i saw him play numerous times both live and on the TV and to be honest i thought his skill levels limited to the fact he could run damned fast and had decent footwork...but i'm struggling to see any other skills....
his passing from dummy half was slow and laboured,his tackling non existent and were it not for wigan signing a certain Gene Miles (who even at the end of his career was head and shoulders above any british centre) i'm not sure he would have scored as many tries at domestic level..he certainly never replicated it in internationals,but then he never had a decent centre who could give him the service and the Australians knew how to keep the ball away from him when defending and never gave him space.
Try this link above and see if you still feel the same?
The guy was the best winger in history. Look at tries 4, 5, 7 and 8 in particular of the 10 he scored in the Leeds game. Remember these weren't scored against a poor team, he scored them against Leeds in a Semi Final, Watch his positional play and the timing of this runs, he isn't on the wing to score any of these 4 and is always just hitting the ball at pace, not over running it nor lagging behind, that is absolute class.
Try 4 in the link is a prime example. When the break happens he is in position on the left wing; but the ball shifts to the right hand side of the field away from him. When he catches the ball to score, he is less than 5 yards from the try line 10 yards to the right of the sticks. I wish our wingers could do it, heck I wish the England wingers in the up coming World Cup could do it.
To give an example, I would bet Gaz Potts isn't much slower than Offiah was in his prime, maybe half a second or so over 100 meters. The difference is, Potts can't read the game like Offiah could and either doesn't have the desire or fitness to be in the positions Offiah put himself in time and time again in a match. Offiah's backing up was incredible.
Everyone remembers Offiah's length of the field 'spectaculars' but I'd bet the vast majority of his tries were walk in's, he scored them simply because he was in the right place at the right time.
Edited by DOGFATHER, 16 October 2013 - 12:07 AM.