Official Briton Nikora

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Personally I think Nikora should start from the bench and come on 20-30 minutes in and play the rest of the game with Talaki doing two stints one on the edge to start with and about 30-40 minutes in the middle.
 

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Has been a complete non event this year.

Needs to be dropped....
 

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Imagine Talakai running off SJ

That would be a sight to behold.

Honestly though, I can't see him being dropped. Bomber seems like a loyal bloke, I don't think he'll drop anyone from the team while winning. Well, those who are playing every week.
 

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He was my tip for having a huge season this year.

Let me know if you want any other heads ups.
 

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Will he offer much from the bench ?
I'd prefer Talakai starting in his position .
If Moylan and Soro back they should play half and lock , leaving Hunt , Toby , Williams / Fifita .
Last spot Tracey /Trindall ?
 

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Offering absolutely zero
I barely even noticed him out there

Talakai or Wilton or Williams. Actually no not Williams
I'm at the point I would even give Williams a go over Nikora but I don't think 80 mins of Williams will go well.... he would need to be subbed which would make it not even worth the hassle

Sorenson or Wilton
yep

In his defence, he had to cover for both Johnson and Ferris on debut
Nikora had defensive issues last season too, along with Capewell who was on the other side

Agree, I struggle to think of anyone in our team that’s is making their tackles stick at the moment. It’s concerning.
while Woods can make some lazy attempts on occasion when he tackles he generally doesn't fall off and he is good at wrapping up the runner turning him around and stopping the offload
 

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From Sporting News. Morris commenting on Nikora’s demotion.

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/lea...kora-wayne-bennett/163m622tw440t1v7ewd0f5p60c

MORRIS: BRITON NIKORA NOT FAR OFF SHARKS’ TOP 17
Kiwi Test backrower Briton Nikora has a fight ahead of him, but all is not lost. After a breakout 2019, which saw him form a devastating partnership with Sharks half Shaun Johnson, nab a maiden Test jersey and be named joint-Sharks Rooke of the Year, Nikora’s 2020 has failed to reach those lofty heights.
Nikora has appeared in 10 games this year, crossing for three tries, but averaging only 74 running metres. However, John Morris’ message to the young backrower is simple: “Keep working hard,” Morris said Friday.
Nikora’s dip in form was all the opening Sifa Talakai needed. As Nikora missed the local derby against St George, serving a one-match suspension for a shoulder charge, Talakai ran rampant in his first 80-minute performance of the season, notching up 150 metres and bending the line at will.
Since then his 80-minute performances have returned 204 metres against the Broncos and 178 metres against the Eels and mother nature.
“The form of Sifa Talakai has probably pushed Briton out and that’s all it is,” Morris said. “I just can’t not have [Sifa] out there playing for 80 minutes. Sifa has forced his way in and Briton knows there are a couple of areas that he needs to work on but he’s not far off.”
“I expect him to be back [in the 17] in the next week or two.”
 

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Just work on running further, much more often and also make more better tackles and you'll be right back in the side!
 
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Ha yeah unless we have injuries he's not back in the 17. Still have Fifi to come back as well.
 
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