Surely, the match committee needs to look at the most stable backline that has played all season: Lever/May/Petty/Salem/Rivers/Hunt/Hibberd.
Both Bowey & Smith got a look-in late in the season but I reckon only for that reason – Bowey has certainly changed the dynamic.
For mine its Hunt/Hibberd for Smith/Bowey.
The only other player you’d be looking at is TMac. Melksham is plugnplay but I’d still stick with Tom.
So that’s two unforced changes from a winning QF team.
Medi-Sub goes to either Jordon or Melksham.
Opposition will come at us hard in the PF and if a player goes down early the above provide the most versality. Would probably prefer Melksham.
Jones misses out.
This current team has a hardness that I’ve never seen before – am confident either way.
If we lose the PF, then ignore all of the above.