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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #75 on: October 21, 2017, 07:52:47 PM »
So saints are already out of Europe ...

Moving on Lawes was exceptional again, he really is something special right now.

Saints were horribly wasteful and had easily enough chances to win it.

The ref put in one of the worst performances you'll ever see, in any sport, there were 5 major mistakes:
Disallowed a try for Hartley as a knock on when Lawes reached through a maul and slapped it out of the 9s hands, from hand to floor it went back by at least a foot.
Gave Hartley a yellow for catching someone in the face as he tried to wrap his arms to clear a player out of a ruck, was quite clearly accidental and 100% a "rugby incident".
Didn't then give a red when that player intentionally elbowed Hartley in the face and, to make it worse he outright said he was giving it because it was the same as the one above.
Called Morgan Parra as unconscious and then let him come back on (despite the law being that if he was deemed unconscious then he's not allowed back).
Saints player clearly stepped out of play (toes on the line, rest of his foot out of play behind) in the build up to the saints try, didn't review it and hurried things along before the TV official could stop him.

That the commentators and pundits all called it out as a terrible performance made me feel better because I was getting very annoyed with him.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #76 on: October 21, 2017, 08:23:11 PM »
He was awful.  It's amazing that they can consult video replays yet still get it wrong.

From the off, he seemed to lose the player's respect and was back peddling from that point onwards.  I actually think he knew this and consequently was influenced by the french crowd more than any ref should be.

I'm a Saints fan, but they got what they deserved.  you cannot leave that many points on the park and expect to win.

Regardless of the above, a great spectacle (the leg break excluded).  It was jarring watching WBA straight afterwards.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #77 on: October 22, 2017, 02:34:06 PM »
Great game between Montpellier and Exeter so far

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #78 on: October 22, 2017, 03:15:26 PM »
And an excellent win for Exeter

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #79 on: October 22, 2017, 06:17:15 PM »
Wasps/Quins is a superb match so far, Hughes has been brilliant, Robson is a great 9 and Smith will be one of the best 10s ever, he's already brilliant as an 18 year old.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #80 on: October 22, 2017, 07:50:02 PM »
If Hughes can replicate that form at 8 for England then the loss of Billy V won't be that great.

Would love to see Robson get a chance in the squad at least.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #81 on: October 22, 2017, 08:04:10 PM »
I've been impressed by the young Exeter #8 too.  He has a step like a back but still the power to make some dents.

I'm not aware of any natural #7s but we seem to have ridiculous strength in depth everywhere else.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #82 on: October 22, 2017, 11:06:47 PM »
I've been impressed by the young Exeter #8 too.  He has a step like a back but still the power to make some dents.

I'm not aware of any natural #7s but we seem to have ridiculous strength in depth everywhere else.

Sam Underhill at Bath is the 7 in waiting right now.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #83 on: October 23, 2017, 06:37:31 PM »
Kvesic would be if he was playing more frequently at Exeter. Another who got shunned internationally when he should have had a shot when at Gloucester.

Trinder was good again at the weekend and there is something I quite like about Olly Thorley as well.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #84 on: October 23, 2017, 08:35:03 PM »
Kvesic would be if he was playing more frequently at Exeter. Another who got shunned internationally when he should have had a shot when at Gloucester.

Trinder was good again at the weekend and there is something I quite like about Olly Thorley as well.

I like Kvesic but until he forces his way into the exeter team he's clearly not going to get a call up, Jones has already spoken aboutwanting a proper look at Underhill so he's pretty much guaranteed game time in the autumn games.

I'd love Trinder to get in but I think his time may have passed.  Thorley is a talent but with the wing options I'm not sure he's done enough to force himself in just yet.  Look at the other options: May, Nowell, Watson, Yarde, Solomona are all likely to figure but then you can add Wade, Earle, Lewington, Collins, Walker and Cokanasiga who are all either in great form or have had a look in already as well.  That's a truly insane amount of depth, Especially with Daly being played on the wing!

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #85 on: October 26, 2017, 08:14:29 PM »

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #86 on: October 30, 2017, 05:17:50 PM »
A marvellously enjoyable win for us at The Wreck yesterday.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #87 on: October 31, 2017, 08:33:55 AM »
It's not often Glos win a close one. Or win away. Or beat Bath.
I think this has bought Ackermann some breathing space.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #88 on: October 31, 2017, 05:19:21 PM »
It's not often Glos win a close one. Or win away. Or beat Bath.
I think this has bought Ackermann some breathing space.

Wins at Bath are as rare as rocking horse shit for us so to do it in the 89th minute was ace.

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Re: Domestic & European Rugby 2017-18
« Reply #89 on: November 13, 2017, 05:21:11 PM »
Gloucester v Saracens might be interesting on Friday given all the players they have missing for the international games.