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Re: Kicking The Ball Away.
Date: 19/02/2012 02:38
Hi Everyone, long time lurker on ERE, and even longer fan/ supporter of Bath rugby football club.For the first time ever I feel the need to post my fustrations after today's totally inept performance.
As as ex player .. at a very junior level granted ( have even played rugby with ex Bod but please don't hold that against me! haha !) I can't believe that any player at any level will cross the " white line" and give anything less than 100%,so will never criticise the comittment to the cause of any player in the blue black and white.But what I can't comprehend are the tactics /gameplan? we are attempting to implement at the present.
I can't pretend I am blessed with a great tactical knowledge of the game, but simple as I am , you can't play rugby without the bloody ball !!! I looked on today in disbelief as players of the quality of Barkley, Classens and Vesty .. yes Sam is a quality player.. kick possesion away time and time again.. Yes conditions were poor,but surely if you get your hands on the ball keep hold of it! Can't play if the other lot have the ball !! Ok ,we all know we don't have a world beating team at the moment .. but potentially it's a dam site better than the tripe we're watching at the moment.. where's the ambition ? the nerve? the BALLS to take the fight to the opposition.. I know it's easy to look to the past .. the glory days .. but teams were scared of Bath in those days .. a day at the Rec was a god awfull experience for the away team .. is it now ? Don't think so !!
Where's the problem ? Not got all the answers .. I'm old fashioned , but to me we still need a couple of big mean nasty ,dirty props to hold up the scrum .. sorry don't see anyone on the books at the moment, that can take us to the heights we all aspire to.. fed up with our scrum eating dirt or retreating backwards at a rate of knots.. Games are won up front.. our front row whoever we put out ,aint good enough ..sorry just my opinion!! Get 2 big kick ass props and a young Danny Grewcock to back up the second row then we're in business!
Or are we ? Probably not . Unless we get a change at the top .. either in personel or mentality. Ok .. it's a new team , players , facilities, owner etc etc etc. Sorry but no more excuses.. unless we change the way we play the game then we are going nowhere.When has kicking the ball to the opposition ever won a game of rugby? WE ARE BATH .. we try to play rugby,SIM wake up... I never ever want to stand in a pub in Bath again.. shake the hand of Gloucester fan (no insult intended) and admit they were better than us... Yes it does hurt that much !

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