POM was okay, but if that was your version of an excellent performance by an international 6, you might want to start increasing your expectations.de_Selby wrote:I know the bored has a penchant for hyperbole but seriously, who else should be selected? With the injuries the team picked itself.
POM might not have been in great form lately but was excellent on Saturday. I'd prefer not to have him and VDF in the same back row, I don't think Deegan and VDF in the same back row would work well at intl level either though.
Murray vs Cooney isn't as clear cut as is being made out either - Murray hasn't been as bad and Cooney hasn't been as good as everyone says.
Aisde from that what other changes would people make?
You say you don't think Deegan would work with VdF either; we haven't seen this yet, all we know is that Deegan has been more impressive this season than POM, so let's see how he performs in this backrow.
Murray isn't playing near his best, whereas Cooney is in great form. The gap between them isn't as big as hyperbole would have it, but Murray had his chance: not being 'as bad' as everyone says is not good enough, so Cooney has earned his chance, especially if there aren't many other changes.
This whole defence of players 'not being as bad as some say' as an argument to choose senior players ahead of (younger) in form players is getting silly. France, Wales and even England blood youngsters, and with good results. Why do we have to wait for seniors to keel over before considering alternatives?!