The hooker looks good. Won best player in QCup. Burgess should be able to give more.Sharks site has announced the signings of Ikavalu, Tolman, Miller and the junior of Broncos
Sharks continue to build for 2022The Sharks have added depth and experience to their 2022 roster with the recruitment of a noted try scorer, the retention of one of their most experienced players and the signing’s of an Australian Rugby Sevens star and the player named the Queensland Cup’s best from the 2021 seasonwww.sharks.com.au
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Here’s my full take on Berrell…
Before this season I wasn’t a fan.
Up until this season Mitch Cronin (R.I.P.) was the starting 9 and the captain, so Berrell would usually come off the bench and play a bit of 6, 7 or 9. Cronin was a guy who could play almost anywhere, so if a back got injured Wynnum would move him out wider and Berrell would come in to 9.
He’s always fit the mould of a bench 9 for me. Good running game, can make an impact, but he has some mistakes in him and can be prone to the occasional bonehead play. His passing from dummy half isn’t as good as some, and defence in the middle can be question mark too. He’s tough and willing, but he does fall off a few.
He had a good year this year (obviously). I wouldn’t have said he is the best player in the comp, but he obviously had enough good games to get the chocolates, and it’s not like he didn’t have other guys in his team getting points (the Wynnum 6 and 7 both polled high).
On the plus side, the guy is ultra competitive. He seems like the sort of guy you’d love to play with and hate to play against. His ball-playing at the line is really smart, and he is a “take a hit to make a play” type of player - which is something plenty on here will love because that’s the opposite of how Brailey is perceived.
I personally don’t think he’ll push Brailey at all, but it is great to have another good 9 option in the squad for if/when it is needed. I’d take him at 9 over Tracey any day. That he can play in the halves makes him a decent bench option too, since with Hynes in the squad you can pretty much cover any injury.
All in all I’m really happy for him, as I wouldn’t be for anyone who slugs it out in lower grades for years and then finally gets an opportunity. I hope he tears it up for the Jets and forces his way into the 17 so you can all call bullshit on any of the negative stuff I’ve said above.
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