Phil Hardcastle (33)
Hooper is a better running player at this stage, but Gill slows the opposition attack far more than Hooper does, which takes the pressure off the rest of the team and allows then to realign in defence.
The problem is that Hooper is about the only current forward, other than Fardy, who gets the right body height and leg drive in contact. If some of the bigger players, and Sitaleki is the worst offender, played up to their weight then the choice of Hooper or Gill may be harder. At the moment, we have to start Hooper even if Gill is more effective at the breakdown to give us some penetration in the forward.