The head to heads indicate some alarming stats on richy, and while Ardies time 'will come', we only get one shot at retaining the world cup. I certainly want the guys in the team, that are in form - tried and true. Not one but not the other - both. So why not give him a chance if he stands out? Did he not make Pocock (IRB award winner, vice captain, and wallaby captain) look like a little girl on Saturday night??
I don't get how you are mixing up in form and tried and true. Ardie is not tried and true, Richie is tried and true. Ardie is in form for the Hurricanes, but I think Richie was on the improve for the Crusaders and have no doubt he will improve throughout the season.
I personally think that just having Richie and Conrad Smith on the field is worth 5 points or so, and in a tight game those 5 points are the difference between winning and losing.