NEWS: Clermont v Saints ECC 12th Jan KO 9pm local time
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 19:59

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Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 12:08

Skipper Courts and a bulked up pack. Defence looks vulnerable.


15. Ahsee Tuala
14. Tom Collins
13. Fraser Dingwall
12. Luther Burrell
11. Taqele Naiyaravoro
10. Dan Biggar
9. Alex Mitchell

1. Francois van Wyk
2. James Fish
3. Ehren Painter
4. David Ribbans
5. Api Ratuniyarawa
6. Courtney Lawes (capt)
7. Heinrich Brüssow
8. Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16. Reece Marshall
17. Alex Waller
18. Ben Franks
19. Tom Wood
20. Lewis Ludlam
21. Cobus Reinach
22. James Grayson
23. Andrew Kellaway

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee), Piers Francis (shoulder), and Jamie Gibson (head).



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Re: Team's Up
Posted by: higgy365 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 12:34

Decent roll of the dice. Great opportunity for Mitchell.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 12:42

The result is virtually inconsequential from a progression perspective.

Bar a miracle we won't beat them by 4 tries with them not getting a losing bonus point which is what is needed to have any chance of top spot.

So we are playing for a runner up spot for an away quarter final.

I can see the rationale for picking a strong team but if we pick up injuries or get mullered anyway it won't have been worth the risk.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Don't kick it RUN IT (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 12:43

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee), Piers Francis (shoulder), and Jamie Gibson (head).

Makes me want to sing "Heads, shoulders, knees and Ankles.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: manxsaint (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 12:46

Referee is John Lacey (Ireland)

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 12:58

Quote:
manxsaint
Referee is John Lacey (Ireland)

Talks a good game but does little

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: twsaint (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 13:00

Quote:
SaintMaul
The result is virtually inconsequential from a progression perspective.
Bar a miracle we won't beat them by 4 tries with them not getting a losing bonus point which is what is needed to have any chance of top spot.

So we are playing for a runner up spot for an away quarter final.

I can see the rationale for picking a strong team but if we pick up injuries or get mullered anyway it won't have been worth the risk.

5 weeks until the next league game.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 13:03

I get the theory behind the selection. Pretty much the same team as against Wasps barr those who played well.

The result is somewhat irrelevant considering the opposition but it's an oppotunity for players to redeem themselves after last week.

Having said that, it wouldn't be the first time there's been an upset!

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: shiversaint (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 16:26

I wouldn't be surprised if the players who let themselves down last week have been told that this game will demonstrate whether they continue to deserve their place.

I wouldn't be playing Biggar in this game.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Saintly Pursuit (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 17:07

Biggar won't play next weekend and wiil be away with Wales after that so why not play him?

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 19:33

John Lacey? Playing them with 15's bad enough! We've had, badly had it!

Re: NEWS: Clermont v Saints ECC 12th Jan KO 9pm local time
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 11 January, 2019 21:06

Agreed Smit, about my least favourite ref. Zero empathy, the anti-Owens.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: St Michael (IP Logged)
Date: 12 January, 2019 19:10

Quote:
smitferbrainz
John Lacey? Playing them with 15's bad enough! We've had, badly had it!

Just rolled into clermont this afternoon after a pleasant day in lyon ,hotel here is a building site and now you tell me this,what could possibly go wrong

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