George Smith (75)
Horne can play 12 too. A bash and crash 12 albeit. If we needed a filler there especially defensively, Horne would do alright. Like To'omua but less creative!
FP, Cheika thinks of his bench as "finishers". Any time the term is mentioned people south of the Tweed jizz their pants. This risk affects the bench in the case of one minor injury, and leaves you planning not to replace your hooker.
We have 2 hookers. One has missed 50% of the tests since his debut, the other about 33%. Both have averaged playing less than 60 minutes per game all season.
So now in the event of a very likely injury you are going to expect a guy who hasn't played 80 all year at Super Rugby level to do so at test level, or you lose work rate around the ground, line out and potentially hurt the scrum due to players shuffling out of position (I'm sure that Sio, Moore, Kepu is a strong row than Slipper, Sio, Kepu for example).
And what for? To apparently have 2 full teams for opposed training. First game is played and like every game, a couple of guys pick up niggles and they can't train anyway. There goes your whole benefit.
Either that or it it's about backing up for short turn arounds your still stretching both the hookers anyway because neither have been 80 minute players recently.
Question: both Mumm and Carter were on at the end, whom did they replace? I thought Kane played 80 minutes, but I could be wrong.
TWAS, in a World Cup year, on the cusp of the tournament, with the Wallabies together as one team now, why does the location of the Tweed have anything to do with anything worth discussing on here? It's time to lose the rage man.
Don't worry. It won't go away. It'll be as good as new next year, and better for the rest.
Faint praise indeed for the man of the match performance when some of Saturday's clodhoppers are being touted as Wallaby starters.McMahon's powerful performance bodes well for the B team's matches against Uruguay and Wales. Hasn't Sean got a magnificent motor?
It will be interesting to see where our locks sit now in the pecking order.
You'd have to think that Pocock and Hooper are odds on favourites to start together in our key games. On that basis you'd expect that Skelton doesn't start.
Douglas went surprisingly well in his first start and certainly looked a long way ahead of his short stint against the All Blacks last month. Whether he is now in the box seat to start with Simmons is another question. On paper, I think that pairing has the best balance and should work well with the Pooper combo.
Does Mumm remain the bench lock/6 option or will we see Skelton on the bench?
I tend to think we're going to play a 5:3 bench (with halfback, To'omua, Beale on the bench).