It is always easy in hindsight to pick the better players. However before the season starts, who would you prefer to have in the Wests Tigers team (current vs former players at similar stage of their careers))? And yes I know some would have preferred to have all of them.
Moses vs. Te Maire Martin – I would pick Moses, and I would probably even pick Brooks over Martin. I still think Martin will be a good player, but my opinion is that Moses will continue his form from last year and Brooks gets undervalued a lot of the time.
Suli vs Josh Addo-Carr – This is probably the better comparison as they are both young and inexperienced players (and a comparison to Rankin would lead to obvious comments). Suli for me as he looks to have a more solid all round game and a longer term centre option as well. Addo-Carr might make some highlight reels, but would still pick Suli to be a better long term player.
Aloiai vs Curtin Sironen – while Aloiai looks like he might be playing more in the middle this year I would still rather him in our 17 over Curtis. While he did not often have great games last year, he was solid in his first NRL season especially coming back from a major injury. People were often bagging Tedesco in the year he came back from his first knee injury because he wasn’t scoring tries every week. I think Aloiai will turn out to be a very good player. Sironen will probably keep his place in the Manly side all year but doubt he make NSW or Australia teams in the future (now that Fulton is out of the picture).
Ballin/Liddle vs. Farah – no comment.