I think it's more about rotating the squad without removing what makes the squad what it is, and using the opportunity, without taking the Dogs too lightly.
ffsRugby league project is a good website for stats but it must have something wrong with the database as they double up finals games on everyone's profile. I dont know if its formulas they use in the spreadsheet. But they add up all the games including finals. Then include the finals again. Thats why poupou escabar was having trouble with BA and his 50% W/L record thread because the RLP website double up finals matches on the total figures.
I am suprised the website haven't fixed it yet.
For the record here is BA coaching stats for all top grade games including finals
2012 - 2 wins from 6 games
2014 - 12 wins from 24 games
2015 - 9 wins from 24 games
2016 - 13 wins from 24 games
2017 - 16 wins from 26 games
2018 - 6 wins from 24 games
2019 - 15 wins from 26 games
2020 - 15 wins from 22 games
2021 - 11 wins from 14 games
= 99 wins from 190.
I hope we're already focused on the Penrith game.I suspect rather than those two being dropped, we're showing little respect to our opponents and they will get some match time in reserves this week, whilst we give some game time to a couple of others because we're playing the team running last.
Was going to suggest Russell could be a smokey, but this really says bye bye Fergo to me
Surprised about Carty and Kafusi but it could also be that BA wants them to get 80 mins or so under their belt, which he did with Hipgrave earlier in the year, Carty has had f**k all minutes recently.
Lane gets good minutes and good metres and tackle count, no way would he be relegated.
Bryce: I reckon it's for all those reasons.IMO
Bryce has done a few hot headed moments in the last few weeks. He has been dropped for that. I disagree for minutes or fitness. A lesson to get those dumb things out of his game like kicking on 3rd etc.
Kafusi I think perhaps yes its due to fitness. Give him a good 60 min work out.
I also feel they needed someone to cover Lussick who was gassed. Roache for some reason has leapfrogged W.Smith. this says to me more about our future 17. Roach is the most dangerous of the 3 and could be a guy who comes on and becomes dangerous. He also can play a bit of lock if need be.
I don't rate Hipgrave but if called upon he is able to handle plenty of minutes. So are Niakuore and Lane.
Russel is an odd one. To me he just doesn't look physically ready for NRL. I do not think Blake is done for this season. If this was the Panthers or a finals game I reckon he would be in.
But I can understand not putting Penisini in. He plays centre. And we do not have any injuries in centre. No need to move Waqa. He has been great the last two games since gained match fitness.