Zeb Taia: Catalans Dragons back-rower 'has matured'

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Taia blasts through for try of the week

Catalans Dragons back-rower Zeb Taia has developed into one of Super League's most potent all-round threats, says ex-New Zealand international half-back Robbie Hunter-Paul.

Taia, 30, has scored seven tries this season, four short of his season's best tally of 11 in 2014's Super League.

The former Newcastle Knights player has played all 14 games in 2015.

"Over the past three or four years we've really seen Taia mature," Hunter-Paul told the BBC's Super League Show.

"He can do it offensively and defensively and made that position on the left flank a real strike-force for the Catalans."

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Taia and Escare pose Dragons threat

While Taia and prop-turned-centre Benjamin Garcia top the Dragons' try chart in 2015, last season's top scorer Morgan Escare has been a quieter presence in attack.

He racked up 29 tries in 32 league and cup games in 2014 but has struck just three times, the latest a fine solo effort in the win over champions St Helens at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday.

"It's a tough place to play in the back-field," Hunter-Paul added. "Escare is so good, he can finish tries, and get himself into space.

"He's got that x-factor about him, you have to defend against him and when you worry about him it takes the focus off someone else in the attacking line."

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