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Hopes for this season ?

By Tiggs
January 14 2019

What are your thoughts ?

Now that Geordan has had a good bit of time in charge, and we now have a full set of coaches in place, what do we all hope for this season ?


Whilst the Top 4 is possible with the League being so tight, I struggle to see Tigers winning against the top teams, or winning enough away games, for that to be a realistic possibilty this season.


Obviously, European hopes are over this season now, and so then the only remaining target is to qualify in the top 6 for Europe's elite competition next season.


Even with the current squad, and recent turmoil, anything less would be a massive blow to the club, and future revenues, in the short term at least.


The only other worse possible scenario, would be relegation itself, and that is very much a possiblility in the current tight League, but I do still seriously doubt the team and coaches are that poor to allow this to happen. That said all of the teams in the League are capable of beating Tigers this season if they are off form, and so never say never !






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Hopes for this season ?
Discussion started by , 14/01/2019 15:25
14/01/2019 15:25
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14/01/2019 15:28
Realistically IMHO the best we can achieve is sixth, the worst will be 10th.

Brownian Motion
14/01/2019 15:30
Sixth has to still be the minimum aim, and I don't see why it shouldn't be achievable.

Captain Darling
14/01/2019 16:22
Timing of fixtures with the 6 Nations could make things interesting and difficult to predict.

Tigers will certainly lose Lenny, Ford and May. Manu, Genge, Cole and Holmes are all possible/likely as well depending on selection.

Saracens (a) - 16th Feb (6 Nations rest weekend)
Worcester (a) - 24th Feb (6 Nations weekend)
Wasps (h) - 2nd March (6 Nations rest weekend)
Sale (a) - 8th March (6 Nations weekend)
Saints (h) - 22nd March
Exeter (h) - 5th April
Falcons (a) - 12th April
Bristol (h) - 26th April
Quins (a) - 3rd May
Bath (h) - 18th May

Sarries will almost certainly be without Farrell, both Vunipolas, George, Itoje and Kruis. I believe that Maitland and Williams will need to be released but whether Sarries play them is a different matter.

Worcester will be near full strength and hard to break down at home. That will be a critical game in my opinion.

Wasps will lose Launchbury. I wouldn't be surprised to see Robson feature ahead of Care, then Shields and Hughes will depend on injuries and selection.

Sale will be without Tom Curry, probably Ashton and the du Preez brothers are back in South Africa now. Along with Worcester this is a vital target for an away victory.

Something as simple as Exeter almost certainly missing out on European quarter finals could be critical. That will give them a weekend off before their Welford Road visit.

If the side can get momentum up during the 6 Nations then the stage is built for a late season charge with 4 home games in the last 6 fixtures. The final 4 fixtures of Falcons (a), Bristol (h), Quins (a) and Bath (h) are very winnable with the stars back.

If pushed I'd predict that 3-5 in the table will be taken by Gloucester, Wasps and Tigers. What order they will be in feels impossible to call. I think Sale with fade without Rob and Jean-Luc du Preez, I'd predict that Quins will fall back late in the season due to their inconsistent set-piece.

Tom Paine
14/01/2019 17:08
Nice work, Darling. I agree on the last 4 fixtures - should see us clear of the drop, but earlier losses will keep us out of the top 4. WE may make The Eurochamps, but not sure that would be a good thing at this stage.

14/01/2019 18:39
Worcester away v their full strength team will be a spanking I'm afraid. I can't see us getting anything from the 3 away games during the 6N...

14/01/2019 18:58
Have we "now got a full set of coaches in place" though? Hope not.

14/01/2019 21:36
Kindly name the missing coaching positions and likely coaches to fill them ?

Brownian Motion
14/01/2019 22:43
Lineout specialist, potentially.

14/01/2019 23:53
Geoff Parling please for the above.

A breakdown specialist. Backy?

I do wonder/worry about our analysis of past performances (as nothing seems to change especially what we have done badly) and our analysis of opponents as we often don't seemed prepared for the way they will play. Or was this an MOC ignoring the info thing?

15/01/2019 06:35
Not being relegated.

Jamie Hamilton to return from NZ for the video analysis.

Wayne Barnes to ref us each game

Some signings for next season

15/01/2019 08:08
Happiness and health for all associated with the club.

Not relegated

6th or better

Olowofela's disallowed try to not be material in the outcome.

A good showing v Ulster and Saints at home.

odd-shaped vagaries
15/01/2019 08:56
Our showing in Llanelli does not augur well for the Six Nations lottery though the thought losing at home to FaCov must spur on our crew to greater heights, surely

We then have to assess the effects on our called upon internationals from that circus

However, I expect neither relegation nor the Spanish Inquisition. I hope the ice-axe is well and truly anchored into the slippery slope we have been navigating and that our Club will continue to re-build without resorting the the comfy chair

The referee is the final arbitrary

15/01/2019 19:15
We won't be relegated, we will finish 6th

15/01/2019 19:17
Not being relegated, and properly gelling as a team and coaching team.

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16/01/2019 08:56
Academy winning bringing fresh talent to senior squad
TV back fit
Manu uninjured
Winning some lineouts
Change in management structure allowing full autonomy for a full coaching team
That's it for me.

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