Ospreys 16/17 season thread

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Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Wed 13 Jul 2016, 8:36 pm

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Rugby Management and Squad for 16/17
Head Coach Steve Tandy
Backs Gruff Rees
Forwards Chris Gibbes
Defence Brad Davis
Backs.
Dan Evans 3,     Jeff Hassler 2,     Dafydd Howells 2,     Ashley Beck 2,     Owen Watkin 3,     Kieron Fonotia 2,    Ben John 2,     Tom Habberfield 3,     Rhys Webb NDC 3?,     Dan Biggar NDC 3,     Eli Walker 1,     Josh Matavesi 2,     Tom Grabham 1,      Brendon Leonard 2,     Sam Davies 1,      Hanno Dirksen 1, Keelan Giles 3   
Forwards.
Olly Cracknell 2,     Lloyd Ashley3,     Bradley Davies NDC 3,      Joe Bearman 1,     Gareth Thomas 3,     Hugh Gustafson 2,     Adam Beard 3,     Scott Otten 3,     AWJ NDC 3,     Dan Baker NDC 3,     Rory Thornton NDC 3,     Scott Baldwin NDC 3,     James King NDC 2,     Ma'afu Fia 2,     Nicky Smith 3,     Dmitri Arhip 2,     Justin Tipuric 4,     Sam Parry 2,     Tyler Ardron 1,     Paul James 2,     Dan Suter 1,    Rhodri Jones 2, and Sam Underhill 2 but on permit from Bridgend RFC.
Fixture list for 16/17    
2/9   Zebre                                         H                        Guinness                   W 59-5
10/9 Connacht                                    A                        Guinness                   W 32-11
17/9 Treviso                                       H                         Guinness                   W 64-10
23/9 Leinster                                      A                         Guinness                   L  19-31  
1/10 Ulster                                        A                          Guinness                   L  7-9
7/10 Blues                                         H                          Guinness                   W  46-24
14/15/16 London I                              H                           BIC                          L  14-25
14/10 Newcastle Falcons                      H                          RCC2                       W  45-0
21/22/23 Cornish Pirates                       A                           BIC                          L  5-41
22/10 Lyon Olympique                          A                          RCC2                       W  31-13
29/10 NGD                                        H                            W                         W   35-15    
4/11 Munster                                    A                           Guinness
11/11 Harlequins                               TBC                        AWC
18/11 Blues                                      A                           AWC
25/11 Glasgow W                               A                          Guinness
2/12 Edinburgh                                  H                          Guinness
9/10/11-12 Connacht                         TBC                       BIC
16/17/18-12 Connacht                        TBC                       BIC
27/12 Scarlets                                   H                          Guinness
1/1 NGD                                           A                           Guinness
6/7/8-1 Connacht                              H                           Guinness
13/14/15-1 Cornish P                         TBC                        BIC
21/1 London I                                   TBC                        BIC
28/1 Bristol                                      TBC                        AWC
5/2 Wasps                                        A                           AWC
10/11/12-2 Zebre                              A                           Guinness
17/18/19-2 Munster                           H                           Guinness
24/25/26-2 Glasgow W                       H                            Guinness
3/4/5-3 Edinburgh                             A                            Guinness
24/25/26-3 Treviso                            A                            Guinness
7/8/9-4 Leinster                                H                            Guinness
15/4 Blues                                        A                            Guinness
28/29/30-4 Ulster                              H                            Guinness
6/5 Scarlets                                     A                            Guinness
Will add RCC2 matches when they've been finalised.
Contrary to popular belief some of the Guinness League games will be affected by the Autumn Internationals, our players will be with TW when we play the Dragons, Munster and Glasgow Warriors, the first 2 because of the 13 day call up period and the Warriors because of the infernal 4th game which this year is against SA, and to think some people think everything is hunkydory now that Dodger Lewis has left his legacy rolls on.               
The number after each player signifies how many years they have left on their Ospreys contract, there are a few others who are on either Development Contracts or appear not to be under contract, Jonathon Spratt, Jordan Collier, and Alex Jeffries and a few others come into that category.
Our first 5 games of the season account for the 2 Italians at home and 3 Irish, Connacht, Ulster and Leinster away, so we shouldn't have as bad a start as last season, but not as good as the previous seasons start, in certain positions especially during International periods we are only 1 or 2 injuries away from disaster, and I just hope Steve has learned his selection mistakes from the last few seasons.


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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 12:22 pm

From the Dragons thread:

LordDowlais wrote:The state of the pitch at RP is just one of a whole word of c0ckups that have been made within that setup. The whole thing stinks. What gets me the most is though, that things are being allowed to carry on this way. You keep harping on about Merthyr's new pitch, and how they got funding, Merthyr are not the only semi pro club to sort this aspect of their structure out, why don't you look at how Pontypridd managed to do it ?

If I were the WRU I would seriously be questioning why we should be nominating Newport Gwent Dragons as a representative of Welsh pro rugby in the Pro12.

The thing is, people like yourself seem unwilling to accept the fact that things could drastically change unless things improve. The WRU own RGC1404, it is a very real possibility that the WRU could decide to put their eggs into that basket and chose to put that team in the Pro12. This should be the reality, to both the fans and the cowboys running Newport Gwent Dragons.

Einstein's Theory of Insanity. Albert Einstein was quoted as saying: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This is what seems to be happening with your region. The more we put up with this failure, then the more insane we all are for just accepting it.

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:Dowlais, will you do me a favour? Post this as a new topic. It might be worth discussion and of interest to other posters. But we've got a game on Friday, and I'd rather get talking about that rather than how diabolical we are and how great it would be if we were shut down. OK

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by LordDowlais on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 12:25 pm

Thats me talking about Dragons, on the Dragons thread. Rolling Eyes

I think you need to stop being so sensitive. OK

Enjoy the rest of your day. OK

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 12:39 pm

I'm not saying it's not worth discussing - they were talking about it on Scrum V - all I'm saying is, start a thread about it.

You have a habit of coming on the Dragons thread only to say the same things, and you'll only get the same replies if you do that.

What was that Einstein quotation again? Whistle

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10:18 am

Apparently, according to the Times, Sam Underhill has signed for Bath for the beginning of next season, with Ospreys receiving £150,000. Have to say Sam has been an excellent under the radar signing for us. We'll have to have a good look at our Academy products, watched a good youngster Joe Tomalin Reeves playing for us in one of the Development competitions, if he's not ready could we go out and sign somebody? At least with our injury situation we shouldn't need somebody until next season.

If it is true good luck Sam and thanks for the effort.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by True Raven on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 1:25 pm

Gutted, Underhill was superb and is the only English Rugby player i want to succeed  Wink

Will Jones can step up.  He's got a bright future.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 4:53 pm

True Raven wrote:Gutted, Underhill was superb and is the only English Rugby player i want to succeed  Wink

Will Jones can step up.  He's got a bright future.

Don't know if it's true TR, but somebody on our Forum reckoned we accepted a lower offer from Bath, because the money was available NOW, so possibly somebody will be brought in either as a flanker or better still a competent tight head.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by True Raven on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 9:20 pm

Wayne, mark orders reckons we accepted a Lower offer as bath agreed to have Underhill at end of season whereas other clubs bid higher but wanted him now

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 9:50 pm

True Raven wrote:Wayne, mark orders reckons we accepted a Lower offer as bath agreed to have Underhill at end of season whereas other clubs bid higher but wanted him now

Yeh I've read that since I posted my piece. What do we know eh?

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 12:17 pm

I heard during the week that we were putting out a very strong squad for this game to qualify with a home Q/F, this is true by the chosen team

Dan Evans, Keelan Giles, Kieron Fonotia, Ashley Beck, Hanno Dirksen, Dan Biggar, Tom Habberfield, Nicky Smith, Sam Parry, Ma'afu Fia, Rory Thornton, AWJ (C), James King, Justin Tipuric and Dan Baker starting with Scott Baldwin, Paul James, Rhodri Jones, Adam Beard, Sam Underhill, Brendon Leonard, Josh Matavesi and Sam Davies on the bench. Lyon had their match last weekend postponed so who knows what team they will put out Sunday.
Looking forward to this game, as it's NOT on TV in any form and a decent KO time, let's see what sort of a crowd will turn up, I DON'T expect it to be above 8000, which considering our form is outstanding, will be an abysmal turn out.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 7:05 pm

wayne wrote:I heard during the week that we were putting out a very strong squad for this game to qualify with a home Q/F, this is true by the chosen team

Dan Evans, Keelan Giles, Kieron Fonotia, Ashley Beck, Hanno Dirksen, Dan Biggar, Tom Habberfield, Nicky Smith, Sam Parry, Ma'afu Fia, Rory Thornton, AWJ (C), James King, Justin Tipuric and Dan Baker starting with Scott Baldwin, Paul James, Rhodri Jones, Adam Beard, Sam Underhill, Brendon Leonard, Josh Matavesi and Sam Davies on the bench. Lyon had their match last weekend postponed so who knows what team they will put out Sunday.
Looking forward to this game, as it's NOT on TV in any form and a decent KO time, let's see what sort of a crowd will turn up, I DON'T expect it to be above 8000, which considering our form is outstanding, will be an abysmal turn out.  

Basically Lyon are coming over with the team that we beat 31-13 out there, 11 of their starting team that day turn out on Sunday, with one player changing position, hopefully we can pick up another 5 points on the day. I reckon it will be fairly close up to the hour mark and then we'll pull clear and winning the BP 5 minutes before no side.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 7:50 pm

Grenoble beat the Falcons 31-27, so that puts Newcastle out of the equation for a Q/F slot. Totally within our own hands now.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by Seagultaf on Sat 14 Jan 2017, 9:58 am

If the Ospreys cannot qualify for the knock out stages of this rather low standard competition, by playing their first team against opponents who field second and third choice players, then that is a very poor incitement of the standard of Welsh rugby!

Hopefully the teams that qualify for the knockout stages will (like the Ospreys) start taking the competition seriously and we will see some truely competitive European Rugby.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne on Sun 15 Jan 2017, 8:24 pm

Shock horror, it appears Justin Tipuric is leaving the Ospreys immediately, after scoring a try by dribbling the Rugby ball from outside of the oppositions 22. Clement the Swansea City boss watched the highly skilled performance, and has put in a multi million pound offer for the Trebanos born flyer, the talk is that the Ospreys will accept the offer:D Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy .

All joking aside he should have been awarded MOTM today, from the above bit of skill, his lineout takes, passing from base of rucks and mauls, his interplay between forwards and backs, and his tackling stats were impressively improved yet again He truly is an exceptional performer, the only sorry thing about this scenario is the fact that he has been performing like this for years and years, and never had the recognition he truly deserves.

As for this game Lyon came with a doggedness that was good to see, they were not lambs to the slaughter, the score was only 12-7 to us at half time, 2 quick tries at the early part of the 2nd half finished them off. There was a couple of exceptional passing move tries in the 2nd half, which shows the class of our backs coach Gruff Rees in a very good light. Probably the worst part of this game was the inconsistent lineout, with Parry proving to be very poor overall in that facet of play, yet in the loose he was again excellent. Lyon were very fortunate in the first half when Dan Biggar chipped and recovered the ball over their half backs, he then chipped their fullback and was going through to catch the ball when he was blatantly impeded and pulled back, he would have been over under the posts. None of the officials apparently viewed the incident, it should have been at least a penalty and a yellow card, probably the ultimate sanction IMO should have been awarded.

Can only look forward now for a home Q/F in a couple of months time, the permutations for whom we play are very complex and are not worth the bother, just have to wait till next weekend to find out. Just hope we can set the record of 6 Bonus Point victories next weekend, but wouldn't surprise me if we totally miss out, that Deano is a wily old Fox, yet it would be good to be the first team that EVER set that record in European competition.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by LordDowlais Yesterday at 12:36 pm

Ospreys might be struggling at TH for the next few weeks wayne, what is the news on Dimitri Arhip ?

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by maestegmafia Yesterday at 1:08 pm

Great result nine in a row...

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne Yesterday at 2:01 pm

LordDowlais wrote:Ospreys might be struggling at TH for the next few weeks wayne, what is the news on Dimitri Arhip ?

Funnily enough Lord spoke to the Moldovan for over 5 minutes, just before and during half time, he is hoping to be available before seasons end, but wasn't in the slightest specific exactly when, let me say our players are most affable in talking to SOSs (Silly Old Sods) like myself.
Yes we could see our season go rapidly downhill if Ma'afu is out for any period of time, Rhodri frightens the hell out of me, if some of the teams we have coming up in the next few months, we really HAVE to find another T/H as soon as possible. I don't rate Dan Suter but I think he would do a better job at anchoring our scrum

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by wayne Yesterday at 2:02 pm

maestegmafia wrote:Great result nine in a row...
Maes was you there? if yes what did you think of our skills levels, I thought some were remarkable.

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Re: Ospreys 16/17 season thread

Post by RiscaGame Yesterday at 4:30 pm

Tipuric's try was decent. Fair play for controlling a rugby ball like that, at full tilt

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