Milne appears one of the more definite cheapies for a round one start at this stage and should be in most teams if selected. Now a Fijian international being capped in 5 tests last year, he’ll look to build on his promising start of career at the Tigers after promising stints for the Dragons and playing his 20’s career with the Roosters.
While a measly average of 18.3 is uninviting it comes from an average of 29 minutes per game. Last year Milne only got an 80 minute gig in 2 games where he produced scores of 40 and 84- though promising, hardly anything to reliably judge off.
However looking back at 2016 form it shows five 80 minute games for an average of 65. In that was a high score of 97 and low score of 53 [only 76 minutes] showing a good string of consistency.
His form for Fiji at the 2017 world cup shows he’s a class above. His stats are some pretty impressive reading. In 4 games he came up with-
- 4- tries
- 8- goals [backup kicker for Koroisau]
- 7- try assists
- 5- line breaks
- 21.5 average tackles
- 141 average metres
- 13.5 average runs
- 10.4 metres per run
Overall Milne has undoubted potential and makings of an SC gun with his career average of seven 80 minute games 64.14. Coming off career best form in the RLWC for Fiji striking a strong combination with Suli Vunivalu, Milne will be hoping to do simlar with David Nofoaluma. Another potential upside could be his potential to bag goalkicking duties from an indifferent Tui Lolohea. Coupled with DPP status Milne will forge as a must pick should he stave of competition and get a CTW start.
With Lolohea near certain for fullback, Nofo locked on right wing and Naiqama having another CTW spot it leaves 2 spots up for grabs. Milne is a front runner along with Mahe Fonua while Moses Suli and Corey Thompson will provide completion. While Esan Marsters and Chee Kam are favoured to move into the 2nd row.
Apart from competition for spots another negative for all Tigers players is the tough start of Roosters, Storm, Broncos, Eels and Storm.
All up at 192k and dual CTW/2RF I find it hard to go wrong with a guy with so much upside coming of career best form in the World Cup and looking to cement a first grade jumper. Interested to know thoughts