Any new injury concerns?
Any returning players?
Any tweaks to the bench?
Kata was close to our best tonight, really impressive workrate so I wouldn't be dropping him anytime soon. We are also 8 from 11 with Hiku in the team, he is bringing a lot more to the table than he is costing us
Except 1 on 1 defence, getting chucked over the sideline your right on the button.
- Johnson / Lino
Fair call re Kata - he has improved but still think he is prone to rushing up out of the line and his passing could still do with some more working on. True, we are 8 from 11 with the incumbents - i just like the look of Beale - yes he has only played one game back but thought he actually went alright considering how long he has been out. I would have Beale and probably Kata - not a big fan of Hiku but like Lisone seems to be on Kearneys weekly team sheet - its a nice debate to have though, i actually thought the beginning of the year Maumalo would be gone from first grade by now and have been a big critic of him in the past but he has been good this year.I think that Kata has been our most consistent centre, has been much, much improved on d and his workload out of yardage has been really impressive. His combo with Ken and the subsequent rise in Ken's performance and consistency means I wouldn't be changing that pairing anytime soon.
We are 8 wins from 11 games with that pairing and 4 from 5 on the road.
Don't fix what ain't broke.
The Hiku vs Beale question has far more merit.
However, even then while his defence has been questionable, that is undoubted, Hiku has added an enormous amount of attacking x-factor to that right edge which has the top tryscorer in the NRL on the end of it.
We are 8 from 11 with Hiku in the team and that can't be understated.
I simply don't see how either gets dropped for a guy who is not demonstrably better overall and has played 1 nrl game this season.
Beale is good, but is he that much better overall to have the centres from a top 3 team dropped for him?
It isn't as cut and dried as many think