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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 1st, 2017, 6:14 pm

Fan with smartphone wrote:Now blocked one with his hands. if he can kick her out he could do goals for England.


Bit of BT Sport hype on the first one. He was blocking what looked like it would be a grubber kick by Owen Williams and he raised his boot on the stretch and blocked the ball as it came off the boot of Williams. He is a talented player but let's not go down the road of BT Sports "hype" or exaggeration.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby simonokeeffe » January 1st, 2017, 8:44 pm

As Irish fans we're going to hate playing against him for years to come
When he spreads his legs like that youd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift him.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 1st, 2017, 9:21 pm

Will Pat Lam get a shot at the Premiership straight away when he moves to Bristol? Their second win in succession and their first away win since 2008. Worcester spoiled the party a little bit by beating Quins to stay ahead of Bristol but it is becoming a three horse race at the bottom with Sale, Worcester and Bristol now in competition for relegation.

At the other end, Sarries tenure at the top was ended by Wasps getting a bonus point victory and Sarries were lucky enough (skilled enough?) to see off Tigers at Welford Road. However, they certainly don't look unbeatable, from a European perspective. Wasps ascent to the top gives great encouragement to Irish teams who watched Connacht give them a lesson in how to finish a game in the Showgrounds. Not too much to fear in the Premiership at present.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby simonokeeffe » January 1st, 2017, 10:45 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:Will Pat Lam get a shot at the Premiership straight away when he moves to Bristol? Their second win in succession and their first away win since 2008. Worcester spoiled the party a little bit by beating Quins to stay ahead of Bristol but it is becoming a three horse race at the bottom with Sale, Worcester and Bristol now in competition for relegation.

At the other end, Sarries tenure at the top was ended by Wasps getting a bonus point victory and Sarries were lucky enough (skilled enough?) to see off Tigers at Welford Road. However, they certainly don't look unbeatable, from a European perspective. Wasps ascent to the top gives great encouragement to Irish teams who watched Connacht give them a lesson in how to finish a game in the Showgrounds. Not too much to fear in the Premiership at present.


the way wages have gone only really Sarries, Wasps, and maybe Bath can afford to retain all their top players, the rest of the clubs are cannibalising each other and eg leicester lose the likes of Waldrom and Parling that could make a difference between group stages and knockouts to Exeter
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby domhnallj » January 2nd, 2017, 1:59 pm

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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby FLIP » January 2nd, 2017, 3:02 pm

domhnallj wrote:So long Cockers

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/38489596


He's probably burned all his brushes in England too. Will probably have to move to France for work.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Ruckedtobits » January 2nd, 2017, 3:43 pm

Wouldn't be a fan but their Board are mad if they think somebody else will do better without a stupid chequebook. Cockers has maintained Leicester as a really tough nut to beat at home and fairly decent on the road and almost always in the play-offs.

Getting rid of him at this point in the Season looks like character assasination and he'll find it difficult to convince anybody in England that he isn't still a Tiger at heart.

Wouldn't be surprised to see him in Galway at some point. Knows his rugby, understands reality of budgets and well used to coaching with a chip on his shoulder.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby wixfjord » January 2nd, 2017, 3:56 pm

Ruckedtobits wrote:Wouldn't be a fan but their Board are mad if they think somebody else will do better without a stupid chequebook. Cockers has maintained Leicester as a really tough nut to beat at home and fairly decent on the road and almost always in the play-offs.

Getting rid of him at this point in the Season looks like character assasination and he'll find it difficult to convince anybody in England that he isn't still a Tiger at heart.

Wouldn't be surprised to see him in Galway at some point. Knows his rugby, understands reality of budgets and well used to coaching with a chip on his shoulder.


It's hardly a small budget though. JP, Manu, Toomua don't come cheap. I'd say it's not on the level of Sarries or Bath, but it looks significant.

I agree though that he'll find it tough to get another role in England. He's Tigers through and through.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby tigerburnie » January 2nd, 2017, 4:23 pm

Well I'm gutted he's gone, scapegoat is a phrase that comes to mind. Rumours abound that a certain Leinster stalwart has been in Leicester, god not MOC again surely.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby domhnallj » January 2nd, 2017, 5:49 pm

tigerburnie wrote:Well I'm gutted he's gone, scapegoat is a phrase that comes to mind. Rumours abound that a certain Leinster stalwart has been in Leicester, god not MOC again surely.


Any name you could give us? I'd also suggest that at no time was MOC viewed as a Leinster stalwart.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby paddyor » January 2nd, 2017, 6:06 pm

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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby simonokeeffe » January 2nd, 2017, 10:56 pm

they were one of the few clubs who always truned a profit, but Leicester City made a serious dent on them and their attendences
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby Dave Cahill » January 2nd, 2017, 11:01 pm

simonokeeffe wrote: Leicester City made a serious dent on them and their attendences


Had almost no effect, very little crossover between the codes - imagine a town full of Maulers and Anti-Maulers
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby ronk » January 2nd, 2017, 11:25 pm

tigerburnie wrote:Well I'm gutted he's gone, scapegoat is a phrase that comes to mind. Rumours abound that a certain Leinster stalwart has been in Leicester, god not MOC again surely.


Strange decision, unless it's gone very badly wrong in the back room or they've already got their man lined up to replace him at the end of the season
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby simonokeeffe » January 3rd, 2017, 12:32 pm

Dave Cahill wrote:
simonokeeffe wrote: Leicester City made a serious dent on them and their attendences


Had almost no effect, very little crossover between the codes - imagine a town full of Maulers and Anti-Maulers


would affect youth interest, not to same extent as in Wales though, maybe there was a different reason for drop off in crowds

anytime I'd watch Leicetser play 2 or 3 years ago the ground was always full, most games I see now its far from it
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby domhnallj » January 3rd, 2017, 12:45 pm

ronk wrote:
tigerburnie wrote:Well I'm gutted he's gone, scapegoat is a phrase that comes to mind. Rumours abound that a certain Leinster stalwart has been in Leicester, god not MOC again surely.


Strange decision, unless it's gone very badly wrong in the back room or they've already got their man lined up to replace him at the end of the season


The comments on the BBC suggest it was a mismatch between Mauger's more expansive plan and Cockers traditional forward dominated approach. Mauger now has the top spot. Any odds on him getting the job full-time??
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby offshorerules » January 3rd, 2017, 2:43 pm

Reports are that they're going to build a coaching team around Murphy.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby simonokeeffe » January 3rd, 2017, 2:47 pm

offshorerules wrote:Reports are that they're going to build a coaching team around Murphy.


that seems odd as thought he was just skills coach? Mauger was backs/attack
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby offshorerules » January 3rd, 2017, 2:49 pm

Same report was saying he's expected to leave though.
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Re: Aviva Premiership: something exciting happens

Postby simonokeeffe » January 3rd, 2017, 3:18 pm

offshorerules wrote:Same report was saying he's expected to leave though.


Mauger? He wont be unemployed for long if he goes
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