Falls at 7 in reggies…must rate Salmon as a half. I haven’t seen it yet but happy to be entertained with his capabilities this weekend, will be a brutal game i reckon, maybe he has been selected defensively.
As much as i love falls, i think Mini Fish is a better overall player, and has filled in marvelously in multiple positions this year. He’s the 22’ version of Tyrone May, who Ivan picked religiously. I would love to see Turuva get a crack somewhere in the side.
Thats interesting news about Kikau being rested.
I personally wouldn’t have Staines anywhere near the top 20 and don’t see what he could or would add in any position.
On salmon, i am not sure he has the passing game to be at 6, he seems ok to come off the bench but to play 80 at 6 i believe is a big ask. Maybe Kenny at 6 with Salmon on the bench could be a better option, he can pass and defend and has some short distance speed.
Raiders will be up for this on so many levels, we might all recall how we mocked the Viking clap, plus how we humiliated them in the 2nd half with brutal defence last game at home.
Stuart will not have to do much to motivate them, indeed i feel his task will be for them to measure what they do so they don’t blow themselves out too early.
Cleary on the other hand has to get the team to think for themselves without the guidance of Nathan and hopefully SOS lifts because he went missing when Cleary went off last week.
I don’t share the view we can accept some losses and limp toward a minor premiership…to me the team who takes the field have to have the belief and understanding this could be the side which goes into the finals…who is to say Laui returns fit and ready and indeed if even Nathan comes back 100% ready physically and mentally.
I hope they do but we have to believe who we are putting out on the park will be good enough to win the comp.
If we feel we cannot win missing 2 key players we are in real trouble. I know they are both super players but Cleary (Ivan) could argue to his squad what if Nathan is sent off again or Luai is hurt in a game…its not about waiting for them to come back, its about this team getting the job done.
we might learn more about the squad without Nathan and Luai and the team may learn more about themselves which will be a great outcome.
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