Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Who Will Start For The Eagles Against Germany?

The Eagles are in Europe getting ready and interim head coach Dave Hewett is brewing over his line-up. We thought we'd help him out by offering our suggestions on who might start.

Prop: Dino Waldren, Paddy Ryan, Ollie Kilifi, (got to be someone!)

Eric Fry seemed like a logical person to get a run out but his recent injury has made that not an option. The Eagles will also be missing Titi Lamositele meaning they are going to have to give some new players a runout. Who that might be at prop is a little bit of a mystery and it could see one prop playing out of position at either loose or tight head. The current props in camp (that we know about) include Ollie Kilifi, Paddy Ryan, and Dino Waldren. Of that group we think that Ryan and Waldren get the nod. That said, there has to be someone else being used unless they are going to play Joe Taufete'e at prop but that seems risky.

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Hooker: Joe Taufete'e, Peter Malcolm

If Taufete'e is not used as a prop, and that could very well happen, then he is the odds on favor to start at hooker. He's gained good time with Worcester and has to have the faith of the coaching staff at this point. What could make the decision to play him at prop easier is that Peter Malcolm has been very steady for the team over the last year. He also makes a perfect impact player off the bench. We think it's Taufete'e.

Lock: Greg Peterson, Nick Civetta

Here is where it gets tricky. There are a lot of good options at lock for Hewett. He could go with John Mitchell's favorite pairing of Nate Brakeley and Nick Civetta. Greg Peterson is also available as is Ben Landry. Then you have players like Cam Dolan, Samu Manoa, and David Tameilau that can all play in the locks. We think that Peterson's pro European experience gives him the edge with the coaching staff and he starts alongside Nick Civetta giving the Eagles two very strong locks. If we have to pick a back-up it would go to Brakeley.

Back-row: Andrew Durutalo, Tony Lamborn, Samu Manoa, Cam Dolan, David Tameilau

Things could change here depending on what happens in the locks but otherwise to us the starting trio is straightforward. Andrew Durutalo is in great form at the moment and will be hard to keep out of the starting line-up. That said, he could be a good spark off the bench. We also think that Tony Lamborn joins Durutalo at flanker with Samu Manoa starting at No. 8. That gives the U.S. flexibility and great production at the breakdown. If the U.S. is looking for a spark or to bring big bodies off the bench then Cam Dolan and David Tameilau are good options. Hanco Germishuys and John Quill are also available.

Scrumhalf: Nate Augspurger, Shaun Davies

Shaun Davies or Nate Augspurger? Both bring different qualities to the position. Davies can deliver quick ball and generally manages the game well. Augspurger has an ability to change the game with quick reads. We think that Augspurger starts but Davies comes in early.

Flyhalf: AJ MacGinty, Will Magie

This discussion begins and ends with AJ MacGinty. He's going to own the #10 jersey for a long time and with only two matches this fall he starts. Will Magie seems like the likely back-up although he could play fullback.

Center: Marcel Brache, Bryce Campbell, Ryan Matyas

Marcel Brache, Bryce Campbell, Ryan Matyas, JP Eloff, and Josh Whippy are all options here. The last few coaches have gone with a playmaker at #12. If that's the case we see Brache starting alongside the hard charging Bryce Campbell. We have Ryan Matyas on the bench.

Wing: Blaine Scully, Josh Whippy

Blaine Scully will start and captain the team. The question is who will line-up on the other side of the field. We think it's Josh Whippy. He's had some very nice weeks with the Selects and has a known pedigree from playing with BYU. The Germany match could be the perfect opportunity for him to get a runout. Matyas and Augspurger could be back-ups as could Mike Te'o.

Fullback: JP Eloff

This is our most wide open position. Maybe Matyas, Brache, or someone else slides back here but on our list we have JP Eloff starting. It's not a position he's seen a lot of time but could be successful.

1. Waldren
2. Taufete'e
3. Ryan
4. Peterson
5. Civetta
6. Durutalo
7. Lamborn
8. Manoa
9. Augspurger
10. MacGinty
11. Whippy
12. Brache
13. Campbell
14. Scully
15. Eloff

16. Malcolm
17. Kilifi
18. TBD
20. Cam Dolan
21. David Tameilau
22. Will Magie
23. Shaun Davies

1 comment:

  1. Are you taking into account Tony Lamborn's 4 match red card ban he received for his Mitre10 Cup semifinal brawl??