Path of destruction: Taufua v Mansour
As we head into Sunday’s top-four clash with the Panthers, we take a look at the match up between two of the games’ most damaging wingers in Jorge Taufua and Josh Mansour.
In a season somewhat marred by injury, Jorge Taufua’s injury woes appears to be behind him. Having strung consecutive games since returning from an ankle injury, the winger has looked dangerous with ball in hand.
Similar to Mansour, Taufua plays a pivotal role in helping his side march up the field. The winger is averaging 10 metres per carry, proving difficult to contain for opposition defensive lines.
Having finished season 2013 as the leading try-scorer, Taufua’s tally this season stands at nine from his 12 appearances.
Since round 10, Taufua has only found the line twice, well below his standards. However, with just two games before the finals series, Taufua is due for a big one on Sunday afternoon.
Is there a harder man to tackle in the NRL than Josh Mansour?
Tipped as an Origin bolter earlier this season, the mammoth Penrith winger has played a key role in Ivan Cleary’s plans this season.
Mansour has 13 tries in 17 games to his name, averaging 6.7 tackle breaks, 17.3 runs and 162 metres a game this season.
Having recently put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Panthers, the 24-year-old has quickly become one of the games most damaging wingers.
His massive build and hard running makes him incredibly hard to handle.