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Castres v Tigers Team News
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12 January, 2018 12:03
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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Tiggs (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:08
Looks like a second team to me ?



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Tiggs (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:18
No Castres team released online as yet ?



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
A_Magna_Malc (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:27
This selection is an insult to the competition Shame on us to have let our values and respect for others to fall to such depths!

 
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Parcdeprince (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:29
At very most only three to four first choice starters in this 23 - Fitzgerald, Mapapalangi, TPN, O'Connor, Tombstone/ Malouf and you could argue against each of those if everyone was fit.
So, yes, agree a complete 2nd XV.

Puts resting first team ahead of any pretence at this being competitive.
Think this might be one to record and watch much later in the evening once the result is known!

Very difficult for the less experienced players to show anything in this context, but best of luck to Worth/ Charlie Thacker and Wells, at least there isn't much for them to lose, and an outside chance, I suppose, to really impress.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Rich W (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:35
As expected.
Some positives in seeing Bateman as skip and Wells and Evans in. I also like Tino at 8 but the rest is a tad disheartening - just because it indicates what has happened to us in Europe this year.

Hopefully the likes of the Thackers, Wells, Evans and Worth can take plenty from this chance. Interesting that Traynor doesn't make even this squad. Hopefully Rizzo is now back, fit and in front of him.



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Tiggs (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:41
TBH you and me are ahead of Traynor !



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Rich W (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:44
Ouch!(Sm110)(Sm126)



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Duncan Keene (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:45
Castres Olympique
15. Geoffrey Palis; 14. Kylian Jaminet, 13. Thomas Combezou, 12. Florian Vialelle, 11. Armand Batlle; 10. Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9. Ludovic Radosavljevic ; 1. Antoine Tichit, 2. Marc-Antoine Rallier, 3. Damien Tussac, 4. Alexandre Bias, 5. Thibault Lassalle, 6. Yannick Caballero, 7. Mathieu Babillot, 8. Alex Tulou
16. Kevin Firmin, 17. Tudor Stroe, 18. Daniel Kotze, 19. Victor Moreaux, 20. Steve Mafi, 21. Yohan Domenech, 22. Yohan Le Bourhis, 23. Julien Dumora

Not sure how near to full strength that is either? Imagine home advantage will see them through but looking forward to some of our reserves giving it a lash.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Seal (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:46
With Ford, Youngs, Cole and maybe May requiring a rest, and us all but technically out of Europe I feel this was the prudent thing to do. Not worth risking the likes of Toomua and Tuilagi on such a dead rubber either.

I'm excited to see what some of the younger guys can do, and those coming back from injury to find some form. We may even get a suprise result!

Next week I expect a stronger team put out, to try and build up at least a run of wins at home.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Tom Paine (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 12:54
BT Sport will not be pleased. But it's the nature of the competition. There are bound to be dead rubbers in the last two rounds and you can't expect clubs to risk their first teamers. Let's hope it's not a massacre, though I do wonder, given the state of our first team, whether this selection will make that much difference.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
12 January, 2018 12:54
Absolutely the right selection but I agree with RW that it's all a bit sad and it's the manifestation of our predicament.

 
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Jon T (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 13:12
As others have said, internationals had to be rested so is it more of an insult to do it away or for the home fans next week. Can't believe anyone really thought we had any chance of qualifying so 100% the right thing.

Only feel sorry for those travelling, Hopefully they will just try to enjoy a weekend away and anything else will be a bonus.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Ayerza wannabe (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 13:13
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Duncan Keene
Castres Olympique
15. Geoffrey Palis; 14. Kylian Jaminet, 13. Thomas Combezou, 12. Florian Vialelle, 11. Armand Batlle; 10. Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9. Ludovic Radosavljevic ; 1. Antoine Tichit, 2. Marc-Antoine Rallier, 3. Damien Tussac, 4. Alexandre Bias, 5. Thibault Lassalle, 6. Yannick Caballero, 7. Mathieu Babillot, 8. Alex Tulou
16. Kevin Firmin, 17. Tudor Stroe, 18. Daniel Kotze, 19. Victor Moreaux, 20. Steve Mafi, 21. Yohan Domenech, 22. Yohan Le Bourhis, 23. Julien Dumora

Not sure how near to full strength that is either? Imagine home advantage will see them through but looking forward to some of our reserves giving it a lash.

Looking at the team that beat Stade at home recently.
1. Tichit, 5. Lassalle. 7. Babillot, 9. Radosavljevic, 10. Urdapilleta, 11. Battle, 12. Vialelle, 13. Combezou, 15. Pallis 18. Kotze, started and
2. Rallier, 8. Tulou,

so 12 of the players playing where in the 23 that beat Clermont away.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Yorkie (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 13:23
100% the correct thing to do.

Looking at that team sheet, good to see some players getting some game time, particularly those coming back from injury. This 23 might not be that much more over powered by Castre than our "first team" would be considering how they have been playing of late. These guys making a bid to get that Prem starting shirt.

Give it a lash lads. Win by having a real go or end up losing by a shed load (which many will expect), don't matter.



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
GreenandGold22 (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 13:43
I personally dont agree that its the right thing to do. This team will be lambs to the slaughter in what will be another embarrassing European defeat. Dont forget that its the AW cup in 2 weeks and all these guys get rested then.

I dont know why we couldnt rest the England guys between the 2 games and do our best to win them both. Worst case scenario, we may have found some form against top class opposition

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
Rich W (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 13:44
As long as their heads don't go down and no-one has an absolute mare I won't be too upset.

As for BT, TP - the tv companies reap as they sow.



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Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
IDLETIMES (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 13:48
Seems like an outbreak of common sense to me. What an opportunity we have to give the 'fringe' squad members a run or two out, without any pressure, before the serious stuff starts next month. Can see nothing wrong in the team selection at all

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
arh53 (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 14:08
Presumably MOC's has established an agreement with the board that his head does not rest on the result of this game!

We are out so it doesn't really matter but still a bit of a shock to see such wholesale changes. It could go either way, it could be a cricket score or the fringe players could play out of their skins and make it close.

Makes the prediction league difficult to call.

 
Re: Castres v Tigers Team News
(JSF) (IP Logged)
12 January, 2018 14:44
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Jon T
As others have said, internationals had to be rested so is it more of an insult to do it away or for the home fans next week. Can't believe anyone really thought we had any chance of qualifying so 100% the right thing.
Only feel sorry for those travelling, Hopefully they will just try to enjoy a weekend away and anything else will be a bonus.

Agreed but didnít expect anything less tbh

So far enjoying the experience. Toulouse last night and now in Castres enjoying the local hospitality regardless of whatís likely to happen on Sunday night smiling smiley



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