ROOKIE ER­ROR

Rugby League Week - - Your Shout! - P. MOR­RIS, BRIS­BANE, QLD

I read with in­ter­est your RLW All-Rookie team in your Septem­ber 29 is­sue. You in­stalled Nathan Cleary as the half­back but omit­ted Ti­tans half Ash­ley Tay­lor al­to­gether. Un­like Cleary, Tay­lor played the en­tire year for the Gold Coast and was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting them into the fi­nals against all the odds. While Cleary is un­doubt­edly a great tal­ent, I think you made an er­ror by not recog­nis­ing the fact that Tay­lor had a big­ger body of work this year and ar­guably played much of the year in a team with less over­all tal­ent than what Cleary had be­hind him at Pen­rith. Why did you choose to omit Tay­lor?

SAYS: You’ve pin­pointed one of the hard­est de­ci­sions we’ve had to make in the mag­a­zine all year. Cleary got the nod based on our assess­ment of his form this year, and based on that we be­lieve he just — and we mean only just — shaded Tay­lor as the best rookie No.7 in the NRL. There was a struck match in it and any fan would be happy to have ei­ther player in their team.

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