He’s teased us from time-to-time with glimpses of real SuperCoach star potential, but Alex Twal has yet to elevate himself from the mid-40 PPG average FRF quagmire.
2018: Games played (21), Average (43), MPG (37), PPM (1.17)
2017: Games played (9), Average (46) , MPG (41), PPM (1.12)
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Twal seemed to be headed for a massive 2018, but the recently departed Wests Tigers coach, Ivan Cleary must have missed the 2017 world cup where Twal played massive minutes for Lebanon and his workload didn’t suffer.
2017 Rugby League World Cup stats:
- Vs. France: 17 runs and 29 tackles for 66 SuperCoach points in 50 minutes
- Vs. Australia: 13 runs, 34 tackles for 50 SuperCoach points in 60 minutes
- Vs. England: 17 runs , 43 tackles and 2 tackle breaks for 72 SC points in 72 minutes
- Vs. Tonga 17 runs, 32 tackles for 57 SuperCoach points in 80 minutes
This is exactly what we want to see from a developing FRF on the world stage. What’s even more impressive is the fact that 90+% of his output is from pure base statistics.
With the exits of Tim Grant and Sauaso Sue and a new coach on the scene, Twal will hopefully be given more of an opportunity to shine in 2019. If we are to be guided by past PPM rate, which is a very consistent 1.15, and assuming that he can increase his minutes to 50-55 MPG, this could see him average between 58-64 PPG.
An average like this would certainly see him elevated out of that quagmire and into legitimate keeper territory at the FRF position.
However, it should be noted that in 2018 when he played in excess of 40 MPG his PPM dropped from 1.15 to 1.03.
He’s gathered my interest this pre-season, what about you?
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