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« on: 29 February 2016, 04:26:07 PM »

So people, whats the general feeling on this years competition?

I think that sadly we've (as in the Northern Hemisphere) not learnt a great deal from the RWC Sad

2 minutes 20 secs to form a scrum is almost as long as it takes Dan Bighead to set himself for a penalty or conversion attempt. Frankly neither are entertaining to watch Shocked

The standard of the games (with the exception of this weekends game between the sweaties and the eyeties) has been generally poor Sad

I'm not at all surprised by the current table standings. Of all the teams I think England's post RWC restructuring has been marginally better with both Wales and Ireland struggling with big names being missing. Scotland have carried on where they left off from the RWC - playing well but struggling to find a killing touch.

As for France......... they've been appalling.

Looking forward to the decider between England and Wales.
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« Reply #1 on: 29 February 2016, 04:46:03 PM »

Agree its been a bit pants. Lack of imagination from the big(ger) 4, only seen Italy and Scotland attempting to play.
Light years behind the southern hemisphere
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« Reply #2 on: 29 February 2016, 04:49:42 PM »

So people, whats the general feeling on this years competition?

2 minutes 20 secs to form a scrum is almost as long as it takes Dan Bighead to set himself for a penalty or conversion attempt. Frankly neither are entertaining to watch Shocked

The standard of the games (with the exception of this weekends game between the sweaties and the eyeties) has been generally poor Sad

As for France......... they've been appalling.

Looking forward to the decider between England and Wales.

Just found it all SO uninspiring, Nosher !

Scrums....You're absolutely right......And I've been shouting at Dan B......."FOR CRYING OUT LOUD......STOP TWITCHING.....KICK THE SODDING THING."
I'll obviously want Wales to beat the toffs.....But, in truth, I don't really care now.
The whole thing has left me cold.

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« Reply #3 on: 29 February 2016, 05:14:12 PM »

I've been quite enjoying the games.

But there is a bunch of faffing around at times, especially the reset of scrums. The other week one of the Refs seemed much happier to let them get on with the scrums, even when they had turned into a pile of bodies on the floor!

None of the European teams look like they could challenge the southern hemisphere teams.

England have moments of looking good, then large bits of looking less then good. They aren't clinical enough - they should have put loads of points on the board against Ireland in the first half - then were fairly lucky in the second half with 14 players for much of it.
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« Reply #4 on: 29 February 2016, 08:03:56 PM »

Well so far the Southern hemisphere chaps have nothing to worry about. Interesting listening to the former All Black at half time on the BBC and his views on how thew teams play compared to the ABs.

Frankly I just wish the refs would penalise teams straight away at the scrums. In the final game of the weekend one of the tight heads was binding on the arm right in front of the ref and wasn't penalised!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: 29 February 2016, 08:19:52 PM »

Frankly I just wish the refs would penalise teams straight away at the scrums. In the final game of the weekend one of the tight heads was binding on the arm right in front of the ref and wasn't penalised!!!!!

I agree with all that this year has been underwhelming - I have ended up painting and basing through much of it.  Perhaps the answer to the problem identified by Steve is for the Props to have shirts with 'binding loops' on them, which it is obligatory for the opposition to use?  At least it would be clear and simple!   But I still have hope for England, Japan were breathtaking in the World Cup, and if only a drop of that can be injected into them by their new coach,  it could be spectacular.  But it is not this day!


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« Reply #6 on: 02 March 2016, 01:44:39 PM »

And now the namby pamby do-gooders want to take the tackle out of the junior game Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil I despair!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35696238

I only hope schools don't knee jerk to this report....
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« Reply #7 on: 02 March 2016, 04:39:45 PM »

I respectfully submit that:
- rugby is a game of combinations
- most of the players in the Six Nations sides aren't used to playing alongside each other
- they don't get much time to prepare as a team beforehand
- wet weather or frozen fingers don't help
- therefore the games are error-strewn and stodgy.

In the southern hemisphere the Super 15, now Super 18 competition means that NZ, AUS and SA are each picking their national XV from just 5 teams, so a lot of the combinations are already there.
Wales and Ireland come close to that model as they are picking from 4 regions, hence have done relatively well in recent years.
(In Gatland's first game as Wales coach, didn't he field something like 13 Ospreys players, implicitly acknowledging the importance of combinations?)
England (12 Premiership sides) and France (Top 14) have far too many teams.
Scotland with only 2 just don't have enough quality players.

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« Reply #8 on: 13 March 2016, 05:01:01 PM »

Quiet here this afternoon, is everyone watching the game?
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« Reply #9 on: 13 March 2016, 05:26:27 PM »

I'm in the Caribbean sinking smugglers Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: 13 March 2016, 05:38:25 PM »

Quiet here this afternoon, is everyone watching the game?


Don't know much about Rugby but enjoy watching the RU Internationals. Tried watching the Scotland game and the Scottish League Cup Final. Didn't work too well. Missed the first two goals! D'oh! (but I'll see them later so no loss). Seems you can't have your cake and eat it. Good afternoon over all however.  Thumbs up

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If only you were on holiday there and 'smugglers' were some kind of alcoholic drink! Sure it was fun nevertheless.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: 13 March 2016, 06:04:20 PM »


I'm in the Caribbean sinking smugglers Smiley


You're not playing Buccaneer again Mike?
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« Reply #12 on: 13 March 2016, 06:49:03 PM »



We came, we saw, we conquered Cheesy
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