I know there are a lot of positives this season and I’m sorry to be a downer but I’m disappointed the way Nofo has been treated by the club this season.
Nofo has been one of our most consistent players ever since his debut in 2013. He plays with his heart on his sleeve and he loves this club. He resigned with us last year even with everything going on at the club, he showed true loyalty.
There was no obvious reason why he was dropped. Yes, Thompson has been great this season but I believe that Nofo is at least in infront of MWZ!
Stats to prove Nofo is more effective than MWZ in the two games they played in FG this year:
Nofo – 176 M (most of any player from both sides), 50 post-contact metres (most of any player from both sides), 11 tackle breaks (most of any player from both sides), 5 offloads (equal with Marsters for most of any player from both sides), 4 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 1 error.
MWZ – 89 M, 30 post-contact metres, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 6 tackles, 1 missed tackle, 4 1-1 tackles.
Nofo – 150 M (most of any Tigers player, 4th overall), 57 post-contact metres (most of any Tigers player, 3rd overall), 4 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 2 tackles, 2 missed tackles, 3 errors.
MWZ (only played 37 mins) – 52 M, 18 post-contact metres, 1 tackle break, 5 tackles, 2 missed tackles.
Some people will argue it was his defence that has let him down and if that is the case he should have been given a chance to prove himself first before being dropped. When he has played FG this year he hasn’t let us down.
If Nofo has not had the right attitude at training or something has happened that we are not aware of then let the fans know. They don’t have to go into full detail but at least give some kind of explanation as to why he has been dropped.
My biggest worry is if he continues to stay in lower grade there may be a chance he asks for a release (which I’m sure he doesn’t want to do!)