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NEWS: Teams Up...Gloucester RFC v Northampton Saints
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 20:09

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Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 10:49

Horne missing, Lawes, Myler on bench plus Mitchell so presume Groom unfit. Francis starts

15.Tuala
14.North
13.Burrell
12.Francis
11.Collins
10.Mallinder
9. Reinach
1. Waller
2. Hartley
3. Brookes
4. Paterson
5. Ribbans
6. Gibson
7. Harrison
8. Dickenson

16 Mikey Haywood
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Jamal Ford-Robinson
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Courtney Lawes
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Stephen Myler
23 Ben Foden



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Re: Team's Up
Posted by: St tub (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 10:57

Don't get that selection but COYS

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Waggydog (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 10:57

Groom and Horne both out with injuries according to Tom Vickers on Twitter.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: StGonne (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 10:57

Horne just rested hopefully. He's had such a massive impact since arriving I'm more than happy to wrap him in cotton wool a bit!

Good to see Francis back, could switch up our attack again.

I didn't realise how much I missed getting so genuinely excited about the Saints playing, such a good feeling!

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 10:59

Horne and Groom carrying injuries.

Good strength in depth now looking at that squad and an ability to rotate players.

Not what I would have expected at 10/12, other way round would seem more natural but, hey, what do I know!

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:00

Assuming Horne and Groom are unfit perhaps the only surprise to me is the absence of Day in the squad unless he is also not fit. Presume Lawes is rested deliberately, especially as Hartley is back as skipper



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Re: Team's Up
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:02

Hope Piers and Cobus go well. We need to start really well because Glaws will come out flying. Interesting comments by Alan Dickens that Glaws had more possession last week, missed chances at key stages and were horribly punished for it.


Nervous but that side is good enough to win. Good bench.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:03

Quote:
Stockers

Not what I would have expected at 10/12, other way round would seem more natural but, hey, what do I know!

Might be because a) Mallinder has been playing pretty well at 10 and/or as it's Francis' first game for weeks they might think starting at 12 slightly less exacting than 10 - who knows ?

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Bob Stainsby (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:03

Interesting indeed good bench with Smyler in reserve if needed or maybe Harry and Piers switch if needed. Get well soone Nic and Rob COYS

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: HungryLikeTheWolf (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:06

Quote:
Stockers
Horne and Groom carrying injuries.
Good strength in depth now looking at that squad and an ability to rotate players.

Not what I would have expected at 10/12, other way round would seem more natural but, hey, what do I know!


Defence. Suspect will both switch into first receiver a la Ford and Farrell.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: twsaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:07

Harry and Piers quite likely to be interchangeable in attack. Gives the option of two first receivers. Keep 'em guessing.

Interesting to see who kicks for goal.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 11:11

I think Piers will kick.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 14:02

The team looks good. I'm back looking forward to watching Saints play after a couple of dreary seasons.

As an aside it is oft said on this forum that Jim has his favourites. But with Day, Wood, Pisi, Foden and Myler not able to make the starting line ups, it suggests he just likes sticking with the team he perceives is the best making minimal changes.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: jimmies (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 14:04

Alex W hasn't had a rest 6 years or so......when did his run start again???

NEWS: Teams Up...Gloucester RFC v Northampton Saints
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 13:37

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Re: Team's Up
Posted by: skybluesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 14:20

let's hope Piers can ring the best out of Luther as Rob Horne has done.

Also Tom Kessel seems to have dropped down the scrum half pecking order, unless he's injured as well. Says a lot for Alex Mitchell.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 14:23

Alex Waller deserves a rest for sure, but its tough to drop a player who always gives 100% and has not had an Injury to take the decision away from you. I expect he will be rested for LV= matches. One day his run will come to an end, not tomorrow though :-)

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 14:30

Tom Kessell must have stalled in terms of his progress.

He must be 27 by now and doesn't look likely to get ahead of Cobus, Nic and now behind Alex Mitchell.

Mitchell looked very lively in pre-season and as England U20s 9, we should have faith in him.

Sadly for Tom, sounds like he's nailed on as 21 for the Wandies for the time being

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Deesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 06 October, 2017 16:41

May take a few games to gel but the Piers / Harry partnership worked very well in the warm up games before Piers got injured
As above, two first receivers giving so many options off the breakdown
Looking forward to the game
What’s happening Saints
Two years of pretty staid game plann
Now coming up with passion attitude and giving backs opportunity
Still pinching myself

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