Player of Interest – Alex Twal

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.

Recent Statistics

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?

Check out the rest of our Players of Interest articles below: 

Greg Inglis

Jahrome Hughes

Clint Gutherson

Brett Morris

Kurt Mann

Michael Morgan

Matt Moylan

Esan Marsters

Josh Mansour

Daniel Alvaro

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rooster1
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Nice write up on the bus i hope he gets no 13. The thing that impress me most his tackle miss tackles there very few misses . & he can bend line taylor can’t I can see big shake up at tigers they go size. Not moblie I believe you can go mobile. On back of strong returning full back. To get the opposition on the back foot so you can expose them. Or wise useless

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Would like to find those stats from his big minute performance.
Ultimately think he’s being held back too much which is also reigning in his creative stats, but if he’s given the 13 and 65+ I’ll happily give up Murray / iPap for him

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Sue only played 15 games, averaging 35 minutes last season Grant only played 5 games, averaging 40 minutes last season I’m not sure if the departure of those two players will lead to Twal getting more minutes, especially with the addition of Matterson who is a chance of playing 80 on an edge, and then needing to divvy up minutes for Packer, Matulino, Taylor, Eisenhuth etc in the middle. He has too many question marks over his minutes at an awkward price for me to entertain him at this stage, especially when Siro, CHN, Bateman, Stimson etc are all better… Read more »

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In my short SC experience, I’ve found the game is more than just numbers, sometimes it’s about going with gut feel – that could be through seeing a little something in a player most others had missed or just plain luck.
In saying that sometimes numbers speak louder than words. I’ll have an eye on Twal but won’t be grabbing him early season.

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Selections are most definitely more than just numbers, however, I’m not entirely sure @15296 would still be making this POI if this was another forward on another team in a similar situation.

Seems to be a little bit of orange and black in this “gut feel”. wink

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Theres a lot of potential in that tigers pack, and I will be keeping a very close eye on them early to see who Madge favours. But picking out that one with only trials to go on seems a risk not worth it for me.

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The problem with Tigers forwards is by the time we really see who would be the best option in that pack it’s probably gonna be Rd 6-7 and the fact they don’t play the first bye puts them in that awkward stage of done get them or just let them slide

Twal could be another on an ever growing watchlist lol