@Dip wrote:I wouldn't say Teddy is a better ball runner than Slater (which is the only thing you say that he is actually better at than Slater's peak), and disagree with basically everything else you say too. I guess that's the beauty of opinions though, and no doubt Tedesco is one hell of a player I'd love to have playing for my team.
If Teddy is at his peak now (and he may not be), and I had to choose a fullback in a team I could select that had to play for my life, then I'd pick Slater if he was in the form he was in any year from about 2008-2014, or 2017-18. So I guess that means I'd say his peak form over Teddy's peak form to date. Around that first month of 2012 when he scored doubles in the first 4 matches of the season would do me just fine.
I didn't say better ball runner, I said stronger ball runner. (I do think he is a better ball runner though). Whether that equates to better, Im not sure. And yep fair enough, everyone's opinion is different. Mine is - Ted is a better ball player now than Slater was at this point in his career. He is as on the ball and as involved as any fullback has ever been in the game and he is as fit as any fullback has ever been. He is 95 odd kilos and 6 feet - a big unit for a fullback as fast and elusive as he is - close to if not on par with the best ever in Slater who was build like a Jockey for the majority of his career.
I prob agree with you - but if we were going on absolute peak I would choose Hayne for that one game if we were getting late 09 form or 2014 form when him and the other Nsw spuds caused the greatest rugby league upset of all time. No one has ever done what he did for the last 9 games of the season 09 season, not even Slater.
I think as ted loses his acceleration as he gets older, he will become an even better ball player than he is now - which is going to be awesome to watch.