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he's barely fit enough to run out three-quarters of a vfl game and blows up after a half of afl

his fitness level is coming from a long, long way back

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For those that wondered why he came to Melbourne, I can only assume that he will be developed by the best ruckman in the game to take over the mantle in a couple of years.  For now, Max is king of the heap. Preuss is no challenger for the crown.  Let him develop, get a few tastes, and really get to work on his game so that he becomes an absolute beast.  There will be times he gets a run in the firsts with Max, but I think he is still 2 seasons away from really being the ruckman we want.  Preuss will be mid-20’s and fit for purpose.  Max will be ready to perhaps for the understudy to surpass him.  He is also insurance (although, atm , not brilliant cover)

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Pruess becomes first ruck option if Gawn is injured 

Pruess does not have the mobility to play as a permanent forward whilst giving Gawn a chop out nor is he that good a mark to play that role 

Pruess does not have the tank to run out an AFL game as first ruck option 

Forget the SCG it isn't big enough a ground to expose his weaknesses 

You will see a trimmer Pruess next season and beyond 

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2 hours ago, Moonshadow said:

The VFL report on the AFL website said he dominated this week, 40+ hitouts

Except that:

- that's pretty well all he did

- he offers next to nothing around the ground (11 disposals, 4 marks 2 weeks back; 9 disposals, 3 marks last week)

- he offers next to nothing up forward (total score for the last 2 VFL matches is 1 point. Also, see above)

- we have a ruckman

- he would be given the runaround/run off his feet in the firsts against AFL-standard rucks

- North Melbourne didn't get rid of him for nothing

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11 minutes ago, bing181 said:

Except that:

- that's pretty well all he did

- he offers next to nothing around the ground (11 disposals, 4 marks 2 weeks back; 9 disposals, 3 marks last week)

- he offers next to nothing up forward (total score for the last 2 VFL matches is 1 point. Also, see above)

- we have a ruckman

- he would be given the runaround/run off his feet in the firsts against AFL-standard rucks

- North Melbourne didn't get rid of him for nothing

Give the big lad a chance to develop. Like many posters have pointed out, he’s got access to the best player in the league for what he’s aspiring to become. 

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Easy to forget that the man mountain Preuss is still only 23. 

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9 hours ago, whatwhatsaywhat said:

he's barely fit enough to run out three-quarters of a vfl game and blows up after a half of afl

his fitness level is coming from a long, long way back

Aha! Now we are starting to hit the nail on the head. 

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7 hours ago, bing181 said:

Except that:

- that's pretty well all he did

- he offers next to nothing around the ground (11 disposals, 4 marks 2 weeks back; 9 disposals, 3 marks last week)

- he offers next to nothing up forward (total score for the last 2 VFL matches is 1 point. Also, see above)

- we have a ruckman

- he would be given the runaround/run off his feet in the firsts against AFL-standard rucks

- North Melbourne didn't get rid of him for nothing

Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. And Tick. Do we all get it now?

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10 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

you may be right but the enigma is whether in combination with Gawn the two could could be the new Bogey and Mccall.

Let's face it.. the season is gone... it's time to dance

? and then it dawned on me,

Image result for bogey & bacall 

Not much of a ruck duo though.

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10 minutes ago, ManDee said:

? and then it dawned on me,

Image result for bogey & bacall 

Not much of a ruck duo though.

I dont know but they were pretty good in the clinches from memory😉

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30 minutes ago, Kent said:

I dont know but they were pretty good in the clinches from memory😉

good inside mid

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12 hours ago, It's Time said:

To counter that argument. They made him play when he couldn't lift his arm above his chest. Bizarre decision. Was an incredibly gutsy effort to be out there at all. Looks like they damned him for it too. What were they thinking? Almost as bad as what they did to J Smith. 

Fair call.

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10 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

 How did TMac go that day?

Pathetic, like pretty much every other week this season.

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Not sure why people are so impatient to see him on the park. He's not exactly a polished player. If he's the answer to our forward line woes then we have far more serious issues. 

I'd rather get games into, you know, our actual true forwards like Weed, Tmac and to a lesser exent Tim Smith (who I think has been contributing well when he's out there). Pruess is a backup ruckman, not a KPF. 

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I'm in the Preuss camp. Small sample size, but he's created goals from nothing when we need them and at least looks close to taking a grab rather than just sticking his hands toward the ball with eyes half closed.

Keeps one defender deep. Can physically hurt the opposition. Has the ability to tap to advantage. But forget the second ruck discussion, fitness,  and VFL form - Braydon still offers far more as simply a forward right now than what Tmac currently does.

It's not like Tomald is the key to us trapping it in. We have looked far better up front this year when Tom has been absent - and while I was happy enough to overlook it before, he keeps getting in the way thinking he's some sort of extractor at forward scrums.

Would be great to see Braydon somehow go head-to-head with Cox, like in some bizarre two-metre tagging role. All we are saying, is give Preuss a chance.

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2 hours ago, Skuit said:

I'm in the Preuss camp. Small sample size, but he's created goals from nothing when we need them and at least looks close to taking a grab rather than just sticking his hands toward the ball with eyes half closed.

Keeps one defender deep. Can physically hurt the opposition. Has the ability to tap to advantage. But forget the second ruck discussion, fitness,  and VFL form - Braydon still offers far more as simply a forward right now than what Tmac currently does.

It's not like Tomald is the key to us trapping it in. We have looked far better up front this year when Tom has been absent - and while I was happy enough to overlook it before, he keeps getting in the way thinking he's some sort of extractor at forward scrums.

Would be great to see Braydon somehow go head-to-head with Cox, like in some bizarre two-metre tagging role. All we are saying, is give Preuss a chance.

Average ground ball gets inside 50 to Rnd 9.  Tom not even on the radar...Pruess @ 5.  Oh, leads our goal kicking averages also.  Not bad for an unfit wanna be who can barely play out 3 quarters.  Imagine how much better he'll be when he manages 4!

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