Ironic really because no-8’s are the link between your scrum half and the pack. If your no8 is gash, your scrum half is in for a rough ride (see G Davies against Ireland last weekend).
Faletau has been Mr Consistent there for northern hemisphere rugby, got v unlucky with busted arms in succession (think his first game back after the initial break, gutted). Rolls Royce of a player, footwork like a dream and tested K Read for the Lions not so long ago. If your 8 has feet like Faletau, you don’t need a crash ball Chabal because your tight-5 should be clearing/smashing rucks and your back row jackals and recycles.
The line ups here are unreal
British & Irish Lions Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, Taulupe Faletau, Sean O’Brien, Sam Warburton (captain), Alun Wyn Jones, Maro Itoje, Tadhg Furlong, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola. Replacements Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, CJ Stander, Rhys Webb, Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell.
New Zealand Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Replacements Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa.