It’s an interesting one. Let’s say for arguments sake that Nofo and Fonua were our starting centres. Now they are far more likely to put us on the front foot than Thompson and MWZ, and they’re both renowned tackle breakers and offloaders, so our second phase play is likely to benefit. It’s the mistakes they have in them though which could cost us, and is probably keeping them out of FG. Thompson and MWZ are both very safe under the high ball and defensively don’t have targets on their backs like Nofo and Fonua would. Ivan is obviously going with the “safe as houses” approach for now.
Liddle really puts us on the front foot through the middle though, it was very pronounced in the second half as Godinet was getting bumped off every tackle and just doesn’t take the line on. Getting Taylor back will help us.