My recommendation to my subscribers was to back NZ with the + start, I always thought the market was wrong, but that does not change the fact that Aust would be fav if they played again this weekend, even without Billy.
I think it is great that we have so much competition now.
Yes based on 2015 although Merrin has been wonderful for years now.
Gallen plays more average mins and makes more mets, but he does not make the benchmarks for Average Run Mets (only 9.2M) and Tackles Per Min.
Taumalolo does not make the Tackles Per Min also also the hit up numbers (only 12.5)
Bird averages 133m but misses everything else.
I have seen a heap of O’Loughlin and dissapointed that he never played in the NRL, but I would take Merrin for him any day.
Most locks are good at either tackling or hitting up and very few hit both benchmarks over a long period. Merrin does.
You make a good point as usual.
I should have added "based on stat facts.
Merrin is THE only Lock to hit the top 5 benchmarks in my system.
If you think there is a better Lock than him please advise?