I want to throw his name into this conversation. He’s been at this level of performance before and it’s easy to say at the surface that he’s an inconsistent player but his young career has been interrupted by injury every season. This is injury free Nofoaluma and in my opinion he’s the best attacking winger in the NRL. His defense needs work but he’s no worse a defender than Josh Mansour, and is a better finisher. He and Mansour are extremely similar levels of player and Mansour is your incumbent Origin winger. If Nofoaluma can get his bomb catches consistent and keep belting blokes in defense he’ll get there sooner rather than later.
Nobody quote where I was insulting him earlier in the year and saying he sucked please.
I don’t think you went that far:
“I am not convinced Nofoaluma himself is a better option than Addo Carr but he hasn’t done anything to be dropped for him either.”
He’ll need to have a strong start to next season to be in contention but yeah, when he’s firing he’s a tackle busting machine.
I’m not too worried about his defence till he has guys inside him making solid decisions. Alot of the time he gets left high and dry. He does need to work on his hands though. I still hold my breath every time the ball goes his way, especially in the air.
With ball in hand he is up there with the best. If he can maintain his forn he will get a mention.
His game style is highly suited to Origin. Dirty yards being his biggest strength as his is one-on-one defence (absolutely crunches opponents) but needs better reads. Probably doesn’t present an attacking target in the air though which cuts down their try scoring options.