Opinion Unpopular Opinion: Naitanui is a better ruck than Cox

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Mighty Eagles

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It amazing people tend to forget and can only see what is in front of them

Post above is spot on

We love both but I would take Cox over Nicnat...

Cox can regularly mark which nicnat struggles with
Cox can play out the whole game which Nicnat can not which effect's selection of other players
Cox skills off both feet....his ability to kick to the forwards was sublime
Cox can play forward and back and take the saving mark ..plus when defenders are looking to kick it down the line....Cox would provide that outlet..
Cox was an extra midfielder... he ran rucks off there legs
Nicnat has Cox for HO and HO to advantage...,but coxie was no slouch in this area...his tapwork to Cuz Kerr and Judd was awesome

I love Nicnat but Coxie is better
Well said, ole cock
 

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What the F is with Nics gut btw. Can’t they limit his intake and burn that off. He’s looking like a weekend warrior plus additional weight on his knees can’t be good for him.
 

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I must admit I did forget about Gardiner.
My only memory of him is boxing on against freo and a forgettable finals appearance.

Based on durability, running power and dare I say it marks and goals I’d take Cox over Nic or Gardy
No question, Cox is our greatest ever ruckman of all time, and probably the best since Polly Farmer.

However, it will probably remain understated just how good Gardiner was. He started to change the position in the late 90s/early to mid-00s. He ran out of "lives" with us, hence him being traded at the end of 06, but had he been disciplined, he would've rucked with Coxy in 06 and that's scary to imagine what side we would've been with him in it.
 

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Chris_6678

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No question, Cox is our greatest ever ruckman of all time, and probably the best since Polly Farmer.

However, it will probably remain understated just how good Gardiner was. He started to change the position in the late 90s/early to mid-00s. He ran out of "lives" with us, hence him being traded at the end of 06, but had he been disciplined, he would've rucked with Coxy in 06 and that's scary to imagine what side we would've been with him in it.
He was pretty handy at the Saints when he got up and running.
 

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