards – certainly had the biggest impact when running with ball – competition for places should bring the best out of Ian this season
16Diskin7Whilst Buderus will get much praise for his second stint, his impact was only possible because of the ground work laid down by Diskin. He had started to shift the momentum with some clever plays – impressive tonight and deserves much cudos
17Eastwood6The local pizza shop look like they have had a boost in turnover!! Hopefully the shirt has some lycra in it – will take time for Greg to get used to his new team mates – not the easiest night to make your debut



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