For the most part yes, but Leniu is even more of an impact prop than them I reckon. And I think (and thus, it is true) Talakai would be similar.This is what we have been getting from Hunt and Hazelton. Low minutes with a very high level of involvement, and a willingness to come back inside their own end rather than wait for the ball. It's obvious they are under different instructions. Hunt says his job is to "fly off the bench".
I think we know what we get with Hunt and Williams, but if one of Hazelton, Colquhoun or Kaufusi can step into a bigger role, imo Sifa would be a very good option to take over one of those two low-minute bench impact spots.
Can't really imagine Talakai starting, Leniu very very rarely starts.
Hunt has been trusted to start, because he appears to fit the body type Fitz wanted in a starter and there were other injuries. Tommy I can imagine in the future getting starts, but that is speculation. The lower minutes, high work bench role definitely their preferred role, and probably suits both better currently.
I could picture every middle we used this year being selected as a starter middle ahead of Talakai.
Leniu started one game this season and in his career has 11 starts to 91 bench games. Royce is 22-34. Maybe we have just had way more injuries, but plenty of guys lower down 'pecking order' have started ahead of Leniu.
Leniu's 2023 start their forward pack was
15 L Smith
17 Liam Henry
so they really weren't working with much choice here.
Be interesting to see if Roosters keep him focused on impact or try to convert him into a 'starter'/longer minute player.