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Post by maestegmafia on Thu 06 Oct 2016, 1:49 pm

Previous meetings: Played 26, Ospreys won 18, Blues won seven with one draw.

Ospreys have won their last 10 Pro12 fixtures against Blues since a 21-21 draw at Liberty Stadium in April 2011.

Ospreys: Dan Evans; Jeff Hassler, Ben John, Josh Matavesi, Eli Walker; Sam Davies, Rhys Webb; Nicky Smith, Sam Parry, Dmitri Arhip, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones (Capt), James King, Justin Tipuric, Dan Baker.

Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Paul James, Ma'afu Fia, Rory Thornton, Dan Lydiate, Tom Habberfield, Dan Biggar, Ashley Beck

Cardiff Blues: Dan Fish; Blaine Scully, Garyn Smith, Rey Lee-Lo, Tom James; Gareth Anscombe, Lloyd Williams; Gethin Jenkins (capt), Kristian Dacey, Taufa'ao Filise, Macauley Cook, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Ellis Jenkins, Nick Williams

Replacements: Matthew Rees, Rhys Gill, Scott Andrews, James Down, Cam Dolan, Tomos Williams, Steven Shingler, Matthew Morgan

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell, Gareth Newman (WRU)

Citing Commissioner: Aurwell Morgan (WRU)

TMO: Tim Hayes (WRU)

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Post by Seagultaf on Thu 06 Oct 2016, 4:34 pm

Looking at the two teams on paper I can't see anything other than an Ospreys win, but as usual it will be played on grass so anything can happen. Two strong benches, Baldwin, James, Lydiate and Biggar for the Ospreys and Rees, Shingler and Morgan to come on for Cardiff.

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Post by True Raven on Thu 06 Oct 2016, 4:42 pm

I would love it if Matthew Morgan came on as fullback, it will be like the Blues defending with 14 as MM shirks his tackles

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Post by Stone Motif on Thu 06 Oct 2016, 5:52 pm

Seagultaf wrote:Looking at the two teams on paper I can't see anything other than an Ospreys win, but as usual it will be played on grass so anything can happen. Two strong benches, Baldwin, James, Lydiate and Biggar for the Ospreys and Rees, Shingler and Morgan to come on for Cardiff.

Eh? That Swansea midfield will be carved up like a roast dinner if Lee-Lo and Anscombe hit their straps. Shockingly one paced. As for a strong bench it'd have to be with pile of useless excrement of the scale of Baldwin sat on it. Lydiate wouldn't get in that Blues side.

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Post by Breadvan on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 10:21 am

Would've started Biggar at fh. Webb and Evans need big games..

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Post by wayne on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 2:23 pm

Breadvan wrote:Would've started Biggar at fh. Webb and Evans need big games..

Breadvan, IMO we have to play both as often as possible, if the rumours are correct about Dan leaving at the end of this contract, we have to keep hold of Sam, and probably the only way to do this is giving both generally equal amounts of game time, again my opinion there is not a lot between either of them at the moment, if either is having a mare we can always fetch the other on, the only problem to me is if BOTH are selected for TW, because I believe the best 3 outside halves available to Wales can be seen tonight at the Liberty, so who comes in if they are both selected?

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Post by PhilBB on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 3:03 pm

I like Ben John.

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 7:33 pm

I'm very excited to see this game...!

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 7:34 pm

PhilBB wrote:I like Ben John.

I heard he thinks you're alright too mate

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 7:35 pm

And this season the blues are mostly wearing Jack Wills Pink and navy striped rugby shirts..!

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 7:51 pm

James King is looking very useful. Dan Lydiat is going to struggle to get his spot back

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:05 pm

World class try from world class AWJ. Blues look very well drilled but that error from Fish has been very costly.

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:10 pm

It started so well for the Blues. But we have barely had possession for the last 15.

Need to hold out until were back to 15.

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:11 pm

Oh dear

Not looking good now.

Need possession

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:15 pm

The Ospreys are playing very well. Heads up rugby.

I am sure the blues will get back into the game though.

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:18 pm

Connacht doing well vs Ulster too..!

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Post by Griff on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:22 pm

Very good game this. These derbies have often been damp squibs in recent seasons with poor skills and loads of errors, but this one is excellent with some very good skills on display.

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:22 pm

Jesus. May as well stop watching now.

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:25 pm

wales606 wrote:Jesus. May as well stop watching now.

Blues have the skills to get back into this..

Looking a bit shell shocked, a good chat at half time, stop the offloads and Ospreys won't get so much room.

Great game so far.

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:28 pm

Blues needed that last minute try.

Need to take all their opportunities and sort our their scramble defence and one up tackling.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:30 pm

It seems like Ospreys didn't have to work that hard for at least 3 tries, or maybe they made it look easy... I think Cardiff have played pretty well but it's the errors killing them like last week. Cardiff look better coached but Ospreys playing what's on a lot better - I guess having flankers at 2nd row isn't going to help but saying that Cardiff are good around the field and in the driving maul.

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:40 pm

Can we call if full time now?

This is getting embarrassing.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:41 pm

Shouldn't have give that.

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:42 pm

59 - 5 was the Ospreys result against Zebre.

Are we better than Zebre?

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Post by Griff on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:46 pm

Ospreys on fire!

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Post by wales606 on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 8:48 pm

They scored 8 tries against Zebre

6 so far against the Blues, with 35 minutes to go.

Dire Dire Dire

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 9:45 pm

Ospreys much better overall, and a few of their boys stuck their hand up for international selection.

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 9:57 pm

Blues allowed ospreys to play an offload game. It worked well for us. Blues backrow were completely outplayed. Can't see Ellis Jenkins or Nalvidi get another cap without a big game in the next few weeks.

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Post by maestegmafia on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 9:59 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:Ospreys much better overall, and a few of their boys stuck their hand up for international selection.

Yes Sam Davies, James King, Justin Tipuric, Sam Parry and Ben John are all looking like freshening up the welsh squad.

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Post by True Raven on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 10:46 pm

Based on that performance you'd never guess Matthew Morgan has been in the Welsh squad as fullback cover ahead of dan Evans.

King, Tips and Nicky Smith were immense.

Sam Davies is gonna be some player too

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:09 pm

I wouldn't have Davies in the squad, and see no reason to hinder the Ospreys like that. I agree with the others, and yes Nicky Smith has stepped up lately. I hope some form picks are in there - it would be dejecting even for me to see the likes of Lydiate and an injured Warburton just thrown back in, as well as an underperforming Scott Williams and JD2.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:10 pm

True Raven wrote:Based on that performance you'd never guess Matthew Morgan has been in the Welsh squad as fullback cover ahead of dan Evans.  

King, Tips and Nicky Smith were immense.  

Sam Davies is gonna be some player too

Don't worry, neither of those will get in right now.

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Post by True Raven on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:16 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
True Raven wrote:Based on that performance you'd never guess Matthew Morgan has been in the Welsh squad as fullback cover ahead of dan Evans.  

King, Tips and Nicky Smith were immense.  

Sam Davies is gonna be some player too

Don't worry, neither of those will get in right now.

I don't think Dan Evans is good enough for international rugby, just baffled that coaches put MM as the last line of defence. Matavesi carried him metres for his try

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Post by miaow on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:17 pm

True Raven wrote:Based on that performance you'd never guess Matthew Morgan has been in the Welsh squad as fullback cover ahead of dan Evans.  

King, Tips and Nicky Smith were immense.  

Sam Davies is gonna be some player too

I think tonight was a convincing statement that he's the most talented outside half available to Wales at the moment. It's something that's been creeping through for a while now, but he shows a distinct footballing nous that Biggar has spent years trying to learn, and even now it still feels a bit cumbersome at times with Biggar.

It's a sign that Sam Davies needs to start being blooded in over the Autumn, that he's ready. If they start now, he could well be on 20-30 odd caps by the time 2019 WC comes around, which should also mean he has probably displaced Biggar. The only obvious concern is his physicality, can he step up to the intensity of international rugby, can he replicate his skills in the more brutal environment, but that's the same for many smaller players. Great player. Has all the raw skills of 'having it all': no obvious footballing weakness that isn't fundamentally 'there', per se (his goalkicking, for instance, is something well honed: just because he missed a few tonight, it's not as if it would take a vast overhaul./improvement to be Test standard.).

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Post by Maine man on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:26 pm

I like the look of sam davies. As much as I think dan biggar is a good player he has obvious limitations. Have some balls Gatland, pick Davies.

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Post by True Raven on Fri 07 Oct 2016, 11:40 pm

Its Biggar still for me, it was only 12 months ago he was arguably the best 10 in the World Cup. He hasn't regressed so for me keeps the shirt and Sam can have the O's shirt during the internationals.

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Post by miaow on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 12:40 am

It is still Biggar, I agree, but only for now. Shouldn't rely on him until the next World Cup as automatic first choice, as I think Gatland has done time and again with some players, and new players often seem to stumble into the team by accident (perhaps one of his biggest flaws). The succession path has been really poor by Wales: they can't replicate NZ and play around with a few midfield options every few games, because they're not good enough to win, they don't have the talent pool. But the way they do blood youngsters, not throwing them in too deep before getting rid of them for ever, but slowly feeding them in, that's what Wales need to do. It's still sink or swim, if they're not good enough they aren't good enough: but there's a difference between throwing in a 19 year old because of an injury and then discarding him once he doesn't fit straight in, or has a nervy performance, and there's letting them get to the deep end by swimming through the shallow section first.

Ironically, the way in which Biggar understudied Stephen Jones for years (deservedly or not, as Gatland received a lot of criticism for Biggar being a seeming nailed on favourite over the likes of Hook and a few others 10s who were in better form) before being ignored for three years is the best way to do it (without the 3 year absence). Give them a shot starting in the smaller games (without the wholesale pack changes), keep them around the squad environment for a few series, from a young age so they become accustomed to it, and then drip feed them off the bench in the not-too-high-profile-bigger-games (Scotland, or at least historically, Italy, Argentina...again perhaps historically: at the very least not England, France, SANZAR etc). After that, he should be well placed to go toe to toe with Biggar. I see more to Davies' game than I ever have in Biggar, as good and effective as he is at the more pragmatic elements of playing 10 (kicking for territory, goal, not shirking the tackle, safe distribution, even the high contests are, for want of a better word, elbow grease as opposed to the speed of thought of an exciting footballing 10).

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Post by RiscaGame on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 3:48 am

Can somebody summarise that post please?

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Post by RiscaGame on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 3:50 am

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Post by Stone Motif on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 8:08 am

maestegmafia wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:Ospreys much better overall, and a few of their boys stuck their hand up for international selection.

Yes Sam Davies, James King, Justin Tipuric, Sam Parry and Ben John are all looking like freshening up the welsh squad.

Laugh at both of these posts. We don't half over rate players here in Wales.

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Post by Stone Motif on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 8:13 am

miaow wrote:
True Raven wrote:Based on that performance you'd never guess Matthew Morgan has been in the Welsh squad as fullback cover ahead of dan Evans.  

King, Tips and Nicky Smith were immense.  

Sam Davies is gonna be some player too

I think tonight was a convincing statement that he's the most talented outside half available to Wales at the moment. It's something that's been creeping through for a while now, but he shows a distinct footballing nous that Biggar has spent years trying to learn, and even now it still feels a bit cumbersome at times with Biggar.

It's a sign that Sam Davies needs to start being blooded in over the Autumn, that he's ready. If they start now, he could well be on 20-30 odd caps by the time 2019 WC comes around, which should also mean he has probably displaced Biggar. The only obvious concern is his physicality, can he step up to the intensity of international rugby, can he replicate his skills in the more brutal environment, but that's the same for many smaller players. Great player. Has all the raw skills of 'having it all': no obvious footballing weakness that isn't fundamentally 'there', per se (his goalkicking, for instance, is something well honed: just because he missed a few tonight, it's not as if it would take a vast overhaul./improvement to be Test standard.).

Wales will never play a quicker game with Biggar at ten. Though that ambition may just be more Gatland bullsh1te

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Post by maestegmafia on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 8:17 am

Stone Motif wrote:
maestegmafia wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:Ospreys much better overall, and a few of their boys stuck their hand up for international selection.

Yes Sam Davies, James King, Justin Tipuric, Sam Parry and Ben John are all looking like freshening up the welsh squad.

Laugh at both of these posts. We don't half over rate players here in Wales.

Anscombe had a shocking game, Davies looks like the best back up flyhalf.

Ben John certainly looks the best forth choice centre and is quick enough to play wing.

I don't think we overage players in Wales at all.

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Post by Stone Motif on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 8:27 am

maestegmafia wrote:
Stone Motif wrote:
maestegmafia wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:Ospreys much better overall, and a few of their boys stuck their hand up for international selection.

Yes Sam Davies, James King, Justin Tipuric, Sam Parry and Ben John are all looking like freshening up the welsh squad.

Laugh at both of these posts. We don't half over rate players here in Wales.

Anscombe had a shocking game, Davies looks like the best back up flyhalf.

Ben John certainly looks the best forth choice centre and is quick enough to play wing.

I don't think we overage players in Wales at all.

Laugh even more. Average team beats poor team is no basis to assess international credentials sorry. Let's recall our record against the better international teams and be realistic about the talent in our professional player base shall we? Ben John LOL

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 8:56 am

We certainly do overrated players in Wales but those were two good teams last night which each contained a host of international players and some others who look capable at playing at that intensity.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 8:59 am

True Raven wrote:Its Biggar still for me, it was only 12 months ago he was arguably the best 10 in the World Cup.  He hasn't regressed so for me keeps the shirt and Sam can have the O's shirt during the internationals.  

This 100%. I'm not sure how people can think Davies is ready for international rugby right now given his limitations. I still doubt he can be an international player but he's already exceeded my expectations, so one day why not. He is similar to George Ford these days. The fact that we also have a high percentage goal-kicker in Halfpenny could be Davies' lucky break.

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Post by maestegmafia on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 9:07 am

mikey_dragon wrote:
True Raven wrote:Its Biggar still for me, it was only 12 months ago he was arguably the best 10 in the World Cup.  He hasn't regressed so for me keeps the shirt and Sam can have the O's shirt during the internationals.  

This 100%. I'm not sure how people can think Davies is ready for international rugby right now given his limitations. I still doubt he can be an international player but he's already exceeded my expectations, so one day why not. He is similar to George Ford these days. The fact that we also have a high percentage goal-kicker in Halfpenny could be Davies' lucky break.

He seems to get the backline moving better than any other Welsh flyhalf at the moment. If Wales are going to play an expansive game we need a flyhalf who can deliver a fast game at halfback, something Biggar has always struggled to do.


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Post by True Raven on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 10:09 am

Sorry MaestagMafia but I cannot agree that Biggar doesn't get a back line moving. I've seen him do it many times for the O's down the years.

The issue lies with a crap gameplan that Gatland and Howley implement for Wales that has players running into contact with no offloading. Once we change the style of play Biggar will cope just fine.

And Ben John will never be anything more than a squad filler for he O's. as soon as Fonotia arrives and Beck is at full fitness, Ben John becomes our fourth choice centre

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 10:13 am

Biggar plays a lot closer to the gain line for Ospreys and it works well due to his flawless skill set - and according to Turks playing close to the gain line makes you a superb fly-half. On principal Biggar is miles ahead of any other 10 in Wales - Anscombe and Davies not too far behind on current form.

Not so sure about John - his form right now is immense however he's been around for years and hasn't been up to much in that time.

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Post by Seagultaf on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 11:49 am

maestegmafia wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
True Raven wrote:Its Biggar still for me, it was only 12 months ago he was arguably the best 10 in the World Cup.  He hasn't regressed so for me keeps the shirt and Sam can have the O's shirt during the internationals.  

This 100%. I'm not sure how people can think Davies is ready for international rugby right now given his limitations. I still doubt he can be an international player but he's already exceeded my expectations, so one day why not. He is similar to George Ford these days. The fact that we also have a high percentage goal-kicker in Halfpenny could be Davies' lucky break.

He seems to get the backline moving better than any other Welsh flyhalf at the moment. If Wales are going to play an expansive game we need a flyhalf who can deliver a fast game at halfback, something Biggar has always struggled to do.


Agreed, Biggar did have a spell prior to his injury against Ireland when he had developed a far more attacking style but he seemed to regress back to a steady eddy game after that injury.

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Post by Stone Motif on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 12:10 pm

True Raven wrote:Sorry MaestagMafia but I cannot agree that Biggar doesn't get a back line moving.  I've seen him do it many times for the O's down the years.

The issue lies with a crap gameplan that Gatland and Howley implement for Wales that has players running into contact with no offloading.  Once we change the style of play Biggar will cope just fine.  

And Ben John will never be anything more than a squad filler for he O's.  as soon as Fonotia arrives and Beck is at full fitness, Ben John becomes our fourth choice centre

No, the issue lies with Biggar's total lack of acceleration which is granted not an issue in the Slow12 but gets seriously exposed against the big boys of international rugby.

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