The rest is open slather dependent (all things being equal on one thing)
Sort the left edge defence out.
The right is playing at top four range.
The Middle is playing at lower eight range.
Sort the left (looking like we need to change some players over there or die).
One of the things that has interested me about that side of the park.....has been the continued horrible defence while Manu is out.
That's why I recon Kata is out of his depth there.
While he has been doing a lot of good stuff, the Warriors can't afford the luxury of bringing on a rookie center who's strong point is their try scoring strike rate.
We already have a permanent fixture on that wing who is not going to get dropped in lieu of Katas try scoring feats.....and as I've ranted before.....with Manu out that edge still is the gateway to defeating the Warriors.
It might not be fair on Kata....but they are not going to drop the Captain from that edge either.....nor are they going to exclude Roger Tuivasa-Sheck....even tho his D is worse than Tomkin's.
To win this season, they either do the unlikely and swap Hoffman out....give up on the idea Tommy will find new lateral movement.....keep Wright there to insulate Kara more.....or they swap Roger Tuivasa-Sheck out of fb and experiment with the untried yet promising defensive reader in Wells at FB (barely worth wasting time typing this idea).
Hell even I got lost coming up with all those permeations and its my post lol.
What I would try were I king for a day:
Hoffman to the middle at 13 (fullah can run and can tackle front on).
15. Manu Prop
17. Vete (Prop /backrow interchange). I would aim to use Vete at 13 as a point of difference to Hoffman (short explosive bursts should do it) TL , Luke and Mannering to share leadership of the side when Hoffman's off.
Let's face it Many would be infinitely superior to Hurrell off the bench and quite possibly end up putting Mutts and Lillyman to shame.
18. Wells.....start running him with the NRL side as competition for Fusitua and Kata.....and an understudy for Fb to keep Tui at six should Roger Tuivasa-Sheck be out.
According to Joey Johns we won't make top eight now Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has sustained season ending injury in Wellington.
Personally speaking I'm inclined to agree with him and with our last game of season this year being against Eels it could be a winner take all, battle for wooden spoon, especially if they are docked large amount points for salary cap breeches like some pundits predict. It will be kind ironic too if that happens considering we were only both in final of this year Auckland Nines
But Roger? Sure he's one of the best fullbacks in the game, but I think Tui can sub in well there and play the playmaker role he would have in the halves. Roger is nowhere near as crucial to our success as Johnson is.
If we don't do well this year it's because we were shit regardless of Roger getting injured. Huge loss, but I won't accept it as an excuse.