Squad 2018/19

Re: Squad 2018/19

glaws_rob 23 May 2018 11:12 am said..

not sure what happened with the formatting there, here it is again

Going/Replacement
Matt Scott/Rohan Janse van Rensburg?
Andy Symons/potential academy promotion (Tom Seabrook)
David Halaifonua/Matt Banahan
Cameron Orr/ potential academy promotion (Ciaran Knight)
Richie Hibbard/Franco Marais
John Afoa/Ruan Dreyer?
Tom Denton/Franco Mostert?
Jeremy Thrush/Gerbrandt Grobler
Ross Moriarty/Jaco Kriel
Jacob Rowan/potential academy promotion (Aaron Hinkley)
Motu Matu'u/potential academy promotion (Henry Walker)
Charlie Beckett/potential academy promotion (Alex Craig)
Harry Randall/potential academy promotion (Charlie Chapman)
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Re: Squad 2018/19

ryno_chelt 23 May 2018 11:18 am said..

Added thoughts on whether they are an upgrade or downgrade - slightly harsh activity and only my views, but good to see balance of squad.

glaws_rob wrote:not sure what happened with the formatting there, here it is again

Going/Replacement
Matt Scott/Rohan Janse van Rensburg? Upgrade (although rate scott)
Andy Symons/potential academy promotion (Tom Seabrook) Equal
David Halaifonua/Matt Banahan Upgrade
Cameron Orr/ potential academy promotion (Ciaran Knight) Equal
Richie Hibbard/Franco Marais Equal
John Afoa/Ruan Dreyer? Downgrade
Tom Denton/Franco Mostert? Big upgrade
Jeremy Thrush/Gerbrandt Grobler upgrade
Ross Moriarty/Jaco Kriel upgrade
Jacob Rowan/potential academy promotion (Aaron Hinkley) Equal
Motu Matu'u/potential academy promotion (Henry Walker) Equal
Charlie Beckett/potential academy promotion (Alex Craig) Equal
Harry Randall/potential academy promotion (Charlie Chapman) downgrade
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Re: Squad 2018/19

Sheddy Mcshedface 23 May 2018 11:23 am said..

ryno_chelt wrote:Added thoughts on whether they are an upgrade or downgrade - slightly harsh activity and only my views, but good to see balance of squad.

glaws_rob wrote:not sure what happened with the formatting there, here it is again

Going/Replacement
Matt Scott/Rohan Janse van Rensburg? Upgrade (although rate scott)
Andy Symons/potential academy promotion (Tom Seabrook) Equal
David Halaifonua/Matt Banahan Upgrade
Cameron Orr/ potential academy promotion (Ciaran Knight) Equal
Richie Hibbard/Franco Marais Equal
John Afoa/Ruan Dreyer? Downgrade
Tom Denton/Franco Mostert? Big upgrade
Jeremy Thrush/Gerbrandt Grobler upgrade
Ross Moriarty/Jaco Kriel upgrade
Jacob Rowan/potential academy promotion (Aaron Hinkley) Equal
Motu Matu'u/potential academy promotion (Henry Walker) Equal
Charlie Beckett/potential academy promotion (Alex Craig) Equal
Harry Randall/potential academy promotion (Charlie Chapman) downgrade


Whilst at his peak you'd pick Hibbard given their ages I would say Marais replacing him puts us in a stronger position and is therefore an upgrade.
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Re: Squad 2018/19

covglaws 23 May 2018 11:28 am said..

As you say, harsh activity. Don't think I'd disagree with your assesments. Up to Dreyer and Chapman to take up the challenge and prove you wrong then. ;)
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Re: Squad 2018/19

Lebowski 23 May 2018 11:28 am said..

I also think it’s important to look at the group as a whole when assessing relative strength. Players don’t stand still, they age! That may mean they are on an upward or downward trajectory!

Afoa and Hibbard for example are both 34. Nobody knows whether next season they will be as good as this, but sooner or later everybody slows down. With this in mind from what I’ve seen of Marais, and notwithstanding how highly I rate Hibbs, I see him as a significant upgrade. I haven’t seen enough of Dreyer to judge, but JA has!

Other players such as Ludlow, Ackermann, Polledri, Rapava-Ruskin etc are probably going to get better and better for some time yet.
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Re: Squad 2018/19

glaws_rob 23 May 2018 11:36 am said..

Good points all, and take your point re: harsh activity, it wasn't intended to come across that way, what I was trying to suggest is that I think we have recruited well so far and as such I think this puts us in good stead for next season.

If any departing glaws players happen to come across this, please note I am extremely appreciative off all your efforts in cherry and white and wish you the best in the next stage of your career.
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Re: Squad 2018/19

Mark from Stroud 23 May 2018 11:39 am said..

From the club website:

Departing senior players

John Afoa
Tom Denton
David Halaifonua
Richard Hibbard
Motu Matu’u
Ross Moriarty
Cameron Orr
Jacob Rowan
Matt Scott
Andy Symons
Jeremy Thrush

Departing Academy players

Charlie Beckett
Ed Bogue
Elliott Creed
Alfie North
Carwyn Penny
Harry Randall
Mason Tonks
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Re: Squad 2018/19

Castle Grim Reaper 23 May 2018 11:49 am said..

Unusual to lose an academy player who made more first team appearances than one of the departing main squad :?
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Re: Squad 2018/19

Sheddy Mcshedface 23 May 2018 11:51 am said..

Also I would have said that Will Safe would be considered the next cab of the rank as a back-row replacement for Rowan.

Has impressed when given the chance this season.
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Re: Squad 2018/19

StroudieGlaws 23 May 2018 11:52 am said..

Mark from Stroud wrote:From the club website:

Departing senior players

John Afoa
Tom Denton
David Halaifonua
Richard Hibbard
Motu Matu’u
Ross Moriarty
Cameron Orr
Jacob Rowan
Matt Scott
Andy Symons
Jeremy Thrush

Departing Academy players

Charlie Beckett
Ed Bogue
Elliott Creed
Alfie North
Carwyn Penny
Harry Randall
Mason Tonks


I am a bit surprised by Elliott Creed and Mason Tonks leaving the academy anyone heard where they are off to.
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