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Post by englishborn on Thu 4 Jan 2018 - 19:01

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Friday
19.45 - Worcester vs Bath (BT Sport)
Worcester looking much harder to beat now and with Bath on 3 losses in a row they have a lot of work to do if they want to win away.

Saturday
15.00 - Leicester vs London Irish
Good news for Leicester is LI do not look like they are going to get many wins in the 2nd half of the season at home or away, so this would be a good time for Leicester to stop the rot.

15.00 - Saints vs Gloucester (BT Sport)
Gloucester riding high and Saints fallen off the horse. Saints have a lot to put right at home and have to do so against a side full of belief.

15.00 - Sale vs Quins
Sale have started to show the tough nut teams have come to expect. Quins will have to make sure their forwards dominate the collision and keep Sale on the back foot if they are to win.

15.00 - Newcastle vs Exeter
Newcastle enjoying 3 wins in a row and at home, however they face a team with 7 wins in a row and are the champs. Newcastle have a lot of work to do if they want to get it to 4 wins.

Sunday
15.00 - Wasps vs Saracens (BT Sport)
Saracens been looking ordinary by their standards but have got 2 wins on the trot, Wasps are at home and enjoying a winning run that only Exeter can look down on, should be a cracker to watch.

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by mid_gen on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 16:56

TMO going to decide the Sale v Quins game...50/50 call tbh..

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by mid_gen on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 16:59

Decision goes Sale's way.

Not a bad performance from Quins, but Marler's thuggery cost us the match. Idiot.

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Post by jeffwinger on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:00

Can't help but feel that's the storyline BT Sport were after in the televised match.

Ref did pretty well all game but a couple of awful decisions at the end to hand the game to Northampton - first the non penalty (and possible YC) in front of the posts for Horne's deliberate and cynical knock-on, then a very dubious penalty try at the end. Looked like he wanted to give the try all along, then when the double movement became evident came up with another reason to award it.

Gloucester should have been more clinical on a few occasions and should have cleared their lines in the last 5mins but must feel very aggrieved after those decisions. Still should have put the game away earlier.

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by doctor_grey on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:10

SAINTS: Piece of cake.

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Post by englishborn on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:10

Marler's idiocy gave us the game there to be honest. Far too many missed tackles and charged down kicks. Lucky to get the 4 points, though felt the ref was generous with Roberts ripping the ball which led to quins 2nd try. Having said that kudos to the ref for overruling the TMO on the in touch decision and not accepting the TMO's opinion to overrule his own, so it all evens out really.

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Post by Scottrf on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:13

Victory so sweet today. Still a lot of errors but so many areas were better. Good work rate, good atmosphere.

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Post by doctor_grey on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:21

Scottrf wrote:Victory so sweet today. Still a lot of errors but so many areas were better. Good work rate, good atmosphere.
Agree, a lot of silly, basic errors.

By the way, not sure if you saw Foden's face when Tuala failed to pass him the ball on the outside during a run deep into Gloucester territory at about the 77 minute mark. The try was likely there. Could have been a real big mistake.

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Post by Scottrf on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:26

Didn't notice his face but did notice that Tuala didn't look to the wing. We had a number of breaks actually that just needed an offload. Just happy to see us fighting.

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Post by doctor_grey on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 17:41

I saw the same thing, Tuala not looking at the wing. I went back and looked at the play again, and for a moment there was Foden, clearly not happy.

I also agree about the offloading. Sometimes they forced it for no good reason, other times they never looked for the open man. A little spit and vinegar never hurt anyone.

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by yappysnap on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 19:38

How's your blood pressure Nathan??

Good to get 2 points away at Sale, but that game was ours for the taking if Marler hadn't been such a twonk

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Post by kingelderfield on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 19:41

mid_gen wrote:Joe Marler probably just got himself banned for the 6N.

No arguments either....totally out of line. Shoulder to the head at a ruck.

Player is totally responsible for their actions. Marler has again chosen to let the side down, both Quins and England.

Idiot.

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by kingelderfield on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 20:22

Wasps are looking very under powered versus a very muscular Sarries. The expectation has to be the fast open possession Wasps style versus the greater power positional play of Sarries - and I fully expect that this will be the case - however the side that can deliver the unexpected might provide the edge to deliver the win.
Conditions look perfect for a fantastic game. As to the result? Well the realist in me believes Sarries forward domination will win the day, but there is no denying I would love Wasps; Cips, Wade et al to play them off the park......fun fun fun!

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by nathan on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 21:16

yappysnap wrote:How's your blood pressure Nathan??

Good to get 2 points away at Sale, but that game was ours for the taking if Marler hadn't been such a twonk

LOL, returned to normal now.

I'm just getting really annoyed at sub standard refs. I don't mean against or for any particular team, just the general standard.

I give this as an example and Irish were on the end of silly decisions too. But the penalty near the end that was taken quickly, it was 5 meters from the bloody mark. That's basic reffing.

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 21:22

nathan wrote:This ref is absolutely diabolical, why is he not playing any advantages?

I thought Dickson was the best ref we have had at WR this season.

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Post by Margin_Walker on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 21:41

Was at Welford Rd today. Thought Dickson was very good too. Didn't seem to get much wrong from my vantage point.

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Post by doctor_grey on Sat 6 Jan 2018 - 23:20

kingelderfield wrote:
mid_gen wrote:Joe Marler probably just got himself banned for the 6N.

No arguments either....totally out of line. Shoulder to the head at a ruck.

Player is totally responsible for their actions. Marler has again chosen to let the side down, both Quins and England.

Idiot.
Didn't watch the match earlier.  But checked the incident now.  Really bad and senseless from Marler.  I wonder if he could benefit from a shoulder charge to his head to knock some sense into him.  

I also wonder if any of the Quins players know him well enough to be able to read when he is frustrated or not.  If he was complaining to the referee about an incident which drew blood, no one thought to have a chat with him to make sure he was physically OK, calm enough, and doesn't do anything stupid?

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 1:11

Margin_Walker wrote:Was at Welford Rd today. Thought Dickson was very good too. Didn't seem to get much wrong from my vantage point.

Just seen the highlights - disappointed he couldn't spot a blatant obstruction for May's break which led to their first try - Tigers player a yard on the wrong side of a ruck grabs Reid who is standing off the ruck to make the hole for May to run through. Was in a kickable position too so a potential 10 point turnaround.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:11

Falcons 3-0 Exeter

That'll do I reckon, let's call full time.

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Post by Bathite on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:21

Wade cost 15 points in the first 18 mins. Flew out the line twice and got a pass floated over his head and then butchered a simple 2on1 with a forward pass!

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:27

Looks like Falcons are giving Chiefs a hard time ...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:30

Falcons 15-3 Exeter

A moment of magic from Sinoti and an intercept from Goneva. Looking good on the counter but Exeter are so strong in the contact and making yards each time. Looks like we've lost Flood, Graham having a stormer.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:31

Not sure what was going on on flashscore as it showed 10-3, 13-5 then 15-3 ...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:33

Heaf wrote:Not sure what was going on on flashscore as it showed 10-3, 13-5 then 15-3 ...

Probably in shock Heaf.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:34

Very Happy

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:35

18-3

We've lost Graham.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:35

Now 18-3 - wow

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:36

Bad miss by Farrell there

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:36

But Sarries looking strong

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Post by Rugby Fan on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:44

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Falcons 3-0 Exeter

That'll do I reckon, let's call full time.

Think you'll be pleased they didn't

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Re: Aviva Round 13

Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:44

YC to Sarries and PT to Wasps -followed quickly by another YC - all change

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:46

And another try

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:47

25-3 to Falcons at HT - not many would have predicted that ...

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:50

Wow what a first half by us insane defence!!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:51

Our problem recently has been our performances in the second half!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:51

Heaf wrote:25-3 to Falcons at HT - not many would have predicted that ...

Never in doubt Heaf Rolling Eyes

Played really well tbh, not allowed them in the game at all. The Sinoti try was a thing of beauty.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 15:56

Look forward to seeing the highlights

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:00

Meanwhile Sarries after being in control are starting the 2nd half with 13 men having conceded 2 quick tries. All started to go wrong when WB gave a pen for ball being ripped when off feet - wasn't sure about that tbh. Will be interesting to see if the returnees can last 80 mins as they looked really strong until that pen changed everything.

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Post by nathan on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:05

anyone know why Wade wears a scrum cap?

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Post by nathan on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:07

just seen the score for falcons, great 1st half so far

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:09

nathan wrote:anyone know why Wade wears a scrum cap?

To keep his ears warm?

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Post by nathan on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:09

Heaf wrote:
nathan wrote:anyone know why Wade wears a scrum cap?

To keep his ears warm?

hehe

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:12

or maybe it reduces drag when he goes supersonic ...

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Post by Rugby Fan on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:13

nathan wrote:anyone know why Wade wears a scrum cap?
He suffered a perforated eardrum, and has been advised to keep it protected. He doesn't like the cap much, as he gets too hot.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:15

Some of the pens for high tackles these days looks a bit harsh

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Post by nathan on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:24

Heaf wrote:Some of the pens for high tackles these days looks a bit harsh

couldn't agree more, it's another one of those areas where ref's pick and choose which laws to apply.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:25

Backs against the wall this half.

I thought a legitimate turnover from Vickers was pinged, would have gave us another 3pts And a huge boost.

Still 25-8 can see Exeter coming close.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:27

Seems to be fashionable to play 3 locks these days.....Falcons play 3 hookers!

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:28

More than 2 converted tries ahead still though so looking good for the win ...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:37

We've lost every 50/50 call this half...I'm getting worried.

25-13

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Post by Heaf on Sun 7 Jan 2018 - 16:40

You'll be fine ..

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