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Strongest 23?
OldMarovian (IP Logged)
27 December, 2017 17:04
With a new years wish in mind I was chatting with a friend earlier about what our strongest 23 would be. All players fit and available and in best form.

Mako, George, Koch, Maro, Kruis, Rhodes, Wray, Billy, Wiggle, Faz, Williams, Barritt, Taylor, Maitland, Goode.
Barrington, Brits, Figallo, Isiekwe, Clark, Spencer, Lozo, Tompkins.

The most interesting thing that came up is neither of us would have two of our more expensive players; Burger and Skelton in the XV although my friend suggested a bench with Isiekwe covering 6/lock and Skelton as lock cover which sounded a good option. Also a mark of how quickly and well Isiekwe has established himself in the 23.

Would be really interested to hear other supporters thought on their 23.

Re: Strongest 23?
Seany_Boy0511 (IP Logged)
27 December, 2017 17:44
That's a ridiculous 23, the only change I might have would be to have Bosch/Wyles over Tompkins but even that is a close call these days and maybe have Burger instead of Clark

I would not envy the team who would be facing our strongest 23.... Usually Quins in March...

Re: Strongest 23?
OldMarovian (IP Logged)
27 December, 2017 18:05
Agree Seany and would be happy with any of those changes.

Re: Strongest 23?
The Bard (IP Logged)
27 December, 2017 18:41
Nick Isiekwe is getting perilously close to demanding a starting place! Think Ben Spencer has been excellent the past two weeks and the starting 9 shirt is now a very close call.
How loyal to remain to the senior players is a very big question for the management, particularly if our form dips again.

Re: Strongest 23?
Highbury Saracen (IP Logged)
27 December, 2017 18:47
I think Cello did ok sunday & that Tomkins needs more game time.....I also reckon maybe Chris Wyles could do with a break
Difficult to single out individuals though, when whole team has been underperforming!
Maro & Billy & Liam must be getting close to returning to action
At training day tomorrow to see captains run so be interesting to see what levels injured players are at

European champions 2016 & 2017

Re: Strongest 23?
Paxton sarrie (IP Logged)
27 December, 2017 20:44
Promised myself i would join the forum as my Christmas treat so go easy on me please!!

Cannot argue with most selections and certainly on 2017 form i don't think we can argue against Jackson. But in his pomp and at his very best... schalk burger... surely?

And Mr Brits... Jamie wouldn't argue just yet against a fully operational schalla!!

Both guys by the way have been the laid back burger protecting supporters from errant kickers as his warm up routine...brits...just immense.

And that isnt to say the rest don't have their merits!!

Re: Strongest 23?
duchessmalfi (IP Logged)
29 December, 2017 10:28
I think I would start Brits and Koch together as the two seem to play off each other exceptionally well and, if stating George, then maybe Figallo as well and bring the two Saffas off the bench to hit their running lines against tiring defences...

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