Would have been awkward on the bench when Wood said "actually I think the hammy is fine, can I sub back in?"I’m no wood man, but you’d have to wonder if he could have played more last week after he started very well... highmore replacing him really threw our set-up out.
Battle had 6 touches last week playing in the ruck, that feels like playing a man down too.No, but surely we've learnt after the 1st 8 or so games where we tried it, there isn't any point in playing Hunter or Smack as the 2nd ruckman/ruck fwd. Like playing a man down. Better off rucking Battle while Ryder rests for 5 minutes a quarter.
That's whats going to need to happen because we dont have any other choices. Wilkie has been completely outsized before and still held his own so hopefully he can do it again.Can't see Dougal playing at chb on Tex and then leaving Thilthrope deep on Wilkie.
Tough night ahead for Wilkie/Highmore playing CHB on Tex.
Poor Doogs and Wilks, they've been saying for months how under the pump they are with the midfield not pulling their weight...Yeah, I would have preferred this set up:
Doogs > Tex
Clav > Thilthorpe
Wilkie > McAdam