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Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by LondonTiger on Thu 07 Jan 2016, 12:14 pm

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Table

Team
--P--
--W--
--D--
--BP--
Points
Saracens
8
8
0
4
36
Exeter
8
6
0
6
30
Harlequins
8
5
1
5
27
Leicester
8
6
0
1
25
Northampton
8
4
0
5
21
Gloucester
8
4
1
2
20
Sale Sharks
8
3
1
3
17
Bath
8
3
0
4
16
Wasps
8
3
0
3
15
Worcester
8
2
0
4
12
Newcastle
8
1
1
0
6
London Irish
8
1
0
0
4
Fixtures

Fri 8th Jan 16

19:45 Bath Rugby Bath P - P Sale Sharks
Postponed to allow Bath to travel to Toulon.


Sat 9th Jan 16

15:00 Exeter Chiefs  v   Gloucester Rugby
Both sides have growing injury lists, but at home Chiefs should have too much and maintain their place at second in the table.

15:00 Harlequins  v   Saracens
Common wisdom is that Quins are incapable of beating Saracens. common wisdom is that they will struggle up front and then run into blind alleys. Common wisdom states that Saracens are too clinical, too ruthless and just too awesome for a fragile Harlequins.
Well Love sacks to common wisdom. Quins are tougher up front this year and should conditions be dry have easily enough to run the famed Sarries defence ragged, especially if McCall decides to conhcentrate on next weeks visit from Ulster. Will it be dry though?

15:15 Leicester Tigers  v   Northampton Saints BT Sport
Saints are in the poorest form I have seen since the relegation season - yet win at their old rivals and they will be in the Top 4! Will Mallinder decide to come with his strongest team, or will he be looking ahead to the Glasgow fixture next week? To be honest I am not sure the visitors can afford to worry about next week, they have to win this weekend in front of what will be the biggest ever crowd at Welford Road. Saints will be ruing the injury to Brookes, but will be certain they can get scrummage control - though it is possible that young Paul hill may learn a lesson or two from Marcos Ayerza. Saints will look to replicate the Sarries template from last week, take the scrum penalties, kick to the cornes and maul like crazy. They have shown little creative ability otherwise this season - but may well be looking for a Penalty Try TBP.
This game is free to air, for any interested.

Sun 10th Jan 16

13:00 London Irish  v   Newcastle Falcons BT Sport
Huge game for both clubs, but even more so for the hosts. They cannot afford to lose but can their half backs give them the control they need? Newcastle will look to dominate at scrum time, but have to improve at the lineout if they are to secure a vital away win. In their favour, the lineout is an area that LI have really struggled in. LI will be looking to take advantage of what has been at times a porous defence and certainly have some speedy backs who could prosper.


14:00 Wasps  v   Worcester Warriors
Wasps have looked like Gods in the ECC, but like dogs at times in the AP. Gopperth has had his one good display of the season and shoudl be dispensed with. Simpson needs to regain his earlier form. Most of all though they need hughes and Smith to be fit.
Wuss will fight for everything and never give up. If Wasps are not on top form they could prosper.


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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 3:55 pm

Sad to o. Williams off

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by yappysnap on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 3:55 pm

Quins somehow leading 15-14 at HT. I am freaking out. Massive half of rugby to come!

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 3:55 pm

Think we'll play too loose with burns at 10

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 3:56 pm

nathan wrote:Sad to o. Williams off


Poor chap, rate him a lot

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 3:57 pm

lovely contrast of styles in the Quins-Sarries game, really enjoying it Very Happy

didn't like that cheap shot by Horwill though, really hope Kruis is OK, took a long time to get him off and he looked out cold...

Tigers slaughtering Saints, but have lost O'Conner and Williams to injury. Shame as Youngs and Williams were really running the show.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Rugby Fan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:00 pm

What's the story behind the Saints v Leicester match so far?

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:01 pm

couple of soft penalties given away by Leicester and all of a sudden Saints have a line-out five metres from the tryline. They duly drive over, and get a lifeline back into the game.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:01 pm

Pfffft, silly by tigers

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:02 pm

Rugby Fan wrote:What's the story behind the Saints v Leicester match so far?
Been one way traffic until saints drive over. We've lost Owen williams and o'conner

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:08 pm

Saints coming back into it, 21 -10
Harrison with the try, maul from a 5m lineout

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by WELL-PAST-IT on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:10 pm

Williams was a bad one, head in completely the wrong place, i.e. on Lawes' knee.

Tigers made sure Gibson had a good welcome back, he is off as well

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:18 pm

Hmm think Farrell might be a bit fortunate to get away with that, did look like the legs were lifted above horizontal? Don't think there was any intent, but would have thought at least a penalty... Good subsequent turnover from Vunipola though.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:19 pm

Suspected broken jaw for Williams, bloody hell

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:20 pm

Surprised with that, technically probably a card. Evans taken a knock :/

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:22 pm

And now if Evans comes off we are doomed. Also, an unfair penalty for "offside". Hmmm

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:22 pm

WELL-PAST-IT wrote:Williams was a bad one, head in completely the wrong place, i.e. on Lawes' knee.

Tigers made sure Gibson had a good welcome back, he is off as well
Gibsons is still on isn't he?

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:23 pm

Frak sake, that's pathetic

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:24 pm

WE've lost this match now

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:24 pm

Are we unable to kick

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:25 pm

Poor handling from Youngs, how are Saints in this??

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:25 pm

Botica is not premiership class

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:25 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Poor handling from Youngs, how are Saints in this??
It was burns who tried to scoop it up, but he did straight into norths hands

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:27 pm

It was Youngs who dropped it wasn't it??

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:27 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:It was Youngs who dropped it wasn't it??
Didn't drop it,was knocked out of his hands

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:28 pm

Fantastic turnover from Harrison, he's some prospect.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:28 pm

nathan wrote:
Sgt_Pooly wrote:It was Youngs who dropped it wasn't it??
Didn't drop it,was knocked out of his hands

So he lost it in possesion, poor hands either way as I said.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:29 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:
nathan wrote:
Sgt_Pooly wrote:It was Youngs who dropped it wasn't it??
Didn't drop it,was knocked out of his hands

So he lost it in possesion, poor hands either way as I said.
Yeah fine, no need to be a man sausage about it

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:29 pm

Hmm again. Think the right decision was made, though you could also argue a tackle without the ball on George (I think), before the obstruction by Wray. BUT, how long should refs come back to when checking that sort of thing?

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:31 pm

How I am being a man sausage whatever that is? I said poor hands from Youngs and you picked me up on it?!?

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:34 pm

Despite what I said, great play to make the ball dead and then great kick by Botica!

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:34 pm

No high tackle for me

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:35 pm

Not a high tackle....Outstanding from Hill

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:36 pm

Hmm, perhaps from that angle. I don't know

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Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:36 pm

Manu!

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:36 pm

Actually, that probably should have been a 22 not scrum up the field. Lucky break for Quins, though given Farrell's luck I don't feel that bad. Sarries lead 18-23

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Chunky Norwich on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:37 pm

Tremendous game of rugby this.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by mckay1402 on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:37 pm

Not high.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:38 pm

I think that's a bad call from Barnes, it was hardly even a tackle and not that high. Poor Hill, got to feel for him.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:38 pm

Yellow for Du Plessis, probably lucky. Hmmm

EDIT: it was Lowe as well, poor Lowe, he has had serious neck injury before

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:41 pm

Red now. Don't like pressuring the ref or overturning cards, Sarries can be rightly miffed at that, though not the decision

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:42 pm

Great turnover from Youngs, great technique. He could teach some of our 7's a thing or two

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:43 pm

Don't think Sarries can have too many complaints TBH, clear red card for me. Though they could argue that Horwill should have gone in the first half...

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:44 pm

This will be a try, we can't defend close lineouts

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:47 pm

Spoke too soon on Cole.

I've been impressed with Harrison, Haywood and Hill for Saints.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:48 pm

Mad for Chelsea wrote:Don't think Sarries can have too many complaints TBH, clear red card for me. Though they could argue that Horwill should have gone in the first half...

They will.

Quins leading now 24-23, Saracens a man down, COYQ!!!!

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:48 pm

It's raining then...

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:49 pm

Never a turnover for Croft, hands firmly on the deck. Lucky for Tigers there.

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:51 pm

I don't think I've ever said this, but I don't think this weather is going suit us

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:53 pm

What the hell, how was that try allowed?

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Re: Aviva Premiership - Round 9

Post by nathan on Sat 09 Jan 2016, 4:53 pm

Great day for Gibson

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