VETERAN Dan Hogg has fought his way into the Steamers first grade on grand final eve.
A regular in last year’s starting line-up the hard running forward has played most of the year in reserves but coach Dave Stuart said his form was too good to ignore.
Hogg, who was set to retire before the Steamers one-point loss in last year’s decider, will start at blindside flanker today in a re-shuffled forward pack missing prop James Kora.
“Dan has been outstanding in the seconds in the past month,” Stuart said.
“There is no way we could ignore the way he is playing.
“Even though beaten last week Hogg and Tom Rowan had outstanding games and were in the mix for selection even before the injury to ‘House’ (Kora).
“If he takes his chance on Saturday he is going to be hard to be shift from the starting XV for the grand final.”
Kora, Liam Krautz and Justin Wheatley are all out of the Steamers side in the major semi against CSU today.
Dan Herden will move up to prop and Ryan Schischka to openside flanker.
Blake Le Cornu will move to outside centre to replace Wheatley, while Richard Manion will come back in at fly half.
Stuart expects Kora, Krautz and Wheatley to be available for grand final selection in two weeks time.