H's D wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:04 pm
If you only ever select and start what you perceive to be your strongest side, then a couple of unfortunate injuries and you have no-one match sharp and tuned-in to step in and perform.
Ideally two or three players should be competing for, and fairly regularly playing in
, each and every position. If only for parts of games. Cliff has clearly shown he is good enough, let him play, share the load and keep both of them fresh, and eager to play.
The win away against Exeter really should
have shown everyone on here what can be achieved if our top performing players occasionally get a week or two off in order to recuperate, settle niggles down and freshen up. It also helps get others into proper contention.
If Dimes and the rest of the coaching staff see that a particular player is ready to play a role based on numerous hours of observation and analysis in both games and training, they are in a far far better position to judge than anyone on here.
Im sorry H's D cant agree with the logic of a lot of this.
1. Cliff has started 9 games for Sale and 2 off the bench for Sale this season. De Klerk has started 5. Cliff has played the last four out of 5 games. De Klerk not Cliff needs game time.
2. I agree we need a strong squad but both players need consistent game time to get into our playing style. De Klerk has played in January so how is that two match fit players?
3.do you honestly believe Cliff would have started vs Exeter or Quins this month if De Klerk was fit? or against La Rochelle for that matter?
3. De Klerk has been 'refreshing' in SA in early January. So if he is fit he will also be fresh.
4. would we even be having this debate if De Klerk were a local lad and Cliff the overseas player based on the level these players are playing at/ reached at this point in their careers?
5.I cant think of anyone in the top 6 who doesnt have a clear first choice 9 with a clear back up/understudy. Those back ups are good and need game time but you wouldn't expect them to play as much as Cliff has done to date normally.
6.re Exeter away if we play them again in March (with the play offs in reach) with Nic White at 9 do you really think De Klerk won't be starting? Last weeks result was great but their international call ups offset a few key people we were missing. Cliff was brilliant last week but against Exeters back up 9 as White is injured. Townsend is not White who is annoyingly good/cynical (no need to delete as appropriate as hes both).
I am in no way saying Cliff isnt playing well or justified his shirt in Faf's absence. You make the point about Dimes and what he sees in training. Be honest do you really think if Faf was around and fit and the game is important Faf doesnt start? Lets be practical/ realistic here!
Ultimately Dimes may well select Cliff and keep Faf for the premiership game the following week / for the remainder of the season if fit. I would be amazed if Cliff starts any Premiership game from Sarries onwards if Faf is fit. Thats not a knock on Cliffy far from it. He has deputised brilliantly and his form/ execution of his skills (kicking in particular) are much better this year than last.