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Re: Unbelievable
Posted by: Olney678
Date: 15/05/2018 15:39
I think The difference worth noting is Haskell is a current multi capped international. Wood has barely featured for Saints this season, whether it be fitness or form he's not been considered a 1st team regular. Brussow in my eyes is the one people should question, he has come in from Japan, not fully fit, as far as I'm concerned he has not proved himself to be worthy of the 7 shirt, therefore Haskell jumps in front of him imo. I agree with the Gibson, Haskell, Harrison combination - a good mix of grunt, dog, pace and an additional lineout option. Wood and Ludlum interchangeable on the bench or in the starting line up. We can not go into the season with only one decent option in each position. We have 7 options for the 3 starting positions and one bench spot. For me Brussow until he gets fit and proves himself in the Wanderers doesn't come into the equation. He's the one who should not have been signed if we are to question recruitment. While I agree that Ludlum needs game time, I wonder if he was made available which of the 8 clubs above us would have him in their starting line up.

If we were to improve and players such as Gibson and Harrison come back into international recognition, would we not be more comfortable with a back row that still consists of Wood and Haskell, as opposed to unproven academy players, for say when we play against a Saracens team that could boast a back row out of Wray, Clark and Burger.

As for top quality no.8's they don't grow on trees, Harrison has done the job before and I for one would be comfortable with him being the 8 going into next season. At the end of the day it is just a shirt number, others can step up and carry the ball. I don't recall it being an issue when Roger Wilson was our No.8 and he was not what you would call a monster in terms of his physical appearance.

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