- Rugby Thread 2018/19
Edinburgh beat the kings to go 2nd in their conference while Glasgow lose to Benneton to fall to second. Edinburgh now 3 in a row despite rotation and looking in good form.
Edinburgh away to Toulon next which I really fancy for an away win. comming good at the right time
Any one see the Worcester match? sounds a bit crazy!Posted 6 months ago
Denying that try was a really poor decision. Tigers looked a bit more fluent again and appear to be getting their shit together. Ford had a pretty good game too. Gloucester look rudderless without Cipriani; he makes their attack so much more fluid and accurate.
Exeter were really poor and struggled against Bristol.
I didn’t see the Worcester game but it sounds a bit nuts. Bath ending the game with 11 players on the pitch with 19 minutes of extra time.
TJ – didn’t Edinburgh end up playing kids as well?Posted 6 months ago
Indeed they did. A lot of rotation for this game as we have crucial euro cup games coming up. Not necessarily a weakened side but not the first choice . Kings have been pretty dire this season tho.
Edinburgh are getting to the point where they can rotate without being grossly weakened – which is what you need to do well over a season of rugby nowPosted 6 months ago
Six nations time approaches. Your predictions and the state of your team?
Please note my record of prediction on here is utter pish thus reverse what I think perhaps?
So Scotland. Injuries are not too much of an issue but still a number of broken centres and Barclay is going to miss some / all the 6N and that will be a huge loss. Edinburgh in good form but Glasgow in a slump ( for them 😉 – only second in their conference and second in their euro cup pool)
front row – we now have plenty of internationalists and our first choice front row will stand up to anyone. Nice to see WP coming back to his destructive best. McInally is just getting better and better
Second Row – ickle jonny looks a bit off his best, who partners him is a question with no first rate answers
Back row – a swathe of good players but no big ball carrier. This cost us in the AIs as with no one to get go forward from the back row carrying then our quick recycling and fast paced game falls apart. Watson is playing really well and will be a pain in the arse to anyone and everyone. Stealing the ball several times per game and tackling like a demon – fantastic stuff considering he would be considered by many small for a back.
Halfbacks – here in lies some fun. Does wee Greig start for his calm head and kicking? or Wee George Horne for his running threat and zip? Russell is obviously no1 at 10 – but his time in France where we hoped he would be taught control and playing the percentages seems not to have worked. He is playing well but even more of a box of frogs than he was. Hastings as sub ? Going thru a loss of form right now and hardly a controlling player either. Weir? again in good form and a more controlling 10 so could be in with a shout. Peter Horne for his versatilely? and he seems to be one of those players who makes others around him play better. Hard to tell what way Tooonie will go.
Centres? Its all about last man standing I think. Hopefully Dunbar is back ‘cos we need him badly. Taylor would be useful but I think still broken? Nick Gregg is playing very well but we really need someone approaching 6’ and more than 13 st dripping wet in the centres – a pairing of P Horne and N Gregg must be the smallest centre pairing in the world in an adult team
Back 3 – here we haver riches. Its all about combinations. Hogg obviously the star and although injured should be back this week or next. Kinghorn a very different 15 but almost an equal attacking threat but not so good in defence. Perhaps he gets a wing spot. Tommy Seymour is what he is – but in good form right now. Maitland ditto and we also have Darcy Graham who is a real attacking threat but another midget although he did get a tackle and steal off a Glasgow forward in the 1872 cup
Scotland could actually put out virtually an entire set of backs who are under 5’10” and 13 stone! Lets milk those high tackle pens boys!
Scotland must be aiming to win 3 games at least but that means winning on the road in France or England or beating Wales which we haven’t done since AA was a boy! but anything less will be a disappointment
6. Ritchie / wilson
12. Johnson / dunbar
17. Ford ( others too broken)
19. Fagerson M
21. Horne / McDowell / graham
Final 6N table
Others – England – Farrell is now going to be watched for his petulance and high / no arms tackles. 2 yellows at least and they still don’t have a captain or whatever it is who can change tactics on the field. too inflexible slow and ponderous. Jones is a nitwit.
Wales seem to have injury issues but Gatland always seems to make them more than the sum of their parts but the welsh pro14 and euro form is pure pish
Ireland – the best in the NH by a long way. Hard to see who can beat them. Grand slam?
Italy – Pro 14 form is not bad and I think they might surprise a couple of teams
France – who knows?
Finally – I bet Scotland surprise with some trick plays. Townsend loves a trick play.Posted 6 months ago
Wales…**** everyone’s broke.
12 Scott Williams or Parkes
9 Tomos Williams ( Davies playing shit)
8 Dont know Maybe Navidi
2 Owens the 8
1 Rob last man standing Evans
16 Wyn JonesPosted 6 months ago
19 Cory BIL Hill
20A N Other backrow who is fit
21 G Davies
I’ll be honest sadly I don’t think Scotland can sustain form, I am honestly expecting them to be 5th or 6th behind England and Italy. Other than that Wales France and Ireland vying for top spot will make things uber interesting, but the Irish will pip it, despite their only losing game to England.Posted 6 months ago
England will get beaten by Wales for sure and will struggle like hell against Scotland and Italy. Its only because they are last that we will have a chance of beating them as there will be need to redeem crapness agasint Wales and Ireland… France will depend on which french team turns up..Posted 6 months ago
Just my opinion, from reading the tea leaves..
Ireland 4 wins. Lose to England by 1 -3 points so Ire get losers BPPosted 6 months ago
Wales 4 wins. Lose to Ireland.
France 3 wins. Lose to Ireland and Wales Try BP against Italy and Scotland
England 3 or 2 wins. Lose to Wales and France, may lose to Scotland, but it will be super close and embarrassing for England.
Scotland 0 or 1 or 2. May win against Italy, may beat England.
Italy 0 or 1 wins. May beat Scotland but losers BP to England who struggle to prove they can even beat Italy who will look soooooo close.
If England beat Ireland away first up Wales wont beat them!.
Ha ha it is so funny how local confidence varies. See I reckon we will be all nervous about Ireland and play really well. Then be all swagger and cool after beating Ireland away and assume Wales will be a breeze- call it the return of English arrogance. Wales will think, OMG England look awesome, **** it nothing to lose, lets relax and play our best, no stress. Plus its in Wales.
Never discount Wales when they are the underdog, its when they play best, in fact I think Gatland probably tries to undermine everyone else’s opinion of them.
Also England have to get past France before you lot.
If we get stuffed by Ireland then I would be more confident in beating Wales. But I have a feeling that Ireland will be in for a small disappointment.Posted 6 months ago
PS bookies want England fans to think that, we have got the biggest population so more people will bet on England coming 1st or 2nd.
It’s hard to look past Ireland winning (again) this year. A good autumn and good form in Europe for key players means they’ll be full of confidence. I may not enjoy the rugby that they often end up playing but they’re accurate, disciplined, have a quality set piece and are good at the breakdown. There aren’t many holes in their game.
England? God knows. If we play like we did for 40 mins against the AB’s every game then we could have a good tournament. Revert to type and it’ll be another disappointment.
The welsh are mostly broken but they’ll still do Ok.
Scotland will be confident and players seem to generally be in good form.
France I think will spring a surprise or two but will come undone against Ireland.
Italy will prop the table up.Posted 6 months ago
Underhill out for the 6N.
A big loss for England, that.
Although Tom Curry is playing well, and suddenly we have a glut of locks & back row forwards again. Underhill has one excellent game, I’d have loved to see if he could repeat that through the 6N.
Cips back playing this weekend as well, just sayin’Posted 6 months ago
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