DOB wrote:On the 2nd rows, reading the Cordite and Mole blogs, and some recent IT articles, it seems that there are a few factors in the decision to go for McCarthy over Tuohy. We need a loosehead-scrummaging 4 jumper who can run a lineout to replace POC, and it seems that McCarthy suits that role better. And fair enough. Because DOC is a TH scrummaging 2 jumper who can't. And Ryan is also a 2 jumper who can't run a lineout, but I had thought he was a LH scrummager; Cordite seems to think he's a TH.
Now, here's the thing; POC is a utility lock; can jump at 2 or 4, and scrummage at LH or TH, and call a lineout. So why wasn't one of the other 2 locks in the 22 able to a) call a lineout and b) pack down on the left side? It'd be like playing a utility prop at tighthead and picking 2 specialist looseheads at 1 and 17. As soon as your tighthead goes down, you're f**ked.
Can someone confirm which side Ryan scrums on? Because I'm very confused about our lock selections if he purely plays the same role as DOC.
In the Italian game when Ryan came on POC moved across to TH to accomodate him. Havent looked but I suspect the same happened last sunday. Ryan can do 2, 4 or 6 in the lineout. He will be at 4 though, assuming he is starting. DOC has done well at 2 for us when called.
Does Heaslip run the lineout at Leinster?