Taukeiaho the x-factor in Roosters’ win

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    Form lines are hard to read in the NRL. The evenness of the entire competition leads to successive weekends like those Eels fans have just delighted in – and then endured.

    It’s hard to see how a team that looked so good beating the Cowboys can be decimated as they were yesterday by the Roosters.

    A lot can probably be traced to the injury to the Eels pivotal playmaker Corey Norman. The second half seemed to go fairly pear shaped after that.

    For me the damage started much earlier though. The Eels have a good forward pack who would have fancied their chances against the Roosters. You know you are going to get a good contest in the middle out of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dylan Napa, and Boyd Cordner and Mitch Aubusson are excellent second rowers.

    Nothing that Tim Mannah and Suaia Matagi, Manu Ma’u and Tepai Moeroa couldn’t handle though.

    Sio Siua Taukeiaho was the X factor, the POD in supercoach parlance. The bare statistics don’t show this, his runs and tackles were not much different to any of the other forwards.

    But there was something about the quality of each of his carries, the stages of the match that he made those carries, and especially when he made multiple carries in the same set, that made the Roosters a different proposition.

    He has obviously timed his return from injury well, not rushed it, because he looked every bit the player he was last year, this week and last despite the crazy result against the crazier Warriors.

    Suddenly the Roosters look that little bit more a team who could win the whole thing, and in such a tightly contested competition, it is the little things that make all the difference.

    The Roosters forwards have been confrontational, aggressive in defence, everything they should be. But yesterday they looked just that little bit different.

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    • May 16th 2017 @ 8:44am
      kk said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:44am | ! Report

      Excellent piece, marty.

      Your concluding four paragraphs put it perfectly.

      Class identifies itself and TKO is magnetic.

      Congratulations to the Easts talent scouts.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 16th 2017 @ 2:25pm
        marty beauchamp said | May 16th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

        thanks Max, i just hope that he stays injury free now and we see him become the dominant second rower of the competition, and as Scott pointed out, hopefully does the same for the Kiwis in the World Cup

    • May 16th 2017 @ 8:54am
      ChristopherGrant said | May 16th 2017 @ 8:54am | ! Report

      I agree. Great article

    • May 16th 2017 @ 11:53am
      Lucky pierre said | May 16th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

      He is consistent and damaging every game. In my opinion one of yhe most underrated forwards in the NRL

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      May 16th 2017 @ 12:05pm
      Scott Pryde said | May 16th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

      Great article Marty – you don’t realise what you have until you don’t have it, and that was the exact case with Tuakeiaho being injured early in the season.

      Tuakeiaho was sensational on Sunday, was last year and will continue to be this year. Given he was born in Auckland, there is something very wrong with the Kiwi selectors if he isn’t playing in the World Cup at the end of the year.

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        May 16th 2017 @ 2:16pm
        marty beauchamp said | May 16th 2017 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

        thanks Scott, my thoughts were exactly that on Sunday, the Kiwi forward pack had absolutely no ‘X Factor”. I only listened to the Roosters losing in NZ so I can’t say for sure how his first game back went, but if he keeps going as he did on Sunday then the Roosters are my favourites for the title

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      May 21st 2017 @ 6:30pm
      marty beauchamp said | May 21st 2017 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

      Same again today, the bulldogs forwards were up for that one and almost got ascendancy a couple of times, and that was when he made his most telling carries especially

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