Umaga would certainly be a huge plus at wing, but if he were taken away from
outside centre, then Mark Robinson would be in the hotseat, and I don't know
if he is quite ready for primetime--i.e., the Tri Nations--I'm not saying he
couldn't be the one, but he really doesn't have the electrifying off the mark
(pun unintended) acceleration or intimidating tackling prowess of Umaga.
Robinson does have better distrubution skills, though, so perhaps this may be
useful if Mitchell chooses to use his back three to the fullest--and if
Cullen, Umaga, and Howlett/Lomu are those back three, then I say let's give it
a try. If Robinson is found wanting, then Umaga can always move back to
outside centre. I also like the running ability of Ryan Nicholas for the
future, but I haven't seen him enough to know if his passing and kicking
skills are up to international calibre--but he is young and will develop.
Also, perhaps down the road, Nathan Mauger could be a dynamite outside centre,
but his problem is that he plays behind Robinson, so he doesn't get much game
time. However, he has a similar genetic code to his brother, Aaron, so perhaps
greatness is just around the corner for Nathan (because Aaron is surely going
to be a great one!)
> Watching the Baabaa's match, he was given a "roving commission" to wreak
> havoc, and he did. With that in mind, i am thinking that if the Convicts
> select Sailor, that Umaga would be the one player who could shut him down.
> But he won't be able to do that from centre, which requires more structure,
> and is the pivotal area in backline defence. It will be interesting to see
> this selection play out, as i suspect there is much more thought going into
> AB selections than is being given credit in this ng.
> Mr Scebe
> Losers always talk about doing their 'best',
> while winners go home and *** the prom queen".
> ~Sean Connery in "The Rock"
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