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Re: Team's Up
Posted by: OlneySaint2
Date: 08/03/2018 17:25
That side, assuming Mikey is unable to play, is the strongest side we have available in the eyes of the coaches. Exactly as expected. Wrong on so many levels. Persistent failure is rewarded. First choice players are not rested. Development/squad players are discouraged just when they would be raring to go.

What must the likes of Paul Hill, Lewis Ludlam, Tom Collins and Mitch Eadie be thinking? Or the younger prospects who have seen their counterparts in other clubs getting game time? Why remain at Saints if you want to play rugby and be developed? Will we play Lawes and Hartley in the A league latter stages so we can claim some silverware?

I do still hope we win the match and I do accept the obvious point that we are trying to salvage something from our season, but just can't suppress a feeling of embarrassment when I look at the Bath team. I'm going to the Rec, so will put up with none of my own arguments from the locals!

All that said, I agree with SaintMaul, the Bath bench is very strong. I expect James Wilson will have a point to prove and Hurrell is a strong runner. Their front row, bench and starting, could pose us problems and I'm not confident about Reece Marshall in the set piece. The Bath youngsters in their pack, Ellis, Bayliss and Douglas are eye-catching players and may combine well with the experience of Phillips and Ewels. Our Myler/Francis pairing is overdue and may be crucial, but I wonder whether our experience and class in the back row battle will be the deciding difference. Could be close.

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