Would it not work to have Kingi at 10.
Vuna and Woodward on the extremities, and JOC (James O'Connor) at the back?
Woodward looks the absolute goods.
Richard could have been such a good 9. He really could.
It's such a waste of a career, to have him playing on the wing.
I'd agree with every thing you said. can't recall the injury that put kingi on the sideline, but when he was playing 9 last year at the start of the season he was vastly suprieror to phipps. phipps found a run of form as kingi was coming back and for whatever reason hill didn't switch it back.Kingi was the first choice 9 last year until he broke and Phipps took his spot. Hill hasn't seen fit to swap things back.
He's been pushed into playmaking roles late in games a couple of times. He does okay, but he does try and force things a bit more than he should. I'd like to see him at 10, with Roberts at fullback and JOC (James O'Connor) at 12 with Woodward and Vuna on the wings.
I think he's a much better fullback than wing. Knowing what Hill is likely to pick/what I'd still like to see, something like this is possible.
JOC (James O'Connor)
Roberts was completely fine at fullback on his debut. He was utterly competent. Turns out he can't run a backline in the Soup just yet, that's fine - it's a big step up from the Shute Shield. Throwing him out completely does his confidence no good at all. If he can't be in the XV, he deserves to be on the bench.
As for Phipps, I've been saying it for over a year now, I still think he's the third best scrumhalf at the Rebels. But hey, what are you going to do?
We do and he is.Surely you have a better option than Rory Sidey for 12- he surely is one of the worst backs in Super 14?
it is a must win.
our stint of games after this is as follows: Crusaders (a), chiefs (h), Stormers (h), Waratahs (h), Reds (a), Brumbies (a), Highlanders (h).
As bad as the chiefs have been, i wouldn't be banking in beating them in the last round given the talent in their squad.
it will be very hard to get a win out of those remaining games so it's crucial to win this, get some confidence and momentum heading into the bye and hope we can repeat v the crusaders. they've got some injuries that could see them a bit rusty in a couple weeks time.