Geez we've hit dire straits with calls for Ropo to FB. Though not unfounded. Even so, I still think Fish should and will get the job. Ropo (I assume) will be under an injury cloud and despite looking likely in his last outing at the back, I think Fish will get another opportunity to try convince us he's somewhere near NRL standard.
Henry as a certain starter at centre, if Ropo is fit then I'd expect him to slot back in - otherwise I'd definitely be an advocate of Hurrell > Inu. Inu's errors were just unforgivable.
Ta'ai didn't make any errors but again didn't really give us any reason to keep him in the 17. I thought the God showed enough to warrant a spot on the bench as an extra option at dummy half (at the expense of Ta'ai).
What's the word on Lillyman and Steve Rapira, are those inclusions based on hope or are they primed for a return?
Im becoming a big fan of Benry, watched him alot in the Toyota Cup and he earned my respect there. I didn't rate him as a centre when the season started but he has been the biggest improver this year and should be automatic selection every week.
Fullback's a real problem for me - Locke's down, Fish hasn't exactly stood up like we hoped he would, Ropo's got a dicky leg. I've slagged off about Inu's last 10-15 minutes last night, but apart from that he was actually solid enough, so I'm very much 50/50 with him and the Fish for the job. It's a case of:
1) Do we give it to Fish and hope like hell he plays like we know he can?
2) Do we give it to Inu and hope like hell he doesn't play like we know he can?
I still rate Fisiiahi as our first choice fullback and Inu as our first choice centre/wing. That one handed error was unforgivable, but would something like that really ever happen again? I don't have too much of a problem with his offload to Tupou, we were down two tries in the final 10 minutes... Other than that I thought he had a solid game. Obviously that's a big "other", but yeah.