Hi all, long time lurker but thought it was a good time to take the plunge and get involved. The main reason for getting involved has been some of the stuff written on here about ROG since the start of the season. Are people genuinely suggesting that he is past it at this stage?
The same guy who almost single handedly got us through the group phase unbeaten last year? The guy is shaking off the cob webs just as Keatley did in the three pre-season games at the start of the season. Is it ideal he has to iron out the kinks in competitive games, no? Not his or munsters call, but it has been the same for the past decade. But give the guy a break, should we all start calling time on POC if he under performs after a lengthy absence over the coming weeks?
I am somewhat encouraged by what I've seen from Keatley and even more so from JJ but would I be comfortable with either of the two of them starting ahead of ROG in the white heat of Paris next week, not unless absolutely necessary. Does that mean that if they come in over the course of the season and outperform him that they shouldn't take the spot, absolutely not. But at least let the guy get back up to match speed before you start writing him off. Jesus, it's a good thing we don't have euthanasia in Ireland or the poor guy would be for the chop!
For me, I think we are in a great spot at 10, much healthier than at any point since Warwick left and probably longer. We have a top class, experienced ten and two up and coming guys to learn from him, both of whom are Irish qualified.
I guess alli'm saying is be a bit consistent and have a bit of perspective on things. Twelve months ago Keatley was written off by many on this site and ROG could do no wrong. Now its almost a full role reversal, the truth probably lies more in the middle. ROG will soon be back to full tilt, give the guy a break. No one should be untouchable but at least give everyone a fair run at things.