If you are Stephen Kearney
, and the NRL gifts you a winnable game in round one, you probably should try Luke for 80.
You probably should take this boon and use it to make a statement about rewarding your troops who went hardest in the preseason build up.
All things being equal, a team with Luke, Mannering, Shaun Johnson
, + Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
....the sort of players Newcastle are envious of....should afford us to match their youthful exuberance with our own Maumalos + Gubs + Hingano's.
Personally I recon this is exactly the time to take risks on effort, demand 80min from Luke, start day one doing your own thing as coach.
What happens if we win and all play well ? What happens next game ?
Cappy and Jim played a team without the naughty six last year.
The fookers beat the Dragons !
Their reward was to return to the ISP to make way for the naughty ones.
So yeah, I hope this side wins, I hope this side puts the same question to the coach who will face his old club the Storm....Cappy and Jim failed IMO to preserve culture over talent.
In essence, if we win, will Kearney
change a winning team including changing lesser reputationed players that play well on Sunday ?