…. But now aren’t you throwing Arthur to the lions …. He hasn’t been here a week and you putting him in first grade!Now Siebs is a big promotor of continuing education.
I hope he learnt from the bench selection debacle that saw young Fainu thrown to the lions in the centres on his debut early in the game and then it took weeks for him to get another shot.
Similarly Weekes was thrown to the lions against Penrith on a day that they ran all over our pack and he had a tough day at 5/8. Again it has taken weeks for him to get another shot.
I hope he learnt from the failed experiment of Aloiai at 13.
I hope he he has learnt that having defensive liabilities in your side does not go unnoticed by opposition coaches and players who exploit their weaknesses.
I'd be running Arthur at half back because he is a big unit and a good defender. He is also an experienced half in first grade and all he has to do is play a steady game. If Seibs plays Johns he will again be run at constantly by Newcastle who will exploit his lack of size and defensive weakness.