I think he’s in if we only play two talls but I think that is too short and we should play 3 with Hurley and ambrise being pretty versatile. I like Hartley but suspect the coaches have Brown ahead of him. I don’t think we’ve brought in saad to play twos and Conor would have to go backwards to be left out.
I think our vulnerability down back last year had more to do with bad turnovers and a midfield that could not cover the spread or quick transition.
I’m pretty comfortable with that back 6 to be honest. Had good spread of talls/mediums and small and should be able to cope with a variety of players.
I think Ambrose performed well on good players last year. He also got touched up a few times. Hawkins was just too big for him and he needed a bit of third man up cover which he didn’t get.
Let’s not rush to judge on the defence on the back of a 10 minutes burst with a huge wind against them.