The Playoffs

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by jean valjean » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:33 am

justinr73 wrote:2045 flights booked for under 15 quid each.

That’d just about cover a 1730 kick off as the airport should be pretty quiet on a Saturday night.
Better hope there is no extra time.

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Neill_M » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:33 pm

Fresh old breeze down in Galway in game which could confirm Connacht as the playoff opponents. On TG4/Premier Sports 2.

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by UlsterNo9 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:50 pm

Connacht at home in QF confirmed so.....
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Tender » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:33 pm

So...we’re at home to Connacht.

Don’t overthink it.
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Neill_M » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:35 pm

Tender wrote:So...we’re at home to Connacht.

Don’t overthink it.
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Dave » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:49 am

Connacht haven't won in Belfast for a while.

Since October.

They completely annihilated our scrum.
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Lurgan Lad » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:48 am

Great test of how far we have progressed this year, especially in the scrum. 4 Irish provinces in the QF, can't complain about that.

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by big mervyn » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:51 am

Lurgan Lad wrote:Great test of how far we have progressed this year, especially in the scrum. 4 Irish provinces in the QF, can't complain about that.
... and in the Heineken cup :thumleft:

The prospect of 3 Welsh teams scrabbling for the 20th slot is quite amusing :lol:
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Post by Cap'n Grumpy » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:09 am

big mervyn wrote:
Lurgan Lad wrote:Great test of how far we have progressed this year, especially in the scrum. 4 Irish provinces in the QF, can't complain about that.
... and in the Heineken cup :thumleft:

The prospect of 3 Welsh teams scrabbling for the 20th slot is quite amusing :lol:
and potentially none of them getting it???

Or have I got the criteria wrong?
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by big mervyn » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:20 am

Cap'n Grumpy wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
Lurgan Lad wrote:Great test of how far we have progressed this year, especially in the scrum. 4 Irish provinces in the QF, can't complain about that.
... and in the Heineken cup :thumleft:

The prospect of 3 Welsh teams scrabbling for the 20th slot is quite amusing :lol:
and potentially none of them getting it???

Or have I got the criteria wrong?
If Scarlets finish 4th in Conf B, one of them will definitely get it. Scarlets could also still qualify by finishing 3rd if Benetton slip up or finish 5th and miss out if they (Scarlets) slip up and Embra dont ... I think :lol:
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Ps I think it's technically the 19th slot. 20th is the complicated one involving Parker Pen semifinalists etc
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by rumncoke » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:57 am

I am of the opinion that it proves the Welsh national side, in the 6 nations ,was hitting above its natural weight. Their 23 squad is strong but they may lack serious depth and injuries could well be their undoing come the world cup.

But glad to note the Irish camp may have seen reality that if the half backs don't perform they face an up hill task -- the defence looks good -- the attack somewhat bare -- but I think Joe was hiding his set piece moves during the 6 nations and Joe usually comes up with some.
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Re: The Playoffs

Post by jean valjean » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:05 am

Dave wrote:Connacht haven't won in Belfast for a while.

Since October.

They completely annihilated our scrum.
Ulster team from October.

Nelson; Kernohan, Curtis, McCloskey, Stockdale; Burns, Cooney; Warwick, Best (capt), O'Toole; O'Connor, Henderson; Rea, Timoney, Coetzee.

Would expect 6-7 changes from that.

Connacht were fully loaded

O'Halloran, Adeolokun, Farrell, Aki, Healy, Carty, Marmion; Buckley, McCartney, Bealham, Dillane, Roux, O'Brien, Butler (capt), Boyle.

Remember Rea got sent off that match and marcel got binned to so we were a man down for over half the game and we still managed a losing BP.

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Dave » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:42 am

jean valjean wrote:
Dave wrote:Connacht haven't won in Belfast for a while.

Since October.

They completely annihilated our scrum.
Ulster team from October.

Nelson; Kernohan, Curtis, McCloskey, Stockdale; Burns, Cooney; Warwick, Best (capt), O'Toole; O'Connor, Henderson; Rea, Timoney, Coetzee.

Would expect 6-7 changes from that.

Connacht were fully loaded

O'Halloran, Adeolokun, Farrell, Aki, Healy, Carty, Marmion; Buckley, McCartney, Bealham, Dillane, Roux, O'Brien, Butler (capt), Boyle.

Remember Rea got sent off that match and marcel got binned to so we were a man down for over half the game and we still managed a losing BP.

Believe...

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Big-al » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:59 am

Dave wrote:Connacht haven't won in Belfast for a while.

Since October.

They completely annihilated our scrum.
We owe them.

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Re: The Playoffs

Post by Neill_M » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:38 pm

So Treviso have their destiny in their hands. A BP win locks it, a standard win would mean Edinburgh would need a BP win to overhaul them. If Treviso slip up, Edinburgh/Scarlets could get 3rd.

The Euro playoff and 19th spot in Heineken Cup will be the winner of the Cardiff Blues/Ospreys game in R21 hosting Treviso/Edinburgh/Scarlets. Scarlets likely to get BP win v Dragons and get to 55, Edinburgh would need a BP win to stay above them.

Treviso and Scarlets play at 3pm in R21, Edinburgh at 7:35pm.

As for the 20th spot, currently both La Rochelle and Sale in PP are outside the automatic spots in their leagues, but that changes on a weekly basis. They play each other in SF, so likely who wins that get the spot.

The league has not announced their plan for the extra spot criteria, but given it may not be known until end of May if La Rochelle get into top 6 of T14, then I suggest the loser of the Euro playoff gets the 20th spot. Simples![emoji23]

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