Doesn't Pocock at 8 with Hooper at 7 give the Argies a massive set piece advantage at the scrum? Penalties galore
No it doesnt. Do Higgers, palu or mcalman add substantially more weight from number 8 then pocock? I think if the tight 5 are relying on the back 3 to get some ascendancy in the scrum there barking up the wrong tree.
The scrum was significantly better with hooper and pocock there in the last 30 (more due to horwill/sio/holmes i might add)
The obvious weakening of set piece is at lineout time but if skelton makes way for horwill/arnold/douglas/mumm I think the risk of it is worth having two of the best three forwards on the field for the 80mins. Hoopers and pococks games should really compliment each other quite well.