Gutted Beale won't play.
Silver lining in the Beale injury cloud is if it brings Pulu on to the bench. I hope talk of Pulu's injury is overstated.
The other upside is that Hiku can make better hit ups when just soldiering our ball out of our own half.
Only way we win is if the following conditions are met:
1) Johnson and team play with Lino the same as Green and the team play with Lino when Johnson is out. In the last Storm match the brains trust decided that Lino wasn't to be trusted which left us one dimensional and easy to close down from a play making perspective.
2) Jazz goes through a game without any errors or turnovers.
3) Peachey does not have a stunner at 6.
4) Nathan Cleary continues to have trouble finding his rhythm he had last year.
Agree with you on Hiku carrying the ball, for that part he's been one of our best all season but when big Billy Kikau and Waqa Blake are running it back down his edge I'll be watching it through my fingers.