Close. but No cigar!!!!! Think proven combinations. The pack is harder but Hooper will shade Pocock. best ball carrier and much quicker, an essential requirement for the tahs style game. Poeie will be on the bench. Skelton will get lots of game time. expect the forwards to start to hit in defence more like Potgeiter. thats what happened at the tahs!!!!!! Ryan, Douglas, Skelton, robinson, Palu et al all pulled off great bone rattlers.
Best backline in Super rugby for 10 years. Proven, potent and in tune with coach from the start. Speight and Kuridrani on the wings.
Bench is Genia, if reports are correct that he is back to his best, and C Lilleafano because he can play 10, 12 and 15. Imagine those back three running into and stretching the holes created by Cheika and his foley/beale/AAC magic!!!!!!!! Woo Hoooo!
GTW, expect beale to be available. It would have been a condition of Cheika's, both from the tahs and Wallabies. Beale's good, but he lights up Folau. DID you notice how quiet Izzy has been without the holes that Beale creates. He has resorted to low percentage grubbers or the coach ball, with a step. thats not his game..........He is a finisher.