I’m not massively worried just yet, especially in terms of the league because it’s a long season but the losses could hurt us in the WCC. We’ve spoken in previous WCC’s about us lacking size and you then go and get a big athletic prop and 2 huge second rowers ruled out and the pack then starts to head towards looking average sized again.
In truth though I’m treating that WCC game as a chance of a bonus trophy. I’d absolutely love to win it but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t and there will be loads to play for in the rest of 2024. Having a few hungry lads to come back after the WCC, regardless of the result in that, should give us a big boost.
At the same time you don't want to be playing too much catch up so these early injuries could hurt us. I was hoping for the facility to rotate the squad in the early part of the season given that the WCC will likely have an effect. We still have that option but the 2nd row in particular is looking a little thin. No more injuries and we'll be fine and the likes of Havard, Walters and Nsemba coming back into the pack in Spring could provide a timely boost. Further injuries and we'll be counting the days until they return.
Statistics: Posted by Phuzzy — Sat Feb 10, 2024 1:25 am