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Post by profitius Tue 05 Oct 2021, 2:15 pm

First topic message reminder :

The squad will be named in about 4 weeks time so that should give players the chance to play their way in or out of the squad.


I think this season will see a number of players breaking into the squad or forcing their way up the pecking order. A few that spring to mind are Dan Sheehan, Hume, Coombes, Casey, Harry Byrne..


Porter to loosehead gives that position a boost although Furlong becomes even more important.
Sheehan has looked very good. Darts seem good and he's good around the pitch.


Doris, Conan and Coombes battling for 6 and 8. Good options. Can Leave get back to near his best.


Casey is pushing hard and there's also the emergence of Doak. All of a sudden a traditional problem position is looking strong.


Carbery has been very poor in the first 2 games. He has to get a grip. Harry Byrne is the hot new talent but I don't think the man can stay fit. Ben Healy could be in with a shout.


I'd have Hume ahead of Ringrose now. Henshaw leading the 12s.


Options in the outside backs also but nearly every option has a question mark around them. Lowes defence, Stockdale errors, Earls' age etc. I think Keenan is first choice 15.
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Post by BigGee Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:52 pm

Sexton in trouble

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Post by BigGee Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:54 pm

Well this is getting interesting!

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:54 pm

Hmm. For me a double movement at the previous ruck but looks like it's good for Ireland.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:54 pm

Going to be ruled out.

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Post by Old Man Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:55 pm

crawl

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Post by Heaf Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:56 pm

Yep thought in real time they were going to get pinged for that - shame ...

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Post by king_carlos Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:56 pm

Looked a pretty clear double movement live. Frustrating for Ireland but an example of a good TMO intervention for me.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:57 pm

Stupidity. For tryline to try line.

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Post by king_carlos Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:58 pm

That's the sort of ruthlessness that the ABs have been missing recently. One small mistake from Kelleher and it's effectively a 14 point swing in a couple of minutes.

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Post by westisbest Sat 13 Nov 2021, 3:58 pm

Harsh that. Need to stop giving penalties away in their 22.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:03 pm

NZ playing very on the edge here. Like they've learnt nothing from their close games recently with Ireland. It was their obsession with fronting up and playing with enhanced brutality that cost them.

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Post by westisbest Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:04 pm

Christ. How frustrating is this.

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Post by Old Man Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:04 pm

Great defence by NZ

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:07 pm

Cracking game.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:08 pm

Lacking concentration and precision there. Ireland should be going in somewhat in the lead had they had composure.

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Post by westisbest Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:09 pm

Great first half by Ireland. Just hope these missed chances don’t cost us.

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Post by Heaf Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:09 pm

Possession and territory must be massively in Ireland's favour - they just need to convert this into points ...

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Post by Collapse2005 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:10 pm

Old Man wrote:Great defence by NZ

Yeah really good to be fair

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Post by Collapse2005 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:11 pm

Good performance from Leinster so far

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Post by Old Man Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:14 pm

NZ 150 tackles 8 missed, Black Adder 17 tackles in 30 minutes

Ireland 34 tackles 7 missed.


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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:22 pm

Old Man wrote:NZ 150 tackles 8 missed, Black Adder 17 tackles in 30 minutes

Ireland 34 tackles 7 missed.


Got to take its toll on NZ but another stat that suggests that Ireland just aren't quite concentrating.

Along with 70% posession but only 5 points. Farrell would have been throwing tea cups.

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Post by Old Man Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:26 pm

That was great work from Ireland

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:28 pm

Sexton been watching too much Russell on his kicks.

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Post by Old Man Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:29 pm

I hate it when players have this culture of trying to milk penalties

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:30 pm

Great midfield defence sending in wider players out of the eyeline of the ball carrier.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:34 pm

Niiiiiiiice.

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Post by king_carlos Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:35 pm

Terrible from Taylor but Doris is once again looking like a special player today.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:36 pm

Lovely. Getting the breaks now.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:39 pm

Bit cynical that. Should really be a yellow.
Well disguised should we say.

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Post by king_carlos Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:39 pm

TJ's defensive game is exceptional these days. How much top scrum-halves offer in defence is an area the game has completely changed in just a few years. Guys like Dupont, Faf and Smith are absolute pests in defence now.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:46 pm

Ireland really stretching off at lineout.

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Post by king_carlos Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:49 pm

Wow. Will Jordan is some player.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:52 pm

Wish the ref had been so clear in instructions on that Underhill try with the lawes 'offside' a few years ago.

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Post by Heaf Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:53 pm

Yeah the offside that wasn't clear and obvious or even offside at all ...

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:53 pm

Another off the ball tackle. Had Sexton not been down surely he'd be reminding the ref that NZ are on a warning for that. Should be a yellow.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:56 pm

Brain dead from Conway. Ireland trying to lose this?

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Post by eirebilly Sat 13 Nov 2021, 4:59 pm

I never have digs at referee's but he has been savage tonight. 

How can such a low level be accepted?

He has made bad calls against both sides but Ireland have predominantly been on the bad end.

How many late tackles will go unpunished?
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Post by Guest Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:00 pm

I think the ref has been good to be honest. All calls clearly thought through and explained.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:01 pm

eirebilly wrote:I never have digs at referee's but he has been savage tonight. 

How can such a low level be accepted?

He has made bad calls against both sides but Ireland have predominantly been on the bad end.

How many late tackles will go unpunished?

A couple of mistakes for me. Probably the second best in the world after Barnes though.

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Post by Heaf Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:02 pm

I think the ref hasn't been too bad but NZ should have seen yellow for the last late/off the ball tackle as they'd been warned before ...


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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:03 pm

The Oracle wrote:I think the ref has been good to be honest. All calls clearly thought through and explained.

Hes just forgotten the call he made in the 1st half on late tackles though. Like I said Sexton may well have reminded him but for going off...and no call from tmo, not sure they remind refs on that tho.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:05 pm

Brilliant defence by Lowe again. He's been great going forward and backward in this match.

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Post by eirebilly Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:06 pm

Win or lose, James Lowe has been the best player on the pitch for me.
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Post by Heaf Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:07 pm

Great kick

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:10 pm

eirebilly wrote:Win or lose, James Lowe has been the best player on the pitch for me.

Keenan for me.

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Post by eirebilly Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:12 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:
eirebilly wrote:Win or lose, James Lowe has been the best player on the pitch for me.

Keenan for me.
Fair shout but Lowe has made two try saving tackles and scored one. Standout for me.
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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:13 pm

And that. Should be that.

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Post by Heaf Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:14 pm

That must be it now ...

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Post by Collapse2005 Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:14 pm

Yesssssssssssssssssssssss

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Post by BigGee Sat 13 Nov 2021, 5:14 pm

Kick the points, its 2 scores and Ireland win!

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