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Zyder head
Zyder head
25 October, 2019 22:59
Congratulations Bath. You deserved that.
Not unexpected to me despite what many thought on your board. You have a decent pack, especially in these conditions.
Whisper it but you even beat us at our own game tonight.

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shipwrecked
25 October, 2019 23:01
Rob Baxter! Thomas the tank! Stuart Hodge! Dave Ewers! Exeter St Davids! Luke Cowan-Dickie! Bath Oval Baller - can you hear me, BoB! Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!'

For home consumption only.



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Clarkey3k
25 October, 2019 23:06
Had a fab evening with Lisa Stansfield at the forum and feared the worst seeing soggy, diconsolate bath fans on the bus home as i checked the bbc for the score. WE WON - Hurrah!! That is one against the head and fills me with hope and optimism. A 3pt second half sounds dull bit it must have been nerve shredding. I am chuffed to bits with that result, England now!! Well done Bath!!



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jras6
jras6
25 October, 2019 23:06
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Just an observation and query (Iím not questioning the legality of it and maybe the front rowers amongst us can help). Are the Exe front row, Williams against Obama specifically, going into the crouch phase of the scrum from a higher position than the Bath front row and would this give an advantage?

I know we have celebrity fans but when did we sign Barack?

Yeah well spotted smiling smiley oh the joys of spellcheck.. my humblest apologies

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OutsideBath
25 October, 2019 23:26
Had a change of heart and decided to go, thanks to the conditions the game wasn't good but certainly enjoyed the unexpected win.

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joethefanatic
25 October, 2019 23:53
Now *that* was seriously fecking impressive. Well played, boys.



... IMHO, of course.

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Rokobilly
Rokobilly
26 October, 2019 00:08
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shipwrecked
Rob Baxter! Thomas the tank! Stuart Hodge! Dave Ewers! Exeter St Davids! Luke Cowan-Dickie! Bath Oval Baller - can you hear me, BoB! Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!'
For home consumption only.

Made me roar out loud on the bus home

Beergoggles
Beergoggles
26 October, 2019 00:09
Superb performance, full of heart and passion and, after many false dawns, a thoroughly professional close out of a tight game. I was dreading going 6 points up and then spending the last 2 mins defending interminable Exe pick and goes on our line. To see us scrummage well and close things out was supremely heartening.

Well done Bath and a special mention to those in the open stand who must have had driving rain into their faces and laps all game.

Oh and commiserations to BOvB. Your team put up a good fight but they were outfought and outmuscled by a stronger Bath side. Better luck next time you miserable so and so.

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shipwrecked
26 October, 2019 00:10
Have to agree with Matt, the cool unflustered and authoritative way Ewels called for the scrum with 2 minutes to go was a bit like an exorcism! Clearly RP only plays his best rugby in the wing and rain.



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Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer
26 October, 2019 00:18
Well that was a superb performance and which hopefully we can grow confidence from. Very well done, and the pack at the ending, out exetered Exeter. Truly Remarkable and none of of us saw that coming.

No excuses now Bath.

I thought Obano was great and if we could get him running at the opposition, he could do real damage. Stooke coming on also engendered huge go forward, passion and a never passing me spirit. Saw Roko make 3 tackles one after the other. Truly great spirit.

Cook was excellent in the wet and was the difference belateen the sides as Maunder was totally ineffective with all that ball and protection.

Still wonder what Roberts is all about as I really thought being wet, his crash ball up the middle taking out tackles could have been a weapon. But no.

Hope Chudley OK.

Onwards and upwards.



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Rawce
26 October, 2019 00:49
Yay for shipwreckedís post. Almost as good as the win. Wow, we took them on at their own game and it paid off. To be honest, I felt a bit short changed by JP at scrum time, I thought we had the edge all night. Says a hell of a lot about our pack without our mainstays in Catt and Thomas and with Hatley to return. We will hopefully be turning and burning by February. Lets build on this performance.

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shipwrecked
26 October, 2019 01:00
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What did Captain Ewells contribute? Why keep Priestland on when he was having a mare?
There is no improvement over the last 3/4 seasons and in fact worse than last season if that is possible.

Just think we have Exeter at home next week! Will we keep the score difference under 30?

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Wonder what it would cost to bring in Pat Lam?
As for finishing above Bristol, I honestly wonder on some people's sanity let alone judgement.

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So what will the excuses be for the expected and deserved humping this weekend? The wind was blowing in the wrong direction, we lost the toss, the grass was wrong, the lights were in our eyes, and Exeter knew how and truly wanted to win the game.

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Exeter by at least 20-25 and could be more I regret to say.

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I wonder about the sanity and realism of some of our supporters. beating Exeter at the moment. With no A or B playing plans, no ball retention, little effective tackling and nil ball winning of 50/50 jackles, no kick chase, no driving maul ( I am sure Exeter will school/bully us here), no fight or passion we don't have a prayer.

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Are you sure starting Ewels over Stooke is tripe? Will Ewels bully or put fear into their pack? We shall see what tripe is turned up tomorrow-in spades I fear.

Sorry BoB but how much credibility do you think you have posting the above one minute then praising Bath the next. Admit it Ewels had a great leader tonight and put in some serious hits.

Not only that Bath's driving maul was a serious weapon, seems some decent coaching went on there between LC a SH.

Long, long way to go but that's not the only game the pack have looked strong this season. Of course you could always admit you were wrong and even apologise for some unnecessarily worded criticism.



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clalan
clalan
26 October, 2019 01:14
Well done gentlemen on a deserved victory. like us you will get your boys back soon. but today, in the conditions you fought hard and rightly won.
You will beat the new moneybags Bristol on the return match, with a bit of luck so will we against you.
All the bst



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BathMatt53
BathMatt53
26 October, 2019 06:10
Bath captain Charlie Ewels: "The result looks great but for me it's all about the performance.

"There were a number of things about tonight. Being back in front of our fans. A lot of them would have been over in Bristol last week and we owed it to them.

"This is a very competitive league. If you don't compete and you don't perform, you're not going to win. We owed it to our fans - and we owed it to ourselves. Above everyone else, I owed it to BOBĒ.

Very well put by young Charlie. Ok I may have added the last bit.



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sirtidychris
sirtidychris
26 October, 2019 06:16
What a game! Lived

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CoochieCoo
26 October, 2019 07:27
Excellent performance. Praise to the whole team who played to our strengths and outwitted Exeter. Zacís tackle on Cuthbert, phenomenal! Everyone worked hard but praise also to the tacticians who worked out how to out Exeter Exeter!



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Clarkey3k
26 October, 2019 07:42
This performance seems to back up Hooper's pre-season remarks about concentrating on our home games. I am happy with a fortress Rec strategy and nicking a few away results. If Irish can beat Wasps at the Ricoh so can we and I would really like to beat Sale away this year! Let's hope other results go our way today...



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spongey
26 October, 2019 07:43
Really good defensive display. It wasn't perfect and Exeter weren't their best but it was enough.

2 guys who came on 2nd half I thought were excellent were Cook and Bayliss. I think we really struggled to turn ball over first half and Bayliss can fix that but he also carried well and hard. Cook had great delivery from the base and I'm not a huge fan of box kicking but Cook kicked brilliantly as did Priestland. Think both those guys have to start next week.

I think we still have attacking problems and I don't think even with a good defence like that we can win games scoring 13 points consistently.

But a good win in a game that I expected us to get blown away so that's promising

Boldangrey
Boldangrey
26 October, 2019 07:57
Did anyone notice that the Ex team left the field at the end of the match without acknowledging their fans?

A team sulk?

Not a good sign when their supporters had travelled that far and sat in the rain for 80mins.

Long Term
Long Term
26 October, 2019 08:34
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Well that was a superb performance and which hopefully we can grow confidence from. Very well done, and the pack at the ending, out exetered Exeter. Truly Remarkable and none of of us saw that coming.
No excuses now Bath.

I thought Obano was great and if we could get him running at the opposition, he could do real damage. Stooke coming on also engendered huge go forward, passion and a never passing me spirit. Saw Roko make 3 tackles one after the other. Truly great spirit.

Cook was excellent in the wet and was the difference belateen the sides as Maunder was totally ineffective with all that ball and protection.

Still wonder what Roberts is all about as I really thought being wet, his crash ball up the middle taking out tackles could have been a weapon. But no.

Hope Chudley OK.

Onwards and upwards.

You are just embarrassing yourself now! As far as I'm concerned you have nothing to say.

sirtidychris
sirtidychris
26 October, 2019 08:40
We out exetered Exeter, bloody great game proud of the grit and passion we showed, what a turnaround COYB

Ali1969
Ali1969
26 October, 2019 08:43
Now that was more like it both by the team and the crowd well worth braving the conditions.

Whilst being at risk of being tagged as a 'doom and gloomer' we need to appreciate those conditions completely levelled the playing field.

Last week's debacle was in the dry and we were ripped apart in the wide channels and loose. Rhys was brilliant in the wet but there are still many questions in relation to our attack and defence in the dry.

All that being said what a result and I will take that all day long, hopefully this is will install the belief for the players and the crowd need to push on.

Come on Bath.

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
26 October, 2019 10:10
When was the last time Exe didn't score any points in the second half?

Long Term
Long Term
26 October, 2019 11:23
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Now that was more like it both by the team and the crowd well worth braving the conditions.
Whilst being at risk of being tagged as a 'doom and gloomer' we need to appreciate those conditions completely levelled the playing field.

Last week's debacle was in the dry and we were ripped apart in the wide channels and loose. Rhys was brilliant in the wet but there are still many questions in relation to our attack and defence in the dry.

Appreciate what you say but I thought our defence , discipline and ball skills were good in terrible conditions and we closed the game out with confidence, things that we have been rightly criticised for in the past.

appreciate what you say but I thought our defence and discipline were good and we executed skills in terrible conditions and closed out the game with confidence things that the team have been rightly criticised for in the past.

All that being said what a result and I will take that all day long, hopefully this is will install the belief for the players and the crowd need to push on.

Come on Bath.



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Long Term
Long Term
26 October, 2019 11:38
Ali whilst I appreciate what you say I thought our defence and discipline were good and we executed our skills well in terrible conditions we also closed out the game with confidence all things we have been rightly criticised for in the past.

P G Tips
P G Tips
26 October, 2019 11:39
Late drive home and this morning's World Cup semi have prevented me commenting before now - but: what a performance!

In skill terms, not spectacular, but after Ashton Gate this match was always going to be a test of character -passed with flying colours.

The pack and defensive efforts a tribute to the work of the coaches - and Ewels' cool at the end a real statement.

PG

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hemington
26 October, 2019 11:59
Does that humble pie taste good?

ilovebathtime
ilovebathtime
26 October, 2019 12:56
Humble pie tastes very good to me. Really happy for cook. Would like to see him start next week. Priestland played the conditions superbly, not sure he is the player for a dry day, but on a night like last night he is very good.

Need to back it up with a performance next week as well.

gaz59
gaz59
26 October, 2019 13:49
At the risk of BOBing I thought Rhys got away with a fairly average first half. Will watch it again but I don't think he got us into the right areas of the pitch like he did in the second half

Still a great all round, well disciplined performance and to nil Chiefs for the second half in those conditions is impressive

And let's give Hoops and his coaching team a big up here - they got tactics right [maybe obvious, true but Ö ] and the players played to it all the way to the final whistle

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OutsideBath
26 October, 2019 13:50
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Whilst being at risk of being tagged as a 'doom and gloomer' we need to appreciate those conditions completely levelled the playing field.

If you look at the long range forecast, last night's weather looks set to be the norm for the next few months, so maybe that's going to benefit Bath?

bardofavon
bardofavon
26 October, 2019 14:29
a confidence-boosting win by bath. there's no reason why they can't take that up to the ricoh next week and pinch a win.
a sour comment from baxter at the end, who put exeter's loss firmly at the door of poor exeter discpline, especially with regard to tackle height. i thought they lost because cook and priestland outplayed maunder and simmonds.
my MOTM was tom ellis, who was everywhere. it was also great seeing roko back and getting stuck in defensively.

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
26 October, 2019 14:46
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a sour comment from baxter at the end, who put exeter's loss firmly at the door of poor exeter discpline, especially with regard to tackle height.

I thought he was quite magnanimous. He started off by saying how good Bath were and they they played the conditions better and made fewer mistakes.



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shipwrecked
26 October, 2019 15:07
Anyone know the injury status of Josh McNally?



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Paul60
Paul60
26 October, 2019 16:14
Thought the back row of Mercer, Ellis and Williams + Bayliss were all great last night and Ďthrow iní Underhill, Toby F and Louw when available - we will have considerable strength in depth.
Considering Catt and Thomas are not available also thought the new props Stuart, Judge and Boyce were quite impressive.

TomReagan
TomReagan
26 October, 2019 17:20
I thought Baxter was typically honest and measured. He praised us, said we deserved the win but was fuming at how Exeter kept repeating their mistakes. I'm on holiday so watched on BT and half way through the second half he was tamping at their failure to 'play the ref' and thus give up easy territory. Apparently he ranted at the team afterwards, which isn't his usual style. You suspect Exeter will be very disciplined (and very good) next week!

dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865
26 October, 2019 17:55
Baxter was actually quite interesting. His point about high tackles is spot on - the players know the new laws and how strictly theyíre being enforced so it must be maddening for a coach (and us supporters) if they donít give them a very wide berth.

The one where their prop (Holmes I think) gave away a high tackle penalty on our line to let us out of our 22 was case in point. Given the field position and game situation, just go low, hit legs and donít go anywhere near giving away a penalty.

Baxter wasnít taking anything away from us. In fact, he made a point to say he wasnít taking anything away from us. He was just saying how players know the laws and, whether you agree with them or not, itís dumb to not follow them. I agree. Nothing makes me madder than seeing intelligent rugby players giving away dumb penalties and 3 points or 40 yards.

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shipwrecked
26 October, 2019 18:15
I agree, but there are some crazy penalties given, saw one, not sure of the game but he dived so low his head couldn't have been more than 2 feet off the ground, arm hit head in attempted tackle, penalty. If that is how its going to be interpreted there could well be some milking going on.



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CoochieCoo
26 October, 2019 18:51
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shipwrecked
26 October, 2019 18:57
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Seeing your signature picture SW reminded me that yesterday was Benoís birthday what a great birthday present he gave himself.

Point taken I'll edit his age, you do realise it's actually Barrack Obano I suppose?



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BathMatt53
BathMatt53
26 October, 2019 19:23
BTW I want to see a 13 man caterpillar by the end of the Season. One man on the floor, one for the box kick, rest of the team take 15 mins to form up a 50ft train while ref shouts Ďuse ití like Bercow bellows Ďorderí. Challenge is whether the box kicker can clear the man on the floor.

I hate it. If I could change 1 thing it would be that.



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dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865
26 October, 2019 19:29
Ditto. And I must say that Exeter do it more annoyingly than any other team Iíve had the displeasure of watching.

I canít quite work out the benefit, other than providing a yard or two more protection for the 9. Is that it?

England donít do it. The All Blacks donít do it. We donít really do it. Why do Exeter do it to such an extent? Itís SO maddeningly boring.

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shipwrecked
26 October, 2019 19:31
Looks silly I agree, should be that you have to bind onto 2 men minimum, so that you have to commit to the breakdown to extend.



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B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck
26 October, 2019 19:43
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BTW I want to see a 13 man caterpillar by the end of the Season. One man on the floor, one for the box kick, rest of the team take 15 mins to form up a 50ft train while ref shouts Ďuse ití like Bercow bellows Ďorderí. Challenge is whether the box kicker can clear the man on the floor.
I hate it. If I could change 1 thing it would be that.

That would be great. They could all dance the conga whilst chasing the kick.

sid the seagull
sid the seagull
26 October, 2019 21:39
Itís not so much the actual caterpillar that annoys me itís the phenomena of it being a legitimised aspect of the game that the ball can lie on the floor in full view of 30 players, one ref and 14 thousand spectators for half an age and only two people are allowed to touch it. That is a contradiction of the concept of sport. Dull.

PECK

Lee Bideaux
Armchair Fan
26 October, 2019 23:02
There is plenty,I am sure, for the team to analyse and improve upon from this match. But there are two things I'd like the team to store up inside and use again.

1) Exeter's try. That took them forever. Eventually they got the score but that was hard work. On another day maybe the shutout will be complete and we can lift the siege without conceding. Overall it looks like this team could have some cussedness about them. More please!

2) Taking a scrum form that last penalty. Spurning an easy three was not popular around where I was sat. Making that decision, backing the forwards to execute it and then carrying it off was sublime. At the end of a testing match there was still some capacity for smart analysis and thinking on-pitch. (Also, I especially hate tooling around after the gong - unless in an attacking position and either chasing a win in a tight game, or a 4th try. I have been vexed in RWC2019 by the amount of after-the-80 play for no discernible benefit. Get it off the pitch.)

Encouraging.



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recman
recman
27 October, 2019 13:03
The caterpillar was popular amongst a few sides (notably Saracens) around five or six seasons ago, then it disappeared from the game, I presumed because the laws had changed to disallow it. Given that itís crept back into the game, have the laws changed again?

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hasta
27 October, 2019 15:45
The response will just be refs calling use it earlier

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hemington
27 October, 2019 16:19
Eeyore is very quiet

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shipwrecked
27 October, 2019 17:07
True, but he is right about our defence coaching we need to sort out the dog legs, one let Cuthbert get away. When conditions improve we will get done when teams can handle. With 10 man rugby at home in the wet we will knick games but we need win games by defensive organisation rather than scrambled enthusiasm.

Thing is the pack is decent now and that's before Hatley gets here, prospects look good given what he has done for England.



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OutsideBath
27 October, 2019 17:20
The coaching team should have watched Saracens today to see how to defend.

DaveOfTrow
GrumpyDave
27 October, 2019 20:18
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The caterpillar was popular amongst a few sides (notably Saracens) around five or six seasons ago, then it disappeared from the game, I presumed because the laws had changed to disallow it. Given that itís crept back into the game, have the laws changed again?

The 5 second rule came in, but last season or two the refs seem to be allowing the 9 to to spend an eternity manoeuvring the ball into a convenient position, THEN calling ďuse itĒ, and still indulging 5+ secs after that. On the rugby pod recently, Care was pretty candid that the 9s want as much time as poss to compose themselves so no chance of using it until the refs make them. Cmon refs; sort it!!!

Kidney Stone
Kidney Stone
27 October, 2019 21:55
Great performance by the boys.

Some really good performances especially all of the loosies, who worked their socks off. Super impressed by the work that Mike Williams gets through. Reminds me a little of Andy Beattie.

Rhys again demonstrates why he is rightly first choice, and Cookie was solid too.

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
27 October, 2019 22:04
Yes Mike Williams has really impressed me - I wasnít expecting that much tbh but he has proven me (and others Iím sure) wrong on that one. Interested to see who our 1st choice back row would be with everyone fit - some very good players will miss out.



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gaz59
gaz59
28 October, 2019 07:14
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shipwrecked
True, but he is right about our defence coaching we need to sort out the dog legs, one let Cuthbert get away. When conditions improve we will get done when teams can handle. With 10 man rugby at home in the wet we will knick games but we need win games by defensive organisation rather than scrambled enthusiasm.

Completely agree but in previous seasons the Cuthbert break would have led to a winning score for Chiefs

Zac positioned himself brilliantly to get to Cuthbert before the corner flag, Wright coming across assisted the tackle into touch

Let's take that and look forward to something even better in organisation once Hats arrives

DorsetBoy
Dorset Boy
28 October, 2019 09:22
gaz - it was Burns who was the second man, not Wright,

opti
Optimist
28 October, 2019 09:43
I spent the first 20 minutes tutting and sighing and assuming the worst, and saying "you'll see, a knock-on is coming up any second now. See, what did I tell you. This is only going one way."

There were a few of those undermining errors (stuffing up the kick-off just after we'd got our first points on the board being a lowlight). In retrospect the error count was entirely acceptable, even in those first 20 minutes, given the conditions. But from the minute Roko gave us those crucial 20 metres in the build-up just before half-time, it was almost as if they eradicated all of our serial failings at a stroke. Great ball-retention. Tick. Sticking to sensible game-plan. Tick. Cool, calm decision-making. Tick. Execution to support the decisions. Tick. 'Wanting it' more than the opposition. Tick. Bench players having a positive impact. Tick.

Now for the big one....... following it up next week. Tick????????? And - can Priestland bring an appropriate game should the weather conditions be different?



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gaz59
gaz59
28 October, 2019 11:49
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gaz - it was Burns who was the second man, not Wright,

Cheers DB for the correction, didn't fully see the number on shirt and pleased it was Freddie

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shipwrecked
28 October, 2019 13:42
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Optimist
Now for the big one....... following it up next week. Tick????????? And - can Priestland bring an appropriate game should the weather conditions be different?

Not sure Opti, there are rules about this revival. At the moment it only applies to:

1) Home matches
2) Wet, windy and muddy games
3) Priestland and Cook driving

We may have to wait to see the umbrella extend to away games in the dry!



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TG Kesmo
TG Kesmo
28 October, 2019 14:55
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shipwrecked
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Optimist
Now for the big one....... following it up next week. Tick????????? And - can Priestland bring an appropriate game should the weather conditions be different?

Not sure Opti, there are rules about this revival. At the moment it only applies to:

1) Home matches
2) Wet, windy and muddy games
3) Priestland and Cook driving

We may have to wait to see the umbrella extend to away games in the dry!

Rules even slightly dubious ones are made to be broken .
You could have had Friday night wet windy games
Games when there is an r in the month
Games when I stood 2 yards to the left of my normal spot on the terrace
Games when I didnít wear my lucky boxers ( ok I made that last one up)

I get your point that itís too soon to tell after 1 good game just as it was too soon to condemn after one bad one.

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shipwrecked
28 October, 2019 15:21
Agree TGK, have to say the Wasps game is receding from importance with the Rugby World Cup final looming. If England win in the morning I'm not sure I'll be in a fit state to comment on the Bath game having been bantered to death by my majority of Welsh rugby mates over the past few years I intend to deliver some payback. (Sm122)



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P G Tips
P G Tips
28 October, 2019 16:01
All strength to your arm Shipwrecked.

Here's to you being on supercharged auto banter come 1100 Saturday!

PG

Banachek
Banachek
28 October, 2019 17:35
Great weekend for me ..England, Bath and Old Reds won !
(Sm60)

Boldangrey
Boldangrey
29 October, 2019 21:31
Quote:
shipwrecked
Agree TGK, have to say the Wasps game is receding from importance with the Rugby World Cup final looming. If England win in the morning I'm not sure I'll be in a fit state to comment on the Bath game having been bantered to death by my majority of Welsh rugby mates over the past few years I intend to deliver some payback. (Sm122)

Come and share a glass of Wincarnis with Old Prostates, SW, and we can sing 'Bread of Evans' all day long.

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shipwrecked
29 October, 2019 21:44
Very generous offer BnG. might just take you up on that sometime, I'll probably be in need of a tonic whatever the result!



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