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Koroibete, Tuivasa-Sheck and Taylor all cause NRL defenders serious headaches for different reasons.

There's no question the likes of George Burgess and Jason Taumalolo are hard men to stop but it is the men with fast feet that frustrate tacklers most in the modern game.

Corey Parker (Broncos) – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

"I'll be playing him on Friday night; I'd have to say Tuivasa-Sheck. He's made some quality defenders look pretty ordinary to be honest so hopefully I'm not in that category on Friday night. It's the lateness of his footwork. You think you're at a point where you've got him and then, bang, he's gone. He's just got those snake-like reflexes. We played James Roberts last week and just those guys with blistering speed and footwork make it near impossible to bring them down first go."

Dene Halatau (Wests Tigers) – Greg Inglis

"The other week he ran at me just one hit off the ruck. And Greg Inglis, you don't go high because he'll fend you off. So I went low, and he went right down and bumped me. I tackled him, but I was barely on his boot. So yeah, definitely Greg Inglis. He's so fast and powerful, got great feet... it's hard to guess where he's going to go and try and come up with a good tackle on him." Player Poll: Who is your most respected opponent

Aidan Sezer (Titans) – Dave Taylor

"George Burgess is hard to bring down just because of the sheer size of him but one guy I'm happy is on my team now is Dave Taylor. When I used to play against him I used to hate trying to tackle him because he can bump you off but he's also got a good step so there never seemed to be a good way of trying to get at him."

Ben Hannant (Cowboys) – Manu Vatuvei or Konrad Hurrell

"The short stocky types, when they hit you right, it's going to hurt. There are so many different types of players that are hard to tackle. I remember playing Matty Bowen and if they got a quick play-the-ball in space there was nothing worse than to have him coming at you because he's going to wax you and leave you behind."

Sam Thaiday (Broncos) – Marika Koroibete

"I always find it harder to tackle the smaller guys and some of the wingers. We haven't played against Melbourne Storm yet but Koroibete on their left wing, he just looks like a handful at the moment. Every time he gets the ball he runs a hundred miles an hour. Another one would be another smaller guy who seems to pop his head through the line the majority of times that he runs is Matt Moylan. He's just an amazing talent that seems to be so hard to tackle."

Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys) – Marika Koroibete

"I'd put Koroibete up there. I think it's just because of his speed and that he likes the contact when he runs."

David Mead (Titans) – Akuila Uate

"In his best form, Aku is very hard to tackle. He has that late footwork at the line and he's a really strong runner so it's really hard to get a clean shot on him."

Tuimoala Lolohea (Warriors) – Mark Minichiello

"I know he's in England now but in my first proper taste of NRL in the pre-season last year against the Titans it was Mark Minichiello. He was pretty solid all over and I was shocked to tackle him. But there are heaps of back-rowers in the NRL with great strength and feet, you can't just fly out of the line and try and put on a shot on them."

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