LEICESTER TIGERS 2020/21 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD EPISODE IV: A New Hope

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Re: LEICESTER TIGERS 2020/21 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD EPISODE IV: A New Hope

Post by DeadlyDunc » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:23 pm

Smith was pretty rapid to be fair, Rabeni was quick too

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Post by ABClub » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:29 pm

Leon Lloyd deserves a mention as a 13 too. Played more on the wing but started a lot of games at outside centre in very good sides.

His lack of England caps mean Lloyd often gets forgotten when discussing the great Tigers sides but he was a brilliant player. His two tries against Stade in the 2001 HC final sticks in the mind for sure.

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Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:39 pm

ABClub wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:29 pm
Leon Lloyd deserves a mention as a 13 too. Played more on the wing but started a lot of games at outside centre in very good sides.

His lack of England caps mean Lloyd often gets forgotten when discussing the great Tigers sides but he was a brilliant player. His two tries against Stade in the 2001 HC final sticks in the mind for sure.
Leon was far better than some who won England caps..
Tim Buttimore was pretty rapid.
A certain R Underwood played the odd game at 13 as well.
Dossers Lad could shift as well.
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Post by ay2oh » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:40 pm

All of those mentioned were good but imo not world class and would not say they had pace to burn
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Post by BG01 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:00 pm

Ollie Smith was a British and Irish Lion and was about as quick as centres get. Certainly faster than Manu/Slade/Dingwall and most other centres out there at the moment.
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Post by jgriffin » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:03 pm

DeadlyDunc wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:23 pm
Smith was pretty rapid to be fair, Rabeni was quick too
Matt Smith was the fastest over 30m at one time, faster than Varndell, pointed out by Cockers once.
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Post by johnthegriff » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:32 pm

Most players with " pace to burn " are put on the wing, few guys running at full throttle have the composure and balance to throw an accurate pass or change direction, unfortunately many can't do that at a slightly slower pace.

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Post by BFG » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:41 pm

johnthegriff wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:32 pm
Most players with " pace to burn " are put on the wing, few guys running at full throttle have the composure and balance to throw an accurate pass or change direction, unfortunately many can't do that at a slightly slower pace.
England skipper material that! :smt025

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Post by Wayne Richardson Fan Club » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:35 pm

BFG wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:41 pm
johnthegriff wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:32 pm
Most players with " pace to burn " are put on the wing, few guys running at full throttle have the composure and balance to throw an accurate pass or change direction, unfortunately many can't do that at a slightly slower pace.
England skipper material that! :smt025
Unfortunately an English trait...watch any level of NZ rugby the skill level is vast.
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Post by westwinds31 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:19 pm

I know he was a 12, but Daryl Gibson....what...a....player. Defensive leader, superb communicator and the glue that held our amazing backline together. Oh for another Gibson.....

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Post by DeadlyDunc » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:22 pm

jgriffin wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:03 pm
DeadlyDunc wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:23 pm
Smith was pretty rapid to be fair, Rabeni was quick too
Matt Smith was the fastest over 30m at one time, faster than Varndell, pointed out by Cockers once.
I didn’t know that - interesting as Smith always looked fast in his younger days but I didn’t realise how fast!

Favourite Ollie Smith memory (probably the obvious one) was his try against Munster but he scored a fair few on that Outside arc

Think that was the game where Castro celebrated winning a scrum at thomand park like he’d won the World Cup

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Post by JP14 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:23 pm

Daryl Gibson now works with Fiji!
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Re: LEICESTER TIGERS 2020/21 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD EPISODE IV: A New Hope

Post by DeadlyDunc » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:23 pm

westwinds31 wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:19 pm
I know he was a 12, but Daryl Gibson....what...a....player. Defensive leader, superb communicator and the glue that held our amazing backline together. Oh for another Gibson.....
Allen was similar, I’m hoping Scott will develop along similar lines - he’s looked good so far

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Post by Hot_Charlie » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:26 pm

BG01 wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:00 pm
Ollie Smith was a British and Irish Lion and was about as quick as centres get. Certainly faster than Manu/Slade/Dingwall and most other centres out there at the moment.
Yep. But for injury he’d probably have replaced BOD at 13 in the 2005 side. Criminally ignored by England. I never thought Hipkiss offered quite as much as Ollie Smith, but he was still bad enough to play in a RWC Final! :smt003

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Re: LEICESTER TIGERS 2020/21 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACT THREAD EPISODE IV: A New Hope

Post by dunc » Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:03 pm

Will Greenwood, perhaps not the quickest but a great 13

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