General Hohaia looking to end frustrating season

sebastian_old

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Hohaia looking to end frustrating season
14 August 2006

Lance Hohaia hopes what has been a frustrating National Rugby League season for him will have a silver lining.


Hohaia got an NRL recall for the New Zealand Warriors at the weekend as replacement for the injured Tony Martin and he grabbed a brace of tries in a 26-0 whitewash of North Queensland in Auckland.

It was only his ninth appearance of the season and came after a month of being overlooked for first-grade.

His club fortunes haven't dampened his ambition to add to his seven test caps by playing in this year's Tri-Nations tournament, but he knows he needs game time to press his claims.

"There's three games left and then there's the Kiwis coming up," he said.

"I just want to keep playing well and putting myself in the frame for that."

Hohaia, 23, was a straight replacement for Martin against the Cowboys, so rather then operating in the halves or at hooker, he slotted into the unfamiliar position of centre.

His only other NRL experience in that position was in the 66-0 win over South Sydney in late June, when he played part of the match there and scored one of his three tries from centre.

Hohaia said the move out wide hadn't needed too much of an adjustment, although he was sometimes jumping into dummy half on Saturday night, and being called back by lock Louis Anderson.

"Louis must have yelled at me 10 to 15 times to get back out on my edge because I sort of lurked back out in the middle automatically without thinking," he said.

With his limited opportunities, Hohaia admitted that it had been " a rough year" after coming back from ankle ligament damage suffered in last year's Tri-Nations campaign.

"I've had a few injuries that sort of pull you down," he said.

AdvertisementAdvertisement"It's had an effect on my confidence and my form so I'm just happy to be back out there and playing well."

Apart from his two tries, Hohaia landed three goals, having been given the goal kicking duties in Martin's absence.

He was also featured in a controversial moment 10 minutes from time, when he was hit high by second rower Luke O'Donnell, who then elbowed him in the face while on the ground.

O'Donnell was sent off, and Hohaia was left "a bit dozy", but he cleared his head quickly enough to grab his first touchdown moments later.

Coach Ivan Cleary said he used Hohaia at centre against the Cowboys because it was less complicated than breaking up the halves combination of Grant Rovelli and Jerome Ropati.

He said what Hohaia had shown was his versatility as a good ball player.

As to why Hohaia hadn't got more game time this season, Cleary said the reason was simply "the form of the other guys".

Victory over the Cowboys lifted the Warriors up a place to 12th, but they now face a trip to Olympic Park, where competition leaders Melbourne have not been beaten this year
 

*~*Fa'AhVaN*~*_old

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hes a great talent n i hope to c him play again this yr, and ALOT next yr
 

commonsense_old

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sebastian said:
Coach Ivan Cleary said he used Hohaia at centre against the Cowboys because it was less complicated than breaking up the halves combination of Grant Rovelli and Jerome Ropati.

He said what Hohaia had shown was his versatility as a good ball player.

As to why Hohaia hadn't got more game time this season, Cleary said the reason was simply "the form of the other guys".

less complicated than break up the rovelli and ropati combo???

am i living in a parrallel universe to ivan cleary??

u can put replace jerome ropati with steve price and you will see no difference.

Do you wanna know if jerome ropati is 'real' 5/8th?? just apply THE FIVE-EIGTH TEST!!!
basically a 'real' 5/8th catches the ball with his hands and a 'fake' 5/8th catches the ball with his chest. the difference is the real 5/8th always looks to pass if nothing available he will run. the fake 5/8th simply runs the ball every chance, passing comes 2nd. the fake 5/8th is pretty much a lock.

thats why so many experts have said that guys like trent barrett and braith anasta should play lock instead of 5/8th. the so-called 'big running 5/8ths' arent as effective anymore. and THATS pretty much how jerome ropati plays. it is so frustrating as a fan to watch him. ropati could have number 11, 12 or 13 on his back and u will see the same jerome ropati play.

FFS PUT LANCE HOHAIA IN THE HALVES!!!!
 

westie stylz_old

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Yep, they should tell Ropati that he needs to pass 3 out of every 4 balls that he receives on average in a game.
 

sebastian_old

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commonsense said:
sebastian said:
Coach Ivan Cleary said he used Hohaia at centre against the Cowboys because it was less complicated than breaking up the halves combination of Grant Rovelli and Jerome Ropati.

He said what Hohaia had shown was his versatility as a good ball player.

As to why Hohaia hadn't got more game time this season, Cleary said the reason was simply "the form of the other guys".

less complicated than break up the rovelli and ropati combo???

am i living in a parrallel universe to ivan cleary??

u can put replace jerome ropati with steve price and you will see no difference.

Do you wanna know if jerome ropati is 'real' 5blank8th?? just apply THE FIVE-EIGTH TEST!!!
basically a 'real' 5blank8th catches the ball with his hands and a 'fake' 5blank8th catches the ball with his chest. the difference is the real 5blank8th always looks to pass if nothing available he will run. the fake 5blank8th simply runs the ball every chance, passing comes 2nd. the fake 5blank8th is pretty much a lock.

thats why so many experts have said that guys like trent barrett and braith anasta should play lock instead of 5blank8th. the so-called 'big running 5blank8ths' arent as effective anymore. and THATS pretty much how jerome ropati plays. it is so frustrating as a fan to watch him. ropati could have number 11, 12 or 13 on his back and u will see the same jerome ropati play.

FFS PUT LANCE HOHAIA IN THE HALVES!!!!

You explained that well but Ropatis superglued to 5/8 for some reason. Unfortunatly he'll be there for the rest of the year. As for his future posistion once Witt arrives, who knows???
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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sebastian said:
commonsense said:
sebastian said:
Coach Ivan Cleary said he used Hohaia at centre against the Cowboys because it was less complicated than breaking up the halves combination of Grant Rovelli and Jerome Ropati.

He said what Hohaia had shown was his versatility as a good ball player.

As to why Hohaia hadn't got more game time this season, Cleary said the reason was simply "the form of the other guys".

less complicated than break up the rovelli and ropati combo???

am i living in a parrallel universe to ivan cleary??

u can put replace jerome ropati with steve price and you will see no difference.

Do you wanna know if jerome ropati is 'real' 5blank8th?? just apply THE FIVE-EIGTH TEST!!!
basically a 'real' 5blank8th catches the ball with his hands and a 'fake' 5blank8th catches the ball with his chest. the difference is the real 5blank8th always looks to pass if nothing available he will run. the fake 5blank8th simply runs the ball every chance, passing comes 2nd. the fake 5blank8th is pretty much a lock.

thats why so many experts have said that guys like trent barrett and braith anasta should play lock instead of 5blank8th. the so-called 'big running 5blank8ths' arent as effective anymore. and THATS pretty much how jerome ropati plays. it is so frustrating as a fan to watch him. ropati could have number 11, 12 or 13 on his back and u will see the same jerome ropati play.

FFS PUT LANCE HOHAIA IN THE HALVES!!!!

You explained that well but Ropatis superglued to 5blank8 for some reason. Unfortunatly he'll be there for the rest of the year. As for
his future posistion once Witt arrives, who knows???

J Ro will start off the season in the 6 jersey, unfortunately it would seem he will need to play his way out of the jersey before witt will get a go
 

sebastian_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
sebastian said:
commonsense said:
sebastian said:
Coach Ivan Cleary said he used Hohaia at centre against the Cowboys because it was less complicated than breaking up the halves combination of Grant Rovelli and Jerome Ropati.

He said what Hohaia had shown was his versatility as a good ball player.

As to why Hohaia hadn't got more game time this season, Cleary said the reason was simply "the form of the other guys".

less complicated than break up the rovelli and ropati combo???

am i living in a parrallel universe to ivan cleary??

u can put replace jerome ropati with steve price and you will see no difference.

Do you wanna know if jerome ropati is 'real' 5blank8th?? just apply THE FIVE-EIGTH TEST!!!
basically a 'real' 5blank8th catches the ball with his hands and a 'fake' 5blank8th catches the ball with his chest. the difference is the real 5blank8th always looks to pass if nothing available he will run. the fake 5blank8th simply runs the ball every chance, passing comes 2nd. the fake 5blank8th is pretty much a lock.

thats why so many experts have said that guys like trent barrett and braith anasta should play lock instead of 5blank8th. the so-called 'big running 5blank8ths' arent as effective anymore. and THATS pretty much how jerome ropati plays. it is so frustrating as a fan to watch him. ropati could have number 11, 12 or 13 on his back and u will see the same jerome ropati play.

FFS PUT LANCE HOHAIA IN THE HALVES!!!!

You explained that well but Ropatis superglued to 5blank8 for some reason. Unfortunatly he'll be there for the rest of the year. As for
his future posistion once Witt arrives, who knows???

J Ro will start off the season in the 6 jersey, unfortunately it would seem he will need to play his way out of the jersey before witt will get a go

*cringes & trembles in horror at another season of JRO at 6* Please tell me you don't have a source for this info. Mix, PLEASE!!!!
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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sebastian said:
MiXmasterreece said:
sebastian said:
commonsense said:
sebastian said:
Coach Ivan Cleary said he used Hohaia at centre against the Cowboys because it was less complicated than breaking up the halves combination of Grant Rovelli and Jerome Ropati.

He said what Hohaia had shown was his versatility as a good ball player.

As to why Hohaia hadn't got more game time this season, Cleary said the reason was simply "the form of the other guys".

less complicated than break up the rovelli and ropati combo???

am i living in a parrallel universe to ivan cleary??

u can put replace jerome ropati with steve price and you will see no difference.

Do you wanna know if jerome ropati is 'real' 5blank8th?? just apply THE FIVE-EIGTH TEST!!!
basically a 'real' 5blank8th catches the ball with his hands and a 'fake' 5blank8th catches the ball with his chest. the difference is the real 5blank8th always looks to pass if nothing available he will run. the fake 5blank8th simply runs the ball every chance, passing comes 2nd. the fake 5blank8th is pretty much a lock.

thats why so many experts have said that guys like trent barrett and braith anasta should play lock instead of 5blank8th. the so-called 'big running 5blank8ths' arent as effective anymore. and THATS pretty much how jerome ropati plays. it is so frustrating as a fan to watch him. ropati could have number 11, 12 or 13 on his back and u will see the same jerome ropati play.

FFS PUT LANCE HOHAIA IN THE HALVES!!!!

You explained that well but Ropatis superglued to 5blank8 for some reason. Unfortunatly he'll be there for the rest of the year. As for
his future posistion once Witt arrives, who knows???

J Ro will start off the season in the 6 jersey, unfortunately it would seem he will need to play his way out of the jersey before witt will get a go

*cringes & trembles in horror at another season of JRO at 6* Please tell me you don't have a source for this info. Mix, PLEASE!!!!

im sorry sebas but it will be so. just cross your fingers he plays soo badly in the first few games he gets the chop early.
 

Northern_Union

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Sebastion makes good sence. Think of all the class 5/8th in modern times.....Laurie Dally, Wally Lewis, Gary Schofield, Brad Fittler, Olsen Fillipina, Cliffy Lions. They all, as Sabastion says, catch the ball out in front of them which gives them the options of running/passing/kicking/dumbing. Now watch Ropo closely in the match against the Storm, he'll catch the ball to his chest run THEN look to give options after he has explored his running options. This people is not how a quality 5/8 plays. With the ball in front of you the opposition doesn't know if you are going to run or pass or kick. But with the ball to your chest you only have one option...to run....and if you want to open up further options from there you have to transfer the to pass, by the then the opposition has read that you either can't run or have no running options so must pass.....very easy to read.
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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RS_Dragon said:
Sebastion makes good sence. Think of all the class 5blank8th in modern times.....Laurie Dally, Wally Lewis, Gary Schofield, Brad Fittler, Olsen Fillipina, Cliffy Lions. They all, as Sabastion says, catch the ball out in front of them which gives them the options of runningblankpassingblankkickingblankdumbing. Now watch Ropo closely in the match against the Storm, he'll catch the ball to his chest run THEN look to give options after he has explored his running options. This people is not how a quality 5blank8 plays. With the ball in front of you the opposition doesn't know if you are going to run or pass or kick. But with the ball to your chest you only have one option...to run....and if you want to open up further options from there you have to transfer the to pass, by the then the opposition has read that you either can't run or have no running options so must pass.....very easy to read.

yup true, and its a skill you see in some of the nrls most lethal attacking weapons like Sonny Bill, Gasnier, Bowen and Matt Cooper to name but a few.

Toopi in his prime was a big exponent of it also
 

Northern_Union

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MiXmasterreece said:
RS_Dragon said:
Sebastion makes good sence. Think of all the class 5blank8th in modern times.....Laurie Dally, Wally Lewis, Gary Schofield, Brad Fittler, Olsen Fillipina, Cliffy Lions. They all, as Sabastion says, catch the ball out in front of them which gives them the options of runningblankpassingblankkickingblankdumbing. Now watch Ropo closely in the match against the Storm, he'll catch the ball to his chest run THEN look to give options after he has explored his running options. This people is not how a quality 5blank8 plays. With the ball in front of you the opposition doesn't know if you are going to run or pass or kick. But with the ball to your chest you only have one option...to run....and if you want to open up further options from there you have to transfer the to pass, by the then the opposition has read that you either can't run or have no running options so must pass.....very easy to read.

yup true, and its a skill you see in some of the nrls most lethal attacking weapons like Sonny Bill, Gasnier, Matt Cooper to name but a few

Yep dead on Mix with those three players! They give there team and themselves options from the get go when they have caught the ball.
 

commonsense_old

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RS_Dragon said:
Sebastion makes good sence. Think of all the class 5/8th in modern times.....Laurie Dally, Wally Lewis, Gary Schofield, Brad Fittler, Olsen Fillipina, Cliffy Lions. They all, as Sabastion says, catch the ball out in front of them which gives them the options of running/passing/kicking/dumbing. Now watch Ropo closely in the match against the Storm, he'll catch the ball to his chest run THEN look to give options after he has explored his running options. This people is not how a quality 5/8 plays. With the ball in front of you the opposition doesn't know if you are going to run or pass or kick. But with the ball to your chest you only have one option...to run....and if you want to open up further options from there you have to transfer the to pass, by the then the opposition has read that you either can't run or have no running options so must pass.....very easy to read.

dont wanna get too much into it but i was the one who post that bro LOL.
 

Northern_Union

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commonsense said:
RS_Dragon said:
Sebastion makes good sence. Think of all the class 5/8th in modern times.....Laurie Dally, Wally Lewis, Gary Schofield, Brad Fittler, Olsen Fillipina, Cliffy Lions. They all, as Sabastion says, catch the ball out in front of them which gives them the options of running/passing/kicking/dumbing. Now watch Ropo closely in the match against the Storm, he'll catch the ball to his chest run THEN look to give options after he has explored his running options. This people is not how a quality 5/8 plays. With the ball in front of you the opposition doesn't know if you are going to run or pass or kick. But with the ball to your chest you only have one option...to run....and if you want to open up further options from there you have to transfer the to pass, by the then the opposition has read that you either can't run or have no running options so must pass.....very easy to read.

dont wanna get too much into it but i was the one who post that bro LOL.

Thats what happens when ya try and watch TV as your reading posts:D

Sorry brother:)
 

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