03 Mar Questions raised
Trials allow coaches to try different combinations, blend the old in with the new and answer questions for the season proper.
The games against Gordon showed the forward pack is fairly settled while the backline is anyone’s guess.
The old faces like Dan Penca, Chris Barbaro and Toby Wilson were complemented by the new faces of hooker Carl Elliott and lock OJ. Both will be valuable to the Whites in 2015. Barbaro made a welcome return with all the trademark runs and defensive hits.
Throw in Tim G. Darmody, Tony Tarlinton , Ty Valeni , Ryan Jones and perhaps Sokai Tai and the club has an impressive pack.
Working out the other seven may be more difficult with more questions than answers after the longest trial game in history. Is Josh White a five eighth? , who is the best half back after Ben Pattenden put up his hand, who are the fast finishers? . Can Aiden Kenworthy find a pair of boots?
The five eighth of the day Sam French in reserve grade may be coaching himself if he decides to commit to another season. His ability to read the play is not matched by any other in the club at the moment. The reserves certainly showed talent and ticker with Ryan Jones combining with the interesting combination of Jake Holland at 7 and David Kerr and 12. Hooker Jake Gordon is first grade standard as are the others mentioned.
Some of the questions might be answered after another trial on Thursday night with the home trial against Wests.