Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

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Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Tue 05 May 2015, 3:18 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



Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons
Location - AJ Bell Stadium


Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Marcos Ayerza 09. Danny Care
02. Benjamin Kayser10. Johnny Sexton
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Brodie Retalick11. Simon Zebo
05. Dave Atwood12. Kyle Eastmond
06. Peter O'Mahony13. Jared Payne
07. Sam Cane 14. Willie Le Roux
08. Louis Picamoles15. Nick Abendanon
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16. Jack McGrath 17. David Paice 18. Martin Moore 19. Mario Itoje 20. Matt Kvesic 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Beauden Barrett 23. Semesa Rokoduguni

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.

- 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.

- 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. Payne 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 & Cane fetching for the ball, supported by the rest of the pack when needed. We will always look to turn the ball over.


Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam

01. Matt Mullan09. Rhys Webb
02. Rory Best10. Owen Farrell (k)
03. Carl Hayman
04. Ed Slater11. David Strettle
05. Geoff Parling12. Ian Madigan
06. Rhys Ruddock13. Jonathan Davies
07. Chris Henry14. Ben Smith
08. Kieran Read (c)15. Stuart Hogg
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16.Dane Coles 17.Vincent Debaty 18.Charlie Faumuina 19. Dom Barrow 20. Richie McCaw 21.Nick Phipps 22. Andy Goode 23. Charlie Sharples





Gloucester v London Irish
Location - Kingsholm


Gloucester
Manager – anonmattyt


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

Glos have a home game to really build on foundations for next year

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 etzbethStrauss Alberrts Have the physicality and the power to swamp their backrow.

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 farrell short on game time  Not having much form this season. We will look to flood this channel

Scrum- we will be looking to
Scrimmage hard with Wood and Mas for 50 minutes until bringing on the bench.

Lineout - with 5 jumpers we will look to threaten their 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. We have purposely gone with etzbeth  and Robson to really challenge here.

General - our forwards will be looking to get on front foot throughout with our abrasive ball carriers.
When on we will look to offload to try and get in behind. We
Have picked a backrow of Alberts Heaslip and Savea to bring carrying to the game and to profit off our dynamic front 5 who will carry heavily and put
Us in front foot.

Backs- overall with the expected platform we have our backs
Are there to exploit it. We have pace and power all over and in Toomua and cips we have 2 play makers to interchange as well as 2 kicking options. We will look to vary our play probe for Gaps. When needed we have hard runners to bosh it.
We have numerous players able to step in to first Receiver with toomua, Cips  Folau  May.This means we can be lethal from turnover ball and is something we will be looking for throughout

First of all backs need to put us in right positions so kicking is important. We have 3 kicking options in Perenara Cips Toomua and and see this is a huge plus point in comparison

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 glos have a bench that can chase a game or close one out.


 London Irish
Manager – Prop

01. Rhodri Jones09. Lee Dickson
02. Ross Batty10. Dan Biggar (k)
03. Ben Franks
04. Stuart Hooper (c)11. Horatio Agulla
05. Devin Toner12. Jamie Roberts
06. Jordan Taufua13. Conrad Smith
07. Sam Warburton14. Nick Cummins
08. Ben Morgan15. Brice Dulin
16. Ken Owens 17. Tom Smallbone 18. Henry Thomas 19. Tom Savage 20. Will Welch 21. Rory Kockett 22. Jules Plisson 23. Mark Bennett

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. We will look to target their props but if no parity then use for quick restart. With Toner and Hooper we have 2 great options to challenge their lineout.

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 Talfua (tackles), Warburton (jackles) and Morgan(carries). We know they are good on the floor so will look to prevent Sale from getting to the breakdown quickly and look to ship the ball. Taufua comes into the game in great form for the Crusaders

Half Backs: Biggar will stand flat initially to give Roberts and our runners the chance to get over the gainline. Dickson will control the tempo and slow the ball down if needed. We have all seen Biggar under the high ball so will use this weapon today. Smith willl marshall and play heads up rugby.

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 them guessing. Use the centre pairing to pull the strings with players who know each other well and international quality out wide. Looking to play an offloading game and get the ball to the wings.

Bench: International impact in all areas with Owens and Thomas bringing scrum impact, Welch and Savage will relish running at tired defences.  Quality in the backs with Kockott and Plisson looking to switch the play and up the tempo towards the end and Bennett to have a run out targetting  weak and scattered defence.

Defence: Strong defenders across the park will look at making the intiial big impact hit. We will target the centres are so will look to prevent them offloading the ball by double tackling them. We will look to blitz with Taufua in their 10’s face. 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 their carrying options and put pressure on their half back combination not letting them get the upper hand. We want quick ball so will look to play an offloading game. We will run Roberts down 10's channel and look to play a maximum of 3 phases before seeking territory.





Harlequins v Bath Rugby
Location - Twickenham Stoop


Harlequins
Manager – Steven_Sharks


1. Tony Woodcock
2. Schalk Brits
3. John Afoa
4. Bakkies Botha
5. George Kruis
6. Tom Wood
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Damien Chouly
9. Ruan Pienaar (k)
10. Colin Slade
11. Teddy Thomas
12. Robbie Henshaw
13. Jonathan Joseph
14. Jack Nowell
15. Rob Kearney

16. Rob Buchanan 17. Steven Kitchoff 18. Kieran Brookes 19. Nick Easter 20. Mamuka Gorgodze 21. Eric Escande 22. Steven Myler 23. Jan Serfontein

Tactics


look to play some fast paced rugby. Picked a mobile pack and an exciting back line to play a quick paced game looking to get our exciting runners into the game. Look for Slade to stand flat and attack spaces. Use JJ and Thomas out the back of Henshaw to get the into space. Blindside winger to come in looking for work.

In D pressurise Bath with a quick line speed and look to attack the breakdown with Wood, Brits and Hooper.


Bath Rugby
Manager – CJB

01. James Slipper09. Richard Wigglesworth
02. Mikey Haywood10. Charlie Hodgson
03. Ben Tameifuma
04. Luke Romano11. George North
05. Sam Whitelock 12. Christian Lealifano
06. Liam Messam13. Michele Campagnaro
07. Liam Gill14. Christian Wade
08. Toby Falateu 15. Liam Williams
16. Richard Hibbard 17. Richard Barrington 18. Scott Wilson 19. Graham Kitchener 20. Justin Tipuric 21. Fourie Du Preez 22. Damian De Allende 23. Alex Goode

Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby. Look to overwhelm Quins in the loose with big carries. High tempo offloading game looking to create space and break the defense. Attack the set piece. Try to get on top early and use the momentum. Also try and dominate the territory pinnigng QUins back

Scrum: Use the set piece to get quick ball to restart our attack. Ben Tameifuma will look to dominate Woodcock and interrupt the Quins scrum. Falateu will look to attack off the quick ball he gets

Lineout: We will look to switch up the lineup with Romano, Messam, Falateu and Whitelock options in the lineout. Whitelock 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. Target the inconsistent throwing of Schalk Brits and look to pick a few lineouts.

Breakdown: Look to generate quick ball for our backs to take advantage of. Falateu, Messam and Gill are adept at the breakdown. Only send numbers in if confident we can get the ball, otherwise look to set the defence and dare Quins to beat us.

Defence: Run a blitz defence. Get pressure on the halfbacks Wigglesworth to drift behind expecting kicks.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. Wiggles will set the tempo and play what he sees in front of him. Outside of him, Hodgson will play flat and use his creativity to bring in the back line and make plays. LLF is in great form and will similarly look to make plays. Outside of him we have Campagnaro and North as big bruisers who can run through anything whilst Wade and LLF can bring creative running. Williams/LLF/Hodgson can all play first receiver and will rotate in order to keep tempo up and look to play expansively.

The pack will also be involved when we have the ball for a prolonged period. We have strong carriers who excel in the loose. Look to get the ball in the hands of Slipper, Big Ben and Falateu in order to break the line and make yards. 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. Exploit the holes we create and look to tire out Quins which can help nullify their offensive threats.

Kicking: LLF will be our chosen place kicker. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. Sanchez and LLF will look to try and put territory on Quins. North will be our main chaser and we will look to rush up quickly penning QUins back.

Substitutes: Keep the tempo up





Northampton Saints v London Welsh
Location - Franklins Garden


 Northampton Saints
Manager – Dammit_Chris


1. Thomas Domingo
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Samu Manoa
5. Jonny Gray
6. Schalk Burger
7. Chris Robshaw (c)
8. Billy Vunipola
9. Joe Simpson
10. Matt Giteau
11. Julian Savea
12. Weslie Fofana
13. Manu Tuilagi
14. Napaloni Nalaga
15. James Hook (k)

Subs:
16. Rob Webber 17. Mako Vunipola 18. Logi Mulipola 19. Joe Launchbury 20. Sam Burgess 21. Cobus Reinarch 22. George Ford 23. Elliot Daly

Overall Gameplan: Conditions allow us to play at a high tempo, with an emphasis on making the most of our mobile, physical pack with strong strike runners in the backline to win the gainline battle and provide our halfbacks with a platform to attack London Welsh and put the backs into space to score tries. After a bruising cup final we've made a lot of changes to the starting XV for the game.

Key Points:
* Look to play a lot of open attacking rugby in our final home game of the season, to put the away teams defence under pressure and getting the ball to our back three.
* Pack has 6 players who did not start last weeks final and Hartley and Burger will be subbed off early in 2nd half to ensure we keep a fresh set of forwards.
* Impact bench to finish the final quarter very strongly. Backline subs all picked for their ability to up the tempo and score tries.
* Confidence up after winning the European Cup.

Pack: We've selected a mobile pack that has a high work rate and strong defensively, particularly our second row pairing. Recalling six forwards ensures we have a very fresh pack to play at a high tempo throughout the 80mins. We have a lot of strong ball carriers that will aim to get us over the gainline and provide good attacking ball.

Setpiece: We will look to use the scrum as a platform for Vunipola to launch attacks, while we use the lineout to generate quick ball for our back line to attack. Defensively we will attack the away teams lineout, but in our own half set up defensively to prevent any driving mauls, where we feel Welsh are particularly dangerous.

Attack: Picking Giteau at no10 sets out our intention to attack and play an expansive, high-tempo game. We want to get our strike runners on the ball and into space. We've selected two powerful wingers to ensure we have a lot of physicality and will use Tuilagi to suck in defenders and create space.  

Kicking/Territory: In potentially our final home game of the season we are going to keep the ball in hand and put less emphasis on kicking, but with Simpson, Giteau and Hook we have three players who are able to put us in the right area of the pitch if we need to clear our lines, or want to push Welsh back territorially.

Breakdown: We have a mobile pack that can allow us to get numbers to the breakdown, with our ball carriers we can get forward momentum that can help us secure our own ball. In defence we will not overcommit, but will look at bringing a lot of physicality in this area with Manoa and Burger supporting Robshaw looking for turnovers.

Defence: Will play a physical rush defence, aiming to put pressure on FTD with Manoa targeting big hits. Will play our usual aggressive blitz defence and will aim to give Welsh key decision makers very little time on the ball. Simpson to sweep in behind the defensive line.





 London Welsh
Manager – CJ

01. Kilcoyne 09. Spencer
02. Ward10. Trinh Duc
03. Botha
04. Gilchrist11. Nadolo
05. Ryan12. Godwin
06. Johnson13. Lowe
07. Barclay14. Horne
08. Vito15. Pennell
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16. Catt, 17. Rees, 18. Tomaszczyk,  19. Skivington, 20. Fearns, 21. Kerr Barlow, 22. David, 23. Mogg





Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
Location - Allianz Park


Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Alex Waller09. Morgan Parra
02. Keven Mealamu10. Bernard Foley
03. Dan Cole
04. Brad Davies11. Juan Imhoff
05. Flip van der Merwe12. Sonny Bill Williams
06. Callum Clark13. Malakai Fekitoa
07. Thierry Dusatoir(c)14. Chris Ashton
08. Nathan Hughes15. Scott Spedding
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16. Jamie George 17. Nick Auterac 18. Tom Francis 19. Sam Carter 20. Dave Denton 21. Francois Hougaard 22. Pat Lambie 23. Matt Tait

TACTICS:



Exeter Chiefs Chief

Manager – Fluxy

01. Cian Healy09. Connor Murray
02. Jack Yeandle10. Camille Lopez
03. Mike Ross
04. Patrick Tuipulotu11. Tom Varndell
05. Paul O'Connell (c)12. Brad Barritt
06. Sean O'Brien13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
07. James Haskell14. Cory Jane
08. Fritz Lee15. James O'Conoor
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16. Sean Cronin 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley 19. Tomás Lavanini 20. Luke Wallace 21. Chris Cook 22. Alex Losowski 23. Andrew Trimble





London Wasps v Leicester Tigers
Location - Ricoh Arena



Wasps
Manager: Ozzy3213  
                 
01. Joe Marler09. Ben Youngs
02. Bismarck du Plessis10. Aaron Cruden
03. Ben Alexander
04. Romain Millo-Chluski11. Tim Nanai-Williams
05. Alun-Wyn Jones ©12. Ma'a Nonu
06. Marcell Coetzee13. Samu Kerevi
07. Fulgence Ouedraogo14. Marland Yarde
08. Jerome Kaino15. Anthony Watson
Reps: 16. Tom Youngs 17. Scott Sio  18. David Wilson 19. Sebastien Vahaamahina 20. Rynhardt Elstadt 21. Aaron Smith 22. Henry Slade 23. Delon Armitage

Basic Game Plan
In good conditions we will be looking to play a possession based, fast offloading game, keeping the ball alive moving the Tigers defence around. 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 boot of Cruden 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.  Youngs 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.  Defensively, we will compete where it's on, look to disrupt Moore's throw with AWJ jumping at the front, but in the main will be looking to take the reciever, man and ball as he lands and avoid him being able to set a maul.
  • Scrum.  Get low.  Alexander and Marler to keep low and both flankers to stay bound and pushing and look to really get below the Tigers props and force an advantage.  If we get going forward, mix up between forcing the penalty and getting the ball out quickly and into play against a retreating defensive line.
  • Breakdown.  When we carry into contact, if we are taken to ground, we will flood the breakdown.  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 want to keep the ball alive as much as possible.   If the ball is slow and Tigers are blitzing we will also utilise the pick and go, with the aim of keeping the blitz honest and forcing them slowly onto the back foot before going wider out.  Youngs 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 the corners and contest the opposition lineout.

Key Points

  • Home Advantage  We are now into the run in, and in big games, away wins are as rare as hens teeth.
  • World Class Spine  In those key jerseys, 2,8,9,10 we have world class players who are all arguably the best in their position in the world.  In big games, when things get tight, those guys can be the difference between winning and losing.



Leicester Tigers
Manager – LukeLovesLuka

01. Alex Corbisiero09. Kahn Fotuali'i
02. Stephen Moore (c)       10. Freddie Burns (k)
03. Owen Franks
04. Nathan Hines11. Rene Ranger
05. Victor Matfield12. Dan Bowden
06. JMF Lobbe13. Mathieu Bastareaud
07. Francois Louw14. Drew Mitchell
08. Thomas Waldrom15. Mike Brown
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16. Agustin Creevy 17. Gethin Jenkins 18. Cencus Johnston 19. Kearnan Myall 20. Jacques Burger 21. Micky Young 22. Billy Twelvetrees 23. Ugo Monye


Key points:

Mentally and physically tired
Wasps are coming off the back of an exhausting final that went to extra time. 11 of their starters and 7 of their subs were involved in the draining final last week.

Focus on set piece and pack advantage
We are putting our key focus on the forwards. Huge pressure in the set piece in particular where we believe we can really get on top of Wasps. No real lineout leader in their side and a front row with form issues. Burns is exceptional with front foot ball.

Three go-to carriers plus a huge XV
We will look to three big carriers in Bastareaud, Waldrom and Moore, and look to support them with a huge pack and powerful back line to tire Wasps defence down as much as possible.


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 to look to steal and really give opposition problems.

- Attack all scrums if an advantage - Front row of Franks, Moore and Corbs to look to really get the shove on. Target if we start to get upper hand.

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

- Look to win battle at the breakdown - Lobbe and Lobbe, supported by the likes of Bastearaud, to really look to get into the breakdown and give the opposition 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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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Tue 05 May 2015, 3:20 pm

Conditions will be up tonight some stage. Team sheet deadlines won't be enforced this week due to the lateness of the thread.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 05 May 2015, 5:53 pm

Bloody Exeter again

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 06 May 2015, 9:50 am

Having played all 100 minutes in last weeks European Champions Cup Final, forwards Matt Symons, Steffon Armitage and Duane Vermeulen are all rested this week as Wasps return to Aviva Premiership action at home to Leicester Tigers.  

Wasps
Manager: Ozzy3213  
                 
01. Joe Marler09. Ben Youngs
02. Bismarck du Plessis10. Aaron Cruden
03. Ben Alexander
04. Romain Millo-Chluski11. Tim Nanai-Williams
05. Alun-Wyn Jones ©12. Ma'a Nonu
06. Marcell Coetzee13. Samu Kerevi
07. Fulgence Ouedraogo14. Marland Yarde
08. Jerome Kaino15. Anthony Watson
Reps: 16. Tom Youngs 17. Scott Sio  18. David Wilson 19. Sebastien Vahaamahina 20. Rynhardt Elstadt 21. Aaron Smith 22. Henry Slade 23. Delon Armitage

Basic Game Plan
In good conditions we will be looking to play a possession based, fast offloading game, keeping the ball alive moving the Tigers defence around. 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 boot of Cruden 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.  Youngs 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.  Defensively, we will compete where it's on, look to disrupt Moore's throw with AWJ jumping at the front, but in the main will be looking to take the reciever, man and ball as he lands and avoid him being able to set a maul.
  • Scrum.  Get low.  Alexander and Marler to keep low and both flankers to stay bound and pushing and look to really get below the Tigers props and force an advantage.  If we get going forward, mix up between forcing the penalty and getting the ball out quickly and into play against a retreating defensive line.
  • Breakdown.  When we carry into contact, if we are taken to ground, we will flood the breakdown.  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 want to keep the ball alive as much as possible.   If the ball is slow and Tigers are blitzing we will also utilise the pick and go, with the aim of keeping the blitz honest and forcing them slowly onto the back foot before going wider out.  Youngs 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 the corners and contest the opposition lineout.

Key Points

  • Home Advantage  We are now into the run in, and in big games, away wins are as rare as hens teeth.
  • World Class Spine  In those key jerseys, 2,8,9,10 we have world class players who are all arguably the best in their position in the world.  In big games, when things get tight, those guys can be the difference between winning and losing.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by LukeLovesLuka on Wed 06 May 2015, 11:51 am

Leicester Tigers
Manager – LukeLovesLuka

01. Alex Corbisiero09. Kahn Fotuali'i
02. Stephen Moore (c)       10. Freddie Burns (k)
03. Owen Franks
04. Nathan Hines11. Rene Ranger
05. Victor Matfield12. Dan Bowden
06. JMF Lobbe13. Mathieu Bastareaud
07. Francois Louw14. Drew Mitchell
08. Thomas Waldrom15. Mike Brown
.
16. Agustin Creevy 17. Gethin Jenkins 18. Cencus Johnston 19. Kearnan Myall 20. Jacques Burger 21. Micky Young 22. Billy Twelvetrees 23. Ugo Monye


Key points:

Mentally and physically tired
Wasps are coming off the back of an exhausting final that went to extra time. 11 of their starters and 7 of their subs were involved in the draining final last week.

Focus on set piece and pack advantage
We are putting our key focus on the forwards. Huge pressure in the set piece in particular where we believe we can really get on top of Wasps. No real lineout leader in their side and a front row with form issues. Burns is exceptional with front foot ball.

Three go-to carriers plus a huge XV
We will look to three big carriers in Bastareaud, Waldrom and Moore, and look to support them with a huge pack and powerful back line to tire Wasps defence down as much as possible.


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 to look to steal and really give opposition problems.

- Attack all scrums if an advantage - Front row of Franks, Moore and Corbs to look to really get the shove on. Target if we start to get upper hand.

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

- Look to win battle at the breakdown - Lobbe and Lobbe, supported by the likes of Bastearaud, to really look to get into the breakdown and give the opposition 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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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 06 May 2015, 7:07 pm

Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Alex Waller09. Morgan Parra
02. Keven Mealamu10. Bernard Foley
03. Dan Cole
04. Brad Davies11. Juan Imhoff
05. Flip van der Merwe12. Sonny Bill Williams
06. Callum Clark13. Malakai Fekitoa
07. Thierry Dusatoir(c)14. Chris Ashton
08. Nathan Hughes15. Scott Spedding
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16. Jamie George 17. Nick Auterac 18. Tom Francis 19. Sam Carter 20. Dave Denton 21. Francois Hougaard 22. Pat Lambie 23. Matt Tait

TACTICS:

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Steven_Sharks on Wed 06 May 2015, 7:26 pm

1. Tony Woodcock
2. Schalk Brits
3. John Afoa
4. Bakkies Botha
5. George Kruis
6. Tom Wood
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Damien Chouly
9. Ruan Pienaar (k)
10. Colin Slade
11. Teddy Thomas
12. Robbie Henshaw
13. Jonathan Joseph
14. Jack Nowell
15. Rob Kearney

16. Rob Buchanan 17. Steven Kitchoff 18. Kieran Brookes 19. Nick Easter 20. Mamuka Gorgodze 21. Eric Escande 22. Steven Myler 23. Jan Serfontein

Tactics


look to play some fast paced rugby. Picked a mobile pack and an exciting back line to play a quick paced game looking to get our exciting runners into the game. Look for Slade to stand flat and attack spaces. Use JJ and Thomas out the back of Henshaw to get the into space. Blindside winger to come in looking for work.

In D pressurise Bath with a quick line speed and look to attack the breakdown with Wood, Brits and Hooper.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by ChequeredJersey on Thu 07 May 2015, 12:11 am

 London Welsh
Manager – CJ








01. Kilcoyne 


09. Spencer


02. Ward


10. Trinh Duc


03. Botha





04. Gilchrist


11. Nadolo


05. Ryan


12. Godwin


06. Johnson


13. Lowe


07. Barclay


14. Horne


08. Vito


15. Pennell


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16. Catt, 17. Rees, 18. Tomaszczyk,  19. Skivington, 20. Fearns, 21. Kerr Barlow, 22. David, 23. Mogg

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by CJB on Thu 07 May 2015, 12:39 pm

Sorry SJE and Steve my iPhone and iPad have chosen the same week to break and I have had no laptop for months. May struggle to predict

Bath Rugby
Manager – CJB
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01. James Slipper09. Richard Wigglesworth
02. Mikey Haywood10. Charlie Hodgson
03. Ben Tameifuma
04. Luke Romano11. George North
05. Sam Whitelock 12. Christian Lealifano
06. Liam Messam13. Michele Campagnaro
07. Liam Gill14. Christian Wade
08. Toby Falateu 15. Liam Williams
16. Richard Hibbard 17. Richard Barrington 18. Scott Wilson 19. Graham Kitchener 20. Justin Tipuric 21. Fourie Du Preez 22. Damian De Allende 23. Alex Goode

Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby. Look to overwhelm Quins in the loose with big carries. High tempo offloading game looking to create space and break the defense. Attack the set piece. Try to get on top early and use the momentum. Also try and dominate the territory pinnigng QUins back

Scrum: Use the set piece to get quick ball to restart our attack. Ben Tameifuma will look to dominate Woodcock and interrupt the Quins scrum. Falateu will look to attack off the quick ball he gets

Lineout: We will look to switch up the lineup with Romano, Messam, Falateu and Whitelock options in the lineout. Whitelock 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. Target the inconsistent throwing of Schalk Brits and look to pick a few lineouts.

Breakdown: Look to generate quick ball for our backs to take advantage of. Falateu, Messam and Gill are adept at the breakdown. Only send numbers in if confident we can get the ball, otherwise look to set the defence and dare Quins to beat us.

Defence: Run a blitz defence. Get pressure on the halfbacks Wigglesworth to drift behind expecting kicks.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. Wiggles will set the tempo and play what he sees in front of him. Outside of him, Hodgson will play flat and use his creativity to bring in the back line and make plays. LLF is in great form and will similarly look to make plays. Outside of him we have Campagnaro and North as big bruisers who can run through anything whilst Wade and LLF can bring creative running. Williams/LLF/Hodgson can all play first receiver and will rotate in order to keep tempo up and look to play expansively.

The pack will also be involved when we have the ball for a prolonged period. We have strong carriers who excel in the loose. Look to get the ball in the hands of Slipper, Big Ben and Falateu in order to break the line and make yards. 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. Exploit the holes we create and look to tire out Quins which can help nullify their offensive threats.

Kicking: LLF will be our chosen place kicker. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. Sanchez and LLF will look to try and put territory on Quins. North will be our main chaser and we will look to rush up quickly penning QUins back.

Substitutes: Keep the tempo up

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by BamBam on Thu 07 May 2015, 1:56 pm

Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam


01. Matt Mullan09. Rhys Webb
02. Rory Best10. Owen Farrell (k)
03. Carl Hayman
04. Ed Slater11. David Strettle
05. Geoff Parling12. Ian Madigan
06. Rhys Ruddock13. Jonathan Davies
07. Chris Henry14. Ben Smith
08. Kieran Read (c)15. Stuart Hogg
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16.Dane Coles 17.Vincent Debaty 18.Charlie Faumuina 19. Dom Barrow 20. Richie McCaw 21.Nick Phipps 22. Andy Goode 23. Charlie Sharples

Set piece

Look to put pressure on the hooker in the scrum and see if he pops up, if not then use as a restart. In the line out, Parling to call with Slater and Read as options. Look to get after their line out as we think they lack a real middle jumper, so jump with Parling at the front and force them to go long where we can try and pick it off.

Breakdown - Ruddock, Henry and Best are used to playing together in internationals and have looked strong at the ruck, backed up by Read. All our front 5 have a high work rate to help clear their flankers off the ball. Henry/Read primary role is to help us win the breakdown today, if we get turnovers in their territory we run the ball instantly.

Kicking - half backs supported by Malian, JD2, Smith and Hogg to give us plenty of kicking options, with JD adding a left footed option. We want to play in their half but will play heads up and if it's on from our 22 we'll run it instead. Look to use high balls and get Smith and Hogg chasing to win it back. Use the chip to get behind their midfield rush

Attack - Option of using Madigan to play the 2 sided attack in their half, with Hogg and Smith able to step into first receiver as pure running threats to take on the line. Get JD2 running the crash ball off first phase into the 12 channel and see if he can get over the gain line against Eastmond. If Sexton or Payne are covering him, use the inside or outside ball into their channels to keep us moving forwards. The front 5 to lead our carrying around the fringes to tie in their back row

Defence - no weak links in the back line, JD2 to lead the midfield defence and rush when he thinks it's on, otherwise play a drift to avoid Eastmond beating us with his quick feet

Bench - 4 big ball carrying forwards, McCaw to come on and help us win the pack battle. Phipps to snipe and help us increase the tempo late on and pure pace in Sharples


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by prop_lyd on Thu 07 May 2015, 7:47 pm

 London Irish
Manager – Prop

01. Rhodri Jones09. Lee Dickson
02. Ross Batty10. Dan Biggar (k)
03. Ben Franks
04. Stuart Hooper (c)11. Horatio Agulla
05. Devin Toner12. Jamie Roberts
06. Jordan Taufua13. Conrad Smith
07. Sam Warburton14. Nick Cummins
08. Ben Morgan15. Brice Dulin
16. Ken Owens 17. Tom Smallbone 18. Henry Thomas 19. Tom Savage 20. Will Welch 21. Rory Kockett 22. Jules Plisson 23. Mark Bennett

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. We will look to target their props but if no parity then use for quick restart. With Toner and Hooper we have 2 great options to challenge their lineout.

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 Talfua (tackles), Warburton (jackles) and Morgan(carries). We know they are good on the floor so will look to prevent Sale from getting to the breakdown quickly and look to ship the ball. Taufua comes into the game in great form for the Crusaders

Half Backs: Biggar will stand flat initially to give Roberts and our runners the chance to get over the gainline. Dickson will control the tempo and slow the ball down if needed. We have all seen Biggar under the high ball so will use this weapon today. Smith willl marshall and play heads up rugby.

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 them guessing. Use the centre pairing to pull the strings with players who know each other well and international quality out wide. Looking to play an offloading game and get the ball to the wings.

Bench: International impact in all areas with Owens and Thomas bringing scrum impact, Welch and Savage will relish running at tired defences.  Quality in the backs with Kockott and Plisson looking to switch the play and up the tempo towards the end and Bennett to have a run out targetting  weak and scattered defence.

Defence: Strong defenders across the park will look at making the intiial big impact hit. We will target the centres are so will look to prevent them offloading the ball by double tackling them. We will look to blitz with Taufua in their 10’s face. 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 their carrying options and put pressure on their half back combination not letting them get the upper hand. We want quick ball so will look to play an offloading game. We will run Roberts down 10's channel and look to play a maximum of 3 phases before seeking territory.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 07 May 2015, 8:00 pm

Flux, do you want to go without tactics?

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 07 May 2015, 8:11 pm

Struggling to get tactics in tonight, will try to do so in the morning. Failing that we'll be playing our usual possession based offloading game with a blitz defence.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Fluxy on Thu 07 May 2015, 10:48 pm

Exeter Chiefs Chief

Manager – Fluxy

01. Cian Healy09. Connor Murray
02. Jack Yeandle10. Camille Lopez
03. Mike Ross
04. Patrick Tuipulotu11. Tom Varndell
05. Paul O'Connell (c)12. Brad Barritt
06. Sean O'Brien13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
07. James Haskell14. Cory Jane
08. Fritz Lee15. James O'Conoor
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16. Sean Cronin 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley 19. Tomás Lavanini 20. Luke Wallace 21. Chris Cook 22. Alex Losowski 23. Andrew Trimble

Pooly happy with no tactics if you are? I've been pushed for time this week!

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by BamBam on Fri 08 May 2015, 6:26 am

Tactics once I see the sale team..

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 08 May 2015, 9:37 am

Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Marcos Ayerza 09. Danny Care
02. Benjamin Kayser10. Johnny Sexton
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Brodie Retalick11. Simon Zebo
05. Dave Atwood12. Kyle Eastmond
06. Peter O'Mahony13. Jared Payne
07. Sam Cane 14. Willie Le Roux
08. Louis Picamoles15. Nick Abendanon
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16. Jack McGrath 17. David Paice 18. Martin Moore 19. Mario Itoje 20. Matt Kvesic 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Beauden Barrett 23. Semesa Rokoduguni

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.

- 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.

- 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. Payne 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.

- Cover the midfield. Cane has been instructed to defend the 12 channel with Eastmond, specifically looking to stop offloads and get over the ball at the breakdown preventing any Falcons momentum.

- Target the breakdown. Committed to the breakdown with POM & Cane 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 Twenty-One

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 08 May 2015, 9:40 am

Gloucester
Manager – anonmattyt


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

Glos have a home game to really build on foundations for next year

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 etzbethStrauss Alberrts Have the physicality and the power to swamp their backrow.

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 farrell short on game time  Not having much form this season. We will look to flood this channel

Scrum- we will be looking to
Scrimmage hard with Wood and Mas for 50 minutes until bringing on the bench.

Lineout - with 5 jumpers we will look to threaten their 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. We have purposely gone with etzbeth  and Robson to really challenge here.

General - our forwards will be looking to get on front foot throughout with our abrasive ball carriers.
When on we will look to offload to try and get in behind. We
Have picked a backrow of Alberts Heaslip and Savea to bring carrying to the game and to profit off our dynamic front 5 who will carry heavily and put
Us in front foot.

Backs- overall with the expected platform we have our backs
Are there to exploit it. We have pace and power all over and in Toomua and cips we have 2 play makers to interchange as well as 2 kicking options. We will look to vary our play probe for Gaps. When needed we have hard runners to bosh it.
We have numerous players able to step in to first Receiver with toomua, Cips  Folau  May.This means we can be lethal from turnover ball and is something we will be looking for throughout

First of all backs need to put us in right positions so kicking is important. We have 3 kicking options in Perenara Cips Toomua and and see this is a huge plus point in comparison

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 glos have a bench that can chase a game or close one out.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 08 May 2015, 10:09 am

Will be on at lunch time to add in tactics for anyone still working on them thumbsup

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 08 May 2015, 1:32 pm

Just a quick one Bam reading your tactics. Ruddock and Henry have played together once before internationally Wink

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by dammit_chris on Fri 08 May 2015, 1:41 pm

Had a few issues with posting tactics for some reason, hopefully these will come through though.

Northampton Saints

Overall Gameplan: Conditions allow us to play at a high tempo, with an emphasis on making the most of our mobile, physical pack with strong strike runners in the backline to win the gainline battle and provide our halfbacks with a platform to attack London Welsh and put the backs into space to score tries. After a bruising cup final we've made a lot of changes to the starting XV for the game.

Key Points:
* Look to play a lot of open attacking rugby in our final home game of the season, to put the away teams defence under pressure and getting the ball to our back three.
* Pack has 6 players who did not start last weeks final and Hartley and Burger will be subbed off early in 2nd half to ensure we keep a fresh set of forwards.
* Impact bench to finish the final quarter very strongly. Backline subs all picked for their ability to up the tempo and score tries.
* Confidence up after winning the European Cup.

Pack: We've selected a mobile pack that has a high work rate and strong defensively, particularly our second row pairing. Recalling six forwards ensures we have a very fresh pack to play at a high tempo throughout the 80mins. We have a lot of strong ball carriers that will aim to get us over the gainline and provide good attacking ball.

Setpiece: We will look to use the scrum as a platform for Vunipola to launch attacks, while we use the lineout to generate quick ball for our back line to attack. Defensively we will attack the away teams lineout, but in our own half set up defensively to prevent any driving mauls, where we feel Welsh are particularly dangerous.

Attack: Picking Giteau at no10 sets out our intention to attack and play an expansive, high-tempo game. We want to get our strike runners on the ball and into space. We've selected two powerful wingers to ensure we have a lot of physicality and will use Tuilagi to suck in defenders and create space.

Kicking/Territory: In potentially our final home game of the season we are going to keep the ball in hand and put less emphasis on kicking, but with Simpson, Giteau and Hook we have three players who are able to put us in the right area of the pitch if we need to clear our lines, or want to push Welsh back territorially.

Breakdown: We have a mobile pack that can allow us to get numbers to the breakdown, with our ball carriers we can get forward momentum that can help us secure our own ball. In defence we will not overcommit, but will look at bringing a lot of physicality in this area with Manoa and Burger supporting Robshaw looking for turnovers.

Defence: Will play a physical rush defence, aiming to put pressure on FTD with Manoa targeting big hits. Will play our usual aggressive blitz defence and will aim to give Welsh key decision makers very little time on the ball. Simpson to sweep in behind the defensive line.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by BamBam on Fri 08 May 2015, 2:37 pm

SirJohnnyEnglish wrote:Just a quick one Bam reading your tactics. Ruddock and Henry have played together once before internationally Wink

Haha, fair enough, I was sure they played a fair bit in Schmidt's first 6N, maybe I'm getting confused with POM

They've trained together and both have played with Best then!

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 10 May 2015, 12:26 pm

Sale 26-24 Falcons

Sale could get a bit of a push on in the scrum but line out will be pretty even. with a bit more work around the park for the Sale pairing. A little more on the flanks for the Sale trio with Read taking the 8's. Sale stronger at halfback and one a piece in the centres. Good contest in the back 3's. Decent impact from both benches in a tight game, home advantge and a slightly better pack/half backs give Sale the edge.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 10 May 2015, 12:29 pm

Harlequins 24-24 Bath

Quins with the better front row but think Bath have slight line out edge and better backrow on show. Not too much in the half backs with one a piece in the centres and tight in 2 good back 3 units. Bath with an edge bar the front row but not enough to overcome home advantage.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 10 May 2015, 12:45 pm

Northampton 25-21 Welsh

Saints with a general pack advanatge with set pieces close but more around the park for Saints. Step up in the backrow and one a piece in the half backs. Tuilagi a bit too hard to rate which evens up the centres a bit and not much in the back 3's with Savea the standout. Saints enough to win.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 10 May 2015, 12:51 pm

Wasps 20-21 Leicester

Tigers with a scrum and lineout advantage with Wasps locks offering a bit more around the park. Tigers flanks better but Kaino slightly better t 8 although not his best position. One a piece in the centres with Nonu the standout but Basteraud playing some good stuff at the minute. Tigers probably shade the back 3 by a whisker. Very tight game but I think Tigers just have enough in this one after a tough week for Wasps.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by dammit_chris on Sun 10 May 2015, 8:16 pm

Sale 23-22 Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester 28-27 London Irish
Harlequins 27-26 Bath
Saracens 23-23 Exeter Chiefs
Wasps 26-26 Leicester Tigers

Sorry no time for explanations, some scores would have been more if tactics in, teams who played in finals can sometimes have a knock back the week after, but both Sarries and Wasps at home so see that as enough to avoid the loss.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Steven_Sharks on Sun 10 May 2015, 8:41 pm

Sale 26 - 23 Newcastle
Gloucester 23 - 22 London Irish
Saints 29 28 London Welsh
Saracens 24 24 Exeter
Wasps 23 - 22 Leicester


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by LukeLovesLuka on Sun 10 May 2015, 8:52 pm

Sale 27 - 26 Newcastle
Gloucester 23 - 22 Irish
Quins 26 - 26 Bath
Saints 28 - 27 London Welsh
Saracens 23 - 22 Exeter

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by prop_lyd on Sun 10 May 2015, 9:17 pm

Sale 25-24 falcons
Quins 26-25 bath
Saints 28-27 welsh
Sarries 25-24 chiefs
Wasps 25-25 tigers

I'm away on tour from Thursday till late Sunday so wont be able to predict next weekend unless its still open on Monday.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Fluxy on Sun 10 May 2015, 9:18 pm

Sale Sharks 25 - 23 Newcastle Falcons

Sharks are more solid up front with their heavy front five setting a good platform for their back row. Falcons a lot more proficient around the park and in the loose, but Sharks can put Falcons on the back foot slightly. Sharks have a really attack minded back line and can see them creating a heap of opportunities. Falcons are a little more conservative, but I really like their back three which will create something from nothing. Both sides struggle for form in some positions, but Sale have enough to secure the home win.

Gloucester Rugby 32 - 30 London Irish

Glaws will nudge the scrum against Irish, but Irish are much more adept at the line out. I like the Irish back row, with each lad bringing the archetypal role to their respective position. Glaws are perhaps a bit more physical and lack the breakdown nous of Irish. Tj and Cips is probably one of my favourite combinations at the minute and will be the centre of anything good for the cherry & whites. However Dickson and in particular Biggar are in good nick and will put Roberts and Smith in some positions to wreak havoc. both back threes our dangerous, Irish rely on guile and trickery whereas Glaws have electric pace and agility on their side. This one is close but there is just a bit more spark in the Gloucester back line which will bear fruit and sneak them the victory on their home patch.

Harlequins 28 - 25 Bath Rugby

Quins have a very solid set piece, with Bath matching them in this aspect. It's quite hard to seperate the back rows, as Quins are a very energetic unit, but there is a much more physical pack out the paddock in Bath shirts. Two very attack minded back lines being guided around by some relatively controlling halfbacks, allows both sides to fair chances to attack. Quins will create the opportunities through their pack and creative midfield. Bath have the ability to create something out of nothing to keep the Quins defence on their toes. As a result the differing factor between both of these good sides is the reliable boot of Pienaar to kick Quins to victory.

Northampton Saints 38 - 31 London Welsh

Saints are much rotated, and have a lot of quality despite the rotation. I rate the Welsh back row and they will really get in the face of the Saints pack and hurt their momentum. Saints will have a solid platform for their back line to score some good tries. For me Welsh have a back line much like Bath that will create some magic from nowhere. With the likes of Nadolo, Trinh-Duc and Lowe in particular coming to the fore. Tough time for Welsh but Saints run out clear winners.

Wasps 29 - 28 Leicester Tigers

Tie of the round this week. Wasps much rotated despite some world class guys on shows, are a little on the back foot in comparison to the experienced and big Tigers pack. This allows the tigers to feed their back line a strong supply of clean possession. However the Wasps back line is much sharper overall for me and keeps things close. In such a tight game the kicking seperates the sides and Cruden/Slade are more accurate than the boots of Burns and 36, with Wasps just nicking the win.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Ozzy3213 on Sun 10 May 2015, 9:19 pm

Sale Sharks 24 Newcastle Falcons 23
Gloucester 23 London Irish 22
Harlequins 26 Bath Rugby 25
Northampton Saints 23 London Welsh 22
Saracens 22 Exeter Chiefs 23

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by BamBam on Mon 11 May 2015, 9:28 am


Gloucester 22 London Irish 21
Harlequins 26 Bath Rugby 25
Northampton Saints 23 London Welsh 22
Saracens 24 Exeter Chiefs 23
Wasps 29 - 28 Leicester Tigers

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 11 May 2015, 4:21 pm

In SJE's absence...

RESULTS

Sale Sharks 29 (T:3 C:1 P:4)
Newcastle Falcons 24 (T:3 C:3 P:1)

Gloucester 28 (T:3 C:2 P:3)
London Irish 24 (T:3 C:3 P:1)

Harlequins 29 (T:3 C:1 P:4)
Bath Rugby 25 (T:3 C:2 P:2)

Northampton Saints 31 (T4 C:4 P1)
London Welsh 25 (T:3 C:2 P:2)

Saracens 25 (T:3 C:2 P:2)
Exeter Chiefs 24 (T:3 C:3 P:1)

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


I'll get this weeks match thread up shortly so that deadlines can be stuck to for the final round.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by dammit_chris on Mon 11 May 2015, 4:43 pm

Going to be very tight at the top, especially as they are all away games! Luke how about a bribe to play your youth team??

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 11 May 2015, 4:52 pm

Tight all over, top, middle and bottom. Champions Cup place still to fight for and relegation not decided.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round Twenty-One

Post by Fluxy on Mon 11 May 2015, 5:33 pm

Can we wait for SJE's results, he normally gives me wins Wink  Run

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