BH, I think you're right about the non-Wallabies Tahs this year. However, I would disagree with you about Naiyaravoro and Mason being in good form in the NRC. Give the ball to Taquele at full pace up to 20m out and he'll most likely score, true, but his input to the remainder of the game is essentially invisible. Mason might have had some ok games or moments, but his efforts last weekend were about the poorest I've seen from a professional player this year. Very hot and cold, or perhaps more accurately very luke warm and cold.
Naiayaravoro has made plenty of tackles busts and line breaks. Him and John Grant on the wings would probably be the two best backs for the Rams in my opinion.
I said Mason had been "pretty solid". Hardly a resounding endorsement.
A big issue for the NSW teams are these fringe Super Rugby players haven't been stepping up and starring in the competition like some of the others have.
For the Vikings players like Cusack, Valentini, Fainga'a, Muirhead etc. have been outstanding.
For the Queensland teams, a couple of non Super Rugby wingers have been electric and Hamish Stewart has really progressed at 10 for Country. The Queensland Country backrow has been outstanding and all those guys are pushing for opportunity in Super Rugby next year.
Outside of probably Tayler Adams for the Eagles, it's hard to pick a NSW based player who has really come from nowhere to be a star of the comp.