topofthemoon wrote:charltom wrote:topofthemoon wrote:charltom wrote:You're probably right. But both should (albeit no doubt won't) travel ahead of Wilson, who suffers from brain farts and has a history of giving away penalties that neither of the younger options does.
Back row ought to be:
Barclay 6/7 (assuming he regains his form post-injury...)
Thomson 8/6 or Wilson 6/8, depending on how Thomson shows in the warm-ups
plus of course Skinner 4/6 and Brown at 2/7!
Injury may of course mean that none of these misses out on selection grounds, but to my mind Wilson's the one that ought to, no matter how much fun he is.
I can't see Strauss and Fagerson making it but then again I'm not Toony!
Just on the penalty count - these are PRO14 only stats for last season but quite interesting I thought:
Watson - penalty every 33 minutes / 0 yellow cards
Ritchie - 54 mins / 1 YC
Wilson - 62 mins / 0 YC
Bradbury - 82 mins / 1 YC
Matt Fagerson - 123 mins / 0 YC
Barclay - 194 mins / 0 YC
Interesting. Do you have them at test level?
Just for the 2 years and 23 Tests since Toony took charge.
Graham - 25 mins / 0 YC
Ritchie - 63 mins / 0 YC
Wilson - 65 mins / 1 YC
Barclay - 82 mins / 0 YC
Watson - 114 mins / 0 YC
Strauss - 278 mins / 1 YC
Magnus Bradbury and Matt Fagerson haven't conceded any penalties in this period.
Worth noting for Wilson since the riot against Australia in Sydney where he fell out with Wayne Barnes and conceded 6 penalties plus a yellow card in 47 minutes(!) his rate has dropped to a penalty every 112 minutes and no YCs.
For an international 7 that is pretty good from Watson to be fair considering how many breakdowns he will be in and around.