Seems as good a place as any to post this - One (more) thing which gives me great confidence at the moment is that we are getting better each game. Now OK that to some extent might seem obvious but I feel we are improving in a significant way which more established squads (with established coaching set-ups) are not. Understandable reasons for this but it does mean that the more time we train and play together under the new/revised/tinkered coaching ethos and with our new players and newly made confident players the better we will become.
Hearing what the Saints players had to say about things, that performance was even more impressive than the two Prem wins. We all know how good that Saints team are on paper and it seems they played much closer to that than they have of late. Yet if Picamoles was not on the pitch then ......... We were also the team with the far greater attacking threat from the backs, with Jarvis playing flatter etc etc
What with all the rumours of Nonu earlier in the season, and having seen him play a few times for Toulon, I have to say that I think Hurrell is by far the better performer at the moment and getting better all the time. Glad that rumour didn't come true
I genuinely feel as though Hensons time is up - or nearly up. I don't mean he no longer has the necessary skills but these now regular lengthy layoffs from injury must leave him in a slightly weakened state and therefore more susceptible to future injuries? Combined with the fact hes advancing in age and playing in a position where less pace or willingness to put your body on the line can be exploited by the oppsition. I have a lot of time for him and what hes done for the team, and as a young supporter i can say without doubt he is the most skillful player ive ever seen in a bristol shirt, the guy oozes class whenever the ball is in his hand.
When he sustained his most recent injury i fully thought it would go the same way as Peel and Jones with an unexpected retirement taking place and him slotting in somewhere behind the scenes.
With those words from Hurrell he seems like a character worth having around our squad, whether in a playing or a coaching capacity
I dont think Gavin will go on past the end of the season but, given he is scheduled to return to fitness in February, who would write him off playing a key role in keeping us up. Gavin would love Tainton's style of play and would set the back line on fire. A midfield of Henson, Piutau and Pisi would put the fear of God into most defences, Hurrell as he says himself used to be a winger until last season so perhaps that is where he will end up for us ? Whatever Gavin's future you never hear anything but good about him these days from coaches and fellow players, a marked contrast from his chequered past. Credit to him for turning his life around. I hope we see him again in the not too distant future.
I'm surprised he has spent most of his career on the wing as he doesn't seem to have winger's pace, although as he proved in the play-offs he can sure pick a line of running, and certainly has the power to make line breaks. Just hope Gav can work with him on his distribution so we can make more of some of those barnstorming runs.
Judging by what Tom varndal said on rugby tonight yesterday people won't be arrested for all of these games and I expect we will see most of them have a couple of games provided they are fully fit. He stressed how important it was to keep the momentum going and the last thing they will want I'm sure is four weeks off not playing but the reality is that maybe we won't see players like Hurrell, Woodward (head issue aside) until the LV matches
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