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Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 1:26 pm

Home teams to be named by 23:59 hours on Tuesday
Away teams to be named by 23:59 hours on Wednesday
Tactics by 23:59 hours on Thursday 

Predictions to be PM’d to Flux by 23:59 hours on Sunday


Harlequins vs Ulster Rugby 
Twickenham Stoop
Sunny, 5 degrees, 12 mph North Westerly Winds


Harlequins
Manager – Steven_Sharks

01. Richard Barrington 09. Luke McGrath
02. Scott Baldwin10. Steven Myler (k)
03. Kieran Brookes
04. Luke Romano11. Keelan Giles
05. Ultan Dillane12. Juan Martin Hernandez
06. Damien Chouly (c)13. Bundee Aki
07. Steffon Armitage14. Yoann Huget
08. Jack Clifford15. Mike Haley

16. Rob Webber 17.Ethan Waller 18. John Afoa 19. George Kruis 20. Jamie Gibson 21. Ben Youngs 22.Elton Jantjies 23. James O'Connor

Attributes

Phase Attack - Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises. 
Counter Attack - Receiving the ball down field, your players will look to attack with ball in hand, thriving in the broken field and open spaces. 

Breakdown (Turnover Possession) -  Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty
Chop Tackle: Tacklers look to get low and chop down attackers before gaining momentum or metres over the gain line. [/b]


Ulster

01. Kyle McCall09. Ruan Pienaar
02. Rory Best10. Paddy Jackson
03. Wiehahn Herbst
04. Alan O’Connor11. Louis Ludik
05. Franco van der Merwe12. Stuart McCloskey
06. Iain Henderson13. Luke Marshall
07. Chris Henry14. Tommy Bowe
08. Sean Reidy15. Charles Piutau
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Replacements: 16. Rob Herring, 17. Andrew Warnick, 18. Rodney Ah You, 19. Kieren Treadwell, 20. Clive Ross, 21. Paul Marshall, 22. Darren Cave, 23. Jacob Stockdale





Newcastle Falcons vs Castres Olympique
Kingston Park
Sunny, 3 degrees, 14 mph North Westerly Winds


 Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam

01. Alec Hepburn09. Will Chudley 
02. Camille Chat   10. Owen Farrell 
03. Charlie Faumuina
04. Guido Petti11. Charles Piutau
05. Matt Symons12. Jan Serfontein
06. Elliot Dixon13. Sam James
07. Callum Clark14. David Strettle
08. Jordi Murphy (c) 15. Rob Miller
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16.George McGuigan 17.Matt Mullan 18. Davit Kubriashvili 19. Lood De Jager 20. Kieran Read 21. Rhys Webb 22. Paddy Jackson 23. Ben Smith

Attributes
Counter Attacking: Receiving the ball down field, your players will look to attack with ball in hand, thriving in the broken field and open spaces.
Phase Attack: Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises.
Breakdown: Slowing up ball: The defenders can get over the ball to slow it up and prevent the attack from building momentum and allowing your defence to set.
Blitz Defence: Your side is known for Blitz and excels at it



Castres Olympique

01. Mihaita Lazar09. Rory Kockott
02. Marc-Antoine Rallier10. Benjamin Urdapilleta
03. Damien Tussac
04. Loic Jacquet11. Horacio Agulla
05. Victor Moreaux (c)12. Florian Vialelle
06. Yannick Caballero13. Afusipa Taumoepeau
07. Steve Mafi14. Julien Caminat
08. Anthony Jelonch15. Geoffrey Palis
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Replacements: 16. Brice Mach, 17. Tudor Stroe, 18. Yohann Montes, 19. Thibault Lassalle, 20. Alexandre Bias, 21. T.Antoine Dupont, 22. Julien Dumora, 23. Pierre Berard





Scarlets vs Sale Sharks
Parc y Scarlets
Light Rain Showers, 7 degrees, 16 mph North Westerly Winds


Scarlets

01. Rob Evans09. Gareth Davies
02. Ken Owens (c)10. Rhys Patchell
03. Samson Lee
04. Jake Ball11. Steff Evans
05. Tadhg Beirne12. Scott Williams
06. Aaron Shingler13. Hadleigh Parkes
07. Will Boyde14. DTH van der Merwe
08. John Barclay15. Liam Williams
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Replacements: 16. Ryan Elias, 17. Wyn Jones, 18. Werner Kruger, 19. Lewis Rawlins, 20. Josh Macleod, 21. Jonathan Evans, 22. Aled Thomas, 23. Gareth Owen,


 Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Jack McGrath09. Faf De Klerk
02. Tommy Taylor10. Bernard Foley
03. Martin Moore
04. Dave Attwood11. Simon Zebo
05. Iain Henderson12. Charlie Ngatai
06. Sean McMahon13. Joe Marchant 
07. Matt Kvesic14. Semesa Rokoduguni
08. CJ Stander15. Nick Abendanon
Subs:
16. Malcolm Marx 17. Ross Harrison 18. Atu Moli 19. Christian Day 20. Steven Luatua 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Quade Cooper 23. Seta Taiminavula

Phase Attack: Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises.
Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown.

Blitz Defence: Your side is known for Blitz and excels at it.
Breakdown - Slowing up ball: The defenders can get over the ball to slow it up and prevent the attack from building momentum and allowing your defence to set.  

Attack: We will be playing a high intensity phased attacking game. Look to use a rugby league shape with runners on the gain line and out the back door to force the opposition into making defensive decisions. Numerous playmakers across the back line allows us to constantly change the point of attack and restructure our attacking phases. De Klerk to keep the fringe defence honest with his snipping runs.

Breakdown: Quick ball is the aim on attack. Mobile pack and physical back line to clear out rucks and ensure we get it. We will look to get over the gain line off all carries to give a target to hit. Defensively when the initial contact is won we will look to commit numbers and get over the ball turning it over or at least slowing opposition ball up. Otherwise we will strengthen the line.

Defence: Straight line blitz defence focused on winning the gain line collisions and driving the ball carrier back. Line speed is crucial. De Klerk will sweep behind the line to cover chips and grubbers. Zebo & Bendy to cover the background dropping deep to cut off the green grass available to kick into.

Scrum: Strong scrummaging unit in the front row with the support of a powerful 4-8 will look to get the better of the opposition and build a strong attacking platform. We will look to put a slight wheel on where possible to take the opposition backrow out of play and then attack the space available and look for one on ones in the backline.

Lineout: Five mobile, athletic jumpers allows us to genuinely mix it up on attacking ball. Primarily looking to get the backs on the ball in space.





RC Toulon vs Wasps 
Stade Mayol
Sunny, 11 degrees, 13 mph North Westerly Winds


Toulon

01. Xavier Chocci09. Jonathan Pelissie
02. Guilhem Guirado10. Pierre Bernard
03. Levan Chilachava
04. Romain Taofifenua11. Bryan Habana
05. Mamuka Gorgodze12. Ma’a Nonu
06. Charles Ollivon13. Mathieu Bastareaud
07. Juandre Kruger14. James O'Connor
08. Duane Vermeulen15. Leigh Halfpenny
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Replacements: 16. Jean Charles Orioli, 17. Florian Fresia, 18. Marcel Van der Merwe, 19. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 20. Jocelino Suta, 21. Maxime Mermoz, 22. Eric Escande, 23. Samu Manoa,


Wasps
Manager - Pullthestrings

01. Ben Moon09. Sebastian Tillous Borde
02. Harry Thacker10. Rhys Priestland(k)
03. Dave Wilson
04. Jim Hamilton11. Josh Charnley
05. Dom Barrow12. Luther Burrell
06. Blake Gibson13. Semu Kerevi
07. Fulgence Quedraogo14. Max Malins
08. Nazeem Carr15. Tim Nani Williams
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16. Tatafu Polota Nau, 17. Marcos Ayerza, 18. Milco Louw, 19. Andrew Kitchener, 20. Tom Wood, 21. Will Homer, 22. Paul Jordaan, 23. Marland Yarde


Tactics
Attack:
- Good athleticism in the pack. Looking for them to be mobile and get around the park, ensuring good numbers at every breakdown to give clean ball
- Mix up forward runners off 9 and 10 to give go forward and tie in defence. When space opens up, go wide and utilise pace of back three.
Defence:
- Ensure guards and body guards at every breakdown, no gaps in midfield.
- Good line speed to put pressure on their handling and ability to go round our blitz defence





Northampton Saints vs Toulouse
Franklin Gardens
Sunny, 3 degrees, 14 mph North Westerly Winds


Northampton Saints
Manager: Dammit Chris

01. Mako Vunipola09. Joe Simpson
02. Schalk Brits10. Lima Sopoaga (k)
03. Zander Fagerson
04. Joe Launchbury (c)11. Julian Savea
05. Jonny Gray12. Manu Tuilagi
06. Schalk Burger13. Elliot Daly
07. James Davies14. Adam Ashley-Cooper
08. Billy Vunipola15. Jamie Shillcock
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Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson 17. Logi Mulipola 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley 19. Paul Jedrasiak 20. Faconda Isa 21. Conor Murray 22. George Ford 23. Wesley Fofana

Attributes:
Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown
First phase attack/strike moves: Will look to break the defence, with either a bust through or a clever move to create a gap.

Blitz Defence: Your side is known for Blitz and excels at it
Breakdown - Turnover possession: Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty.

Tactics
To play the game at a high tempo and speed from the outset, looking to pressurise the French team who have not been the best travelling team and look to stretch their defence early. We've picked a very physical pack, but have opted to play James Davies for his link up play as we want to move the big French pack around and create space outwide - Sopoaga and Tuilagi get starts as we will use Tuilagi to punch the ball up the middle and create space for Daly, AAC and Savea to exploit. Opted to start one of the most exciting backs - Jamie Shillcock - at no15 and given him license to attack from the back.

Place the French hooker under pressure at the setpiece and not let the away side get any good ball to play off of. Will look to really up the tempo and physicality as we unload our bench in the second half.

Our pack recalls 4 players to combat the French power and will look to really make use of this freshness to pull the French pack all over the place and make them unable to play at our pace.



Toulouse

01. Cyril Baille09. Sébastien Bézy
02. Christopher Tolofua10. Jean-Marc Doussain
03. Census Johnston
04. Richie Gray11. Paul Perez
05. Joe Tekori12. Yann David
06. Francois Cros13. Florian Fritz
07. Piula Faasalele14. Yoann Huget
08. Carl Axtens15. Maxime Médard
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Replacements: 16. Julien Marchand, 17. Vasil Kakovin, 18. Dorian Aldegheri, 19. Edwin Maka, 20. Gregory Lamboley, 21. Talalelei Gray, 22. Toby Flood, 23. Gael Fickou





Racing 92 vs Saracens
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir,
Light Cloud, 4 degrees, 8 mph Westerly Winds


Racing 92

01. Viliamu Afatia09. Maxime Machenaud
02. Camille Chat10. Johan Goosen
03. Ben Tameifuna
04. Gerbrandt Grobler11. Marc Andreu
05. Francois van der Merwe12. Anthony Tuitavake
06. Wenceslas Lauret13. Casey Laulala
07. Chris Masoe14. Teddy Thomas
08. Leone Nakarawa15. Brice Dulin
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Replacements: 16. Dimitri Szarzewski, 17. Eddy Ben Arous, 18. Cedate Gomes Sa, 19. Thibault Dubarry, 20. Antonie Claassen, 21. Xavier Chauveau, 22. Benjamin Dambielle, 23. Joe Rokocoko


Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Alex Waller09. Morgan Parra
02. Richard Hibbard10. Tom Taylor
03. Tom Francis
04. Marcos Kremer11. Hosea Gear
05. Geoff Parling12. Ollie Devoto
06. Guy Thompson13. Robbie Fruen
07. Sam Underhill14. Telusa Veainu 
08. Dave Denton15. Delon Armitage
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16. Scott Spurling 17. Simon McIntyre 18. Paul Hill 19. Bradley Davies 20. Thierry Dusatoir 21. Lee Dickson 22. Lionel Mapoe 23. Nathan Earle

Tactics:

Defensive:
Blitz Defence - Get in the face of the opposition and allow them very little time on the ball.
Breakdown - Turnover possession: Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty

Attacking:
Territorial Kicking: Looking to pin back sides and kick for open spaces or touch
Offloading in the tackle: Moving the point of attack preventing a defence to set and keeping play fluid



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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 4:16 am

Ulster

01. Kyle McCall09. Ruan Pienaar
02. Rory Best10. Paddy Jackson
03. Wiehahn Herbst
04. Alan O’Connor11. Louis Ludik
05. Franco van der Merwe12. Stuart McCloskey
06. Iain Henderson13. Luke Marshall
07. Chris Henry14. Tommy Bowe
08. Sean Reidy15. Charles Piutau
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Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Andrew Warnick, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Kieren Treadwell, 20 Clive Ross, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Darren Cave, 23 Jacob Stockdale

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 4:29 am

Castres Olympique

01. Mihaita Lazar09. Rory Kockott
02. Marc-Antoine Rallier10. Benjamin Urdapilleta
03. Damien Tussac
04. Loic Jacquet11. Horacio Agulla
05. Victor Moreaux (c)12. Florian Vialelle
06. Yannick Caballero13. Afusipa Taumoepeau
07. Steve Mafi14. Julien Caminat
08. Anthony Jelonch15. Geoffrey Palis
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Replacements: 16.Brice Mach, 17.Tudor Stroe, 18.Yohann Montes, 19.Thibault Lassalle, 20.Alexandre Bias, 21. T.Antoine Dupont, 22.Julien Dumora, 23.Pierre Berard,

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 5:01 am

Scarlets

01. Rob Evans09. Gareth Davies
02. Ken Owens (c)10. Rhys Patchell
03. Samson Lee
04. Jake Ball11. Steff Evans
05. Tadhg Beirne12. Scott Williams
06. Aaron Shingler13. Hadleigh Parkes
07. Will Boyde14. DTH van der Merwe
08. John Barclay15. Liam Williams
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Replacements: 16.Ryan Elias, 17.Wyn Jones, 18.Werner Kruger, 19.Lewis Rawlins, 20.Josh Macleod, 21.Jonathan Evans, 22.Aled Thomas, 23.Gareth Owen,

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 7:12 am

Toulon

01. Xavier Chocci09. Jonathan Pelissie
02. Guilhem Guirado10. Pierre Bernard
03. Levan Chilachava
04. Romain Taofifenua11. Bryan Habana
05. Mamuka Gorgodze12. Ma’a Nonu
06. Charles Ollivon13. Mathieu Bastareaud
07. Juandre Kruger14. James O'Connor
08. Duane Vermeulen15. Leigh Halfpenny
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Replacements: 16.Jean Charles Orioli, 1.7Florian Fresia, 18.Marcel Van der Merwe, 19.Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 20.Jocelino Suta, 21.Maxime Mermoz, 22.Eric Escande, 23.Samu Manoa,

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 7:14 am

Toulouse

01. Cyril Baille09. Sébastien Bézy
02. Christopher Tolofua10. Jean-Marc Doussain
03. Census Johnston
04. Richie Gray11. Paul Perez
05. Joe Tekori12. Yann David
06. Francois Cros13. Florian Fritz
07. Piula Faasalele14. Yoann Huget
08. Carl Axtens15. Maxime Médard
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Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Vasil Kakovin, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Edwin Maka, 20 Gregory Lamboley, 21 Talalelei Gray, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Gael Fickou

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 7:22 am

Racing 92

01. Viliamu Afatia09. Maxime Machenaud
02. Camille Chat10. Johan Goosen
03. Ben Tameifuna
04. Gerbrandt Grobler11. Marc Andreu
05. Francois van der Merwe12. Anthony Tuitavake
06. Wenceslas Lauret13. Casey Laulala
07. Chris Masoe14. Teddy Thomas
08. Leone Nakarawa15. Brice Dulin
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Replacements: 16.Dimitri Szarzewski, 17.Eddy Ben Arous, 18.Cedate Gomes Sa, 19.Thibault Dubarry, 20.Antonie Claassen, 21.Xavier Chauveau, 22.Benjamin Dambielle, 23.Joe Rokocoko,

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by dammit_chris on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 1:18 pm

Northampton Saints
Manager: Dammit Chris

01. Mako Vunipola 09. Joe Simpson
02. Schalk Brits 10. Lima Sopoaga (k)
03. Zander Fagerson
04. Joe Launchbury (c) 11. Julian Savea
05. Jonny Gray 12. Manu Tuilagi
06. Schalk Burger 13. Elliot Daly
07. James Davies 14. Adam Ashley Cooper
08. Billy Vunipola 15. Jamie Shillcock
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Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson 17. Logi Mulipola 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley 19. Paul Jedrasiak 20. Faconda Isa 21. Conor Murray 22. George Ford 23. Wesley Fofana

Attributes:
Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown
First phase attack/strike moves: Will look to break the defence, with either a bust through or a clever move to create a gap.

Blitz Defence: Your side is known for Blitz and excels at it
Breakdown - Turnover possession: Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty.

Tactics
To play the game at a high tempo and speed from the outset, looking to pressurise the French team who have not been the best travelling team and look to stretch their defence early. We've picked a very physical pack, but have opted to play James Davies for his link up play as we want to move the big French pack around and create space outwide - Sopoaga and Tuilagi get starts as we will use Tuilagi to punch the ball up the middle and create space for Daly, AAC and Savea to exploit. Opted to start one of the most exciting backs - Jamie Shillcock - at no15 and given him license to attack from the back.

Place the French hooker under pressure at the setpiece and not let the away side get any good ball to play off of. Will look to really up the tempo and physicality as we unload our bench in the second half.

Our pack recalls 4 players to combat the French power and will look to really make use of this freshness to pull the French pack all over the place and make them unable to play at our pace.


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by BamBam on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 1:22 pm

Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam

01. Alec Hepburn09. Will Chudley
02. Camille Chat   10. Owen Farrell
03. Charlie Faumuina
04. Guido Petti11. Charles Piutau
05. Matt Symons12. Jan Serfontein
06. Elliot Dixon13. Sam James
07. Callum Clark14. David Strettle
08. Jordi Murphy (c) 15. Rob Miller
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16.George McGuigan 17.Matt Mullan 18. Davit Kubriashvili 19. Lood De Jager 20. Kieran Read 21. Rhys Webb 22. Paddy Jackson 23. Ben Smith

Attributes
Counter Attacking: Receiving the ball down field, your players will look to attack with ball in hand, thriving in the broken field and open spaces.
Phase Attack: Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises.
Breakdown: Slowing up ball: The defenders can get over the ball to slow it up and prevent the attack from building momentum and allowing your defence to set.
Blitz Defence: Your side is known for Blitz and excels at it

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 3:59 am

Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Alex Waller09. Morgan Parra
02. Richard Hibbard10. Tom Taylor
03. Tom Francis
04. Marcos Kremer11. Hosea Gear
05. Geoff Parling12. Ollie Devoto
06. Guy Thompson13. Robbie Fruen
07. Sam Underhill14. Telusa Veainu
08. Dave Denton15. Delon Armitage
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16. Scott Spurling 17. Simon McIntyre 18. Paul Hill 19. Bradley Davies 20. Thierry Dusatoir 21. Lee Dickson 22. Lionel Mapoe 23. Nathan Earle

Tactics:

Defensive:

Blitz Defence - Get in the face of the opposition and allow them very little time on the ball.

Breakdown - Turnover possession: Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty

Attacking:

Territorial Kicking: Looking to pin back sides and kick for open spaces or touch

Offloading in the tackle: Moving the point of attack preventing a defence to set and keeping play fluid

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Steven_Sharks on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 8:05 pm

Harlequins
Manager – Steven_Sharks

01. Richard Barrington 09. Luke McGrath
02. Scott Baldwin10. Steven Myler (k)
03. Kieran Brookes
04. Luke Romano11. Keelan Giles
05. Ultan Dillane12. Juan Martin Hernandez
06. Damien Chouly (c)13. Bundee Aki
07. Steffon Armitage14. Yoann Huget
08. Jack Clifford15. Mike Haley

16. Rob Webber 17.Ethan Waller 18. John Afoa 19. George Kruis 20. Jamie Gibson 21. Ben Youngs 22.Elton Jantjies 23. James O'Connor

Attributes

Phase Attack - Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises. 
Counter Attack - Receiving the ball down field, your players will look to attack with ball in hand, thriving in the broken field and open spaces. 

Breakdown (Turnover Possession) -  Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty
Chop Tackle: Tacklers look to get low and chop down attackers before gaining momentum or metres over the gain line. [/b]

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 7:59 am

Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Jack McGrath09. Faf De Klerk
02. Tommy Taylor10. Bernard Foley
03. Martin Moore
04. Dave Attwood11. Simon Zebo
05. Iain Henderson12. Charlie Ngatai
06. Sean McMahon13. Joe Marchant 
07. Matt Kvesic14. Semesa Rokoduguni
08. CJ Stander15. Nick Abendanon
Subs:
16. Malcolm Marx 17. Ross Harrison 18. Atu Moli 19. Christian Day 20. Steven Luatua 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Quade Cooper 23. Seta Taiminavula

Phase Attack: Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises.
Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown.

Blitz Defence: Your side is known for Blitz and excels at it.
Breakdown - Slowing up ball: The defenders can get over the ball to slow it up and prevent the attack from building momentum and allowing your defence to set.  

Attack: We will be playing a high intensity phased attacking game. Look to use a rugby league shape with runners on the gain line and out the back door to force the opposition into making defensive decisions. Numerous playmakers across the back line allows us to constantly change the point of attack and restructure our attacking phases. De Klerk to keep the fringe defence honest with his snipping runs.

Breakdown: Quick ball is the aim on attack. Mobile pack and physical back line to clear out rucks and ensure we get it. We will look to get over the gain line off all carries to give a target to hit. Defensively when the initial contact is won we will look to commit numbers and get over the ball turning it over or at least slowing opposition ball up. Otherwise we will strengthen the line.

Defence: Straight line blitz defence focused on winning the gain line collisions and driving the ball carrier back. Line speed is crucial. De Klerk will sweep behind the line to cover chips and grubbers. Zebo & Bendy to cover the background dropping deep to cut off the green grass available to kick into.

Scrum: Strong scrummaging unit in the front row with the support of a powerful 4-8 will look to get the better of the opposition and build a strong attacking platform. We will look to put a slight wheel on where possible to take the opposition backrow out of play and then attack the space available and look for one on ones in the backline.

Lineout: Five mobile, athletic jumpers allows us to genuinely mix it up on attacking ball. Primarily looking to get the backs on the ball in space.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by pullthestrings on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 12:21 pm

Wasps
Manager - Pullthestrings

01. Ben Moon09. Sebastian Tillous Borde
02. Harry Thacker10. Rhys Priestland(k)
03. Dave Wilson
04. Jim Hamilton11. Josh Charnley
05. Dom Barrow12. Luther Burrell
06. Blake Gibson13. Semu Kerevi
07. Fulgence Quedraogo14. Max Malins
08. Nazeem Carr15. Tim Nani Williams
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16. Tatafu Polota Nau, 17. Marcos Ayerza, 18. Milco Louw, 19. Andrew Kitchener, 20. Tom Wood, 21. Will Homer, 22. Paul Jordaan, 23. Marland Yarde


Tactics
Attack:
- Good athleticism in the pack. Looking for them to be mobile and get around the park, ensuring good numbers at every breakdown to give clean ball
- Mix up forward runners off 9 and 10 to give go forward and tie in defence. When space opens up, go wide and utilise pace of back three.
Defence:
- Ensure guards and body guards at every breakdown, no gaps in midfield.
- Good line speed to put pressure on their handling and ability to go round our blitz defence

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Fri 13 Jan 2017, 4:35 pm

The pun will catch up in a moment, but as I've been snowed under at work. I have forgotten to organise if someone else could do results this weekend and the threads next week - as I'm away skiing next week (for the first time!  Shocked )

I don't mind doing results if every one could wait a week, unless someone else is happy to take the PM results and update. 

Regarding threads next week, likewise I can get them up now, but won't be updated until I'm back, hence pushing results back a little. I'm not worried if we eat into the Anglo Welsh cup too much, obviously we can catch up relatively quickly once I'm back!

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Sun 15 Jan 2017, 2:05 am

Predictions open and to me please guys.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:31 pm

Champions Cup - Round Five Results

Harlequins 32

(T: L McGrath, Clifford, Afoa, Gibson C: Myler [x3] P: Myler [x2])
Ulster Rugby - 26
(T: Van der Merwe, Jackson, P Marshall C: Jackson [x1] P: Jackson [x3])

Newcastle Falcons - 34
(T: Petti, Miller, De Jager, Dixon C: Farrell [x4] P: Farrell [x2])
Castres Olympique - 25
(T: Lazar, Vialelle, Bias C: Urdapilleta [x2] P: Urdapilleta [x2])

Scarlets - 23
(T: Beirne, Parkes C: Patchell [x2] P: Patchell [x3])
Sale Sharks - 30*
(T: Henderson, Rokoduguni, Moli, Marchant C: Foley [x2] P: Foley [x2])
(Result amended*)

RC Toulon - 30 
(T: James O'Connor, Vermeulen, Suta, Ollivon C: Bernard [x2] P: Bernard [x2])
Wasps - 23
(T: Moon, Gibson C: Priestland [x2] P: Priestland [x3])

Northampton Saints - 31*
(T: Ashley-Cooper, Shillcock, Sopoaga, Tuilagi C: Sopoaga [x1] P: Sopoaga [x3])
Toulouse - 24*
(T: Fritz, Tekori C: Doussain [x1] P: Doussain [x4])
(Result amended*)

Racing 92 - 27 
(T: Chat, Goosen, Andreu C: Goosen [x3] P: Goosen [x2])
Saracens - 25
(T: Denton, Parra, Mapoe C: Parra [x2] P: Parra [x2])

Prediction Bonuses:
Full:
Matt, Chris, Pooly, Bam

Scores: CJB, Steve, Fluxy, Prop, Nick, CJ
None: SJE, Pull


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:33 pm

Harlequins 34 - 33 Ulster Rugby

Harlequins 32 - 28 Ulster Rugby

Harlequins 25 - 24 Ulster Rugby

Harlequins 30 - 22 Ulster Rugby

Barrington and Armitage aside, it's a very good pack for Quins and they'll get on top early. Nice backline and enough to see off the game with a tbp.

Harlequins 22 - 20 Ulster Rugby
Looks like a bruising game, Quins can be got at in the front row, whilst Ulster halfbacks could give them an edge there, but home advantage will be key. Backlines look very well matched, Piutau is the standout back but Quins backrow more mobile and Huget in good form. 

Harlequins 26 - 27 Ulster Rugby

Harlequins 30 - 29 Ulster Rugby

Harlequins 28 - 21 Ulster Rugby

Tough game and one that is nip and tuck. Can see pack being 50/50. Think quins win this from. The bench with them having game changers. Myler is a real issue for quins at the top level but that aside they have strength in depth to win this.

Harlequins 27 - 24 Ulster Rugby
Quins pack just too strong even though the Ulster side have some good forwards. Behind the scrum, Quins quality will tell


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:35 pm

Newcastle Falcons 26 - 25 Castres Olympique

Newcastle Falcons 30 - 23 Castres Olympique

Newcastle Falcons 27 - 26 Castres Olympique

Newcastle Falcons 29 - 20 Castres Olympique

Not the strongest line up for Falcons but more than enough to see this one home. It may take a bit of time to get on top, but once there, they'll put the points on. 

Newcastle Falcons 28 - 16 Castres Olympique
Farrell is in such great form at the moment and best no10 in Europe by a distance. With the power in the home sides pack, he'll put them in the right areas and keep the scoreboard ticking over. With the impact they get from Read, De Jager and Smith this will be a strong win, but Castres will cause problems at the scrum.

Newcastle Falcons 30 - 29 Castres Olympique

Newcastle Falcons 23 - 22 Castres Olympique

Newcastle Falcons 35 - 34 Castres Olympique 

Newcastle Falcons 36 - 5 Castres Olympique

Castres real mis match and castre don't travel well. Really sharp Newcastle side with Murphy not the best at 8. As game gets older and benches come on then the gulf increases with Newcastle having a top bench 

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:37 pm

Scarlets 25 - 24 Sale Sharks

Scarlets 27 - 28 Sale Sharks

Scarlets 26 - 27 Sale Sharks

Scarlets 19 - 26 Sale Sharks

Some fantastic results for Scarlets lately but I can't see Sale suffering the same fate. Scarlets don't have a combo better on the pitch so it'll be hard night for them.

Scarlets 21 - 23 Sale Sharks
Scarlets playing very well in Europe this season and Sale have gone with a weakened backline, which could struggle defensively. Sale pack is too strong though, with Stander being the key to getting through the Scarlets defensive line. 

Scarlets 27 - 28 Sale Sharks

Scarlets 20 - 21 Sale Sharks

Scarlets 22 - 23 Sale Sharks 

Scarlets 23 - 23 Sale Sharks

Can't separate the teams here. Scarlets are great at home and have a style that works. Sale pick a weakened pack and struggle to get on top. Think scrum wise the sale pack will struggle with Moore and Taylor. Sale take second rows. Backrow even with kvesic not playing well this year and the scarlet backrow being a unit that works for them they will be better on the deck than sale.

In the backs again hard to split with Half backs one a piece scarlet midfield better but not as good back 3.


Scarlets 20 - 32 Sale Sharks
Sale the best side in our league, and far too strong for a poor looking Scarlets pack. Sale dominate this and win with ease on the road


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:38 pm

RC Toulon 28 - 27 Wasps

RC Toulon 25 - 24 Wasps

RC Toulon 23 - 22 Wasps

RC Toulon 26 - 21 Wasps

Toulon not at their best but they're a wounded animal at home. Wasps just taking it a bit lightly with plenty of changes which will cost them.

RC Toulon 28 - 18 Wasps
Toulon pack is too powerful for Wasps and can't see the away sides backline getting a good supply of ball. Toulon backs have a lot of go forward and Wasps defence will do well to keep them out. 

RC Toulon 23 - 24 Wasps

RC Toulon 26 - 25 Wasps

RC Toulon 24 - 23 Wasps 

RC Toulon 28 - 20 Wasps

Toulon have quality and experience everywhere and despite struggling this year have too much. Wasps get to blood English players and charnley etc get experience but with them also resting players they will get nothing from this game.

RC Toulon 26 - 24 Wasps
Toulon pack is as strong as ever, and Wasps are improving fast but just come up a bit short up front. A stronger Wasps backline may have made the difference


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:40 pm

Northampton Saints 28 - 27 Toulouse

Northampton Saints 28 - 27 Toulouse

Northampton Saints 16 - 15 Toulouse

Northampton Saints 28 - 24 Toulouse

Saints have been a little up and down of late but will have too much for a solid Tolouse side. Hard to rate Manu in an otherswise good looking line-up.

Northampton Saints 26 - 25 Toulouse

Northampton Saints 22 - 21 Toulouse

Northampton Saints 29 - 28 Toulouse 

Northampton Saints 32 - 12 Toulouse

Toulouse have a weakened side out and nothing to play for. Can see them giving a typically French performance. Saints super strong and favourites for the cup in my view with their strong English contingent. Question playing tuilagi who I struggle to rate anymore


Northampton Saints 34 - 24 Toulouse
The euro specialists dominate the tackle area against a poor looking French back row. Despite some form issues, the backs have enough class to take advantage


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Fluxy on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:41 pm

Racing 92 26 - 27 Saracens

Racing 92 23 - 24 Saracens

Racing 92 22 - 21 Saracens

Racing 92 29 - 24 Saracens

Racing looked very strong this weekend and will out power and muscle the away sides pack, Sarries resting a few players and the impact from the Racing bench will see them through at the end. 

Racing 92 30 - 31 Saracens

Racing 92 22 - 22 Saracens

Racing 92 26 - 25 Saracens

Racing 92 21 - 15 Saracens 

Close game again. Racing not been great this year but have a great team and players in key positions that sees them win at home. Saracens chosen to rest players and playing people like Denton and underhill who are hard to rate having been out so long.

Front 5 taken fairly easily by racing and this sets the platform. Racing shade backrow due to Saracens players being out so long but it is a poorly balanced racing backrow but one with power. Backs fairly even with machanaud vs parra a great battle.

Saracens have more kicking options which will help in the game. Although devoto in middle of a really poor season in Exeter he does offer better balance. Back 3 even with racing having better attacking threat but sarries defensively better. Bench to sarries but the better pack sees racing win more ball and the game

Racing 92 27 - 24 Saracens
Game of the round. Racing not been at their best, but Sarries look a bit weak in the front 5 which is never helpful in France. Tough ask on the road in France, and Racing hold on


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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by BamBam on Wed 25 Jan 2017, 9:40 pm

I sent in predos fluxy..

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 4:02 am

"underhill who are hard to rate having been out so long"

MOTM against Falcons last week, think he's been back about 2/3 months.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by dammit_chris on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 10:40 am

Has he had much game time though? Every time I've seen Ospreys play they start Tipuric as he's in such good form, with Underhill on the bench apart from when they've rested Tipuric, who has got to be in line for a Lions spot if he keeps playing that well.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 10:44 am

He was motm against Falcons at the weekend.

Not having a go, just pointing out hes not currently injured.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by dammit_chris on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 10:56 am

Could get him a better team to be motm against though Wink

Great that Bath signed him, looking forward to seeing him in the AP, backrow of Louw, Underhill and Falateau is some unit.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 11:00 am

Better than the mighty Falcons? I think you'll struggle.

He's some prospect, very unique for an English flanker. Lets see how he goes next season, Eddie has said he's off to Argentina in the Summer.

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Re: Champions Cup - Round Five

Post by Guest on Fri 27 Jan 2017, 7:21 am

Glos will regret every letting underhill go.
Great prospect.

Still very young and yet has played quite a lot of top
Class rugby.
Think he will get less
Injuries as he grows in to his body.

Meant to have a
Superb attitude. Every coach who has ever worked with him praises him:

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