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Kaufusi is below average.

Parra loses momentum every time he comes on (Paulo coming off doesn’t help) however would of definitely preferred Niukore.

Would be disappointed is Kaufusi is in the top 17. Would def prefer see the juniors like Hazelton given a shot before him.
I think that is compounded by how far behind Paulo and RCG Kaufusi is, which is not unreasonable as they are very strong veteran props. He can be quite inconsistent with games where he doesn't have much impact but so can they tbh. It's a key part of Parra

Niukore and Kaufusi actually debuted in same year, Niukore has played 90 NRL games and Kaufusi 66 but Niukore is also 3 years older.
In fact Kaufusi is actually around 6 months younger than Hazelton even.
Briton is 2 years older than Kaufusi but debuted the year after and played 81 NRL games.

So while he hasn't been in NRL as much as some of these other guys he's really being viewed as a prospect at a young age.
 
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I think that is compounded by how far behind Paulo and RCG Kaufusi is, which is not unreasonable as they are very strong veteran props. He can be quite inconsistent with games where he doesn't have much impact but so can they tbh. It's a key part of Parra

Niukore and Kaufusi actually debuted in same year, Niukore has played 90 NRL games and Kaufusi 66 but Niukore is also 3 years older.
In fact Kaufusi is actually around 6 months younger than Hazelton even.
Briton is 2 years older than Kaufusi but debuted the year after and played 81 NRL games.

So while he hasn't been in NRL as much as some of these other guys he's really being viewed as a prospect at a young age.
Yeah I'm excited for Kaufusi to join. At 23, he has done a decent apprenticeship behind two of the better props in the game. Specifically behind Paulo who is the kind of player we'd be looking for him to emulate I guess (big body, limited minutes). He's 115kg and 6ft2.

The best part is he's no walk up start in the 17, so he'll have to be hungry and willing to fight to reach that next level. Who know's what he could become.
 

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If we're really paying Oregon 400k per season I hope he turns out better than a prospect.
 
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If we're really paying Oregon 400k per season I hope turns out better than a prospect.
Wow….

If we are paying 400k then we are paying massive overs…. Tolman is way ahead. Yes he is older and getting older, however going off this years form Tolman is streaks ahead.

I have been watching Kaufusi closely every game since he signed and have never seen anything that has surprised me or made me happy he has signed…….

Anyway hope to be wrong, however people that are excited he has signed…. I just don’t see what they see, he is proper slow motion.
 

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Wow….

If we are paying 400k then we are paying massive overs…. Tolman is way ahead. Yes he is older and getting older, however going off this years form Tolman is streaks ahead.

I have been watching Kaufusi closely every game since he signed and have never seen anything that has surprised me or made me happy he has signed…….

Anyway hope to be wrong, however people that are excited he has signed…. I just don’t see what they see, he is proper slow motion.
Wow different opinions I guess. I've been really impressed with Kaufusi this year. Runs hard, puts pressure on the opposition kickers, decent defence.
 
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Yeah looking forward to Kaufusi joining. And I’ll be shocked he’s not in the 17. We signed him a year in advance.

His junior pedigree he made all the rep teams.

He’ll be a good pick up imo
 

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Wow….

If we are paying 400k then we are paying massive overs…. Tolman is way ahead. Yes he is older and getting older, however going off this years form Tolman is streaks ahead.

I have been watching Kaufusi closely every game since he signed and have never seen anything that has surprised me or made me happy he has signed…….

Anyway hope to be wrong, however people that are excited he has signed…. I just don’t see what they see, he is proper slow motion.
Daily Telegraph said 3 year deal believed to be 1.2 million. Who knows though.
 

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Wow different opinions I guess. I've been really impressed with Kaufusi this year. Runs hard, puts pressure on the opposition kickers, decent defence.

Runs hard???? Are you sure you are talking about Oregon Kaufusi??? Defense is well and truly his “strength”.

He basically only ever takes take 3rd or 4th hitup after Niukore and other 2nd rowers etc.

Never 1st or 2nd hit ups….each to there own but I really wouldn’t be calling hit ups his strength
 

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Runs hard???? Are you sure you are talking about Oregon Kaufusi??? Defense is well and truly his “strength”.

He basically only ever takes take 3rd or 4th hitup after Niukore and other 2nd rowers etc.

Never 1st or 2nd hit ups….each to there own but I really wouldn’t be calling hit ups his strength
Lets give him 2023 before we make him Official Whipping Boy status
 

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Sharks coaching staff have done wonder with our forwards in 2022 so wouldn't surprise we with a bit of time (or even off the bat) to see Kaufusi play better than what he has at Parra. Not worried overly if he takes another young Sharks forward place as that means he is playing well and showing Fitz enough to get his backing in FG - even though I really like Jesse C, Hazleton ect.

If Fifs and Tolz arn't here and depending when Jack Williams is back in team there could be a number of spots up for grabs regardless
 

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Ive watched Kaufusi a fair chunk and think he's solid without being spectacular. For a 22 year old he does his job, makes his tackles and has his hit ups. I have noticed he is very disciplined in defence and attack with only 4 errors and 4 penalties against in 20 games. Dale has 4 penalties and 5 errors in 14. I don't think he's anywhere near a finished product yet and after seeing our middles develop this year, I reckon he will be a better player next year
 

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I wouldn’t say I’m that fussed about the Kaufusi signing but he’s doing a pretty decent job in NRL for his age. Unspectacular but holding his own for the most part.

And Fitz wanted him - obviously people see something in him.
 

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BHU has done a great job for us this year, been one of my favourites this year, anyone know how long he is signed on for at this stage?
 

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Sharks coaching staff* have done wonder with our forwards in 2022 so wouldn't surprise we with a bit of time (or even off the bat) to see Kaufusi play better than what he has at Parra. Not worried overly if he takes another young Sharks forward place as that means he is playing well and showing Fitz enough to get his backing in FG - even though I really like Jesse C, Hazleton ect.

If Fifs and Tolz arn't here and depending when Jack Williams is back in team there could be a number of spots up for grabs regardless
*and Finucane
 

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What 22 years and under props do you have in front of Kafusi??
He is miles ahead of of props his age.
He is a good person, hard worker, once he gets around Fitz, McInnes, Finucane and Fifita on our coaching staff will be up there as the best signing of 23.
 
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