Yeah - I have been a tad pessamistic lately, so I thought I would counter that with a little proactive positive change. I've thought of a few ideas (I know I'm no coach, but hey, this is a forum right):- 1. Swap Stehenson and Robertson around. A few times Bell made breaks, only to have Steppa not be able to match it with him pace wise. Robertsons speed could be a real asset next to him. Matai doesn't pass to his winger, which is perfect for Steppa, because all he realistically does is dummy 1/2 runs. That is a perfect combination with a centre that doesn't pass. 2. You would say that Bell will be called up to State of Origin honours. Therefore, I would bring in Willie Bishop @ fullback, and slot Chris Hicks into the centres, where he played quite well for Country. I like Willie Bishop for his X-factor, Benji Marshall style of play. He was certainly very strong under the high ball in the trial at Gosford this year as well. I haven't really seen him since then. 3. With our big lads out, I think we need to size up a little this week, and as we are playing Melbourne, we will also need to get more mobility in the team. Therefore, I would move Monaghan to 5/8, to partner Orford in the 1/2's. That would then leave the position of Hooker available for Matt Ballin. This would leave our full backline as follows:- 01. Willie Bishop 02. Michael Robertson 03. Chris Hicks 04. Steve Matai 05. Paul Stephenson 06. Michael Monaghan 07. Matt Orford (Travis does well when our big forwards are in the team who are good laterally) (I'd say either Gower / Gasnier OR Gower / Anasta will be SOO) Then we come to the forwards:- We absolutely looked as though we struggled with our mobility against The Broncos (Williamson sling shotting Lockyer to the try line comes to mind). Therefore, I would start with the following props, and I know this will be a little contraversial... Mailangi Styles & Mark Bryant. I personally think Bryant has been one of our best props, and was again against The Broncos. Styles is a smaller Danny Nutley type prop, but is a hell of a lot more mobile than say Cuthbertson or Rose. As stated above, Ballin is a big lad, and can play 80 minutes if required, and with our big guns out, could help with having Monaghan on the park for 80 minutes. You would have to say Beaver, and or coarse BK will be out when it comes to the backrow. Again, I say go for size and mobility. Anthony Watmough would have to be the obvious first choice backrower. Enough said there. Regardless of what people say, he is a class back rower, and is a serious reason in my opinion, why we dropped off last year (him being out injured). I would then pick Jason Wells, who is a big lad, and very mobile. He played 5/8 at times for The Bulldogs, and is quick, but also very rangey (in the Beaver type mould). At lock, I would go for Glenn Stewart, and I believe he adds more than Luke Williamson. Stewart has the ability to offload, and has an element of X factor. Something Willow unfotunately totally lack in my opinion. That would then leave us a pretty healthy bench. Shayne Dunley (obviously), George Rose, Luke Williamson & Adam Cuthbertson. Apart from Dunley, the 3 other players struggle (espescially laterally) in their mobility. That said, Des could inject them individually, and have only one or two lumberring players on at one time. The Broncos showed us what happens when you have more than that on the park at the same time. One last thing with the team I picked. With the exception of Styles / Bryant, the rest of the starting 13 are 80 minute players if required, so we could potentially have little interchange, while having a strong (not dominant), but strong pack on the park.