Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

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Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by josie andrews » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:36 pm

John Bateman has been anointed one of the NRL's three best players so far - by Australia coach Mal Meninga.

The Kangaroos legend picked the ex-Warriors forward, alongside Luke Keary and James Tedesco, as the players who have impressed him the most after three rounds. Meninga praises Bateman's fitness, work-rate and ability to break the line.

"To be able to take the NRL by the scruff of the neck and impress people so early on, also proves to me that the English players are all so strong and talented," Meninga wrote in his column for NRL.com.

"He is such a competitor, never gives up on plays, always runs hard, always seems to get across the line. He’s one of those players who can continually break a line and score points by coming up with big plays at the right time. And he’s a very robust defender."


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Re: Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by Barney841 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:48 am

Just watched the first half of Canberra vs Brisbane. What a big miss Bateman is.
His powerful running and offloads, doesn’t look out of place at all I’m the NRL, even the all commentators are doing is praising him.
Don’t think he will be back in England anytime soon.
Also people say we haven’t replaced Bateman, which is true, but let’s be honest I think he’s a hard player to replace. Not many of him around

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Re: Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by moto748 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:30 am

Don't miss the second half! :D

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Re: Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by josie andrews » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:16 am

Think he’s 4th on the Dally M list at the moment!
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Re: Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by Caboosegg » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:58 pm

josie andrews wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:16 am
Think he’s 4th on the Dally M list at the moment!
Isnt it a unwritten rule that an englishman cant win it?
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Re: Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by Wigan_forever1985 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:34 pm

Caboosegg wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:58 pm
josie andrews wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:16 am
Think he’s 4th on the Dally M list at the moment!
Isnt it a unwritten rule that an englishman cant win it?
Josh Hodgson was doing pretty well in it when he first went over but that wouldn't surprise me, especially after the reaction to makinsons golden boot
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Re: Mal Meninga hails ex-Wigan Warriors ace John Bateman 'one of NRL's stand-out players'

Post by josie andrews » Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:21 pm

Caboosegg wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:58 pm
josie andrews wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:16 am
Think he’s 4th on the Dally M list at the moment!
Isnt it a unwritten rule that an englishman cant win it?
I don’t know about that but this is part of the list!

Dally M Leaderboard


Cameron Munster 11
James Tedesco 10
Mitchell Moses 9
John Bateman 9
Paul Vaughan 8
Luke Keary 7
Daly Cherry-Evans 7
Clinton Gutherson 7
Cameron Smith 7
Ben Hunt 7
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 7
Robbie Farah 6
Jake Trbojevic 6
Blake Green 6
Sam Burgess 6
Andrew Fifita 6
Damien Cook 6
Luke Brooks 5
David Klemmer 5
Cody Walker 5
Chad Townsend 5
Adam Reynolds 5
Josh Hodgson 5
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 5
Matt Moylan 4
Latrell Mitchell 4
Siosiua Taukeiaho 4
Michael Morgan 4
Tyrone Roberts 3
Tom Trbojevic 3

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/04/22/rou ... aderboard/
Anyone can support a team when it is winning, that takes no courage.
But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you,
that takes a lot of courage.

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