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Re: SF vs Bath - Match Thread
Posted by: hasta
Date: 23/04/2017 18:22
If it had been a shot to win (i.e. we were only two points down) it would have been absolutely obvious to take it. The main issue is that George's goal-kicking has got worse, not better - and he is a poor judge of his own goal-kicking ability. His missed drop goal just before the half was pretty amateur as well. That, along with Watson's two howlers were errors of execution, and annoying ones they were too. Batty's last penalty was pretty poor too.

I also think the game plan was absolutely spot on - we ran them off their feet and struck effectively. I think that's absolutely the right game plan for us - we just could do with being 5% sharper and 5% fitter - and have a better defensive pattern. Anyone who thinks that we play that game plan all the time frankly wasn't paying attention to the season before the Leicester game. Our lineout and restart work is light years (actual, literal, not metaphorical light years) better than last season.

The only real terrible decisions were:

1. Playing in our own half too much after Stooke's try
2. The short kick-off after their last try

I'm very disappointed, but way more positive about having a clear game plan and the players to execute it - provided we get a full pre-season, another TH, poss another SH (although Cook was actually OK after he came on!) a reliable goal-kicker and either Garvey or Louw as full-time club and team captain.

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