9. Halfback 2016 - POLL



  • Surname First Name Country Pros Cons
    MURRAY Connor IRE Nominated by Paul Cully in SMH; potentially best in position currently; good performance v Abs in Chicago; a toss up between Webb and Smith with Young with Smith and Murray being more complete; even if just for his performance in Chicago; "Far from outstanding in 6N; Smith better than Murray for balance of the year; potentially best in position currently; has not been the best halfback in the world this year; Neither his kicking nor his passing have been world class; best NH 9 for some: Very solid all round game, seems to be the hub of most things that Ireland have done well this year; not up to previous standards"; not as good as Smith or TJP
    PERENARA Thomas NZL "really came into some blinding form when the ABs needed him to"; pretty good year; "question mark on passing" "doesn't have the all-round game of Murray"
    SMITH Aaron NZL "was himself before entering the ChCh airport; better than Murray for balance of the year; has been the benchmark this year (and last); good games were outstanding outweighing his less than good; "still first pick"; a toss up between Webb and Smith with Young with Smith and Murray being more complete; Good initially" Form affected post Chch
    GENIA Will AUS general play has been fine; managed to keep it in his pants while at the airport; shows glimpses of the player he was; still dangerous (just like Maverick according to Iceman ...); shone despite pack that left him exposed; Opinion that no Australian should be selected based on the whole of the year; "could take Genia"; shows glimpses of the player he was but not enough to warrant selection; some stupid box kicks;
    WEBB Rhys WAL One of the standout NH 9s; a toss up between Webb and Smith with Youngs making a late charge Smith and Murray more complete
    YOUNGS Ben ENG One of the standout NH 9s; as definitely finished the year well; looks sharper than he has for a long time; massively important to England; great EOYT matches "not the best 9"

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