Yep that's fair and once Brooks was signed his 5/8 days were over. I take your point about him playing 5/8 that day (I didn't realise Foz was out). But I think he will be playing as a ball playing loose forward, so he may find himself in a similar position in attack at times anyway.Agree with your points that he looked better and more confident in that game, but Foran was out that week and Schu was actually playing 6 there. In fact before this year I'd always thought his best games had been in the halves.
Unfortunately even as one of the few fans of him left I do think he's probably outgrown the 5/8 spot but we've really done him no favours. The moment we signed Brooks and Tommy went down is when we should've moved him back to the forwards, but instead he's been out there playing a position we don't want him in, and being asked to create opportunities with Tuilagi, Parker & Tui/Vaega outside him. We saw how we looked when he at least had Koula & Tommy to link with, but there is no half in the game that would succeed when being rushed on every time they get the ball, and having no genuine attacking threat outside of them. That's what we saw on Thursday night with Schu
I'm glad we are apparently making the change this week if only just to see some sort of change within the team, but I wish a) we'd decided to do this earlier and not with 3 weeks left, and b) also addressed some other positions like our outside backs, weak forward pack, lack of threat at hooker. This is what I don't understand with Seibold being the tactical innovator he tries to be, surely he is watching the same games we are
Just for a more relevant comparison, I've also attached the Tigers game from that same period. Foz is playing this game and I just note the footwork and leg speed he had back then when he sets up Chez. We just need him back at that level and he'll do well for us in the forwards.