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Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Sun 22 Feb 2015, 4:06 pm

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



London Welsh v London Irish
Location - Kassam Stadium
Sunny Intervals, 7 Degrees, 14mph WNW Winds


 London Welsh
Manager – CJ
 
01. Yannick Forestier09. Thierry Lacrampe
02. Dave Ward10. Francois Trinh-Duc(K)
03. Sekope Kepu 
04. Jamie Cudmore11. Mark Cueto
05. Setaliki Timani12. Kyle Godwin
06. Ashley Johnson13. Rob Horne
07. Carl Fearns14. Nemani Nadolo
08. Victor Vito (c)15. Chris Pennell
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16.  Matt Rees 17. Nathan Catt 18. Oliver Tomaszczyk 19. George Skivington 19. Alexander Lapandry 20. Ben Spencer 21. George Lowe 22. Yann David

Tactics- 

Breakdown: use Ward as a main fetcher chasing the ball, supported by Fearns and using our powerful back 5 forwards to clear out aggressively to ensure quick ball. On defensive ball, Ward and Fearns to look to disrupt but unless turnover is on, keep numbers out for defence.

Attack: move the ball around with our hard carrying pack, driving in units and looking to tire their pack. Use pop passes from 9 and 10 to our back row to crash ball, supported closely to create fast ball.

When ball is quick, FTH to attack the line with runners coming in at different angles from deep, looking to make space and pop into it for our tracking back 3 and our powerful back row when they have a more broken field to devastate.

Defence- blitz led by Horne, sweeping by 9, the back row looking to rough up their playmakers with big hits. Really aggressive and physical defence. Cueto and Pennell to cover for Nadolo's weakness off kick defence

Kicking- kick high for possession not territory, with Horne an extra pseudo winger on the chase. Look to use the crossfield in their 22. Take all points on offer

Scrum- look to press their front row especially late in the match where our tactics will aim to tire them

Lineout, keep it simple and maul it up, looking to commit their pack tacklers for moves ie off the inside of 10 

Subs- use as needed

In brief- aggressive rucking, aggressive tackling blitz, kick for possession, move about their pack and sap them, move the ball to our danger men in gaps


 London Irish
Manager – Prop

Henry Thomas called up by England. Collier to start
01. Ben Franks09. Lee Dickson
02. Ross Batty10. Jules Plisson
03. Will Collier
04. Stuart Hooper (c) 11. Nick Cummins
05. Jacques Potgeiter12. Alapati Leuia
06. Kelly Brown13. Conrad Smith
07. Will Welch14. Horatio Agulla
08. Scott Higginbotham15. Luke Fitzgerald
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16. Ken Owens 17. Tom Court 18. 19. Tom Savage 20. Jackson Wray 21. Rory Kockott 22. Luke McAlister 23. JP Pietersen

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. Scrummage low and straight. Our lineout’s with Hooper, Potgeiter and all backrow able to jump. We will look to target their props but if no parity then use for quick restart.

Breakdown: We will look to slow down their ball by committing players, if they have quick ball we will leave it but will look for turnovers and we  have balance in Brown (tackles), Welch (jackles) and Higginbotham (carries).

Half Backs: Plisson will stand flat initially to give Leuia and our runners the chance to get over the gainline. Dickson will control the tempo and slow the ball down if needed.

Attack: Go direct and look to draw two players to commit the tackle before getting quick ball, we have a mobile pack who will look to run off   the backs and round the corner keeping Welsh guessing. Use the centre pairing to pull the strings with players who know each other well and international quality out wide.

Bench: Impact in all areas with Owens, Court and Collier bringing scrum impact Savage and Wray strong carriers and to attack the breakdown. Quality in the backs with Kockott, McAlister and Pietersen looking to switch the play and up the tempo towards the end.

Defence: Strong defenders across the park will look at making the intiial big impact hit. We will target Welsh centres are so will look to prevent tem offloading the ball by double tackling them. We will look to blitz with Brown in their 10’s face letting Plisson drop back and cover with Fitzgerald. Inside-out defence.

Overall: 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 target their pack out wide. We will look to negate Welsh's carrying options and put pressure on their half back combination not letting them get the upper hand.





Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby
Location - Sandy Park
Sunny Intervals, 8 Degrees, 14mph WNW Winds


Exeter Chiefs Chief

Manager – Fluxy

01. Wyatt Crockett09. Nic White
02. Dimitri Szarzewski10. Toby Flood ©
03. Jake Cooper-Wooley
04. Patrick Tuipulotu11. Maxime Medard
05. Jake Ball12. Brad Barritt
06. Michael Paterson13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
07. Yannick Nyanga14. Cory Jane
08. Fritz Lee15. James O'Connor
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16. Jack Yeandle 17. Ryan Grant 18. Davit Kubriashvili 19. Tomas Lavanini 20. Luke Wallace 21. Chris Cook 22. Alex Losowski 23. Jamie Elliott

Tactics
 
Game plane based around a patient build-up of momentum, by gaining field position in the opposition half or using forwards to tie in defenders from around the opposition ten metre mark to create gaps out wide. 
Look to dominate collisions and gain momentum going forward, and tie in defenders to the breakdown to create overlaps.


Territory - play in the right areas of the pitch.
We have a number of strong kickers in our back line, in our half backs and our back three. Look to use their ability to play in the Bath and pen them in their 22. Exploit the positioning of Wade, Beale and De Allende, and force them to have to run backwards and force them to play from their own 22. We’ll look to play heads up rugby and get the ball into the hands of our backs in space, but we want to be doing so in the Bath half.

Build a Score 
JOC to take on kicking at goal responsibilities. 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 and apply pressure.

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, looking to blow through the ruck and past the ball, to create clean ball. Allowing time for the halfbacks to dictate.

Set piece
Control the set piece and use it to restart our game plan and create point of attacks. Paterson to marshal the line-out and get quick ball from our dynamic jumpers. Big emphasis on controlling set piece possession, pressuring Haywood at both line-out and scrum time. Paterson will get up at the front to steal any loose throws and make Whitelock have to loop or beat him at the front creating slow and messy ball. 

Defence 
Look to negate the opposition early on and allow our back-row to influence the pace of the game at the breakdown. Using the defensive banana drift defence to push the attackers towards our inside defence, with White sweeping in behind to guide defenders to plug holes and covers any kicks in behind.

Attack
In the opposition half take our time and not rush with ball in hand. Have confidence in our carriers to tie in defenders and get across the gain line and in our backs to exploit the gaps when we create them.


Bath Rugby
Manager – CJB
 
01. James Slipper09. Fourie Du Preez
02. Mikey Haywood10. Charlie Hodgson
03. Ben Tameifuma
04. Graham Kitchener11. Damian De Allende
05. Sam Whitelock12. Christian Lealifano
06. Siya Kolisi13. Michele Campagnaro
07. Liam Gill14. Christian Wade
08. Liam Messam15. Kurtley Beale
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16. Tom Dunn 17. Richard Barrington 18. James Johnston 19. Luke Romano 20. James Gaskell 21. George Di Cothi 22. Nicolas Sanchez 23. Hallan Amos


Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby. Look to overwhelm Exeter in the loose with big carries. High tempo offloading game looking to create space and break the defense. Attack the set piece. Try to neutralise the opposition early on and get the crowd behind us.

Scrum: Look to dominate the set piece and use it to restart our game plan. 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 Kitch, Messam, Kolisi and Whitelock options in the lineout. Whitelock will run the lineout with Kitch 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 generate quick ball for our backs to take advantage of. Send numbers in to try and disrupt the ball, potentially getting the turnover.

Defence: Blitz Defence looking to really put pressure on the Exeter decision makers. Try to stop the ball from getting to the centres. Win the collision and drive through rucks. FDP to sweep in behind.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. FDP knows how to control a tempo and will play what he sees. Hodgson will look to play flat and involve the back line whenever possible. Look to get the ball in the hands of our dangerous backs. We have natural finishers all over. Beale/LLF/Hodgsonp can all play first receiver and will rotate in order to keep tempo up and look to play expansively. Look for strong carries from the pack - which has big line breakers - tying in defenders to create overlaps for the backs. Get Big Ben, Slipper , Kolisi, Kitchener and Messam all with their hands on the ball. North, De Allende and Campagnaro look to exploit gaps left. Throughout them team look to Keep the ball alive and look for offloads. Look to play with a high tempo and get the ball moving across the back line.

Kicking: Beale will be our chosen place kicker. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. LLF, Beale 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.





Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks
Location - Welford Road
Sunny Intervals, 7 Degrees, 15mph WNW Winds


Leicester Tigers
Manager – LukeLovesLuka

01. Alex Corbisiero09. Kahn Fotuali'i
02. Agustin Creevy10. Freddie Burns (k)
03. Cencus Johnston
04. Nathan Hines (c)       11. Rene Ranger
05. Victor Matfield12. Dan Bowden
06. JMF Lobbe13. Tamati Ellison
07. Francois Louw14. Drew Mitchell
08. Thomas Waldrom15. Mike Brown
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16. Stephen Moore 17. Max Lahiff 18.  Paul Doran-Jones  19. Kearnan Myall 20. Jacques Burger 21. Micky Young 22. Brock James 23. Sean Maitland


Tactics:

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.

Big focus to attack at all lineouts. Use Hines or Lobbe at the front and Matfield off the top as our three key options. Shortened lineouts with Waldrom in midfield as crash or decoy option.
Matfield and Hines to look to steal and really give Paice problems.

Attack all scrums if an advantage - Front row of Johnston, Creevy and Corbs to look to really get the shove on, particularly targeting the Sale Zira/Paice channel.

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.

Gigantic XV made up of massive line-breakers, used in the tight to tire down the Sale defence. The likes of Waldrom, Louw, Hines, Creevy, Lobbe and Ranger to be used to get us over the gainline. Add to that the likes of Moore, Lahiff and Burger off the bench.

Look to win battle at the breakdown - Lobbe and Louw, supported by the likes of Creevy, to really look to get into the breakdown and give Sale problems.

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

- In attacking play, we will play with the option of 2 first receivers in Burns and Bowden.
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. Fotuali'i to sweep behind with an eye on short kicks.

Burns to kick all penalties.


 Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Marcos Ayerza09. Danny Care
02. David Paice10. Beauden Barrett
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Brodie Retalick11. Willie Le Roux
05. Will Skelton12. Kyle Eastmond
06. Steven Luatua13. George Pisi
07. Matt Kvesic14. Craig Gilroy
08. Louis Picamoles15. Nick Abendanon
Subs:
16. Ross Harrison 17. Tommy Taylor 18. Vasil Kakovin 19. Matt Garvey 20. Sam Cane 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Francois Steyn 23. Semesa Rokoduguni

We will play an expansive, high intensity offloading game looking to play in the wider channels and move this Tigers tight 5 around the park. Mobility, physicality and handling is key to our approach.

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. Barrett 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 (Barrett/Eastmond/Le Roux) 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 & Barrett. 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 Kvesic 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 Gloucester
Location - Ricoh Arena
Sunny Intervals, 7 Degrees, 15mph WNW Winds


Wasps
Manager: Ozzy3213    

01. Scott Sio09. Aaron Smith
02. Bismarck du Plessis10. Aaron Cruden
03. Ben Alexander
04. Matt Symons11. Bryan Habana
05. Sebastien Vahaamahina12. Ma'a Nonu
06. Jerome Kaino13. Henry Slade
07. Marcell Coetzee14. Marland Yarde
08. Duane Vermeulen15. Delon Armitage
16. Harry Thacker 17. Ben Moon 18. David Wilson 19. Ruan Botha 20. Steffon Armitage 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Paul Jordaan 23. Tim Nanai-Williams


Basic Game Plan
In good conditions we will be looking to play a possession based game, going through the phases and continually shifting the point of attack.  When deep in our half we won't take chances with offloading, but will make ground carrying close to the ruck and recycling quickly, or using the boots of Cruden, Slade and Armitage to take us up the field.

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.  Smith will sweep in behind the defensive line to counter any chips/grubbers.

Specifics 

  • Lineout.  Nothing flash. Hit our front and middle jumpers and ensure that we secure our ball.  We will also mix it up, shortening the lineout and using our back row as crash ball options off the top.  On Falcons ball put pressure on through Vahaamahina and Vermeulen, who are athletic lineout jumpers.
  • Scrum.  Get low and underneath their props and drive straight.  Really test their props technical abilities rather than get in to a battle of strength.
  • 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 be looking to play a Super Rugby type offloading game, with the ball shifted on to the support runner just prior to the point of the tackle with the defender already committed.  We will also utilise the pick and go, keeping their defensive line on the back foot.  We will then look to shift the direction of play and pull their defenders out of position to create gaps.  Smith to also look to snipe around the fringes and keep us going forwards all the time.  
  • Tactical Kicking.  If we kick, we will look to kick for touch deep in Gloucester territory and then contest the lineout.

Key Points 

  • Form/Momentum  In game we have hit great form form post AI's and have loads of momentum coming into the game.  We also have players in form in real life right across the team.
  • Ability to switch gameplan.  Whilst we want to play a possession game, away from home we realise we may at times have to play for territory, so have selected Slade at 13 for his kicking game and ability to step in at 1st receiver and mix things up.



 Gloucester
Manager – anonmattyt

Cips called up. Carter to start. EQ limits breeched.
1 Beast
2 Strauss
3 Mas
4 Etzbeth
5 Robson
6 Alberts
7 Salvi
8 Dickinson
9 Perenara
10 Carter
11 May
12 Toomua
13 Kurindrani
14 Folau
15 Dagg
16 Wood
17 LCD
18 Ousthuizen
19 Gray
20 Heaslip
21 Robson
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23 Gear

Glos travel to a strong wasps outfit looking for
The win o allow us to kick on with our ascent up the league.

We will be aiming to play at tempo and score tries

TARGET BREAKDOWN– We have a big mobile physically strong bunch and will hit rucks with impact.
We will Send numbers in and try and effect turnovers or Disrupt ball.we believe the likes of beast  heaslip Etzbeth Alberts  Salvi Have the physicality and the power to swamp their backrow.Backed by our front 5 and this is an area we will flood. We
Will look to target the strong wasps back row  throughout.

TARGET 9 10 channel- Get our big runners in to the channel and look to get in behind. We also want pressure here in defence with smith able to be got at.

Scrum- we see a huge advantage here with sio and Alexander not being strongest
Scrummagers.On their ball Mas and beast Will be targetting Them throughout. We see this
Continuing when benches empty

Lineout - with 5 jumpers we will look to threaten there ball on every throw.
With our own we will vary where we throw it to and look to mix the drive and off the top.

General - our forwards will be looking to get on front foot throughout with out abrasive ball carriers.
When it is on we will look to offload to try and get in behind.

Backs- with the expected platform we have our backs
Are there to exploit it
We have pace and power all over and in Toomua and Kurindrani the 2 form centres in world rugby. We will look to vary our play probe for
Gaps. When needed we have hard runners and have wingers who will look for work.

We have numerous players able to step in to first
Receiver with toomua, folau, Dagg, May.
This means we can be lethal from turnover ball and is something we will be looking for throughout

As the game breaks up we will be running back more ball
And looking to up the tempo and use quick throw ins etc.

In defenxe we will blitz hard with 9 sweeping.

Bench- in close games benches are the difference and due to 6 nations Wasps have a weak bench. We will look to throw on our game changers and take
The game from
Wasps





Northampton Saints v Harlequins
Location - Franklins Garden
Sunny Intervals, 7 Degrees, 15mph WNW Winds


Northampton Saints
Manager – Dammit_Chris

01. Thomas Domingo09. Joe Simpson
02. Rob Webber(c)10. Nick Evans(k)
03. Ramiro Herrera
04. Lood de Jager11. Julian Savea
05. Courtney Lawes12. Matt Giteau
06. Schalk Burger13. Manu Tuilagi
07. Julian Bonnaire14. Napaloni Nalaga
08. Samu Manoa15. Ben Foden
Subs:
16. Trevor Nyakane 17. Elliott Dees 18. Logi Mulipola 19. Joe Launchbury 20. David Pocock 21. Niko Matawulu 22. Elliot Daly 23. Tom Stephenson

(think that was the same team I posted earlier with the addition of Julian Bonnaire into the no7 shirt, didn't save it before hand).

Tactics: In great conditions we are going to be looking to put the away team under pressure from the outset, playing at a high intensity and adopting a physical approach with our gainline breakers. We have picked a strong scrummaging unit with a lineout that will generate a platform to launch our backline and allow Evans and Giteau to control the game in the midfield.

Key Points:
* Strong lineout to generate quick ball for our backs, use Lawes to target Wood in Quins throws.
* Kicking game from Evans and Giteau to put Saints into good attacking positions to use our lineout as attacking platform.
* Strong scrummaging unit with Domingo, Webber and Herrera starting.
* Concentrate on winning the gain line battle, getting big ball carriers on the ball and sucking in Quins defence.
* Mobile bench replacement for forwards to really up the tempo in the second half.
* Look to use Tuilagi in first 50 minutes as someone to wear down Quins tacklers and then bring on Daly after 50 mins to spark backline attack.

Pack/Setpiece:We've picked a really strong scrummaging unit that will look to create a platform for Manoa to attack Quins no10 channel from. We want to generate quick ball from the lineout with Bonnaire, Lawes, Manoa and de Jager as options. We also want to target Wood on Quins own throw through Lawes athleticism and disrupt their main source of quick ball. We've picked a mobile set of forwards on the bench to up the tempo in the final 20-25 minutes.

Attack:We will look at Evans and Giteau to pull the strings of our attacking game, we want to focus on bringing in our big ball carriers to get us over the gainline and suck in Quins defenders before exploiting any space. We want Tuilagi to be used as a battering ram to wear down defenders before bringing on Daly early in the second half to add some spark from 50 minutes. We have a lot of strong ball carriers that will give our midfield plenty of attacking options.

Breakdown: Wood and Hooper are big threats here, so we are going to target the breakdown very physically, with Lawes, Manoa, Burger all aiming to smash Wood and Hooper from the contact area on our own ball. On Quins ball we wont commit as many players, but will flood this area if we see Hooper hasn't made the breakdown.

Defence:As always a really aggressive defence with fast line speed and giving QUins very little time to make decisions. We want to force them into mistakes and handling errors and exploit with attacks. We are also wanting to utilise the choke tackle when possible to get the turnover. We will have Simpson sweep in behind the defensive line but will have Manoa and Lawes lining up a big hits on Myler.


Harlequins
Manager – Steven_Sharks

01. Tony Woodcock09. Ruan Pienaar
02. Rob Buchanan10. Steven Myler (k)
03. John Afoa
04. Bakkies Botha11. Teddy Thomas
05. Charlie Matthews12. Juan Martin Hernandez
06. Tom Wood13. Jan Serfontein
07. Michael Hooper (c)14. Joe Tomane
08. Mamuka Gorgodze15. Colin Slade
16. Tatafu Polota-Nau 17. Steven Kitchoff 18. Kyle Sinckler 19. Pieter Steph Du Toit 20. Jamie Gibson 21. Karl Dickson 22. Quade Cooper 23. Ollie Lindsey-Hague

Tactics

Win the kicking game. Play no rugby in our half. Use the boots of  Pienaar, Myler, JMH and Slade to turn the Saints wingers around. With a solid chase we will force the Saints back 3 to kick as we consider them to lack a kicking game.

Put huge pressure on Saints with our defence. Look to chop tackle and get the first man over the ball. Use Hooper and Woods athleticism to beat the ageing Saints flankers to the breakdown. We will look to blitz this area and disrupt Simpson's game. When in possession in the Saints half look to remain patient and constantly change the point of attack with Myler, Slade and JMH standing in at first receiver. look to use effective rucking to get quick ball.

Take all points.





Saracens v Newcastle Falcons
Location - Allianz Park
Sunny Intervals, 7 Degrees, 14mph WNW Winds


Saracens
Manager – Pooly

Bradley Davies called up for Wales. Replaced with Sam Carter.

01. Alex Waller09. Francois Hougaard
02. Keven Mealamu10. Bernard Foley
03. Jannie du Plessis
04. Sam Carter11. Juan Imhoff
05. Flip Van Der Merwe12. Sonny Bill Williams
06. Ben Mowen(c)13. Malakai Fekitoa
07. Callum Clark14. Chris Ashton
08. Nathan Hughes15. Matt Tait
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16. Jamie George 17. Xavier Chiocci 18. Tom Francis 19. 20. Heinrich Brussow 21. Henry Taylor 22. Morne Steyn 23. Miles Benjamin

Tactics:

TARGET SCRUM Look to target throughout with strong options on bench. If weakness seen look to take scrum from free kick options and put pressure on opposition props.

TARGET HOPPER IN DEFENCE Target from the off. Get Hughes, SBW, Fekitoa running down this channel.

PUT PRESSURE ON PHIPPS KICKING GAME Phipps very rarely kicks so we'll look to blitz the 10/12 channel cutting out his options whilst looking to isolate him and turn over ball.

General - 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 a chance to slow down/steal ball. Put pressure on SH's basics and force him into errors, Shields the expert here. 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 runners on his shoulder. Huge carrying backrow to get us over the gain line after front 5 set a platform. Midfield to run angles off the 9/10, allowing us gain line breakers. Look to keep opposition guessing with clever lines through midfield. Wingers will look to track the midfield combo and get the end of SBW's offloads in contact. Back 3 to keep things honest and come looking for work.


 Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam


01. Matt Mullan09. Nick Phipps
02. Dane Coles10. Owen Farrell (k)
03. Carl Hayman
04. Ed Slater11. Charles Piutau
05. Juandre Kruger12. Jean De Villiers
06. Rhys Ruddock13. Matt Hopper
07. Richie McCaw14. Ben Smith
08. Kieran Read (c)15. Gareth Anscombe
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16.George McGuigan 17.Soana Tongahuia 18.Charlie Faumuina 19. Geoff Parling 20. Will Fraser 21.Dave Lewis 22. Luke Marshall 23. David Strettle

We've picked a side to play running rugby, using our backs varied skill sets to create mismatches throughout the side.

Scrum - Look to put the pressure on with our props, look to challenge Du Plessis in the scrum with Coles and Mullan looking to force him to pop up. If no weakness then use as a restart

Lineout - Kruger to lead, excellent options in Slater and Read to mix it up and look for good quality ball off the top to send JDV into the 10 channel off first phase. We think we can challenge Mealamu throwing by putting Kruger up at the front to make him go long, then have our other jumpers challenging. Look to prevent them using the maul where possible

Breakdown - Picked a back row of physical breakdown specialists, we want them to work as a unit and try and get us turnovers in opposing territory. First man in to blow Clark off the ball and the second in to secure it for us. On their ball, Read is licenced to stay out of rucks until he thinks there is a turnover on, then go in to secure it. The work rate round the park of the likes of Coles and the second row will allow us to do this. We think they lack a true 7 and we can have an impact here

Kicking - We're looking to kick as a second option today, the conditions are good and we think we can run the ball back with some quality in our back 3. Look to target Ashton in the air all game long, keep the kicks high and give our chasers a chance to contest. Use the boots of the back 3 (who can all play full back) to take pressure off the half backs

Attack - Anscombe and Farrell to act as dual distributors when we are on the front foot in their half, keep the defensive line guessing which way we are going to go, and Phipps has licence to snipe whenever he thinks it is on. Ben Smith to step into the line at first receiver at times to take the line on when faced with forwards. In the forwards, big ball carriers throughout the side, Read is free to attack the wider channels as he chooses, particularly after JDV crashes into the 10-12 channel off first phase. Go after Foley and Ashton in defence, wingers and full back are free to roam and look to test Ashton's defence while we'll be sending our big carriers down the 10 channel all day long until they decide to hide Foley out wide

Defence - One of our back row (primarily Read) will be stationed slightly wider in defence to counter the strength of the Sarries centres and knock them back

Bench - Ball carrying front 5 forwards to look to drive home an advantage, Fraser gives us the option of dual 7s late on, and we have some outright pace and finishing ability to bring on if we are chasing the game

Key points


- Use JDV to target 10
- Use the kicking game to pin Wasps back
- Dual 10s either side of the ruck with Farrell and Anscombe to split the defence
- Good form, we're on a good run, only 1 loss in our last 6 and are at home



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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 22 Feb 2015, 5:44 pm

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by prop_lyd on Sun 22 Feb 2015, 6:49 pm

Huge game this week!!
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Post by Guest on Sun 22 Feb 2015, 10:34 pm

Lots of big games prop. Getting Nearer to crunch time in the season

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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Mon 23 Feb 2015, 4:25 pm

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 23 Feb 2015, 4:39 pm

Looks like a nice day for some running rugby!
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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by ChequeredJersey on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 12:04 am

 London Welsh
Manager – CJ


01. Yannick Forestier
09. Thierry Lacrampe
02. Dave Ward
10. Francois Trinh-Duc(K)
03. Sekope Kepu 

04. Jamie Cudmore
11. Mark Cueto
05. Setaliki Timani
12. Kyle Godwin
06. Ashley Johnson
13. Rob Horne
07. Carl Fearns
14. Nemani Nadolo
08. Victor Vito (c)
15. Chris Pennell
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16.  Matt Rees 17. Nathan Catt 18. Oliver Tomaszczyk 19. George Skivington 19. Alexander Lapandry 20. Ben Spencer 21. George Lowe 22. Yann David


If Pennell plays for England, Mogg at FB and Lowe on for Horne, with Chisholm on the bench
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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by LukeLovesLuka on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 11:53 am

Leicester Tigers
Manager – LukeLovesLuka

01. Alex Corbisiero09. Kahn Fotuali'i
02. Agustin Creevy10. Freddie Burns (k)
03. Cencus Johnston
04. Nathan Hines (c)       11. Rene Ranger
05. Victor Matfield12. Dan Bowden
06. JMF Lobbe13. Tamati Ellison
07. Francois Louw14. Drew Mitchell
08. Thomas Waldrom15. Mike Brown
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16. Stephen Moore 17. Max Lahiff 18. Paul Doran-Jones 19. Kearnan Myall 20. Jacques Burger 21. Micky Young 22. Brock James 23. Sean Maitland


Tactics:

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.

- Big focus to attack at all lineouts. Use Hines or Lobbe at the front and Matfield off the top as our three key options. Shortened lineouts with Waldrom in midfield as crash or decoy option.
Matfield and Hines to look to steal and really give Paice problems.

- Attack all scrums if an advantage - Front row of Johnston, Creevy and Corbs to look to really get the shove on, particularly targeting the Sale Zira/Paice channel.

- 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.

- Gigantic XV made up of massive line-breakers, used in the tight to tire down the Sale defence. The likes of Waldrom, Louw, Hines, Creevy, Lobbe and Ranger to be used to get us over the gainline. Add to that the likes of Moore, Lahiff and Burger off the bench.

- Look to win battle at the breakdown - Lobbe and Louw, supported by the likes of Creevy, to really look to get into the breakdown and give Sale problems.

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

- In attacking play, we will play with the option of 2 first receivers in Burns and Bowden.
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. Fotuali'i to sweep behind with an eye on short kicks.

Burns to kick all penalties.


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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 12:07 pm

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by dammit_chris on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 2:21 pm

Northampton Saints
Manager Dammit Chris

01. Thomas Domingo09. Joe Simpson
02. Rob Webber(c)10. Nick Evans(k)
03. Ramiro Herrera
04. Lood de Jager11. Julian Savea
05. Courtney Lawes12. Matt Giteau
06. Schalk Burger13. Manu Tuilagi
07. Julian Bonnaire14. Napaloni Nalaga
08. Samu Manoa15. Ben Foden
Subs:
16. Trevor Nyakane 17. Elliott Dees 18. Logi Mulipola 19. Joe Launchbury 20. David Pocock 21. Niko Matawulu 22. Elliot Daly 23. Tom Stephenson

(think that was the same team I posted earlier with the addition of Julian Bonnaire into the no7 shirt, didn't save it before hand).

Tactics: In great conditions we are going to be looking to put the away team under pressure from the outset, playing at a high intensity and adopting a physical approach with our gainline breakers. We have picked a strong scrummaging unit with a lineout that will generate a platform to launch our backline and allow Evans and Giteau to control the game in the midfield.

Key Points:
* Strong lineout to generate quick ball for our backs, use Lawes to target Wood in Quins throws.
* Kicking game from Evans and Giteau to put Saints into good attacking positions to use our lineout as attacking platform.
* Strong scrummaging unit with Domingo, Webber and Herrera starting.
* Concentrate on winning the gain line battle, getting big ball carriers on the ball and sucking in Quins defence.
* Mobile bench replacement for forwards to really up the tempo in the second half.
* Look to use Tuilagi in first 50 minutes as someone to wear down Quins tacklers and then bring on Daly after 50 mins to spark backline attack.

Pack/Setpiece:We've picked a really strong scrummaging unit that will look to create a platform for Manoa to attack Quins no10 channel from. We want to generate quick ball from the lineout with Bonnaire, Lawes, Manoa and de Jager as options. We also want to target Wood on Quins own throw through Lawes athleticism and disrupt their main source of quick ball. We've picked a mobile set of forwards on the bench to up the tempo in the final 20-25 minutes.

Attack:We will look at Evans and Giteau to pull the strings of our attacking game, we want to focus on bringing in our big ball carriers to get us over the gainline and suck in Quins defenders before exploiting any space. We want Tuilagi to be used as a battering ram to wear down defenders before bringing on Daly early in the second half to add some spark from 50 minutes. We have a lot of strong ball carriers that will give our midfield plenty of attacking options.

Breakdown: Wood and Hooper are big threats here, so we are going to target the breakdown very physically, with Lawes, Manoa, Burger all aiming to smash Wood and Hooper from the contact area on our own ball. On Quins ball we wont commit as many players, but will flood this area if we see Hooper hasn't made the breakdown.

Defence:As always a really aggressive defence with fast line speed and giving QUins very little time to make decisions. We want to force them into mistakes and handling errors and exploit with attacks. We are also wanting to utilise the choke tackle when possible to get the turnover. We will have Simpson sweep in behind the defensive line but will have Manoa and Lawes lining up a big hits on Myler.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 2:26 pm

Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Alex Waller09. Francois Hougaard
02. Keven Mealamu10. Bernard Foley
03. Jannie du Plessis
04. Bradley Davies11. Juan Imhoff
05. Flip Van Der Merwe12. Sonny Bill Williams
06. Ben Mowen(c)13. Malakai Fekitoa
07. Callum Clark14. Chris Ashton
08. Nathan Hughes15. Matt Tait
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16. Jamie George 17. Xavier Chiocci 18. Tom Francis 19. Sam Carter 20. Heinrich Brussow 21. Henry Taylor 22. Morne Steyn 23. Miles Benjamin

Tactics:

TARGET SCRUM Look to target throughout with strong options on bench. If weakness seen look to take scrum from free kick options and put pressure on opposition props.

TARGET HOPPER IN DEFENCE Target from the off. Get Hughes, SBW, Fekitoa running down this channel.

PUT PRESSURE ON PHIPPS KICKING GAME Phipps very rarely kicks so we'll look to blitz the 10/12 channel cutting out his options whilst looking to isolate him and turn over ball.

General - 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 a chance to slow down/steal ball. Put pressure on SH's basics and force him into errors, Shields the expert here. 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 runners on his shoulder. Huge carrying backrow to get us over the gain line after front 5 set a platform. Midfield to run angles off the 9/10, allowing us gain line breakers. Look to keep opposition guessing with clever lines through midfield. Wingers will look to track the midfield combo and get the end of SBW's offloads in contact. Back 3 to keep things honest and come looking for work.[/b]


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Steven_Sharks on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 9:59 pm

Harlequins
Manager – Steven_Sharks

01. Tony Woodcock09. Ruan Pienaar
02. Rob Buchanan10. Steven Myler (k)
03. John Afoa
04. Bakkies Botha11. Teddy Thomas
05. Charlie Matthews12. Juan Martin Hernandez
06. Tom Wood13. Jan Serfontein
07. Michael Hooper (c)14. Joe Tomane
08. Mamuka Gorgodze15. Colin Slade
16. Tatafu Polota-Nau 17. Steven Kitchoff 18. Kyle Sinckler 19. Pieter Steph Du Toit 20. Jamie Gibson 21. Karl Dickson 22. Quade Cooper 23. Ollie Lindsey-Hague

Tactics

Win the kicking game. Play no rugby in our half. Use the boots of Pienaar, Myler, JMH and Slade to turn the Saints wingers around. With a solid chase we will force the Saints back 3 to kick as we consider them to lack a kicking game.

Put huge pressure on Saints with our defence. Look to chop tackle and get the first man over the ball. Use Hooper and Woods athleticism to beat the ageing Saints flankers to the breakdown. We will look to blitz this area and disrupt Simpson's game. When in possession in the Saints half look to remain patient and constantly change the point of attack with Myler, Slade and JMH standing in at first receiver. look to use effective rucking to get quick ball.

Take all points.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Fluxy on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 10:28 pm

Exeter Chiefs Chief

Manager – Fluxy

01. Wyatt Crockett09. Nic White
02. Dimitri Szarzewski10. Toby Flood ©
03. Jake Cooper-Wooley
04. Patrick Tuipulotu11. Maxime Medard
05. Jake Ball12. Brad Barritt
06. Michael Paterson13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
07. Yannick Nyanga14. Cory Jane
08. Fritz Lee15. James O'Connor
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16. Jack Yeandle 17. Ryan Grant 18. Davit Kubriashvili 19. Tomas Lavanini 20. Luke Wallace 21. Chris Cook 22. Alex Losowski 23. Jamie Elliott

Tactics
 
Game plane based around a patient build-up of momentum, by gaining field position in the opposition half or using forwards to tie in defenders from around the opposition ten metre mark to create gaps out wide. 
Look to dominate collisions and gain momentum going forward, and tie in defenders to the breakdown to create overlaps.


Territory - play in the right areas of the pitch.
We have a number of strong kickers in our back line, in our half backs and our back three. Look to use their ability to play in the Bath and pen them in their 22. Exploit the positioning of Wade, Beale and De Allende, and force them to have to run backwards and force them to play from their own 22. We’ll look to play heads up rugby and get the ball into the hands of our backs in space, but we want to be doing so in the Bath half.

Build a Score 
JOC to take on kicking at goal responsibilities. 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 and apply pressure.

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, looking to blow through the ruck and past the ball, to create clean ball. Allowing time for the halfbacks to dictate.

Set piece
Control the set piece and use it to restart our game plan and create point of attacks. Paterson to marshal the line-out and get quick ball from our dynamic jumpers. Big emphasis on controlling set piece possession, pressuring Haywood at both line-out and scrum time. Paterson will get up at the front to steal any loose throws and make Whitelock have to loop or beat him at the front creating slow and messy ball. 

Defence 
Look to negate the opposition early on and allow our back-row to influence the pace of the game at the breakdown. Using the defensive banana drift defence to push the attackers towards our inside defence, with White sweeping in behind to guide defenders to plug holes and covers any kicks in behind.

Attack
In the opposition half take our time and not rush with ball in hand. Have confidence in our carriers to tie in defenders and get across the gain line and in our backs to exploit the gaps when we create them.
 



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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 24 Feb 2015, 10:42 pm

Wasps
Manager: Ozzy3213    

01. Scott Sio
09. Aaron Smith
02. Bismarck du Plessis
10. Aaron Cruden
03. Ben Alexander

04. Matt Symons
11. Bryan Habana
05. Sebastien Vahaamahina
12. Ma'a Nonu
06. Jerome Kaino
13. Henry Slade
07. Marcell Coetzee
14. Marland Yarde
08. Duane Vermeulen
15. Delon Armitage

16. Harry Thacker 17. Ben Moon 18. David Wilson 19. Ruan Botha 20. Steffon Armitage 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Paul Jordaan 23. Tim Nanai-Williams


Basic Game Plan
In good conditions we will be looking to play a possession based game, going through the phases and continually shifting the point of attack.  When deep in our half we won't take chances with offloading, but will make ground carrying close to the ruck and recycling quickly, or using the boots of Cruden, Slade and Armitage to take us up the field.

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.  Smith will sweep in behind the defensive line to counter any chips/grubbers.

Specifics 

  • Lineout.  Nothing flash. Hit our front and middle jumpers and ensure that we secure our ball.  We will also mix it up, shortening the lineout and using our back row as crash ball options off the top.  On Falcons ball put pressure on through Vahaamahina and Vermeulen, who are athletic lineout jumpers.
  • Scrum.  Get low and underneath their props and drive straight.  Really test their props technical abilities rather than get in to a battle of strength.
  • 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 be looking to play a Super Rugby type offloading game, with the ball shifted on to the support runner just prior to the point of the tackle with the defender already committed.  We will also utilise the pick and go, keeping their defensive line on the back foot.  We will then look to shift the direction of play and pull their defenders out of position to create gaps.  Smith to also look to snipe around the fringes and keep us going forwards all the time.  
  • Tactical Kicking.  If we kick, we will look to kick for touch deep in Gloucester territory and then contest the lineout.

Key Points 

  • Form/Momentum  In game we have hit great form form post AI's and have loads of momentum coming into the game.  We also have players in form in real life right across the team.
  • Ability to switch gameplan.  Whilst we want to play a possession game, away from home we realise we may at times have to play for territory, so have selected Slade at 13 for his kicking game and ability to step in at 1st receiver and mix things up.


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Post by Steven_Sharks on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 8:13 am

Chris you're missing a 7. Pete I thought tillous borde was in fit kockett

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 10:00 am

Have France announced their team, I hadn't seen it? If he's in I'll take him out and put Mitchell Drummond on the bench.
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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by CJB on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 11:42 am

Bath Rugby
Manager – CJB
01. James Slipper09. Fourie Du Preez
02. Mikey Haywood10. Charlie Hodgson
03. Ben Tameifuma
04. Graham Kitchener11. Damian De Allende
05. Sam Whitelock12. Christian Lealifano
06. Siya Kolisi13. Michele Campagnaro
07. Liam Gill14. Christian Wade
08. Liam Messam15. Kurtley Beale
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16. Tom Dunn 17. Richard Barrington 18. James Johnston 19. Luke Romano 20. James Gaskell 21. George Di Cothi 22. Nicolas Sanchez 23. Hallan Amos


Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby. Look to overwhelm Exeter in the loose with big carries. High tempo offloading game looking to create space and break the defense. Attack the set piece. Try to neutralise the opposition early on and get the crowd behind us.

Scrum: Look to dominate the set piece and use it to restart our game plan. 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 Kitch, Messam, Kolisi and Whitelock options in the lineout. Whitelock will run the lineout with Kitch 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 generate quick ball for our backs to take advantage of. Send numbers in to try and disrupt the ball, potentially getting the turnover.

Defence: Blitz Defence looking to really put pressure on the Exeter decision makers. Try to stop the ball from getting to the centres. Win the collision and drive through rucks. FDP to sweep in behind.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. FDP knows how to control a tempo and will play what he sees. Hodgson will look to play flat and involve the back line whenever possible. Look to get the ball in the hands of our dangerous backs. We have natural finishers all over. Beale/LLF/Hodgsonp can all play first receiver and will rotate in order to keep tempo up and look to play expansively. Look for strong carries from the pack - which has big line breakers - tying in defenders to create overlaps for the backs. Get Big Ben, Slipper , Kolisi, Kitchener and Messam all with their hands on the ball. North, De Allende and Campagnaro look to exploit gaps left. Throughout them team look to Keep the ball alive and look for offloads. Look to play with a high tempo and get the ball moving across the back line.

Kicking: Beale will be our chosen place kicker. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. LLF, Beale 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 Fluxy on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 12:14 pm

got De Allende in twice mate OK

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by dammit_chris on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 12:40 pm

Well spotted Steve - should have had Julian Bonnaire there! Will add him in when I do tactics.

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Post by Guest on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 3:38 pm

1 Beast
2 Strauss
3 Mas
4 Etzbeth
5 Robson
6 Alberts
7 Salvi
8 Dickinson
9 Perenara
10 Cipriani
11 May
12 Toomua
13 Kurindrani
14 Folau
15 Dagg
16 Wood
17 LCD
18 Ousthuizen
19 Gray
20 Heaslip
21 Robson
22 Carter
23 Gear


Subs:
16 Wood 17 Strauss 18 Ousthuizen 19 Robson 20 Alberts 21 Perenara 22 Burns 23 Walker


Glos travel to a strong wasps outfit looking for
The win o allow us to kick on with our ascent up the league.

We will be aiming to play at tempo and score tries

TARGET BREAKDOWN– We have a big mobile physically strong bunch and will hit rucks with impact.
We will Send numbers in and try and effect turnovers or Disrupt ball.we believe the likes of beast heaslip Etzbeth Alberts Salvi Have the physicality and the power to swamp their backrow.Backed by our front 5 and this is an area we will flood. We
Will look to target the strong wasps back row throughout.

TARGET 9 10 channel- Get our big runners in to the channel and look to get in behind. We also want pressure here in defence with smith able to be got at.

Scrum- we see a huge advantage here with sio and Alexander not being strongest
Scrummagers.On their ball Mas and beast Will be targetting Them throughout. We see this
Continuing when benches empty

Lineout - with 5 jumpers we will look to threaten there ball on every throw.
With our own we will vary where we throw it to and look to mix the drive and off the top.

General - our forwards will be looking to get on front foot throughout with out abrasive ball carriers.
When it is on we will look to offload to try and get in behind.

Backs- with the expected platform we have our backs
Are there to exploit it
We have pace and power all over and in Toomua and Kurindrani the 2 form centres in world rugby. We will look to vary our play probe for
Gaps. When needed we have hard runners and have wingers who will look for work.

We have numerous players able to step in to first
Receiver with toomua, folau, Dagg, May.
This means we can be lethal from turnover ball and is something we will be looking for throughout

As the game breaks up we will be running back more ball
And looking to up the tempo and use quick throw ins etc.

In defenxe we will blitz hard with 9 sweeping.

Bench- in close games benches are the difference and due to 6 nations Wasps have a weak bench. We will look to throw on our game changers and take
The game from
Wasps


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by BamBam on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 7:10 pm

 Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam


01. Matt Mullan09. Nick Phipps
02. Dane Coles10. Owen Farrell (k)
03. Carl Hayman
04. Ed Slater11. Charles Piutau
05. Juandre Kruger12. Jean De Villiers
06. Rhys Ruddock13. Matt Hopper
07. Richie McCaw14. Ben Smith
08. Kieran Read (c)15. Gareth Anscombe
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16.George McGuigan 17.Soana Tongahuia 18.Charlie Faumuina 19. Geoff Parling 20. Will Fraser 21.Dave Lewis 22. Luke Marshall 23. David Strettle

We've picked a side to play running rugby, using our backs varied skill sets to create mismatches throughout the side.

Scrum - Look to put the pressure on with our props, look to challenge Du Plessis in the scrum with Coles and Mullan looking to force him to pop up. If no weakness then use as a restart

Lineout - Kruger to lead, excellent options in Slater and Read to mix it up and look for good quality ball off the top to send JDV into the 10 channel off first phase. We think we can challenge Mealamu throwing by putting Kruger up at the front to make him go long, then have our other jumpers challenging. Look to prevent them using the maul where possible

Breakdown - Picked a back row of physical breakdown specialists, we want them to work as a unit and try and get us turnovers in opposing territory. First man in to blow Clark off the ball and the second in to secure it for us. On their ball, Read is licenced to stay out of rucks until he thinks there is a turnover on, then go in to secure it. The work rate round the park of the likes of Coles and the second row will allow us to do this. We think they lack a true 7 and we can have an impact here

Kicking - We're looking to kick as a second option today, the conditions are good and we think we can run the ball back with some quality in our back 3. Look to target Ashton in the air all game long, keep the kicks high and give our chasers a chance to contest. Use the boots of the back 3 (who can all play full back) to take pressure off the half backs

Attack - Anscombe and Farrell to act as dual distributors when we are on the front foot in their half, keep the defensive line guessing which way we are going to go, and Phipps has licence to snipe whenever he thinks it is on. Ben Smith to step into the line at first receiver at times to take the line on when faced with forwards. In the forwards, big ball carriers throughout the side, Read is free to attack the wider channels as he chooses, particularly after JDV crashes into the 10-12 channel off first phase. Go after Foley and Ashton in defence, wingers and full back are free to roam and look to test Ashton's defence while we'll be sending our big carriers down the 10 channel all day long until they decide to hide Foley out wide

Defence - One of our back row (primarily Read) will be stationed slightly wider in defence to counter the strength of the Sarries centres and knock them back

Bench - Ball carrying front 5 forwards to look to drive home an advantage, Fraser gives us the option of dual 7s late on, and we have some outright pace and finishing ability to bring on if we are chasing the game

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- Use JDV to target 10
- Use the kicking game to pin Wasps back
- Dual 10s either side of the ruck with Farrell and Anscombe to split the defence
- Good form, we're on a good run, only 1 loss in our last 6 and are at home


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Post by prop_lyd on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 8:08 pm

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01. Ben Franks09. Lee Dickson
02. Ross Batty10. Jules Plisson
03. Henry Thomas
04. Stuart Hooper (c) 11. Nick Cummins
05. Jacques Potgeiter12. Alapati Leuia
06. Kelly Brown13. Conrad Smith
07. Will Welch14. Horatio Agulla
08. Scott Higginbotham15. Luke Fitzgerald
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16. Ken Owens 17. Tom Court 18. Will Collier 19. Tom Savage 20. Jackson Wray 21. Rory Kockott 22. Luke McAlister 23. JP Pietersen

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. Scrummage low and straight. Our lineout’s with Hooper, Potgeiter and all backrow able to jump. We will look to target their props but if no parity then use for quick restart.

Breakdown: We will look to slow down their ball by committing players, if they have quick ball we will leave it but will look for turnovers and we have balance in Brown (tackles), Welch (jackles) and Higginbotham (carries).

Half Backs: Plisson will stand flat initially to give Leuia and our runners the chance to get over the gainline. Dickson will control the tempo and slow the ball down if needed.

Attack: Go direct and look to draw two players to commit the tackle before getting quick ball, we have a mobile pack who will look to run off the backs and round the corner keeping Welsh guessing. Use the centre pairing to pull the strings with players who know each other well and international quality out wide.

Bench: Impact in all areas with Owens, Court and Collier bringing scrum impact Savage and Wray strong carriers and to attack the breakdown. Quality in the backs with Kockott, McAlister and Pietersen looking to switch the play and up the tempo towards the end.

Defence: Strong defenders across the park will look at making the intiial big impact hit. We will target Welsh centres are so will look to prevent tem offloading the ball by double tackling them. We will look to blitz with Brown in their 10’s face letting Plisson drop back and cover with Fitzgerald. Inside-out defence.

Overall: 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 target their pack out wide. We will look to negate Welsh's carrying options and put pressure on their half back combination not letting them get the upper hand.

Depending on Welsh's final team tomorrow some tactics may be altered.
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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Wed 25 Feb 2015, 9:08 pm

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Manager – SJE

01. Marcos Ayerza09. Danny Care
02. David Paice10. Beauden Barrett
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Brodie Retalick11. Willie Le Roux
05. Will Skelton12. Kyle Eastmond
06. Steven Luatua13. George Pisi
07. Matt Kvesic14. Craig Gilroy
08. Louis Picamoles15. Nick Abendanon
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16. Ross Harrison 17. Tommy Taylor 18. Vasil Kakovin 19. Matt Garvey 20. Sam Cane 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Francois Steyn 23. Semesa Rokoduguni

We will play an expansive, high intensity offloading game looking to play in the wider channels and move this Tigers tight 5 around the park. Mobility, physicality and handling is key to our approach.

- 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. Barrett 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 (Barrett/Eastmond/Le Roux) 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 & Barrett. 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 Kvesic fetching for the ball, supported by the rest of the pack when needed. We will always look to turn the ball over.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by LukeLovesLuka on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 10:44 am

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Franks is banned I think Luke

Cheers hadn't spotted that.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 10:51 am

You've got Johnstone twice mate

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Post by LukeLovesLuka on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 11:09 am

Should be paying you really...

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Guest on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 7:03 pm

Pete I know you have been struggling for time so if you want to go with no tactics works fine for me. Just in from work and straight out coaching. Will get them in by midnight If you want tactics in.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 7:10 pm

I'm going to stick in some very minimal ones mate, I think everyone knows how I set up my team to play after 7 years to be honest. Laugh
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 10:06 pm

Team formatting and tactics done.
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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by ChequeredJersey on Thu 26 Feb 2015, 11:04 pm

Tactics- 

Breakdown: use Ward as a main fetcher chasing the ball, supported by Fearns and using our powerful back 5 forwards to clear out aggressively to ensure quick ball. On defensive ball, Ward and Fearns to look to disrupt but unless turnover is on, keep numbers out for defence.

Attack: move the ball around with our hard carrying pack, driving in units and looking to tire their pack. Use pop passes from 9 and 10 to our back row to crash ball, supported closely to create fast ball.

When ball is quick, FTH to attack the line with runners coming in at different angles from deep, looking to make space and pop into it for our tracking back 3 and our powerful back row when they have a more broken field to devastate.

Defence- blitz led by Horne, sweeping by 9, the back row looking to rough up their playmakers with big hits. Really aggressive and physical defence. Cueto and Pennell to cover for Nadolo's weakness off kick defence

Kicking- kick high for possession not territory, with Horne an extra pseudo winger on the chase. Look to use the crossfield in their 22. Take all points on offer

Scrum- look to press their front row especially late in the match where our tactics will aim to tire them

Lineout, keep it simple and maul it up, looking to commit their pack tacklers for moves ie off the inside of 10 

Subs- use as needed

In brief- aggressive rucking, aggressive tackling blitz, kick for possession, move about their pack and sap them, move the ball to our danger men in gaps
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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by BamBam on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 9:56 am

Pooly, I've just spotted while doing my tactics that Bradley Davies is in your team, he's on the bench for Wales against France..

If you change him now, no one will notice ...

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Fluxy on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 10:01 am

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 10:40 am

PREDICTIONS OPEN

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 1:24 pm

Thanks Bam, not seem teams this week.

Pierre onto bench if ok.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by dammit_chris on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 1:56 pm

London Welsh 27 - 31 London Irish
Close game up front, with very even packs and some good form from both sides - just prefer the Irish backline as it is very well balanced and a lot of attacking threat in conditions that will really suit the away team.

Exeter Chiefs 33 - 31 Bath
The conditions will really suit the home back, especially with the running ability of Szarzewski - see Chiefs getting an advantage from no2 and no8 in the pack and having three locks in the team is going to help with generating ball from the lineout. Bath have a fantastic backline and will get their 4 tries in great conditions, but feel Chiefs will secure that much better attacking ball for their own backline.

Leicester Tigers 28 - 26 Sale Sharks
Monster pack from the home side and can see them really doing well in terms of getting quick ball from lineouts as a lot of pressure on the away team. Not sure Matfield is as good in the loose now, but the Lobbe and Louw flanker combination is top rate. Sale edge the backline and have more spark there, especially with Eastmond recalled. Similar to above though in that the Tigers backs will get more attacking ball to win the game.

London Wasps 33 - 29 Gloucester
Scores would have been far closer but Cipriani is on the bench for England and that sees Burns called into the starting lineup and Gloucester down a man. Otherwise very even throughout the two sides, pack battle is great and both teams going out to attack - possibly the best two teams against each other during the 6Nations.

Saracens 28 - 29 Newcastle Falcons
Both teams set themselves out very well - similar to the game above but teams really struggle when they go a man down on the bench and Davies is in incredible form for Wasps in real life. The Sarries midfield looks untouchable and with the line breaks that Hughes makes they have a lot to play off. Getting hard to rate Slater for Falcons though. Back three of the away team will see them get a lot of points as well. If Davies had started would have been a home win.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Guest on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 2:19 pm

AAagh why did I miss Cipriani. Toomua to 10

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by prop_lyd on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:04 pm

Just come home to see thomas on England bench! If it's not too late then collier to start and jones onto bench. No worries if it is too late.
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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:27 pm

Passed the deadlines guys so will be one man short on the bench. Matt and Prop are also in breach of EQ limits because of it.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:44 pm

London Welsh 23-21 London Irish

Tight pack advantage to Welsh who can a little nudge on at scrum time and have plenty of power in the pack to give them front foot ball. Smith the quality back on show but Welsh set out well and will be tough to break down. Good win for Welsh.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by dammit_chris on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:52 pm

Didn't see that Thomas was in the England team - apologies CJ as it would have impacted on my predo, as generally give a 4 point sway against teams that don't have 23 players in their match day squad. Don't think I can change it now.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:54 pm

You can work away adjusting your prediction Chris if you see fit thumbsup

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Post by prop_lyd on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:58 pm

What time did engand name their team because bbc updated it at 2pm
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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 5:11 pm

First thing this morning Prop - http://www.englandrugby.com/news/goode-and-nowell-start-dublin/ - just after 9am from that article. Looks like Thomas wasn't released back to his club during the week either.

If that's the case SJE, then would change my predo by the 4 points in favour of a draw between the two teams (31-31), but not 100% if we've always done that. Otherwise a draw it is! Sorry Prop!!!

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Guest on Fri 27 Feb 2015, 9:23 pm

SirJohnnyEnglish wrote:Passed the deadlines guys so will be one man short on the bench. Matt and Prop are also in breach of EQ limits because of it.


So that's me prop and pooly losing points and then me and prop for EQ.

What a dunce lol

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 4:57 am

I'm not losing points, I'm just a man down. Not naming enough EQ is a different matter, a point deduction maybe?

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 6:36 am

Exeter 25-25 Bath

Not much in the front rows but Bath shade the line out. Bath a little more balanced in the backrow although prefer Messem at 6. Not much in the 10 battle but White shading it a 9 with some good form of late. Good centre battle and again in back 3 although prefer Exeter trio. Good tight game with edge to Bath but not enough for away win.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 6:40 am

Leicester 24-24 Sale

Really tight in the front 5's with a edge to Tigers in the line out but more around the park for Sale. Tigers stronger on flanks but Sale a step up a 8. 9's pretty close on current form but Sale better at 10/12. Tigers bit more in the back 3. Another really tight one that I can't separate.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Sixteen

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 6:47 am

Northampton 20-21 Quins

Another very tight front 5 battle with scrum edging to Quins. Quins backrow a step up at 7/8 and better as a unit although a good forward battle just going to Quins. Big step up at 9 and 10 also shading to Quins on current form. Saints take centres but Manu lacking form, not much in back 3's. Tight game, with better pack and half backs Quins kicking game will work against Saints backline who lack decent kickers.

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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Sat 28 Feb 2015, 6:13 pm

London Welsh 22-20 London Irish
Scrum: Can't see an edge either way to start off but Welsh will get at it later as Collier tires.
Lineout: Both sides should hold their own ball.
Breakdown: Slight edge to Irish see their back row getting through more work but won't dominate.
HB's: 1 a piece quality wise and not a lot between the combos form wise.
Attack: More in terms of carrying from the Welsh back row.
Defence: Nadolo/Agulla could be caught in behind. Fancy Pennell to have the beating of Fitz under the high ball as well.
Bench: Not an awful lot between the sides.
Tactics: Welsh with a very 'Irish' set up looking for the contestable kicking game and big defence. Irish looking to put the ball through the hands a bit more. Home advantage swings this.

Exeter Chiefs 25-22 Bath
Scrum: Bit more to Bath scrum wise and may draw the odd penalty.
Lineout: Both sides have enough to win their own ball.
Breakdown: Not an awful lot between the sides both should see decent ball. 
HB's: Bath edge 9 quality wise but form issues now for Du Preez
Attack: Not an awful lot between the sides overall. 
Defence: Bath back three could be targeted positionally.  
Bench: Sanchez gives something different at 10 but not much difference elsewhere.
Tactics: Chiefs looking to take advantage of the Bath back three while Bath looking for high tempo interchanging rugby. Pack battle even and see the Chiefs territorial approach seeing more joy.

London Wasps 26-23 Gloucester
Scrum: Scrum edge to Glaws and will draw the odd penalty.
Lineout: Both sides should do enough to win their own ball.
Breakdown: More from the Wasps back row here and can see BDP and the front 5 giving them more help.  
HB's: Half backs to Wasps. Carter lacking form. 
Attack: More about the Glaws back line overall plenty of power.
Defence: Yarde could be targetted positionally. 
Bench: Good impact for Glaws but lacking 10/centre cover and could see some defensive issues late on.
Tactics: Both sides looking to hold on to the ball with Glaws using their powerful backs and . Wasps looking for the offload to get in behind. Glaws get over the gain line more but the Wasps breakdown work sees their halfbacks with better ball. Tight game goes to home advantage.

Northampton Saints 16-16 Harlequins
Scrum: Can't see either side getting joy out of the scrum.
Lineout: Both sides should hold their own.
Breakdown: Quins front 5 gets through more work and see their back row getting on top at the breakdown.
HB's: One a piece but very tight in both shirts. 
Attack: Bit more power about the Saints back line.
Defence: Both Quins wingers could be caught out of position as could Nalaga.
Bench: Both Daly & Cooper could give some impact. 
Tactics: Quins looking to kick the leather off the ball and keep it in Saints half. Saints looking for high intensity rugby and big carries. Can see a messy game here with Saints having to play off a lot of slow ball and Quins looking to keep them deep. Quins set up perfectly and deserving of something from this game.  

Saracens 27-24 Newcastle
Scrum: Can't see either side getting an edge. 
Lineout: Bit more about Sarries and they may poach the odd ball.
Breakdown: Good battle here. More quality to the Falcons back row but more support from the Sarries midfield and front 5.
HB's: One a piece. Foley controls the game better from 10 on current form though.
Attack: More from Falcons in the wider channels but Sarries midfield gives some great go forward. 
Defence: Hopper could be targeted. 
Bench: Bit more about the Falcons pack. 
Tactics: Both sides keen to hold on to the ball. Foley uses his midfield well and Sarries pick up a good win.

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Sun 01 Mar 2015, 9:18 am

May be unable to predict this week, chaps. Can take the fine happily, will still try
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