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Indeed he did – it was the Round 10 game at Suncorp Stadium

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Yeah put me down as a shameless Walton fan. Just does a lot right and not much wrong. Big future ahead of him if he keeps developing well.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Thanks JC. Yep, depth is an issue in some positions for the Force, although that’s the case all across the competition. They’ll just have to hope if they do get hit by the injury bug, it’s somewhere they can cover (they look nice and solid at scrumhalf, for example).

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Thanks Chook, be great to see a big blue crowd on Friday. And yes, is TJK gets back into form, it’ll be exactly the kind of headache Rennie wants – although I think we’re close to having very strong 13 depth regardless with Petaia, Paisami, Walton and Ikitau all coming through.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Cheers Bobby. There’s every chance they’ll sneak into third – I think I mentioned it yesterday in the comments on my Tahs piece, but those last three spots on the ladder should be really tight. Could come down to a single win or even bonus points for the last finals position.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Yeah it’s a bit of a hodge-podge of a squad, but far less so than last year – there are far more players in and around their primes right now, whereas in 2020 it was pretty much all youngsters or journeymen.

Completely agree r.e. Sampson. Big job for him getting a new-look squad firing together in quick time.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Cheers Oz. I remember TK having a pretty poor game late on in the season – maybe Round 9 or 10? But yeah, he wasn’t too bad in the final, and I think that only adds to the thinking that he’s still got some good seasons left in him.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Western Force

Fair enough Jez, I think they’re alright backups but that there’s a decent gap between them and Harrison at the moment. If they get developed nicely as you suggest (and putting time and on-field minutes into backup tens hasn’t exactly been one of the Tahs’ strengths in years gone by) then they’ll have a nice cohort of playmakers to call on if needed.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

That’s it, Jez. Just because a couple of guys excelled in year one of their pro careers doesn’t mean that’s the norm – far from it. Mark has the tools to develop into a strong player, he just needs some time to make it happen.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

No, not no chance. I think 3-5 on the ladder will be fairly close, and you could make a decent enough argument that the Tahs will scrape through into third. I just think the argument that they’ll finish last is more compelling.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

That’s the thing, TLN. 1-15 they don’t look too bad, and if they stay fit they could surprise a few. If their depth gets tested though and the new second-rowers don’t work, it’s trouble.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

Locks clearly the big issue, but also their depth. I didn’t really go into it because Geoff’s covered it already today, but if they lose a key player or two, they’re in a real hole. If someone like Harrison or Gordon goes down, it’s a massive problem.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

Way too early to write off Nawaqanitawase, Bobby. He showed plenty at the start of last year, and as he gets further into his career I think he’ll develop nicely.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

Dempsey’s a loss – before that horrid hamstring injury he had the look of a guy who’d play 50+ Tests for the Wallabies. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s one of those Aussies who comes back from overseas a far more valuable player than he was when he left.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

It’s a fair point, JC, particularly when the Tahs are concerned. I still think, though, that you need at least a few seasoned heads around the place to have success – look at the impact guys like Cadeyrn Neville and Lachie McCaffrey had in the final last year.

And if things start going poorly – and they could well for NSW this year – having a few veterans around the place to help the playing group out off the field would come in handy.

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: NSW Waratahs

That’s it, isn’t it? If Swinton learns to control his aggression he’s going to be a seriously good player.

Back-row opportunities in Australian rugby have never been greater

The Swinton-Tizzano combo could be well worth watching. One issue there could be discipline, though. Swinton already has form and Tizzano doesn’t have the reputation of a cool, calm head.

Back-row opportunities in Australian rugby have never been greater

G’day John. Last year was the first time there was an official team of the tournament. This was the official BBL09 TOTT:

Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell (c), Jono Wells, Mitch Marsh, Tom Curran, Rashid Khan, Daniel Sams, Peter Siddle, Haris Rauf

So Maxwell and Rashid the only two to make the best XI both years, with Stoinis and Sams picked in last year’s team and as the x-factor players this season.

The BBL team of the tournament has been announced, but it's missing some big names

The risk of injury I get, the others I just don’t consider to be particularly detrimental to captaincy claims. With regards to resting, do we really think someone like Cummins isn’t capable of both having a breather and thinking about the game tactically at the same time?

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia

Fair enough. It was still a case of opting for an inexperienced player over the bloke who’d been pretty much a mainstay at first drop for years.

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia

You’d hope so. Given how his name has fallen out of contention, you’d think he’ll need a good stack of Shield runs at the end of the season to get back in the mix.

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia

Out of interest, Dave, what are your reasons for not having a fast bowler as captain?

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia

Yes, I’d have him stopping singles. If “he’d get tired out because he’d have to field at mid-on more” is the best argument going around for not picking a quick as skipper, I reckon it’s high time we make one captain.

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia

Went into McDermott earlier in the comments, but that ton vs India was only his second first-class century of his career. Needs a greater weight of Shield runs before he’s in the “deserves an opportunity” camp.

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia

How do you know he’d under-bowl himself as captain when he’s never been captain before? How do you know he wouldn’t be able to give a player a talking-to when they need it?

No changing of the guard, but hard selection calls required for Australia