Bump. Half way point.
Who's surprised? Bags, thought he was totally cooked. Don't know how much he has left in the tank but he is earning his spot.
Who's disappointed? Stanton, really thought he'd return in good shape but he hasn't adapted to the new role will at all. Id live to see him return to a wing in the second half of the year. Didn't look likely to happen though
Who's really pleased with their progress? McKenna I'd really hoped he push in to the 22 this year and picked him in a few of my best 22 iterations. He's met my expectations and his progress has been rapid so far this year. Excited to see how it continues
Who's exceeded expectations? McGrath, he's certainly exceeded mine. Wow, really, i got this one wrong. Can't move him to a wing soon enough in my mind.
Big questions still to be resolved? Ruck. I was satisfied with luey to be honest, even if he wasn't going to be a comp leading ruck but tbell has definitely now put his hand up. The 3rd tall forward also remains to be solved. Do we even want one? Do we give Stewart time? Do we just plug away with Francis. I think Francis should be playing back fwiw
Hooker? Well the fwd line is certainly working better but is it because of him? He is playing his role well and JD is finding more space but we are also defensively fragile. I guess the question is, will the forward line continue to work if he goes back. I think it is at least worth finding out the answer.
How much has your perception of the best 22 changed?
Still some questions to be answered, as marked below. Stanton is the one who had dropped out of mine, Stewart the one who has bobbed up but he is far from a lock at this point.
Bags Ambrose hurley
Kelly Hartley mckenna
Hepp Watson McGrath
Luey ? bj zerret
Tippa JD fanta
Stewart ? hooker green
Parish zaha colyer ? Langford