So we are out of Europe. So what are our goals for Saturday?
Apart from avoiding a humiliation, I'd suggest Saturday is a fantastic opportunity to try a few things against quality opposition without the usual pressures.
Give some youngsters like Ludlum and Hill some good experience.
But most importantly try things to get our attack working. No pressure as it doesn't matter if they backfire.
I'd like to see JJ at fly half and Harry at inside centre with clear instructions to give it a go and not kick ball away in the opposition half like we did too many times against Bristol. If our defence isn't so good so be it. Defence is easier to achieve than attack. I'd also love to see the back 3 have a go at counter-attacking. Pick Estelles and get him running at speed off Foden and vice versa.
What are the right tactics and selections for Saturday?
I would like to see Estelles get a run out at 13. I've been really impressed with his ability to go forwards and/or offload when given no space by the centres. It would be good to see him with more time and options. Apparently centre is his chosen position.
As long as all the squad are registered for Europe, I guess they will rest those that are carrying knocks and give one or two fringe players a run out. However because we are at home and have a very fragile winning streak to keep alive I would hope we will put out a stronger team than the one we sent to Dublin.
What ever team they pick, will still get my vocal support from the Terrace on Saturday as any other perceived crisis occurring at the club are out of their control and can wait until after no side.
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Play all the England players for the next two weeks and rest their reliefs in the team so that the LV cup then gives us a platform to push onto the league games. If the England players go to the camp overused shame, England's loss not ours.
As for the rest of the team, having paid for a trip to Dublin and got screwed with the team selection there and consequently paid out good money to follow a team the JM threw the towel in with, I'd put the ones out who won't feature as starters in the league again in a couple of weeks and rest the first 15 for that.
Still angry about being let down in Dublin by the management? Yep you bet.
League has to be our goal and selection for next to matches centred around protecting that.
Mobbs Winning is a good habit to get into......I suspect that we will put out a strong if not perhaps the strongest available side on saturday if for no other than the authorities will be watching !
And then you look at the BBC story about Worcester and the Challenge Cup - not only mentioning the weakened sides they've openly been putting out, they've not even been putting out their main coaches. Carl Hogg will apparently be "more involved" this week!
Don't support in numbers or over commit to breakdowns
Do drift across the pitch, the touch line is your friend - don't fly out of the line
Don't play in the wrong places - make sure you get rid of the ball and trust in the defensive line to play in the right areas
Trust in our set piece and don't be ashamed by it
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