We've just had a discussion in the office about who Steve McNamara should pick at 6 and 7 for Saturday's RLWC2013 semi-final against New Zealand.
I'm still undecided, but League Express Editor Martyn Sadler believes selecting Rangi Chase could ignite the Kiwis, and leaving him out would also reduce the number of handling errors.
In this week's issue of the newspaper (on sale now. If you don't live near a newsagent that stocks the paper, click here) he said: "One way of cutting down errors would be to replace Rangi Chase with Gareth Widdop, given that five of England's errors against France came from Rangi, whose form has generally not been outstanding throughout the tournament. Widdop and Sinfield at halfback, with Burrow on the bench, looks to me like a better option than what McNamara has gone with so far."
So it seems there could be two reasons not to pick Chase: 1) His selection may encourage the Kiwis to raise their game; 2) He has consistently made handling errors throughout the campaign.
Let me know what you think about this. Like I said, I'm still undecided. I'm not sure changing this partnership so late in the day is a good idea, though.