Rookie of the year race

coreyh88

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I just watched a video on NRL.com with Matthew Elliot reviewing potential ROY candidates. I've been of the impression it's essentially a foregone conclusion with Haas the run away winner. However they possibly talked him up the least of all candidates with Nikora talked up the most. Surely though there is no contest, I would rate Fifita equal to or better than Nikora.

What are other's thoughts?
 

Foordy

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I doubt Fifita qualifies fir ROTY ... he played too many games last year.

my admittedly biased opinion is Haas should be rookie of the year by the length of the straight
 
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Porthoz

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I agree the competition should be about who is runner-up behind Haas, although I do think Nikora is ahead of Fifita. He has been really good for Cronulla, as has Xerri, who is definitely also a candidate.
David probably has a higher ceiling than Nikora, but he hasn't performed well enough to beat him imo...
 

Foordy

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there is one big thing going against Haas ... he plays for us!

is the NRL going to want to give one of our players ROTY, two years in a row
 

Renegade

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Haas played origin and has consistently put up great numbers, no contest he's a freak.
I think haas deserves it and I have question marks over xerri long term, but you cant teach pure speed and that's what makes him exciting.
 

Tom

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Turps had his chances cruelled by being moved from hooker. Or was he ever eligible? Still runs second to Haas.
 

Super Freak

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There was a period where Haas wasn't as effective while the other candidates went up a gear.

I don't see how Haas could be the front runner.
 

Tom

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Does off-field shit count? They will use that as an excuse to take it off Haas.
 

Battler

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Haas was on 10 points when the Dally M was last public (leader was on 15). He is in contention for that, and would probably win it if he wasn't banned for the first four rounds given he is always one of the best on the field, so him winning ROY should be a formality.
 

Caniffe

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I doubt they’ll give ROTY yo a Bronx player two years in a row. It should be Haas but it’ll end up being Paps
 

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