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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2018 at 9:28am
Kings were woeful and look set to be the conference whipping boys.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr_martinov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2018 at 10:30am
Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

Ospreys have little depth, they will surely sacrifice Europe in pursuit of a league finish to play top tier next term.

Starting 10 ( Price) looks to have sustained a long term knee injury, after Sam they are down to the likes of Hook as their best option.

They have a decent opening 5 games. They need to go well as the squad depth will count against them as the season develops.

Half backs were always going to be an issue with Webb and Biggar leaving but it is a big chance for Sam Davies but Webb is a massive loss for them. Hook is a decent option as well and has vast experience for the league plus is a very solid goalkicker. Decent seconds but not a huge amount to fear from their pack and, as you say, will be some untested players in the front line soon enough.
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For the Blues to concede 3 forward oriented tries in 27 minutes against a Leinster team without the Irish front 5 will be huge cause for concern & will lead to them being targeted there in the next few games. It was good to see Jason Harries play so well. He is a handful & brings into question why he & SHC were allowed to leave Edinburgh. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Legendinmybathroom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 September 2018 at 3:13pm
The blues were pretty much at full strength up front so they will be quite concerned. The Ospreys are a quite short of depth, they will struggle during the international windows, as the marquee players they have brought in (Scott and GN, plus Aled) will be away during those periods and the players let don’t have the same abilities. I also have concerns about their pack, they haven’t really strengthened and in fact have lost Arhip and Thornton to the blues
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

The Blues threw it away really but you cannot ever write off a Leinster team even if it is the 2nd team. At 29-14 with 4 tries already & 30 minutes to go the Blues should have been able to get there. Lots to work on. The Ospreys match was awful for 50 minutes. They had plenty of possession but lacked the spark. Scott & Aled were solid & George looked hungry for work which is good to see. I noticed that Scott kicked more in this game than he did in a whole season with us - clearly part of the gameplan. Botha looks a decent signing as the O's scrum had the edge. Cockers won't be happy - far too many mistakes. Too early to judge anyone yet. 

Blues could not handle Leinster seconds on a dry day on the plastic pitch.  Does no augur well for a wet muddy surface in the November-March period.

Ospreys will be about a 10 win team I would guess
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Leicester lost 40-6 at Exeter
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dragons lost to Treviso last night.what's jackmans excuse this time I wonder?
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Treviso look a very good outfit,dare I say,this season though.
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Originally posted by kcreg kcreg wrote:


Treviso look a very good outfit,dare I say,this season though.

Played well, good organized and in a good form..Little worried about this game
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Could reach the top 3 in our conference this year.
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 Exeter 40 - 6 Leicester Tigers.

Bit of a tonking yesterday for one of our European opponents.

Racing 92 play Clermont this afternoon in Paris.
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Final score from Paris:
Racing92 17 - 40 Clermont Auvergne.

 A very heavy home defeat for our first opponents in Europe this season. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 September 2018 at 7:40pm
Cheetahs were oddly not too bad v Munster despite the 38-0 score.

But they really are ‘obviously’ so young and inexperienced across the park, and so make a raft of basic errors, that Munster’s older/wiser heads could easily take advantage of.

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Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

Cheetahs were oddly not too bad v Munster despite the 38-0 score.

But they really are ‘obviously’ so young and inexperienced across the park, and so make a raft of basic errors, that Munster’s older/wiser heads could easily take advantage of.


I know Cheetahs are still in the Currie Cup this year - so are they trying to stretch one squad across two competitions like last season or have they got a dedicated Pro 14 squad which has their best players in it?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2018 at 10:21am
You are right, they have also lost a couple of their best players to the national squad ( Mapimpi the winger for example..real handful).

They seem to split resources between Currie cup and Pro 14 on paper, but for sure the media and fans see the Currie Cup as the priority.

They are indeed really stretched right now.
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Good read on Leicester’s toothless attack vs Exeter here https://www.rugbypass.com/news/toothless-tigers-worrying-aspects-leicesters-attack

While the article is quite anti Matt O’Connor I must admit I don’t see the fuss either. Also has to be tempered by the fact it was the first game of the season and they were playing the superb Exeter, but bodes well for us in Europe.
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