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Opinion Is Cronk better than Thurston?

Discussion in 'Rugby League General' started by Moedogg, Sep 28, 2019.

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Thurston vs Cronk - who is better?

  1. Thurston

    72.9%
  2. Cronk

    27.1%
  1. Moedogg

    Moedogg Immortal

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    8 GF appearances..
    3 Premierships
    Countless dally Ms
    On the verge of winning 3 GFs in a row..
    Never seen him have a bad game and was always at his peak till his very last game ..
    You can trust him to carry out a game plan and he never loses his cool when under pressure unlike Thurston who'd often blow up when things weren't going his way....
    Probably never missed a finals series too..
    Cronk>Thurston
     
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  2. craigo

    craigo Forum Regular

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    He is one of the best ever! They are close to back to back because of him I think. He’s like an extra coach on the field! Go raiders tho fuck the roosters
     
  3. Dognacious

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    "Better than" is a hard one to quantify with 2 such players. Cronk has had more success than JT, but imo JT was a more dangerous player. If he had played for Storm or roosters instead of Cowboys, JT would have been as successful. So yeh i cant say who is "better"
     
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  4. Psycho Doggie

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    Cronk wasn't born with Thurstons natural talent either
     
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  5. coach

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    But 3 teams in 3 cons3ctutive grand f8nals with one common denominator
    Jt excellent but Cronk on par for what he does to a team
    Its no just luck Cronk has made with to 3 in a row with 2 different teams
     
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  6. Spoonman84

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    Thurston has not always had the 5 star players surrounding him and he still made average players look good. Cronk has never really been put on that position and won’t now so I’ll take Thurston.
     
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  7. Prison Mike

    Prison Mike Previously AlphaPapaBravo

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    Cronk is the best 7 the modern game has ever had imo he gets the best out of his team whereas JT competes for himself
     
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    Cronk isn’t better than Johns
     
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  9. Howard Moon

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    He did in Origin, which is where Thurston had all of his success... he only won the one premiership in the dying minutes as a starting half
     
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    Prison Mike Previously AlphaPapaBravo

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    Sorry our definitions of modern are different... game has changed immensely since Joey retired
     
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  11. Prison Mike

    Prison Mike Previously AlphaPapaBravo

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    In saying that though Cronk is far more professional than Joey ever was. Imagine the scary heights he could have risen to if he was as half as committed as Cronk was/is
     
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    Put Thurston in that Storm side and he would have had just as much success as Cronk. If you put Cronk in some on those Cowboy sides would he have done better then Thurston? We will never know unfortunately. Thurston has the runs on the board from doing that.
     
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    one grand final win on the bell? I would like to think so
     
  14. Spoonman84

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    It’s a whole different ball game when you’re not playing with a origin spine every week...
     
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    Yes I understand, but like I said, Thurston gets most of his recognition from rep footy, in which he was playing with that group..
     
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    Cronks had the luxury of much better players around him his whole career. And at much more professional clubs
     
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    He still dragged some bad Cowboy teams to the finals. It’s just unfortunate we will never see what Cronk could do surrounded by an average squad for a few seasons.
     
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  18. Moedogg

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    2014 state of origin
    Game 1 - Cronk lasts for 10 mins NSW win
    Game 2 - No Cronk
    Game 3 - Cronk comes back and puts on a master class

    Thurston has never won a minor premiership even with the star studded cowboys team he had in that period. Once Cronk went to the Roosters he made players around him better and help fufill their potential. Keary, Tedesco, Tupou, etc...
     
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    fair point.. both players very influential and hard to say one is better than the other I guess.. all I know is, I'm glad to see the backs of both of them as of next week
     
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    Thurston is easily the better player..

    Cronk is great player that has played in better teams to Thurston hence the better club record..

    This Roosters team on paper is rediculous compared to other squads..
     
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