Peter Sullivan (51)
Timu has not yet shown his best at test level and Cottrell may be more suited to test footy. There is only one way to find out.
Hope he gets a chance.
Hope he gets a chance.
I'd also add that he wasn't real big, not for a 6 at least anyway. Maybe he looks like a lineout star at super level but I'm not sure how he'd go against Etzebeth, Lood and du Toit all together. If you're looking to boost the lineout you'd pick Ned, if you're looking for impact around the park you'd pick Hooper. I suspect he'll pick both. At this stage I'd say Cottrell is good cover for Hooper/Pocock but that's about it.
I would be as surprised as you if Cheika goes with anything but Hanigan, Hooper and Pocock. My post was about my preferred selections, not what I think Cheika will do.
Cottrell is listed at 1.91m and 105kg. Certainly bigger than any of Hooper, Samu or Pocock. He has been an excellent jumper at No 2 in the lineout for the Rising and the Rebels before that. And in his last game(against the Qld Country side?) he played lock and absolutely smashed it at the lineout as the main Rising jumper. I'd have no qualms at all about his lineout ability as the third string jumper. But, in all honesty, I don't think we'll get to see him on the field at all on the tour.
Given the number of last minute injuries and drop-outs we've had it seems pretty good that he'll get onto the bench at some point.He's obviously been brought in for cover so if all are fit he probably won't get a run but he's only an injury or suspension away from it so who knows.
His reason for Simmons, Hanigan and no TPN starting is the lineout has to be fixed up.
To be fair, we aren't getting any front foot ball in his absence anyway. Not much lost and maybe something gained?I don't buy into Hanigan being the messiah that Cully is making him out to be. Last time I looked at the numbers, we barely threw to Hanigan last year and I don't recall him winning too many line outs.
More importantly, with no Kepu, Arnold/Rodda or a ball running backrower, where does Cully think the front foot ball is going to come from?
Very important test for both teams in the windy city.
From a Bok point of view.
There are expectations now after our famous won against the All Blacks in NZ. Our players will ooze with much needed confidence.
Players release for CC this weekend are
Marco van Staden
Thomas du Toit
The number of people for Beale to 10 was pretty perplexing.
Foleys weaknesses at 10 have been there for all to see this series.
Beale is a much better 12 than he was a few years ago. It was not unreasonable to see if the same applied to his play at 10. Clearly that question has been answered.
Now it’s time to try To'omua. Or another plan B.
The series is gone. We know what foley brings to the table.
Cheika is in a difficult position with few options. And he’s running out of time to find a solution.