Stuff reported last night:
<<Green's absence means that Peta Hiku will again play in the halves with Chanel Harris-Tavita. Kiwi international Gerard Beale comes off the extended interchange list to play at right centre.
Nathaniel Roache, who has been out since the first game of the season with a calf strain looks set for a place on the interchange, while prop Sam Lisone has been left out of the team completely.
With Roache and Jazz Tevaga in the team as well as Issac Luke, it gives the Warriors potentially three options at hooker, although Tevaga will also fill in at lock.
Centre Solomone Kata, who was also under an injury cloud, having not been able to fully take part in Tuesday's training session, appears good to go, but the Warriors have still kept Patrick Herbert in their squad as cover. >>
Kata is “good to go” it says. Sloppy journalism. Who knows what it means....Herbert is Kata’s cover, so what’s Beale about?
Interesting with the potentially small bench. Daniel Anderson spoke of the fact that he would go with a small bench these days in order to play up tempo and be mobile in defense in the last 15 mins of each game
Our yardage game with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitua and Maumalo will be beneficial today, looks a lot stronger than what the Cowboys have to offer. Looking forwards to seeing how Chanel Harris-Tavita goes again, and the Jazz, Roache combo on bench if it happens excites me. We need to play up tempo to be successful in my opinion. A good chance to get to 3-3 for the season.
Problem being that tends to be Kearney's go to play early stages of a game as opposed to the last 15.
Nothing wrong with upping the tempo however with a whole lot of smallish bodies on the park you tend to find you'll struggle winning the ruck as they cant slow the ptb's of the bigger blokes by dominating the wrestle and turning then on their backs, likewise its harder to get front foot ball as their generally dominated in the tackle which affects the time and space of your attack.......which i thought happened a lot last season when we bought Jazz on and went the 1 prop route.
It's a trade off for sure and requires a fine line of balance and knowing when to pull the trigger with the interchange.......something Kearney really hasnt mastered yet.
That said, we may get away with it tonight as the Cowboys are pretty shitty atm.