I was surprised not to see fasavalu in the line up as if your going to trial a player you would think in a second chance game it would be ideal. If they try him in 2 weeks it's elimination and not really the time to be experimenting with your line up.
The rumour is that fasavalu is as fit as he has ever been and lost alot of weight that he was carrying.
As for smith, I see no reason why he will not play in 2 weeks, we may get lomax back or eastmond, but I'll doubt we'll get both also if we did have both, they have both picked up easy injuries this year in games maybe a place on the bench would be more likely.
Yeah it seems like we've seen the last of big Maurie
I can't see him playing again now, especially after the performance of the pack last night. As nice as it would be to see him in a Saints' shirt again if they're all fit in two weeks then it wouldn't be fair to drop one of them after that display. Still, his powerful runs and celebratory haka will live long in the memory
perhaps he'll treat us to another one yet even if he doesn't play again.
I completely agree on Smith, he absolutely has to play again. It would have been quite understandable if he'd told Saints where to go after not featuring for so long but he came in with a terrific attitude and gave it 100% with great results. I'm not sure I'd play Eastmond again this year, his talent is beyond doubt but when was the last time he played without picking up an injury early on? Seems like he needs a good deal of time out to fully recover, no point playing him at 70% or whatever because we've seen several times what will happen. Lomax and Smith would potentially be a very good partnership to go into the next game, assuming Johnny can recover in time.