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    Posted: 08 September 2023 at 7:09pm
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[QUOTE=RR1972]Our bench is poor two props who cant scrum a 7 who’s too small a 9 that can’t tackle and a trst tookie at ten worrying. Smith thomas and basham all better than the players selected on bench
Does he see them as a 60 minute team perhaps he has picked a team to try  and wear them down up front in first half and then run them around in the second. He will take off front row Beard,Faletau Biggar and Cawdor by 60 mins and try and run rings round them in last 20 
Don’t think it will work but what do I know. 
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What minute did they score to beat England at Twickers
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Why Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2023 at 2:44pm
Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Our bench is poor two props who cant scrum a 7 who’s too small a 9 that can’t tackle and a trst tookie at ten worrying. Smith thomas and basham all better than the players selected on bench
Does he see them as a 60 minute team perhaps he has picked a team to try  and wear them down up front in first half and then run them around in the second. He will take off front row Beard,Faletau Biggar and Cawdor by 60 mins and try and run rings round them in last 20 
Don’t think it will work but what do I know. 
She asks why i still can't answer. I guess its in the blood.
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Toby f on his 4th as well? 2011 seems a life time ago. Lydiate played in 4 or miss put 2029?


Taulupe, Halfpenny and Lydiate all played in 2011, but have missed a tournament in the interim.
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Our bench is poor two props who cant scrum a 7 whose too small a 9 that can’t tackle and a trst tookie at ten worrying. Smith thomas and basham all better than the players selected on bench

He was immense against South Africa when we toured there.
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Originally posted by RR1972 RR1972 wrote:

Toby f on his 4th as well? 2011 seems a life time ago. Lydiate played in 4 or miss put 2029?
Unfortunately TF missed 2019 with a collar bone injury so number 3 for him.
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Our bench is poor two props who cant scrum a 7 whose too small a 9 that can’t tackle and a trst tookie at ten worrying. Smith thomas and basham all better than the players selected on bench
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Toby f on his 4th as well? 2011 seems a life time ago. Lydiate played in 4 or miss put 2029?
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Congratulations to George North on appearing in his 4th World Cup.

‘ burst on the scene’ in 2011 and is still the youngest try scorer at a RWC.
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Well the time for all the hype/bullpoo is coming to an end. On the predictions thread my heart has totally overruled my head but here I will let my head take over. Gatland has drummed into the whole squad the mantra about being to hell & back in search of that fitness edge. Fact or fiction????? We will find out on Sunday evening around 30 minutes in to the first half & from 60 minutes onwards.

My dilemma with this is the chosen wisdom for any team who feel they have the fitness edge is to play at a fast tempo, getting metres into big legs. A fast open style of play will surely play into the flying Fijians strengths so Gatland has come up with another gem by stating that the fast tempo can be gained by a good kicking strategy - well I will enjoy seeing how that unfolds. 

Gatland is a past master at getting his teams absolutely spot on for the real action; his we will shock a lot of people in France will have got his squad in a good place mentally. However if he conjures up a win on Sunday, even by a one point margin, it will be his greatest triumph ever bearing in mind how woeful Wales have been since he took over. 

Where, for instance, is this mobility he apparently craves in his front 5 selections? Tompkins ahead of JBR is nonsensical. Tompkins will run around looking very industrious & failing to give an end result as usual & he is giving away two stone & metres of pace to Radrada. Adams hasn't had a decent game at international level this year. Three players have had very limited preparations for this game - Ryan, Taulupe &  Daf Jenkins - I wish them well. Over to you Warren - will your hype win the day..... watch this space. 
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Nor me Wil, I thought we’d go with JW’s physicality but Gatland likes Tompkins by the looks of it. 
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I never thought Tompkins would start with Jonny now fit.
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Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

Fingers crossed.


Fancy Gareth Davies for a meat pie.


7 tries across the 2015 & 2019 RWC’s. Prolific..

Can’t find any scrum half with more tries in the RWC ( probably wrong).

Thanks for mentioning Cawdor Will !
He has not had the recognition he deserves for where he is now.
This time last year, he was out of Pivac's squad...4th(or even 5th choice)  scrum half.
Even on his own assessment, he was off the form, we had been accustomed to.
During the season though, he silenced the critics with excellent, dynamic performances, full of commitment, energy, and dynamism. He must have worked incredibly hard
Gareth has deserved his place , and a scarlet, we are really proud of him!

On another point, I got 13 out 15, for  the starting line up on Sun.
The only two I did not pick, were Tomkins and Beard
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Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

Fingers crossed.


Fancy Gareth Davies for a meat pie.


7 tries across the 2015 & 2019 RWC’s. Prolific..

Can’t find any scrum half with more tries in the RWC ( probably wrong).
One obvious negative for Fiji when they beat England was the slowness of their 9 when passing from the ruck. Crying out for a Cawdor intercept.
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Fingers crossed.


Fancy Gareth Davies for a meat pie.


7 tries across the 2015 & 2019 RWC’s. Prolific..

Can’t find any scrum half with more tries in the RWC ( probably wrong).
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Originally posted by Wil Chips Wil Chips wrote:

I love Taulupe. Top guy, top pro, and Wales’ first choice for over a dozen years.

That Fiji back row is one heck of a unit though, and I really hope he hasn’t been thrown in because of his experience/ lack of alternatives. He’s missed a lot of rugby.
If there’s one player I think we could throw in and he’d look like he hasn’t missed a beat, it’s Taulupe.

(I hope this doesn’t come back to bite me!)
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I love Taulupe. Top guy, top pro, and Wales’ first choice for over a dozen years.

That Fiji back row is one heck of a unit though, and I really hope he hasn’t been thrown in because of his experience/ lack of alternatives. He’s missed a lot of rugby.
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