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Re: La Rochelle v Chiefs
Posted by: fatheralice
Date: 17/11/2019 10:49
A big win next week, would go a long way to sewing up the group, even at this early stage.

Brilliant performance yesterday. Very mature and rounded, and a definite step up from previous seasons. For several years, we have been saying we need to make better decisions in the European matches, and yesterday I think we really did, albeit we probably should have taken 3 points early on, when we messed up that lineout in the corner!

A lot of the errors LaR made were down to the pressure Chiefs put on them.
I thought they got a few lucky calls from the ref, to keep them in the fight, but in truth Chiefs put the squeeze on them so well yesterday, they were forced to play in areas they wouldn't want to.

Flats had a great game, and his try came at a crucial moment. He's certainly improving as a player, which is a credit to himself and the coaches, but the exciting bit is there still looks like plenty of growth left - as well as his passing, I'd like to see his kicking improve, as there are times when a grubber through looks like the right option.

Hogg is certainly making a difference to us too - not everything comes off, but the threat is always there, and will grow with game time. Hopefully just a cramp, rather than anything more serious.

Thought Rob got the bench spot on yesterday - Bringing on Kirsten, to go alongside Vermeulen and Ewers in the back row to close out the game was a real statement.

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