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Re: Falcons v Bath Sat 23 Sept
Posted by: aapierre
Date: 23/09/2017 10:33
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DJMc
This is just my opinion but I think all this secret squirrel stuff about player availability is just stuff and nonsense. I don't suppose Dean Richards gave any thoughts or adjusted the team selection to the fact that Bath may possibly play Rhys Priestland at flyhalf and Freddie Burns at full back ( as they are), he would have made his selection by deciding who is fit, who needs a rest and who did well in training. Like wise the Bath coaching set up in all probability didn't waste much time thinking as to whether Toby Flood or Maxime Mermoze are playing or not. As the saying goes " you can only play what's in front of you" so teams should be going out with a plan to play in a way and style suited to the team selection and then look to impose that plan regardless of who is playing for the opposition.

That works well to an extent
But the top teams also have plans for individual players.

This is anecdotal and a bit comedic but the truth is also in there

The players know everything about their oppo and thus set up in particular ways against certain people.

Have a look at Dean I explaining it here.

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