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A League team tonight
Posted by: simo112 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 09:51

15 Tom Parton
14 Matt Williams,
13 Tom Fowlie,
12 Johnny Williams,
11 Napolioni Nalaga,
10 Jacob Atkins,
9 Rory Brand,
1 Tom Smallbone,
2 Tom Woolstencroft,
3 Ollie Hoskins,
4 Josh Basham,
5 Will Lloyd (c),
6 Max Northcote-Green,
7 Isaac Curtis-Harris,
8 Lasha Lomidze


Replacements: 16 Todd Gleave, 17 Austin Hay, 18 Lovejoy Chawatama, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Dom McGeekie, 21 Elliot Quintin, 22 Ed Hoadley, 23 Ollie Hassell-Collins



Exciting team out tonight. Looking forward to seeing Johnny Williams returning as well as Tom Smallbone, and seeing Nalaga make a big impact.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: exile99 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 10:12

Good to see Teofilo on the bench too.

Any feedback on how Lovejoy & Austin got on last week?

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Florida (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 10:29

Good side that, I'm tempted to pop along (if allowed)

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Jamiepep1 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 10:59

Fantastic that tom smallbone is back in contention after such a long time out injured. fingers crossed he stays fit.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Sam_R43 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 11:01

Quins side;

15. Tim Swiel
14. Cadan Murley
13. Winston Stanley
12. Harry Sloan
11. Tim Visser
10. James Lang
9. Charlie Mulchrone (c)

1. Mark Lambert
2. Elia Elia
3. Phil Swainston
4. John Okafor
5. Stan South
6. Willie Ryan (Guest)
7. Archie White
8. Dino Lamb

16. Charlie Piper
17. Cameron Holenstein
18. Josh Ibuanokpe
19. Nathan Thomas (Guest)
20. James Gulliver (Guest)
21. Calum Waters
22. Dave Lewis
23. Tom James (Guest)

Could be a tough game against that Quins side. But vital game time for new and returning players. Good to see Nalaga & Williams ready to start games and for the younger guys like Josh Basham getting involved with the senior players.

Just to temper expectations, Irish have won just 1 of their last 21 A-League games over the past 6 years, and that was against London Welsh.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 11:01

It's a low bar given our history in the competition, but that's the strongest team I can remember.

Nice to see lots of players back from injury

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Florida (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 12:47

If Nalaga and Williams (J) make it through without injury do you think we'll see one or both on the bench on Friday? I'm thinking Nalaga could make the bench with Williams given a bit more time to get match sharp.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: paulm1953 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 13:00

Would like to see them subbed at half time and if no reaction tomorrow they should be in the starting 15 or on the bench. It will bee interesting to see how Tom Fowlie plays tonight.



Come on you Irish

Paul

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Babs O (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 13:42

Nalaga on the bench for Friday would be great, bring him on with 20 mins to go to cause havoc on a tiring defence. We need that impact and directness for the latter stages of games.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Hugo.LI (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 15:11

Will be a very god test for them against a strong looking quins team. So pleased to see Tom smallbone back after his long injury and great to have Johnny back again. If Johnny comes through this game unscathed I'd be tempted to start him on Friday as I think centre is seriously weak without him or mulchrone

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: jimbo800 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 15:15

Great to see such a strong academy presence in the team.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: asteps07 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 17:39

After J Williams has had such a long time out, he will probably need match fitness. I wouldn't like to see him withdrawn from this game just to be put on the bench in the prem. give him a couple of A games to get the match sharpness back.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Florida (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 20:08

And the lack of A-league wins continues sad smiley

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Margin_Walker (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 20:20

Ah well. Business as usual

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Finno (IP Logged)
Date: 11 September, 2017 21:59

Nalaga didn't get much ball this evening, but when he did, he really looked dangerous! Hope he makes the bench for Friday.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: HMRH (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2017 05:27

How is Lomidze doing at 8?

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Finno (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2017 06:28

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HMRH
How is Lomidze doing at 8?

Mmmm, didn't do a lot last night, and PANS was telling me at the weekend that he was disappointed with him in the Gloucester game.

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: waltham (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2017 07:14

Quote:
Finno
Quote:
HMRH
How is Lomidze doing at 8?

Mmmm, didn't do a lot last night, and PANS was telling me at the weekend that he was disappointed with him in the Gloucester game.

He got plenty of ball against Glaws but didn't seem to be able to make much headway against their defence. He's definitely very mobile but is he a bit on the small size to be an effective Prem level back rower?

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: PV (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2017 10:42

Crikey, conceding an average of 40 pts a match! We must lack in depth, or was there no A league participation last year?

Re: A League team tonight
Posted by: Ajax Treesdown (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2017 11:46

Quote:
PV
Crikey, conceding an average of 40 pts a match! We must lack in depth, or was there no A league participation last year?

Not sure what the point is entering a team into the A League, all we seem to do is get walloped every week.

I remember playing Saracens away, Tagi, Geraghty etc, 10 to get in, 0-64 scoreline.

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