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

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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.


Squad:
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

Reserves
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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