Im going to keep an open mind regarding Aikens signing. One thing in our favour will be variation. When we go to the left we will have 3 big strong tackle breakers hitting holes off Niko, and the right will have the silky passing and finishing of Hiku and Fusitua. With the right shape, and hopefully using Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as a support runner, not a battering ram, we will have enough options to be dangerous.
So Ken plays outside Aiken? Wonder if he’ll throw the ball @ him next time he doesn’t pass it to him when he has a clear run to the line?....or is Hoppa Jnr Jnr coming in to cover Ken moving to 2nd row next year?
The Staggs try is ridiculous - He ran through half the team to be fair to Aitken. That was his one of his 2 tackle misses last night out of 22, and marking Staggs all night is one of the biggest challenges for any centre ATM. He's a top 3 centre right now. His defence is generally pretty solid, it's been a big improvement the past couple of seasons for him.
Aitkens is a top ball runner, John Bateman like strength to break tackles. Yes, passing skill is low. But TBH I think he is the best centre on the market, and don't mind this signing (would prefer 2 years though). He'll be inside big Ken, who is hardly a Fusitua like finisher. Put Katoa on his inside with an off load, these three will be hard to handle if they get a bit of a combination going. All 3 can break a tackle.
Fusitua needs that quick early ball, which Hiku provides.
Yeah bang on. They're going to be very hard to handle. Aitken has a different game to Hiku too. Hiku will unload or run a different angle. Whereas Aitken is explosive. I like the balance of the 2. And having a dependable defender beside him will help his own defence.
Let’s give him a shot a the title.
We are a bunch of hard taskmasters on Warriors.com.
It wasn’t too long ago a fair few were not happy about the club going after Api’ Buy of the Year’ Koroisau - turns out he would have been nice to have.
No problem with him leaving and the way it has been handled. I know the media want to spin it as not wanting to move to New Zealand. From his own mouth, he said that wasn't a problem when he first signed but his personal situation has changed.
He is still playing and putting in for the club. The Lodge one may have more to it but this still comes off the total opposite of how Aitken has handled himself with moving on.