You reckon Fulton or Woods are possible bolters?
Fulton, yes, as he is creative with the ball, can act as a fill-in hooker and defends like a beast, but with Hinchcliffe in the mix as well it's unlikely to happen. Woods may be a bolter this series, but not game 1. If we win that, he might get a look in for sydney.
Anyone watch the Warriors/Roosters match? Pretty solid game, Roosters defense is shocking. Johnson and Maloney is an absolutely quality halves partnership. Its a shame Maloney is leaving at the end of the year because it wouldn't take many signings for the Warriors to be considered a lock for the finals every year. I feel that they're weak at fullback and their wingers aren't too flash (Vatuvai is a head case) but Tupou is pretty decent. Their backrowers in Mateo, Mannering, Taylor, Brown and Luck are very solid players although their front row is also pretty lacking. As far as the Roosters are concerned, the quicker Maloney arrives the better. They'll be a 10x better side when he is there.
Yup, it was very free flowing and had attractive footy (better than the St George grind shit).
Maloney/Johnson is the current cream of the crop in terms of a halves combo (Foran/DCE is right up there but Foran is injured). Losing Maloney next year will hurt them quite a bit.
They are weak at fullback because they don't give Fisiiahi (sp.) a full on run in top grade, the kid has scored 18 tries in 9 NSW Cup games, and was epic in his debut last year before injury. Have him at FB with Locke and Tupou on the wings, with Ropati & Hurrell in the centres, and that's a kickass backline.
The front row does hold them down and with the cash freed up by Maloney's exit they should be looking at getting a decent prop next season, and they would be right up there in terms of the top 4.