Given we are going to have a 4 halves (not counting Egan
who is a real 9 now), fighting for 2 spots, and Metcalf scores some insane tries from long range with pace that doesnt stop over 100m, whether at half or FB, I think its worth a game of putting Walsh
on our wing, just to simulate what the cut out pass/overlap to insane pace looks like with Metcalf.
A bit like SoO, sometimes you have to find a spot for your best players. Just not sure which one I'd give a rest, Montoya
or D WZ. Probably Dalin, given Montoya
is making a lot of hit ups and is also doing a good job defusing kicks.
Im looking at next years team and thinking, if we cannot make the 4 with this team we never will.
You got 3 full backs and all 3 are players I want in the team. For me, Id play Martin at FB and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
at centre as hes a bit more sizeable. But then there is the extreme pace of Metcalf, you have Shaun Johnson
at 7, you have to play Metcalf at 6 given we need X factor and pace, so I presume Volkman slowly fills in for 6 or 7 (even though hes more like Stacey than Shaun Johnson
) and Shaun Johnson
slowly helps him prepare for the 7 role.....
Walker plays 14, Niukore I presume plays back rower, which for me means we still have a centre spot and IMO it would be silly not to offer Arthars a contract given how consistently good he has been for the Warriors and wants to play for the Warriors and wont get a show in at the Broncs now that they are flying. Which would push Pompey
back to our reserve centre, which would be a great option to have, with hopefully Vailea
getting some quality defensive coaching and applying it when NRL Reserve Grade starts again next year in earnest.
What Im seeing is a lot of our current rocks or diamonds players, are going to have to fight to retain their spot under healthy competition, which can only help drive motivation.
On paper, its hard to see us doing rubbish again next year. But then I thought that this year on paper. But, there is a lot more experienced first graders next year.