Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

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Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 02 Feb 2017, 4:21 am

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 Pooly by 23:59 hours on Sunday


Bristol v Harlequins
Ashton Gate
Partial sunny - 5', 10mph winds


Bristol Team 
Manager: CJ

01. Loni Uhila09. Kahn Fotuali'i 
02. Manuel Montoya10. Jimmy Gopperth(k)
03. Sekope Kepu
04. Sam Carter11. Rene Ranger
05. Grant Gilchrist12. Piers Francis
06. Chris Robshaw13. Sione Tuipolutu
07. Carl Fearns 14. Charlie Sharples
08. Victor Vito (c)15. Chris Pennell
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16. James Johnston 17. Rob Buchanan  18. David Kilcoyne 19.  Kearnan Myall 20  Max Deegan 21. Ben Spencer 22. Rhys Patchell 23. Jesse Mogg

Tactics:
Attributes:

Attacking:
1) Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown
2)  Phase Attack: Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises. 
Defending:
1) 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. 
2) Breakdown - Organised Ruck defence: with guards and body guards set, allowing the rest of the line to set off them.


Tactics:

At the breakdown, we are looking to use our backrow's (with Carter) superior work rate to have more impact across the pitch across the whole match than their flashier flankers. Our backrow will be working flat out with out attack plan looking to keep roaming across the pitch and one of them in support constantly. This means that someone will be in place to power through and force the mobile Hooper off the ball and also that in order to join the breakdown party Armitage will have to up his range across the pitch and tire himself early. The backrow (including Carter) will be coordinating to ensure there is always one of them outwide to ensure this happens.

Generally we want to work across the first half to make their pack work hard, trusting our workrate, and then specifically aim to directly test players like Brookes and Armitage at the 50-60 minute period when we think they will be flagging

Attack:

We will still keep very slow ball in the pack, aiming to mostly pick and drive in units with a focus on ball retention, but will spin it wide earlier in terms of phases than in our usual approach.

3 playmakers at 9, 10 and 12 to make it easier to distribute wide quickly and to change the focus of attack. The other backs are direct attacking options, with Ranger and our 13 adding power, Sharples pace and Pennell dangerous lines, to offer threat from everywhere with everyone looking to mix up their position in the line

The big carriers in Vito, Fearns, Kepu, Montoya and Uhila will be looking to get on the shoulder of a playmaker to offer the inside power option, especially s an option to switch the attack inside on Jantjes' channel

The backrow roaming tactics above should mean they are easily available as linkmen too

9 and 10 given licence to go for a gap themselves if they see it

Defence: 

Blitz, Fotuali'i to sweep, with an early rush and extra backrow pressure on Jantjes whom we know can be got at

Scrum:

Look to hold them with steady scrummaging to start but target  Brookes once he tires in the second half

Lineouts:

Keep it simple and defend their lineout on the ground not the air- Kruis is a good caller so attack where they are not quite so strong


1. Richard Barrington
2. Agustin Creevy
3. Kieran Brookes
4. Pieter Steph Du Toit
5. George Kruis
6. Steffon Armitage
7. Michael Hooper
8. Mamuka Gorgodze
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Elton Jantjies
11. Joe Tomane
12. Bundee Aki
13. Stuart Olding
14. Santiago Cordero
15. Damian McKenzie

16. Rob Webber 17. Ethan Waller 18. John Afoa 19. Luke Romano 20. Jaco Kriel 21. Stuart Townsend 22. Steven Myler 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. 

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  • Play at pace. Look to play at a quick tempo controlled by Pienaar and Jantjies with McKenzie also acting as a first receiver. Look for Jantjies to stand flat and bring our pack onto the ball at pace in the midfield. We want to offer numerous threats to Bristol's defence with forwards carrying off 9 10 and 12.

  • Look to use out the back options to get the ball wide into the hands of Olding, Aki and our back three's hands.

  • Use Jantjies and McKenzie's boot to play in the right area of the field, but we will always look to run the ball if we have the overlap or an unorganised defence. Use Olding and Cordero's ability under the high ball to put pressure on the Bristol back three under the high ball

  • Look for forwards to carry with support, and look for the offload out of contact if it is on or to recycle the ball quickly for the next attack. Conditions allow for us to build phases and use our pack, who are very comfortable with ball in hand, to build us momentum and recycle quick ball for our backs to use.

  • Use Du Toit and Kruis to put huge pressure on the Bristol line out, looking to allow the front but not allow easy ball of the back or the tail of the line out.


    • We have electric pace in our back line. If we can use the carriers in our pack to get us across the gain line and get Bristol's defence on the back foot and allow us to attack them on the front foot. Look to counter attack any loose kicks back at pace






Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons
AJ Bell
Partial sunny - 5', 6mph winds


Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Scott Sio09. Faf De Klerk
02. Tommy Taylor10. Bernard Foley
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Brodie Retalick11. Ruan Combrinck
05. Dave Attwood12. Reece Hodge
06. Peter O'Mahony13. Malakai Fekitoa
07. Sam Cane14. Semesa Rokoduguni
08. Duane Vermulean15. Nick Abendanon
Subs:
16. Malcolm Marx 17. Ross Harrison 18. Martin Moore 19. Christian Day 20. Matt Kvesic 21. James Mitchell 22. Johnny Sexton 23. Nemani Nadolo

Attributes:
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. Combrinck & 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. Defensively Retalick to get up in the air at the front and challenge on opposition ball while POM marshals the middle looking to make it as messy as possible.


Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam

01. Alec Hepburn09. Will Chudley
02. George McGuigan   10. Gareth Anscombe
03. Charlie Faumuina
04. Guido Petti11. Charles Piutau
05. Lood De Jager12. Jan Serfontein
06. Pablo Matera13. Luke Marshall
07. Francois Louw14. David Strettle
08. Kieran Read (c) 15. Ben Smith
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16.Ricky Riccitelli 17.Nic Auterac 18. Davit Kubriashvili 19. Matt Symons 20. Callum Clark 21. Dave Lewis 22. Ian Madigan 23. Rob Miller

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

Game plan

Use Anscombe/Marshall/Smith to split the field as alternate first receivers, look to create mismatches on the outside.

Win the pack battle -  looking to use Matera/Petti/De Jager as our heavy carriers, with Louw/Read to help us rule the breakdown

Target Roko in the air and with kicks in behind him

Set piece - Look to really put their props under maximum pressure with our strong front row, we've got a great scrummaging lock pairing to help. If no weakness, use as restart. On their ball, mark their second rows and force long throws. On our ball, use the back row options to mix it up.

Breakdown - Back row and hooker to lead the way on turnovers. Others focus on strong clear outs and maintaining a strong defensive line. . On our ball, smash them off the ball, use pod system to ensure support if they are having success. Our openside is charged with keeping their main breakdown threat off our ball, and target turnovers if one of their carriers gets isolated

Kicking - Options throughout the backs . Kick in behind the wings for territory, aim for space not the man. Challenge wings positioning, Wings free to drop back for the counter off their kicks

Attack - Run our attack off 9 who sets the tempo, constantly change the point of attack and get our 10 quick ball.. Challenge their 10 defensively with our power backs cutting in running hard lines at his channel with the full back coming into the line. Big carrying forwards to set a platform, run at 10/12 all day long to put them on the back foot off first phase, see how they handle it.  

Defence - no weak links in the backline, use the blitz defence to put them on the back foot,  

Bench - Big carrying forwards throughout and talented, pacy backs to see us home


Bath v Northampton Saints
Rec
Partial sunny - 4', 10mph winds


Bath Rugby
Manager – CJB
01. Eddy Ben Arous09. Aaron Smith
02. Mikey Haywood 10. Jack Debrenczeni  
03. Nepo Laulala
04. Will Skelton 11. Christian Wade  
05. Graham Kitchener 12. Damian De Allende
06. Liam Squire  13. Jesse Kriel
07. Liam Gill  14. George Moala
08. Josh Beaumont 15. Alex Goode
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16. Steven Kitchoff 17. Leni Asipai 18. Scott Wilson 19. Mitch Lees 20. Siya Kolisi  21. Richard Wigglesworth 22. Sam Hill 23. Cheslin Kolbe
Attributes: First phase attack/strike moves: Will look to break the defence, with either a bust through or a clever move to create a gap.
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 - Turnover possession: Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty

Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby and put Northampton under immense pressure with our energy. Look for big carries and offloading at a high pace looking to create space and break the defense. Attack the set piece where we expect to be dominant and finish strongly off the bench 

Scrum: Use the set piece to get quick ball to restart our play. We will look to get more power from our back five. Beaumont will look to attack off the quick ball he gets.

Lineout: We will look to switch up the lineup with Beaumont, Skelton and Kitchener options in the lineout. Kitchener will run the line out. Look to get up into the air quickly and down for a quick maul. We think we can dominate here against a poor set of jumpers. Skelton will offer quick ball option at the front. 

Breakdown: Look to generate quick ball for our backs to take advantage of. Gill is brilliant at the breakdown and we will also look to get the rest of the pack looking to help and clear out. 

Defence: Run a blitz defence. Wiggles to drift behind expecting kicks.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. Smith will set the tempoand play what he sees in front of him. Outside of him, Debrenzeni will play flat and use his creativity to bring in the back line and make plays. He will be given a freedom to be creative. Look to bring in the rest of the back line, especially De Allende and Moala who we would like to get running at defenders.  Wade and Goode are very skilful and if the ball gets to them will look to draw in defenders. The pack will also be involved when we have the ball for a prolonged period. We have strong carriers who excel in the loose. Look to get the ball in the hands of EBa, Skelton and Squire in order to break the line and make yards. Throughout them team look to Keep the ball alive and look for offloads. Look to play with a high tempo and get the ball moving across the back line. Exploit the holes we create and look to tire out Northampton which can help nullify their offensive threats. 

Kicking: Debrenczeni will be our chosen place kicker. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. Beaumont, Wigglesworth, Williams and Goode all have the boots necessary to try and put us in a good position territorially if need. 

Substitutes: Keep a high tempo off the bench.


Northampton Saints
Manager: Dammit Chris

1. Mako Vunipola
2. Schalk Brits
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Paul Jedrasiak
5. Michael Paterson
6. Schalk Burger
7. David Pocock
8. Billy Vunipola
9. Joe Simpson (c)
10. Lima Sopoaga (k)
11. Julian Savea
12. Wesley Fofana
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
14. Manuel Montero
15. Ben Foden

Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley 19. Vaea Fifita 20. N/A 21. Jamie Shillcock 22. Harry Mallinder 23. Rieko Ioane

SAINTS ONE MAN DOWN, ISA INJURED

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
Recalled Mako, Brits, Herrera, Burger, Pocock and BV to the starting pack after 2 weeks off, really fresh pack and will play at a high intensity and make the game very physical for the homeside. We have big ball carriers throughout the forwards and will look to dominate both the gain line and breakdown areas, get ourselves on the front foot and allow our halfbacks to bring our power runners in the backline into the game. We've got a strong, physical side and will aim to place Bath under a lot of pressure, force mistakes and stop them getting over that gainline.

Look for advantage at:
- gain line / collisions
- breakdown
- impact bench

Set Piece & Pack
We will look to put Bath under pressure at the setpiece, we have a strong, powerful pack at the scrum (lucky that Mako & BV are both available!) and will launch BV off the base to attack the Bath no10 channel. Lineout will be used to generate quick ball for Sopoaga to get our strike runners into the game off first phase ball. Have an impact forwards bench with likes of AJ and Isa being able to add real power from the bench against a tiring Bath team in the second half.  

Gain-line/Physical Battle
Like Saracens in real life we'll look to send big runner after runner at the Bath defence to suck in players and create space out wide for our strike runners to exploit. This is an area we feel we can get a big advantage on and set our game plan around getting our backline on the front foot by winning the collisions and physical battle with our big ball carriers.

Breakdown
Another area we will look to win, Pocock and Burger both been rested in recent weeks and we'll look to try and get an advantage in this area.

Attack
- Look for our pack to win the collisions and gain line battle to get Sopoaga onto the front foot and bring in our backline into the game - believe we have an advantage in terms of ball carriers and will use this to tire the Bath defence and create space
- We have two big wingers, with good kick chase game and we will look for Simpson and Sopoaga to put the ball high at both of Bath's wings, where we aim to exploit Wade's height and Moala's lack of game time as a winger of late.
- Use Burger and Pocock to generate quick attacking ball to attack Bath from the breakdown
- Impact bench to really finish strongly

Kicking
- Keep scoreboard ticking over with Sopoaga's boot, look at Simpson and Sopoaga to test Bath's wingers defensively with box kicks from Simpson and Sopoaga putting up high balls to chase.  

Defence
Blitz defence, with Simpson sweeping behind. Kicking game of 9, 10 a


Exeter Chiefs v Wasps
Sandy Park
Partial sunny - 4', 10mph winds


1 Jefferson Poirot
2 Dane Coles
3 Ben Tameifuna
4 James Horwill
5 Kane Douglas
6 Dave Ewers
7 Teimana Harrison
8 Fritz Lee
9 Nic White
10 Alex Lozowski
11 James Lowe
12 Ma'a Nonu
13 Maxime Mermoz
14 Chris Ashton
15 Maxime Medard

16 Tom Youngs
17 Nathan Catt
18 Harry Williams
19 Juandre Kruger
20 Charles Ollivon
21 Chris Cook
22 Richie Mo'unga
23 JP Pietersen

Territorial Kicking: Looking to pin back sides and kick for open spaces or touch.
First phase attack/strike moves: Will look to break the defence, with either a bust through or a clever move to create a gap.

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.
Chop Tackle: Tacklers look to get low and chop down attackers before gaining momentum or metres over the gain line.

The weather isn't brilliant so we will play a forward based and territory based game to get in the right positions of the pitch.

We have picked a big pack and are targeting the forward battle as key to the win. We have a solid scrum to build from and two big locks who are both good lineout options.

The set piece will be important and we will look to use this as a weapon to attack from and gain territory. Our back row are all big carriers and we will use them all to gain hard yards and tire out Wasps defenders. Ewers, Coles, Ben T, Lee, Harrison are all good strong ball carriers and will look to get us front foot ball for Lozowski to work with.

In the backs we will use Nonu as a crash ball option and a decoy runner to open up space for the likes of Mermoz, Lowe and Medard to exploit. Lozowski will kick all pens for goal if in range and if not look to kick deep to gain territory.


Wasps
Manager - Pullthestrings

01. Marcos Ayerza09. Sebastien Tillous Borde
02. Bismark Du Plessis10. Aaron Cruden (k)
03. Frans Malherbe
04. Jim Hamilton11. Bryan Habana
05.Andrew Kitchener12. Brad Barritt
06. Jerome Kaino13. Henry Slade
07.Fulgence Quedraogo14. Anthony Watson
08. Nazeem Carr15.Tim Nani-Williams
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16. Harry Thacker, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Fraiser Bailmen, 19. Dom Barrow, 20. Tom Wood 21. Mitchell Drummound, 22. Nick Evans, 23. Luther Burrell


Tactics
Attack:
- Good mobility in the back row to get round the park
- 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:
- Nullify the midfield threat, looking for big hit opportunities and wrap tackles to prevent the offloads
- Good line speed to put pressure on their handling and ability to go round our blitz defence
Breakdown:
- Be disciplined at the breakdown and do not give away penalties in our half
- If ruck is lost, don't compete and fan out in D
Bench:
- Good quality on the bench with a number of options. Slade can open up the attack in the latter stages.



Leicester Tigers v Gloucester
Welford Road
Cloudy - 4', 8mph winds


Leicester Tigers
Manager – Fluxy

01. Mikheil Nariashvili09. Francois Hougaard
02. Stephen Moore10. Francois Trinh-Duc
03. Owen Franks
04. Samu Manoa11. Henry Purdy
05. Dominic Bird12. Billy Twelvetrees
06. Don Armand (c)13. Matheiu Basteraud
07. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe14. Drew Mitchell
08. Thomas Waldrom15. Kurtley Beale (k)
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Subs: 16. Dave Ward 17. Max Lahiff 18. Brian Mujati 19. Stanley South 20. Calum Chick 21. Nick Phipps 22. Freddie Burns 23. Alex Cuthbert

Tigers Attributes
Defensive:


  • 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. 
    Attacking:
  • Offloading in the tackle: Moving the point of attack preventing a defence to set and keeping play fluid.
  • Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown

In decent conditions we will be looking to play a possession based game, working through the phases. Looking to make ground carrying close to the ruck and recycling quickly, with offloading and forward inter-play to keep the ball off the ground and moving, preventing a ruck and defensive line being set. Trinh - Duc will take the ball to the line and tempt the Gloucester defence to jump out of the defensive line, creating holes for our back line to exploit. Multiple play-makers to come in at first receiver, either side of the ruck to stretch the Gloucester defence in an attempt to create an overlap, or to provide the opportunity of grubber or high ball in behind the wings. Ideally we want to be putting the ball through the hands to stretch the defence. 

In defence, as always we will be running our hard blitz defence - looking for us to win the gain line battle as we will cause the Gloucester carrier to make negative metres. Our focus will be on the gain line collisions and driving back in the tackle. Line speed and no dog-legs will be key components for us. Houagaard will sweep in behind the defensive line to counter any chips/grubbers.

Specifics

  • Line-out: Nothing flash. Hit our front and middle jumpers and ensure that we secure our ball. We will also mix it up, shortening the line-out and using our back row as crash ball options off the top. On Gloucester ball put pressure on; by getting Bird up at the front and Armand up in the middle to compete. 

  • Scrum: Get low and underneath their props and drive straight. Really test their props technical abilities rather than get in to a battle of strength. This is an area this week, where we believe we can manipulate the scrum in directions we require, to get Waldrom doing his best carrying at the try line. 

  • Breakdown: When we carry in, we will flood the breakdown rucking well past the ball to free it up quickly, so that Hougaard can feed the ball quickly to forwards, the first receiver, or snipe through a hole. In defence, if we have made a passive tackle and the carrier has momentum we will not over commit, but will maintain a strong defensive line. If we win the collision and knock the carrier back we will look to get the second man in hard over the ball to slow up momentum, or turn over possession. Key for us is being selective, and only committing men to a contestable ruck. 

  • Attacking Play: We will be looking to play a fast offloading game, with the ball shifted on to the support runner just prior to the point of the tackle with the defender already committed. However this will only be implemented within the opposition half. We will also utilise the pick and go, meaning their defensive line cannot blitz efficiently. We will then we will look to exploit the delay in their blitz that results. We will then look to shift the direction of play and pull their defenders out of position to create gaps. Hougaard to also look to snipe around the fringes, to keep the defence honest and keep us going forwards all the time.

  • Tactical Kicking: If we kick, we will look to kick in behind their wingers and get them on the turn going back towards their own line, with our wingers on the kick chase to really target them defensively. Trinh-Duc/Beale/Twelvetrees who can take the ball to the line and kick in behind the defence, to get our wingers either on the end of the grubber, or pin back Gloucester. 

  • Look to use the bench to freshen the impetus - especially with the 'finishers' in the forwards. 



1 Beast
2 LCD
3 Molipola
4 Etzbeth
5 Lavanini
6 Croft
7 Savea
8 Alberts
9 Robson
10 carter
11 Dagg
12 Crotty
13 Kurindrani
14 Walker
15 Folau
16 Lamisotele
17 Gray
18 Ousthuizen
19 Stooke
20 camara
21 Perenara
22 Cipriani
23 Addison


Worcester Warriors v Saracens
Sixways
Partial sunny - 4', 12mph winds


Worcester Warriors
Manager - Prop

01. Joe Moody09. Sam Harrison
02. Codie Taylor10. Owen Williams(k)
03. WP Nel
04. Tom Savage11. Sergeal Petersen
05. Leone Nakawara12. Anton Leniert-Brown
06. Jackson Wray13. Jarrad Payne
07. George Smith (c)14. Waisake Naholo
08. Ben Morgan15. Brice Dulin
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16. Ross Batty 17. Val Ruskin 18. Henry Thomas 19. Mike Williams 20. Warren Whiteley 21. Rory Kockett 22. Sam Olver 23. NMS
Season's Attributes-
Offloading in the Tackle
Breakdown (Turnovers)
Blitz Defence
Choke Tackle
*We have gone with a different centre pairing of ALB-Payneto tackle the Sarries centre pairings with Payne's ability to hit hard at the tackle. We also have Williams who can slot into the inside receiver role if needed as used at 12 by Tigers IRL.

-We have selected a heavy, hard working pack looking to nullify the Sarries danger from their big carriers and set piece,
-We will play a controlled game, offloading-only when on. Williams will look for territory,
-Big carriers up front looking to offload if the conditions allow possible although being mindful of the encroaching defence and we will have support runners on their shoulders,
-Back row looking to be balanced with carrying, tackling and Smith bringing the turnover attribute,
-The breakdown is likely to be scrappy and the first man there will look to go for the ball using our turnover attribute. If it is obviously lost we will fan out. If Sarries under-commit we will look to drive through them for the turnover,
-Look to not commit too much to their breakdown if the ball is lost and use blitz defence led by Jones allowing the chance to apply the choke tackle to stop Sarries playing a quick tempo game,
-Backs to play what is in front of them, runners off ALB and Payne, we will use Petersen and Naholo as a strike runner and know the pace of our back three to put pressure with quick ball,
-When nothing is on  go for territory and also use  'bombs' to challenge and turn their backlline,
-We will the wingers to come into the line and switch things up to keep Sarries guessing and allow us the chance to hit from deep at times and not be predictable,
-We have selected a huge bench which will be used for impact and to maintain a high tempo game running against tired legs,
-Take all kickable penalties.




Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Dylan Smith09. Morgan Parra
02. Richard Hibbard10. Nicolas Sanchez
03. Paul Hill
04. Ed Slater11. Teddy Thomas
05. Sam Whitelock12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
06. Guy Thompson13. Conrad Smith
07. John Hardie14. Telusa Veainu
08. Dave Denton15. Delon Armitage
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16. Scott Spurling 17. Alex Waller 18. Ben Franks 19. Brad Davies 20. Sam Underhill 21. Lee Dickson 22. Ollie Devoto 23. Pat Lambie

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

KICK IN BEHIND WUSS WINGERS - Look to exploit space behind the Wuss wingers and attack them with box kicks early on. Look to exploit if this works.

NEW MIDFIELD COMBO - TARGET - First outing for this midfield combo outside a fresh halfback combo. Look to cause disruption with our blitz defence and stop any fluidity.

General - We'll be playing a structured physical game from the off, look to get at the opposition and target the breakdown. We'll look to tie the opposition in with our physical pack/carrying options and then get at their outisde backs, more so in their half. Look to keep it tight in the forward pack and grind through work. Looking to bring in the opposition pack and then use big carrying options to punch holes through their defence. Look to control the tempo and areas we play with kicking options at halfback.

Scrum - Look to get a platform from the off with a strong scrummaging unit. Strong front 5 with big locks will look for the big push once the ball is in and drive the opposition back. Our TH and Hooker will look to target LH and try to get between him and Hooker to allow LH to work on TH If no weakness seen will use as restart.

Line out – Look for safe ball with world class line out options and experience. Will allow SH good clean ball and have big carriers running off the 9 at angles. Look to target opposition throw and put pressure on the hooker.

Defence - Blitz defence with high intensity and big hits, looking to drive past the ball player if the ball hits the deck. physical pack that can look to get at the collision and breakdown allowing a chance to slow down/steal ball. Put pressure on SH's basics and force him into errors. Scrum half to sweep behind the defensive line.

Attack - Keep things simple in our own half then look to unleash backs in opp 22 territory. Scrum half to dictate play from the breakdown and runners on his shoulder. Huge carrying pack to get us over the gain line after front 5 set a platform. Midfield to run angles off the 9/10, allowing us gain line breakers. Look to keep opposition guessing with clever lines through midfield. Wingers will look to track the midfield combo.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 4:06 am

Weather update......it's cold in the UK!

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Fluxy on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:04 am

I don't think Bath would fancy hosting a double header for the Tigers  Whistle

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by stnick88 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:12 am

1 Jefferson Poirot
2 Dane Coles
3 Ben Tameifuna
4 James Horwill
5 Kane Douglas
6 Dave Ewers
7 Teimana Harrison
8 Fritz Lee
9 Nic White
10 Alex Lozowski
11 James Lowe
12 Ma'a Nonu
13 Maxime Mermoz
14 Chris Ashton
15 Maxime Medard

16 Tom Youngs
17 Nathan Catt
18 Harry Williams
19 Juandre Kruger
20 Charles Ollivon
21 Chris Cook
22 Richie Mo'unga
23 JP Pietersen

Territorial Kicking: Looking to pin back sides and kick for open spaces or touch.
First phase attack/strike moves: Will look to break the defence, with either a bust through or a clever move to create a gap.

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.
Chop Tackle: Tacklers look to get low and chop down attackers before gaining momentum or metres over the gain line.

The weather isn't brilliant so we will play a forward based and territory based game to get in the right positions of the pitch.

We have picked a big pack and are targeting the forward battle as key to the win. We have a solid scrum to build from and two big locks who are both good lineout options.

The set piece will be important and we will look to use this as a weapon to attack from and gain territory. Our back row are all big carriers and we will use them all to gain hard yards and tire out Wasps defenders. Ewers, Coles, Ben T, Lee, Harrison are all good strong ball carriers and will look to get us front foot ball for Lozowski to work with.

In the backs we will use Nonu as a crash ball option and a decoy runner to open up space for the likes of Mermoz, Lowe and Medard to exploit. Lozowski will kick all pens for goal if in range and if not look to kick deep to gain territory.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Fluxy on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 3:11 pm

Leicester Tigers
Manager – Fluxy

01. Mikheil Nariashvili09. Francois Hougaard
02. Stephen Moore10. Francois Trinh-Duc
03. Owen Franks
04. Samu Manoa11. Henry Purdy
05. Dominic Bird12. Billy Twelvetrees
06. Don Armand (c)13. Matheiu Basteraud
07. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe14. Drew Mitchell
08. Thomas Waldrom15. Kurtley Beale (k)
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Subs: 16. Dave Ward 17. Max Lahiff 18. Brian Mujati 19. Stanley South 20. Calum Chick 21. Nick Phipps 22. Freddie Burns 23. Alex Cuthbert

Tigers Attributes
Defensive:

  • 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. 
    Attacking:
  • Offloading in the tackle: Moving the point of attack preventing a defence to set and keeping play fluid.
  • Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown

In decent conditions we will be looking to play a possession based game, working through the phases. Looking to make ground carrying close to the ruck and recycling quickly, with offloading and forward inter-play to keep the ball off the ground and moving, preventing a ruck and defensive line being set. Trinh - Duc will take the ball to the line and tempt the Gloucester defence to jump out of the defensive line, creating holes for our back line to exploit. Multiple play-makers to come in at first receiver, either side of the ruck to stretch the Gloucester defence in an attempt to create an overlap, or to provide the opportunity of grubber or high ball in behind the wings. Ideally we want to be putting the ball through the hands to stretch the defence. 

In defence, as always we will be running our hard blitz defence - looking for us to win the gain line battle as we will cause the Gloucester carrier to make negative metres. Our focus will be on the gain line collisions and driving back in the tackle. Line speed and no dog-legs will be key components for us. Houagaard will sweep in behind the defensive line to counter any chips/grubbers.

Specifics

  • Line-out: Nothing flash. Hit our front and middle jumpers and ensure that we secure our ball. We will also mix it up, shortening the line-out and using our back row as crash ball options off the top. On Gloucester ball put pressure on; by getting Bird up at the front and Armand up in the middle to compete. 

  • Scrum: Get low and underneath their props and drive straight. Really test their props technical abilities rather than get in to a battle of strength. This is an area this week, where we believe we can manipulate the scrum in directions we require, to get Waldrom doing his best carrying at the try line. 

  • Breakdown: When we carry in, we will flood the breakdown rucking well past the ball to free it up quickly, so that Hougaard can feed the ball quickly to forwards, the first receiver, or snipe through a hole. In defence, if we have made a passive tackle and the carrier has momentum we will not over commit, but will maintain a strong defensive line. If we win the collision and knock the carrier back we will look to get the second man in hard over the ball to slow up momentum, or turn over possession. Key for us is being selective, and only committing men to a contestable ruck. 

  • Attacking Play: We will be looking to play a fast offloading game, with the ball shifted on to the support runner just prior to the point of the tackle with the defender already committed. However this will only be implemented within the opposition half. We will also utilise the pick and go, meaning their defensive line cannot blitz efficiently. We will then we will look to exploit the delay in their blitz that results. We will then look to shift the direction of play and pull their defenders out of position to create gaps. Hougaard to also look to snipe around the fringes, to keep the defence honest and keep us going forwards all the time.

  • Tactical Kicking: If we kick, we will look to kick in behind their wingers and get them on the turn going back towards their own line, with our wingers on the kick chase to really target them defensively. Trinh-Duc/Beale/Twelvetrees who can take the ball to the line and kick in behind the defence, to get our wingers either on the end of the grubber, or pin back Gloucester. 

  • Look to use the bench to freshen the impetus - especially with the 'finishers' in the forwards. 


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by dammit_chris on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 3:12 pm

Northampton Saints
Manager: Dammit Chris

1. Mako Vunipola
2. Schalk Brits
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Paul Jedrasiak
5. Michael Paterson
6. Schalk Burger
7. David Pocock
8. Billy Vunipola
9. Joe Simpson (c)
10. Lima Sopoaga (k)
11. Julian Savea
12. Wesley Fofana
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
14. Manuel Montero
15. Ben Foden

Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley 19. Vaea Fifita 20. James Davies 21. Jamie Shillcock 22. Harry Mallinder 23. Rieko Ioane

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
Recalled Mako, Brits, Herrera, Burger, Pocock and BV to the starting pack after 2 weeks off, really fresh pack and will play at a high intensity and make the game very physical for the homeside. We have big ball carriers throughout the forwards and will look to dominate both the gain line and breakdown areas, get ourselves on the front foot and allow our halfbacks to bring our power runners in the backline into the game. We've got a strong, physical side and will aim to place Bath under a lot of pressure, force mistakes and stop them getting over that gainline.

Look for advantage at:
- gain line / collisions
- breakdown
- impact bench

Set Piece & Pack
We will look to put Bath under pressure at the setpiece, we have a strong, powerful pack at the scrum (lucky that Mako & BV are both available!) and will launch BV off the base to attack the Bath no10 channel. Lineout will be used to generate quick ball for Sopoaga to get our strike runners into the game off first phase ball. Have an impact forwards bench with likes of AJ and Fifita being able to add real power from the bench against a tiring Bath team in the second half. Limit number of lineouts and look to keep the ball in play.

Gain-line/Physical Battle
Like Saracens in real life we'll look to send big runner after runner at the Bath defence to suck in players and create space out wide for our strike runners to exploit. This is an area we feel we can get a big advantage on and set our game plan around getting our backline on the front foot by winning the collisions and physical battle with our big ball carriers.

Breakdown
Another area we will look to win, Pocock and Burger both been rested in recent weeks and we'll look to try and get an advantage in this area.

Attack
- Look for our pack to win the collisions and gain line battle to get Sopoaga onto the front foot and bring in our backline into the game - believe we have an advantage in terms of ball carriers and will use this to tire the Bath defence and create space
- We have two big wingers, with good kick chase game and we will look for Simpson and Sopoaga to put the ball high at both of Bath's wings, where we aim to exploit Wade's height and Moala's lack of game time as a winger of late.
- Use Burger and Pocock to generate quick attacking ball to attack Bath from the breakdown
- Impact bench to really finish strongly

Kicking
- Keep scoreboard ticking over with Sopoaga's boot, look at Simpson and Sopoaga to test Bath's wingers defensively with box kicks from Simpson and Sopoaga putting up high balls to chase.  

Defence
Blitz defence, with Simpson sweeping behind. Kicking game of 9, 10 a


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by ChequeredJersey on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 11:50 pm

Bristol Team 
Manager: CJ

01. Loni Uhila09. Kahn Fotuali'i 
02. Manuel Montoya10. Jimmy Gopperth(k)
03. Sekope Kepu
04. Sam Carter11. Rene Ranger
05. Grant Gilchrist12. Piers Francis
06. Chris Robshaw13. Sione Tuipolutu
07. Carl Fearns 14. Charlie Sharples
08. Victor Vito (c)15. Chris Pennell
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16. James Johnston 17. Rob Buchanan  18. David Kilcoyne 19.  Kearnan Myall 20  Max Deegan 21. Ben Spencer 22. Rhys Patchell 23. Jesse Mogg

Tactics:
Attributes:

Attacking:
1) Breakdown - Clearing: Ensuring the possession is clean and quick with quick support to the breakdown
2)  Phase Attack: Attacks build momentum until an opportunity arises. 
Defending:
1) 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. 
2) Breakdown - Organised Ruck defence: with guards and body guards set, allowing the rest of the line to set off them.


Tactics:

At the breakdown, we are looking to use our backrow's (with Carter) superior work rate to have more impact across the pitch across the whole match than their flashier flankers. Our backrow will be working flat out with out attack plan looking to keep roaming across the pitch and one of them in support constantly. This means that someone will be in place to power through and force the mobile Hooper off the ball and also that in order to join the breakdown party Armitage will have to up his range across the pitch and tire himself early. The backrow (including Carter) will be coordinating to ensure there is always one of them outwide to ensure this happens.

Generally we want to work across the first half to make their pack work hard, trusting our workrate, and then specifically aim to directly test players like Brookes and Armitage at the 50-60 minute period when we think they will be flagging

Attack:

We will still keep very slow ball in the pack, aiming to mostly pick and drive in units with a focus on ball retention, but will spin it wide earlier in terms of phases than in our usual approach.

3 playmakers at 9, 10 and 12 to make it easier to distribute wide quickly and to change the focus of attack. The other backs are direct attacking options, with Ranger and our 13 adding power, Sharples pace and Pennell dangerous lines, to offer threat from everywhere with everyone looking to mix up their position in the line

The big carriers in Vito, Fearns, Kepu, Montoya and Uhila will be looking to get on the shoulder of a playmaker to offer the inside power option, especially s an option to switch the attack inside on Jantjes' channel

The backrow roaming tactics above should mean they are easily available as linkmen too

9 and 10 given licence to go for a gap themselves if they see it

Defence: 

Blitz, Fotuali'i to sweep, with an early rush and extra backrow pressure on Jantjes whom we know can be got at

Scrum:

Look to hold them with steady scrummaging to start but target  Brookes once he tires in the second half

Lineouts:

Keep it simple and defend their lineout on the ground not the air- Kruis is a good caller so attack where they are not quite so strong


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by CJB on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 1:02 am

Bath Rugby
Manager – CJB
01. Eddy Ben Arous09. Aaron Smith
02. Mikey Haywood 10. Jack Debrenczeni
03. Nepo Laulala
04. Will Skelton 11. Christian Wade  
05. Graham Kitchener 12. Damian De Allende
06. Liam Squire  13. Jesse Kriel
07. Liam Gill  14. George Moala
08. Toby Falateu 15. Alex Goode
16. Steven Kitchoff 17. Leni Asipai 18. Scott Wilson 19. Mitch Lees 20. Josh Beaumont 21. Richard Wigglesworth 22. Sam Hill 23. Cheslin Kolbe
*Josh Beaumont played if Faletau is picked and Siya Kolisi to the bench

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 5:18 am

Saracens
Manager – Pooly

01. Dylan Smith09. Morgan Parra
02. Richard Hibbard10. Nicolas Sanchez
03. Paul Hill
04. Ed Slater11. George North
05. Sam Whitelock12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
06. Guy Thompson13. Conrad Smith
07. John Hardie14. Telusa Veainu
08. Dave Denton15. Delon Armitage
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16. Scott Spurling 17. Alex Waller 18. Ben Franks 19. Brad Davies 20. Sam Underhill 21. Lee Dickson 22. Ollie Devoto 23. Pat Lambie

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

KICK IN BEHIND WUSS WINGERS - Look to exploit space behind the Wuss wingers and attack them with box kicks early on. Look to exploit if this works.

NEW MIDFIELD COMBO - TARGET - First outing for this midfield combo outside a fresh halfback combo. Look to cause disruption with our blitz defence and stop any fluidity.

General - We'll be playing a structured physical game from the off, look to get at the opposition and target the breakdown. We'll look to tie the opposition in with our physical pack/carrying options and then get at their outisde backs, more so in their half. Look to keep it tight in the forward pack and grind through work. Looking to bring in the opposition pack and then use big carrying options to punch holes through their defence. Look to control the tempo and areas we play with kicking options at halfback.

Scrum - Look to get a platform from the off with a strong scrummaging unit. Strong front 5 with big locks will look for the big push once the ball is in and drive the opposition back. Our TH and Hooker will look to target LH and try to get between him and Hooker to allow LH to work on TH If no weakness seen will use as restart.

Line out – Look for safe ball with world class line out options and experience. Will allow SH good clean ball and have big carriers running off the 9 at angles. Look to target opposition throw and put pressure on the hooker.

Defence - Blitz defence with high intensity and big hits, looking to drive past the ball player if the ball hits the deck. physical pack that can look to get at the collision and breakdown allowing a chance to slow down/steal ball. Put pressure on SH's basics and force him into errors. Scrum half to sweep behind the defensive line.

Attack - Keep things simple in our own half then look to unleash backs in opp 22 territory. Scrum half to dictate play from the breakdown and runners on his shoulder. Huge carrying pack to get us over the gain line after front 5 set a platform. Midfield to run angles off the 9/10, allowing us gain line breakers. Look to keep opposition guessing with clever lines through midfield. Wingers will look to track the midfield combo.


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by BamBam on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 11:22 am

Newcastle Falcons
Manager – Bambam

01. Alec Hepburn09. Will Chudley
02. George McGuigan   10. Gareth Anscombe
03. Charlie Faumuina
04. Guido Petti11. Charles Piutau
05. Lood De Jager12. Jan Serfontein
06. Pablo Matera13. Luke Marshall
07. Francois Louw14. David Strettle
08. Kieran Read (c) 15. Ben Smith
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16.Ricky Riccitelli 17.Nic Auterac 18. Davit Kubriashvili 19. Matt Symons 20. Callum Clark 21. Dave Lewis 22. Ian Madigan 23. Rob Miller

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

Game plan

Use Anscombe/Marshall/Smith to split the field as alternate first receivers, look to create mismatches on the outside.

Win the pack battle -  looking to use Matera/Petti/De Jager as our heavy carriers, with Louw/Read to help us rule the breakdown

Target Roko in the air and with kicks in behind him

Set piece - Look to really put their props under maximum pressure with our strong front row, we've got a great scrummaging lock pairing to help. If no weakness, use as restart. On their ball, mark their second rows and force long throws. On our ball, use the back row options to mix it up.

Breakdown - Back row and hooker to lead the way on turnovers. Others focus on strong clear outs and maintaining a strong defensive line. . On our ball, smash them off the ball, use pod system to ensure support if they are having success. Our openside is charged with keeping their main breakdown threat off our ball, and target turnovers if one of their carriers gets isolated

Kicking - Options throughout the backs . Kick in behind the wings for territory, aim for space not the man. Challenge wings positioning, Wings free to drop back for the counter off their kicks

Attack - Run our attack off 9 who sets the tempo, constantly change the point of attack and get our 10 quick ball.. Challenge their 10 defensively with our power backs cutting in running hard lines at his channel with the full back coming into the line. Big carrying forwards to set a platform, run at 10/12 all day long to put them on the back foot off first phase, see how they handle it.  

Defence - no weak links in the backline, use the blitz defence to put them on the back foot,  

Bench - Big carrying forwards throughout and talented, pacy backs to see us home


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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by prop_lyd on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 4:39 pm

Worcester Warriors
Manager - Prop

01. Joe Moody09. Sam Harrison
02. Codie Taylor10. Owen Williams(k)
03. WP Nel
04. Tom Savage11. Sergeal Petersen
05. Leone Nakawara12. Anton Leniert-Brown
06. Jackson Wray13. Jarrad Payne
07. George Smith (c)14. Waisake Naholo
08. Ben Morgan15. Brice Dulin
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16. Ross Batty 17. Val Ruskin 18. Henry Thomas 19. Mike Williams 20. Warren Whiteley 21. Rory Kockett 22. Sam Olver 23. NMS
Season's Attributes-
Offloading in the Tackle
Breakdown (Turnovers)
Blitz Defence
Choke Tackle
*We have gone with a different centre pairing of ALB-Payneto tackle the Sarries centre pairings with Payne's ability to hit hard at the tackle. We also have Williams who can slot into the inside receiver role if needed as used at 12 by Tigers IRL.

-We have selected a heavy, hard working pack looking to nullify the Sarries danger from their big carriers and set piece,
-We will play a controlled game, offloading-only when on. Williams will look for territory,
-Big carriers up front looking to offload if the conditions allow possible although being mindful of the encroaching defence and we will have support runners on their shoulders,
-Back row looking to be balanced with carrying, tackling and Smith bringing the turnover attribute,
-The breakdown is likely to be scrappy and the first man there will look to go for the ball using our turnover attribute. If it is obviously lost we will fan out. If Sarries under-commit we will look to drive through them for the turnover,
-Look to not commit too much to their breakdown if the ball is lost and use blitz defence led by Jones allowing the chance to apply the choke tackle to stop Sarries playing a quick tempo game,
-Backs to play what is in front of them, runners off ALB and Payne, we will use Petersen and Naholo as a strike runner and know the pace of our back three to put pressure with quick ball,
-When nothing is on  go for territory and also use 'bombs' to challenge and turn their backlline,
-We will the wingers to come into the line and switch things up to keep Sarries guessing and allow us the chance to hit from deep at times and not be predictable,
-We have selected a huge bench which will be used for impact and to maintain a high tempo game running against tired legs,
-Take all kickable penalties.
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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Steven_Sharks on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 6:32 pm

1. Richard Barrington
2. Agustin Creevy
3. Kieran Brookes
4. Pieter Steph Du Toit
5. George Kruis
6. Steffon Armitage
7. Michael Hooper
8. Mamuka Gorgodze
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Elton Jantjies
11. Joe Tomane
12. Bundee Aki
13. Stuart Olding
14. Santiago Cordero
15. Damian McKenzie

16. Rob Webber 17. Ethan Waller 18. John Afoa 19. Luke Romano 20. Jaco Kriel 21. Stuart Townsend 22. Steven Myler 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. 

Game Plan[/b][/b][/b]

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  • Play at pace. Look to play at a quick tempo controlled by Pienaar and Jantjies with McKenzie also acting as a first receiver. Look for Jantjies to stand flat and bring our pack onto the ball at pace in the midfield. We want to offer numerous threats to Bristol's defence with forwards carrying off 9 10 and 12.

  • Look to use out the back options to get the ball wide into the hands of Olding, Aki and our back three's hands.

  • Use Jantjies and McKenzie's boot to play in the right area of the field, but we will always look to run the ball if we have the overlap or an unorganised defence. Use Olding and Cordero's ability under the high ball to put pressure on the Bristol back three under the high ball

  • Look for forwards to carry with support, and look for the offload out of contact if it is on or to recycle the ball quickly for the next attack. Conditions allow for us to build phases and use our pack, who are very comfortable with ball in hand, to build us momentum and recycle quick ball for our backs to use.

  • Use Du Toit and Kruis to put huge pressure on the Bristol line out, looking to allow the front but not allow easy ball of the back or the tail of the line out.


    • We have electric pace in our back line. If we can use the carriers in our pack to get us across the gain line and get Bristol's defence on the back foot and allow us to attack them on the front foot. Look to counter attack any loose kicks back at pace





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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Guest on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 8:35 pm

1 Beast
2 LCD
3 Molipola
4 Etzbeth
5 Lavanini
6 Croft
7 Savea
8 Alberts
9 Robson
10 carter
11 Dagg
12 Crotty
13 Kurindrani
14 Walker
15 Folau
16 Lamisotele
17 Gray
18 Ousthuizen
19 Stooke
20 camara
21 Perenara
22 Cipriani
23 Addison


Attributes

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

Choke tackle : Tacklers look where possible to hold the opposition up and force the turnover


Huge game at away

We aim to play a super high tempo and take advantage of the conditions to attack in wider channels.

Initially We will look to build phases and use the likes of alberts, etzbeth, savea , etc to get us across the gain line so we can play with quick ball.

we will look for Robson, Carter and Crotty to control the tempo of the game. Off static ball we will look to use runners off ten or kick for space with a heavy press. However our aim is to play at pace. Our 9,10,12,13 will look to give Create space to target wide  

With a back 3 of dagg, walker and Folau We have pace to burn and we will look to get it to them as often as possible. We
Will also look to put high ball up and chase
Tigers back 3 . With Walker Dagg and Folau being aerial experts we can really win here.

We will also be keen to test their ten channel/ We will Target him and look to flood numbers And cut him at source. We
Will also use Kurindrani to test outside shoulders one on one.

When we generate quick ball we will look to utilise our extreme gas out wide and create one on ones. Our wings are quick and elusive and can play.

Having ball players in 9-15 means we are able to slot in on any turnover and counter attack at pace.

We are looking to create space for our outside backs with looking to exploit the space outwide. We will use folau, Dagg or Crotty as a first receiver when we need to change things up.

In our own half when kicking we will use the boots of Robson, Carter and Dagg to gain territory, looking to kick long to Make them play. We want them
To kick to touch so we can use our line out to get quality possession and pressure their lineout on their ball:

In defence And with such a physical pack we will be using the choke tackle to slow down and turnover ball. When it gets to deck we will look to attack the breakdown with the first man there looking to win the penalty or the turnover.

We will look to use the up then out drift defence on the call of the scrum half or full back as in conditions like this it's harder to use as the ball player has more time on the ball. It's a day when blitz is ineffective

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Post by pullthestrings on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 10:20 pm

Looking to use the good form of the Anglo-Welsh Cup as a springboard to take into the Aviva Premiership so gone for a strong consistent side

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Manager - Pullthestrings

01. Marcos Ayerza09. Sebastien Tillous Borde
02. Bismark Du Plessis10. Aaron Cruden (k)
03. Frans Malherbe
04. Jim Hamilton11. Bryan Habana
05.Andrew Kitchener12. Brad Barritt
06. Jerome Kaino13. Henry Slade
07.Fulgence Quedraogo14. Anthony Watson
08. Nazeem Carr15.Tim Nani-Williams
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16. Harry Thacker, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Fraiser Bailmen, 19. Dom Barrow, 20. Will Owen, 21. Mitchell Drummound, 22. Nick Evans, 23. Luther Burrell


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Attack:
- Good mobility in the back row to get round the park
- 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:
- Nullify the midfield threat, looking for big hit opportunities and wrap tackles to prevent the offloads
- Good line speed to put pressure on their handling and ability to go round our blitz defence
Breakdown:
- Be disciplined at the breakdown and do not give away penalties in our half
- If ruck is lost, don't compete and fan out in D
Bench:
- Good quality on the bench with a number of options. Slade can open up the attack in the latter stages.


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Post by Guest on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 12:16 am

Flux changed
My side as had it wrong. Hope
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Post by Fluxy on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 9:46 am

anonmattyt wrote:Flux changed
My side as had it wrong. Hope
Ok?

No worries, haven't started my tactics just yet.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 1:42 pm

Teddy Thomas for North.

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 4:22 pm

Gilroy bench for Ireland. Start Sharples, Mogg on bench please
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Post by ChequeredJersey on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 4:24 pm

Tactics coming soon
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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 10:56 pm

Sale Sharks
Manager – SJE

01. Scott Sio09. Faf De Klerk
02. Tommy Taylor10. Bernard Foley
03. Davit Zirakishvilli
04. Brodie Retalick11. Ruan Combrinck
05. Dave Attwood12. Reece Hodge
06. Peter O'Mahony13. Malakai Fekitoa
07. Sam Cane14. Semesa Rokoduguni
08. Duane Vermulean15. Nick Abendanon
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16. Malcolm Marx 17. Ross Harrison 18. Martin Moore 19. Christian Day 20. Matt Kvesic 21. James Mitchell 22. Johnny Sexton 23. Nemani Nadolo

Attributes:
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. Combrinck & 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. Defensively Retalick to get up in the air at the front and challenge on opposition ball while POM marshals the middle looking to make it as messy as possible.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 8:22 am

Predos open thumbsup

PM to me, we're giving Flux a few weeks off.

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Post by BamBam on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 9:43 am

Just added tactics, hadn't done them before as SJE didn't have a team in .. can you add them Pooly?

If not, please can everyone scroll down!!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 9:57 am

Just caught me mate thumbsup

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Post by BamBam on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 10:03 am

Cheers Pooly

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Post by Fluxy on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 10:04 am

Not that I'm double checking you Pooly Whistle

But Saints have Isa on the bench who is injured.

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Post by CJB on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 10:49 am

Attributes: First phase attack/strike moves: Will look to break the defence, with either a bust through or a clever move to create a gap.
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 - Turnover possession: Your side is recognised to pick off turnovers at the breakdown, by getting the ball and gaining the penalty

Overall: We are gonna be looking to play front foot rugby and put Northampton under immense pressure with our energy. Look for big carries and offloading at a high pace looking to create space and break the defense. Attack the set piece where we expect to be dominant and finish strongly off the bench 

Scrum: Use the set piece to get quick ball to restart our play. We will look to get more power from our back five. Beaumont will look to attack off the quick ball he gets.

Lineout: We will look to switch up the lineup with Beaumont, Skelton and Kitchener options in the lineout. Kitchener will run the line out. Look to get up into the air quickly and down for a quick maul. We think we can dominate here against a poor set of jumpers. Skelton will offer quick ball option at the front. 

Breakdown: Look to generate quick ball for our backs to take advantage of. Gill is brilliant at the breakdown and we will also look to get the rest of the pack looking to help and clear out. 

Defence: Run a blitz defence. Wiggles to drift behind expecting kicks.

Attack: Our half backs will control our rugby. Smith will set the tempoand play what he sees in front of him. Outside of him, Debrenzeni will play flat and use his creativity to bring in the back line and make plays. He will be given a freedom to be creative. Look to bring in the rest of the back line, especially De Allende and Moala who we would like to get running at defenders.  Wade and Goode are very skilful and if the ball gets to them will look to draw in defenders. The pack will also be involved when we have the ball for a prolonged period. We have strong carriers who excel in the loose. Look to get the ball in the hands of EBa, Skelton and Squire in order to break the line and make yards. Throughout them team look to Keep the ball alive and look for offloads. Look to play with a high tempo and get the ball moving across the back line. Exploit the holes we create and look to tire out Northampton which can help nullify their offensive threats. 

Kicking: Debrenczeni will be our chosen place kicker. We will chuck in the occasional grabber to chase. Beaumont, Wigglesworth, Williams and Goode all have the boots necessary to try and put us in a good position territorially if need. 

Substitutes: Keep a high tempo off the bench.

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 10:58 am

Can I swap in James Davies for Facunda Isa on the bench then - saw on the main board thing Round 15 as a thread so jumped a week ahead there!

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 1:32 pm

Pooly as you changed North from your starting lineup this morning, assume it is ok to have Davies on the bench instead of Isa. Cheers mate.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 1:54 pm

Line-ups can only be changed because of International call ups Chris. If you make a mistake in selection you just have to suck it up I'm afraid. That's always been the ruling thumbsup

I did exactly the same earlier in the season, hence my 1pt deduction!

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 2:04 pm

I haven't been allowed to change international call ups previously mate, got marked down a few times last season because of it. Have seen people change injuries this season as well...absolutely no difference there.

Shame you can't just make the change as lots of rules around naming teams, getting tactics in etc are always not met. Sure CJB wouldn't mind, especially when I pointed it out before you updated the page.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 2:07 pm

Int call-up changes are allowed, this has been the case for a while now.

Sorry mate but those are the rules. As I said, I got a point deduction for it earlier in the season.

You can change call-ups up to when Predo's are open. It's not a matter of CJB minding as others have been punished in the past so unfair if things are changed now.

Also, predictions were already open when it was noticed thumbsup

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 3:18 pm

Why have others been allowed to make changes to their teams on account on injuries or bans then? Also in the rules around international call ups it says that players have to take into account that there will be call ups, so you picking North and then changing the team this morning is no difference.

Others have been punished because they haven't asked to change before predictions are open. Not particularly hard to make the changes when you've been online most of the day and people don't really predict until it is the weekend.

Not really sure the issue.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 3:47 pm

As I said above mate, you can only make changes on account of a player you have selected getting called up. North was included in the Welsh squad so I removed him before predictions were open, all within the rules. If Billy Vuinipola was called up for example, you would be allowed to swap him out.

Others have been punished because they haven't asked to change before predictions are open

Also, predictions were already open Chris, as I've mentioned. You'll be one man down on the bench this week and I think it's a 1 point deduction, exactly what I and others have received in the past.

Hope this clears things up thumbsup

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 8:40 pm

Ok, so assume as predos were open before CJB put his tactics in then they don't count, or as SJE didnt get his team in on time then there's a 28-0 loss for him. Got to apply the rules fairly now kiss

Or could just be an adult and provide everyone with the same level of flexibility as it is a game and it just seems like you like to try and cause issues when you can. Fair play.

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Guest on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 11:03 pm

Tactics in.

Flux cuthbert in Wales side.

No issues for you to swap him out for me

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 6:45 am

Chris, Flux has been lenient on sides and tactics deadlines all season, you know this.

You've named an incorrect side(As I and numerous others have done and been punished) and predictions were open when noticed. It's you making the issue mate, everyone else just sucked it up and took it on the chin.

If you had of named the correct side, there wouldn't be an issue pal. There has been numerous predictions in and I won't be changing your side. I'm not commenting on this again as it's getting a bit tedious thumbsup

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 6:48 am

LEICESTER 1 MAN SHORT ON BENCH - CUTHBERT SELECTED

Unable to change format as on phone.

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Post by dammit_chris on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 9:55 am

Ok so basically we can pick and choose the rules to follow, even though it wouldn't have made a blind bit of difference adding in the player when no predictions would have been taken and other people have been allowed to change when they've named an injured player.


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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:11 am

Carry on getting predictions in lads, on for a full set at this rate!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:53 am

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:56 am

2nd time Ive done that this season! Bugger!!!

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Post by Guest on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 7:27 pm

Can Glos tactic be added that were
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Post by Guest on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 9:35 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:LEICESTER 1 MAN SHORT ON BENCH - CUTHBERT SELECTED

Unable to change format as on phone.

Assume my tactics added ?

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Post by Guest on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 11:25 pm

Sgt_Pooly wrote:LEICESTER 1 MAN SHORT ON BENCH - CUTHBERT SELECTED

Unable to change format as on phone.

Can you add my tactics?


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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 4:09 am

I can't update as on phone and to be fair you are almost 24hrs late.

I struggle to update the page after Thurs night/Fri Morn at latest. I'm back on a computer as of tomorrow so can update then.

Good to see your edit after your little rant! lol

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Post by stnick88 on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 8:53 pm

Can i do my predo in the morning mate? Pain in the ass doing it on phone

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Re: Aviva Premiership Round 14 - 6 Nations

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 9:56 am

RESULTS:

Bristol Rugby - 22

(T: Ranger, Vito C: - P: Gopperth [x4])
Harlequins - 25
(T: Hooper, Pienaar [2] C: McKenzie [x2] P: McKenzie [x2])

Sale Sharks - 30
(T: Retalick, Hodge, Moore, Kvesic C: Foley [x1] / Sexton [x1] P: Foley [x2])
Newcastle Falcons - 23
(T: Petti, Riccitelli C: Anscombe [x2] P: Anscombe [x3])

Bath Rugby - 27
(T: Laulala, Ben Arous, Haywood C: Debrenczeni [x3] P: Debrenczeni [x2])
Northampton Saints - 25*
(T: Burger, Pocock, Jedrasiak C: Sopoaga [x2] P: Sopoaga [x2])

Exeter Chiefs - 28
(T: Ewers, Lee, Lozowski C: Lozowski [x2] P: Lozowski [x3])
Wasps - 23*
(T: Carr, Barritt C: Cruden [x2] P: Cruden [x3])

Leicester Tigers - 29*
(T: Manoa, Waldrom, Chick, C: Beale [x1] P: Beale [x4])
Gloucester Rugby - 26
(T: Croft, Walker, Robson C: Carter [x1] P: Carter [x3])

Worcester Warriors - 26
(T: Leniert-Brown, H Thomas, G Smith C: O Williams [x1] P: O Williams [x3])
Saracens - 24*
(T: T Thomas, Underhill C: Sanchez [x1] P: Sanchez [x4])

* - denotes 1pt deduction for ineligible player.

Full Predo - Pooly, CJB, CJ, Bam, Chris, Steve
Score Only - Nick

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 9:58 am

Sale 29 - 22 Falcons

Sale have more power up front and a quality backrow at the breakdown which just nips that battle against a very good Newcastle backrow. Think Sale halfbacks bring more impetus too, but can be gotten at. Piutau vs Roko in teh air will see success for Newcastle, and the Newcastle back 3 will cause lots of problems but Sale completely balanced outwide and use them well and simply and have enough to win comfortably at home

Sale 26 - 23 Newcastle

More strength across the pack in particular for Sale which as ever makes the job easier for their backs to control the game and play in the right areas. A inexperienced Falcons front row makes it difficult for them to to get a foothold at the set piece and allows Sale a good win.

Sale 26-21 Newcastle
Sale have a good front five and get the edge, especially in the scrum. Nothing in the back rows. Sale have the better half backs. Not a lot diffeeent in the outside backs while Sale have strong replacements. 

Sale 28-24 Falcons

Falcons lacking quality in the front row but thats a quality back 5 on show, similar with Sale with both sides very high on quality for the 6N. Sale just having the edge in the backline and Falcons just slip up on their away trip to the champions. 

Sale Sharks 28 - 23 Newcastle
Cant see anyone beating Sale at home, looks like an incredibly strong lineup, great threats across the backline and only weakness is at hooker. Falcons miss Farrell and halfbacks don't look as convincing as usual as a result. Very strong pack, but McGuigan is 3rd/4th choice at Tigers so is an issue.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10:00 am

Bath 29-23 Northhampton

Very interesting game. Good front row matchups but Bath have some good quality in the engine room that gives them a slight physical and set-piece edge. One a piece in the halfbacks with Bath just clawing it back with some better form in the centres, although I like Saints wing balance. The issue for Saints is their basically 2 men down. Not sure how to rate Pocock on here as he's quit rugby for a year, surely that applies in the game also???

Bath 28 - 29 Saints 

Saints a tad lucky with real life injures giving them some class players! They just edge the scrum, though Bath take the lineout and have a great backrow but Saints backrow is arguably best in the league. So much go forward for Saints. Both backlines about all out attack, very similar attributes and good approaches, really like Saints approach and can't separate the outbacks but think Saints are a slither ahead in this kind of game at halfback. Saints are hurt by the man down on the bench, but I think just nick the match

Bath 23 - 22 Northampton

A good battle here between two physical and abrasive packs. Aaron Smith stands out as the quality half back who can take the game by the neck and drag his team forward. Tough to split the teams but think Bath have enough to edge a much needed win.

Bath 22 - 25 Saints

Real life injuries have been kind to Saints for the 6N and they'll really benefit from having the Vunipolas around. The Bath pack will struggle to match the quality Saints have, and at 10 they have a real weakness. Outside backs better, but Saints take this even with the man down

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10:01 am

Exeter 25 - 23 Wasps

Exeter's carrying and ball playing in the pack is a big advantage for them. WAsps a more set piece side and probably edge the set piece but not quite their level in the loose. Exeter HBs work very well, and a solid but a little lacklustre backline, Wasps' back 3 a very dangerous prospect. But Exeter have enough at home

Exeter 28 - 27 Wasps

Two high quality packs on show though Kitchener stands out as a weakness in the Wasps engine room. Their is a real physicality and carrying presence in the Exeter pack which will provide good quality ball to allow Lozowski to pull the strings from 10 on the front foot. Two yard dog 9's which will be a great battle and outside backs packed with international quality. Another 1 pointer for me going the way of the home side. 

Exeter 22-23 Wasps
Front fives are once again close although the edge is to Exeter. Overall the stronger back row is Wasps. Also prefer the Wasps half backs and think they have enough outside of them to do damage. 

Exeter 26-23 Wasps

I like the Exeter pack and they'll come out slightly on top against a decent Wasps outfit.Wasps backs possibly a touch better in quality but again it's quite close. I wouldn't have picked Harrison or Slade as they've been away with England all week. 

Exeter 22 - 18 Wasps
Close game, both packs evenly matched, but Wasps have named Tom Wood on their bench. Not sure of the rules on this. Like the control that Lowzowski brings Chiefs and home advantage is decisive. 

Exeter 27 - 24 Wasps

Wasps better in the front row, but their back 5 looks to have some work needed, Kitchener is way off this level. Cruden and Watson the standouts in the backs, but Exeter will get a stranglehold on the game and take this at home

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