Jorge Taufua – In 2013 he was one of the best wingers in the NRL and was being touted as a NSW candidate for the 2014 Origin series. His 2014 season started to go pear shaped when he injured his shoulder during a trial game. Once he returned he seemed to have lost that confidence to use his big fend to get on the outside of his opponent. Then he injured his ankle which sapped his confidence even further. He then lost his place to Cheyse Blair for the final game of the season, the Elimination Semi against the Bulldogs after a shaky game under the high ball the week before against the Bunnies.
His spot will be under pressure from the likes of Blair and Gutherson. But I will back him to return to full force and recapture the form that saw him score 17 tries in 2013.
Some of the stats that show how his impact decreased from 2013 to 2014 –
Average Tackle Breaks per game dropped from 3.82 to 2.20
Average Line Breaks per game dropped from 1.36 to 0.67
Average Tries per game dropped from 0.82 to 0.67
Average Metres per game dropped from 137 to 122
Average Errors per game increased from 1.05 to 1.20
The other option that coach Toovey has is to transform him into a back-rower that makes an impact off the bench. The advantage of this would be to get him running hard lines as an edge forward, without having to worry about catching high balls or positional play on the wing.
Could he be another Tony Williams?
Will he recapture his old form on the left wing?
What do you think is in stall for Jorge in 2015?