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One of Ryan James’ major goals in 2016 was to be more consistent after being in outstanding form for the first 10 rounds of last season but seeing his form taper off.

He has certainly achieved that as we head into round 15, with him lying in contention for the Dally M Medal and being the team’s most consistent and busy player back in the front row after being shifted to the left edge for the first two thirds of 2015.

He heads the metres gained and tackles made for the Titans, and is equal top try-scorer with five.

Darcy Lussick, one of the biggest men in the NRL at 114kg, headed back to his home club this season after three seasons with Parramatta.

He carts the ball forward directly close to the ruck but can’t compare with James’ starts for this season but the Titans defence will have to meet him head on and stop his offload, and push through the line.

Here’s how they match up:


Games in 2016: 13

Career NRL games: 80

Age: 24

Weight: 112kg Height: 193cm

Debut: Round 14 2010

Average metres per game: 127.3

Average tackles per game: 35.2

Runs per game: 16.4

Line breaks: 4

Offloads: 7

Tries: 5



Games in 2016: 11

Career NRL games: 95

Age: 27

Weight: 114kg Height: 193cm

Debut: Round 14, 2011

Average metres per game: 94.4

Average tackles per game: 17.3

Runs per game: 9.4

Line breaks: 1

Offloads: 6

Tries: 0


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