Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Lindommer, Jun 12, 2018.
Yes. And hopefully Samu gets time against Samoa as well.
Back row is a massive issue. Hooper and Naisarani are both playing well individually but we need to find the bloke who pulls it all together.
Wright looked decent with very little time last night.
Skelton, Dempsey and Tom Robertson all mentioned by Chubby as possible inclusions. Waratahs all.
The RWC squad gets named on Friday.
I think Pocock and Petaia are the only two who haven't played at all who are a chance of being named.
I would probably not name LSL. Luke Jones as 4/5/6 cover?
Do we need a 7th prop? Dempsey would be well short of a gallop and the logistics of Skelton being eligible (a la White) seem to be insurmountable. Plus, not sure what he would add right now. I would be very happy to have Skelton back at the Tahs, from the sound of his play (and slimmer profile!) up north. As for RWC, hopecasting, methinks.
Pocock comes in if fit. If not or too big a risk then Samu. Petaia should be included and given time against Samoa.
I'd like to see something likme the following against Samoa :
Slipper, TPN, Tupou, Arnold, Coleman, Valetini, Wright (or Pocock if fit), Naisarani, Powell, Toomua, Beale, O'Connor, Kuridrani, Petaia, Banks.
Reserves - Uelese, HJH (even though not in the squad), Kepu, LSL, Samu (or Wright), White, Lealiifano, Hodge.
Its annoying how weve had genuine options at 6 this year and weve essentially only tried one.
The problem we have from keeping largely the same team and getting pumped is that we aren't really sure where to from here for our opening RWC game against Fiji.
I wouldn't think much will have changed with our overall squad. The 23 who played in Auckland will almost certainly all be on the plane.
Serious debate will be given to only picking two hookers and halfbacks to add extra flexibility elsewhere in the squad. I think picking two halfbacks is more doable than two hookers. If that happens Joe Powell is obviously the extremely unlucky player.
In terms of whether anyone who didn't play the Bledisloe Cup games is a serious contender to come into the starting XV for the opening match against Fiji is anyone's guess. A couple who might be in that position will probably get a chance to show their wares against Samoa.
I wish we only played the darkness once. That enthusiasm was so nice for a change and we only got to enjoy it for a week before it was brutally crushed.
The good thing is that we touched them up in Perth. We know it and they know it.
If we come up against them in Japan on a dry pitch it’s game on.
One would assume that they had to give him enough time and that the other options just haven't been delivering enough in training
I think it's too late to make wholesale changes. They need to pick the majority of that 23 from the weekend, mainly because they are the best players available, and also because you don't want to be tinkering with the line up during a major tournament.
The obvious changes that they can and should make are to 6 and 14. The Perth win glossed over those two weak areas.
Hodge was near MOTM against the best team in the world a week ago and now we turf him?
roll on Friday morning when they announce the squad and we can finalise this once and for all.
Mostly agree. I don't think LSL is fast enough to play 6 and realistically Hodge lacks the pace to play on the wing too. The rest of the line up looks pretty settled to me though. Maybe JOC/TK/JP at outside centre might need a look too.
I feel most sorry for Luke Jones given about 10 minutes across two tests to push his case and then pushed out for the third test.
He should be given the start in the Samoa game.
What money though on him not even in the Samoa squad?
Would agree with Jones at 6 for Samoa and Samu at 8.
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