Cameron Smith has left the Melbourne Storm building and it’s now Munster’s team.
Taking out the 2018 outlier, Munster is incredibly consistent and has averaged between 67-70 PPG since 2016
Last year was the first time he was severely affected by an injury during the season and has played over 20 games per year since 2016.
Whilst it doesn’t look like he will get the goal-kicking, Munster unleashed is a hell of a prospect and we saw what he is capable of in Origin last year.
I’m confident he will finish as the best 5/8 in 2021.
4. Ryan Papenhuyzen (FLB)
Lil Papi has climbed up my rankings since the trial last weekend.
I was initially worried about how much he would miss the structure that Cameron Smith brings to the team, but his level of involvement and the style of footy the Storm played in the trial indicated this won’t be an issue.
He gets the goal-kicking duties in a team that could put 50+ on the weaker opposition with the pace of the game.
Last year he took a while to warm up, which is understandable given he was still a rookie, averaging only 59 PPG in the first ten rounds of 2020.
In the second half of the year he averaged 82 PPG, which I expect he will beat in 2021.