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Originally posted by Gate12 Gate12 wrote:

I'd go Halfpenny, Jmac, Foxy, Parkes, Steff, Rhys, Cawdor, Blade, Macleod, Kennedy, Ball, Cummins, Samson, Ken, Rob with a bench of Wyn, Elias, Kruger, Price, Boyde, SHC, Asquith, Hughes

Cummins is out for another couple of weeks
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Originally posted by aber-fan aber-fan wrote:

Originally posted by crj89 crj89 wrote:

Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Originally posted by crj89 crj89 wrote:

Originally posted by Gate12 Gate12 wrote:

I'd go Halfpenny, Jmac, Foxy, Parkes, Steff, Rhys, Cawdor, Blade, Macleod, Kennedy, Ball, Cummins, Samson, Ken, Rob with a bench of Wyn, Elias, Kruger, Price, Boyde, SHC, Asquith, Hughes



Only change I'd make is Steff Hughes for Dan Jones, think if we're ahead late on, Dans place kicking could make the difference.


SHC is a competent place kicker.


Asquith will be on at centre before Hughes, SHC being Cawdors replacement, I think we need an outside half on the bench regardless of who can cover what position.

I agree - we may have got away with it in the past with Parkes filling in at 10, but it's such a specialised position that I'd definitely have Dan Jones (proved performer at this level) or O'Brien on the bench. If Patch takes a knock early on, I would not want to sit through 75min with Parkes or Asquith at 10, even though both are great players.
 
I had Asquith, SHC and Parkes as 10 cover depending on the circumstances, just think that if we need to shut up shop or roll the dice then that bench would cover those options.
 
Forgot that Cummins is out, in that case Bulbring would come in to start (logically I should go with Price as I had him on the bench but not to start, just want to see more of him).
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Rugbylad being a proIrish blog has us down as one of the five contenders for the cup.

http://rugbylad.ie/5-main-contenders-seasons-champions-cup/

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1st game up is the most important, we have to beat racing. big performance sets us up. but what a task against one of the true powers of europe
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Originally posted by turkishrebel turkishrebel wrote:

1st game up is the most important, we have to beat racing. big performance sets us up. but what a task against one of the true powers of europe


Agreed, hopefully a brilliant performance this weekend will set us up to minimize the amount of points required on the final match day fixture in Paris.
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Based on past Europe attendances and this year's attendances I'd forecast about 9000 will turn up.
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Forecast now looking much better. The heavy rain now due to have passed before 2pm and then sunshine and the odd shower till it fully dries up at some point 'after dark'!!
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any injuries or bans with Racing?
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Originally posted by Rich (Bris) Rich (Bris) wrote:

Forecast now looking much better. The heavy rain now due to have passed before 2pm and then sunshine and the odd shower till it fully dries up at some point 'after dark'!!


I like your optimism. BBC shows 90% chance of rain and winds of 45 mph! Even if it's drywall game the pitch will be saturated and slippery. Might suit us to keep it conservative and hope for the best.
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Originally posted by turkishrebel turkishrebel wrote:

any injuries or bans with Racing?

Machenaud is out long term thats all I know. This game has come a bit early for us methinks. We are up against last years' losing finalists ( I thought frankly that they were worthy winners with their pack outplaying Leinster that day). They have a huge array of International, multi national players to choose from with new additions like Russell & Zebo. Their front five including replacements are fantastic and we will have to raise our game several notches above our best so far this season & tens of notches on most games to compete.

So why do I think we will win? Well This team including coaches have, over the past years, instilled in me a great belief that they understand what is needed; not every time granted but more often than not. Most predictions for the winners this year stick with Leinster, understandably; Sir Clive goes for Racing with not even an honourable mention for us. I have seen us tipped only once to get to the last 8 and that as one of the best runners up to Racing. Time for us to find our elusive best I think and remind everyone of who we are once again - are you listening Ken? Wink
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Originally posted by greypower1 greypower1 wrote:

Originally posted by Rich (Bris) Rich (Bris) wrote:

Forecast now looking much better. The heavy rain now due to have passed before 2pm and then sunshine and the odd shower till it fully dries up at some point 'after dark'!!


I like your optimism. BBC shows 90% chance of rain and winds of 45 mph! Even if it's drywall game the pitch will be saturated and slippery. Might suit us to keep it conservative and hope for the best.


Ah yes it's updated + glad we had this chat as I had it in my mind it was a 7:30 kick off!! (Bloody 24 HR clock). Hopefully I'd have realised in time but a chance I may have got to the ground at the start of the 2nd half! But the BBC aApp still shows only one blip of rain from 5pm (and some sunshine) and wind at 25mph at 8pm - so our 5:30pm kick off seems near the border of the weather and we might get lucky! (Or not I appreciate - but I'm an optimist!)
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Bloody hard game for first up in the Euros!
As we are not widely tipped as eventual winners of the C.C. Racing may just think that all they have to do is pitch up and take their 5 points by HT.
Hopefully, we can sock it to them.
Really sorry for the few key injuries but hopefully the returning players can swing it our way.
Foxy IMHO is the key, together with Parkes are probably the Wales combo for the upcoming AI's.
Jake Ball is probably the first choice to partner AWJ in the AI's and our first and second choice front rows are not too shabby.
All in all, I think we can man up to them.
Just a little bit sorry that Prydie will not be available, he was really starting to impress me again. He is big strong good under the high ball and could have been in Gats' eye for the AI's. Alas! not to be.

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Just a couple of weather related thoughts. From the highlights I've seen Racing also have an excellent attacking game that will be hurt by very wet weather + their pack got totally abbliterated by Clermont in Paris a few weeks back (I watched some of the game live on TV)) and so not sure if their pack is as big a problem as we might imagine + Finn Russell (if playing) was born to play in dry conditions + due to the weather in southern France and their indoor stadium, Racing may not have played in the wet &/or on a wet pitch at all this season
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Originally posted by Rich (Bris) Rich (Bris) wrote:

Just a couple of weather related thoughts. From the highlights I've seen Racing also have an excellent attacking game that will be hurt by very wet weather + their pack got totally abbliterated by Clermont in Paris a few weeks back (I watched some of the game live on TV)) and so not sure if their pack is as big a problem as we might imagine + Finn Russell (if playing) was born to play in dry conditions + due to the weather in southern France and their indoor stadium, Racing may not have played in the wet &/or on a wet pitch at all this season


I hope we have learnt our 'poor weather' lessons after Bath at home last year.
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Originally posted by BigRed1 BigRed1 wrote:

Bloody hard game for first up in the Euros!
As we are not widely tipped as eventual winners of the C.C. Racing may just think that all they have to do is pitch up and take their 5 points by HT.
Hopefully, we can sock it to them.
Really sorry for the few key injuries but hopefully the returning players can swing it our way.
Foxy IMHO is the key, together with Parkes are probably the Wales combo for the upcoming AI's.
Jake Ball is probably the first choice to partner AWJ in the AI's and our first and second choice front rows are not too shabby.
All in all, I think we can man up to them.
Just a little bit sorry that Prydie will not be available, he was really starting to impress me again. He is big strong good under the high ball and could have been in Gats' eye for the AI's. Alas! not to be.


Bloody even harder game for them first up too as well remember. Away yo last years SF team.
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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Originally posted by Rich (Bris) Rich (Bris) wrote:

Just a couple of weather related thoughts. From the highlights I've seen Racing also have an excellent attacking game that will be hurt by very wet weather + their pack got totally abbliterated by Clermont in Paris a few weeks back (I watched some of the game live on TV)) and so not sure if their pack is as big a problem as we might imagine + Finn Russell (if playing) was born to play in dry conditions + due to the weather in southern France and their indoor stadium, Racing may not have played in the wet &/or on a wet pitch at all this season


I hope we have learnt our 'poor weather' lessons after Bath at home last year.


We did not play well in those conditions but the game was lost before we took the field with the shocking 5 day turn around after Toulon .
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