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Tigers v London Irish - Teams up

Post by Tigerbeat » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:35 pm

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Leicester Tigers are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures with London Irish in all competitions since the Exiles' 18-12 win in Reading in the Premiership in October 2009.
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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by jamiewilkinson » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:25 am

even so, I fear the worst for this game!
Irish have found some form, gained confidence and now with two good wins under their belt. They were unlucky to go home without any points against us a few months back, and had their fair share of chances to win that game. If we dont step up at the weekend , it could be a comfortable win for the irish!

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by drc_007 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:52 am

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Smurphswillgetya » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:00 am

Tigers to win by 8 :smt023
Of course this is my own opinion and other posters may have a different perceived factual viewpoint.

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Johndudey » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:02 am

Smurphswillgetya wrote:Tigers to win by 8 :smt023
I really hope so. I think if we do not win comfortably now and against Newcastle, we will have poor form going into some tough games that will decide who will be in the top four.

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by sapajo » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:21 am

Johndudey wrote:
Smurphswillgetya wrote:Tigers to win by 8 :smt023
I really hope so. I think if we do not win comfortably now and against Newcastle, we will have poor form going into some tough games that will decide who will be in the top four.
Agree still got to play Exeter, Saints, Sarries and Quins so we really must win the next two matches :smt023
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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Icarus » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:07 pm

Thinking of going down on Sunday in the hope of seeing a fresh start. Will wait until Friday to see the team and weather before deciding!

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:28 pm

We surely can't be as bad again, but there is a good chance we will be.

I'd play the following to provide some fresh air & a kick up the backside of some!

Ayerza, Hawkins, Mulipola,
Deacon, Slater,
Mafi, Salvi, Matera,
Mele, Williams,
Thompstone, Flood, Goneva, Scully,
Tait.
Reps: Stanko, Thacker, Balmain, Gibson, Waldrom, Harrison, Allen, Smith.

It would be nice to see a big change but I doubt it will happen, also the coaches should stop playing injured players, Kitch didn't look fit from the start last week & if it hadn't been for he selection of Mafi & Hamilton away at Bath, we would:
A)Have won the game, B) Got better momentum into the season, C) Had the pair of them available to play sooner!
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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Will S » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:29 pm

One of our big problems is that we have had to chop and change the team all season so we haven't had the chance for the team to build up any continuity. Now we have the opportunity we need to stick with the same team as much as possible IMO and let them find their game. I would only make forced changes for this week.

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by covrich » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:06 pm

Whilst I think we should consider a few changes I am not a fan of shuffle the decks.. I do think we need some consistency, the amount of changing partnerships in the centers this year has been a real pain and no wonder we struggle a bit there.

I would Start Mele though and I would like to see Mafi given a go for that extra carrying pace in the BR.

I do Like Goneva at 13 and Scully on the wing though.

Any news on Kitch?

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Noddy555 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:19 pm

With one exception I would field the same team as last week, I feel that Steve
Mafi should be given game time whether this is from the start or off the bench
perhaps my vote for player of the month Jamie Gibson should be given a rest. After all we can't play as bad as we did last week, can we?

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by Pellsey » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:23 pm

Wasn't there a rumour that Manu would be back for this game?

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by covrich » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:26 pm

I thought Cockers said after Worcester he was hoping for Newcastle. Which is a coincidence as it was the only fixture he played this year against them at home I think.

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by PM76 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:17 pm

I'd go for:

Ayerza, Hawkins, Logo
Slater, Kitchener (Deacon if Kitch is injured)
Mafi, Gibson, Salvi
Mele, Williams
Allen, Goneva
Thompstone, Tait, Scully

Briggs/ Thacker, Stankovich, Balmain, Deacon/ Crane, Matera, Youngs, Flood, Smith

Consistency in selection is one thing, but after last week changes must be made. Consistency from picking the likes of Allen, Tait, Thompstone and, hopefully, Kitchener will help. Scully has earnt a start IMO while having Thompstone and Goneva in the side presents more of a threat than one of them with Smith. Matt is also a better bench option. Crane and Waldrom are both out of form, Gibson's performances have been one of the highlights of the season and I think he could succeed at 8 which would allow Mafi to play at 6. Mele and Williams cannot be worse than Youngs and Flood.

I think Tigers will win by 2-6 points with a similarly dour performance, but I expect a very similar side to the one that played vs. Gloucester to be selected, including Youngs, Flood and Crane.

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Re: Tigers v London Irish

Post by RagingBull » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:14 pm

Saw on the unoffy this interesting thought

1) ayerza
2) Hawkins
3) Logo
4) Deacon
5) Kitchener
6) Matera
7) Salvi
8) Slater

with Thacker, Boris, Balmain, Mafi, Gibson on the bench.

Would be a physical team and should boss the breakdown, then have the pace of Mafi and Gibson coming of the bench.

or as someone said and more likely to happen.

ayerza
Hawkins
Logo
Slater
Kitchener
Mafi
Salvi
Gibson

With Thacker, Boris, Balmain, Deacon, Matera on the bench.

But reckon either Crane or Waldrom will start.

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