Pulu was everywhere, did the job Papaii did for us last week. That should be rwarded with a starting spot.
I know Mannering isn't back but when he does return I would be keeping him in the middle to try and stop the metres these teams are making in the first few hitups, plus I think on attack I prefer him out of the backline.
Paasi looks as wide as he is tall, (not saying he’s not fit, he’s just bulked) his days of playing on the edge are probably gone, he’s a prop, so is Vete, so is Lisone, so is Afoa.
You can’t run a all prop bench, so someone else (Love-Henry, Gelling?) might get promoted to the bench if Mannering can’t play, its safer to play a back rower in the middle off the bench than it is to put a prop on the edge.
I love Leivaha Pulu, he’s big, he’s mobile, he’s reliable, easy starter on the left for me. When a team is fit its easier to justify a reserve utility, (storms, broncos generally always have one) so Cook will keep on hanging in there.
It's the result of the reduction to 8 interchanges - there's less room to spend two of them on a hooker. Cook's mainly there as injury cover since he has played 1,6,7 & 9 at ISP level. More and more teams seem to be carrying a benchwarmer these days e.g. Rabbits last week had Hymel Hunt on the bench for the whole game.
Pulu will start, that much I think is guaranteed. Can he do 80?. How about this for left field, have a bench of Lisone, Afoa, Cook and Perham/Soosemea. Ken Maumalo does a 20 minute stint as 2nd Row to give Pulu a break. Up the pace in both areas.
Probably will be Vete/Satae coming onto the bench with Afoa or Lisone doing the wide role.