Tom Carter Benched - Force Beached

So given that Tom Carter is benched despite being in good form what are the implications for the Tom Carter Scale of Averageness and Saturday night's match against the Force?


The Tom Carter Scale of Averageness is based on the fact that Tom Carter is the ultimate Super Rugby player, and whether he's in the starting 15, dropped to the bench, sitting in the bucket seats with a broken arm or retired, he will always remain the epitome of everything Super in Super Rugby.

So in short, there are no implications, and the Scale of Averageness is still the ultimate method for determining Waratah success or otherwise.

The Scale of Averageness has been pretty spot on so far, predicting a close match against the Reds (but not quite the result) and the comfortable romp over the Rebels. So here are this week's ratings:


WARATAHS

Backs
Bernard Foley   1.0
Tom Kingston   0.8
Rob Horne   1.4
Berrick Barnes   2.1
Adam Ashley-Cooper   2.5
Daniel Halangahu (capt)   1.0
Sarel Pretorius   1.5
Sub-total   10.3

Forwards
Tevita Metuisela   0.7
Jono Jenkins   0.8
Dave Dennis   1.3
Kane Douglas   1.1
Dean Mumm   1.4
Sekope Kepu   1.7
Tatafu Polota-Nau   2.2
Benn Robinson    2.9
Sub-total   12.1

Reserves
John Ulugia   0.7
Paddy Ryan   0.8
Sitaleki Timani   1.4
Lopeti Timani   0.7
Chris Alcock   1.3
Brendan McKibbin   0.9
Tom Carter   1.0
Sub-total   6.8

TOTAL    29.2

FORCE 

Backs
David Harvey   0.5
Samu Wara   0.5
Will Tupou   0.6
Rory Sidey   0.8
Alfie Mafi   0.8
James Stannard   1.2
Brett Sheehan   1.3
Sub-total   5.7

Forwards
Matt Hodgson   1.8
David Pocock (capt)   3.0
Angus Cottrell   0.7
Nathan Sharpe  2.2
Sam Wykes  1.1
Salesi Ma'afu  1.3
Nathan Charles  1.0
Pek Cowan  1.1
Sub-total   12.2

Reserves
Ben Whittaker   0.5
Kieran Longbottom  0.6
Phoenix Battye   0.5
Richard Brown   1.4
Justin Turner   0.5
Ben Seymour   0.6
Winston Stanley   0.6
Sub-total   4.7


TOTAL  22.6


CONCLUSION   
While Tom Carter's presence on the Waratahs bench guarantees some late match impact, the Tahs bench being a good (or awesome) 2 Tom Carters stronger, it is likely that by the time they are used the match will be as good as over. The forwards pretty much even themselves out between the two teams, but the Tahs have a massive 41/2  Tom Carter advantage in the back row. The Force's backline would be a handy club side but that's only because that's where nearly all of them were playing last season.

So after some early intriguing forward battles and some in-yer-face action expect the Tahs to flex their impressive backline and come away comfortable winners. The 7 Tom Carter advantage overall suggests a bonus point win.

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