Jesse Bromwich (c, Melbourne Storm), Gerard Beale (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Adam Blair (Brisbane Broncos), Lewis Brown (Manly Sea Eagles), Greg Eastwood (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers), David Fusitu’a (New Zealand Warriors), Tohu Harris (Melbourne Storm), Shaun Johnson (New Zealand Warriors), Jordan Kahu (Brisbane Broncos), Solomone Kata (New Zealand Warriors), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters), Thomas Leuluai (New Zealand Warriors), Issac Luke (New Zealand Warriors), Te Maire Martin (Penrith Panthers), Manu Ma’u (Parramatta Eels), Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra Dragons), Kevin Proctor (Melbourne Storm), Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders), Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders), Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys), Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers).
They had nothing else with Leuluai out…
We’ll see how he goes defensively at NRL level this season. In his 6 games last season at 5/8 he managed:
v Brisbane: 25T (2 MT)
v Dragons: 24T (1 MT)
v Eels: 25T (3 MT)
v Cowboys: 21T (3 MT)
v Roosters: 27T (4 MT)
v Sharks: 10T (1 MT)
…that’s a pretty sizeable defensive load for a 5/8 so he was clearly being targeted. Those stats do not suggest that he’s an enormous defensive liability. An international pack should have been able to shield him just fine.