Very good call on Tupou not pushing it unless he knows it won't cost us. I do like that.
Should Bluey be made coach, I can see him going for Inu at centre. Bluey's had alot of faith in Kris in the past (picking him at fullback for the Kiwis when he hadn't even played NRL) and if there's anyone who can motivate Kris it's Bluey.At this point I'm happy to see almost anyone being touted as a future centre, as our stocks are so low.
The offseason should be interesting. You'd think at least one of Inu/Fish/Bill will spend a large amount of time training at centre. Rotating backrowers there just isn't good enough.
SKD does the exact same thing, it annoys me. It does work initially, but once defences have sussed you out it's pretty easy to shut down.One thing on Hurrell though, he still does the same thing he did playing Union, running sideways 30 metres until he finds a lazy defender. It worked in high school and in the NYC, but there's no way he's going to get away with that in the NRL.
With less brain explosions on defense. Hurrell's much harder to put down just because of brute strength. Matai probably is more silky than Hurrell, Hurrell plays mainly a power game where Matai is more agile. I think the Fox commentary we're comparing him to Inglis, which is a real stretch at this stage, but I guess they have the same kind of game in terms of strength in the tackle. It would be fairer to say he's more like Junior Sau (in form) except with better footwork and passing.Is Hurrell a Matai mold then? Matai a straight runner himself but puts himself in good running lanes. Has the foot work to change his line of attack and awareness to find the supporting runner and set up his wing man.
I think the only thing with Konrad is that he's still very green, being his first year of playing league and all. I believe an off-season training with the big boys and learning off guys like Ropati and Vatuvei will help him immensely. He still makes errors based on the fact that he just doesn't know the game as much as he should. I'd give him a run in the pre-season games for sure, but an Inu/Ropati centre pairing would suit me at least for the beginning of the season.I'm mainly a fan because of his AGS background. Same goes for Slaimankhel.
He's going to be 20 next month. I'd like to see us take a chance with him next year early on in first grade. I think there can be a tendency to keep players in the U20's and reserve grade maybe a little long sometimes?
I also don't subscribe to the theory that giving them a go in first grade, then dropping them destroys their confidence. It can give them a good idea as to what they need to work on in the lower grades. Ben, Sonny and Package all spent time in first grade while still eligible for the 20's.