At the end of the day, Nank and CCJ and the others is what we need for 2021. At end of 2021, with a cat b rookie coming in to, we will be a far better position of what to do with our rucks then!!Firstly the Soldo injury - is tragic for the man and terrible timing. I don't want to sound insensitive but in my opinion it is not the worst thing that could happen to the Tiges 2020 hopes - Nank looked good last weekend - even tho he was against a below grade ruck oppo - and I think a Nank / Chol combo works well for us - better than Nank/Soldo. Nank is built for finals and Chol gives us flexibility.
Going forward into 2021 it also opens up a potential new way of managing our ruck stocks - given that with this injury we look likely to hold on to CCJ - we will have 3 good ruck options available at different stages throughout the year.
With ruckmen - I believe they work better fresh from a spell. They have more spring and have less niggles to carry - and can go harder for shorter bursts. So why not work our ruck crew in blocks of 4-5 games in combo with Chol. Rounds 1-5 - Nank. Rounds 6-10 - CCJ. Rounds 11-15 - Try dual CCJ/Nank (give Chol a break). Maybe Soldo back back late in the year - round 15 onwards hopefully.
It'd be made clear to the rucks what their blocks are and they can prep/recover accordingly - it allows them to go harder for shorter periods. It allows the coaches to see what works in time for finals 2021 and for season 2022. Added benefit is that also allows us to up the value of one of rucks for potential trade in 2022.