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by therealspratt
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Squad 2019/20
Replies: 296
Views: 49439

Re: Ulster Squad 2019/20

On Marcus Rea, that game where he won the MOTM is something I've always viewed as an exception to the norm with him. He's never particularly blown me away and I think Matthew will be the one to be more of a lasting presence in the squad.
by therealspratt
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Squad 2019/20
Replies: 296
Views: 49439

Re: Ulster Squad 2019/20

Such a shame about Hall, injuries really did for him. I'm slightly surprised though that Agnew wasn't released at the same time given how his career has failed to launch through injuries too.
by therealspratt
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: New Scrum Half?
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: New Scrum Half?

He has a bit of a physical presence about him not the stereotypical 5ft 5 terrier. The day of that kinda scrum half was drawing to a close around 15 years ago! Unfortunately we've persisted with them till now. They need to be 80kgs plus these days otherwise they are a non-entity in defence - regard...
by therealspratt
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: New Scrum Half?
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: New Scrum Half?

I'm not especially fussed on Doak yet from what I've seen of him. In my mind he's another Conor Young, but I hope I'm wrong.
by therealspratt
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: New Scrum Half?
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: New Scrum Half?

Am i missing something Re. Lewis Finlay? He has been very very good for Ireland U20s There is a vast chasm between U20 standard of play and the professional game. Though in Shanahan and Stewart we have players who didn't even deliver at that level. Shanahan didn't, but Stewart did he was involved w...
by therealspratt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: New Scrum Half?
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: New Scrum Half?

Snipe Watson wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:14 am
launish116 wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:24 pm
Am i missing something Re. Lewis Finlay?

He has been very very good for Ireland U20s
There is a vast chasm between U20 standard of play and the professional game.
Though in Shanahan and Stewart we have players who didn't even deliver at that level.
by therealspratt
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: New Scrum Half?
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: New Scrum Half?

Amiga500 wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:30 pm
Regardless of what I think - the signing is confirmed.

I can only assume it means both Shanners and Stewart are out the door - and Finlay's the youngster who'll be 3rd choice.
One would hope so.
by therealspratt
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: New Scrum Half?
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: New Scrum Half?

UlsterNo9 wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:52 pm
Graham Curtis selected for Ireland 7s squad in the next round of the world series.

Had forgotten about him, I take it he is not going to be an answer for us.
He seems to me another of these scrumhalves that Ulster tends to sign whose best position isn't scrumhalf.
by therealspratt
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Squad 2019/20
Replies: 296
Views: 49439

Re: Ulster Squad 2019/20

McCall seemed to have more potential when he debuted but injuries seem to have some for his scrummaging almost entirely, where Warwick can scrum to an extent and can in a pinch cover both sides but is so limited in his other contributions about the pitch. Reid should be getting most of their gametim...
by therealspratt
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: ASM Clermont Auvergne Vs Ulster Sat 11th Jan @ 1.00pm BT Sport 3
Replies: 114
Views: 11112

Re: ASM Clermont Auvergne Vs Ulster Sat 11th Jan @ 1.00pm BT Sport 3

UlsterNo9 wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:47 pm
Lowry was meant to be back fit for inter pro games, but having not had a run out I assume he is still not fully fit.
He was back in training prior to those games and had a set back, no reports on what the expected date now is for him.
by therealspratt
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Munster Game
Replies: 86
Views: 6946

Re: Munster Game

Paddy Power (Other bookies are available) have Ulster 3 points favourites for this one which is basically the home advantage. They are seeing the 2 23s as hard to split/sitting on the fence. There isn't an awful lot in it on paper. Munster will be relying on set piece ball and especially on the lin...
by therealspratt
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: What are we feeding them?
Replies: 15
Views: 2504

Re: What are we feeding them?

And we haven't even any decent scrumhalves to show from our dessicated youngsters until perhaps this batch of McKee, and Doak.
by therealspratt
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Squad 2019/20
Replies: 296
Views: 49439

Re: Ulster Squad 2019/20

To digress Tom Stewart is the guy I'm most excited about, we seem to always produce hookers. Stewart seems to be a real talent, with him and McBurney starting to show what he's about we look like we're well set up! What's weird though is this Saffer schoolboy hooker we're supposedly bringing in rea...
by therealspratt
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Squad 2019/20
Replies: 296
Views: 49439

Re: Ulster Squad 2019/20

The O'Donnell one is a mystery, I thought that he at would have at least featured in the Celtic Cup. I trust in the academy system at the minute though, to be honest. They're getting it right for the most part with respect to selecting players. I've seen the Australia highlights, he'd slipped my mi...
by therealspratt
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: View frae thae Hill
Topic: Ulster Squad 2019/20
Replies: 296
Views: 49439

Re: Ulster Squad 2019/20

They include Addison, Reidy and Nordi. Stockdale will also be out of contract but will get an IRFU one. McGrath's IRFU contract will expire so we'll have to cough up to keep him. I'll have all five, please. Well it’s a big squad and he hasn’t been here very long. Andrew and Ross may be coming to th...