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Post by rumncoke » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:21 am

Hendo does what he is told to do guard a channel and support the ball carrier -- not to sure who was calling the line out Ryan or Henderson . I can't see henderson being dropped for Baird for another 2 -3 years to be honest. Beirne catches the eye because of the role assigned to him basically first or second up on the tackle on his side of the ruck.

Personally if Ryan can't make the XV against England I would switch Beirne to the second row and bring in a back row player .

Back three I'd drop Lowe He has had more chances to show worth and Balacoune is a better option at the moment than Lowe and he is inexperienced . I'm not to sure I would go for a long left boot into the field of play against England -- far to much pace coming back at you . Its into touch against England and have them play against an organised defence rather than run at a disorganised one.

Its either Conway or Stockdale to come in -- direct pace rather than the swerve and jink to be swallowed in a mass and provide turnovers. Larmour is basically bench or Full back - Keenan is sound but offers nothing coming forward due to inexperience win, lose, or draw he should only be playing 10 -20 minutes until he his confident he plays--- like a scared rabbit.-- with an unsure look about his game.

Stockdale may not get it right all the time but there is the total assurance that regardless he is always giving 110% effort behind the decision made .

The failure of the Irish backs in attack i put down to Sexton ( it may seem harsh ) but I sense his timing is off and plays predictable leaving Henshaw exposed at 12 and Henshaw having to rush his options.

The alternatives at 10 IN Ireland don't exist at present . Joey has only played about 2 games ( and he has yet to convince me that he controls a game he appears to ad -lib or play by numbers -- I been told to pass --so I pass or kick according to instruction the game he is playing has been dictated to him rather decided by him .)

Down in the Ireland Camp we have - an appeasement , a poor mans substitute , ( Sorry Billy Boy --we know it and you know You play for Ulster because Logan Fecked UP and the IRFU are a load of eununchs ) and the real McCoy is playing for Kidney and Kiss -- two men who recognised true talent --
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Re: SIX NATIONS 2021

Post by Dave » Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:36 am

BR wrote:
Dave wrote:
Sun Mar 14, 2021 11:52 pm
Hendy was an absolute trojan. Best forward by a mile. It's true the meeja won't afford him any credit. Will Conors was excellent also. Sexton kicked well but he couldn't get the backline firing. Scotch ill discipline and a grounding only Poite could see was the difference.

I see the form 10 in Europe (PJ) scored a 65m kick to seal a win. Ireland don't deserve him. Andeeeh looks out of his depth. Bringing in POC clearly testifies to that.

Connors didnt dtand out for me. Maybe if i watch the replsy.
Don't put yourself through that.

He's a guy who always impresses me so I tend to keep watching him. Just general nuisance behaviour at the breakdown and relentless tackling. His tackle on Duhan VDM was pretty impressive especially a guy hard to tackle, even though Scotland scored a few phases later.
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Re: SIX NATIONS 2021

Post by Dave » Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:39 pm

James Ryan and Ringrose out for the England game. Also TOT reported as injured.
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Post by jean valjean » Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:30 pm

Dave wrote:James Ryan and Ringrose out for the England game. Also TOT reported as injured.
Excuses made already for defeat. Half expect janny to pull up this week to avoid any flack. Throwing BB into the firing line will be one way to end his ireland career.

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Post by Lurgan Lad » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:23 pm

Ringrose has had a couple of poor games recently, crabbing across the pitch, kick blocked. Very good player, but not in great form. Wonder will they just go for pure physical force with Aki and Henshaw.

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Post by Dave » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:47 pm

Most likely Aki will come in. Maybe Farrell at 13. For my mind Aki has played the last number of England defeats. It will suit the up the jumper gameplan plus he's a kiwi.

Beirne to lock and POM to 6 I'd imagine too. Can't see past a win for the English. Cue all the nauseating Farrell father/son articles in the press.
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Post by Setanta » Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:19 pm

All very cynical but probably spot on!
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Post by big mervyn » Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:53 am

Tommy Bowe on the wireless there with a bit of a swipe at Farrell's coaching team.
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Post by Off the Top » Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:31 am

What did he say??

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Post by big mervyn » Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:35 am

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Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:31 am
What did he say??
Basically that the current coaching setup are unable to translate the skills shown at Provincial level to the national team.

Just a snip from a longer interview to be shown later.
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Re: SIX NATIONS 2021

Post by Jetstream » Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:31 am

So CJ Stander is retiring. He says he is Munster through and through and bleeds red. But would prefer to head back home. I am sure he will miss the sunny uplands of Rathkeale.
It puts the whole scenario of capping non Irisn players. In perspective. As soon as they have their pound of flesh they bugg-er back home. Meanwhile the IRFU banishes its own players to London and France.

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Post by Jackie Brown » Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:42 am

I don't think Stander owes Munster or the FIRFU anything.

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Post by Neill_M » Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:49 am

Arrived in Munster for start of 2012/13 season, recently played his 150th game for them and has got to 50 caps for Ireland, think he has earned the right to retire on his own terms.

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Post by Dave » Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:55 am

He is right to do this. He is like a battering ram going into contact over and over. This is unsustainable for the human body. They need to look at weight limits for players. Rugby has become so boring.
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Re: SIX NATIONS 2021

Post by rumncoke » Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:18 pm

I did identify the fact he has appeared to have lost a bit of pace and is basically only in the Eye after the Kick -Off -- Catch - Run --until tackled -- and the run is somewhat shorted and less vigorous than in previous seasons. Once capable of several turnovers a game not as many now.

Plus there are a few up and coming back rows to displace him --- He has the good sense to go out at the top of his game before he would get pushed and his best totally forgotten.
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