Selection of the second trial team will possibly indicate what the coaches are thinking for Round One selection. I watched the full replay of the game for the first time today and this is my take of the players that are in contention for Rd One
I think Vaega outpointed Tuipulotu in the first half - a couple of good tries (missed bomb also), whilst Tuipulotu's runs were mostly ineffective. Tuipulotu was strong in attack & defence in the second half & I expect he will be preferred for Rd One on the basis of experience. However, Vaega is a great finisher - with his strength, he is very difficult to stop from ten metres out & will score many tries that no one else in the club can.
Johns had a very sound game & could be selected on the bench sooner rather than later.
Fulton played with gusto & will be selected regularly this year, even if not for Rd One.
Bullemor ran very strongly, and could be selected for Rd One, especially if Jake is selected at prop.
Fainu is the probably the best athlete we've had in the forwards in over a decade. Looks to have the potential to play rep footy. I don't expect he will be in the 17 early season, but is likely to get a run at some stage.
Fifita was very impressive and on that performance probably deserves to be selected on the bench for Rd One.
Burbo was solid and is a chance for Rd One selection
I think Condon will have to bide his time in reserves till an opportunity arises for the 17 (injuries?).
Gordon played very well, but may need to have a stand out performance in Trial Two to be selected on the bench for Rd One. It depends a lot on the selectors' requirements for No. 14 - dummy half or utility. Will Weekes be selected on the wing or bench?
Sipley - depends on the make up of the side & performances next week whether he is the 17 for Rd One.