I agree Geoff. The injuries were bad luck but the selections were strange to say the least.
One genuine prop in the 17. The part timers were out muscled in the middle third. They're playing an arguably better and more aggressive pack this week.
The only other prop coach sheens can call on is Klemmer who has no tests and about 20 NRL games playing about 25 mins per game.
Although that's probably 'experienced enough' for Clinno.
Hahahaha....don't take it personally champ. If you write a poorly conceived, thoughtless and blatantly incorrect article people are going to debate it.
Fact is that was an EXTREMELY inexperienced team.
Tupou, Mansour, Woods, Walker, guerra on debut. Another four with five or fewer tests. Another three with less than 10. So that's 12 of the team who have played 36 tests between them.
That's such an experienced line up.
Who needs Thurston - 32 tests, Gallen -31, Slater - 25, B Morris 18, Hayne 12, Boyd 17, Watmough 16, m Scott 16, etc?
Inglis first test at fullback, DCE first test at 5/8.
Just because there were a couple of players who have played a lot of tests doesn't mean the TEAM is experienced.
You don't need to dumb anything down you just need to come up with points that make sense. To call that side with 5 debutants "experienced enough" is laughable.
You've completely understated the experience and quality of the players out and clearly have no idea how green and inexperienced their replacements are.
Not to mention making no allowance for mass changes and no experience playing together.