I like Lino and its good to have depth in the halves, he and Shaun Johnson bring different attrbutes, Shaun Johnson has the running game and is more dangerous when he uses it, the side benefit of this is teams target him because they are wary of giving him space so that helps others get space. Lino is better at support play and last play options especially his short kicking game, probably also be a better goal kicker but I havent checked the stats.
I would pick Shaun Johnson over Lino at the moment but dont think the gap is as big as some say and I wuld be getting Lino more 1st grade gametime, want to see him against someone who puts more pressure on us, the Roosters were mud.
The real question is who do you leave out???
You can tell a players attitude by his attitude in defense. Mason to me is quite limited, certainly no where near Shaun Johnson's natural ability. He doesn't have that big weapon like speed, Mason however maximises his talent with hard graft. You don't do measured short kicks like that without a lot of practice. That goes a long way and says a lot about the character of the guy..
Agree, Hiku at FB doesnt fill me with confidence under the high ball or as last line of defence, Perham is a natural.
And not ready yet. We have seen what throwing boys in to first grade does. We have options at FB. Fusitua, Hiku, you could leave Lino at half and put Shaun Johnson at fullback. Roger will be fit to play I think anyway
Some thoughts from someone who put 5 g Bookie cash on Warriors 13 plus.
This is a happy fit team that enjoys playing together.
Everybody in the 17 is committed to fulfilling their role. Hence Lino could use his skills to execute his role. Which he did very well. Praise has to go to those round him as well.
If fit Johnstone comes back in.