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Threw a couple of forward passes out of dummy half but he had been on for a while and tackling hard so I dare say he was a bit fatigued by then.
Showed enough to jump ahead of King and Pritchard in the pecking order.
I never judge a player on his first few games, or even his first season. Wait till he has played 15 or 20 games and teams start scouting him a bit more, then you find out where his strengths and weaknesses are.
I'll give him until about round 5 next year before the usual muppets start calling for his head because he's not banging down the door for Origin selection by then.
That said he looked promising.
Polite way of saying King was lucky to play the 20 he did
Thought he did a very good job for his NRL debut.. let’s hope Arthur keeps giving him more opportunities over King and Pritchard.
Massively impressed! At the very least I already consider him our best 14 option.
Kicked out of dummy half, his service was good until fatigue got to him, and looked far more creative than some of our other options.
I said before the game that I saw a combination of Stone/Mahoney as our really good fit for the club going forward, and this only served to back that up. I think like Kaysa, who puts a lot of effort into his contact, Mahoney is going to struggle to play eight minutes, and I think a rock-solid defender like Stone, who can play the first 20 minutes, and then come back on in the second half as a forward replacement, is the perfect balance.
P.S. I'd keep Kaysa around if the contract is modest - I think he's gotten his game to a really decent point, but you just can't rely on him being around for an extended run.