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Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RDW_Scotland on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 8:19 am

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Edinburgh Rugby v Cardiff Blues
Saturday 31st March 2018, KO 17:45
BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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Tournament record

34 Played 29
23 Wins 21
11 Losses 8
0 Draws 0
29 Average Pts Per Game 30
78-0 Biggest Win 104 - 12
24-72 Heaviest Defeat 3 - 38
0 Champions 1


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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RDW_Scotland on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:28 pm

How come Kinghorn being held up wasn't a Blues scrum? Ref said because it was from a kick - is that really a rule?

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:30 pm

I’ve rated Navidi for years and people were telling me he was just an okay club player. I’m glad he’s getting more recognition nowadays. I do think he’s a little like SOB in his style of play and you don’t get a better type of flanker than that.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RDW_Scotland on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:31 pm

Fowles needs to be subbed off by half time.

This is like an Edinburgh performance of old - the opposition don't have to do much, just keep the pressure up and wait for us to make a mistake. We've made plenty!

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by No9 on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:32 pm

That territory stat (73%Blues], says everything about the first half.

Blues looking good. Edinburgh look lost. If Edinburgh don’t turn this round early in the second half, Blues could in for a great Easter.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TJ on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:34 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:How come Kinghorn being held up wasn't a Blues scrum? Ref said because it was from a kick - is that really a rule?

Yes - if you get wrapped up in a maul after catching a kick you retain possession

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TJ on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:35 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:
No9 wrote:Was going to say you may be being a little hard on the No9....but not sure you have been...

He's been like this all season, yet we've not renewed Sam Hidalgo-Clyne's contract who has been excellent this season.

SHC was offered a contract but wanted too much money.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by David-Douglas on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:37 pm

tigertattie wrote:If Foul Fowels is at 9 then even with home advantage it's 70/30 in favour of the taffs.

Looks as though you got that right then.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RDW_Scotland on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:37 pm

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No9 wrote:Was going to say you may be being a little hard on the No9....but not sure you have been...

He's been like this all season, yet we've not renewed Sam Hidalgo-Clyne's contract who has been excellent this season.

SHC was offered a contract but wanted too much money.

I know that, but compared to Fowles he looks like much, much better value!

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TJ on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:40 pm

Fowles is a diddy thats for sure - rubbish box kicks and makes frodo look quick

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RDW_Scotland on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 6:47 pm

Why are we forcing it from our 22!!

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:00 pm

We really haven't been good today. Get ourselves into a decent position and throw a wonky line out. Very frustrating

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by cakeordeath on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:02 pm

Jesus this is painful to watch Edinburgh are absolute sh!t.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by David-Douglas on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:11 pm

This is a Solomon-esque performance.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:18 pm

Yellow card here could make things interesting. Not that we deserve anything from this match!

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Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:25 pm

This is horrendous!

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:30 pm

Edinburgh have had so much possession and been in the right part of the field and the blues have just soaked it up and sat and waited for Edinburgh to make their mistakes, which we've been only too happy to oblige with.

Serious regression from Edinburgh's recent performances, accuracy has been awful

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by No9 on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:30 pm

Don’t want to count chickens, but looking like 2welsh sides into European semi finals...

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by No9 on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:35 pm

Well done Blues... hardl luck Edinburgh.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TheMildlyFranticLlama on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:36 pm

Well played Blues, much the better team and very well deserved win OK

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by VinceWLB on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 7:37 pm

Blues are on a bit of a streak, well done.

I'd rather Edinburgh lose this rather than next weeks game. Time to focus on the league now.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by Brendan on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 8:06 pm

Didn't see that result happening.

Great work by the Blues, really are hitting form over the last few weeks

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RiscaGame on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 8:55 pm

Fair play Cardiff.

If Steffan was made up with the Scarlets result last night, he’ll be absolutely bursting with pride today.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by Seagultaf on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 9:20 pm

Pretty much the strongest side Cardiff could field bit I don’t recognise a lot of these Edinburgh players, was this a strong side or were players being rested?

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by RDW_Scotland on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 9:37 pm

Seagultaf wrote:Pretty much the strongest side Cardiff could field bit I don’t recognise a lot of these Edinburgh players, was this a strong side or were players being rested?

Pretty strong side given who was available - Ben Toolis was the only fit player rested / rotated.

That's another game where Edinburgh's halfbacks have had absolutely zero control. We've got away with it the last few months  but came unstuck tonight.

I've said on here several times now that it's a huge concern for next season that we're relying on VDW (who really hasn't been good for a while now) and Simon hickey who is a new signing. Cockers has got rid of the best 9 at the club bar far and there's no sign of a competent replacement.

We're currently looking really weak at halfback next season and they're literally the most important positions.

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Post by 21st Century Schizoid Man on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 9:39 pm

Seagultaf wrote:Pretty much the strongest side Cardiff could field bit I don’t recognise a lot of these Edinburgh players, was this a strong side or were players being rested?

Rested ? For what exactly ?
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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by TJ on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 10:12 pm

Toolis has played too many games. SRU dictate the number of games players play. He had to miss a game.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by EWT Spoons on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 10:21 pm

Well done Cardiff, better side on the day won and totally deserved.

Agree with RDW's point earlier (and pretty much throughout this thread) Fowles is and remains not up to standard. His ball is painfully slow, he seems to want to wait until the opposition are totally lined up before he'll even consider getting the ball out. I thought Kennedy made a difference when he came on, in that he actually seemed to be willing to play at pace occasionally, but we really need a better scrum half for next season, as neither he nor Fowles are particularly good.

SHC on recent form looked like the man for the job, but up until now he's been hot and cold, and as has been mentioned was looking for far too much in terms of a contract.

VDW started this season really well, but I suspect he's likely knackered now as I believe he joined after playing for the SA lions for a season, and over the last few months his form has dipped.

I actually think this result will help the team, as they've possibly gotten into the comfort zone of winning every week, so hopefully this will act as a reminder they need to keep working hard for the run in.

Anyway well done Cardiff.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by BigGee on Sat 31 Mar 2018, 11:06 pm

Just watched the game, a poor show from Edinburgh. Been saying it for a while but Edinburgh are still a couple of decent half backs away from being a decent side.

It might do them some good now though, no chance of believing their own hype now, just got to concentrate on the league and it can still turn into a decent season.

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by George Carlin on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:09 am

Well done Blues but it doesn't sound like we offered very much (?)
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Post by jimbopip on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 1:17 pm

So the Luvvies' performance yesterday? Slightly early?
Would have been better suited to this morning.

p.s. The cry at Scotstoun may now be "Holy Triceratops Batman"

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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by tigertattie on Thu 05 Apr 2018, 10:44 am

George Carlin wrote:Well done Blues but it doesn't sound like we offered very much (?)

we?

you finally seen the light Dod? Abandoned your soap dodging ways?
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Re: Edinburgh V Blues - Challenge Cup Quarter Final

Post by George Carlin on Mon 09 Apr 2018, 7:20 pm

tigertattie wrote:
George Carlin wrote:Well done Blues but it doesn't sound like we offered very much (?)

we?

you finally seen the light Dod? Abandoned your soap dodging ways?
I always make equal association with both clubs.

And the fact that I'm from the west of Scotland, went to Glasgow University, love Glasgow and its people, love the train ride from Glasgow to Troon, think that Edinburgh is a faintly ridiculous jamboree of mincing nancy boys and someone from Leith once stole my girlfriend should only peripherally be in anybody's contemplation when hearing my opinion about both clubs.
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