Thanks for the compliment - have noticed you like a few of my posts over the past 6 months so appreciate the feedback!
I did wonder if I had overplayed my point in my post about Chanel Harris-Tavita as Shaun Johnson is good enough provide enough direction on behalf of both halves and carry Chanel Harris-Tavita to a degree.
I guess we will find out next year.
Certainly if Shaun Johnson gets injured or if Chanel Harris-Tavita tries to "express himself" to use a Brendon McCullum saying rather than playing a supporting role then things will get pear shaped.
I picked 2023 I assumed by then we would have replaced Chanel Harris-Tavita with a better accomplice for Shaun Johnson.
The other thought I had was Manu. I think a halves pairing of Shaun Johnson and Manu would be better than Shaun Johnson and Chanel Harris-Tavita. And I viewed that Chanel Harris-Tavita would hold back that pairing from happening for about 10 games or so until Brown could palpably see Shaun Johnson needed a halves option that drew defenders away from keying on him and rushing him.
Regarding CHTs pass. It has come along way, I think I used the word mediocre for his distribution. By NRL halves standards he is a mediocre passer. Neither good nor bad. He has come a long way since last year. I really like how he takes the line on and then turns and pivots and passes out the back to his edge. It is good you are correct. I docked him a few points as he doesn't yet have sleight of hand that a Cleary, DCE or even Nikorima has, his pop passes are a bit laboured, and doesn't always make the correct call of when to run vs pass (although this aspect has improved remarkably). His play making and setting up of players needs to improve.
This year he has 7 appearances and 1 try assist and 1 line break assist.
Actually the big stat there is the 7 appearances out of 19 games. Poor guy isn't getting much time to develop by being injured. So I can see why many of the fans here want to give him more of a chance taking his down time into account.
Sorry for long answer !
Reading between the lines I get the impression that you think he is not developing quick enough and has a low top end. I think what you say is correct, but could I chuck a couple of different perspectives your way.
He is a Rookie Half and as Kodi isn't a game manager has had to take over that role. Added to which he has been struggling playing with injuries as a Half in a struggling side where he has had little front foot ball.
Secondly it is hard to under estimate the value of a strong defender in the Halves, next year we will have two. Warriors defensive systems are designed to cover the shortcomings of our players so the opposition gets a double whammy. With strong middles, and good defensive backs is going to make a lot of difference.
I just think that Chanel Harris-Tavita is a glass half full/empty type of player, my opinion is as long as he does his role that is enough, good post buddy.