Aviva Premiership Round Six

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Aviva Premiership Round Six

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Mon 06 Oct 2014, 2:16 pm

First topic message reminder :

Home teams to be named by midnight on Tuesday
Away teams to be named by midnight on Wednesday
Tactics to be provided by midnight on Thursday

Predictions by 22:00 hours on Sunday

Leicester Tigers v Harlequins
Location - Welford Road
Sunny Intervals, 15 Degrees, 9mph SSW winds

Leicester Tigers
Manager – LukeLovesLuka

01. Gethin Jenkins09. Kahn Fotuali'i
02. Stephen Moore (c)     10. Freddie Burns (k)
03. Cencus Johnston
04. Nathan Hines11. Alex Cuthbert
05. Pascal Pape12. Billy Twelvetrees
06. Francois Louw13. Mathieu Bastareaud
07. Jacques Burger14. Drew Mitchell
08. JMF Lobbe15. Mike Brown
16. Christopher Tolofua 17. Alex Corbisiero 18. Paul Doran-Jones 19. Kearnan Myall 20. Thomas Waldrom 21. Micky Young 22. Tusi Pisi 23. Rene Ranger


We will look to play high tempo, high intensity rugby. We have, throughout our XV, big line breakers to make the hard yards and tie up defenders creating space in wider channels for Burns to exploit.

General Tactics:

Play an offloading game. We see the offload as our big weapon and our carriers will all be looking to offload in contact, continuing our forward momentum.

Attack all scrums if we have an advantage - Front row of Moore, Jenkins and Johnston to look to really get the shove on, particularly targeting Quins' Brits / Brooke's channel.

Attack all lineouts. Use safe option of Hines at the front, and also use Pape and Lobbe in the middle or at the back. Hines to look to put real pressure at the front on all Quins' throws.
Shortened lineouts with Burger in midfield as crash/decoy option.

Physical, abrasive XV made up of massive line-breakers.
The likes of Bastareaud, Cuthbert, Lobbe, Louw, Pape, Hines and Moore to be used to win the collisions in attack.
Add to that the likes of Corbs, Tolofua, Waldrom and Ranger off the bench.

Fotauli'i to look to snipe around the fringes and keep us going forwards all the time.

Look to win battle at the breakdown - Burger and Louw, supported by the likes of Basteraud and Jenkins, to really look to get into the breakdown and give Quins problems.

- In attacking play, we will play with the option of 2 first receivers in Burns and Twelvetrees.
We want to control the game, mixing up the point of our attack consistently.

- We will look to employ a blitz defence, focusing on a quick line speed to hit the ball carrier before he gets to the gainline, and look to win the collisions in defence. Fotauli'i to sweep behind with an eye on short kicks.

Burns to kick all penalties.

Manager – Steven_Sharks

01. Tony Woodcock09. Ruan Pienaar
02. Schalk Brits10. Steven Myler(k)
03. Kieran Brookes
04. George Kruis11. Jack Nowell
05. Jim Hamilton12. Jamie Roberts
06. Mamuka Gorgodze13. Jonathan Joseph
07. Tom Wood (c)14. Yoann Huget
08. Damien Chouly15. Rob Kearney
16. Rob Buchanan 17. Steven Kitchoff 18. John Afoa 19. Bakkies Botha 20. Jamie Gibson 21. Karl Dickson 22. Quade Cooper 23. Ollie Lindsey-Hague

Game Plan

In Opposition half - We are going to use our strong carriers to get across the gain line to get us quick ball to attack with. We will use our forwards carrying wide off 9 or off 10 and 12 and get the next phase of play away from the previous breakdown. We want to move the Leicester pack around and make sure we don't run at the strongest point in their defence (in and around the ruck).

Our forwards will carry the ball at pace and keep the legs pumping after contact to get us across the gain line so we can create a quick ruck. We will attack the gaps in the Leicester defence and not run at the men. We will look mix it up between offloading before or after contact as well as carrying. We will carry using a pod system so our creators at 9, 10 and 12 will have options to hit in each phase and this means we always have support for the carriers to recycle quick ball. It is vital that we have men to the ruck quickly to negate the Leicester back row.

In the backs we will look to spread the ball wider once we have quick ball and have tied in Leicester defenders in and around the ruck. We will look to get JJ in one-on-one with Basteraud and use his pace on the outside break and force the winger to be attracted to the ball and create space out wide for Huget or Nowell.

In our own half - We have two half backs who are experts in controlling the field position and tempo of a game. We will consider our options in our own half and look to kick for field position or territory when its on or the Tigers back three is out of position.

Set Piece

At the scrum we will look to put real pressure on the Leicester put in with an 8-man shove with Woodcock and Brookes and the big lumps behind them looking to pile pressure on as soon as the ball is put in. On our own ball we will look to lock out and get the ball away with Chouly picking and going or using the backs.

At the line out we will look to use the middle and back of the line and will use the driving maul off the middle and back as well as getting quick ball off the top. In defence Leicester can have the front but Hamilton, Kruis, Gorgodze and Wood will really put pressure on the middle and back.


We will use an out to in defence knowing that Basteraud isn't going to use his pace to exploit us on the outside. JJ will lead our line speed and we will look to target the Leicester decision makers. We will decide whether to go for the big hit and win the collision or to chop tackle and get the first man at the breakdown.

Key Points

Strong carriers - We recognise the ability of the Tigers back row at the breakdown. To negate this we know we have to get over the gain line and constantly move the point of attack and look to attack where the Tigers defence isn't set and is weaker. If we get over the gain line then we have targets to hit at the ruck and Leicester are working on the back foot and we have the advantage. We feel up front we have the stronger carriers and can dominate the gain line.

Kick all points

Use our bench to impact the game. OLH to take advantage of the tiring defences in the last 20. Front row change at 60 to keep the pressure on. Cooper comes on if we need to chase the game. We have genuine game changing options on the bench.

London Welsh v Newcastle Falcons
Location - Kassam Stadium
Sunny Intervals, 16 Degrees, 9mph SSW winds

 London Welsh
Manager – CJ

01.Yannick Forestier 09. Tawera Kerr-Barlowe
02. David Ward (c)10. Francois Trinh-Duc
03. BJ Botha
04. Sepoke Timani11. Nemani Nadolo
05. Jamie Cudmore12. Kyle Godwin 
06. James Haskell13. Rob Horne
07. John Barclay14. Mark Cueto
08. Victor Vito15. Chris Pennell
16. Matthew Rees 17. Nathan Catt 18. Oliver Tomaszczyk  19.  George Skivington 20. Ashley Johnson 21. Ben Spencer 22. Remi Tales  23. Jesse Mogg


Ward and Barclay to work as a duo to ensure we always have at least one breakdown expert immediately on every attacking ball and to look to spoil and steal opposition ball without overcommitting other players to rucks. This gives them time to set the defence. In ensuring they are close to the ball like this, the 2 fetchers will also be in great position for support play and linking. They will be facilitated by high intensity clearing out in small numbers but working as a unit through Vito and the other forwards. Haskell to switch between enforcing and breakdown work

Slow ball- We will look to test their back 3 positionally with up and unders under the chase with 9, 10, 12 and 15 all strong kickers. Their back 3 are not the best under the high ball so we will put it up against them contested by our back row and back 3. We will also look to maul and pick and drive the ball to speed it up and the crash ball inside off 10 and 12 (and pop off 9) to Pennell and Vito to get go forward and give the fetchers a chance to speed the ball up

Quick ball- look to spin quickly out to FTH standing flat and attacking the line with Pennell and Godwin as secondary play-makers , looking to mix short pop passes inside and out to exploit the lack of adaptability in the blitz and short dummy runners with the long pass outside to exploit space and get our wingers in the game, and dummy runners with the inside switch to change the angle of attack behind the game line and cut into the defence. If there is space behind the defensive line, look to chip from 9, 10 or 12 with our canny back 3  and back row chasing. When tackled if the offload is on make it with support lines from our fetchers vital but if not recycle quickly and attack the fringes. Look to get one on one with Sharples and test his defence

Kicking- kick low not high. Take available points at goal, and look to use all our kicking options out of hand to prevent any predictability or pressure leading to chargedowns.

Defence-  TKB and any free pack members to target Laidlaw and especially pressurise his kicking game so his measured pace of play becomes a weakness not a strength. Fringe defence led by Cudmore. Approach is a blitz marshalled by Laulala

Scrum- look to get our attacking ball out quickly and use Vito to carry and give us momentum for the quick ball game.

Lineout- keep it simple in attack- not an area of strength so better with simple short throws then using our powerful locks to maul.

Discipline- push for penalties and turnovers in their 22- if we concede it doesn't cost us much and any gains will be amplified. Opposite, cautious approach in our own half, which may help keep the ref on our side psychologically and subconsciously

Subs- go 100% knowing our pack subs are strong.  AJ adds impact, and we can strengthen the set piece too.

 Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Driver

01. Matt Mullen09. Gregg Laidlaw
02. Rory Best (C)10. Owen Farrell (K)
03. Carl Hayman
04. Brad Thorn11. Max Evans
05. Geoff Parling12. Franci Sailli
06. Rhys Ruddock13. Johnathan Davies
07. Will Fraser14. Charlie Sharples
08. Dave Ewers15. Rob Millier
16.George McGuigan 17.Tonga 18.Scott Wilson 19.Ed Slater 20.Dan Lydiate 21.Dave Lewis 22.Andy Goode 23.Charles Pitatau


We'll look to open up a bit more this week and unleash our dangerous backline and get them running at the Welsh defence moving the ball and keeping the tempo high , we've picked a mobile pack whicch is capable of getting around the field and test the legs of the Welsh pack. Plenty of good carriers in our pack to get us in the gainline with our full back row in great form.

Exeter Chiefs v London Irish
Location - Sandy Park
Light Rain Showers, 16 Degrees, 10mph SSW winds

Exeter Chiefs Chief
Manager – Fluxy

01. Richard Barrington09. Connor Murray
02. Dimitri Szarzewski 10. Toby Flood (k)
03. James Johnstone
04. Paul O'Connell (c)11. Tom Varndell
05. Kane Douglas12. Luther Burrell
06. Yannick Nyanga13. Alex Dunbar 
07. Justin Tipuric14. David Strettle
08. Toby Faletau15. James O'Connor
16. Jack Yeandle 17. Ryan Grant 18. Mike Ross 19. Michael Paterson 20. Carl Fearns 21. Chris Cook 22. Ian Madigan 23. Andrew Trimble

General Game plan

Fast paced game based around high intensity in defence, offloading, and dynamic carrying and rucking. With wet and windy conditions we will want to hit the ground running and hit the opposition hard and fast from the off. 
Our aim is to control possession and go through the phases. We will look to play a simple territory game based around our strong set-piece and carrying. This means when kicking the backs kick under no pressure - if there is slow ball we recycle and set guards to allow a clean kick and chase. 
Big point is to match them man for man, in our style of play. We won't play their game plan, and at Sandy Park, Irish will be forced to play at our pace, which will be a struggle for most of their slow lumbering front five. 

Set piece - Control the set piece and use it to restart our game plan and create point of attacks. POC to marshal the line-out and get quick ball from our dynamic jumpers. At the scrum we’ll look to get the squeeze on and target Collier and Poux, and keep the opposition back row tied into the scrum giving Murray, Flood  more time and space to work in. 

Pack & Breakdown - Look for strong carries from our pack, tying in the opposition defence to create overlaps for our backs. We’ll be looking to keep the ball alive and look for the offload when on. Our back-row will target the breakdown and look to blow through the ruck and past the ball. Clean ball will be generated either by blowing through the ruck and past the ball and a long presentation of the ball to keep it away from opposition defenders. Murray look to sweep up any turnover ball getting us on the front foot. We’ll look to win the collision with big our physical pack and dominate the opposition pack in the contact.

Defence - Look to neutralise the opposition early on and allow our back-row to dominate affairs. We will revert to our strong defensive banana drift defence to push the attackers towards our inside defence, with Murray sweeping in behind to guide defenders to plug holes and covers any kicks in behind. If an oppo player gets held or brought down this allows the second man to get over the ball quickly to at least compete and slow opposition possession. Tipuric will look to target the opposition fly half early on and pressure his kicking. 

Backs - Look to get the ball in hands of the backs and the back three especially, as they have the pace and finishing ability to worry any defence. Utilise the pace and size of Burrell/Dunbar to crash through the line, using our 'league/slider move' developed from last season to break the line. Dunbar/Burrell/Strettle are big quick guys and will be able to mix and match the opposition defence, either catching Roberts's weaker inside shoulder on a a run against the grain, or exploiting the concentration of Joseph in defence. Or even generate a two on one with JOC joining the back line as the slider moves under the crash/dummy line.

Key Points

Home Advantage - Sandy Park is one of the hardest places to come and play. We won't want to kick the ball away, and Irish can't score any points without the ball. 
Scrum & Line-out – Target throughout, if weakness seen heap pressure and generate penalties. Barrington to exploit Poux, who has been playing at TH as of late, and pile in on him with Swarz. 
Quick Rucks - with their big pack we will look to set rucks quickly and keep their pack on the move to tire them out. As well as to keep moving the point if attack with ball in hand with clever offloads and pops to keep Irish guessing. 
Physicality & Dynamism – Win the collision and target rucks to drive through opposition. We have a big physical, but also mobile pack. Supported by some high energy forwards off the bench.
Targets in Defence - Bell, not being the best defender and most agile, Flood will try to angle runners off his weaker shoulder to break the line, similarly Leuia is not the best defending 13, and so Dunbar and Burrell will angle run down both of their weaker, inside shoulder.
Breakdown – Tipuric & Nyanga to be a nuisance in in the breakdown and either get over the ball or get past the ball and make the opposition cleaners a nightmare by having to make them drive our forwards even further off their ball, or steal if the are limited numbers competing. 
Backs – Classy running options and two of the most prolific finishers in the AP in Strettle & Varndell, so they we will get the ball in their hands and they will take any opportunity.
Build a Score - Flood and JOC to share kicking at goal responsibilities with JOC taking the longer ones. Any penalty within their ten metre to be kicked at goal to keep scoreboard ticking. Unless ten metres from the line then we kick for the line-out

 London Irish
Manager – Prop

01. JB Poux 09. Rory Kockott
02. Ken Owens10. Dan Biggar (k)
03. Will Collier
04. Devin Toner 11. Adam Thompstone
05. Stuart Hooper12. Chris Bell
06. Kelly Brown13. Alapati Leuai
07. Sam Warburton (c) 14. Nick Cummins
08. Ben Morgan15. Brice Dulin
16. Gerard Ellis 17.  Tom Court 18. Rhodri Jones 19. Dean Mumm 20. David Sisi 21. Lee Dickson 22. Owen Williams 23. Rob Cook


Set piece: We have picked a strong scrummaging front 5 who all bring carrying bulk to the game. From kick offs we will look to go 2 passes in before hitting our direct runners. We will look to scrummage low (which all of our props are known for doing) and scrum straight to prevent the wheel. Our lineouts will be simple and we will look to bring the ball down before feeding 9. There’s not many players able to get as high as Toner.

Backrow: We feel we have a well balanced back row with a tackler, a carrier and a jackler and all 3 will be used for their main attributes. We have confidence in them all to do their jobs with Brown looking to get in their 10’s face.

Breakdown: We will look to be controlled here with the tackler and 1 more player committing initially to the breakdown. Warburton will play the McCaw role and sweep behind the breakdowns picking and choosing when he will attack for a penalty or a turnover. We will use the call “fire ball” which will be when Saints under commit to their ruck and we will look to blitz past the ball for the turnover. We will adopt the hold and roll technique to take them off their feet at the breakdown and ‘tactically’ hold them down to slow them getting to the next ruck.

Half Backs: Biggar will stand flat initially to give Bell, Leuia and our pack runners the chance to get over the gainline. We know how well Biggar can find touch and we will use this. Kockott has shown how well he can control a game and he will use these skills to control the tempo and slow the ball down if needed.

Outside Backs: We have brought in Leuia to bring a bit of smash to the centre running and to link with Bell and have a real life combination who are both very strong in defence. If it is on we will look to ship it wide to our speedsters. We will look to have a lot of movement off the ball to prevent us being easily read. There will be runners off of 12 and 13 when available and the ball will be shipped to the wings quickly to allow them to get the advantage in the race to the line. We have international experience in the back 3 and will look to exploit this with angled running and confusing the oppositions defence.

Bench: Impact in all areas and Williams and Cook can change the pace of the game if required. The experience of Mumm and Dickson will be vital in this game and Ellis seems to be getting good reviews every time he plays.

Defence: We also know how good the Chiefs centres are so will look to prevent him offloading the ball by double tackling him. We will look to blitz with Brown in their 10’s allowing Biggar the opportunity to drop back and cover with Dulin for any kicks ahead. We will defend inside-out and spread the line.

Overall: This will be a controlled performance. We will look to hit the ball up twice and suck in defenders by going the same way till we run out of space, we will then flash across and look for quick hands against their pack who will be stuck defending the centre channels. Our carriers will come round the corner in 3’s to prevent the opposition knowing where the ball is going. We have a strong team on show and backs who are able to control a game well and defend strongly without allowing any gaps to appear.

Saracens v Gloucester Rugby
Location - Allianz Stadium
Light Rain Showers, 18 Degrees, 9mph SSW winds

Manager – Pooly

01. Alex Waller09. Morgan Parra
02. Guilhem Guirado10. Morne Steyn
03. Dan Cole
04. Patrico Albacete11. Zak Guildford
05. Flip van der Merwe12. Scott Williams
06. Ben Mowen(c)13. Maxime Mermoz
07. Heinrich Brussow14. Chris Ashton
08. Nathan Hughes15. Matt Tait
16. Jamie George 17. Xavier Chiocci  18. Clement Ric 19. Louis Deacon 20. Callum Clark 21. Henry Taylor 22. Ben Foley 23. Sonny Bill Williams


TARGET BREAKDOWN – With Bruss/Clark/Cole/Mowen strong in this area we’ll look to target turnover ball and slowing opposition attacks. With only Salvi a threat in the Gloucester team we'll look to target him around the park and allow our options in to slow/turnover.

TARGET WALKER & MAY – Look to test out their defence and positional play with kicks in behind and big runners down their channels. Ashton often gets accused of poor defence but this is at the top level, Walker is around 4th choice wing for Harlequins and nowhere near this level.

TARGET SCRUM – Big locks and formidable propping options starting and bench. Look to target Gloucester props and drive them up and inwards. Cole will look get between Steenkamp and Gray and cause issues there. With R Gray and Gray the hooker renowned as poor scrummagers, we'll look to force the pressure and hold the ball in to target pen if weakness seen.

PARRA/STEYN COMBO - Perfect combo to dictate play and keep us playing in right area of pitch. Parra hasn't been on top of his game lately but there is a gulf in class between him and Robson. Steyn isn't in the best of nick but Carter hasn't played 10 for the best part of a year and was also struggling then. His decent form has came at 12 and he only played a handful of games.

TARGET GLOUCESTER WEAK LINKS - Look to get at Robson/Walker early on and put them off their game. Both Walker & Robson are good prospects but this is in reality an Int class game and they're both 2nd/3rd/4th choice for their AP clubs as they're not good enough yet. Look to get runners at Masi and target his lack of positional play at 12 (can see issues with Gloucester midfield defence/attack). Masi rarely plays 12 as he's a defensive concern, look to target this early on with Hughes running at his channel.

General - We've selected a team packed with power and physicality. We'll be playing a structured physical game from the off, look to smash the opposition back and get into the rucks/maul's and drive through. We'll look to tie the opposition in and then get at their backline, more so in their half. Look to keep it tight in the forward pack and grind through work. Looking to move the opposition pack around and then use big carrying options to punch holes through the opposition defence.

Scrum - Look to get a platform from the off with a strong scrummaging unit. Strong front 5 with big locks will look for the big push once the ball is in and drive the opposition back. Our TH and Hooker will look to target LH and try to get between him and Hooker to allow LH to work on TH If no weakness seen will use as restart.

Line out – Look for quick ball off the top with the world class line out options and experience. Will allow SH good clean ball and have big carriers running off the 9 at angles.

Defence - Blitz defence with high intensity and big hits, looking to drive past the ball player if the ball hits the deck. physical pack that can look to get at the collision and breakdown allowing Bruss/Clark/Cole/Mowen etc a chance to slow down/steal ball. Lack of straight running option in the opp backline will allow us to hold up the runner and attempt the maul turnover. Scrum half to sweep behind the defensive line.

Attack - Keep things simple in our own half then look to unleash backs in opp territory. Scrum half to dictate play from the breakdown and have Williams/Mermoz on his shoulder. Huge carrying backrow to get us over the gain line after front 5 set a platform. Williams to run angles off the 9/10 and interchange 2nd receiver with Mermoz. Look to keep opposition guessing with clever lines through midfield. Ashton will look to track the midfield combo and get the end of Mermoz’s little offloads in contact. Guildford to keep things honest and come looking for work.

Manager – anonmattyt

01. Guthro Streenkamp 09. Dan Robson
02. Joe Gray 10. Dan Carter
03. Nicholas Mas
04. Richie Gray 11. Hosea Gear 
05. Romain Taofufina 12. Andrea Masi 
06. Willem Alberts13. Juan de Jongh 
07. Julien Salvi 14. Charlie Walker  
08. Jamie Heaslip  15. Johnny May
16 Nick Wood 17 Luke Cowan Dickie 18 Juan Figallo 19 George Robson 20 Wycliffe Palu  21 Will Genia  22 Danny Cipriani 23 Raymond Rhule

Glos travel to Sarries targetting a BP win

TARGET BREAKDOWN – We have a big mobile physically stronger bunch and will hit rucks with venom. We will Send numbers in and try and effect turnovers or Disrupt ball. Saracens have players like brussow who barely plays and was last capped in 2011 with Hughes and Clark. Alberts Salvi and heaslip has physicality and experience. Backed with our all int front 5 and this is an area we will flood.

TARGET back 3 – very little kicking in their back 3 So will Look to Kick in behind and generally torment them 

TARGET SCRUM – All int front 5 for glos with Mas in great form at TH. Will target Waller And guirado. Cole been missing for a year and doubts over his career which Steenkamp will go after

Half backs- Robson in top form will look to threaten around the ruck but his job is to give it to carter who will dictate. 
Steyn in a slump and he will be targeted. Lacks game te And confidence. Carter Will challenge line and kick When necessary. We want to play high tempo and move around a more static side 

TARGET Sarries Players out of form    

side  with so Many big names out of form or injured like cole,albacete,Brussow steyn etc we will Look to get in the face and prey on lack of confidence and form. We will target the 10/13 channel with mermoz no 13 And steyn in trouble

General - We've selected a team packed with power and physicality. We Are also more mobile. We will use this to run the legs off Saracens And play an offloading game. When in behind We will Flood through with our quick Backs targeting mismatches  

Line out – We have options galore in Gray tamefuina Alberts heaslip and will use this to disrupt.
On our ball we will mix It but as game progresses go Off The top more To Move them about 

Defence - Blitz defence with high intensity and big hits, looking to drive past the ball player if the ball hits the deck. Scrum half to sweep behind the defensive line.

Bench - Game changing bench with Palu Cips Genia etc. Not Sure who Some Of the sarries bench are but out game changers will Look to Take the game away and get us the Try BP

Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks
Location - Franklin Gardens
Sunny Intervals, 15 Degrees, 9mph SSW winds

 Northampton Saints
Manager – Dammit_Chris

01. Thomas Domingo09. Gareth Davies
02. Dylan Hartley (c)10. Matt Giteau(k)
03. Adam Jones
04. Joe Launchbury11. Vereniki Goneva
05. Courtney Lawes12. Wesley Fofana
06. Samu Manoa13. Manu Tuilagi
07. Chris Robshaw14. Tommy Bowe
08. Sergio Parisse15. Ben Foden 
16. Mako Vunipola 17. Rob Webber 18. Logi Mulipola 19. Jonny Gray 20. Billy Vunipola 21. Joe Simpson 22. George Ford 23. Jordan Williams

Will be looking to end Sale's unbeaten start to the season and make it six wins out of six. With the advantage of being at home we are going to go out and play a high tempo/expansive game, which places the onus on attack, offloading and creating space outwide for our back three. Our pack has been selected to provide an attacking platform off the scrum and lineout, while defensively we will be aiming to put pressure on Sale, looking for big hits, forcing mistakes and turnovers. We then aim to finish the last 20-25 minutes very strongly by bringing on big ball carriers in the pack and Simpson, Ford and Daly if we need a creative spark to score tries.

We are going to attack the Sale scrum, and have selected three strong scrummagers to start the game, targeting McGrath and Kayser and see if we can get penalities, or a platform for Parisse to attack from. The second half we bring on Vunipola, Mulipola and Webber to up the tempo and increase ball carrying options. Lineout we have five jumpers in an area we want to mix up and provide quick off the top ball to attack, will have Robshaw and Manoa for safe ball. Defensively from lineouts we will look for Lawes to pressurise the Sale throw. Five full internationals to come off the bench to allow us to finish the game strongly and help to open up the game in the second half.

We do have a very solid set piece and will use this to get our strike runners involved in the game and send our pack and backline at the Sale defence time and time again, getting over the gainline, sucking in defenders and creating space for our finishers outwide. Giteau starts at no10 after winning player of the year 2014 in Top14, we'll get him to pull the strings in the backline and look at putting Goneva, Fofana and Tuilagi into space. Backthree are all dangerous counter attackers and will look to run the ball back when opportunities present themselves - we want to keep the ball in play and tempo high to tire down Sale and let our power game/strike runner game get results.

From 4-8 we have speed and will look to hit the breakdown quickly, secure ball and attack - Fofana and Tuilagi to add in the midfield - any Sale player that is isolated we will go for turnover ball, or if possible avoid the breakdown altogether by going for the choke tackle and working to get the scrum.

As always an aggressive defence, looking for fast line speed, closing down attacking options and the occasional big hit on the flyhalf with Lawes and Manoa tasked to let Sexton know they are around. Strong midfield defensively, so will look to force Sale to kick possession away and give our backthree open field to attack. Davies to sweep behind the defensive line.

Key Points:
* Great form in the league, home advantage and will look to make it 6 wins from 6.
* Strong scrum and lineout to get a great platform to attack Sale.
* Will look to attack Sale and put pressure on their defence, all of our backline have the spark to win a game.
* Bench has been selected for impact – all five forwards are internationals and will strengthen the setpiece, while the backs are all creative players who can score tries in the final 20 minutes.

 Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Jack McGrath 09. Danny Care 
02. Benjamin Kayser 10. Johnny Sexton
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Dave Attwood 11. Simon Zebo
05. Brodie Retalick12. Francois Steyn 
06. Peter O'Mahony13. George Pisi
07. Matt Todd14. Semesa Rokoduguni
08. Louis Picamoles15. Nick Abendanon
16. Ross Harrison 17. David Paice 18. Rabah Slimani 19. Iain Henderson 20. Matt Garvey 21. Kieran Marmion 22. JJ Hanrahan 23.Kyle Eastmond

We will play an expansive, high intensity offloading game looking to create space and break the defensive line. Mobility, physicality and handling is key to our approach.

Match Saints in the pack. We are a match for Saints in the pack and will look to our forwards to provide a platform for our world class half backs.

Fast ball is crucial. Mobile pack and physical midfield to clear out rucks and ensure quick ball. We will look to get over the gain line off all carries to make it easier to do so.

Commit the defence. Sexton will play flat on the gain line to pull in defenders before releasing runners while Care will look for opportunities to snipe around the base always committing defenders.

Change the point of attack. Numerous playmakers across the backline comfortable at coming in at first receiver allow us to change the point of attack and leave the opposition guessing.

Back three always involved. Wingers to track the ball off their wings looking for the inside ball or offload. Bendy to join the line from fullback looking for mismatches and to create overlaps.

Attack from the scrum. Strong technical front row backed up by a powerful second row will look to build a platform for Pickles, Care & Sexton. An area we will look to target if winning.

Mix it up at the lineout. Five genuine jumpers gives us a strong attacking platform. Look to use both the rolling maul and ball off the top to keep the defence guessing.

Straight line blitz defence. Focused on winning the gain line collisions and driving the ball carrier back. Line speed is crucial. Care will sweep behind the line to cover chips and grubbers.

Target the breakdown. Committed to the breakdown with POM & Todd fetching for the ball, supported by the rest of the pack when needed. We will always look to turn the ball over.

London Wasps v Bath Rugby 
Location - Adams Park
Light Rain Showers, 15 Degrees, 7mph SSW winds

Manager: Ozzy3213     
01. Paul James09. Ben Youngs
02. Tom Youngs10. Aaron Cruden
03. Dave Wilson
04. Romain Millo-Chluski11. Anthony Watson 
05. Alun-Wyn Jones12. Ma'a Nonu
06. Fulgence Ouedraogo      13. Paul Jordaan
07. Steffon Armitage14. Marland Yarde
08. Luke Narraway15. Delon Armitage
16. Deon Fourie 17. Joe Marler 18. Fraser Balmain 19. Sebastien Vahaamahina 20. Rynhardt Elstadt 21. Sebastien Tillouse-Borde 22. Henry Slade 23. Tim Nanai-Williams

Basic Game Plan
In damp conditions we will be looking to play a territory based game, using the boots of Cruden and Armitage to put us in Bath territory.  We will not run it from deep in our half, but when in Bath half will go through the phases using the big carriers in our pack to make the hard yards.

In defence, as always we will be running a blitz defence.  Our focus will be on the gainline collisions and driving back in the tackle.  Line speed and no dog-legs will be key components for us.  Youngs will sweep in behind the defensive line to counter any chips/grubbers.


  • Lineout.  Nothing flash. Hit our front and middle jumpers and ensure that we secure their ball.  On Bat ball put pressure on through AWJ and Ouedraogo, who are athletic lineout jumpers.
  • Breakdown.  When we carry in, we will flood the breakdown rucking well past the ball to free it up quickly and go again.  In defence, if we have made a passive tackle and the carrier has momentum we will not overcommit, but will maintain a strong defensive line.  If we win the collision and knock the carrier back we will look to get the second man in hard over the ball to turn it over.  Key for us is being selective.
  • Attacking Play.  We will look to employ chips and grubbers to counter the Bath blitz defence, targeting areas away from sweeper, and also in behind their wingers, neither of whom are great going back towards their own line.  We will also try to work Armitage into the attacking line on the inside of Wade, as he always steps in, leaving his winger space on the outside.

Bath Rugby
Manager – inthefastlane

01. Cian Healy09. Fourie Du Preez
02. Richard Hibbard 10. Charlie Hodgson
03. Charlie Faumaunia 
04. Luke Romano11. Christian Wade 
05. Graham Kitchener12. Christian Lealifano 
06. Siya Kolisi13. Michele Campagnaro
07. Sean O'Brien14. George North
08. Liam Messam15. Stuart Hogg
16. Mikey Haywood 17. Benn Robinson 18. Jake Cooper Woolsey 19. Luke Charteris 20. Liam Gill 21. Richard Wigglesworth 22. Damien De Allende 23. Alex Goode

Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby. Look to overwhelm Wasps in the loose. We will play a high tempo and really look to get some big carries in. If we are dominating the set piece area look to use our big boots in the back line.

Scrum: Look for our unit to set a strong platform. Our props have been well rotated so will be fresh. We will try to set a base, controlled by Messam which he can attack off.

Lineout: We will look to switch up the lineup with Messam, Romano, SOB and Kitchener options in the lineout. Kitch will run the lineout with Romano offering an easy banker ball. Look to get up into the air quickly and down for a quick maul. Look to compete on the opposition throw as we have a great number of options. Try and starve them of quality ball from the lineout.

Breakdown: Look to get men to the breakdown quickly and clear out so Sean O'Brien can try and disrupt opposition ball. However we will not be commuting too many men into the breakdown unless a great chance presents itself.

Defence: Blitz Defence looking to really put pressure on the Wasps decision makers. Focus on gain line collisions and driving back in the tackle. Wiggles to sweep in behind.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. Wigglesworth and Hodgson can play what they see and put the rest of the back line in strong positions. Lealifano can act as an extra playmaker from the 12. We have strong runners who can get over the gainline throughout the side with a very dynamic pack and a big back line. Look to get the big carriers involved as much as possible. The likes of Faumuania, Romano, Hibbard, Healy and Messam will try and wear down defences by looking for gaps. The likes of Wade, North and Campagnaro will be looking for gaps created that they can exploit. Some of the Wasps backs can be targeted defensively so look to run at the likes of Cruden, Jordaan and Yarde. Look to counter attack kicks if possible. Look to play with a high tempo and get the ball moving across the back line. Look for chances to offload.

Kicking: Hodgson will be our chosen place kicker. Any kicks will not be aimed towards their back three. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. Hogg, LLF, Wiggles and Hodgson all have the boots necessary to try and put us in a good position territorially if need be.

Substitutes: Our subs will look to keep a high tempo.

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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 7:06 pm

London Welsh 26-25 Newcastle

Exeter 24-24 London Irish

Saracens 27-26 Gloucester

Northampton 29-28 Sale

Wasps 23-23 Bath


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Six

Post by Guest on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 7:25 pm

Leicester Tigers 21 Harlequins 22 
London Welsh 24 Newcastle Falcons 20
Exeter Chiefs 22 London Irish 22
Northampton Saints 25 Sale Sharks 23

Wasps 26 bath 25

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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 9:09 pm

Leicester Tigers 23-24 Harlequins
Scrum: Scrum edge to Tigers with a bit more power in the front 5. 
Lineout: Both sides have the options to hold onto their own ball. 
Breakdown: Tigers with extra support for the back row but better form on the flanks for Quins level it up.
HB's: Tight battle but just a slight edge to Quins on most recent form.
Attack: Both sides with plenty of carrying but the Quins front 5 a bit more mobile. Not a whole lot between the backs.
Defence: Bast can have some joy running at JJ but JJ can have some joy running on the outside of Bast. 
Bench: Cooper & Ranger give impact but Quins get the better of the scrum late on. 
Tactics: Tigers with the usual power game while Quins looking to play it in slightly wider channels. Quins have specifically targetted Bast's outside channel and feel the out to in defence works well this week stopping Bast getting a head of steam up before collisions. Smart tactics this week sees Steve picking up a good win.  

London Welsh 30-25 Newcastle Falcons
Scrum: Don't see much of an edge either way here. 
Lineout: Both sides should hold their own ball. 
Breakdown: Bit more in each back row shirt for Welsh, more support from Ward and the 2nd row and breakdown targeted in tactics.
HB's: Quality wise fairly tight. Welsh more capable of opening up play though. 
Attack: Midfield edge to Falcons but not a lot of difference in kicking and carrying options overall. 
Defence: Nadolo can be targeted with a good kicking game.
Bench: AJ & Pitatau give good impact late on but don't see either side dominating an area. 
Tactics: Scarce tactics from Falcons and feel the halfbacks are suited better to a more controlled approach. Welsh set up well and off better ball pick up the win.

Exeter Chiefs 20-18 London Irish
Scrum: Slight scrum edge to Chiefs with the 2nd row helping more. 
Lineout: Both sides should hold their own but Chiefs are more dangerous off their own ball. 
Breakdown: Good battle here player wise but Chiefs seem more keen to compete and see a slight edge. 
HB's: Edge to Irish with 9s even but Biggar in good form. 
Attack: Bit more in midfield for Chiefs but not a lot of difference else well. 
Defence: Leuai struggles defending at 13 still.  
Bench: Madigan, Trimble and Fearns bring a bit of impact for Chiefs. 
Tactics: Irish looking for a high tempo wide game. Chiefs a little conflicting with mentions of a possession and territory game. Good targeting of the 13 channel though. Tight game to call and comes down to home advantage overall for me. 

Saracens 19-18 Gloucester Rugby
Scrum: Scrum edge to Glaws. Cole struggling for rating now. 
Lineout: Both sides have the options to hold their own ball. 
Breakdown: Good battle and both sides should get good ball. 
HB's: More control from the Sarries combo but Glaws the better ball players. Form issues over both 10s. 
Attack: Sarries a step up in midfield. Plenty of carrying from both sides. 
Defence: Glaws back three going to struggle against a good kicking game. 
Bench: Some form issues on both benches. Cips can give some impact though.  
Tactics: Plenty of digs from both managers as to be expected. Glaws looking for high tempo rugby looking to take advantage of the extra mobility in the forwards. Sarries looking to dominate territory and really get at the Glaws back three. Tough game to call but conditions suit Sarries better and they pick up the tighest of wins.

London Wasps 22-19 Bath
Scrum: Neither side really gets the upper hand here. 
Lineout: Can see Wasps causing a few problems with Ouedragao jumping in the back row. 
Breakdown: Wasps edge with flanks more capable as a combo. SOB out so long makes it hard to rate him. Needs more help going forward. 
HB's: One a piece and combos very well suited. 
Attack: Bit more in the Bath back 3 but vice versa in midfield. 
Defence: Wasps wingers more susceptible to a kicking game but Wade can be targeted as well.  
Bench: Not an awful lot between the two benches. 
Tactics: More detail to Bath a plus. Wasps looking to play it safe at home with some damp conditions. Bath looking for a higher tempo and to get on the front foot. Not sure Bath always get on the front foot with Wasps causing them problems at the ruck area.


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Post by Fluxy on Sun 12 Oct 2014, 9:12 pm

Leicester Tigers 27 - 24 Harlequins

Big game between two of the top sides in the league. Tigers to get a slightly more stable scrum set, but Quins to match possession with a line out advantage. The balance and ability of the Tigers back row allows them to edge the packs and provide good impetus for their back line. JJ the standout back at the moment, and both have good impact players off the bench. However at home Tigers edge Quins

Saracens 38 - 34 Gloucester

Can't see this one being a pretty affair. Both have strong carrying options, but the breakdown is a real mess and as is the scrum. So with this being a penalty fest, Carter and Steyn will be neck and neck. When the backs get a chance to attack there are some dangerous attackers, against some not so great defenders. It will come down to who will miss their kicks, and even though Steyn has his bad days, he will be in the mood at home.

London Welsh 26 - 22 Newcastle Falcons

Welsh bring their gritty side to this battle at the Kassam, and Falcons aren't quite at their best at the moment due to call ups and injuries. Welsh equal at the scrum, but lack a little in the line-out in the terms of guidance, especially against someone like Parling. Their effort at the breakdown though, will blow Falcons away. They have the halfbacks to take advantage of some good possession, although not sure on Godwin, Horne and Nadolo are some good strong runners in open space. Davies is a rock for Falcons, but fighting too much of a red wall this week and a well deserved home win.

Northampton Saints 34 - 32 Sale Sharks

Saints have an advantage in the scrum, but it is very even throughout the packs. Saints just edge the breakdown, with their back row unit. Sale have the backs to cause damage to Saints, but Saints have the firepower too. Saints bench is too strong and will help them grind out the win, against their league challengers.

(Coventry) Wasps 29 - 23 Bath Rugby

Wasps lack the front five fire power of Bath. But have the ability in the set piece to earn good possession for their tactics. Wasps have the spine to attack and defend well, Bath also have a midfield spine to control the game. Tough one for bath to keep out the attacking ability of Wasps at home, and they will earn a good win.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Six

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 12:12 pm


Leicester Tigers 27 (T:3 C:3 P:2)
Harlequins 26 (T:3 C:1 P:3)

London Welsh 28 (T:3 C:2 P:3)
Newcastle Falcons 23 (T:2 C:2 P:3)

Exeter Chiefs 27 (T:3 C:3 P:2)
London Irish 23 (T:2 C:2 P:3)

Saracens 26 (T:3 C:1 P:3)
Gloucester Rugby 24 (T:2 C:1 P:4)

Northampton Saints 32 (T:4 C:3 P:2)
Sale Sharks 26 (T:3 C:1 P:3)

London Wasps 28 (T:3 C:2 P:3)
Bath Rugby 26 (T:3 C:1 P:3)


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Post by Fluxy on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 12:17 pm


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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 12:20 pm

Happy with that one Very Happy


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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 12:26 pm

Very happy with that, thought I'd lost it until those last two predictions.

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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 12:29 pm

Good game Steve.


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Post by ChequeredJersey on Mon 13 Oct 2014, 8:10 pm

Good game Driver, bad luck old chap

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