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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby paddyor » April 19th, 2017, 9:59 pm

arsebiscuits1 wrote:Probably more appropriate here.

Would Bent be considered for the 17 shirt? With Rossy to 18.

I like Dooley. But is he ready for a European semi?

Id hate that tbh. Given the faith the coaches have shown in youth in other positions (wing, flanker, centre, fullback) it seems harsh. This guy has done as much as he can for the team but is stuck behind 2 internationals amd (lions). Hes earned his shot IMO. If not.now then when?
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby wixfjord » April 19th, 2017, 10:02 pm

Absolutely, Dooley has earned his shot on merit.
I do wonder though if this will change other bench spots slightly. Might we keep Cronin in reserve for impact or maybe put Nagle on the bench instead of Ruddock/Molony for a bit of scrum ballast.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby LeRouxIsPHat » April 19th, 2017, 10:08 pm

I think Jack will just go for close to 80 now regardless of who's on the bench and he's well capable of it.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby riocard911 » April 19th, 2017, 10:14 pm

Block copying what I wrote on the "Cian Healy cited" thread:

Dooley hasn't put a foot wrong all season. He's impressed on every appearance. If it transpires that Clermont can't field Zirikaschvili they're down to their second and third tight heads, while with Jack and Dooley we could field our first and third loose heads. I'd go for it. Assuming McGrath didn't ship an injury, Dooley would only have to play 20 minutes. On the basis of his outings thus far and how he goes about his business, I'd trust him to carry out the task required.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby ronk » April 19th, 2017, 10:19 pm

Trust Dooley. He's a solid player and should be able for it. Ask Bent to do his job, which he's been doing very well.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby paddyor » April 19th, 2017, 10:23 pm

LeRouxIsPHat wrote:I think Jack will just go for close to 80 now regardless of who's on the bench and he's well capable of it.

I have my doubts hed last in a high tempo move it about game plan.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby neiliog93 » April 19th, 2017, 10:37 pm

I like Dooley but I really wouldn't be surprised if Bent got the 17 jersey. Ross had a stormer against Connacht too.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby curates_egg » April 20th, 2017, 7:54 am

Is everyone assuming we won't appeal and request the suspension being lifted?

Clermont, with Zirakshvilli, have a strong scrum, based on what I've seen of them.
Dooley was outstanding last season; quieter this one. Would he hold up against Zirakshvilli though?
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby simonokeeffe » April 20th, 2017, 8:42 am

Dooley has demolished a few opposition scrums when hes come on of late. Offers more in the loose too
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby the spoofer » April 20th, 2017, 9:30 am

I doubt very much that Bent will be switched back. He is a TH now and a good one at that. Dooley is highly regarded and I doubt that he will take a backward step.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby StainedRat » April 20th, 2017, 9:57 am

Hi People , hope you'll enjoy your trip to Lyon, also another outcome than 2012, this yellow army deserve some relief
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby curates_egg » April 20th, 2017, 10:34 am

Tickets printed. I'm starting to get excited now.

Anyone there on Saturday already? One of the gang I am going with suggested watching the battle of Mordor in some bar call 18m2 - or something like that.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby backrower8 » April 20th, 2017, 11:22 am

Block pasting from my post in the 'Cian Healy cited' thread:

I hope they appeal. If not I would have great faith in Dooley. He is the grade and I don't think Bent has played Loose-head in some time. At this level that matters. Also the game will be helter skelter in the last 30 which the great Rossy was never suited to and is even less so now at this stage of his career. I would see a last 30 mins combo of Dooley-Bent surviving in the scrums and contributing best to our style of play than the Bent-Rossy option.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby curates_egg » April 20th, 2017, 2:24 pm

Just heard they won't appeal. A shame for Healy but Dooley is a great replacement. I thought he had leapfrogged Healy last season but Church has been back on form this season.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby bluemagic » April 20th, 2017, 3:47 pm

Heard rumours that SOB is injured and won't be playing Sunday. Leinster avoided making statement until after lions announcement
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby molloyjh » April 20th, 2017, 4:16 pm

curates_egg wrote:Just heard they won't appeal. A shame for Healy but Dooley is a great replacement. I thought he had leapfrogged Healy last season but Church has been back on form this season.


If they aren't appealing then there were obviously other angles that made it fairly clear cut.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby artaneboy » April 20th, 2017, 5:17 pm

molloyjh wrote:
curates_egg wrote:Just heard they won't appeal. A shame for Healy but Dooley is a great replacement. I thought he had leapfrogged Healy last season but Church has been back on form this season.


If they aren't appealing then there were obviously other angles that made it fairly clear cut.

...or with Dooley available and in form, an appeal (which requires either new evidence or establishing a breech of process) wasn't worth the distraction in preparations


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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby wixfjord » April 20th, 2017, 5:28 pm

artaneboy wrote:
molloyjh wrote:
curates_egg wrote:Just heard they won't appeal. A shame for Healy but Dooley is a great replacement. I thought he had leapfrogged Healy last season but Church has been back on form this season.


If they aren't appealing then there were obviously other angles that made it fairly clear cut.

...or with Dooley available and in form, an appeal (which requires either new evidence or establishing a breech of process) wasn't worth the distraction in preparations


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Yeah that would be my read too.
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Re: EPCR SEMI-FINAL V CLERMONT

Postby FLIP » April 20th, 2017, 5:30 pm

molloyjh wrote:
curates_egg wrote:Just heard they won't appeal. A shame for Healy but Dooley is a great replacement. I thought he had leapfrogged Healy last season but Church has been back on form this season.


If they aren't appealing then there were obviously other angles that made it fairly clear cut.


If such angles are so clearcut why did Leinster and Healy plead not guilty?
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