I think that Kata has been our most consistent centre, has been much, much improved on d and his workload out of yardage has been really impressive. His combo with Ken and the subsequent rise in Ken's performance and consistency means I wouldn't be changing that pairing anytime soon.
We are 8 wins from 11 games with that pairing and 4 from 5 on the road.
Don't fix what ain't broke.
The Hiku vs Beale question has far more merit.
However, even then while his defence has been questionable, that is undoubted, Hiku has added an enormous amount of attacking x-factor to that right edge which has the top tryscorer in the NRL on the end of it.
We are 8 from 11 with Hiku in the team and that can't be understated.
I simply don't see how either gets dropped for a guy who is not demonstrably better overall and has played 1 nrl game this season.
Beale is good, but is he that much better overall to have the centres from a top 3 team dropped for him?
It isn't as cut and dried as many think
I would rate Hiku and Kata's workload out of yardage as similar, hiku makes more yards in traffic though. Kata has been better in the past when he just when staight and hard, these days h goes too sideways for my liking. So i think rating him above Hiku for yardage is a stretch.
Agree on his defence when you look at his strength but shoots out a lot, that might be to stop a break he can see coming but he is not always getting his man, needs to tidy that up.
His combo with Ken? I dont see that, certinly isn't turning into quality ball for Ken or tries for that matter from what I have seen.