And for mine, I'm freakin' happy about it (Luck playing). He is our most unsung hero, week in, week out.
The funny thing is reading some of the euphoria and hope over Steve Rapira, who has a lower work rate and I believe less impact ball in hand.
As for our defense falling apart without Luck, that's a load as well. He had a fantastic game against the Knights with some great cover and goal line tackles, but he simply doesn't get injured so he doesn't miss enough games to make a genuine evaluation on his worth to the defensive line.
Uhmm...that's the biggest load of them all. He hasn't missed enough games to make a genuine evaluation? Do you watch Warriors games via live updates on nrl.com or something?
I think Mannering is doing a good job. A lot of good work on the edges in D. I noted when Carney scored that try from hell on the weekend that Mannering was easily the first forward back, if anything you could make a call that he 'over-enthused' in the defensive play, but still, he was back in case he could make a play.
Without Luck, I reckon we'd have been beaten by 10-15 by the Knights the other week. Some of his try savers were classics. I've noted in the games he's also getting a 10 minute break midway through the second half, so this may be helping him also.
I guess if you're not busting the line every set and throwing 47 offloads, you are of little value to some posters. The funny thing is reading some of the euphoria and hope over Steve Rapira, who has a lower work rate and I believe less impact ball in hand.
But then Brown isn't a centre. He's an interchange hooker or loose forward come second rower.
He misses one off games and from week to week there could be a dozen reasons why teams don't front up compared to the week before, especially the Warriors.
When has Luck been out for an extended period? He's one of the most durable players in the game.