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Teams UP: Saints v Wasps

By Saint Ted
August 14 2020

Director of Rugby Chris Boyd has named his matchday 23 to take on Wasps on Sunday, with Northampton Saints’ league campaign finally set to resume after 163 days without rugby.

Gallagher Premiership, Round 14
Sunday 16 August 2020
Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank
14 Harry Mallinder
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Piers Francis
11 Ahsee Tuala
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Paul Hill
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison (c)

16 Sam Matavesi
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
18 Owen Franks
19 Alex Coles
20 JJ Tonks
21 Henry Taylor
22 Matt Proctor
23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

Not available due to injury
Ollie Sleightholme (hamstring), Connor Tupai (wrist), Alex Waller (achilles), and Tom Wood (illness).


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Teams UP: Saints v Wasps
Discussion started by Marching On , 14/08/2020 12:04
Marching On
14/08/2020 12:04
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14/08/2020 12:06
Good team, Wasps have put out a very good team also

14/08/2020 12:07
Here's Wasps.

15 Matteo Minozzi (9)

14 Zach Kibirige (17)

13 Malakai Fekitoa (15)

12 Jimmy Gopperth (96)

11 Josh Bassett (119)

10 Jacob Umaga (21)

9 Dan Robson (115)

1 Ben Harris (59)

2 Tommy Taylor (65)

3 Kieran Brookes (35)

4 Joe Launchbury (c) (145)

5 Will Rowlands (85)

6 Jack Willis (54)

7 Thomas Young (111)

8 Brad Shields (26)

16 Gabriel Oghre (20)

17 Tom West (24)

18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen (12)

19 James Gaskell (112)

20 Sione Vailanu (16)

21 Ben Vellacott (0)

22 Lima Sopoaga (39)

23 Ryan Mills (0)

14/08/2020 12:07
Interesting to see Hutch not featured at all but then we do need to mix and match - potentially starting with Proctor next game?

Looks strong though, definitely planning for a fast game, here's hoping for another Hill try from halfway without the ref chalking it off this time!

Imagine playing for 50/60 minutes in what is sure to be warm conditions only to have big T roll off the bench!

14/08/2020 12:10
Was just about to post the Wasps team but beaten to it, looking forward to a few of those match ups. Two no-nonsense Kiwi types at 12 (yes I know Francis is English but raised over there in terms of rugby) and two exciting talents at 13. Hell of a back row battle to come as well I think, that could be decisive

14/08/2020 12:25
Good strong Saints team. Not that it matters, but that seems to narrow the positive Covid test down to one of two - good luck to them, whoever they are!

14/08/2020 13:19
The missing names are interesting - they can't all be Covid victims - Adendorf, Auterac, Collins, Fish, Marshall, Gibson, Grayson, Hutchinson, Isiekwe, Moon, Painter to name but a few.

Saint Ted
14/08/2020 13:24
We’ve got a squad of 50ish players only 23 can be named in a squad and we need to get the mix right with a mid week match!

14/08/2020 13:28
And of course controversial as this might be, but isn’t there a chance that the coaches might have picked the 23 based on their showing the best form in training?

14/08/2020 13:33
Some of the newer guys will perhaps benefits from a few more training sessions and watching the other team/squad play, or perhaps they just haven't earned their way past existing squad members yet?

Or perhaps it's more horses for courses, for example it may be that Hill will start against lighter, faster packs and Painter will start against the Exeters and Sharks for example? Likewise Proctor, Moon etc all bigger options vs this starting team?

There's always the third option that we have no idea of the mysterious workings of a DoR's mind of course..... As always I have trust in Boyd and the coaching team not only in general but also having seen training, who works well with who, how new squad members are picking things up etc.

Personally most excited to see Mitchell back fit and firing, I genuinely think he can be as good as Reinach - think he's got 99% of the speed, really good basics and a rugby brain. He's smart enough to have absorbed as much as possible from Reinach (and others) over the last few seasons.

I wouldn't normally wish away Friday and Saturday but can it be Sunday yet?

Saint Tim
14/08/2020 13:39
We have a lot of games to play in a short period. This is going to test the squad depth of every team. Rotation is going to be key.

I suspect this is not what might be called the cup final team....

14/08/2020 14:32
Strong side indeed but three full backs playing? Not sure I entirely get that. I would hope that we would have enough to see off Wasps at home.

14/08/2020 15:07
I think I'm right in saying that Umaga isn't really seen as a kicking fly half but Goppeth is sure to use the boot intelligently. Not sure three is necessary but a winger who is confident in the backfield perhaps gives Furbank more freedom to move into the line etc, hopefully hitting some more of those beautiful inside shoulder lines off Biggar.

14/08/2020 15:38
I suspect we will see Big T on the bench quite a bit over the coming weeks as a way of managing his game time but maximising his impact.

And maybe Harry has found his position. ??

14/08/2020 16:13
How much home advantage do people think teams will have with no fans present to get behind the team/advise Sir of events?

I'm aware Soccer games were played with no crowds, but was there any impact for/against the home teams?

14/08/2020 17:39
Yes, Pelerin, there was a huge impact - without home fans putting pressure on referees , there has been a marked drop in yellow cards shown to away team players. This has happened not just in this country, but throughout Europe in matches played behind closed doors. I don't have the stats to hand, but they were published recently in the Sports section of the Racing Post.

It will be interesting to see if the same happens in rugby - if referees will issue fewer cards to away team players without the home supporters there baying for blood!

St Saltaire
14/08/2020 19:11
The Franklins Gardens crowd are particularly good at offering the ref sound advice. A shame that we fans aren’t able to lend a helping hand.
The selection looks good. I was wondering how we were going to include Harry and George. Hopefully the firmer pitches will suit us more than others.

14/08/2020 19:36
St Saltaire
The Franklins Gardens crowd are particularly good at offering the ref sound advice. A shame that we fans aren’t able to lend a helping hand.
The selection looks good. I was wondering how we were going to include Harry and George. Hopefully the firmer pitches will suit us more than others.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Harry and George fit together. We need another Foden and Ashton style connection.

14/08/2020 21:28
Good shout for a fast hot game. Interesting to see Malinder back. No push overs on either side, but our bench looks fun too. Missing the 16th man massively. It will flatter Wasps, Sale and some.

Just because you're born in a stable - it doesn't make you a horse...

Sans Culottes
15/08/2020 17:18
I hope tomorrow’s match is a good one because so far this weekend I have been less than “ gripped” by the rugby.

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