Greg Davis (50)
Holmes will hold his own in the set piece but might be a little off the pace around the paddock. Hes good for 15-20 mins.
That might be a little unfair as he looks in good nick. I see he was only playing those minutes at the Force most of the time this year. Of course if in the 23 he needs to be ready for a full game if needed.Holmes will hold his own in the set piece but might be a little off the pace around the paddock. Hes good for 15-20 mins.
There's an argument for giving Bell more minutes. He was really good off the bench last Sunday.
That would be the driver of the option of putting Slipper to 18, Bell to 1 and Sio to 17.
Holmes and Bell don't fill me with much confidence at set piece. Bell has been unreal in broken play, I feel his scrummaging still has a way to go. with Tupou packing down with him, you can certainly see he is being carried by Thor. I'd suggest flipping Slipper to the bench to pack down with Holmes, give Tupou 65 mins and get slipper onto the field just after half time. The Boks have a scary scrum....WEELLLLLLL
Very happy it's Holmes in the squad. He can do his job and do it well!.
SO if Pone's injury (not sure how long he's out) and Alaalatoas absence (not sure when that will be) overlaps, there will need to be a new no.18.
a) 1. Bell 3. Tupou ------ 17. Sio 18. Slipper (knowing that Slipper does just fine at THP)
b) 1. Slipper 3. Tupou ---17. Bell 18. Holmes
Could be training form, could be just wants to go home and see family, could be asking for and receiving an early release to go to Japan.McMahon? Cool.
Why is Isi out?
It amazes me how people want overseas players to come back and save us yet they have a losing record when they played for the Wallabies too.Kerevi & McMahon… just need Skelton & Arnold and we have no more excuses
The Ben Darwin analysis about cohesion makes me skeptical on how much benefit signing overseas based players will haveIt amazes me how people want overseas players to come back and save us yet they have a losing record when they played for the Wallabies too.
I am happy to take them, but don't expect miracles if they play.