Mikaele is a young forward who has been thrown to the wolves. Most if not all young props begin their careers off the bench and play a small amount of minutes. Due to our poor pack in recent years Mikaele has been the main man the Tigers have looked at to make metres. No senior forwards leading the way at all in recent years. He will be a completely different player with big senior forwards around him
Well he better, because he’s going to be quickly overtaken otherwise.
All our middle forwards are going to be under pressure. Stef, Mikaele, Tuki Simpkins and Musgrove can all have an impact. Twal, Joe O and Tamou are good but more workers.
I’d play Tuki Simpkins off the bench and at lock. I reckon he looks heaps better than Twal at lock. I suppose you play both of them for the moment.
Someone is missing out. I reckon Mikaele deserves a bench spot based on his trial form.
Tuki has an X factor about him.
Don’t know what it is but you can just tell this guy knows how to throw his weight around - and I love it!