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I would argue France have the better individual players but we have a better team. 
The discipline Wales has showed in this year’s tournament has been outstanding. A fact I heard on weekend that we haven’t had yellow card since 2018 if that is true that is remarkable. 

She asks why i still can't answer. I guess its in the blood.
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Originally posted by Why Why wrote:

I would argue France have the better individual players but we have a better team. 
The discipline Wales has showed in this year’s tournament has been outstanding. A fact I heard on weekend that we haven’t had yellow card since 2018 if that is true that is remarkable. 


Our discipline has been outstanding, we dead rucked everything in the first half against Italy & just got bodies on their feet to have the red wall.

There is something about Wales, when our backs are against the wall the team seem to group together & work so hard to get over the line. I think, if we pull this off it, it will certainly be up there with the best Grand Slams we have won.
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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Originally posted by Why Why wrote:

I would argue France have the better individual players but we have a better team. 
The discipline Wales has showed in this year’s tournament has been outstanding. A fact I heard on weekend that we haven’t had yellow card since 2018 if that is true that is remarkable. 


Our discipline has been outstanding, we dead rucked everything in the first half against Italy & just got bodies on their feet to have the red wall.

There is something about Wales, when our backs are against the wall the team seem to group together & work so hard to get over the line. I think, if we pull this off it, it will certainly be up there with the best Grand Slams we have won.

Here's the thing - I wouldn't even be putting Ladram's money on Wales not winning it. Wink
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AWJ is crucial in this area of discipline, organization and structure...Hes practically managing and coaching the side whilst on the field. Even if he has lost a few yards of pace and energy, his rugby mind is sharper than ever. 
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any wales win sees us get the trophy, a draw sees us get the trophy, a 4 - 1/ 4-2  defeat sees us get the trophy a 5 -2 defeat sees us get the trophy.
 
So we either need to win,  get a low scoring defeat or a high scoring game but a narrow defeat
 
Do we go out and play our natural game and go for the win or adapt the tactics ?
 
Do we have wainwright on the bench or botham? or have ball and beard on the bench to cover the second row and add bulk against a big French pack
 
Does halfpenny come into the 23?
 
Do we look at tomas Williams as a bench option?
 
 
I personally prefer smith to carre as a sub prop if I'm honest but will lack of game time go against him
 
Do we even
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Not thinking of defeat - only the Grand Slam 
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Team picks itself in my opinion. 

Beard in for Hill, Hill on bench.

Tomos on bench for L. Williams.

Sheedy and Halaholo bench backs.
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For all the plaudits about the French attack - they only scored 15 points vs Ireland and only managed 20 against England.

We sort of have to accept that France will probably score 2 tries that we won’t really be able to stop. It might be a magic offload of a flair move. 

But Ireland and England both stopped them at 2 tries, so we shouldn’t be too scared.

I think Melon will have been studying the French defence pretty hard and might be working with Stevo to work out how to unlock it. 

As Chris Ashton said on the RUW podcast, Fabian Galtie probably spent all week practising that line-out move but neglected practising their exits. 

They’re a cracking group of players but they still have French weaknesses. 
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Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

For all the plaudits about the French attack - they only scored 15 points vs Ireland and only managed 20 against England.

We sort of have to accept that France will probably score 2 tries that we won’t really be able to stop. It might be a magic offload of a flair move. 

But Ireland and England both stopped them at 2 tries, so we shouldn’t be too scared.

I think Melon will have been studying the French defence pretty hard and might be working with Stevo to work out how to unlock it. 

As Chris Ashton said on the RUW podcast, Fabian Galtie probably spent all week practising that line-out move but neglected practising their exits. 

They’re a cracking group of players but they still have French weaknesses. 
 
 
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Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

Team picks itself in my opinion. 

Beard in for Hill, Hill on bench.

Tomos on bench for L. Williams.

Sheedy and Halaholo bench backs.

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Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

For all the plaudits about the French attack - they only scored 15 points vs Ireland and only managed 20 against England.

We sort of have to accept that France will probably score 2 tries that we won’t really be able to stop. It might be a magic offload of a flair move. 

But Ireland and England both stopped them at 2 tries, so we shouldn’t be too scared.

I think Melon will have been studying the French defence pretty hard and might be working with Stevo to work out how to unlock it. 

As Chris Ashton said on the RUW podcast, Fabian Galtie probably spent all week practising that line-out move but neglected practising their exits. 

They’re a cracking group of players but they still have French weaknesses. 

spot on again, youre on a roll
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Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

Team picks itself in my opinion. 

Beard in for Hill, Hill on bench.

Tomos on bench for L. Williams.

Sheedy and Halaholo bench backs.
And Halfpenny to 15
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

Team picks itself in my opinion. 

Beard in for Hill, Hill on bench.

Tomos on bench for L. Williams.

Sheedy and Halaholo bench backs.
And Halfpenny to 15
Disagree. We looked a better side against Scotland when Halfpenny came off. Great player, but injuries and age have caught up. Liam better at 15 especially with how we are playing now.
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Originally posted by Tony Clifton Tony Clifton wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

Team picks itself in my opinion. 

Beard in for Hill, Hill on bench.

Tomos on bench for L. Williams.

Sheedy and Halaholo bench backs.
And Halfpenny to 15
Disagree. We looked a better side against Scotland when Halfpenny came off. Great player, but injuries and age have caught up. Liam better at 15 especially with how we are playing now.
Halfpenny’s decision making in attack and his positional play defensively is superior. 
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Halfpenny’s decision making in attack and his positional play defensively is superior. 

Agree his defensive positional play is generally better. Though vs Scotland he made a massive error for Hogg’s try. 

Just think Sanjay creates more, running threat from anywhere, makes a few more half breaks and his passing can get us from attacking one side of the pitch to the other - with North and Zammit on the pitch I think that’s huge.
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Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by Tony Clifton Tony Clifton wrote:

Originally posted by scarletnut scarletnut wrote:

Originally posted by dyniol53 dyniol53 wrote:

Team picks itself in my opinion. 

Beard in for Hill, Hill on bench.

Tomos on bench for L. Williams.

Sheedy and Halaholo bench backs.
And Halfpenny to 15
Disagree. We looked a better side against Scotland when Halfpenny came off. Great player, but injuries and age have caught up. Liam better at 15 especially with how we are playing now.
Halfpenny’s decision making in attack and his positional play defensively is superior. 
I don’t agree. Williams is a superior attacker, and more reliable in the air. Liam has combined well with the wings and midfield, joining the line very effectively. We’ve been a better attacking side with him in it, and he’s bailed us out in defence a few times, such as Itoje’s chargedown. If we have a reliable goal kicker at 10, there is no benefit to having Halfpenny at 15 over Williams.
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