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  Welcome to this seasons thread for talking about all things London Irish. 

Senior Squad (39)

Technical Director: Brendan Venter
Director of Rugby: Nick Kennedy
Assistant Coach: Clark Laidlaw
Forwards Coach: George Skivington
Defence Coach: Declan Danaher
Skills Coach: Paul Hodgson

Hooker: David Paice, Gerard Ellis, David Porecki, Jason Harris-Wright, Todd Gleave (dual registered with Rosslyn Park).
Prop: Tom Court, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Tom Smallbone, Ben Franks, Richard Palframan, Ollie Hoskins.
Second Row: Sebastien de Chaves, Jerry Sexton, Jebb Sinclair, George Robson, Will Lloyd.
Back Row: Blair Cowan, Ofisa Treviranus, Luke Narraway, Connor Gilsenen, Joe Trayfoot, Mike Coman, Max Northcote-Green, Senitiki Nayalo.
Scrum Half: Brendan McKibbin, Scott Steele, Darren Allinson (on loan to Bath).
Fly Half: Greig Tonks, Tommy Bell, Theo Brophy-Clews.
Centre: Johnny Williams, Fergus Mulchrone, Ciaran Hearn, Tom Fowlie
Back Three: Topsy Ojo, Alex Lewington, Aseli Tikoirotuama, James Marshall, Ben Ransom


Senior Academy Squad (12)

Hooker: Matt Kouris (dual registered with Esher)
Prop: Harry Elrington (dual registered with Rosslyn Park), Austin Hay (Academy Plus)
Back Row: Isaac Curtis-Harris (dual registered with Esher), Jack Cooke (Academy Plus)
Scrum Half: Conor Murphy, Rory Brand (dual registered with Rosslyn Park)
Fly Half: Tom Parton
Centre: Ross Neal, Matt Williams
Wing: Joe Cokanasiga, Jacob Atkins


Fixture List

Date Time Opponents H/A Venue Competition Result Scorers 







Sat 13th Aug15:00 HarlequinsAThe Stoop FriendlyW 28-12 T: Cowan, Neal, Nayolo, Atkins  C: Bell 3, Tonks.
Fri 19th Aug19:30NottinghamHHazelwood FriendlyW 43-14
Fri 26th Aug19:30Loughborough StudentsHHazelwoodFriendlyW 46-21
Sat 3rd Sep15:00Doncaster KnightsHMadStadChampionship W 19-0T: Fowlie, Tikoroituma  P: Bell 3.
Sat 10th Sep15:00RichmondHMadStadChampionshipW 36-12T: Paice, Cowan 2, Ellis, McKibbin, Elrington. C: Bell 3.
Sat 17th Sep15:00Bedford BluesAGoldington RoadChampionshipW 30-23T: Franks, Williams, Ojo, Northcote-Green. C: Bell 2. P: Bell 2.
Sun 25th Sep15:00Ealing TrailfindersHMadStadChampionshipW 32-12T: Ransom, Trayfoot, Marshall, Steele C:Bell, Marshall 2 P:Bell 2.
Fri 30th Sep19:45NottinghamALadyBay SportsChampionshipW 29-7T: Steele Tikoroituma Northcote-Green Mulchrone C:Bell 3 P:Bell. 
Sat 8th Oct15:00London WelshHMadStadChampionshipW 35-12T: Mulchrone, Paice, de Chaves, McKibbin. C: Bell. 3 P: Bell 3.
Sat 15th Oct15:00Ospreys Prem SelectAThe GnollB & I CupW 25-14T: Neal, Ransom, Nayalo, Palframan.  C: Tonks.  P: Tonks.
Sat 22nd Oct15:00Connacht EaglesHMadStadB & I CupW 34-3T: Elrington, Hoskins, Harris-Wright, Parton, Cokanasiga.  C: Tonks 3 P: Tonks.
Sat 29th Oct15:00London ScottishARAGChampionshipW 62-12T: Paice, McKibbin, Cokanasiga, Bell 2, Tikoirotuma, Steele, Cowan C: Bell 8, P: Bell 2.
Sat 5th Nov15:00Yorkshire CarnegieHMadStadChampionshipW 41-17T: Ransom 2, Tikoirotuma, Marshall 2. C: Bell 5. P: Bell 2.
Sat 19th Nov13:00Cornish PiratesAMennaye FieldChampionshipW 35-24T: Ransom 2, Franks 2, Northcote-Green  C: Marshall 2.  P: Tonks 2.
Sun 27th Nov15:00Jersey RedsHMadStadChampionshipW 42-29T: Ransom, Paice 2, Palframan, Fowlie  C: Bell 4  P: Bell 2  DG: Bell.
Sat 3rd Dec14:00Rotherham TitansAClifton LaneChampionshipW 38-10T: Cokanasiga 2, Bell 2, Steele.  C: Bell 5  P: Bell.
Sun 11th Dec15:00Cornish PiratesHMadStadB & I CupW 33-24T: Atkins, Gilsenan, Porecki, Nayalo, M.Williams.  C: Tonks 4.
Sat 17th Dec14:30Cornish PiratesAMennaye FieldB & I Cup
Sat 24th Dec
15:00
Richmond
A
RAG
Championship


Sat 31st Dec
15:00
Bedford Blues
H
MadStad
Championship


13/14/15 Jan

Connacht Eagles
A

B & I Cup


Sat 21st Jan
15:00
Ospreys Prem Select
H
MadStad
B & I Cup


Sat 28th Jan
15:00
Ealing Trailfinders
A
Vallis Way
Championship


Sun 5th Feb
14:00
Nottingham
H
MadStad
Championship


Sat 18th Feb
14:00
London Welsh
A
Old Deer Park
Championship


Sat 25th Feb
15:00
London Scottish
H
MadStad
Championship


Sun 5th Mar
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie
A
Headingley
Championship


Sat 18th Mar
14:00
Cornish Pirates
H
MadStad
Championship


Sat 25th Mar
14:00
Jersey Reds
A
St Peter
Championship


Sat 8th Apr
15:00
Rotherham Titans
H
MadStad
Championship


Sat 15th Apr
15:00
Doncaster Knights
A
Castle Park
Championship

Season Preview

Well it's been an interesting summer in the aftermath of relegation.  It was clear from the outset that we would lose some players and would have to cut our cloth accordingly.  Initially it appeared that Tom Coventry was staying, but a late u-turn from him meant a new coaching set up was required.  New coaches, loss of big names, new players to integrate, sounds like a recipe for disaster, and we've certainly been there many times over the past few years.  This however, does not feel like that at all.  Perhaps it's because we are a league down, but there is real optimism around, primarily because of those things.  The holy trinity of Nick Kennedy, Declan Danaher and Paul Hodgson have been promoted to the first team after overseeing a successful academy season last year, and have Brendan Venter overseeing them as technical director.  This is exciting.  A proven winner overseeing a young, hungry and exciting coaching team.  On the playing side, the main losses being Matt Symons and Sean Maitland are more than offset by the likes of George Robson, James Marshall and Tommy Bell coming in.  If anything it feels as if we may have a stronger squad this year than we've had for the past 4 or 5.

Two games into pre season and things look positive.  Comfortably beating an admittedly understrength Quins, and a high scoring win against Nottingham have given plenty of optimism for the season ahead.  There were still defensive lapses, which will need to be ironed out, but barring complacency or an absolute stinker in terms of form, we should have more than enough to comfortably make the dreaded play offs, where it then becomes a test of mental strength rather than ability.



Ozzy'sprediction: Champions


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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Heaf on Sun 06 Nov 2016, 10:51 pm

not being picky but I count 6 Wink

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Margin_Walker on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 12:28 am

So do I now you mention it....

Counting never was my strong suit.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 07 Nov 2016, 9:50 am

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/live-london-irish-yorkshire-carnegie/#

Full match available to watch.
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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by LondonTiger on Thu 17 Nov 2016, 5:23 pm

Ozzy3213 wrote:http://www.englandrugby.com/news/live-london-irish-yorkshire-carnegie/#

Full match available to watch.

George Robson banned for 6 weeks for a bit of bag snatching in this game.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ecksile on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 10:44 am

Enjoyed the game yesterday down at the Mennaye. Wasn't the prettiest but it was still 5 points. I have to say Irish looked to be in control throughout, even though Pirates continued to press to the end.

Poor conditions for a lot of the game (reminded me of my Summer holidays when I was little) which I guess contributed to the handling errors we were seeing.

We seem to have developed the habit of getting a 4th try then taking feet off the pedal, just like previous years. If we make it back to the Aviva, we know we'll get severely punished for this. Hate to see those tries coming in the last 10 minutes.

I don't want to seem like I'm singling out one individual, but getting increasingly concerned about Gerard Ellis. We saw more wayward throws from him when he came on. Comes across that he's looking a little lacking in confidence. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks to the Cornish folk, some great banter, hope we can see them coming up to us.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 12:07 pm

Ecksile wrote:Enjoyed the game yesterday down at the Mennaye. Wasn't the prettiest but it was still 5 points. I have to say Irish looked to be in control throughout, even though Pirates continued to press to the end.

Poor conditions for a lot of the game (reminded me of my Summer holidays when I was little) which I guess contributed to the handling errors we were seeing.

We seem to have developed the habit of getting a 4th try then taking feet off the pedal, just like previous years. If we make it back to the Aviva, we know we'll get severely punished for this. Hate to see those tries coming in the last 10 minutes.

I don't want to seem like I'm singling out one individual, but getting increasingly concerned about Gerard Ellis. We saw more wayward throws from him when he came on. Comes across that he's looking a little lacking in confidence. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks to the Cornish folk, some great banter, hope we can see them coming up to us.

Wasn't at the game yesterday, but Ellis definitely is a concern. Against Yorkshire he did his basics well, but he effectively cost us 14 points with the intercept and the failure to pass when 5 metres out. He is a good player, but sadly I just don't think he is going to cut it as a hooker. Although I was originally a fan of his move into the front row, I wonder whether in hindsight we should have looked to develop him as a Steff style openside. In either case, I wouldn't be surprised if this was his last season.

Although I can't comment on the performance yesterday, I have to be satisfied with a 5 point away win. Pirates may be languishing in mid table, but I think they are one of the better equipped sides to spring a surprise on us. In addition, we were missing a few players who I think would have made us stronger yesterday. I know we tend to give away points towards the end of games, but I don't think there are many sides in the world who don't let things slip slightly once they have secured the 5 points. I think in addition (and as mentioned above with the Ellis comments) our back up front row quite clearly isn't as strong as our first choice. We are probably ok at loose head with the return of Smallbone and Hobbs-Awoyemi for next season, but at tight head I am not so sure. I had high hopes for Palframan, but I am not sure he is the player he was before his long term injury. Hoskins looks good in the loose, but again not so sure about his scrummaging. It is why I definitely wouldn't be adverse to signing Du Plessis for a season to back up Franks, even if he will be 37 by that point. I think we are clearly looking to decrease the average age of the squad, but there are a few roles where we might have to bolster with a few experienced heads and the front five is definitely one of those. Onwards and upwards anyway. 2 more reasonably tough fixtures and then a break for the B&I Cup.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 11:33 am

Their is certainly a drop off when we replace the front row at the moment.  Loosehead I am not too concerned about as like you've said we have Smallbone and Hobbs-Awoyemi to come back, but hooker and tighthead are potential issues.  

Ellis really needs to up his game.  I think at some point he needs to be given a run of starts and he sinks or swims.  We need to know if he's worth keeping if we go back up.  Likewise we need Porecki fit so we can evaluate where he's at.

Palframan for some reason appears not to be trusted.  He looked excellent two years ago but just doesn't seem to have kicked on.  Hoskins I'm prepared to give some time to so we can see if he can improve his scrummaging, but certainly I would be keen that we do get someone like Petrus du Plessis in for next season if we go up.
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Post by Margin_Walker on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 4:14 pm

Agree with all of that. Real pain to have Smallbone and Hobbs-Awoyemi injured at the same time, which is probably resulting in Court getting flogged a lot more than we may have expected in what will likely be his final season. Hopefully Porecki turns out to be decent as we are going to have to stop being a one decent hooker team at some point.

All good fun though. On the plus side it's good to see Ransom doing so well. Seems to be really benefiting from the regular game time and switch to the wing. Think he'll be a decent asset next season if we do go up along with Cokanasiga and Lewington. That's assuming Ransom is on more than a one year deal.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 4:32 pm

I know Ransom was initially on a deal to the end of this season, but I'd like to think he's earned an extensiom with his performances so far.
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Post by Margin_Walker on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 4:35 pm

He's certainly earned an extension and expect he'll re-sign.

Always a slight danger someone else will take an interest though until he's signed on the dotted line.

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Post by stnick88 on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 5:17 pm

Hopefully he will.

Before Sarries signed Fenby, they tried to get Ransom back but he didn't want to and wanted to stay with Irish which is encouraging.


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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 6:29 pm

That's very encouraging.
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 10:38 pm

Will be interesting to see what changes we make for this week. Topsy went off injured so may not be available, and I'd like to see Bell back in as I always feel more assured we'll be ok with his reliable boot out there. Id like to see...

15. Bell
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12. Williams
11. Ransom
10. Marshall
9. Steele

1. Court
2. Ellis
3. Palframan
4. De Chaves
5. Lloyd
6. Gilsenan
7. Northcote-Green
8. Nayalo

16. Harris-Wright
17. Elrington
18. Hoskins
19. Sexton
20. Cowan
21. McKibbin
22. Neal
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Post by SirBurger on Mon 21 Nov 2016, 11:44 pm

Is Paice injured again or was his return a one off? Otherwise happy enough with that side. Nayalo due a start.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 12:09 am

Not injured as far as I know, I'd just like to see what the other hookers can do.
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Post by stnick88 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 9:35 am

I'd be happy to see that side put out.

Paice nose break against Scottish was a very bad one apparently.

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Post by Ecksile on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 5:11 pm

Ozzy3213 wrote:Not injured as far as I know, I'd just like to see what the other hookers can do.

That's the problem isn't it? We know exactly what they can do and it's not great!

From what I've been reading, Jersey are beset with injuries so will that affect our choices?

Surely Franks will get to play again this weekend? If he's not in the squad this weekend and he's unlikely to play in the B & I games then that's a month between competitive matches. To my severely limited rugby brain, sounds like a long time.

Is Tiks tied up with the Japan game or is he available to us?

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 9:59 pm

Ecksile, to be fair Harris-Wrght has had limited game time but has looked ok and we've not seen Porecki yet.  Ellis is an enigma.  He looks as if he has all the attributes to be a cracking player, but just isn't clicking.  I'd like to see him get a sustained run to see if that makes a difference as his starts at hooker have been pretty sporadic.
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 12:26 pm

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 6:18 pm



Good to see our youngsters doing well at their loan clubs.
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Post by Margin_Walker on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 7:31 pm

Saw that earlier. Brand and Parton both looking sharp, Brand especially given it's a slightly higher level in ND1. Notice he didn't play at the weekend, so hopefully he's not injured.


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Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 24 Nov 2016, 10:59 am

Hopefully not.  I'd quite like to see Brand and Murphy get the 9 and 21 jerseys for the B&I cup games.
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Post by SirBurger on Thu 24 Nov 2016, 11:27 am

Going back to the Ellis discussion, I really think he has had enough chances now. Harris-Wright looks like the better player to me. Hopefully the rumours of Fainga'a from a few pages ago come to fruition. That would be a very good signing to compete properly with Paice. Something we haven't really had since the Coetzee days.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 24 Nov 2016, 11:51 am

Harris-Wright is decent enough.  His set piece work is usually pretty solid and he works hard in defence.  Where he is not as strong as Ellis is in the carrying department.  I'm keen to see what Porecki can do.  Hopefully he is fit now and will get a little run of games, as Paicey has had to play a lot of minutes so far this season.
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 1:23 pm

Teams up...

15 Greig Tonks, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Tom Fowlie, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Ben Ransom, 10 Tommy Bell, 9 Scott Steele; 
1 Tom Court, 2 David Paice (c), 3 Richard Palframan, 4 Will Lloyd, 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 Max Northcote-Green, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Senitiki Nayalo 

Replacements: 16 Gerard Ellis, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Mike Coman, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Fergus Mulchrone


That's a ridiculously strong bench at Championship level.  I feel for the loosehead if he's not been subbed by the time Franksy comes on!
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Post by SirBurger on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 2:19 pm

Very good bench all over and 11-14 look very potent. Hopefully they can get some ball as I don't think Bell is quite as creative as Marshall at first receiver. However, it is great to see the rotation. Palframan at 3 needs to go very well. Nayalo from the start in a Champ game will also be good to see. I suspect they are wanting to give him as much game time as possible as his form is likely to influence our recruitment in the back row.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 5:03 pm

Yeah Palf definitely needs to step up.  He looked like a good prospect a couple of seasons back but hasn't quite kicked on.  This year is a big opportunity for him to do so.  

I know it's early to be thinking about next year, but if we go up we definitely need another back rower in my opinion, and that's if Nayalo makes the grade.  If he doesn't then I think we'll need a couple as for me Trayfoot and Naz won't cut it in the Premiership next year.
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Post by SirBurger on Sat 26 Nov 2016, 1:14 pm

Ozzy3213 wrote:Yeah Palf definitely needs to step up.  He looked like a good prospect a couple of seasons back but hasn't quite kicked on.  This year is a big opportunity for him to do so.  

I know it's early to be thinking about next year, but if we go up we definitely need another back rower in my opinion, and that's if Nayalo makes the grade.  If he doesn't then I think we'll need a couple as for me Trayfoot and Naz won't cut it in the Premiership next year.

Yes, we definitely need at least one back rower, but quite possibly two if Nayalo doesn't make the step up. Treviranus and Cowan are proven Premiership entities and I think Northcote-Green has shown enough promise to prove he can hack it at that level. Coman is a solid option with a great work-rate as is Gilsenan. The others I am less sure on. Nayalo and Curtis-Harris both fall into the promising category and we will want at least one of them to be competing next season if we aren't going to have to recruit at least two new faces in that area.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 27 Nov 2016, 4:24 pm

Well a bonus point win but very scrappy - some defensive lapses and a daft kick gave Jersey soft tries but the most notable thing was the total ineptitude of the officials - that really has to be one of the worst officiated games I've seen, and that's saying something.  For example, Jersey could have stood next to our SH at the rucks and still not be called offside ...

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Post by Ecksile on Sun 27 Nov 2016, 5:03 pm

Absolutely agree with the above. Our defence was considerably poorer than before, can't imagine Mr Danaher being happy with that. When the subs came on I thought the scrum would be stronger, it wasn't, worsened if anything.

Overwhelming thought though was James Marshall, where are you? Sorely missed.

But 5 points it was. A win is a win is a win.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:29 am

Wasn't at the game yesterday, had to make to with the radio commentary, and then chats with a number of people who were there.  General consensus was that Jersey came to rough us up and we put in our poorest performance of the season.

Two points out of that.  

1. Teams are going to come with niggle as they are not actually going to legally out muscle us, nor are they going to beat us with skill.  We need to get used to it.

2. Niggle I can accept, but there appears to have been an eye gouge on Mike Coman yesterday which hopefully we will be citing the player for.  That is unacceptable and taking 'niggle' to far.
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Post by stnick88 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 9:24 am

It was a really sloppy performance. we always seemed in relative control and looked like we could step up if need be, but it shouldn't have to be like that. Cowan had another good game and Nayolo was busy but his carrying wasn't overly effective in comparison to Trev. The scrum took a pasting which is worrying, even with Franks on. Lloyd for me isn't good enough. is invisible in the loose and his only real asset is the lineout and we didn't even use him that much. Bell was solid, his kicking to touch is so impressive. Tonks was poor and the cross kick in our own 22 which went straight to them was a shocking bit of play.

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Post by Heaf on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 10:38 am

The scrum seems to be an issue in quite a few games which is both worrying and surprising.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 10:49 am

I haven't seen the game yesterday so can't comment on how the scrum went then, but over the course of the season so far, we have been alright in the scrum when Court, Paice and Franks have been together with de Chaves and Robson behind them, but once the replacements have come on there has been a marked drop off.  Smallbone and Hobbs-Awoyemi will shore up the loosehead side once they're fit, but hooker and tighthead are slightly concerning.  Fortunately I believe this has already been addressed with recruitment for next season.
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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 11:28 am

Interesting comments on Nayalo. Obviously it is early days and I haven't seen lots of him, but I am not convinced he is going to be the answer. He looks to be a bit loose and lacks a bit of the punch which we need. Fingers crossed though.

Front row is a concern. An injury to Paice or Franks for the play-offs would be a huge concern.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Heaf on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 11:39 am

Nayalo certainly showed some pace to get back to save a potential try but I didn't notice much else

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Post by stnick88 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 11:48 am

yes that was impressive especially so late on in the game.

he didn't disappoint yesterday but he needs a run of games to get used to the league. he offered himself as a carrier regularly but didn't quite have the same power as Trev does to make good yards.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 11:49 am

Trev and Nayalo are very different players.  Trev is a heavy carrier and very effective in traffic.  Nayalo is better in the slightly wider areas and when the game gets a bit loose.  At the moment he looks a better impact sub when the game breaks up than he does as a starter.
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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Heaf on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 12:03 pm

yes I'd certainly say he deserves some more time to make a mark

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 12:04 pm

given the current make up of our pack, we need a heavy traffic carrier which is why Trev is always going to be our first choice 8 this season.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 12:05 pm

Indeed.  Trev is our best carrier in the tight areas by quite some distance.
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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 12:22 pm

I'm told we picked up a few knocks yesterday, so will be interesting to see what sort of side we put out against Rotherham at the weekend.  I think we need to go with our best possible side, lay down another marker with a really solid performance (particularly in defence), and then let the fringe/young lads have a lash in the B&I Cup for the couple of weekends after.
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Post by stnick88 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 12:26 pm

Agreed. De Chaves will definitely come back in I imagine to beef up the pack. As will Franks. I imagine Marshall back to 10 as well and Bell to 15.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 12:33 pm

Agree with all of that.  Also Fergus to shore up the midfield defence and Trev to provide go forward.  I'd go..

Bell
Ransom
Mulchrone
Williams
Tikoirotuma
Marshall
McKibbin

Court
Paice
Franks
Sexton
De Chaves
Coman
Cowan
Treviranus

Harris-Wright, Elrington, Palframan, Lloyd, Nayalo, Steele, Fowlie.

That said I'm told Ransom took a heavy bang to the ribs and was in some discomfort after the game so not sure if he will be available or not.
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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Heaf on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 1:58 pm

That would probably be from the cynical and late tackle he was on the receiving end of - another thing missed (or worse ignored) by the officials ...

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ecksile on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 5:33 pm

Sorry to go off at a tangent but in the first 8 Championship games we had just 95 points scored against us.

In the last 2 we have had 53 points against us.

Any particular reasons? Our defence certainly even appears more leaky, just has not had the structure as at the start of the season.

Thoughts please......

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 5:43 pm

been a lot of rotation in the team and I think a bit of complacency has set in recently.

The Jersey 3rd try yesterday sums it up. Tonks trying a cross field kick in his own 22 which goes straight to their winger to score. we would never be trying that in a tight game.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 9:03 pm

stnick88 wrote:been a lot of rotation in the team and I think a bit of complacency has set in recently.

The Jersey 3rd try yesterday sums it up. Tonks trying a cross field kick in his own 22 which goes straight to their winger to score. we would never be trying that in a tight game.

My interpretation is that the start of the season had all been geared towards the top of the table clash against Yorkshire. Having won that game quite easily it is only natural that complacency has set in. I think we need to get to New Year remaining unbeaten and then set ourselves a new target game to build towards.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Tue 29 Nov 2016, 9:56 am

to be honest we should go the whole season unbeaten.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 12:06 pm

London Irish: 
15 Tommy Bell, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Fergus Mulchrone, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Tom Fowlie, 10 James Marshall, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 1 Tom Court*, 2 David Paice (c)*, 3 Ben Franks*, 4 Jerry Sexton, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 6 Mike Coman, 7 Blair Cowan*, 8 Ofisa Treviranus*
Replacements: 16 Gerard Ellis, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Will Lloyd, 20 Senitiki Nayalo, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Ciaran Hearn*


Strong team we're sending up to Rotherham this weekend.  I'd say in terms of the starting XV that's our best side with the exception of Robson, Tiks and Ransom (or Lewi once he's fit).
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