Some goldfish posters just want to throw out what was working in favor of their new special fave player of the minute, Tevaga can play lock because he's done it much of the year to good effect.
Rd 3 W Raiders – Luke 80 minutes, Tevaga 56 minutes
Rd 4 W Roosters – Luke 80 minutes, Tevaga 53 minutes
Rd 5 W Cowboys – Luke 80 minutes, Tevaga 53 minutes
Rd 6 L Broncos – Luke 80 minutes, Tevaga 56 minutes
Rd 7 W Dragons – Luke 80 minutes, Tevaga 60 minutes.
The combination works, the results speak for themselves, when Luke is missing it goes south in a hurry, but that just shows his importance.
See the thing is ... you've got big minutes there, but what does he bring to the game in terms of actual impact? He's an okay defender in a team that is going well. But when things get hard, what does he bring to the table?
Hard running? No. Momentum changing playmaking? No. Momentum swinging hits? No.
To top that off, he starts making errors and chewing up plays with gormless runs.
Jazz is getting hammered because frankly, his fairly average efforts were disguised by the rest of the team KILLING it. Now that he's not being carried by other people's momentum, it's clear he isn't really bringing much to the table.
Would I prefer Lawton? Yes. Is this strictly Lawton vs Jazz? No. I simply don't think he's useful when considering the composition of the team. We already have Mannering in the team who Jazz is an inferior version of.
We don't need a guy that can play big minutes in the forwards. We don't need a utility that can do a piss poor job of covering Hooker/2nd Row/Lock. Most of our pack can cover Prop/2nd Row/Lock and play big minutes in the even of injury. We are MUCH better served having Lawton (Centre/Hooker/Lock) or Beale (Fullback/Centre/Wing/Shitty Small Forward (Jazz style) on the bench as it suits the side's needs more.
Also consider that he's supposed to be cover for Luke, but you admitted things 'go south in a hurry' when Luke isn't there. Isn't it counter productive for the cover to CLEARLY screw up the team when providing cover? It's partly coincidental, but 4 of the Roosters tries last week came while Jazz was on and Lawton was off. I'm not blaming him entirely, but it puts a lot more pressure on the team when they're getting really poor service from the hooker.
But yes, soooo impressive that Jazz can play 60 odd minutes for 40 limp dick metres gained (usually in lieu of a proper attacking play inside the 20) and 30 third man in tackles.