Hiku has played 6 plenty and done well.I reckon you always need a cover for Niko. He’s one speedbump away from missing time.
You might as well throw RTS or Jazz in there if you’re thinking Lawton and Hiku make decent halves.. Harris is a problem if you take him out of the forwards and replace him with.... Blair?...
Not seen turner play before. Given it’s the doggies and he’s probably marking an old timer in Foran maybe that could work... or maybe he’ll get schooled...
Given who’s on the market I’d be happy to throw AK a one or two year contract. Then our four top 30 halves would be Nikorima, CHT, Turner and AK.
Tremendous post and hope everyone reads it.This really is the year of the injury.
All sides have multiple players out and some like Manly, Broncos, etc have had their competitiveness shattered with key players out. Teams like the Raiders, knights, etc have been up and down with their form mirroring injuries to key players.
The speed and fatigue is good for fans but its unsustainable the amount of damage were getting.
In a 30 man squad:
Broncos - 12 players out injured
Raiders - 9
Manly - 7 including key players
Melbourne - 13
Knights - 9
Souths - 9
Roosters - 10
Warriors - 9 plus returnees
Games are decided by whose got the most first choice talent available on the day. The lower teams with less depth are even more exposed.
This years top 4 include the Eels (1 injury) and Panthers (5 injuries, no long term or star) and the Storm and Roosters who probably have the most depth to call on. Our competition has been shaped by the injury crisis this year.