General Maloney Was A Stand Out For The Roosters

BiggerD

BiggerD

Our old mate James Maloney apparently went very well against the Tigers last night in the Foundation Cup Trial.

Maloney & Mitchell Pearce seem to have a good combo going..

SBW didnt play btw.

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https://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league...ines-for-patient-roosters-20130223-2eywk.html

JAMES MALONEY proved to the Sydney Roosters faithful in Saturday night's Foundation Cup trial against Wests Tigers that the long wait for him to wear the tri-colours was worth it.

Maloney signed to join the Roosters in 2011 when he still had a year on his contract with the New Zealand Warriors but he showed enough on the rain-sodden Sydney Football Stadium during his team's victory to suggest he could be a stabilising force for a side which, occasionally, appeared at sixes and sevens last season.

He combined well in the halves with Mitchell Pearce to set up play, but he added an extra dimension to the Roosters with his boot as winger Daniel Tupou could testify.

Tupou benefited from a Maloney "special" in the 19th minute when he flew high above Wests Tigers winger Matt Utai to snaffle the ball and score in the corner.


Maloney also provided the Roosters with some breathing space when they were camped on their own line with three booming first-half drop kicks, the best of which finished on the 80-metre mark.

In the 49th minute he split the defence and set up another try when he linked up with utility player Daniel Mortimer which provided the Roosters with a well-deserved 16-6 lead.
Add Maloney's four goals from five attempts to the mix and it was a decent effort, as Pearce suggested.

"We play off each other and if we can steer the team around there'll be some success hopefully," Pearce said.

It was only a trial, but the Roosters attacked with great gusto. The forwards charged into the Tigers defensive line as though their careers depended on it. Props Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Sam Moa blazed a bruising path.

Another player who made an early impression was back-rower Boyd Cordner, who had seemingly been forgotten in all the hype about Sonny Bill Williams and Luke O'Donnell joining the club.

As a player who had long been earmarked as an emerging star, Cordner, who played 22 of the club's 24 games last season, reminded his club's coaching staff of what he could offer when he stormed on to a Pearce pass to open his team's account.

Wests Tigers showed in patches they had the potential to unleash some exciting football via skipper Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall, but their momentum was frustrated by a string of silly penalties, something centre Chris Lawrence acknowledged after he injured his shoulders and was forced to miss the second half.

"We've got to hold the ball," he said. "Too many penalties [in the first half] burnt us out."
Tigers recruit Braith Anasta endured a strange outing against his old club, his image on the screen before the kick-off was greeted with a chorus of boos and he was pulled from the fray because of a gastro bug.

Tim Moltzen missed the second half for the same reason, Lawrence watched the last half with an ice pack on his shoulders while his centre partner Blake Ayshford was carted off the field after a knee to the head.


Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-report/maloney-shines-for-patient-roosters-20130223-2eywk.html#ixzz2LlOVomIp
 
wallacenz

wallacenz

yeah watched a bit of that game and pearce and maloney look good together. Pearce is the leader who directs the play and then maloney comes into his own when the defence is fragmented and opens up a bit. His speed and ability to put others into gaps really compliments Pearce.
 
Manu's mistake

Manu's mistake

yeah watched a bit of that game and pearce and maloney look good together. Pearce is the leader who directs the play and then maloney comes into his own when the defence is fragmented and opens up a bit. His speed and ability to put others into gaps really compliments Pearce.
Jeez that Roosters side looks awesome and talk about back rowers,Luke O'donnel,Aiden Guerra,Boyd Cordner,Frank Paul da Wrecking Ball,SBW and a flood of talented youngsters.That Sam Moa the front Rower(looks a goa) played strong.Apparently hes spent the last four seasons at Hull and run hard,made meters and spent good minutes on the field.They will go well this year and ones to watch.Tigers on the other hand seemed to lack size and it may be more of the same for them.
 
Lance155

Lance155

I really think he is going to be the warriors biggest loss for a long time. good sign for the blues tho!
 
Magic Stick

Magic Stick

Will see if Roosters fans a crowing when Maloney is missing 10 tackles and giving away 5 penalties a game..but all the best too Maloney
 
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Will see if Roosters fans a crowing when Maloney is missing 10 tackles and giving away 5 penalties a game..but all the best too Maloney


Haha yeah...players like Maloney are fantastic on attack, but when the defensive pressure goes on thats when it all turns to shit.
 
Ever Hopeful

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Such rubbish...your just dirty he left the warriors. grow up

I had to sign up to reply to this!

I am so utterly relieved that Maloney moved on from the Warriors. No one man is to blame for the defensive deficiencies of last year, but Maloney's defence was useless - hence why the Blues wouldn't look at him in the end. No matter how good a player is on attack, I don't want him in a team I follow if he can't defend.
 
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Defence

Defence

Yip I'll take shoulders- quite happy with that trade off tbh and it's not just there defence
TL is a leader- Maloney more of a dummy spitter
 
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Lance155

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I had to sign up to reply to this!

I am so utterly relieved that Maloney moved on from the Warriors. No one man is to blame for the defensive deficiencies of last year, but Maloney's defence was useless - hence why the Blues wouldn't look at him in the end. No matter how good a player is on attack, I don't want him in a team I follow if he can't defend.

Pretty sure the main role of a halfback is to attack...there are plenty of rubbish defenders in that position...lockyer for example was bloody terrible yet one of the games great.... and no I am not comparing the 2 players but showing you an example of average defence doesn't make you a bad player. It is just as stupid as wanting every one of your players to have strong attacking ability which we definitely do not have
 

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I had to sign up to reply to this!

I am so utterly relieved that Maloney moved on from the Warriors. No one man is to blame for the defensive deficiencies of last year, but Maloney's defence was useless - hence why the Blues wouldn't look at him in the end. No matter how good a player is on attack, I don't want him in a team I follow if he can't defend.



Maloney caused a lot of problems for our right edge defense last season, and for my blood pressure with his idiotic ruck penalties. He has plenty of pluses about his game, but the minuses were too much, particularly when there are too many other players in the team with defensive frailties.

Welcome aboard.
 
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ToiletDuck

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Maloney caused a lot of problems for our right edge defense last season, and for my blood pressure with his idiotic ruck penalties. He has plenty of pluses about his game, but the minuses were too much, particularly when there are too many other players in the team with defensive frailties.

Welcome aboard.


My lord those ruck penalties used to drive me insane. He was so blatant about it too, there was no subtlety to it, just lying all over them for waaay too long.
 
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Xfactor

It will be interesting to see how he responds to a Matulino bone-crusher or a Rapira rib-cracker!

He'll target Shaun Johnson, Tupou, Konrad and Manu all day long knowing that they either can't/wont tackle or are easily confused and wrong-footed.

While Manus D was much better last night, Maranta was left un-marked too many times. Jimmy knows how to draw Manu out of position. Manu has one of the best defending centres in the game inside him now! He HAS to learn to trust him to do his job.

Round 2 will be a massive test for the Warriors, and in my very simple opinion, could define our season.
 
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t-wade23

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Hmm round two just send our big ball runners like Mateo,Mutts ikahihifo and all them boys str8 at him on defense and he will get exposed for the lousy defender that he is wasnt he like number one in missed tackles last year along with Shaun Johnson??
 
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Xfactor

Hmm round two just send our big ball runners like Mateo,Mutts ikahihifo and all them boys str8 at him on defense and he will get exposed for the lousy defender that he is wasnt he like number one in missed tackles last year along with Shaun Johnson??
Yeah, something like 138 missed and ineffective tackles which was the highest in the comp last year......yet the Roosters were determined to get him anyhow.

Jimmy is responsible for some of the biggest tackles made in a Warriors jersey and his missed tackle stats from last year could have been a result of deciding 1) "if nobody else in this team gives a fuck, why should I" and 2)" I'm outta here in a couple of months...meh" Who really knows?

But you're right....send the big boys straight at/over him and wait for the penalties to come.
 
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fanrrior

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Yeah, something like 138 missed and ineffective tackles which was the highest in the comp last year......yet the Roosters were determined to get him anyhow.

Jimmy is responsible for some of the biggest tackles made in a Warriors jersey and his missed tackle stats from last year could have been a result of deciding 1) "if nobody else in this team gives a fuck, why should I" and 2)" I'm outta here in a couple of months...meh" Who really knows?

But you're right....send the big boys straight at/over him and wait for the penalties to come.
Well, the Roosters signed him before our 2012 season had started and in 2011 Maloney's positives far outweighed his negatives.

I also think he did give a fuck when it came to us winning. Even if it was for no other reason than to make the NSW team, Maloney never really looked like he gave up. Otherwise he wouldn't have missed as many tackles rushing up out of the defensive line.
 

Xfactor

Well, the Roosters signed him before our 2012 season had started and in 2011 Maloney's positives far outweighed his negatives.

I also think he did give a fuck when it came to us winning. Even if it was for no other reason than to make the NSW team, Maloney never really looked like he gave up. Otherwise he wouldn't have missed as many tackles rushing up out of the defensive line.
I was a Maloney fan. He did far more good than bad, but there is a belief held by many that he left before 2012. I completely disagree!

He did most of the yelling last year, and often looked the most disappointed/pissed-off at the level of amateurism being displayed by our team.

My suggestion was more that at some point last year he possibly thought to himself "this ship is sinking and I aint the Captain" or something to that effect.

That's pure speculation of course, but who could blame him if he did?
 
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wallacenz

wallacenz

I was a Maloney fan. He did far more good than bad, but there is a belief held by many that he left before 2012. I completely disagree!

He did most of the yelling last year, and often looked the most disappointed/pissed-off at the level of amateurism being displayed by our team.

My suggestion was more that at some point last year he possibly thought to himself "this ship is sinking and I aint the Captain" or something to that effect.

That's pure speculation of course, but who could blame him if he did?
Yeah, at one of the games I went to last year they had Maloney playing in the halves and running back to fullback on defence when our fullback was injured. He was working his ass off. There were so many holes in our backline throughout the season its hard to just blame one person. Our forwards were ineffective and our backs were inept.
 
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Lance155

Lance155

Yea there are players out there that pefer a winning team over anything else and i think maloney is one of them. A quality player who wants similar players around him in which he will have at the roosters. end of the day we do some really average/solid players which frustrate players like maloney when he gives them chances. can you imangine not even being able to try the crossfield kick on attack cause your wingers and centres can't catch
 
League Freak

League Freak

He played well. Im surprised they re-sign Pearce TBH. I think Maloney will out play him by quite a long way.
 

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