~Tim Simona Fan Club~
1. James Tedesco
2. Semi Radradra
3. Josh Morris
4. Tim Lafai
5. Curtis Rona
6. Michael Morgan
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Andrew Fifita
9. Jake Granville
10. George Burgess
11. Jack de Belin
12. Beau Scott
13. Elijah Taylor
14. Paul Vaughn
15. Alex Glenn
16. Jake Trbojevic
17. Mose Masoe
Coach: Craigh Bellamy
In what was perhaps the best NRL Grand Final in the history of the NRL. The first all Queensland Grand Final. We saw some Johnathan Thurston magic, a last minute clutch by Michael Morgan and excitement at an all-time high as The Cowboys clinched victory and won their very first Premiership. However what they proved is the best Defence is a stellar Offensive. The Cowboys had the worst Points Against out of any team in the NRL Top 4. Which were all featured in the Preliminary Finals this past year. What this goes to show, is it doesn't matter how many points opponents can score against you. It is about how many points you can score against them. If you can grab two tries against your opponents and a handful of penalty goals, it could all still be for naught if they have the Offensive Prowess to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and score a try in the closing minutes of the game. With that in mind, that is what this team possess. Offensive prowess never seen before in the NRL.
I probably don't need to cover that, as I have already in the past. But this is quite literally THE BEST back line possible in the NRL. In the past NRL Season Semi Radradra and Curtis Rona were the Top 2 Leading NRL Try Scorers in the entirety of the NRL. Semi Radradra is proving himself to be a vital part of the Eels team and perhaps the most lethal player in the entirety of the NRL. In 2014 he was a part of an Eels team that used Jarryd Hayne like a crutch and still managed 19 Tries 1 behind Jarryd Hayne himself. Stepping into 2015 the Eels had no Hayne and no hope. Semi Radradra accomplished his impressive feat of 24 Tries in an uninspiring Eels team that most likely would have ended up taking home the spoon if not for his brilliance. Curtis Rona scored a scintillating 22 tries this past year in what can only be called a great back line that is the Bulldogs.
James Tedesco was a leader at the Fullback position leading in Tries Scored by Fullbacks, leading Linebreaks by Fullbacks and had the second most Try Assists from Fullbacks only beaten out by Premiership Winner Lachlan Coote. James Tedesco knows how to create opportunities from nothing, after being led around the park by the largely uninspiring Brooks and Moses, he was able to be the most successful Fullback in 2015 and will continue that form as he pushes for the NSW #1.
These backs are the most successful group from the last year. Combined they scored a massive 63 Tries. The closest possible combination of 2 Wingers + 1 Fullback was only able to rack up 50 tries, and no one else has selected all 3. These guys are the best in the business at finishing plays, at scoring tries, at making something from nothing and at winning games before they even start.
Remember that great backline that I mentioned when talking about Curtis Rona. Well we have two more features from that backline.
First Josh Morris, a current NSW Incumbent Centre. Josh Morris tied for the most line breaks by any Centre in the NRL this past year and he has consistently been a great offensive centre. He has also shown year in, year out at Origin level he is one of the better defensive centres in the game while limiting Greg Inglis each year. Josh Morris also has some team synergy with his centre partner Tim Lafai and winger Curtis Rona.
Our second centre Tim Lafai, who in many ways is as destructive if not more than the always impressive Tim Simona (Biggest honours possible for a centre.) In 2014 Lafai was easily the best centre in the game while playing with Bulldogs and after an injury affected season this past year he will be back to his best and show what a true beast he is when he teams up with Bulldogs teammate, and try scoring monster Curtis Rona.
Perhaps the most dangerous running halfback in the NRL ever, Shaun Johnson will provide constant threat when he takes on the line. The Warriors showed just how much of an impact Shaun Johnson can provide to a team. Forming a threat at the Top 8 at the beginning of the year with Shaun Johnson, and then when Johnson was out they spiraled down the ladder. Shaun Johnson’s biggest weakness has always been that the Warriors rely on him heavily. Much like The Cowboys had done with Johnathan Thurston up until this past year.
Speaking of the Cowboys, our Five-Eight and Premiership winning half Michael Morgan will do as he did this past year with Johnathan Thurston and alleviate pressure and free up Shaun Johnson. He became an offensive threat shown by the fact he made the most Linebreaks of any half in the NRL this year. He will demand much respect after what has been a break out year for Morgan as he made his debut for Queensland beating out fellow halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Ben Hunt for a spot on the bench. Michael Morgan also showed his class and his ability to play in the clutch when he set up the try scoring play in the dying seconds of the Grand Final which gave the Cowboys an opportunity to win the game, which they ultimately did.
George Burgess and Andrew Fifita. Need I say more, these are two of the most destructive runners in the NRL. They both consistently had games where they would break 5+ tackles a game, and that is just by running up the middle. These guys have 1 job, and that is the job of all Forwards. Run up the middle, make some meters, and tire out their defence to create openings. Fifita and Burgess are the best in the business at this. Their size, speed and just sheer power when they hit the line will take a lot out of any defence. There is a definite difference between tackling a run of the mill forward and tackling a monster like Andrew Fifita or George Burgess.
Then we having Premiership winning hooker, the hooker who scored the most tries in the NRL this past year. An influential member of the Cowboys premiership Campaign – Jake Granville. In the words of Bill Cosby, this guy is Zip Zop Zoopity. He is fast and darts often out of dummy half to put teams on the back foot and open up the game. The only way you could slow him down is if Cosby offered him a drink. (Too soon?) Jake Granville showed just how talented he is, especially in and around the ruck up against tired forwards.
The Second Row!
The base of the squad. The rocks of the wall. While I have made a lot about this squads Offensive capabilities, this team doesn’t lack defensively. These guys have all shown they have the ability to play through entire games and while they are more than capable of playing the 80 minutes it won’t be necessary.
Elijah Taylor, the workhorse in the Panthers pack and a player that was in the Top 5 for total tackles made last year. He made it through a whopping 965 tackles and would look to do the same. Jack de Belin has a large motor and showed his versatility rotating between the second row, lock and Prop last year. He also was defensively solid with a missed tackle rate of just over 3%. Add into the fact his own knack for offloading with an average of just under 2 offloads a game, which when compared to someone like Corey Parker infamous for his offloads managed just over 2 offloads a game.
Beau “THE HITMAN” Scott, he targets the halves and targets them well. He does this job so well Johnathan Thurston has come out saying how he was afraid of Scott. He is so good at rattling the halves and disrupting their play style that the Queensland Team had set out purposefully to try and prevent this from continuing to happen to Thurston. No half is safe when this man sets upon them.
Paul Vaughan is a strong forward with a high work rate and gives very little away in terms of penalties, errors and missed tackles. He makes the perfect fit in this team at being able to hit the ball up the middle and allows the team to rest George Burgess and Andrew Fifita until they are ready for some more destructive running up the middle.
Alex Glenn knows how to put work in and he is accustom to playing huge minutes in the Broncos pack. With my squad that won’t be required and he can work at being a very capable replacement for anyone in the Second Row and he knows how to make meters up the middle. He also brings some versatility into the squad with his ability to play in the centres should there be need for a reshuffle.
Jake Trbojevic will be coming off his debut year and is now set to lead the Manly pack. He is set for a break out year with huge wraps on his NYC ability. Jake Trbojevic has the perfect opportunity to use his size and speed as he can run outside lines and bust open opposing defences as he did in NYC, where he was named at Prop for NYC Team of the Year.
Mose Masoe, 6’7” and 130kg. This man is the biggest in the NRL today and he runs a hard and straight line. Teams may rejoice when they see big George or Fifita heading to the bench, only to end up shaking in their boots as this monster takes field. As for Defence, well I will enjoy seeing halves try and take on the line with this monster sitting and waiting for them.
One of the best coaches in NRL history. The man who helped create what has been a dynasty in the NRL. Craig Bellamy will bring to this team, what offensive strong teams like The Warriors, The Tigers and The Eels have lacked so much in the years gone by. That is structure and consistency. This team has all the makings of being a great ad-lib style of attacking football would benefit greatly from the insight and structure he could instil. As well as supporting and developing this teams defences.
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