I don’t think that all props hit their stride in their early 20’s and find consistency
I look at Papalii at Canberra …I don’t think anyone ever thought he become a consistent big minute player
I think he still needs another off season , he has more to offer , especially when at some stage in the future we might be able to get some support up front for him
He will be a really good player but is young and needs time to develop, like nearly all forwards.
We can all see that he’s fallen away since a good start to the year and our lack of any decent, experienced forwards around him has meant he has had to carry much more of a load than he should have.
Huth on the other hand is at his peak.
I wish the rest of the side could tackle as effectively as him…
I reckon most NRL coaches would wish the same about their own teams.
Alex isn’t the bloke I’m disappointed with this year. Sure it’d be great if he was a bit more dynamic, had a bit more impact, etc. But for a 23 yr old prop he does his job, ie. consistently making his 100m & 40 odd tackles a game (@ 95% efficiency btw). It’s all about balance & he & Clark compliment Mikaele & Aloiai quite well. We just need a bit more experience in the middle. Just a shame that Packerlino have been injured or out of form otherwise they could’ve played that role.
Nope I’m more disappointed with the likes of Marsters, Jennings, etc. & to a lesser extent Brooks, Marshall, Liddle & Reynolds (for different reasons). They’re the blokes who need to have the footy smarts, provide the spark consistently, etc.
Let’s hope we finish the season strong.
Makes his metres and doesn’t miss tackles. He’s 23. Just passed 50 FG matches. Arguably he’s tracking ahead of where you might have expected him when he was a mid-season speculative transfer from Eels just 2 years ago.
It seems to me that some people believe if some forwards are not trending towards Artie Beetson or Jason Taumololo then they aren’t achieving their potential? There are probably 10 power forwards in the comp who can regularly throw off defenders in 3-man tackles, the rest just try to make their metres, not make mistakes and control the ruck.
@GNR4LIFE he doesn’t have the ability to dent the line like the top prop forwards. He has a lot of positives to his game but unless he can somehow add the ability to make damaging hit-ups and busts I can’t see him as anything other than an average front rower.
I think that is exactly what the majority of posters are stating as well. He is pretty good but you can’t compare him to Hass for instance. You can’t have a team of superstars.