If you’re considered one of Australia’s 4 main beginning flyhalves and also you racked up this set of stats (in comparison with the opposite three), then absolutely your title can be bandied round as a contender for a Wallabies jersey come the Rugby Championship.
Most tries scored, highest objective kicking proportion, most complete factors, equal first in complete scoring occasions (tries and take a look at assists), most line breaks, most kick metres, longest metres per kick, most run metres, highest run metres per recreation, second highest deal with effectivity proportion, fewest dealing with errors, fewest turnovers, fewest penalties conceded, fewest kicking errors.
Not a foul set of stats handy over to your supervisor in case you are searching for a cash transfer, however they’re made all of the extra spectacular in the event you can obtain these within the weakest of the Australian Tremendous Rugby groups – a aspect that completed second backside within the competitors general.
They are surely fairly astonishing, however even because the Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper camps have retreated to their respective corners, the consensus for Wallaby beginning ten has defaulted to the very worthy Christian Lealiifano.
However Bryce Hegarty, the proprietor of the above accomplishments, appears to have been largely ignored in discussions.
There’s a caveat in his numbers after all. Of the 15 video games performed he performed, ten had been at flyhalf and 5 had been at fullback, which might have aided his run metres numbers.
However most will bear in mind within the early season, when he performed three video games at fullback, he was firmly stationed within the first receiver slot. Curiously, his complete season possession stats examine favourably to the opposite flyhalves regardless of his occasional exile out the again.
It’s additionally value noting that, of the six video games received by the Reds this 12 months, 4 got here with Hegarty at no.10. One was whereas he was at fullback, and the opposite was in opposition to the Sunwolves when he didn’t play.
Not a foul ratio for when he was working the cutter, particularly selecting up some South African scalps and knocking over the eventual Australian convention winners.
Final 12 months, when Hegarty was moved to fullback on the Waratahs, I wrote that he introduced a far better stability to aspect, each by way of his positioning and ability execution, and he has proved once more this 12 months that he’s a superb reader of the sport with a set of abilities that ought to at the very least be tried out at a better stage.
What’s required on the subsequent stage up?
Low error charges
So typically ignored in current Wallaby picks, however nothing goes to kill you faster at Check stage than errors and turnovers, the most important of ticks right here, Hegarty is the standout when it comes to effectiveness.
The power to build up factors on behalf of your staff is important. Purpose-kicking, distributing effectively for these round you and a working recreation that each stops defenders sliding off you onto the following man whereas with the ability to personally take alternatives offered ought to all be stipulations for Check choice.
Given the season that Samu Kerevi has had, one can assume Hegarty’s distribution recreation works simply high-quality, couldn’t damage to maintain this partnership going at Check stage both.
A ten that may defend in his personal channel and cease any musical chairs taking place behind him is a useful asset. Solely Lealiifano can beat his deal with effectivity numbers after which solely by a whisker.
It might seem extremely unlikely that Bryce Hegarty goes to get the faucet on the shoulder from the Wallaby teaching staff this 12 months, which if choosing on kind appears to be like a little bit short-sighted, however we should always acknowledge he has had one hell of a soccer season.