Week 2 of Super Rugby - My Wallabies Team So Far - No Prisoners and No Favourites

Posted by John Gates on

Don't forget - this list is taken from my running spreadsheet which you can download here: 

My Wallabies team of the week (picked purely on form, not reputation). It's a squad of 23 with 7 emergencies, as it is only still early.

A couple of observations:-

  • As much as I am an unabashed fan of Tom Banks, Dane Haylett-Petty outplayed him in all departments.
  • Neither JOC at 10 or Jordan Petaia at 13 did enough to stand out, whereas Lolesio did and he is clearly special.
  • I picked Cadeyrn Neville – in the trials he stood up and deserved his spot in the XV – he has a very high work rate. He is keeping Enever out of the starting XV, and Swain will have to fight for his spot in my view, in the Brumbies
  • Liam Wright went well, but was just shaded by Hooper, whose work on the ball and ability to read the play out wide, is still first-rate;
  • Joe Powell was everywhere and his passing game is crisp.
  • Hard to choose between Hunt and Simone, but if Simone keeps playing as strongly as he did, he will jump to the front.
  • Tom Wright had a great game and edged Marika out of contention.

1. Sio
2. Faingaa
3. Ala’atoa
4. Rodda
5. Salakaia-Loto
6. Valetini
7. Hooper
8. Samu
9. Powell
10. Lolesio
11. Nawaqanitawase (if fit) – otherwise, Speight or Koroibete
12. Hunt
13. Kuridrani
14. Wright
15 Haylett Petty

16. Slipper
17. Tupou
18. Neville
19. Wright (Liam)
20. Naisarani
21. McDermott
22. Toomua
23. Koroibete

Emergencies: (if picking horses for courses):-
24. Paenga Amosa
25. Simmons
26. Cottrell
27. Simone
28. Petaia
29. Banks
30. Beale


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