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Zack Henry

Post by aslongaswebeatsaints » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:02 pm

Interested what others think about Zack Henry to date?

To me, though early days he seems to me a great find. Very much the “diamond in the rough” who seems to have benefitted from a hard route and taken his opportunities to show glimpses of significant potential. He makes a few wrong decisions, but they all seem to be more the mistakes of inexperience in the Prem coupled with the fact he’s being put in multiple positions, in a period of experimentation, rather than any flaws in his game. And he has exactly the right mentors around him, including finally a coaching team that will improve players.

But what puts him as a potential diamond is that element of, dare I say, French style flair and unpredictability that makes him so far exciting to watch. For example, his move against Glaws that led to the Potter try was a thing of beauty.

Can’t decide who he reminds me of?

What do others think? Am I blowing hot air, is he a star find or is it simply too early to tell?
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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Robespierre » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:08 pm

He was an outstanding player for the ProD2 side Nevers and has shown a lot of promise from what we’ve seen of him for Tigers. His preferred position is clearly fly half and he’ll be a more than adequate deputy for George Ford.
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Re: Zack Henry

Post by ABClub » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:13 pm

An excellent signing and given no one had heard of him before he was rumoured to have already signed it has Jan McGinity written all over it.

Tigers have been desperate for a backup to Ford that can play flat and put the outside backs into space. Henry looks like just that when he's at first receiver with good backs outside him. His excellent footwork and ability to cover fullback are a welcome bonus but his skill as a playmaker and tactical kicker are the more important addition in my opinion.

The one downside if I'm being pedantic is his goal kicking looking shaky. With Nadolo and Hardwick as goal kicking options elsewhere in the back line that shouldn't be too big an issue though. Freddie Steward also has a big boot and has kicked goals before.

Overall he has been one of biggest positives since the restart alongside the lineout improvements, impressive performances from the development squad second rows and Luke Wallace looking like a season in Championship has allowed his body to recover enough to be back at his pre-injury best.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Leicestertinytiger » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:46 pm

Oh he’s definitely a great talent, that’s undeniable. Has something special and can make things happen on the pitch, although see him as a 10 who can cover 15 in emergencies. Wouldn’t want him at 15 against say Exeter.

Not just him though, we’ve made some other very good signings. Wallace is a proper 7 who still looks to have some pace. Henderson is only 20 but can already mix it in the premiership, him and Martin could be a great pairing in a few years.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by HandOfBack » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:36 pm

I think you are right, and would argue he is one of the best signings. Really looking forward to Ford 10 & Henry 12 being interchangable aswell. Not quite the formidable Wilkinson and Giteau, however, if they get enough game time together, we could have a really enjoyable season next year with lots of the "French flair".

I don't think 15 is the best position to have him in, even though he does seem to have dancing feet.

On the front foot, one of the most dangerous players I have seen since the restart and really looking forward to seeing him play in a Tigers shirt for a long time.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by TigerFeetSteve » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:19 pm

Maybe it's because of the fact I was a back, but Henry & Steward have been my stand out young performers who's stock has improved. Well Martin too.

Henry is both lucky and unlucky that Ford is a tough guy to displace. That said he's the perfect guy to learn from!
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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:23 pm

Not sure I would want a Ford/Henry 10/12 through choice, they would get targeted, still waiting to see what sort of 12 Ford does want outside him.
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Re: Zack Henry

Post by MCC1964 » Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:33 pm

There is nothing scientific in my opinion, but I just have a gut feeling this lad is going to do great things.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by JP14 » Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:09 pm

There is the French flair about him, and whilst I prefer the Henri pronunciation of his surname to the English one, posters please remember that Zack is from Brighton!
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Re: Zack Henry

Post by kk20gb30 » Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:17 am

Latent talent , and plays with refreshing freedom ; good potential.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Cardiff Tig » Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:16 am

It will be interesting to see him in a match that requires game management from the 10. So far he's had the freedom of chasing lost causes so can play with little pressure and risk a few things.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Jimmy Skitz » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:53 pm

Zack has been the main bright light since restart, I'm a fan of Freddie Steward at 15 but I would also like to see Zack get some game time there with George Ford at 10

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Noggs » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:27 pm

There's a lot more to come from this young gun and as already said he will learn a lot from Ford.

I have been impressed by a number of the 'second' team who look well capable of competing for selection in the first tier. However, until all the new arrivals are available and have had some game time I suspect SB will wish to keep his options open. Competition for places can only be a good thing and at the moment we look as if we will have far greater depth of cover than we've had for a couple of years.
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Re: Zack Henry

Post by Tiglon » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:00 pm

Don't forget that Henry is 26 in a couple of weeks, he's been playing professional rugby for years.

He reminds me a bit of Michalak. In my opinion he's looked best at 10, I'm not sure his positional play or tackling is good enough for 15. I wouldn't be against him having another run out at 15, but he looks like a 10 to me. Personally I'm just delighted that we have a talented backup 10 for the first time since George Ford was our backup 10.

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Re: Zack Henry

Post by johnthegriff » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:08 pm

I agree with Tiglon, Zak is a decent deputy for Ford, he is able to play other positions if called upon but I think his main job is to understudy our international 10. We have a new signing, a very promising young player and a couple of others able to take the fullback role.

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