Halfback pairing 2020 concern

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Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by nathan_rugby » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:12 pm

Assuming the rumor re Hastings is correct, who will be his halfback partner for 2020?

If it is Tommy then do we have any concerns about the impact Hastings will have?

Reading an article on Skysports where he talks about playing with Lui and now forming a partnership with Lolohea, he said the following:

"I think the way I got Robbie playing and got him on the ball running and using his ability, I think that is what I got Tui doing last week."

That to me indicates he is a first receiver / scrum-half. Now if we keep Tommy, will Tommy become our 6 ? A position we all know he isn't capable of playing or will we move Hasting's to second receiver/6 potentially moving him from his best position and reducing his impact?

I for one will be very disappointed if we play him outside of his favored position just to accommodate Tommy in the side.
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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by Caboosegg » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:26 pm

we have 2 young half backs that haven't been let go.
Smith and Wood, now smith is still young but Wood should be playing with us next year.
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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by Wigan_forever1985 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:34 pm

If as is believed weve offered hastings a step to the NRL for a year then its important for me tommy is not in our plans unless its strictly at hooker. We cant have a situation were in 1 year we have no halfbacks, giving shorrocks or another 1 year to play along side a proven genuine half will hopefully bring them on enough to be at least first choice material - then we can have some consistency the following year
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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by fozzieskem » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:47 pm

A cheeky offer to Tony Gigot maybe?

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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by pedro » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:13 pm

Sammut as he still has a year left after this
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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by EagleEyePie » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:09 pm

Most teams have long since abandoned traditional roles and play split halves. Even if Salford do use more traditional roles they seem to play split halves for long periods of the game so it shouldn't be a huge issue. Hastings generally plays on the left edge just like Williams. Both Leuluai and Sammut can play a more direct game if needed. If someone like Woods or Smith forces their way into the team then Hastings might end up having to play a more direct game than he's used to but he seems capable of that.

Ultimately though any half should be able to play as 1st receiver and be able to take the line on. If they can't then hopefully the coaches will work on getting them there.

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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by No straw damn us » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:42 pm

A bit left field, but would it be worth trying to put Gildart as a running #6, a position he played quite a bit as a youngster.

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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by Mickw » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:43 pm

More of a concern for me is Hastings brings player on to the ball ,have we got enough players with the guys and energy to run into em.

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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by Mickw » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:45 pm

More of a concern for me is Hastings brings players on to the ball ,have we got enough players with the guts and energy to run into em.

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Re: Halfback pairing 2020 concern

Post by medlocke » Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:06 pm

No straw damn us wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:42 pm
A bit left field, but would it be worth trying to put Gildart as a running #6, a position he played quite a bit as a youngster.
Was Gildart any good at 6?

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