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Leeds (h) Play-offs Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:18 pm  

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Reckon most of team picks itself, big question is Isa, keep him at centre and drop Halsall or move him back in the pack and drop one of Smithies/KP-P, reckon Shorrocks is safe to spell Powell at 9
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:46 pm  

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Halsall has been solid as a rock. I openly admitted that in the limited times I’d seen him in the academy I thought he was ok but I wasn’t hugely convinced he’d be up to first team level. Whilst he has a way to go yet, I can only admire the start he’s made. He just looks so assured with and without the ball. He maybe lacks half a yard of pace to become an absolute stand out but I’d certainly keep him in for Thursday.

The rest of the questions would then be around the make up of the pack and bench. I very much doubt it being in Lams plans but if Bullock is available, I’d want him in and so we’re not getting pinned in our forty from the off, I’d probably start him and go-

Hardaker
Halsall Bibby Gildart Marshall
Smith Hastings
Singleton Powell Bullock
Isa Farrell Bateman

Subs
Havard Byrne Partington Smithies

Harsh on KPP and Shorrocks but you can’t fit them all in. In reality though I doubt we’ll see Halsall or Bullock and KPP and Shorrocks will be on the bench.
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:55 pm  

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Halsall has been solid as a rock. I openly admitted that in the limited times I’d seen him in the academy I thought he was ok but I wasn’t hugely convinced he’d be up to first team level. Whilst he has a way to go yet, I can only admire the start he’s made. He just looks so assured with and without the ball. He maybe lacks half a yard of pace to become an absolute stand out but I’d certainly keep him in for Thursday.

The rest of the questions would then be around the make up of the pack and bench. I very much doubt it being in Lams plans but if Bullock is available, I’d want him in and so we’re not getting pinned in our forty from the off, I’d probably start him and go-

Hardaker
Halsall Bibby Gildart Marshall
Smith Hastings
Singleton Powell Bullock
Isa Farrell Bateman

Subs
Havard Byrne Partington Smithies

Harsh on KPP and Shorrocks but you can’t fit them all in. In reality though I doubt we’ll see Halsall or Bullock and KPP and Shorrocks will be on the bench.


Some difficult decisions on paper but we all know that Lam will do what he always does and agree that he won’t play Bullock and Halsall.

I agree with 100% on Bullock. He’s never going to give you 60 minutes a game but somewhere if it can be untapped is a half decent prop who can make some much needed yards.

Isa at centre for me. His defence and aggression has been good all season and at times he’s surprised me with his willingness to offload and keep the game open. He’s not brilliant but very dependable apart from the odd BF.

Halsall with the high ball has been first class but I’m still to be convinced that he has the size or pace to be a decent centre but he still has lots of time to develop and hopefully with a better coaching setup he will kick on.

I quite like Shorrocks but he will never be a hooker and only Lam knows why he plays him there before lads who have all of their rugby in that position.

Not sure what team Leeds will have available but I suspect a bit of the old arm wrestle and quite honestly can’t predict who will win however, I don’t think Leeds will nil us again but we haven’t got it in us to score more than 2 tries if they turn up.

As a footnote it wouldn’t totally surprise me if he finds a place for Clubb in the 17
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:11 pm  

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We are likely to have Tetevano (back after his latest suspension) Oledski, King & Mellor all back from injury
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:34 am  

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I'd have Bullock in as well but we all know that's not happening. can't remember him coming back on after that opening 20mins and considering Havard had a bit of a 'mare by his standards I think that sums up where Lam has Bullock in the pecking order, looks like Leeds will have their big lads back so we might be back to our Achilles heel of not being able to clear our own line.
I'll be amazed if Singleton and Partington aren't starting with Havard and Byrne on the bench.
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:15 am  

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I'd have Bullock in as well but we all know that's not happening. can't remember him coming back on after that opening 20mins and considering Havard had a bit of a 'mare by his standards I think that sums up where Lam has Bullock in the pecking order, looks like Leeds will have their big lads back so we might be back to our Achilles heel of not being able to clear our own line.
I'll be amazed if Singleton and Partington aren't starting with Havard and Byrne on the bench.



Bullock broke 2 fingers and thus didnt come back on. He wont play this week.
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Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:13 am  

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Bullock broke 2 fingers and thus didnt come back on. He wont play this week.


Well that just about sums his season up, gutted for him, so much potential there, if Powell gets it out of him next year at Wire there will be questions asked
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:54 am  

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Bullock broke 2 fingers and thus didnt come back on. He wont play this week.


I think that almost assures that Clubb will play.
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:16 am  

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I think that almost assures that Clubb will play.


I think Clubb is done tbh. His reaction after the final whistle seemed that of a man who knows he won’t be in the side again. The players were all posting on social media yesterday about what a great bloke he is against the picture of him in tears. You never know but it seemed to be his farewell.
Re: Leeds (h) Play-offs Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:44 pm  

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I think Clubb is done tbh. His reaction after the final whistle seemed that of a man who knows he won’t be in the side again. The players were all posting on social media yesterday about what a great bloke he is against the picture of him in tears. You never know but it seemed to be his farewell.


I still wouldn’t put it past Lam selecting him though lol

Sounds like that you are right.
With Bullock and seemingly Clubb out then Clark could probably make the 17.
Some interesting decisions to be made.
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