How come Hammer? He isn't even making the starting side for Cows.My side would be:
How come Hammer? He isn't even making the starting side for Cows.
Concerned about no edge cover on the bench?
Is Ponga going that badly though? I think he has been the best performing fullback eligible for QLD, even though he is playing nowhere near his NRL pay packet, and I think this is what is causing so many people wanting him to be left out. And for Hammer, he was quite poor at fullback in early rounds, and now hasn't even been able to force himself into the Cowboys side.I know the pick of Hammer will be controversial but I just don't think Ponga is going that well and Walsh I fear would get belted at that level and is not used to winning. I also really, really rate Hammer and have said as much for some time. Him not playing fullback is a legitimate concern though.
As for no edge cover on the bench, yes it is a big concern but I think Tino could shift out wide if needed or even Oates in the even of an injury and shift Holmes to wing. I also think Cotter looks mobile enough to cover second row if needed.
I don't think Fifita will be picked as he's been out a while and wasn't great by any means before getting injured. I do also fear this side has a bit too much of a lack of experience on the bench and in that case, would be happy to swap out one of those three for Arrow.