Talau seems a hefty young fella according to his stats
189 cm and 96 kgs
What are his strengths ??
I consider him very similar to a young John Sutton. A skillful player with good size. Will start out in the backs, has a good short passing and kicking game, but will ultimately end up in the back row.
Thanks BB , does he have any speed or he relies on his strength / guile
We haven’t really ever seen him in open space. He’s no JAC, Ponga, Roberts. But he’s no slower than Nof, Marsters or Jennings either.
In one CC game where Talau was playing right wing Gamble put in a chip kick from about 40m out. Talau, while not having to turn and chase (but still giving up about 5-10m) easily won the race to the ball to dive over in the corner. Think it was against Norths. Can’t remember who his opponent was but we got smashed in that game. He surprised me that he got there ahead of his opposing winger.
He’s very skillful, likes a flick pass offload, has a good cutout ball. Not a natural hole runner/support player though but this could be learnt. You wouldn’t want him as a halfback but like a Graham, Matto and Sutton is more than capable of chiming in here and there. I’m not sure what his best position is for now but he’s always been super highly rated. Had a number of niggling injuries this year though.