I still think the recent calf injury is as much a reason to rest him on such short a break.Yes we have which is why they would not risk him if there was even 0.00000000000001% of a chance of him not being able to back up.
He is on a different program now. It is all about working on the weakness that causes the issue. Rather than just a general treatment they have mapped how he runs and kicks so they can work on the areas that need strengthening. It is not actually a fix but a management program.
If he gets an injury it will not because he backed up after 5 days. Previously it was the next game after the back up that was the issue.
Lol no will swap with hookerHey guys sorry for the intrusion.
Do you think James Stewart will play forward? He is named at centre halfback? Would of though Hurley, Ridley and Thatcher were your key defenders?
Zaharakis probably comes in for Clarke too, and Ambrose was best 22 last time he played as well (I sort of wonder what would happen with him if he was out of contract with list cuts coming actually).A healthy and in-form Raz, a freed-up Franga, and a happy-at-halfback Irish would make this team much more impressive.
dunno...kinda like the fwd line with Moz. i think absence hasn't made the heart grow fonder with RazA healthy and in-form Raz, a freed-up Franga, and a happy-at-halfback Irish would make this team much more impressive.
I don’t think we’re too underdone (compared to the finals where we have literally just brought players straight back in after injury)This is the best side we've fielded in a long time. I actually cannot remember the last time we fielded a strong side.
That being said, this side is also extremely underdone. We likely won't see 4 quarters of good football, so those two/three quarters better be really good.
Hutchings usually goes to Merrett IIRC?Pretty sure they've used Hutchings before as a forward tag for Saad to shutdown our run. McKenna would've been handy too offset this tactic. Redman i felt was working through some form/injury issues ok too. Hope we dont get bogged down in the backline due to a lack of run.
I ended up finding an articleI thought Saad was on Ryan both games last year, and he was definitely on Merrett the year before.
Ah, fair enough.I ended up finding an article
"He showed flashes of what he was capable of with some breathtaking runs on Thursday night finishing with 18 possessions and 583m gained despite being tagged by Mark Hutchings.
Saad will learn plenty from his first appearance in a final and he hopes it's the same for his teammates.
"Mark has tagged me a couple of times and he's a really good player. I take a lot of learnings from this game in terms of my running patterns and how I can get used a bit more while still defending as well," he said.
"I keep trying to play my role for the team even if I get tagged. I was inconsistent again so for me going forward I'll review the tape, watch the edits and see where I can improve."
It worked the first time in the home and away game. They tried to do it in the EF but Saad beat him.Pretty sure they've used Hutchings before as a forward tag for Saad to shutdown our run. McKenna would've been handy too offset this tactic. Redman i felt was working through some form/injury issues ok too. Hope we dont get bogged down in the backline due to a lack of run.