james, I think all of our 7 options are capable of making dominant tackles. I don't think Hooper is the leader in the department. But what he is probably best at is the scrambling defence stuff - i.e. when a player has made it through the defensive line, Hooper has the commitment along with the speed to catch someone and bring them down. We saw it a few times in the clips above.
Nick: I'd be very interested in what back row you'd pick right now if Pocock wasn't available.
I know this is hypothetical but it's not totally irrelevant since that's the situation we're going to be in next year.
Yeah, Cheetahs just off a huge confidence-boosting win and Rebels just off a bad loss. Rebels are of course in with a shot but I'm surprised everyone is tipping them.