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Post by mikey_dragon Sat 19 Sep 2020, 21:36

I thought I would set up a thread for this where anyone can come in and discuss the games. Despite the pool stages sometimes lacking energy, the knock-out stages provide some big clashes.

One down so far.

Bristol 56 - 17 Dragons

Bristol: Charles Piutau; Luke Morahan, Semi Radradra, Piers O'Conor, Henry Purdy; Callum Sheedy, Andy Uren; Jake Woolmore, Harry Thacker, Kyle Sinckler, Dave Attwood, Chris Vui, Steven Luatua (capt), Ben Earl, Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: Will Capon, Yann Thomas, John Afoa, Joe Joyce, Dan Thomas, Harry Randall, Max Malins, Alapati Leiua.

Dragons: Jordan Williams; Jonah Holmes, Nick Tompkins, Jamie Roberts, Ashton Hewitt; Sam Davies, Rhodri Williams (capt); Brok Harris, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Joe Davies, Matthew Screech, Aaron Wainwright, Harrison Keddie, Ross Moriarty.

Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Josh Reynolds, Lloyd Fairbrother, Joe Maksymiw, Taine Basham, Luke Baldwin, Josh Lewis, Adam Warren.


Bristol will face one of the following in the QF:
Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh

Bordeaux: Ducuing, Cordero, Dubie, Seuteni, Lam, Jalibert, Lesgourgues; Poirot, Maynadier, Cobilas, Douglas, Marais, Diaby, Petti, Tauleigne.

Replacements: Dweba, Kaulashvili, Tameifuna, Cazeaux, Woki, Lucu, Botica, Uberti.

Edinburgh: Kinghorn, Graham, Johnstone, Taylor, Hoyland, van der Walt, Shiel; Schoeman, McInally, Berghan, Toolis, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Watson, Mata.

Replacements: Willemse, Sutherland, McCallum, Davidson, Bradbury, Haining, Nutton, Dean.


Toulon vs Scarlets

Toulon: Daniel Ikpefan; Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Bryce Heem, Duncan Paia'aua, Gabin Villiere; Baptiste Serin, Sonatane Takulua; Jean-Baptiste Gros, Anthony Etrillard (capt), Beka Gigashvili, Swan Rebbadj, Romain Taofifenua, Charles Ollivon, Raphael Lakafia, Sergio Parisse.

Replacements: Bastien Soury, Florian Fresia, Emerick Setiano, Erwan Dridi, Brian Alainu'uese, Julien Ory, Louis Carbonel, Facundo Isa.

Scarlets: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Steff Hughes, Johnny Williams, Steff Evans; Dan Jones, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens (capt), Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Sam Lousi, Blade Thomson, Josh Macleod, Sione Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Phil Price, Javan Sebastian, Lewis Rawlins, James Davies, Kieran Hardy, Angus O'Brien, Tyler Morgan.


Leicester Tigers vs Castres

Leicester: Steward; Murimurivalu, Taute, Scott, Nadolo; Ford, B Youngs; Genge, T Youngs (capt), Cole, Lavanini, Green, Wells, Reffell, Liebenberg

Replacements: Clare, Gigena, Leatigaga, Taufua, Wallace, White, Henry, Potter

Castres: Dumora; Palis, Combezou, Vialelle, Nakosi; Urdapilleta, Kockott (capt); Tichit, Barlot, Tierney, Pieterse, N'Kinsi, Delaporte, Kornath, Ardron.

Replacements: Colonna, Nostadt, Hounkpatin, Clerc, Babillot, Vaipulu, Guillemin, Botitu


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Post by mikey_dragon Sat 19 Sep 2020, 21:39

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/54149427 BBC match report for last night's game.

My standout for Bristol - Thacker, Earl, Sheedy, Radrada - all very good.

My standout for Dragons - I can only pick one and it's Hewitt, good all-round winger and has some individual brilliance. Basham was good in his brief cameo.

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Post by LeinsterFan4life Sat 19 Sep 2020, 21:53

mikey_dragon wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/54149427 BBC match report for last night's game.

My standout for Bristol - Thacker, Earl, Sheedy, Radrada - all very good.

My standout for Dragons - I can only pick one and it's Hewitt, good all-round winger and has some individual brilliance. Basham was good in his brief cameo.
I wouldn't be too disheartened as a Dragons fan, that Bristol team has quite an intimidating lineup now. There were some really good flashes from the Dragons and plenty to build on.

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Post by mikey_dragon Sat 19 Sep 2020, 22:08

Yes and it wasn't an easy fix for Bristol, I'd say it's been a 3 year journey for them. Along the way they added the likes of Sinckler, Radrada, Charles Piatau and here we are now. Maybe we (Dragons) are at the start, you'd hope so at least.

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Post by LeinsterFan4life Sat 19 Sep 2020, 23:25

mikey_dragon wrote:Yes and it wasn't an easy fix for Bristol, I'd say it's been a 3 year journey for them. Along the way they added the likes of Sinckler, Radrada, Charles Piatau and here we are now. Maybe we (Dragons) are at the start, you'd hope so at least.
Its not that difficult a fix when you're owned by a billionaire to be fair but they have recruited well. I thought the Dragons looked good with the ball and Roberts was surprisingly decent. Hopefully they get to the knockout stages again next season.

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Post by LondonTiger Sun 20 Sep 2020, 01:36

Leicester v Castres cancelled, with Tigers progressing to the semi-final (due to 3 Castres players testing positive for Covid 19).

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Post by mikey_dragon Sun 20 Sep 2020, 01:42

LondonTiger wrote:Leicester v Castres cancelled, with Tigers progressing to the semi-final (due to 3 Castres players testing positive for Covid 19).

Just heard that during the Sarries game. Congratulations Leicester on your victory by default!

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Post by mikey_dragon Sun 20 Sep 2020, 08:07

Toulon 11 - 6 Scarlets. Scarlets had some opportunities to score in the final 10 but blew them all.

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Post by LondonTiger Mon 21 Sep 2020, 21:08

All,

I have removed a variety of posts from this thread. Some just because it was easier for me to remove a block - so apologies to the good points made.

Any way, we have a situation that needs all of you to help address. I will be writing a separate thread about it so please read and take on board.

It is great that rugby is returning and we have the chance to discuss it, lets try to do that in an adult manner?

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Post by mikey_dragon Mon 21 Sep 2020, 21:09

Hi LT.

Good victory for Tigers on the weekend yes? Have you been targeting this competition? Very Happy

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Post by LondonTiger Mon 21 Sep 2020, 21:34

mikey_dragon wrote:Hi LT.

Good victory for Tigers on the weekend yes? Have you been targeting this competition? Very Happy

Our best performance of the season - and good to see the defence not concede a try.

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Post by Guest Tue 22 Sep 2020, 01:58

One of the best 'technical' tackles I've ever seen.

It's right up there with Warburton on Tuilagi.

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Post by Brendan Tue 22 Sep 2020, 01:59

Listening to a podcast where they suggested that Tigers winning the Challange Cup and getting into next year's champions cup would be a disaster for the club as it would result in them not fixing the issues there.

Looking at the three remaining teams if Tigers can beat two of them then maybe they have started to fix it already.

Money must be on Bristol, but anyone part from Tigers can win it. Bristol v Bordeaux should be great match.

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Post by LondonTiger Tue 22 Sep 2020, 03:28

Yeah, we should have no chance in this.

Issue with winning it and gaining a back door entry to the Champions Cup is that with the set-up for next season we would have 4 matches against one each of the two Tier 1 sides from Pro 14 and T14. Tough matches we could frankly do without.

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Post by Brendan Tue 22 Sep 2020, 05:50

LondonTiger wrote:Yeah, we should have no chance in this.

Issue with winning it and gaining a back door entry to the Champions Cup is that with the set-up for next season we would have 4 matches against one each of the two Tier 1 sides from Pro 14 and T14. Tough matches we could frankly do without.

I think the less distractions for Tigers the better next year. It's crazy to think about it but next year's goal must be not finish in the bottom two.

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Post by mikey_dragon Tue 22 Sep 2020, 06:10

I’m surprised at the Tigers’ recent results, but I expect them to be better next year. Looking at all the squads, Newcastle will probably go back down Sad.

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Post by king_carlos Tue 22 Sep 2020, 06:37

Brendan wrote:Listening to a podcast where they suggested that Tigers winning the Challange Cup and getting into next year's champions cup would be a disaster for the club as it would result in them not fixing the issues there.

Looking at the three remaining teams if Tigers can beat two of them then maybe they have started to fix it already.

Money must be on Bristol, but anyone part from Tigers can win it.  Bristol v Bordeaux should be great match.

LondonTiger wrote:Yeah, we should have no chance in this.

Issue with winning it and gaining a back door entry to the Champions Cup is that with the set-up for next season we would have 4 matches against one each of the two Tier 1 sides from Pro 14 and T14. Tough matches we could frankly do without.

Being in the Champions Cup usually represent a significant amount more revenue than Challenge Cup for the club. Challenge Cup games in general aren't as well attended for starters. Given the hit in revenue from covid that's about the only positive in Tigers potentially qualifying for the Champions Cup.

It feels silly to say, but we could actually make the final if the trip to Toulon goes ahead. Toulon without Etzebeth and Belleau (both injured) are a different side. Serin (a brilliant player at scrum-half granted) being picked out of position at 10 ahead of young Louis Carbonel. Their front row options aren't the ridiculous strength they used to be either, given Tigers are strong at prop we might get a few scrum penalties. The Toulon back row is still extremely good it must be said - Ollivon, Lakafia, Isa and Parisse.

Whatever happens in the semi I can't see us coming close to Bristol or Bordeaux unless they fielded a much changed side though. Brizz are flying high and Bordeaux have a lot of good players. Lam and Cordero have got to be one the best wing pairings in the world. Plus they have one the best number 8s around in Beka Gorgadze to come back into that side which defeated Edinburgh.

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Post by Guest Tue 22 Sep 2020, 09:09

LondonTiger wrote:Yeah, we should have no chance in this.

Issue with winning it and gaining a back door entry to the Champions Cup is that with the set-up for next season we would have 4 matches against one each of the two Tier 1 sides from Pro 14 and T14. Tough matches we could frankly do without.

In Leicester are worrying about Champions Cup involvement imagine how the Dragons must feel at the prospect! It really does put things in perspective - the difference the prospect of relegation makes is massive.

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