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Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Chobbsy » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:38 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38974529
A shame to loose such a promising prospect, I am assuming we have some centres in our sights, we need more than Matt Toomua and sick note Tuilagi.
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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by AntG » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:42 am

Agree, a real shame to see Jack leave, a real prospect. However if he wants to get into the Wales squad it seems like a logical step.

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Soggypitch » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:42 am

Yes really disappointing to lose Jack, just when he's breaking through!

You are right Chobbsy we are desperate for at least two more quality centres, especially if Mermoz is off.

Ben Teo would be brilliant, not sure of his contractual position with Wuss.

Henry Slade would be amazing but I fear that is me in fantasy land!
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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by wormus » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:51 am

I too am sorry to see Jack Roberts leave as he is not yet the "finished centre" and leaving Tigers where the quality coaches, top injured centres to mentor, and Tigers team mates & support will not be at there at lower level Cardiff. I hope his skills improve and he plays for Wales v Manu! Good luck Jack.

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by strawclearer » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:03 pm

wormus wrote:I too am sorry to see Jack Roberts leave as he is not yet the "finished centre" and leaving Tigers where the quality coaches, top injured centres to mentor, and Tigers team mates & support will not be at there at lower level Cardiff. I hope his skills improve and he plays for Wales v Manu! Good luck Jack.
You're right in that another season here with the likes of Toomua, Mauger, Tuilagi, Ford, Mermoz (possibly) and JPP to learn from would be something any budding international 13 would jump at...if they were 21. Roberts will be fast approaching 26 at the start of next season so you can understand his impatience for a regular starting slot.
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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by BFG » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:52 pm

A great shame to lose Roberts IMO he has proper pace and is a line breaker who has given some go forward in recent times.
Would've been a great foil for Manu if Toomua had to move to 10 when Ford is missing.
I don't honestly see any of the development players filling this void to the required standard.

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by jgriffin » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:01 pm

BFG wrote:A great shame to lose Roberts IMO he has proper pace and is a line breaker who has given some go forward in recent times.
Would've been a great foil for Manu if Toomua had to move to 10 when Ford is missing.
I don't honestly see any of the development players filling this void to the required standard.
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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Noddy555 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:43 pm

Sad to see him go as he has improved no end as a player this season, but one can understand his motives, pull of the home country etc. Good on yer boyo all the best for the future.

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Hot_Charlie » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:41 pm

Noddy555 wrote:Sad to see him go as he has improved no end as a player this season, but one can understand his motives, pull of the home country etc. Good on yer boyo all the best for the future.
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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Spicer » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:25 pm

jgriffin wrote:
BFG wrote:A great shame to lose Roberts IMO he has proper pace and is a line breaker who has given some go forward in recent times.
Would've been a great foil for Manu if Toomua had to move to 10 when Ford is missing.
I don't honestly see any of the development players filling this void to the required standard.
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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Jimmy Skitz » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:39 pm

shame to lose him but at least it's not to another premiership club.

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Hot_Charlie » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:59 pm

BFG wrote:A great shame to lose Roberts IMO he has proper pace and is a line breaker who has given some go forward in recent times.
Would've been a great foil for Manu if Toomua had to move to 10 when Ford is missing.
I don't honestly see any of the development players filling this void to the required standard.
Then again, it's a decent run of games that has allowed Roberts to flourish. He showed glimpses in his first couple of seasons when he had few opportunities, but he did struggle to hang on to the ball at times!

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by Jimmy Skitz » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:10 pm

Betham as a 13 has a lot of pace and with a consistent partner would also provide the same go forward

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by BFG » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:51 pm

Hot_Charlie wrote:
BFG wrote:A great shame to lose Roberts IMO he has proper pace and is a line breaker who has given some go forward in recent times.
Would've been a great foil for Manu if Toomua had to move to 10 when Ford is missing.
I don't honestly see any of the development players filling this void to the required standard.
Then again, it's a decent run of games that has allowed Roberts to flourish. He showed glimpses in his first couple of seasons when he had few opportunities, but he did struggle to hang on to the ball at times!
We always knew he had raw pace and importantly speed off the mark as it was pretty obvious, just needed the opportunity.
He took a lot of responsibility in the circumstances recently which was good, yes he made some mistakes but what I was looking forward to was seeing him link up with other equally dangerous players and begin to hold defenders for each other and then watch the spaces open up!
Was noticeable at times when Manu is placed next to a slower player then defenders can afford to drift off to double up on him far too easily!

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Re: Jack Roberts leaving us

Post by johnthegriff » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:34 pm

Roberts like Catchpole has been most unfortunate with illness and injury when opportunity has beckoned. He is now in his mid twenties and has recently done well but like Frazer Balmaine he is at that point in his career that he needs regular first team rugby if he is to achieve his potential. Sad to see them go but I think it will be best for each of them personally. Hopefully there will be opportunity for someone like Charlie Thacker to develop or maybe another project signing to back up the first team squad.

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