NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: Tigger (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 05:03

The Centre of it all

Thank you NorthernMaori for this....I have one more story in the bank which will take us to the second week in July....then nothing.

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Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: Major Bloodnok (IP Logged)
Date: 14 June, 2018 20:42

I think that's a pretty good summary of the situation. Can't really argue with much of it at all. I'd love to see van Cannonball and Sam James at 12/13 next season...



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Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: PoyntonShark (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 04:05

Agreed, not a great deal to argue with. My only grumble, and it is minor, is the labeling of Leota as a bosher. I think he has much better hands than he is usually given credit for. We have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our options in the centres in the near future, but there is, no doubt, an immediate need to fill an RJVR shaped hole.



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Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: Crutch (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 06:56

Never before have I anticipated a signing so much - it'll be celebration time or massive let down...

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: ale shark (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 07:30

Is there not a danger that we’re getting slightly obsessed over RJVR? He had 3-4 decent games for us and hasn’t done much since. He’s a fantastic player but we shouldn’t be pinning our hopes on him single handedly dragging us into the top six, we need a better front five and a startable back-up 9 for that to happen.

When playing well I think we’re a better team than Quins, Bath and Saints and with Newcastle and Gloucester in the champions cup we’ve got an excellent chance finishing 4-6th but if our plan is to start next season with Cliff (who was better last season than I’ve previously given him credit for) and a schoolboy at 9 then things could unravel pretty quick.

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: Crutch (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 10:33

That is true Ale, and I'd like to think that our other recruitment is looking to deal with those concerns.

However, the importance of RJVR for me (or another player with similar attributes) is that it's really the missing part of our team. We lack weight in general, and especially in the backs. He helps take some carrying burden away from the forwards, and also pins defences in a more narrow channel giving more space for when we go wide. It's no surprise to me that AJ looked best last year whilst RJVR was outside him.

He wouldn't necessarily be such an important signing for other teams based on their existing personnel, but for Sale I really think he is the key that can push us on substantially.

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: clutch (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 11:03

Pretty confident we would have made top 6 at worst with him.

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: MartWhit (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 12:42

Agree totally with Crutch's last para. He's an absolute key for us n our system. He's he perfect foil for AJ/Sam J.

Had he stayed last year, its inconceivable to think that he wouldnt have turned at least one of the frustrating narrow losses into a win, et voila, top 6.

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: ale shark (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 14:27

yeah, sorry, meant top 4 not top 6.

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: Crutch (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 17:01

If he signs then I'll be putting a reasonably substantial bet on us finishing top 4!

Re: NEW FPS The Centre of it all
Posted by: clutch (IP Logged)
Date: 15 June, 2018 17:34

Steady on

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