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Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:43 am  

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If we’re talking people over achieving from academy to first team then I wouldn’t put Marshall or Powell in that category as both were fine academy players. I was amazed when we released Marshall tbh after watching him in a good few academy games. I was chuffed when things worked out as they did.

In recent times I’d probably put Partington on the list of players achieving more than I expected at first team level. He’s never been a dominant metre maker, so I wondered if he could progress but he’s bringing loads of other things to the party and I do think he’s improving that metre making side of his game.

As for an under achiever I think Thornley is a decent shout as is Hampshire. Another player I loved watching in the academy who has had a decent career but hasn’t done as much as I thought he could would be Matty Russell. I thought he could become a really top level fullback but his game was found out a little in the first team and he got shunted to the wing.


Great shouts with Thornley and Russell.
Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:52 am  

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I have watched Kibula a number of times in the academy and i have to agree, he was missing that bit of dog in him especially for a guy of his size. He has brilliant hands though and he has the strength to back it up If he can bring that edge to his game aswell he could be a seriously good 13.

One thing that sticks out for me on Kibula is when i was watching an academy game vs. Leeds coached by Rob Burrow and they knew kibula was missing that bite to his game. We was stood near rob and he was calling out Kibula the whole game, calling out "bullseye 15" (can't remember the exact shirt number) to the Leeds players, basically saying target Kibula. If leeds knew to do this to him, other teams will aswell and it will get passed onto the first team to target him in particular and he will crack.

Saying that wigan nilled leeds and kibula actually had a good game throwing some brilliant passes, all the potential in the world and i hope it works out for him.


I would do the same in attack too against him, I’m not sure whether it was tactical from the coaches to keep him fresh but he really does try and avoid tackling. Fitness is something that he can improve on and aggression is also something that could come in time too, he’s not really needed it in junior rugby.
I think he may come into his own further down the line in his mid twenties, at the moment he’s stuck between 2 things, he’s a monster of a lad who probably doesn’t play to his size but he’s also a brilliant ball handler but his size and fitness hold him back from playing at 13 or even possibly as a centre if he lost a lot of weight. I understand fully why Wigan let him go and at the same time why Warrington picked him up, be interesting to see how his career pans out.
Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:25 pm  

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Nick Stanton, Liam Carberry, Ben Davies - few names that come to mind that had good write ups about them on here. Joe Mellor too. Jack Murphy what ever happened to him? If I recall he had one game against Bradford at home (think we lost) but he scored a belter of a try. Thought he had something but don't recall him playing again.
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Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:01 pm  

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Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:30 pm  

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Nick Stanton, Liam Carberry, Ben Davies - few names that come to mind that had good write ups about them on here. Joe Mellor too. Jack Murphy what ever happened to him? If I recall he had one game against Bradford at home (think we lost) but he scored a belter of a try. Thought he had something but don't recall him playing again.


Murphy played in the playoffs against Leeds and dropped a late bomb
Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:32 pm  

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CobraCraig wrote:
I would do the same in attack too against him, I’m not sure whether it was tactical from the coaches to keep him fresh but he really does try and avoid tackling. Fitness is something that he can improve on and aggression is also something that could come in time too, he’s not really needed it in junior rugby.
I think he may come into his own further down the line in his mid twenties, at the moment he’s stuck between 2 things, he’s a monster of a lad who probably doesn’t play to his size but he’s also a brilliant ball handler but his size and fitness hold him back from playing at 13 or even possibly as a centre if he lost a lot of weight. I understand fully why Wigan let him go and at the same time why Warrington picked him up, be interesting to see how his career pans out.


I just don’t see Kibula playing consistently at the top level.

He lacks the athleticism.

Size can hide a lot of flaws as a prospect but a lack of athleticism will always get you found out at first team level.
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Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:42 pm  

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Murphy played in the playoffs against Leeds and dropped a late bomb

He was chucked in late due to a last minute injury to Sam Tomkins. Had only played one first team game before it. I think many of us were surprised they didn't put Richards back there instead. Hit him hard mentally the dropped bomb, the club didn't really make sure he was alright after.
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Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:00 pm  

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He was chucked in late due to a last minute injury to Sam Tomkins. Had only played one first team game before it. I think many of us were surprised they didn't put Richards back there instead. Hit him hard mentally the dropped bomb, the club didn't really make sure he was alright after.


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He's all fine if Brett Finch doesn't have a brain fart though as I've said before.
Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:09 pm  

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Wane's faith in youth.

He's all fine if Brett Finch doesn't have a brain fart though as I've said before.



Didn’t he have a good game and score a belting try or did I imagine that?

He was a real talent that lad and a shame that drop pretty much consigned him to a career in lower grade.
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Re: Academy Under/Overachievers Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:52 pm  

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