Selection for the game will again be interesting. At the time of writing this, I’m on my way to Newcastle to watch the All Blacks on Friday and Somoa on Saturday, so I haven’t access to any team news. With injuries to Evans, Woodburn and Hope last weekend, once again a change to the side might be required. Devlin’s injury didn’t seem too serious so I imagine he’ll be in the squad, and hopefully in the starting line-up, with Matt Price to come on in the final quarter. The back-row wlll probably be Pailor and Oliver, with either Jacques Le Roux, Loti Molitika or Danny Wright. Although there’s a lot of beef in that triumvirate, it lacks a little pace for me, but I think, if fit enough for a full 80 minutes, I’d start with Jacques given his contribution during the Plymouth game. His experience could be invaluable. With Daniel Carpo waiting in the wings, we should have considerable strength in-depth at 6, 7 and 8.
I imagine the only other change in the backs would be Tincknell for Smith should he have recovered from his training injury last
Thursday. If Koxy is given the all-clear then MacBurnie would stand down, but if Knox suffered any sort of concussion, it could be a further two weeks on the sidelines for him. I’m presuming that Cliffie is still a game or two short of a return, in which case Ryan has done enough to keep the 15 shirt, unless it’s felt that Hamilton’s experience might be need against Hull.