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The next 4 weeks
Posted by: Sara'sman
Date: 08/03/2020 19:12
will largely define our season on the pitch. We have:

Sat 14 - Free, including International players except Maitland, Carre and Tompkins
Fri 20 - Bristol A
Sat 28 - Quins @ NWHL
Sat 4 - Leinster A

Clearly after our punishments our season has a maximum of 3 huge games remaining, with a fourth-second most important one (some way behind) our game at Spurs' wonderful new stadium. Leinster, as usual, will be well rested but for once so might we. They will be playing Scotland France next week then have to make travel and selection decisions away against Cheetahs and Southern Kings.

How do people think we'll balance the conflicting needs of re-integrating our Internationals, keeping players fresh and providing an attractive spectacle to, hopefully, some new fans at Tottenham? Ideally imv the Briz and Quins games would be the other way round and in a normal season I'd expect us to rest the Internationals at Ashton Gate.

We should obviously rest all those carrying knocks. Against Briz perhaps mainly those who have done so well during the 10 International weeks (maybe with a stronger bench) then pick largely the European side v Quins, if possible utilising an early bench. In other words, the same as we would have done in a "normal" season. Clearly this exposes our stars to the risk of injuries against Quins who will be only too keen to help the Irish!

Any thoughts?



For anyone interested in our "pro rata progress" had our penalty remained at 35 points - we've just moved off the bottom (though clearly all sides are under less pressure with relegation sorted):

Rnd\Pos	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9	10	11	12
1	5	4	4	4	4	4	1	1	1	0	0	-0.59
2	9	9	6	6	5	5	4	4	4	1.82	1	0
3	14	10	10	9	7	5	5	5	5	4.23	4	4
4	14	14	11	10	10	10	9	8	6.64	6	5	4
5	19	17	15	13	12	12	11	10	9.05	8	5	4
6	20	19	17	16	16	15	13	13	12.45	12	6	4
7	24	23	18	18	17	17	17	17	12	11.86	11	6
8	29	28	23	22	18	17	17	17	15.27	13	13	11
9	29	29	26	23	22	22	21	18	18	17	13.68	12
10	34	30	26	26	25	23	22	22	19	18	17.09	16
11	39	31	30	30	29	27	24	23	23	20	16	15.5
12	40	35	34	31	30	28	28	28	25	21	20	18.91
13	45	40	38	35	33	30	28	28	26	22	21.32	20
 	Ex	Sl	Br	No	Wa	Ba	Ha	Ir	Gl	Wo	Sa	Le


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