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By Moorsman
August 11 2013

Thought I'd take a look back at last season's predictions at how some pundits did.

Predictions....

... but not mone.  Here's how a few pundits saw the 12/13 season ending.  I personally thinks it's either brave or foolish to stick your neck out like this.  However I'm glad some do as it leads to some interesting debates!  So, thanks to the following:-

CN - Chris Newett in the Independent

PA - Paul Ackford in the Telegraph

Shaun Edwards in the Guardian

Simon Humphries on What Culture website

Jeff Ball on What Culture website

Anon on Rugby Blog

 
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Green = Correct

Tricky business predicting isn't it with only Welsh being guessed by all.  I think Jeff Ball comes out with credit though.

What do you think the 2013/14 season is going to end up like?

 

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thechiefstribe.com (IP Logged)
11/08/2013 17:03
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black_otter (IP Logged)
12/08/2013 08:09
I can easily see Tigers, Sarries and Saints competing for the top spot - I think Saints have recruited well with Fotuali (sp?), Corbisero and North, even tho they have lost a couple of players (Mujati and Tonga'uiha and still lack a top class playmaker at 10. I suspect that Quins may drop off a little this season, joining Bath (will be interesting to see how long it takes their new recruits to gel), Glaws, and ourselves in the 4th-7th scrap, with Falcons competing against Wasps, Irish, Sale and Wuss to avoid the drop. The one thing that can be guaranteed is that, as always, there won't be any easy fixtures!

 
Little big chief
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Little big chief (IP Logged)
12/08/2013 08:17
The only prediction I will make is Falcons will NOT go down.

I think this could be the toughest year yet!

 
ExpatChief
Re: Predictions...
ExpatChief (IP Logged)
12/08/2013 10:28
4 out of 6 got the top 4 right, as in who would make the playoffs.

 
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Brave new world (IP Logged)
12/08/2013 10:41
I have a feeling that Liecester might have their first average year. Glos should have a good year. London Irish look vulnerable and Wasps may be worse effected than most with the international matches as they will have key players away and a light squad.

I go into each season hoping we survive the drop at year end but with the squad we have and the settled side. I hope we have our best year yet. They have the skill and determination, we just need the luck.

 
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Tom A Hawk (IP Logged)
12/08/2013 10:55
Quote:
Little big chief
The only prediction I will make is Falcons will NOT go down.
I think this could be the toughest year yet!

Agreed, Falcons have done a good job strengthening their squad, They have a proven coach and plenty of talent up there. I reckon they will be safe this season. And Even a former Chief in Sean Tomes..

Personally I think it will be Irish or Sale who drop this year.. No disrespect to either them or their fans, but neither is exactly flush with cash and neither have performed well in the last two years and in Irish's case they have lost a number of key players such as Corbisero, Joseph, Shingler, Garvey, Watson and etc. Also both have small first team squads compared to the rest of the Prem (Sale 33 and Irish 34). A few injuries in key positions could see both really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Sarries will have another good year, Tigers will also be a force as will Saints and Quins. For my money though Worcester are the unknown commodity this year, With a new coaching team and 13 new signings it will be interesting to see exactly what Dean Ryan will bring.

My predictions are:

1) Saracens
2) Leicester
3) Saints
4) Quins
5) Gloucester
6) Exeter
7) Bath
8) Wasps
9) Worcester
10) Falcons
11) Sale
12) Irish

 
ExpatChief
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ExpatChief (IP Logged)
12/08/2013 13:13
My predictions are:

1) Saracens
2) Leicester
3) Quins
4) Exeter
5) Saints
6) Gloucester
7) Bath
8) Wasps
9) Sale
10) Falcons
11) Worcester
12) Irish

Top 2 could go either way and I think there will be a gap to 3.

If Quins cope with the loss of Johnson then I think they'll go well.

I think we will have learnt from the London Welsh and Sale losses last year and go that step further. My only concern is the loss of Richie's leadership and skill at the back of the scrum.

Saints have been about a powerful scrum and to have lost 2 quality props will be a big loss even thought they have recruited well (but will lose them for large chunks of the season). I think getting them early before the the recruits have settled in will be good for us.

Gloss could get ahead of Saints or us, I think 4-6 will be tight.

I think there will be a bit if a gap to Bath who seam to have off the pitch issues.

Wasps as has been said above have a thin squad and the promotion of some players to eng could hurt them but I think they will push Bath close.

Another gap to the next couple, Sale always seam to be safe when Dimond is coaching and get into trouble when he tries to move "upstairs" so as he is supposed to be staying by the pitch should be ok.

Newcastle is going to come down to how they cope at 10 with Jimmy moving on. But Dean Richards is too good s coach for hem to go down.

Worcester, can they win away? How's the new squad and coach staff going to do? A lot if stuff to get sorted so I think they'll struggle.

Irish seam to have lost their best players and then recruited from the championship. Nothing wrong with recruiting from the championship but don't think they have the settled squad for them to fit into.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Predictions...
12/08/2013 15:04
1) Leicester
2) Exeter

12) Bath

Then a glorious victory for the mighty Chiefs at Twickenham to end the season.

 
Peter Ord
Re: Predictions...
12/08/2013 16:45
I wouldn't have a clue and of course I don't get paid to make crazy predictions.

However come November 1st I will have a clue as will we all and because there are so few teams in the Premier League by then some will be fretting in the bottom four some will aspire to the playoffs and some will befeelingcomfortable in the middle.

I would love Chiefs to make the playoffs but as long as we finish 11th or above we;ll all be happy.

 
Newbury Chief
Re: Predictions...
Newbury Chief (IP Logged)
15/08/2013 13:27
1. Sarries
2. Quins
3. Leicester
4. Saints
5 Chiefs
6. Bath
7. Glos
8. Falcons
9. Worcester
10.Wasps
11.Sale
12.Irish

 
fisher
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fisher (IP Logged)
15/08/2013 18:32
For what it is worth here are my predictions:
Sarries
Leicester
Quins
Saints
Bath
Chiefs
Glos
Wasps
Sale
Worcester
Falcons
L. Irish
Unless of course we finally manage to beat Bath then I would put us above them!

 
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Moorsman (IP Logged)
15/08/2013 21:21
blimey fisher have they changed your meds (Sm163)

 
fisher
Re: Predictions...
fisher (IP Logged)
15/08/2013 22:27
Yes!!

 
brent
Re: Predictions...
brent (IP Logged)
16/08/2013 07:58
Jeff ball does come out with credit...wonder what he is predicting for this season?

Whilst I would love to see us fighting for a play off place I still think we are a mid table team...no shame in that

Looking forward to it

 
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Lowerwatha (IP Logged)
16/08/2013 13:16
I think Rob has signed some good players and our squad is much stronger. We play better rugby when the pitches are firm so a long Indian Summer and a dry spring could help us. Over the past three seasons we have had a mid season slump - if we can reduce the impact of this we could make the play-offs.

Think London Irish will struggle this season - they have lost a lot of their first team squad and have not signed any "names" to replace them.

Saints have bought in "names" but will lose them to International duties. George North played more games for Wales than he did for Scarlets due to International calls and injuries

 
Dick Dastardly
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Thrupp artist (IP Logged)
16/08/2013 15:03
Kahn Fontuali'i won't - and how well do you know Rob Verbakel, Glenn Dickson , Gareth Denman and Salesian Ma'afu?

 
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Re: Predictions...
black_otter (IP Logged)
16/08/2013 15:08
Quote:
Thrupp artist
Kahn Fontuali'i won't - and how well do you know Rob Verbakel, Glenn Dickson , Gareth Denman and Salesian Ma'afu?

True that, Thrupp - some unfamiliar names there, but I'm afraid Rob Verbakel didn't make much of an impression at Glasgow - hopefully it'll work out differently for you thumbs down

 
50pointer
Re: Predictions...
50pointer (IP Logged)
16/08/2013 20:24
Tigers
Sarries
Quins
Chiefs
Saints
Gloss
Wasps
Bath
Sale
Wuss
Irish
Falcons

 
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Re: Predictions...
Chief in Hobbiton (IP Logged)
17/08/2013 09:20
Tigers
Sarries
Saints
Chiefs
Quins
Glaws
Bath
Wasps
Sale
Wuss
Falcons
Irish

I think Quins might struggle a bit this seasons, not sure why just a feeling. The bottom will be tight but I just have a feeling that Falcons will pip Irish, hopefully they will be safe by the last game so we can go there and win to take 4th spot from Quins (Sm100)
I would like to add that I'd be just as happy with a top 6 again!

Time for a pipe of Old Toby!

 
ExpatChief
Re: Predictions...
ExpatChief (IP Logged)
17/08/2013 14:11
I think 1-2 would be fantastic, 3-4 brilliant, 5-6 good, 7-11 ok and 12 poor/upsetting.

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