Some players just don’t seem cut out for a first grade career – and after two rounds, a line should be drawn through the following six.
Mann was signed on big money from by the Dragons and has continued the long and near-perfect record of Melbourne players becoming much worse once they leave the Storm. He has been brutally bad since moving to St George Illawarra, playing fullback despite the club having the NSW No.1 in their ranks. It would be a surprise if he saw a third week as custodian.
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) March 7, 2016
— NRLBoomRookies (@NRLBoomRookies) March 13, 2016
For Kurt Mann’s sake, I hope he’s never heard of twitter… #NRLSharksDragons
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) March 13, 2016
Only Andrew McFadden truly believes Blake Ayshford has a role as a first grade centre. Slow and unreliable, Ayshford was again shown up on Friday night when his poor defence led to Brisbane’s first two tries. With the likes of Konrad Hurrell floundering in NSW Cup, Ayshford’s first grade career is surely coming to a close.
Blake Ayshford will not return tonight after failing an ability test.
— Matthew Perry (@Chandler_BANG) March 11, 2016
My twitter feed right now with anything regarding Blake Ayshford pic.twitter.com/W0Gj8zZ5Ph
— Ben Wallace (@benno_wallace) March 11, 2016
The Newcastle fullback has played just two first grade games and has looked awful in both. In fairness, he is playing out of position but his handling looks substandard and his commitment in defence is less than you’d expect from a kid trying to make an impression.
— Jack Brady (@JackBraydes) March 12, 2016
— Mark Kolbe (@MarkKolbePhoto) March 12, 2016
It is not clear what the Panthers backrower offers to keep justifying his selection in Penrith’s starting team. He is slow, lumbering and does not have a particularly strong work-rate, yet is regularly picked to run on while the likes of Tyrone Peachey, Elijah Taylor and Bryce Cartwright sit on the bench.
@CKennedy80 Isaah Yeo played the 40 too but gave away 70 penalties.
— Jack Brady (@JackBraydes) March 5, 2016
He was touted as a big-time signing by the Roosters – coming on board as a replacement for Michael Jennings – but Copley’s first two games at the Chooks have been as bad as most of his time at the Broncos. He is a fringe player at best with poor hands and a lack of either speed or size.
This is 2011 Dale Copley #NRLRaidersRoosters
— Ryan (@Eagleeyedkiwi) March 12, 2016
If you’ve played 12 first grade games and still haven’t tasted a win then you are probably not cut out for the top grade. Williame is only used for depth at Manly but regardless he is not good enough to be playing in the NRL.
Brayden Williame’s first grade career
— Scorcho (@Scorcho86) March 8, 2016