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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by jonnyatom5 » Wed May 14, 2014 10:34 am

Earlier in the season, with all of the injuries, it looked like we wouldn't be here.
WE ARE HERE.
We have a full squad, a lot rested through injuries, so making us fresher than ever before. We have the psychological advantage. Ok so Saints have played marginally better than last season and come above us, but this game is what Tigers play for. Every season they eye these last two games, they know how to approach them, get their minds in the right place and give it their best shot. Their strength of character at this time is rock solid. Make no mistake, this will be a phenomenal game and a right royal rumble, but I believe we definitely have it in us, physically and mentally, to come away with a win.

As the saying goes ... "C'mon you Tigers!!"

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by northerntiger » Wed May 14, 2014 10:36 am

ads wrote:
Sorry for being a doom monger but I think this a game too far this season for us.
We WILL win silverware next season though!
Not sure I agree (apart from the silverware bit). I think our season only really started after Christmas and another 5 games would see us in second.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by MrPartridge » Wed May 14, 2014 10:56 am

We have a full squad
Not entirely correct IMHO. All teams pick up injuries in the season and we are missing a number of important first XV players: Cole and Benjamin would start if fit for me. Also not convinced Croft is ready for squad (let alone 23). Mafi looked a better bet on Saturday for me.

Part of the key to a win on Friday for me is can we get everyone playing together. The side has been unsettled recently and although it will be strong on paper I hope we have been working hard on the fundamentals this week - particularly defence, scrums, line-outs and kick-chasing.

It also feels like a few players aren't on their 'A' game: Tait was brilliant last year evading tackles etc. but his attacking has evaporated this year. Manu has been OK since his return but a bit hit and miss. Scully is great, but I'm not sure his attacking prowess will worry Saints too much.

If it all comes together on Friday I'm confident we will turn Saints over, but if the fundamentals aren't right and the team don't gel they have more than enough quality to end their drought against us.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by Phil B » Wed May 14, 2014 11:16 am

All I can do is sit back and cheer the boys on. I hate watching on the telly, as I take every tackle in my mind (does anybody else do that?)and am exhausted at the end. Never get MOM though. :smt038

I will be one happy little **d if we do it, and will be looking forward to next season if we don't.
I could agree with you...but then we'd both be wrong.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by tigerburnie » Wed May 14, 2014 11:47 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/27396841

We can do this.............

COME ON YOU TIGERRRrrrrsssss

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"If you want entertainment, go to the theatre," says Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. "Rugby players play the game to win.15/1/21.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by Downsouth » Wed May 14, 2014 12:13 pm

It is good news that Hartley should be fit for the NZ tour http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/27397624 - we need a fit hooker for the first game and those playing in the premiership final won't be considered. :smt045

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by tigerburnie » Thu May 15, 2014 10:14 am

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Insid ... story.html

A very good look inside our team in the build up to probably the biggest game of the season.

COME ON YOU TIGERRRRrrrrrsssss

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"If you want entertainment, go to the theatre," says Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. "Rugby players play the game to win.15/1/21.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by jgriffin » Thu May 15, 2014 10:24 am

I can't watch on TV. I also have problems with politicians on TV. In Both cases I end up jumping around the room either with excitement, or in the case of some refs and all politicians, hurling abuse (at least I have never shouted 'liar' at a ref :smt005 ).
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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by G.K » Thu May 15, 2014 10:31 am

But have you ever not shouted liar at a politician?
Nowadays referees decide matches, players by how much.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by G.K » Thu May 15, 2014 10:33 am

Back to the game then I'm assuming that Jumbo will announce the team today with the match being on Friday?
Nowadays referees decide matches, players by how much.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by Noddy555 » Thu May 15, 2014 11:13 am

Have we any news on the team for tomorrow's match yet?

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by h's dad » Thu May 15, 2014 11:25 am

Midday presumably. Or about three minutes to by Jumbo.
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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by rdracup » Thu May 15, 2014 12:04 pm

3 mins past and no Jumbo and no news... ... biggest game of the season too

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by tigerburnie » Thu May 15, 2014 12:05 pm

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LEICESTER
Aviva Premiership Semi-Final
Franklin’s Gardens
Friday, May 16th, 2014
Kick off 7:45pm
15 Ben FODEN
14 Ken PISI
13 George PISI
12 Luther BURRELL
11 George NORTH
10 Stephen MYLER
9 Kahn FOTUALI’I
1 Alex WALLER
2 Mike HAYWOOD
3 Salesi MA’AFU
4 Samu MANOA
5 Courtney LAWES
6 Tom WOOD
7 Phil DOWSON (capt)
8 Sam DICKINSON

Replacements
16 Ross MCMILLAN
17 Alex CORBISIERO
18 Tom MERCEY
19 Christian DAY
20 Calum CLARK
21 Lee DICKSON
22 James WILSON
23 Tom STEPHENSON
"If you want entertainment, go to the theatre," says Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. "Rugby players play the game to win.15/1/21.

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Re: Northampton v Leicester

Post by rdracup » Thu May 15, 2014 12:08 pm

As we now know who starts at 9 for Saints Jumbo can tweak the team

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