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Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Soggypitch » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:48 pm

I would really like to avoid Saints at Welford Rd if at all possible.
Is there a case for playing a 2nd team v Irish, assuming we beat Newcastle and secure a home semi?
LI could easily beat Saints on Saturday (with no LBP to Saints) and therefore if LI beat our 2nd team at Welford Rd, it could knock Saints out of the top 4 altogether.

Now that would be a bonus!!
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by micahroni » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:56 pm

apart from it being unsportsmanlike, i'd imagine throwing a match is highly illegal

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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Scuba Steve » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:00 pm

No we shouldn't as i would like to think the guys cant get themselves sorted and start playing like we know they can and again finish top then go onto win the title :smt023
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Jay C » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:05 pm

momentum is very important - we are told - so a spanking of the not-nots would set us up nicely for the home semi against whomever it may be :smt023

We should never, ever 'throw' a game :smt018

...but we may occasionally pick sides that we think can 'do a job on the day' :smt003

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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Soggypitch » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:08 pm

Ok please don't take things so literally, when I said "throw" I meant rest a few key players and if we lose it may not be so bad....
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by BJ. » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:11 pm

Soggypitch wrote:... and if we lose it may not be so bad....
There is nothing 'not so bad' about losing a game at Welford Road. Purge that thought immediately! :smt018
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by kingneptuneii » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:12 pm

why would we want to avoid a semi against Saints?

1) we can (and have!) on our day beat ANYONE in this league, home away, and at HQ.

2) if Saints are as wonderfuil as everyone paints them to be still, i'd MUCH rather take them onat Welford Road than Twickenham!

I say: Give Reading a good spanking!!
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by physiodan » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:16 pm

Cant wait til a saints fan reads this thread. The activity levels on their site will overload its server.

Oh, and no, will should not throw a weak team into a game against a possible premiership contender and give them hope. LI need to beat Saints then we smashLI, then Saints, and then we smash Gloucster who inturn have smashed Sarries.

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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Old Hob » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:22 pm

Given our below average performances of late, we should be trying to get back to our winning habits.
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Soggypitch » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:36 pm

Ok looks like I'm out voted on this one.
Perhaps it's because I work in the centre of Northampton that I have this obsession with Saints and the thought of losing to them in the semi (or inded the final) just fills me with dread!!
If by any means they fail to make the top 4, my wokday experience would be dramatically improved!
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by maskedsquid » Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:38 pm

I'd say Saints at Welford Road in a semi-final is far more appealing than Saints at Twickenham. Mind you, if Irish were to pip Northampton to fourth place....
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by TigerAlex » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:19 pm

Oh dear. I think you're giving Saints far too much credit. As good a side as they undoubtedly are, let's not forget what happened the last time they came to Welford Road. They didn't even have the excuse of not having their England contingent.

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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Bill W (2) » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:27 pm

There are many on here who have been pleading with Cockers to give the "young guns" game time.

This might be a suitable opportunty, although if they are as good as they are claimed to be they will win!
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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by GT1 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:27 pm

IMHO Saints at home will be the best chance we have of getting to Twicks simply because of their HC commitments!!
Just noticed Clancy has Saints v Perps & Pearson will be in Dublin for Leins v Toulouse so no bias in refs this time round - Bill!!

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Re: Should we throw the LI match?

Post by Smurphswillgetya » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:38 pm

Why are people even talking about throwing the game. When on form we are by far and away the best team in England. We should fear no-one at home in the semi's and beat them. We lost at home to Sarries during 6N period narrowly. Glos game was a once in a life-time aberration never to be repeated! Bring 'em on that's what i say. Four game winning streak and we will be Champions of England again :smt027 :smt027 :smt027
Of course this is my own opinion and other posters may have a different perceived factual viewpoint.

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