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by SimonP in Surrey
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Autumn Nations Cup
Replies: 502
Views: 22920

Re: Autumn Nations Cup

Exactly ... the trend is for all players get bigger, fitter and faster ... even the props can't afford to just be scrum demons they need to be fit and offload etc ... so the backs need to be expert in the breakdown as they get most exposed in space ... similarly the forwards need to be able to pass ...
by SimonP in Surrey
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Autumn Nations Cup
Replies: 502
Views: 22920

Re: Autumn Nations Cup

Surely Wales are due a kick-back bounce from the recent losses (maybe a passionate home battle with ENG) but then maybe the Warren Gatland / Shaun Edwards combo was even better then we thought. Wales have some great players so you really have to question how they are being coached and motivated unde...
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Autumn Nations Cup
Replies: 502
Views: 22920

Re: Autumn Nations Cup

Good catch .. think you are right .. Watson injured .. maybe Jones will try Furbank once more
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Autumn Nations Cup
Replies: 502
Views: 22920

Re: Autumn Nations Cup

Should be good litmus test for ENG after slightly disappointing ITA performance completing 6N. Chance to consider options for 8, 9, 12 and back 3. At 8 I would trying a faster lighter option than Billy V who hasn’t fully fired for a while for me so maybe another crack with Curry making (almost) a th...
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Commentators
Replies: 23
Views: 2059

Re: Commentators

Talking of Squidge Rugby, there are a few decent youtube channels like Squidge Rugby that make a competent watch. Squidge talks sense but is very quirky in his humour and delivery style, whereas RugbyAnalyst is more normal but still decisive. The best one I have seen historically is The 1014 Rugby c...
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Gamesmanship shenanigans
Replies: 21
Views: 2118

Re: Gamesmanship shenanigans

100% agree .... too many teams do this including the backs getting their GPS metres covered stats boosted by sprinting to every scrum or breakdown that is won !! Not sure that the ABs do it as much as most tbh ... Note it's the one and only negative aspect of the otherwise stellar Itoje too.
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: ITA vs ENG ... Handbags or Psychological Edge ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Re: ITA vs ENG ... Handbags or Psychological Edge ?

Glad you all noticed the underlying battle and it wasn't just me that misread it. There are clearly ways to keep the psychological advantage without getting carded ... one of which is to win and win well ... but closely after that you need a collective "take no :censored:" stance ... can you imagine...
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: ITA vs ENG ... Handbags or Psychological Edge ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

ITA vs ENG ... Handbags or Psychological Edge ?

Opinions please ... not sure on my take to be honest ... but its seemed that for some of the match the ITA forwards were starting to get ENG quite rattled ... ITA more fired up, not willing to lose a pushing and shoving battle etc ... Tom Curry was influenced in particular and looked on the edge alt...
by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Ben Youngs - 100th Cap....v Italy...England Team announced
Replies: 15
Views: 1910

Re: Ben Youngs - 100th Cap....v Italy...England Team announced

Well done Ben !! Cant argue with that really. 10 Years or so at the top. Selected by multiple coaches and whilst Eddie (for me) can be questioned over some choices, he almost got us the RWC and his ledger is massively in the positive. Robson coming on after 60 will be interesting as ITA may start to...
by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021
Replies: 272
Views: 25159

Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Actually ... thinking about tactics required to beat the boks ... i.e. an 80 minute relentless pace and lightening breakdown play to find space wide away from the big forwards being key .... in that context AWJ is simply not fast enough / fit enough anymore ... he was but not anymore IMHO ... the te...
by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021
Replies: 272
Views: 25159

Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

If all are fit .. Itoje and Ryan for me ... AWJ tours and maybe main 23 match day squad or mid-week captain. Good engine, great longevity and service to Wales but suspect that this next Lions season will be his last international one ???

Heart says Lions to win series 2-1, head say Boks 2-1
by SimonP in Surrey
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: BT Sport Coverage of Quins vs Sale .... Why Oh Why ?
Replies: 33
Views: 4426

Re: BT Sport Coverage of Quins vs Sale .... Why Oh Why ?

BFG wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:27 pm
All that and all you had to do was turn down the volume!
Agreed BFG. You are right .. I will next time.
by SimonP in Surrey
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: BT Sport Coverage of Quins vs Sale .... Why Oh Why ?
Replies: 33
Views: 4426

Re: BT Sport Coverage of Quins vs Sale .... Why Oh Why ?

I will say with respect (despite that not being given to me) that most of you have completely missed the point. You have assumed that if I suggest a political and cultural topic should not be significantly featured in the first minutes of rugby coverage for five months then (1) I am bigoted ( obstin...
by SimonP in Surrey
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: BT Sport Coverage of Quins vs Sale .... Why Oh Why ?
Replies: 33
Views: 4426

BT Sport Coverage of Quins vs Sale .... Why Oh Why ?

Game covered elsewhere, but I was truly flabbergasted and annoyed to see BT Sport choosing not just mention but heavily feature the BLM initiative and to a lesser extent the CoVid / NHS content in the prematch buildup. We wait months for our rugby to return then they chose to force us to listen to t...
by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Sir Eddie of Jones re-signs until 2023
Replies: 15
Views: 2401

Re: Sir Eddie of Jones re-signs until 2023

Right choice for another RWC cycle for me. EJ has certainly upped Englands game. Whilst some inconsistency still exists, at times they are really (REALLY) good. Plus a number of them, being quite young, will get even better e.g. Itoje, Curry, Underhill, Sinckler, Genge. EJ is stubborn, which plays b...