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Taufua ideal for Origin

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by MK Eagle, May 9, 2013.

  1. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

    +247 /0
    Some players are just made for origin & Taufua is 1 of them.
    His defensive issues have improved position & technique wise & under the high ball much improved.
    In fact his timing to come in at opposition fullbacks & centres in defence is so good only a perfectly timed Thurston cut out pass or a precision kick will catch him out.
    His attack imo is devestating, with only Inglis & a handful of others as difficult to tackle.
    He plays a high octane style game & loves to get amongst the action, taking hitups in the pretty & ugly situations & wins the play the ball, setting a roll on for his team.
    Ppl talking up Ferguson & Merritt need to see the Taufua highlight reel 2012/13.
  2. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,736 /120
    Not sure I agree, they will bomb him constantly
  3. Supernintendo Chalmers

    Supernintendo Chalmers Well-Known Member

    +843 /9
    not this year, in the future, definitely. Still has developing to do.
  4. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

    +247 /0
    I agree they would , though improved it would still be his biggest weakness.
    Like every player theres strengths & weaknesses, but he exceeds others by a big level with his explosive running game & could just as easily be the X factor if NSW sprang an upset victory.
    I get your point, but would not be suprised to see him get the gig & prove many wrong.
  5. MWSE

    MWSE Well-Known Member

    +335 /2
    Another explosive player who also can't catch is already ahead of him in the pecking order for the wing.
  6. firechild

    firechild Active Member

    +65 /0
    NSW are pretty light on for quality wingers so with Hayne moving to FB, I don't see why they shouldn't give Taufua a run. Merritt is great at scoring plenty of tries against average opposition but against good sides he goes missing, this is what will happen in origin. He can't defend and he only really takes advantage of lazy defense with great speed.
  7. MK Eagle

    MK Eagle Well-Known Member

    +247 /0
    Suprised theres not 2 wingers being selected??
    Must be watching a different Taufua than others on here in 2013, hands have been safe as other NRL wingers all season.
  8. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,886 /30
    Jorge isn't ready yet. If picked and has a shocker could scar him for a long time. Origin has spat out a lot of players that were thrown in too early, don't want Jorge to become another one of them.
  9. cherry_poppins

    cherry_poppins Well-Known Member

    +1,548 /187
    As a fan I want him in blue and think he would be brilliant if picked for left wing

    As a manly fan I hope he never plays origin

    As a guy who knows his Dad I hope he is ready for it
  10. The Indian

    The Indian Well-Known Member

    +446 /14
    When the ball nestles in his hands and stays there he is indeed devastating - but his hands still worry me ......and as a blues fan having Uate and Taufua on the wings might would be explosive in attack but asking for trouble.

    They wil pick Merritt with all the media support for him - despite the fact he will be rag dolled from dummy half and origin is nowhere near as open as club footy. But at least when they pick him and he flops we wont have to hear about how unlucky he is not to play anymore.

    Personally - I would pick Gordon on the wing - or at Fullback if they want Hayne on the wing.
  11. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

    +976 /0
    Absolutely he will, which is why he can win himself a spot if he fills in for Snake the next few weeks. He's improved this year but isn't in the safe as houses category yet, ala Robbo. He's probably still a few blokes in front the queue atm, but with a good couple of weeks he will be very close.
  12. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,886 /65
    A lot of people don't use current form in this area and stick to a period of 3-4 weeks from the players career to make their judgement, case and point Ben Barba who was safe as houses last season but everybody still said he is rubbish under the high ball etc

    For me, Taufua is at least 2-3 years away from Origin level though
  13. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,054 /174
    Are you pushing Esi Tonga for origin?;)
  14. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,886 /65
    Huh ?
  15. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +844 /25
    He will throw up Soward. He has a hard spot for him.
  16. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,886 /65
    You have already filled that spot Garts. Carney for NSW

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