- 2013/14 Rugby Thread
Even his coaches have been known to have a pop at his waterproof tan….
Saying that he came on Saturday and I think won the crucial turnover on the Bath line in the last 5 mins. He was signed as cover for 2 positions, can’t see him being needed now with Ford, Heathcote, Devoto all playing 10. JJ, Eastmond, Devoto, Banahan & Burgess covering centre. although with Abendenon off might need full back cover?Posted 4 years ago
and yet if you go on a bath fan forum even the skeptics seem to be impressed with how he has handled himself this season and hasnt let them down when asked to play 10, 12, 13 or 15 or kick goals. He has also been thoroughly committed playing for the seconds too.Posted 4 years ago
I actually think he’s played well this season, better than for a long time.
He was quite brilliant on occasions for welsh last year but got broken a lot. Has been solid this season but hasnt ever been really given a run of games in one position. Most likely off to the Dregs with Matt Morgan next season.Posted 4 years agoAlbanachMember
Scot XV: Hogg Seymour Dunbar Scott Lamont Weir Laidlaw; Grant Lawson Low RGray Hamilton Wilson Fusaro Beattie
Scot bench: Ford Dickinson Cross Swinson Denton Cusiter Taylor Evans
Still no sign of Kelly Brown!? Scott Johnson is a total clown, if I was. Vern Cotter I’d be running a mile.Posted 4 years ago
Ha ha dwarf,he is broken more than that car that started top gear on Sunday! Wee Gray was bloody good against Cardiff,suspect Hamilton got the nod because of his experience and bulk. To beat Italy we will have to nullify their pack. Brown at 6 would’ve been better than Wilson,but Johnston has to appear to be pursuing some tactical masterplan that only knows about.Posted 4 years agotiggs121Member
I’d have had Cusiter in for Laidlaw, Evans for Lamont, both Gray brothers, back row of Fusaro, Denton and Beattie.
It’s the stand off position that is really worrying. Sadly, Weir may be the best we’ve got!
Looks like Mr Johnson has a secret plan that only he knows! I suspect he won’t eve tell the players about either.
Kelly Brown will probably never play for Scotland again.Posted 4 years agoBearMember
bits I’ve seen of him he uses bulk to get past people, especially as defences are 10 yards away, defender will be in his face far quicker so no chance to build momentum.Posted 4 years ago
Also he’s big, but then so are all the forwards in union so people will be able to put him on the floor quickly.Kryton57Subscriber
Hmmm. Even with his current not so great form, Cole will be missed against Ireland. This means England really don’t have ANYONE playing anywhere near like a 7 at all. I see turnovers being won by Ireland, England going backward, England bashing forward. I think England will win by a small margin.Posted 4 years agoekulMember
+1 for the slammin Sam documentary, really good.
having watched some of his tries i think he’ll do alright, for all his size and power he is quite agile and steps out of a lot of tackles. His determination to get over the gain line/try line is pretty scary! He just shrugs people off!
still think he’s left it a bit late though. If he wanted to play in the world cup he should have come now and gone back to league a season earlier if theyre his plans.Posted 4 years ago
WALES (v France): Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, George North, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Rhys Webb; Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (Capt), Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Ken Owens; Paul James, Rhodri Jones, Jake Ball, Justin Tipuric, Mike Phillips, Dan Biggar, James Hook.
Spikey dropped, which isn’t really a surprise.
North v Bastareaud in the centres? Bish, bash, bosh! I suspect George is a little more agile, though.
French referee, though. 😉
Also, a Welsh rugby/beer PSA – Sainsburys appear to be doing bottles of SA or Rev James for one pound and twenty nine pennies.Posted 4 years ago
Liam Williams and Rhys Webb are nowhere near as good as Phillips and Hook, thats just plain stupid. Front five get mashed and flankers go awol and Wales drop the scrum half. It was ever thus!Posted 4 years ago
Basteraud is broken isnt he? Fickou v North fills me with dread far more than a fat lad running straight at him.ijs445raMember
Basteraud is fit
FRANCE (v Wales): Brice Dulin; Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastereaud, Wesley Fofana, Hugo Bonneval; Jules Plisson, Jean-Marc Doussain; Thomas Domingo, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape (capt), Yoann Maestri, Yannick Nyanga, Wenceslas Lauret, Louis Picamoles.
Replacements: Brice Mach, Yannick Forestier, Vincent Debaty, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly, Maxime Machenaud, Remi Tales, Gael FickouPosted 4 years agoDanWMember
Liam Williams and Rhys Webb are nowhere near as good as Phillips and Hook, thats just plain stupid. Front five get mashed and flankers go awol and Wales drop the scrum half. It was ever thus! Fickou v North fills me with dread far more than a fat lad running straight at him.
What a_a said 😕Posted 4 years ago
Hope its a good game but hate 6N games being on a Friday night
Agreed. Especially at 2000hrs. I understand why it’s that late, to get people to the ground etc, but it’s not the right time to be playing them. To be honest, I prefer them all to be on a Saturday afternoon, as per the final day, but I can understand the Sunday game idea. Friday games? No thanks.Posted 4 years agoBlindMelonMember
Ireland unchanged for Sat
15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 51
14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 52
13. Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) 130
12. Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 76
11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 4
10. Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92) 40
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 24
1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 44
2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 72
3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) 36
4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 12
5. Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 89 capt
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 21
7. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster) 11
8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 62
16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 32Posted 4 years ago
17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 5
18. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2
19. Iain Henderson (Ballinahinch/Ulster) 7
20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
21. Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster) 19
22. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 7
23. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 23
Can somebody send me a link to the rugby drinking game. I am going up to crianlarich tomorrow night to do some climbing,but since the MWIS is suggesting that Sat’s weather will consist of rain low/snow high and the wind is 35-50 gusting 70 and strengthening during the day 😯 Another diversion will obviously be needed.Posted 4 years ago
England team’s up,
Fatman Wilson in to replace Cole. Nothing wrong with the Bath scrum, but shows how bare the cupboard is that a man with 25mins playing time in 2 months is starting! If he lasts the first half I’ll be surprised.
Ford set to come in at some point, had to happen so better now than at a later date. He’s kept Farrell out of FH at all age levels and can actually run and make plays, but I’m still worried he’ll be too small for international rugby, and we’ll see a massive attack in that channel, without Barrett in there to cover for him.Posted 4 years agoloumMember
If he scrums well he’ll have done his job.Posted 4 years ago
IMO, England could afford a passenger with the rest of their pack, second and back rows are like a machine when they get going. and TBH, I reckon they miss Corbs more than Cole now.
Really looking forward to this weekends’ games. I quite like the Friday night starter when it’s a “neutral” game. Set’s up a good weekend and I’m more likely to get time to watch it than two consecutive w/end days.
But to be honest, it does seem to involve the Welsh most often so can understand why some of their fans wouldn’t.
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