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Premiership Playoffs
16 May, 2017 13:29
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Awp24975 (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
16 May, 2017 18:27
Excellent write up..... Im off to Twickenham for the final at the end of the month and hoping it is Wasps v Saracens, with Saracens going on to complete the double.

Bathovalballer (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
16 May, 2017 19:00
I am off to HQ for the final and am convinced, if the Chiefs can overcome Sarries, and its a big if following on from their display against the excellent Clermont, they will beat Wasps or Leicester in the final.

The ref for Saturday's game at Sandy Park will have to be strong to stop Sarries ball slowing, maul pulling down and blocking and shirt grabbing, plus putting the more vociferous Saracen's players in their place like Nigel Owens did last week.

Just read its Wayne Barnes which should be good for the Chiefs and the other game has Carley! Poor sods.

OutsideBath (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
17 May, 2017 07:49
Couldn't stomach Exeter or Coventry winning the PL so will be supporting Sarries.

Chris Cook - Adopted player 2016/17

P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
19 May, 2017 16:23

1. Exeter v Saracens:
Exeter: Dollman; Nowell, Whitten, Devoto, Short; Steenson (capt), Townsend; Moon, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Dennis, Parling, Horstmann, Armand, Waldrom.
Replacements: Yeandle, Rimmer, Francis, Lees, S Simmonds, Chudley, Slade, Campagnaro.

Saracens: Goode; Ashton, Bosch, Taylor, Wyles; Farrell (capt.), Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, George, Koch, Itoje, Kruis, Rhodes, Wray, B. Vunipola.
Replacements: Brits, Lamositele, Du Plessis, Hamilton, Burger, Spencer, Lozowski, Ellery.

2. Wasps v Leicester:

Wasps: Beale; Wade, Daly, Gopperth, Le Roux; Cipriani, Simpson; Mullan, Johnson, Swainston; Launchbury (capt), Symons; Haskell, Young, Hughes.
Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Moore, Gaskell, Thompson, Robson, Leiua, Bassett.

Leicester: Veainu; Thompstone, Tait, O. Williams, Betham; Burns, B. Youngs; Genge, T. Youngs (capt), Cole; Barrow, Kitchener; Fitzgerald, O'Connor, Hamilton.
Replacements: McGuigan, Bateman, Balmain, Slater, M. Williams, Harrison, Roberts, Smith.

Two good games in prospect!


Boldngrey (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
19 May, 2017 20:50
Slade only good enough for the bench!

P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
20 May, 2017 20:49
Two cracking semis, with two attack minded sides going through to the Final.

The standard this year shows what we have to aspire to for next season.


Widcombe Boy (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
21 May, 2017 09:18
Great write up PG Tips and two outstanding games of rugby. Absolutely riveting viewing.

Just one thing, why play the premiership semi's the week after The European Champions Cup Final.

I'm thrilled for Exeter, but this certainly had an impact on Sarries performance

Beer Belly (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
24 May, 2017 10:35
Probably because, WB, in a 'normal' league situation the season would have been over, Wasps would be champions and, if the Pro12 followed suit, The Lions would now be on a plane to NZ to give themselves time and a chance to win the series!

But that's not the way it is and, in that case ...... C'MON EXE!

Cheers! (Sm63)

Rucking Carl
Rucking Carl (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
26 May, 2017 10:54
This season will be the 15th decided by playoffs after 15 not decided by playoffs. It's fair to say that playoffs are normal; and lots of other sports use them.
The argument being that is it fair that some clubs lose a lot of players to internationals, so your squad gets you to the playoffs and your best 23 available get you the trophy.

As for the scheduling, I suppose they have to play all the big games at the end of the season. Saracens managed it last year but this year was too much.

P G Tips
P G Tips (IP Logged)

Re: Premiership Playoffs
26 May, 2017 12:51
Teams for the Final::

Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, Daly, Gopperth, Bassett; Cipriani, Robson; Mullan, Taylor, Swainston, Launchbury (capt), Symons, Haskell, Young, Hughes.

Replacements: Johnson, McIntyre, Moore, Myall, Thompson, Simpson, Leiua, Halai.

Exeter Chiefs: Dollman; Nowell, Whitten, Devoto, Woodburn; Steenson (capt), Townsend; Moon, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Dennis, Parling, Horstmann, Armand, Waldrom.

Replacements: Yeandle, Rimmer, Francis, Lees, S. Simmonds, Chudley, Slade, Campagnaro.


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