@WeHaveCheeKam Nonsense. Stop pumping people’s tyres after 7 matches. He’s got a lot more work to do to show he can physically compete season after season.
And frankly the modern game is less kind to small/quick than the older styles were.
Yes. It is early but Ryan will be around for a while. He has excelled in all the lower grades in a similar vein to Moses; Teddy et al. And the modern game is definitely suited to smaller players. You know the interchange is getting decreased right? You do know what that means right? larger players? Bigger bodies? i think not.
Oh well Mitchell Moses as an example, I’m sold. You know who else excelled in lower grades? Bloody everyone who plays first grade, that’s the point. If he’s been around so long, why has he only played 7 FG games?
It’s also fine to excel in lower grades when you are a little fellow who doesn’t have to take on NRL-quality defensive sides weekly.
I’m not saying Paps won’t become a regular FG player but it’s a big IF and a bold prediction. I’d rather back stronger horses.
Personally I think Paps plays a lot like Dufty, who had a standout first season and hasn’t been able to maintain that level. I also think that Paps has a really ungainly way of running, though he is quick, I have a suspicion he may lose pace as he ages because his natural technique isn’t great. Also if he cops a leg injury as a small bloke, then what happens to his speed?
Lastly no, NRL have made no definitive call on dropping the interchange. They are obviously thinking about it, but they’ve also made it clear that they need to consider the wider implications if they make that change - there was an article just this week (Roy Master I think) about the concern of blowouts if they drop the interchange, because yes it favours little guys but it also favours routs if one team gets on top and the last thing the NRL wants is blow-outs.
Already in 2019 refs are being more lenient in the ruck (except for last night), which is resulting in less stoppages, faster games and increasingly tired players. Perhaps the current reffing style removes the need to consider dropping interchange.
But, by all means, buy up all the dwarves in the comp in anticipation of the return of “the little man”. Clive Churchill would be so pleased.
‘Dwarves’ as you call them are what is going to keep people interested in the NRL. The NRL needs to seriously be more dynamic to keep up with AFL etc. Yes, the bigger players will ‘blow’ harder but not the fit/ versatile players (generally smaller players).
I’ll come back to this thread when Papenhuyzen is a regular first grader and hit you up brother. He isn’t going anywhere. I remember watching him play in the Aussie schoolboys a few years ago and to an extent some excel in the lower grades but then you see ones that a cut above. He is in that category.
You may perhaps be salty at the way Moses departed and it certainly wasn’t good there is no denying his ability. He has always been dynamic in the sense he tried anything and everything on the park and often it came off. He covered wing; fullback; five eigth and half at Holy X/ Under 20s and ISP.
But like i said over and over again the NRL needs a sort of draft system otherwise the tigers can’t compete with the richer clubs…we could have someone like Zion williams and still inevitably lose him to the storm or chooks, which is why i’ve lost so much interest in this code over the pat few years…