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Team vs Wasps

Post by Jumbo » Fri May 08, 2015 11:42 am

Leicester Tigers (v Wasps, away, Saturday 3.15pm)
15 Niall Morris
14 Adam Thompstone
13 Mathew Tait
12 Seremaia Bai
11 Vereneki Goneva
10 Freddie Burns
9 Ben Youngs (c)
1 Logovi'i Mulipola
2 Tom Youngs
3 Dan Cole
4 Brad Thorn
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Geoff Parling
7 Julian Salvi
8 Jordan Crane

Replacements
16 Leonardo Ghiraldini
17 Marcos Ayerza
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Ed Slater
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Sam Harrison
22 Tommy Bell
23 Christian Loamanu

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by JackFlashJonny » Fri May 08, 2015 11:45 am

Loamanu.....Wow...Tait v Daly will be an interesting watch alone :smt003

Parling at 6 looks like we are targeting their line out...

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by Spicer » Fri May 08, 2015 11:53 am

Parling at 6? :censored:? Really not confident for this game.

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by mightymouse » Fri May 08, 2015 11:59 am

6 is a very odd choice given how well Gibson has played all season and Pearce for that matter. Croft not in the mix either

Line out could be the target but also scrummage I think - blast them with power in every set piece - win penalty after penalty and then bring on marcos and Slats and win even more!

Backs more worrying to me versus wasps pace - still no Ant Allen to run defence - Taity always a bit flaky in the middle but at least a bit more creative i suppose

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by 4071 » Fri May 08, 2015 12:10 pm

WASPS

Wasps Team

15. Andrea Masi
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Alapati Leiua
11. Sailosi Tagicakibau
10. Andy Goode
9. Joe Simpson

1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. James Gaskell
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Ashley Johnson
7. James Haskell ©
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements
16. Tom Lindsay
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Will Taylor
19. Joe Launchbury
20. Guy Thompson
21. Charlie Davies
22. Alex Lozowski
23. Rob Miller

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by Tigerbeat » Fri May 08, 2015 12:12 pm

Wasps' Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his team to take on Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, kick off 15:15, live on BT Sport.

Captain James Haskell will make his 150th appearance for Wasps when he leads his side out in front of a full house of 32,600 - the club's first sell out at the Ricoh Arena.

England lock Joe Launchbury is set to make his long-awaited return to Aviva Premiership action after six months side-lined by a neck injury, when he comes off the bench.

Wasps' starting line-up is unchanged from the side which beat Exeter Chiefs 36-29 at the Ricoh Arena in the last round.

The only changes come on the bench where Tom Lindsay replaces Edd Shervington, who is side-lined by a shoulder injury, while Will Taylor comes in for Jake Cooper-Woolley, who has a hamstring strain. Joe Launchbury takes his place in the squad for the first time since 26 October against Harlequins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "We understand Wasps' move to Coventry will undoubtedly add an extra dimension to this game against Leicester Tigers given we have recently become 'neighbours,' but to be honest Wasps/ Leicester games have for a long time had a special rivalry of their own, regardless of geography.

"Leicester are in the driving seat if you like – starting the weekend three points ahead of us in the table, with their sights again set on the play-offs. We know the calibre of the side we are up against - a club which has made the top four each of the last ten seasons.

"With a top-six finish and European qualification guaranteed if we were to win, you don't need to look far for motivation. If we were to achieve that, we would then have a shot at the play-offs. First we have to get past Leicester and that is a huge challenge, which has absorbed all our focus this week.

"It's a huge boost to everyone at Wasps having Joe Launchbury back. We are over the moon for him that he has achieved his goal and is fit to be able to take part in games like this. It really feels like having a new signing. The surgeon and specialists are very happy with where he is. He is fully fit and raring to go. We certainly wouldn't risk playing him if he wasn't 100%.

"Joe has worked his socks off to get back. I'm seeing a well-rested, eager, world-class second row who is desperate to get back out on the field. I am sure England will have a dangerous animal in Joe Launchbury during the World Cup and hopefully Wasps will see some high quality rugby too before he joins up with England.”

Looking ahead to the prospect of playing in front of a full house at the Ricoh Arena, Young said: "To have achieved a sell-out in our first season is incredible and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the off-field team for their hard work in making that happen.

"We couldn't have envisaged how well the move would go or how much the people of Coventry and Warwickshire would take us in and get behind us. We are very appreciative of that and of the commitment our supporters from Adams Park have shown to come with us. We feel a huge responsibility to pay back that loyalty and support.

"I would also like to congratulate our captain James Haskell on achieving 150 appearances for Wasps. He has been a strong leader for us again this season and continues to set the standards within the squad. These are the types of occasions and stages he thrives on. It's set to be the kind of occasion you play rugby for and I am sure both teams will be determined to produce a performance fitting of that occasion.”

Wasps Team

15. Andrea Masi
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Alapati Leiua
11. Sailosi Tagicakibau
10. Andy Goode
9. Joe Simpson

1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. James Gaskell
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Ashley Johnson
7. James Haskell ©
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements

16. Tom Lindsay
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Will Taylor
19. Joe Launchbury
20. Guy Thompson
21. Charlie Davies
22. Alex Lozowski
23. Rob Miller
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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by Ads677 » Fri May 08, 2015 12:44 pm

Has Geoff ever played in the back row??

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by G.K » Fri May 08, 2015 1:04 pm

Ads677 wrote:Has Geoff ever played in the back row??
Can't remember but this seems a bizzare time to be experimenting. Why not Barbeiri, Gibson or Pearce? I don't get it unless that last two have been crocked in training.
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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by parvacat » Fri May 08, 2015 1:13 pm

Smoke and mirrors, friends! Who believes this team will start? Cockers is playing mind games again :smt002

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by 4071 » Fri May 08, 2015 1:13 pm

Ads677 wrote:Has Geoff ever played in the back row??
Quite a lot when he was at Falcons, yes.

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by RagingBull » Fri May 08, 2015 1:15 pm

Parling played a fair amount of his time at Falcons @6 although always looked like a lock so he does have experience there.

He has played a couple times there for us (most noticeably against SA).

Suspect he will be told to help out with the physicality of Johnson and Hughes.

Nice backline.

Happy overall.

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by baz1664 » Fri May 08, 2015 1:32 pm

Parling could be playing 6 in an attempt to stop the Wasps big man Ashley Johnson. From looking at the Tigers team it looks like Cockers is looking to dominate the set piece. If we keep it close for 60 minutes then I think we have a chance, the likes of Ayerza, Loamanua and Slater coming on after 60 and the introuduction of Harrison could turn the tables.

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by darganj » Fri May 08, 2015 1:33 pm

RC has picked the right backline but I am really worried about the lack of mobility from 4-8 against that Wasps unit. Gibson should be playing 6, very worried Parling will struggle with Hughes off the base of the scrum.

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by Doghashadhisday » Fri May 08, 2015 1:52 pm

If the starting team can dominate and tire Wasps I think our bench can go on to win the game. If we starve their backs of the ball then we are in with a shout. Come on Tigers

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Re: Team vs Wasps

Post by ourla » Fri May 08, 2015 2:06 pm

The fact we are even discussing why Parling is at 6 is worrying and perhaps shows the situation we are in.

Or it could be tactical genius.

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