Lance Thompson? Please, oh please, select Queensland side this year.
Sure, let me get it out of the way.
2. Boyd (l)
3. Inglis (l)
4. Tate (r)
5. Yow Yeh (r)
11. Harrison (l)
12. Thaiday (r)
15. Myles (better team balance with Thaiday starting + Myles returning to a familiar role off the bench)
Maybe I should take a stab at picking the NSW side instead.
Watmough and Stewart are turnstiles? turn it up son, 2nd best defense in the league, and premiers for the 2nd time in 4 years on the back of the work they do.
Yes, won in the forwards off the work of Scott, Petero & Thaiday. Harrison is garbage - was for Souths, is for Gold Coast and Queensland. He's fortunate to be selected in a great team, but is a shit player. Myles is the same...
Okay, sirs, letís have a look. There was once a great stats based website... but I donít know what happened to it. For last seasonís stats, we might have to wait until this weekís Big League. For this task, Iím considering stats from the 2010 season, thatís not the most recent season but the season prior (culminating in a win to the Dragons over the Roosters).
Thaiday 30. 1 tackles per game, 66 mistackles for the season + 21 errors, 9 penalties
Stewart 33. 7 tackles, 66 mistackles + 19 errors, 16 penalties
Both these guys are about average. Myles had similar defensive stats at 31.8 and 59.
Harrison 35.6 tackles, 36 mistackles + 8 errors, 10 penalties
Watmough 24.4 tackles, 87 mistackles + 35 errors, 21 penalties
Watmough had the fourth most missed tackles of any forward, with only De Gois , Luke and Bird doing worse. Luke was averaging a shocking 7 missed tackles per game for the first handful of games. Only Farah and Bird had more errors for a forward than Watmough.
Two other NSW reps in Lewis and Bird are also noted weak defenders.
Lewis Ė only 25.2 tackles, 77 mistackles. I know for a fact that Lewis had been averaging above 3 mistackles per game for the past 3 seasons. Thatís a weakness in his game thatís seldom highlighted.
Bird Ė a meagre 14.8 tackles, 90 mistackles!