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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:08 pm

Hartley off, great call

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Post by prop_lyd on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:15 pm

Feel George is the better player but guess Hartley is seen as a leader? Always nice to see a prop score!
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Post by dammit_chris on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:16 pm

Pooly top wumming mood this weekend, keep up the great posts. He was the only forward stopping the French getting over the gain line, our forwards are getting bullied out of this at the moment - we need Haskell on, Hughes needs to do a lot more to fill the shoes of BV he's only started playing in the last 5 mins.

Would look at Nowell and Teo'o on soon too as we are really struggling getting ourselves over the gain line.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:19 pm

Hartley obviously unfit, hes not been in the game

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:23 pm

Any observation is a wum??? Wimd your neck in and take it for what it is. Hartley has struggled, hes unfit

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:31 pm

Haskell!!!!!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:43 pm

Awful performance, very lucky. Grear impact from Haskell and Teo

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Post by dammit_chris on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 6:46 pm

Lol.

Lucky to win that, power of our bench really sways things. Few changes for next week - French pack played very well, but we gave Youngs and Ford zero platform or gain line success.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 7:02 pm

Youngs had a stinker, Ford played well. Haskell has to come in, was immense when he came on....Care impressed and Teo. JJ still played well, few brain farts from May. Nowell in for Daly.

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 7:08 pm

Got to say I agree with Pooly, Hartley looked off the pace and was a contributing factor, but not the only one, to our poor scrum and lineout in the first half. Add in that the brave recovery occurred when he had left and George adds carrying that we desperately lacked, and I'm not convinced that starting him right now is sensible.

We were pap. Loads to improve on

Lineout was way worse than I expected, part of the blame on Hartley, part on too many jumpers and too much convolution for me. Missed the carrying of the Vunipolas and need another carrier in that pack. Wood very shaky. Start Hask, we missed him and Robshaw at the breakdown and on the carry. Scrum was mediocre- change it up, whether that's George or Sinck starting though Cole was actually solid around the pitch. Poor decision making inattack and despite the worse than usual ball, a drop down in level from Ford and Youngs. Daly played well but not a winger- with Brown still lacking his old venom I'd consider Daly at 15. Bench added impact which is what you'd hope. Itoje not convincing at 6 but may be confused by the whole pack struggling. I believe we will play much better vs Wales but we will have to, that was throughly unconvincing. A win is a win though
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Post by ChequeredJersey on Sat 04 Feb 2017, 7:10 pm

anonmattyt wrote:
ChequeredJersey wrote:I still think Tour captain does not need to be the First XV captain. Pick the Tour captain early, pick the First XV captain for each test as it approaches


Often agree with you CJ but could not  disagree more here. Think lions Captain needs
To be guaranteed starter. Captaincy in rugby and cricket matter and can't be assigned on a game basis.

Football it would work for and amazed teams appoint a captain and he has to play regardless.


Fair enough, Mat. Just think with the Lions it forces you to pick too early and ignore form and best combinations that you can only know once the team start playing and training together
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Post by Guest on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 12:34 am

Was at game and typical opening game.

Antonio and guirado got on top.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 3:56 am

anonmattyt wrote:Was at game and typical opening game.

Antonio and guirado got on top.

Atonio didn't get on top, he got pinged a fair bit for early engagement. Our scrum didn't get penalised till Slimani came on when France had a few good efforts.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 11:04 am

So, team for Wales?

1. Marler
2. George
3. Cole
4. Launchbury
5. Kruis (if fit)
6. Itoje
7. Haskell
8. Hughes

9. Youngs
10. Farrell
11. May
12. Te'o
13. JJ
14. Nowell
15. Brown

16. Hartley 17. Sinckler 18. Mullen 19. Lawes/Kruis 20. Clifford? 21. Robson 22. Daly 23. Ford

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Post by Guest on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 3:55 pm

I would go

1 Marler
2 Hartley
3. Sinckler
4 itoje
5 Kruis
6 Haskell
7 Wood( if we had Another option I would not pick )
8 Hughes ( if we had Another option I would not pick )
9 Youngs
10 Ford
11 Daly
12 Farrell
13 Joseph
14 May
15 Brown

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Post by Guest on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 4:40 pm

Thought Daly went well
Yesterday and thought May, Cole, wood, Hughes, Youngs and Hartley poor

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Post by Guest on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 4:55 pm

I thought Itoje at 6 did not work

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 5:41 pm

I can see Ford getting dropped, he's clearly lacking confidence. As soon as he gets away from Bath the better I think.

May/Daly don't work too well as a combo imo, I think we need Nowell's workrate I'd keep May in personally but EJ seems to like Daly involved due to his goal kicking, despite him lacking a wingers finishing instinct.

I hope Kruis is back, we really missed him.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 5:49 pm

On the plus side......Wales looked awful today.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 4:02 am

Kruis out of the 6N steam

Massive loss, as he would have started ahead of Lawes or Launchbury who both looked off the pace at the weekend.

Mako likely to be back after the Wales game so at least we'll get some carrying back from the bench.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 8:53 am

Youngs and Ford were both poor at the weekend, nothing to do with confidence as Ford has had some very good games for Bath recently - there was no platform from the forwards at all and no one in the backs that got us over the gain line until the subs came on.

Our backrow needs to step up massively, lack a decent carrier in the more physical, less open games. Picamoles was fantastic. Sure Haskell will help us massively there, he played well considering he's only played 35 seconds of rugby this season!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 8:58 am

But what a 35 seconds that was!

Have to disagree on Ford, he's just not looked happy this season. Agree he's had one or two good games but his demeanor around the pitch has not looked good. His performance at our place reeked of a guy not enjoying his rugby for example.

Ford has bags and bags of talent but still remains a confidence/front foot player 10. He can at times be a bit of a luxury in a side that we can't afford. I hope Eddie goes with Farrell at 10 and allows Ford to come back against Italy.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:12 am

So all the good games Ford has played for England in the 14 game winning streak count for nothing? Similar comments were made before the Aussie tour and he came through, I'd keep the 10-12 combination, as the Wales game should be a lot more open and the impact Teo'o brings from the bench is excellent.

England's forwards need to front up, then our backs can play. The first 40 minutes were the worst I've seen our pack play, not sure if we underestimated how good the French forwards would be or just all the changes to the pack. Get Haskell in and he takes the pressure away from Hughes, get Wood playing at no6 and that should make a difference.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:30 am

Don't take things so personal Chris.

Ford is a class act but he's struggling for from THIS SEASON, Last Summer has nothing to do with it really. It's tough to ask a player to step up in form when he's been struggling with his club. Big rumours he's off to Leicester in the Summer, I think this is what he needs.

The French pack were huge, we were under powered in the contact and lacked carriers past Hughes. It's why I'd look at bringing George in as he's in much better form than Hartley and bring a lot more around the pitch.

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Post by stnick88 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:30 am

I'd be tempted to go with Teo at 12 as you know what Wales will bring on Saturday. But Ford-Farrell has proved a good combo and hasn't looked weak defensively. I thought Ford was OK on Saturday, did nothing wrong but wasn't his best game either. Few big moments in that second half for me, one was Lawes hit when we were on our 5m line and second was the first couple of carries from Teo and Haskell. Seemed to galvanise us.

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Post by Guest on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:42 am

We got over powered and lacked carrying.

At half time piccamoles had more yards than are
Entire pack. Hughes carried only 40 odd metres entire match which when you add to the complete lack of carrying elsewhere shows you how much we rely on mako and Billy.

With Marler and cole not really carriers then I would be tempted to start Sinckler. If you then have itoje at lock Haskell in the back row we would have more balance and carriers.

That side on Saturday had no carrying options past Hughes

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Post by Fluxy on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 9:50 am

anonmattyt wrote:We got over powered and lacked carrying.

At half time Picamoles had more yards than our entire pack. Hughes carried only 40 odd metres entire match which when you add to the complete lack of carrying elsewhere shows you how much we rely on mako and Billy.

With Marler and cole not really carriers then I would be tempted to start Sinckler. If you then have itoje at lock Haskell in the back row we would have more balance and carriers.

That side on Saturday had no carrying options past Hughes

He did in the whole game!

Ford probably has credit in the bank to start the next game against Wales, and I wouldn't be too worried if he did. My concern would be if he went as quiet as he did against France, we needed control and it wasn't really coming from him, or Farrell to be fair. If he has another game like that, I would think Eddie may bring Faz to 10, and even look towards Slade as the 12.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:01 am

Hughes is an odd one, excels in open games but can really struggle to impose himself in the more physical matches, England need to start trying to open up the games so they get the best out of him as he can be absolutely devastating ball in hand.

We just need to bring in a bit more physicality to the pack and would also like to see Nowell on the wing - would like to see Launch and Itoje as lock combination, with impact from Lawes off the bench as don't think Launch offers that, whilst bringing on Haskell as no7 and let him boss the defence and gain line.

Nowell needs to play as we don't have another back that gets us over the gain line as well as he does - but not sure who you can drop, can't see Jones dropping Daly.

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Post by stnick88 on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:09 am

I would drop Daly, harsh as he played well, but Nowell is too good to leave out and Daly at 13 could get exposed whereas JJ is so solid.

Great sub to have though as covers so many positions and can make a difference.

Haskell has to start. Wood was poor.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:26 am

Hughes was really easy to target as we only had him carrying. As you say, at least when Mako starts he gives us another option apart from Billy.

I'd leave Daly out tbh, he's the perfect bench guy. He's really only starting because of his long kicks, he's not a natural winger but good cover. May and Nowell would be the best way to get at the Welsh.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 10:37 am

Rob Horne to Saints for next season.

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Post by Fluxy on Mon 06 Feb 2017, 11:05 am

Will do predictions at lunch time, so if you have time before 12 get them to me.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 07 Feb 2017, 11:50 am

Can't be performance enhancing as he was awful when the AB's got beat off Ireland.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 4:12 am

Looks like Wood has a problem and Haskell not fit to play(possible mind games from EJ).

1. Marler
2. Hartley
3. Cole
4. Launchbury
5. Lawes
6. Itoje
7. Clifford
8. Hughes

9. Youngs
10. Ford
11. Nowell
12. Farrell
13. JJ
14. Daly
15. Brown

16. George 17. Mullen 18. Sinckler 19. Haskell 20. Wood 21. Care 22. Te'o 23. May

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 4:14 am

A number of players a little lucky, Ford and Hartley in particular. If Hartley fails to step again, we've got to give George a start as he's clearly in much better form.

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Post by Fluxy on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 12:40 pm

Right, as it is roughly a month away from the transfer window. 

Where do I need to improve the Tigers?

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Post by dammit_chris on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 1:44 pm

I'd say second row or finding a world class winger or creative back.

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Post by prop_lyd on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 4:40 pm

Sorry Pooly, for some reason I thought Worcester were away this weekend....team and tactics in. F.Y.I I think you mean Scott Spurling at hooker? Although if you wanted to put Spedding there I would be more than happy and so would my front row!!
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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 6:06 pm

Haha....cheers mate, no drama.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 5:07 am


Cleared.....that didn't take long.

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Post by BamBam on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 7:53 am

Wrong for the news to leak if he's going to be cleared that quickly, doesn't say much for the testing system

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Post by BamBam on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 10:24 am

Budgets updated .. as ever please shout about anything I've inevitably missed

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 10:36 am

England......same team as last week bar May dropped for Nowell and Clifford in for Wood.

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Post by Fluxy on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 10:38 am

Not surprised, and hopefully the tweaks that are required just to spark something. Clifford did play well against Wales last Summer.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 10:40 am

I'd have liked to seen have more changes personally but understand the selection. Shame Haskell isn't starting, would have liked his physicality against a not great Welsh back row.

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Post by Fluxy on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 11:01 am

The Warbs/Tipuric combo worked well last weekend. But they lack the carrying in the back five to do allow them to do what they do best. 

Would like Haskell to start, but imagine he is lacking fitness. Would be a great impact to bring on, if he provides the same as last week. 
Not sure on Wood on the bench, to me he is someone you start or don't have in the squad. Might be harsh, but you could have someone like Morgan/Ewers in that spot to offer something different.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 11:02 am

Yea, Wood not the great impact but adds energy at least and has been handy from the bench in recent times. Moriarty is no 8 so we can certainly look to get at the Welsh in that regard, they do lack a physical carrying option the backrow.

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Post by Fluxy on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 11:07 am

Moriarty carries, but you need a bit more from elsewhere. AWJ and Ball help, but ideally you'd want Faletau at 8 and Moriarty at 6 to offer a bit of everything.

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