England vs Samoa - 25th November

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England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by LondonTiger on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 12:36 pm

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Date: Saturday 25th November
Time: 14:30 GMT
Location: Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, Surrey
TV: Sky Sports
Radio: R5L


Officials

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant 1: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant 2: Wayne Davies (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)



Head to Head

7 Played 7
7 Won 0
0 Drawn 0
244 Total Points 100
35 Average Score 14



Recent Form

22nd Nov 2014 Twickenham Eng 28 - Samoa 9
20th Nov 2010 Twickenham Eng 26 - Samoa 13


Teams

ENGLAND

England team to play Samoa

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins 63 caps), 14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 28 caps), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs 9 caps), 12 Alex Lozowski (Saracens 3 caps), 11 Elliot Daly (Wasps 15 caps), 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers 39 caps) co-captain, 9 Danny Care (Harlequins 75 caps), 1 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers 4 caps), 2 Jamie George (Saracens 19 caps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 76 caps), 4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps 46 caps), 5 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby 5 caps), 6 Maro Itoje (Saracens 13 caps), 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 58 caps) co-captain, 8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 2 caps).

Finishers

16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints 88 caps), 17 Joe Marler (Harlequins 52 caps), 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs 4 caps), 19 Nick Isiekwe (Saracens 1 cap), 20 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints 60 caps), 21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers 72 caps), 22 Piers Francis (Northampton Saints 2 caps), 23 Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby 3 caps).




Samoa


15-Ah See Tuala, 14-Paul Perez, 13-Kieron Fonotia, 12-Alapati Leiua, 11-David Lemi, 10-Tim Nanai-Williams, 9-Dwayne Polataivao, 8-Jack Lam, 7-TJ Ioane, 6-Piula Fa'asalele, 5-Chris Vui (captain), 4-Josh Tyrell, 3-Donald Brighouse, 2-Motu Matu´u, 1-Jordan Lay.

Replacements: 16-Manu Leiataua, 17-James Lay, 18-Hisa Sasagi, 19-Fa'atiga Lemalu, 20-Ofisa Treviranus, 21-Melani Matavao, 22-Reynold Lee-Lo, 23-JJ Taulagi




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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 6:36 pm

Oh well I guess we don't have that benchmark and no matter what we'll find george performed to optimum levels.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by kingelderfield on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 8:45 pm

Poorfour wrote:
Sgt_Pooly wrote:Can't agree on Mako. The scrum as a whole hasn't been great, I don't think Mako is just to blame.

Outside of the struggling set piece, Mako has been largely very good. Big work rate, loads of tackles and some sublime handling.

We seem to have a habit in England at knocking players when they have a skill set outside of the norm for their position. Mako would be lauded in NZ.

We have a habit of knocking players when they can't do what we think is their primary job properly. Sometimes this is debatable (we over-rate big hits and carries in the back 5), but in the case of props the setpiece is pretty clearly the first priority. Mako is among the best front rows in the world at carrying and handling, but at international he's been exposed in the scrum fairly regularly.

Marler's not "lucky to be back". Of the international looseheads we've got, he's comfortably the best in the scrum and I would argue the best defensively. Genge might overtake him given time - but Genge is still very raw. His disciplinary record is also a lot better than people think it is - he pushes the boundaries and has had a number of warnings but his only recent bans have been the one just ended and the one for verbals with Samson Lee.

Nelson and Egypt springs to mind............

My main point is that MV looks tired and will be good for the rest. He is my first choice.

Marler is a curious character and owes the side as does Sinkler. Anyone choosing to remove themselves from selection cannot sensibly hold the expectation that they will return so easily. Competition is obviously, thankfully, very strong.

Tomorrow will be fun.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by lostinwales on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 9:26 pm

Marler has not had an easy time over the last year or so, including the death of his team mate and apprentice. Withdrawing from selection was the right thing to do at the time and I would expect it was respected by Eddie.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by yappysnap on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 10:49 pm

I imagine Marler opted out of selection with both eyes open. He'd know that his place would be taken by MV and would be tough to take back.

But as mentioned hes had a tough 18 months or so both on and off the field. Resting could have been the best choice.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Poorfour on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 2:30 am

Eddie’s first words to Marler in the 6 Nations training camp were reported as having been “See? I told you you’d be back!”

As a coach, you’d rather have a player opt to withdraw than go into a tour where their heart isn’t in it.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by kingelderfield on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 7:32 am

Nothing to do with last summer. I should have been clearer.

https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2017-2018/joe-marler-suspended-three-weeks/

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/03/kyle-sinckler-seven-match-ban-making-contact-eye-harlequins-northampton-premiership-england-rugby


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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 8:38 am

I don't think they chose to get suspended.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by yappysnap on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 8:46 am

Yea I can't imagine it was planned

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:09 pm

Not a forward pass...

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:27 pm

Loz has started well, as has May.

Everytime I see Ewels, I wonder how he's in the England set-up, today is no different.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:29 pm

Slade is much better this week.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:34 pm

Without doubt, midfield is clicking well really. Loz is a real physical lad for his size, impressive

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:39 pm

Too easy.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:42 pm

Our forwards really aren't doing well.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:43 pm

Don't think Farrell and Mako are doing great. Some players look dehydrated.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:44 pm

Shed load of changes means it's generally a sloppy affair.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Duty281 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:48 pm

Superb improvisation.

Scotland dishing it out to the Aussies.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 3:53 pm

Sigh. I assume that means they're winning. Was hoping to avoid the result.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Heaf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:00 pm

Does Duty work for the BBC? Wink

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:17 pm

The scots have been superb.

Real threat with the ball in hand, so many great tries.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:19 pm

50 up WOW.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:19 pm

England have a lot of work to do to make that happen today
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:20 pm

Says a lot about you.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by carpet baboon on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:21 pm

Is George showing how amazing he is as a starter yet?

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by lostinwales on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:21 pm

Heaf wrote:Does Duty work for the BBC? Wink

I don't think Duty's politics fit in that well with the BBC. Tighthead does however appear to be auditioning for a beeb role...

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:23 pm

This is a rugby site, of course other games will be discussed in real time.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:24 pm

carpet baboon wrote:Is George showing how amazing he is as a starter yet?
Played well.

Our forwards have protected the ball so badly though.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:25 pm

England making this harder than it should be.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:25 pm

Wonder why the Welsh all avoid you like the plague?

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Heaf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:26 pm

How about discussing the other games on the other threads as an idea?

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:27 pm

Eddie will not be a happy with this. ..... Time and time again we f it up.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Hood83 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:27 pm

I honestly think our breakdown work has lagged behind most other countries for the best part of 15 years. We hit rucks slow, late and high, and it's been that way forever. Compare to Scotland, Ireland, NZ and Australia in particular and it's a little embarrassing.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by mid_gen on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:27 pm

We need to stop pretending this is an exhibition match and play some proper test rugby. Pretty sloppy so far.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:28 pm

Phew that's more like it.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:33 pm

Heaf wrote:How about discussing the other games on the other threads as an idea?

But it's not the 90s, watching a game on the mobile and watching a game in the bar is very easy to do.

Time to head of to the Wales game with all the security checks in place. Wouldn't want to miss the Haka. Very Happy

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:36 pm

We really need to improve a lot on these AIs.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:37 pm

Scrappy is not going to win us a World Cup. Far too many errors.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by mid_gen on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:44 pm

TJ Ioane has been immense in defence...great shift.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:44 pm

Knock on surely!
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Scottrf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:44 pm

TightHEAD wrote:Knock on surely!
I thought so tbh.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:45 pm

Travesty!

Good job we are not Australian otherwise we'd never hear the end of it from our coach!!!!
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Heaf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:47 pm

TightHEAD wrote:
Heaf wrote:How about discussing the other games on the other threads as an idea?

But it's not the 90s, watching a game on the mobile and watching a game in the bar is very easy to do.

Time to head of to the Wales game with all the security checks in place. Wouldn't want to miss the Haka. Very Happy


What's that got to do with not blurting out what's going on in other matches on other threads? Some people might want to watch a recording without knowing the result ...

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:50 pm

My bad, not like I'm a pro BBC presenter but I didn't give the score away.

But to be honest if you want to avoid the result don't come on the Interweb. Full stop. Erm
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:50 pm

Remember Daly is not a winger! Lol
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 4:53 pm

Well done Roko.
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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 5:00 pm

Not the best performance.

Pack disappointed, our ball retention at the breakdown was bordering poor at times. We looked a little underpowered against a strong Samoa pack. I think we're missing the carrying of the Vuinipola's and Hughes tbh and power around the fringes. of the players throwing their hat in:

George - went ok, didn't quite show enough to warrant starting ahead of Hartley imo.
Genge - Again ok. Scrum was decent against a not great Samoa outfit.
Ewels - Grew into the game but not in the same class as our other options.
Care - Struggled at times, seemed to drop about 3 chances.
Loz - Showed nice touches, need to see more.
Slade - Better at 13, another we need to see more of.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by Heaf on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 5:01 pm

TightHEAD wrote:My bad, not like I'm a pro BBC presenter but I didn't give the score away.

But to be honest if you want to avoid the result don't come on the Interweb. Full stop. Erm

I don't think it's unreasonable to discuss a live match on here on a thread specifically for it without people having to comment on other matches that have their own threads specifically for them ... full stop

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 5:03 pm

Ford motm with simmonds picking up the fans version.

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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by TightHEAD on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 5:05 pm

Well worse things happen at sea!

Plus the mobile version of this site is too small to see all the details of what thread you are in.

No biggy really. Best option is to avoid the Interweb.


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Re: England vs Samoa - 25th November

Post by No 7&1/2 on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 5:09 pm

Normally a good set of people on here but point taken when you're about!

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