11. Left Winger of the Year 2016



  • Nominations for the annual Karl Marx award please.

    Rules in main forum.

    All arguments for and against encouraged and in fact required during nomination phase.

    Surname First Name Country Pros Cons
    WILLIAMS Liam WAL Nominated by Paul Cully in SMH "Unclear if Williams actually played left wing"
    SAVEA Julian NZL led a lot of the stats for wingers (metres gained, tacklers beaten, clean breaks) in TRC; Single handedly took the Wallabies apart in the 2nd 40 at Eden Park giving ABs a 27 point win in what was actually a pretty close match; Fantastic winger, big and physical and fast; Better than everyone else; Can destroy people defensively on occasion Not as good as he could be, so suffers from comparison with earlier versions of Savea; Mentally lazy at times
    ZEBO Simon IRE Broke Munster try scoring record; Key part of WR try of the year; can play fullback; skills improved across the board; Really good v ABs in Chicago


  • Slim pickings for left wing this year.

    Julian Savea. Up and down but led a lot of the stats for wingers on metres gained, tacklers beaten and clean breaks through TRC. Single handedly took the Wallabies apart in the 2nd 40 at Eden Park, which unfortunately papered over some of the cracks before Chicago by giving us a 27 point win in what was actually a pretty close match.



  • I like Savea for this.

    Pros
    Fantastic winger, big and physical and fast
    Better than just about everyone else
    Can destroy people defensively on occasion

    Cons
    Not as good as he could be, so suffers from comparison with earlier versions of Savea.
    Mentally lazy at times
    Can get a bit lost defensively (George North, he's looking at you as you run past him)



  • Simon Zebo. Broke Munster's club try scoring record in March. Was a key part of WR try of the year scored by Jamie Heaslip. Also plays full-back for his club and Ireland. His handling, chasing, kicking and scoring have all improved in the last 12 months.



  • Shouldn't we rename this one leftard of the year 2016 and the guy on the opposite flank rwnjs of the year 2016?



  • @dogmeat excellent suggestion



  • Keith Earls

    Some great highlights

    He's also equally adept at centre.



  • @dogmeat said in 11. Left Winger of the Year 2016:

    year

    Tradition dictates it's always been the Karl Marx.

    I've never been able to settle on a right winger though.

    I tend to think it's more prestigious as a tribute to a person rather than a concept. Bit like naming after a sponsor. Maybe they get a specially engraved "lefttard chocolate fush" for 2016 only.



  • @antipodean said in 11. Left Winger of the Year 2016:

    Keith Earls

    Some great highlights

    He's also equally adept at centre.

    Those are quite cruel. 🙂 He does generate some polarised opinions in these parts. Which split neatly into - from Munster/not from Munster.



  • @antipodean Never been a fan of Earls but that lot is just plain out of order. Very cruel.



  • @dogmeat said in 11. Left Winger of the Year 2016:

    Shouldn't we rename this one leftard of the year 2016 and the guy on the opposite flank rwnjs of the year 2016?

    Wouldn't OWM be a better fit for this current era?


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