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Schu's injuries are frustrating but what position he is playing doesn't really affect that - he was still having trouble with his calf when he was much heavier and playing in the forwards. He is still best at 5/8 and just isn't having much luck lately.
With that said, if this is a constant and ongoing thing I wouldn't mind seeing him move to lock and Weekes taking over at 6 so we have some stability in the spine. But if Johns is seen as our main backup half then **** that
This injury is a corked thigh, which is an impact injury. Most of them are caused by copping a knee in a tackle. Not related to workload at all. The calf strains maybe but not this one.Is he maybe overtraining?
Hooked on training hard after his preseason efforts to lose weight & get fit & now maybe overdoes it a bit in between games?
I think he is more suited to playing lock than five-eight. I also think he can be more involved and obviously play both sides of the field as a ball-playing lock. The idea of playing Weekes on the left, DCE on the right, and then having Schuster in the middle would give us many more options than we have right now. At the end of the day, it's just a number after all. Unfortunately, the common sense and obvious advantages involved in making this call will preclude it from ever happening.
I really like the look of this team for later in the year.
G Chan Kum Tong/K. Lawton
E. Bullemor/T. Sipley
S. Fainu/B. Trbojevic
J. Aloiai/S. Keppie
The other advantage of playing Schuster at lock is based on minimising disruption to the regular seventeen. We have Aloia, Lawton, Jake, Bullemore and Fainu who can all cover the lock spot.
Lawton is the obvious candidate to come in when Schuster has another injury, and he could be trained to duplicate most of Schusters attacking shapes at lock. This won't work for his more instinctive plays obviously. Lawton was a five-eight originally, who was then manufactured into a hooker, and then into the back row. He debuted as a centre in the NRL and played a few more games for the Warriors at centre as well.
As for Schusters next injury, it's not a question of if but when, unfortunately. Schuster at lock also provides Weekes with a permanent starting spot in the thirteen and more balance to the bench. We then have Humphries to cover DCE and Johns to cover Weekes etc Overall, the squad looks way more balanced with Schuster at lock. Right now his combination with DCE looks extremely clunk, and I have a feeling that the DCE/Weekes halves combination would develop more naturally than what we are seeing now with DCE/Schuster.
That’s one hell of a cork… Big Show off the top rope driving a knee into the quads level cork.This injury is a corked thigh, which is an impact injury. Most of them are caused by copping a knee in a tackle. Not related to workload at all. The calf strains maybe but not this one.
Schu on the sideline is the real waste of talent.Eagles. Surely its evident by now that Schuster in the forwards is a waste of talent. He did well in 2021 but was playing second fiddle in attack. He's a ball playing five eighth. He cant effectively use that ball playing skill at lock.In his first game this year he set up three tires. That wouldnt happen if he was playing lock. His greatest asset is his skill at setting up others, just like Lyons. Later in his career maybe, but surely you dont inhibit the best skill a player has. Like playing Turbo at hooker. Totally eliminates the best element of his game. Play Schuster at lock and he spends his time tackling and out of the central focus of the attacking play