+ Team selected to try to get a win
+ Means Wells has earned his place in the first team and can be
looked at with the other first team players.
+ Better balance in the back row than a lot of MOCs selections.
- Are we trying to force Evans and Thacker out? Can understand
Thacker not being in, but Evans is worth a bench spot even if
it means a 6-2 split IMO.
- Totally uninspiring bench, Joe Ford and Thompstone after last
week? Why not reward Charlie Thacker and Simmons who were two
of the better performers.
- Our big game is Gloucester Away and big run of games is
Gloucester, Quins, Sarries, Worcester, we won't have the
England internationals for those and have missed a chance to
get some cohesion in the team for those game.
There will always be debates over people being left out etc but I'm glad to see O'Connor starting in what seems intended to be the strongest team. The big question for me is does Mike Williams' size offer more than Luke Hamilton's work-rate? Not sure, I waiver with almost every game on that one.
A win would be great for morale and that's presumably what MOC is after, then he has the AWC games to prepare for the crucial Premiership run. Before the Wuss game whence it all unravelled I would have been confident we would win this, I hope the confidence level and atmosphere in the squad hasn't fallen so far as to change that.
Most games I go to with some expectation that we will win, sometimes I go more in hope than expectation, occasionally I am not very confident. For the first time time I will be travelling with no confidence, no hope and no expectation. My only hope is that the players feel the same way, because, if they do, they will never want to feel this way again.
Already posted but not commented on - I see Dan Carter returns...
And for Racing 92
Cela faisait de longues semaines que Dan Carter apparaissait en costume et en tribune aux matches du Racing 92. A l'occasion du déplacement à Leicester pour le dernier match de la phase de poules de la Coupe d'Europe, le Néo-Zélandais migre sur la feuille de match. Il y sera remplaçant, le titulaire à l'ouverture pour ce match capital restant Rémi Tales.
Le XV du Racing 92 : Dulin - Thomas, Vakatawa, Chavancy, Rokocoko - (o)Tales, (m)Machenaud (cap) - Nyanga, Nakarawa, Lauret - Carizza, Ryan - Tameifuna, Chat, Ben Arous
Les remplaçants : Szarzewski, Kakovin, Gomes Sa, Chouzenoux, Palu, Iribaren, Carter, Dupichot
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:01:19:14:33:44 by A_Magna_Malc.
I'm sorry, but I just don't see the point of this selection. Both last week's and this week's games are pointless as far as our chance of qualification are concerned; this week even more so than last. So last week when we had a very remote chance of success we fielded our second team. Now we have no chance we field the first. Do we hate Racing so much that we want to deny them the chance of qualification? If it's a morale issue, it will be even worse if we get beaten now. If we win it will prove nothing. And if any of the stars get injured, then we will have put them at risk for no purpose. This selection smacks of a club in utter panic.
Tbh Tom I think the only reason Tigers got away with such a relatively small backlash to the team selected last weekend is that Castres were incredibly unlikely to progress. Field a similar team this weekend and there'd be serious questions being asked if Racing reached the knock-out stages at another team's expense.
Could be that the club were limited in the type of team they could select for this game, especially after pushing the boundries to breaking point last weekend.
Tom Paine I'm sorry, but I just don't see the point of this selection. Both last week's and this week's games are pointless as far as our chance of qualification are concerned; this week even more so than last. So last week when we had a very remote chance of success we fielded our second team. Now we have no chance we field the first. Do we hate Racing so much that we want to deny them the chance of qualification? If it's a morale issue, it will be even worse if we get beaten now. If we win it will prove nothing. And if any of the stars get injured, then we will have put them at risk for no purpose. This selection smacks of a club in utter panic.
A club in a deep confused fog. Not sure which direction to go in. No clear strategy or idea of purpose.
You know I'm not sure it matters who we pick at the moment re first teamers against those nearly in first team.
What we need is a team performance that shows we're on an upward trajectory.
And on another matter:
I saw Hamilton and Barrow alone together in Costa coffee (calm down OSV it was for research purposes only) a couple of months ago. They sounded quite close (not in that way) and I wouldn't be surprised if both left at the end of the season.
Yorkie points out the key problem - a lack of strategic thinking. O' Connor should have used these two games to rest the England players and get together a side to carry us through their absence. This is what Exeter would have done - keep the basic structure of the team and introduce the four or five players who will take over the roles of the absentees. Players only become teams by playing together. These all out/ all in selections are the sign of a manager who hasn't a clue. And God I've worked with enough of them!
For those who feel that all is not quite perfect at our Club currently this team selection leaves no room for excuses. A heavy defeat would rouse the most reluctant of heads to look over the parapet, whilst a glorious performance and win might quell some of the hysteria .. either way a damp squib is not desirable, no matter that qualification is beyond us; there are bigger things a stake here, perchance
That said, I posted before the Castres game I felt the way forward was to rest the bulk of the first team with the Six Nations and AWC on the horizon and player welfare always an issue; but the AWC will still offers opportunities for trying out combinations ready to cope with forthcoming enforced absentees
A shocking suggestion, but how about a positive spin [at least until after the Rassing game]
MOC has got himself into a situation where he is damned if he does or doesn't.
Field a development squad and lose: morale dips further
Field a first team squad: win but intellectually pointless from a competition point of view and risk injuries.
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