Player Watch #38: Noah Balta

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If his tank is good enough, could he be our full time ruck in the future? Seems like he could be a Stefan Martin type, but somehow even more athletic.
That is the thing with a player like this. He allows you to rip up the rule book. He just has so much power and speed you could just see him making a complete mess of certain big rucks around the ground at times. The balancing factor is he would struggle to get his hand on it first in the centre bounces.
 

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That word is getting thrown around a lot these days.

Nank is a good player, he just needs more help (i.e. not Grigg). Not a great tap ruckman but a competitive beast and good around the ground, getting back and helping in defense etc.
I’m glad someone gets it, Nankervis is awesome around the ground for us, l think a few of our haters better start watching more replays before they come on here spewing crap about our players that really have a crack.
He is a competitive player that finds a way of filling holes for us both forwards and defence.
Only criticism l have on Nankervis is that he gives away silly frees sometimes.
 

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I’m glad someone gets it, Nankervis is awesome around the ground for us, l think a few of our haters better start watching more replays before they come on here spewing crap about our players that really have a crack.
He is a competitive player that finds a way of filling holes for us both forwards and defence.
Only criticism l have on Nankervis is that he gives away silly frees sometimes.
I don't think to many are critical of Nankervis, and with Balta he will finally get the help he needs, but he is not having a great season and you are always looking to get better. Is CCJ that player down the track is fair to ask.
 

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I seem to remember something along the lines of

"Has to learn how to take a contested mark"
Ok but I didn't see that, but it could have been there. I got the impression it was just he wasn't marking much and needs to start, not that he hasn't got it in him, which might be the context of that statement.
 
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