Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Hot_Charlie » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:03 pm

Good to see Gigena awarded with a start; obviously there to help Lanavini/Laninivi/Lavanavini with his English.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Brianf » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:03 pm

Leicester Tigers include five of England's Rugby World Cup squad in the team to face Pau in the opening game of the European season at Welford Road on Saturday.

Manu Tuilagi, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Ellis Genge are all included in the matchday 23 as Tigers host their French visitors in Pool 5 of the European Challenge Cup.

All five are in line for their first club appearance of the season after collecting runners-up medals in Japan, while South African centre Jaco Taute could make his Tigers debut after being named among the replacements.

Telusa Veainu misses out after suffering a broken nose in the win over Gloucester during the last game at Welford Road, and Jonah Holmes reverts to the wing this week as EW Viljoen comes in at full-back.

Head coach Geordan Murphy also includes Sam Aspland-Robinson on the wing and moves Noel Reid to centre with Ford resuming in the No10 shirt.

Tomás Lavanini starts for the first time since his arrival at the club, joining fit-again Will Spencer in the second row, and Tommy Reffell returns to the back row where Ifereimi Boladau starts at No8.

Murphy said: “It’s been a very physical start to the season and with players coming back in from the World Cup, we have a chance to make some changes this week.

“It’s good to have those senior internationals back in, they are world-class players and we want to get them back involved.”

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Leicester Tigers (v Pau, Welford Road, Saturday 3.00pm)

15 EW Viljoen

14 Sam Aspland-Robinson

13 Manu Tuilagi

12 Noel Reid

11 Jonah Holmes

10 George Ford

9 Ben Youngs

1 Facundo Gigena

2 Tom Youngs (c)

3 Dan Cole

4 Tomas Lavanini

5 Will Spencer

6 Sione Kalamafoni

7 Tommy Reffell

8 Ifereimi Boladau

Replacements

16 Jake Kerr

17 Ellis Genge

18 Nephi Leatigaga

19 Harry Wells

20 Guy Thompson

21 Ben White

22 Jaco Taute

23 George Worth

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by RagingBull » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:08 pm

Spencer 19 stone 7, 6ft 7
Lavanini 20 stone 6. 6ft 7

That’s got to be the heaviest lock pairing we have played?

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by voice of the crumbie » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:13 pm

Strong team. Interesting to see how the Ford Reid axis works and how Viljoen goes at full back. And as Raging Bull intimates that's a heavyweight 2nd row pairing.

As an aside, how unlucky is Telusa? A broken nose now :smt010
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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by biffer » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:17 pm

EPCR website is streaming the Challenge Cup matches apparently. If anyone wants to put themselves through it.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by LE18 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:18 pm

Why is Genge not starting? Is it purely the language problem?

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by CitizenSmiff » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:25 pm

Hope Viljoen has acquired a better understanding of where the touchline is.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by RagingBull » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:30 pm

Interested to see how he does go at 15 would be very handy for us if it goes well.

Glad to see Reffell back involved.

Wonder what sort of team we will go v Cardiff away, especially given the pitch type.

Would like to see Steward involved at the least.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Brianf » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:33 pm

Pau team just announced...

15 Vincent Pinto
14 Bastien Pourailly
13 Alexandre Dumoulin
12 Florian Nicot
11 Watisoni Votu
10 Tom Taylor
9 Thibault Daubagna
1 Siefried Fisi'ihoi
2 Lucas Rey
3 Nicolas Corato
4 Baptiste Pesenti
5 Julian Delannoy
6 Giovanini Habel - Kuffner
7 Patrick Gunther
8 Antoine Erbani

16 Rayne Barka
17 Geoffrey Moise
18 Lourens Adriaanse
19 Fabrice Metz
20 Martin Puech
21 Clovis Le Bail
22 Antoine Hastoy
23 Pierre Nueno

Apologies for any spelling errors..some of the well known players missing from that Team...no Smith, Slade or Whitelock, for instance.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Knightonian » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:33 pm

We need to get our best players used to work together so that when the prem kicks off again they’re already firing

Glad to see them playing Ford / Reid / Manu as to succeed we need their play to be instinctive

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Leicestertinytiger » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:38 pm

Knightonian wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:33 pm
We need to get our best players used to work together so that when the prem kicks off again they’re already firing

Glad to see them playing Ford / Reid / Manu as to succeed we need their play to be instinctive
Agreed, we need to put out our best team to firstly get them used to playing together and secondly to hopefully win and get some momentum going.

Massive pack, like the look of our heavy duty lock pairing plus Genge and Leatigaga to come off the bench.

Reckon though our first choice pairing would be Taute at 12 in like a De Allende light option with Manu outside.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Hot_Charlie » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:55 pm

LE18 wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:18 pm
Why is Genge not starting? Is it purely the language problem?
It would be logical seeing as just about every minute Lavanini has played has been with Gigena.

That said, Gigena has been doing alright.

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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by Robespierre » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:01 pm

Brianf wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:33 pm
Pau team just announced...

15 Vincent Pinto
14 Bastien Pourailly
13 Alexandre Dumoulin
12 Florian Nicot
11 Watisoni Votu
10 Tom Taylor
9 Thibault Daubagna
1 Siefried Fisi'ihoi
2 Lucas Rey
3 Nicolas Corato
4 Baptiste Pesenti
5 Julian Delannoy
6 Giovanini Habel - Kuffner
7 Patrick Gunther
8 Antoine Erbani

16 Rayne Barka
17 Geoffrey Moise
18 Lourens Adriaanse
19 Fabrice Metz
20 Martin Puech
21 Clovis Le Bail
22 Antoine Hastoy
23 Pierre Nueno

Apologies for any spelling errors..some of the well known players missing from that Team...no Smith, Slade or Whitelock, for instance.
Cheers, Brian! The team I posted earlier was I think, a prediction from the Pau forum.
None of last week's starting XV start tomorrow. Four who started are on the bench, Adriaanse, Metz, Puech, Hastoy. However, six players who were on the bench last week are in tomorrow's starting XV, Rey, Delannoy, Pesenti, Erbani, Daubagna and Taylor. Moise was a replacement last week and is tomorrow.
Pau have a strong squad and being 3rd in the Top14 will be stern opposition for Tigers. A lot will depend on Tigers' England players and how quickly they can impose themselves on the game.
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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by jgriffin » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:05 pm

Looking forward to being there, and a good teamsheet. If it gels, could be very good indeed.
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Re: Tigers v Pau Saturday Nov 16th

Post by MCC1964 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:18 pm

loretta wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:49 am
Caerlyr Osprey wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:43 am
Robespierre wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:25 am
This, from what I understand, is Pau's side that shows a lot of changes from the side that won away at Bayonne last Saturday.

Fisihoi-Rey-Corato/ Pesenti-Delannoy/ Waqanoborutu-Erbani-Gunther// Daubagna-Taylor/ Votu-Dumoulin-Nicot-Pourrailly/Pinto

Reps : Barka-Moïse-Adriaansse-Metz-Habel kueffner-Le Bail-Hastoy-Nueno

Not many household names in this team. Fly half Tom Taylor apparently had 3 caps for NZ back in 2013.

As an aside, Pau are better known in France as Section Paloise. The word Palois means a native or relating to Pau. A multi-sports club was founded in the Béarn region of SW France in 1902 and the rugby section of the club was called Section Paloise.

If Tigers field a close to full strength side, and as the opposition doesn't appear to be so then Tigers should win (famous last words, so I'll keep my head down if it all goes titz up!!!)
Bleddyn should have fun with some of those names on Radio Leicester tomorrow :smt045
He can't even manage Lavanini. His attempts at Mapapalangi were a joy, I thought we had 4 extra players once!
Did you listen to the Rugby Hour on BBC radio Leicester this week? They were looking back to the night we beat South Africa and played parts of the commentary. Lucas Amorosino featured heavily. I don't think poor old Bled got his name right once. Not even close. And as for his pronunciation of Maori (may-or-ee) and Ayerza (aye-ez-ra)….Best not mention Jaco van der Westhuyzen.

I chatted to him once after a game. Lovely bloke, but I think getting names right is one of the main requirements of being a commentator. Perhaps explains why he's now a summariser. :smt003

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