Changes vs Hawks Rd 14 2021 [spec]

What are the options here?

Outs: McGrath (knee), Zaka (hammy), Phillips, Ambrose maybe?

Ins: Smith? Cahill? Draper? 2MP in the mix too I suppose.

That Durham kid might be closer to a game than we think too!

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Wright will come back into the team. Draper will get a run too you’d think.

What’s the timeline for Snelling?

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Don’t care.

Just win.

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I think they said “medium term” so 4-6 weeks, I guess?

Probably be a Draper/2MP ruck combo.

It’s often hard to tell a timeline with fingers/thumbs/hands due to if they come back with a guard or a glove but generally a fracture requiring surgery you’d think is 6 weeks minimum.

I’d be comfortable with that.

Bit sad for Phillips. I think we put a lot of faith in him tonight. Didn’t foresee that Chol would get the better of him.

But maybe gives the opportunity for Draper to get back into the side now.

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IN: DURHAM

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Is Reid a chance?

There’s always a chance!

Rutten just said that Zaka had a tight hamstring. Not necessarily a hamstring injury.

He may be available to play.

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Ha. We’ve all seen that movie before! 6 weeks.

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Provided none of Stewart, Lav, Frang, Ridley are injured it would certainly be a bold move but I wouldn’t mind seeing him get in there somehow.

I say that knowing that Stewart isn’t exactly owning that number one tall defender role but just in the sense that it would be bold to drop him for a first year beanpole and wouldn’t be a great sign for him. Zerk probably earnt a few browny points last week too so shouldn’t be forgotten.

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In Draper, Smith, Wright

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Basically it’s this…

We have tall options coming out our you know what but so few options (or so few good options) for our smalls.

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Chol was always going to offer more around the ground than Flipper, as he is way more mobile/athletic. Flipper made some ground back later in the match with his marking, but it was a case of too little too late.

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B: Hind, Stewart, Francis
HB: Heppell, Laverde, Ridley
C: Langford, Parish, Cox
HF: Stringer, Jones, Ham
F: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Hooker, Wright
R: Draper, Perkins, Merrett
INT: Guelfi, Redman, Waterman, Smith
IN: Wright, Draper, Smith
OUT: McGrath, Zaharakis, Phillips, Ambrose

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He’s a genuine chance to debut so farked are we for mids now.

Hopefully the bye is enough to get tippa up but I wouldn’t expect Smith or Snelling to be available.

Out: McGrath, zaka, Ambrose, Jones (4 touches),

In: Cahill, Durham, Draper, Wright

Francis lav Stewart
Hind Ridley hepp

Cox parish ham
Draper Merrett Langford

Guelfi Wright Perkins
Tippa hooker stringer

Redman Cahill Durham Phillips (Waterman)

Injury situation is now beyond a joke.

I didn’t think Smith would be back yet

Smith should be fine after the bye.

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