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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:43 pm
Posted by KingRoss11 on Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:43 pm
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Lam has got some decisions to make this week in terms of hooker and halfback positions, also I’d be starting French on the wing and I’m pretty sure Clubb will be banned for the Hastings elbow during his try but my team would look something like

Hardaker
French
Hankinson
Gildart
Marshall
Williams
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Flower
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Partington
Farrell
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Smithies

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Sammut on the bench would allow Amir to have a breather whilst Tommy/Williams went to hooker and Sammut slotting in at halfback
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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:49 pm
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Marshall Sarginson Gildart Burgess
Williams Leuluai
Flower O’Loughlin Partington
Isa Farrell Smithies

Subs
Clubb Byrne Greenwood French

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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:02 pm
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Playing either Amir & Sammut in a game like this would be suicidal. I prefer Williams at six to french however lets give French a shout at hooker. If we can get quick play the balls he would be lethal. If it isn't working out then put leuluai to hooker but lets leave Williams at six.
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Playing either Amir & Sammut in a game like this would be suicidal. I prefer Williams at six to french however lets give French a shout at hooker. If we can get quick play the balls he would be lethal. If it isn't working out then put leuluai to hooker but lets leave Williams at six.


So playing an actual hooker or halfback in their correct positions would be suicidal but playing someone at hooker who’s never played there in his life wouldn’t be?
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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:05 pm
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French can’t do the level of defence required in the middle. Likely neither can Borough for the minutes required and Tommy can’t do a lot of minutes at 9 anymore. It has to be Williams.
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KingRoss11 wrote:
So playing an actual hooker or halfback in their correct positions would be suicidal but playing someone at hooker who’s never played there in his life wouldn’t be?

Yes. Amir isn’t yet ready for this level of intensity and Sammut hasn’t played for 5wks or so and would be gassed after 20 mins.
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French can’t do the level of defence required in the middle. Likely neither can Borough for the minutes required and Tommy can’t do a lot of minutes at 9 anymore. It has to be Williams.

Putting Williams at nine would nullify a lot of our attack. Our most potent attacking weapon at dummy half doesn’t work for me.
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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:10 pm
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French to FB. Big call but I wanna roll the dice. We play split halves rugby. We desperately need an attacking linking FB. French can play the position very similar to Tomkins. That’s what we need.
This is no knock on Zak, but the system doesn’t lend itself to his style of play. Ask yourself... how often have you seen Zak link out wide and go through a gap or feed the outside backs? Doesn’t really happen. With Frenchs style and pace with our back line that move would give us something we’ve rarely seen in 2019.

French as a play making first receiver doesn’t work just yet. He’s a strike weapon not a creator in a split halves system. This means we stick with the tried and tested GF winning pair of Tommy and Williams at 6 and 7.

Hardaker must play. Fill in in the centres or on the wing.

Only other issue is 9. Go with Amir or Lockers. Personally I’d interchange both from 9.
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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:23 pm
Posted by Smalls on Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:23 pm
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Burgess
Gildart
Sarginson
Marshall
SOL
George
Clubb
Tommy
Partington
Isa
Farrell
Smithies

Flower
Byrne
French
Greenwood
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Post Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:19 pm
Posted by MadDogg on Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:19 pm
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Last Son of Wigan wrote:
French to FB. Big call but I wanna roll the dice. We play split halves rugby. We desperately need an attacking linking FB. French can play the position very similar to Tomkins. That’s what we need.
This is no knock on Zak, but the system doesn’t lend itself to his style of play. Ask yourself... how often have you seen Zak link out wide and go through a gap or feed the outside backs? Doesn’t really happen. With Frenchs style and pace with our back line that move would give us something we’ve rarely seen in 2019.

French as a play making first receiver doesn’t work just yet. He’s a strike weapon not a creator in a split halves system. This means we stick with the tried and tested GF winning pair of Tommy and Williams at 6 and 7.

Hardaker must play. Fill in in the centres or on the wing.

Only other issue is 9. Go with Amir or Lockers. Personally I’d interchange both from 9.


I think Hardaker could play hooker at a push.

I'm sure we'll bring Shorrocks or Sammut in on the bench - I'd probably prefer to start Sammut over French in the halves. French is what was advertised - a full back or winger.

All assuming Powell can't play of course - if he's avoided a break you know he's the type of bloke who will want to play.
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