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Saturday 21 September 2019 v Jersey Reds at Stade Santander International, 3.00pm (Cup)

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Re: Teams for Saturday
exhooker 09 December, 2017 21:34
What an absolutely splendid afternoon's entertainment. Some excellent performances and a try from Willis to savour in its build up. I was so pleased to see the way that Lockwood and Sowrey played.Well worth being out in the cold.

Re: Teams for Saturday
NorfolkFalcon 09 December, 2017 22:11
Ruthless performance. Was surprised by how poor Bordeaux were in defence considering their stong side (on paper). They were no slouches. We played so much better when we were playing front foot, running rugby rather than the kicking game we saw at the start of the second half.

I had either Sowery or Witty down as man of the match. Glad Witty put in a big performance. He seems to me to be very much a confidence player, I hope he can use this to get back to the form he showed before he broke his arm last season. Sowery is great in the loose and his scrummaging/lineout was solid. I actually enjoyed his solo effort more than the team try before half time. I just loved the fact that he outpaced their impressive fly half and held off their winger, both very quick players. I can't really recall Sowery. having a bad game and I hope he gets more opportunities. With him, Cooper, Socino, Lawson and Blamire coming through we have good depth at hooker.

The biggest positives to take out of the game was that we secured maximum points, whilst one of our main group rivals left with nothing AND Lockwood/Penny return. Lockwood showed that his long term injury had no effects on his performance and I expect him to become our main starting loosehead.

Re: Teams for Saturday
aidanb 09 December, 2017 23:57
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Robs
Can anyone tell me why their starting 9 was allowed back on the pitch?
Are "rolling substitutes" now allowed?

Did he actually leave the pitch

He moved to fullback as the sub 8 cane on and I suspect he may not have actually got off the pitch at all

Re: Teams for Saturday
Robs 09 December, 2017 23:58
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exhooker
What an absolutely splendid afternoon's entertainment. Some excellent performances and a try from Willis to savour in its build up. I was so pleased to see the way that Lockwood and Sowrey played.Well worth being out in the cold.
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Re: Teams for Saturday
Thenomad 10 December, 2017 00:37
Sowery was outstanding! Best hooker we have IMO, liked the nickname the pundits gave him...The gas man.....think that will stick!

Re: Teams for Saturday
aidanb 10 December, 2017 09:01
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Thenomad
Sowery was outstanding! Best hooker we have IMO, liked the nickname the pundits gave him...The gas man.....think that will stick!

So we have The Chopper and The Gas man both awaiting their turn in the Prem.

I also think Burrows needs a mention in the speedster stakes for his second half break which was magnificent

Re: Teams for Saturday
Cantabrian 10 December, 2017 09:59
I thought the big plus point from yesterday was the front row. Both Lockwood and Scotty Wilson looked solid up against a pair of traditional XXL Top 14 props. Sowery had his best game for us and both Willis and Whitty were outstanding.

When we run with the ball, we are really good. When we decide to go conservative and start playing up field anywhere kick ball we really lose momentum and advantage. However, a win at Dragons should see us quality for the last eight and that would be more fantastic progress, especially if we can get a home tie. Well done boys!!

Re: Teams for Saturday
Exiled Falcon 10 December, 2017 12:26
The build up to the final try of the first half was nothing short of sensational, it deserved a rather better finish than the panto ending for Willis to touch down.

Sowery seems to be the forgotten man yet when you do catch his all too fleeting appearances he always looks good, just hope heís not another Ben Harris. Not going to be popular here but Iíd love too see Radwan get a few games in Sinotiís place to show us what he can do in the league, he is some talent.

The game was great fun and helps ease the pain from the other panto down at Gallowgate.

Re: Teams for Saturday
Pool_falcon 10 December, 2017 14:33
The scrum was generally a shambles again, kudos for our ability to get it out within 0.005secs so we didn't get pinged!

Past the scrum, the pack was just awesome, great to see. Willis getting a bit of bad rap, I thought he played really well and is developing really well. He's going to make the odd mistake but I think he's a real talent and will hopefully be our starting 10 in a year or two.

Radwan must be pushing for a bench place at least, the guy has wheels!

Some tough decisions for Deano coming back into the AP. Lockwood, Witty, Burrows all throwing their hats in the ring for a starting spot.

Genuinely, one of the best halves of rugby I've seen in a long time.



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Re: Teams for Saturday
Greggs 10 December, 2017 18:18
I can forgive Willis a couple of errors given his general performance - he's got speed of thought and seems to assess situations and respond accordingly rather than 'playing by numbers' as some 10s do. He's still young and that bodes well for the future I think.

Nobody's really mentioned him but I thought Matavesi was outstanding. His play at the breakdown has been excellent in his last few games (one turnover he won in particular yesterday was very impressive) but he can also make yards and has got decent hands.

Witty and Sowrey also superb as people have mentioned. Radwan is a menace to defences. At some points Bordeaux looked genuinely scared of him. Hugely entertaining game of rugby.

Re: Teams for Saturday
DeceptivePace 10 December, 2017 18:22
Agree that Matavesi looked good yesterday. His conditioning is so much improved from the pre season friendlies. I like to see modern pros having a pint but he was carrying some serious timber at the time.
Yesterday's game was enhanced by the fact that BB came to play.

Re: Teams for Saturday
Wensleydale Falcon 10 December, 2017 19:03
Really do not get some posters comments about our scrum. Far from a shambles in my opinion.
I thought our pack was outstanding against a very abrasive Bordeaux pack.
Some very impressive performances by some of the guys which will be making selection interesting for out next Premiership game.
Credit where credit is due...we looked very good yesterday with pretty much a second string side.
At least half a dozen guys knocking on the door for first team selection which will keep a lot of the guys on their toes. Ryan Burrows in particular for me was superb!!

Re: Teams for Saturday
NorfolkFalcon 10 December, 2017 19:14
I could be completely wrong with this but Matavesi being selected as starting 12 makes me think that JPS will leave when his contract expires at the end of the season. I really hope that I'm wrong as he's a fan favourite and has been fully committed to the cause.

Oh and I actually preferred the balance of the back row. Wilson, Graham and Burrows individually offer something different.

Re: Teams for Saturday
alas 10 December, 2017 19:41
JPS isn't in the European squad.

Re: Teams for Saturday
AFalcon24 10 December, 2017 20:15
To be fair I thought our scrum was good with Lockwood and Wilson in there, just remember that was a massive pack especially the props Bordeaux had. smiling smiley

Re: Teams for Saturday
Robs 11 December, 2017 06:40
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Robs
Can anyone tell me why their starting 9 was allowed back on the pitch?
Are "rolling substitutes" now allowed?

Did he actually leave the pitch

He moved to fullback as the sub 8 cane on and I suspect he may not have actually got off the pitch at all

Thanks Aidan
I watched it again last night and I think you're right
9 never left the pitch. He moved to wing then full back



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Re: Teams for Saturday
Bedlington Lad 11 December, 2017 07:45
Enjoyable game, Willis makes things happen. he might make the odd mistake but for me that's because he's always trying to do something positive. Burrows must be in with a shout at a league start, I thought he was outstanding, as were all the front 5.

Re: Teams for Saturday
aidanb 11 December, 2017 10:04
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Robs
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aidanb
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Robs
Can anyone tell me why their starting 9 was allowed back on the pitch?
Are "rolling substitutes" now allowed?

Did he actually leave the pitch

He moved to fullback as the sub 8 cane on and I suspect he may not have actually got off the pitch at all

Thanks Aidan
I watched it again last night and I think you're right
9 never left the pitch. He moved to wing then full back

I remember at the time wondering why they had taken their best player off and commented on it to the lads i was with only for him to be spotted seconds later in the full back spot.

I thought he was their best player by a mile.

Re: Teams for Saturday
Pool_falcon 11 December, 2017 11:53
We conceded a pen nearly every put in from the opposition in the 2nd half. We were walked backwards around 1-5m despite getting the ball out super quickly on own ball.

Do people actually think that we have a good scrum?

I honestly don't know which games some of you watch when you say our scrum went well, it's been hammered just about every game. The number of pens we've conceded in the scrum must be in the 50's this season, I'd love to see the stats, and not the misleading completion percentage that some posters seem to think warrants a good set-piece.

We have got getting the ball out quickly to a real fine art, it's impressive....but thi sis because our scrum is so awful game after game.

Re: Teams for Saturday
mannin 12 December, 2017 08:54
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Cantabrian
I thought the big plus point from yesterday was the front row. Both Lockwood and Scotty Wilson looked solid up against a pair of traditional XXL Top 14 props. Sowery had his best game for us and both Willis and Whitty were outstanding.
When we run with the ball, we are really good. When we decide to go conservative and start playing up field anywhere kick ball we really lose momentum and advantage. However, a win at Dragons should see us quality for the last eight and that would be more fantastic progress, especially if we can get a home tie. Well done boys!!

So bizarre to completely change tactics at half time that were working so well. Minutes 40 - 60 were painful.

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