Greg Bird v Trent Merrin

 

Just 10 days after they clash at Pepper Stadium, Greg Bird and Trent Merrin will most likely be NSW State of Origin teammates.

On Sunday they will be arch-rivals, and the spearheads of their packs in a crucial game for both teams.

Merrin has eased into some good form for his new club and, with Bryce Cartwright, poses a massive threat to the Titans’ defence with his offloading ability and footwork, especially close to the line.

Bird has been in tremendous form, playing both in the middle and creeping onto the edges, and lifted his teammates with his bullocking runs and tough defence.

Let’s see how their stats match up:

 

 

GREG BIRD

Games in 2016: 9

Career NRL games: 222

Tests: 17. Origins: 16

Age: 31

Weight:  102kg Height: 182cm

Debut: 2002 (rd 7 for Cronulla)

2016 games: 9

Average metres per game: 124

Average tackles per game: 21.4

Hit ups per game: 11.8

Offloads: 13

Line breaks: 0

 

TRENT MERRIN

Games in 2016: 9

Career NRL games: 132

Tests: 1 Origin 13

Age: 27

Weight:  103kg Height: 181cm

Debut: St George Illawarra def. Penrith (38-10) - 29-May-2009

2016 games: 9

Average metres per game: 146

Average tackles per game: 28

Hit ups per game: 13.6

Offloads: 17

Line breaks: 3