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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby simonokeeffe » April 10th, 2017, 8:11 am

Would rather Ospreys than Scarlets for the semi. We would beat either but not sure even return of AWJ will get Ospreys out of their slump
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Oldschool » April 15th, 2017, 10:38 am

From an Irish provinces point of view a 5-2 from today's game would be ideal as it would cement Connacht in 7th place and give them an easier EC playoff qualification match.
A similar result in Ulster's favour would also work quite well too.
It would give Ulster a great chance of a playoff place and keep Munster ahead of Ospreys and Scarlets, who are likely to be involved in a winner takes all match(SF place) on the last day of the regular season.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Made Of Ale » April 15th, 2017, 12:08 pm

Oldschool wrote:From an Irish provinces point of view a 5-2 from today's game would be ideal as it would cement Connacht in 7th place and give them an easier EC playoff qualification match.
A similar result in Ulster's favour would also work quite well too.
It would give Ulster a great chance of a playoff place and keep Munster ahead of Ospreys and Scarlets, who are likely to be involved in a winner takes all match(SF place) on the last day of the regular season.


Actually coming eighth gives a better draw than coming seventh. The rules are here:
http://www.epcrugby.com/europeanrugbych ... /index.php

19/20/21 May 2017

Play-off 1: Aviva Premiership (seventh-ranked club) v Guinness PRO12 (ninth-ranked club)

Play-off 2: TOP 14 (seventh-ranked club) v Guinness PRO12 (eighth-ranked club)

The Premiership and TOP 14 clubs will have home advantage

26/27/28 May 2017

Play-off Final: winner Play-off 1 v winner Play-off 2

The winner of Play-off 1 will have home advantage


So actually finishing eighth in the league (i.e. ninth ranked) would be better - away in England rather than France, then home advantage for the "final". Finishing seventh (i.e. eighth ranked) requires winning in France, then winning in England or Wales in order to qualify.

BTW has this changed recently? I'm pretty sure it was listed as an open draw (with the Pro12 teams away at first, of course) the last time I checked.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby mauler72 » April 15th, 2017, 3:18 pm

Blues leading Ospreys 21-3 after 27 minutes. O's look like a busted flush
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby leinsterfan100 » April 15th, 2017, 3:53 pm

33-3 now. Another step closer to a home semi for us
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby simonokeeffe » April 15th, 2017, 3:54 pm

Os going to be so mentally damaged come semi final time even AWJ wont be able to save them from a hiding
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Peg Leg » April 15th, 2017, 4:38 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:Os going to be so mentally damaged come semi final time even AWJ wont be able to save them from a hiding

Am I having Deja vu or did you say that elsewhere already?
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby paddyor » April 15th, 2017, 4:55 pm

Munster guaranteed a home SF now. 11pts up on the Ospreys with just 10 available.

If we take 1 pt today we're guarnateed one as well.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Cianostays » April 15th, 2017, 5:00 pm

paddyor wrote:Munster guaranteed a home SF now. 11pts up on the Ospreys with just 10 available.

If we take 1 pt today we're guarnateed one as well.

Think you're forgetting that Scarlets are playing Dragons in a couple of mins. You'd expect them to pick up at least 4 match points. That'd put them on 67 I think. That'd mean we need 4 match points to seal a home SF.

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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby simonokeeffe » April 15th, 2017, 5:07 pm

Peg Leg wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote:Os going to be so mentally damaged come semi final time even AWJ wont be able to save them from a hiding

Am I having Deja vu or did you say that elsewhere already?


Ive been saying they look awful without him every game since the 6n so that might be it
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Grumpy Old Man » April 15th, 2017, 6:01 pm

We have a five day turnaround between European SF and Glasgow game and then we're away to an Ulster team who will be looking to cement a Top 4 position. Neither will be easy.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Cianostays » April 15th, 2017, 6:10 pm

Dragons 6-3 up at HT

If Scarlets fail to win then, as stated above, a losing bonus point this evening will ensure a Home SF. Given the scenario that GOM lined out it would be wonderful to have a Home SF locked down before Clermont next week.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby leinsterfan100 » April 15th, 2017, 6:10 pm

simonokeeffe wrote:Would rather Ospreys than Scarlets for the semi. We would beat either but not sure even return of AWJ will get Ospreys out of their slump


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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby cormac » April 15th, 2017, 7:06 pm

Scarlets win but no try bp. Four more points guarantees a home semi-final
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Grumpy Old Man » April 15th, 2017, 10:30 pm

cormac wrote:Scarlets win but no try bp. Four more points guarantees a home semi-final


You'll take 5 though... :wink:
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby D4surfer » April 15th, 2017, 11:04 pm

Home semi-final secured
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby neiliog93 » April 16th, 2017, 1:38 am

Ospreys final two games are home to Ulster (who need the win) and away against Scarlets. Based on their abject capitulation of late, I can see Scarlets getting third and Ulster fourth, with Ospreys slipping to fifth. So we'd likely be home to Scarlets, and Munster home to Ulster.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby johng » April 16th, 2017, 1:41 am

Top 6 Fix

Round 21 28/29/30 Apr Ospreys v Ulster Rugby Liberty Stadium
Round 21 28/29/30 Apr Leinster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors RDS Arena
Round 22 Round 22 Saturday 6 May 17:15 Scarlets v Ospreys Parc y Scarlets
Round 22 Saturday 6 May 17:15 Ulster Rugby v Leinster Rugby Kingspan Stadium

Home and away for each team

Home
Glasgow: Edi.
Leinster: Gla.
Munster: Con.
Ospreys: Uls.
Scarlets: Osp,
Ulster: Lei.

Away
Glasgow: Lei.
Leinster: Uls.
Munster: Tre.
Ospreys: Sca.
Scarlets: Con.
Ulster: Osp.

Leinster now have complete control of the league. They could losr 100 nil in their last 2 games and still have a home semi.

Munster are a draw in treviso away from a home semi now. Or a losing BP and another in Thomond v Connacht.

Ulster fecked. They have to shoot out away to the Ospreys for 4th place next round. Scarlets come to the sportsground to keep themselves in 3rd.

The rest done and dusted. 6th place down set in stone. Treviso and Zebre still a live issue, but no one knows what Italian teams will even be in the league next year.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby Cianostays » April 16th, 2017, 8:36 am

Really has been a fantastic effort from everyone over the past 2 weeks to get that home SF :clap:

If we manage to win in Lyon we can completely focus on a Final in Murrayfield knowing that we've an RDS SF already locked up. Terrific stuff.
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Re: The Quickening 2017

Postby simonokeeffe » April 16th, 2017, 2:00 pm

The only thing that could make the semis lively is players potentially injured or rested after the Euro final
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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