I thought he was ok, and as you said did some great stuff around the ball. But if Parish is coming back in (which he should), its either him or Myers getting the chop.
Frankly, I said for years that when Howlett was really depth rather than best 22, the team would finally be going places. That might be coming true. But the thing to remember is, even premiership teams need some good solid depth, as all teams have injuries.