Chris Alcock vs. Liam Gill
Alcock, aged 26, and Gill aged 22, will be the match-up with the most effect on the breakdown, and will play a key role in helping their teams turn over the ball in a breakdown situation. They are also both very strong when it comes to protecting over the ball, and will send any opposition flanker flying.
Alcock brings a better-rounded skillset than Gill, as he plays the fundamentals of the position perfectly, but adds another aspect to the role. He is quick, a hard ball carrier and can tackle any opponent in his path. He is a regular try scorer and always brings something to the attack, defence and breakdown no matter what.
Being 22 years old, Gill has sorted out the fundamentals of a flanker’s role. He is like a brick wall when protecting a player on the ground and it’s his general breakdown performance that sets him apart from other young flankers.
Will Genia vs. Alby Mathewson
Alby Matheson was able to rattle and shake-up Nick Phipps last weekend when t he Force beat the Waratahs in Sydney. This made sure the Waratahs attacking structure never went to work, and slowed down the pace of the forward pack, which was made up almost entirely of Wallabies and national representatives.
Will Genia brings a much more traditional style of play to the halfback position. He has a slick pass and will use his quick feet to slip past defenders. He is commanding of his forwards and speed and finesse is the most notable aspect of his game.