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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:46 pm 
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The Tampon 'revival' continues. You heard it here first.


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The Tampon 'revival' continues. You heard it here first.


This is so much better. We've improved so much since Mallinder was sacked. Actually look like a team.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:06 pm 
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Bath conceding penalties at virtually 1 a minute


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Bath seem to have picked a load of big lads from the gym who haven’t read up on the rules, or seen a rugby ball before :|


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This on TV? Can't find it


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:11 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:11 pm 
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This on TV? Can't find it


BTSport 1.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:12 pm 
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Tom Wood gets overexcited


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Feels like we didn't get enough value out of the opening 20 minutes


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:20 pm 
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6-6 after 30. Bath coming back into it.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:24 pm 
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Got a bit scrappy.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:31 pm 
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...and it all falls apart at h/t....


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:32 pm 
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Daylight robbery.

Well worked from Banahan


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:37 pm 
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Gaffney going for the hairdryer treatment :lol:


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Gaffney going for the hairdryer treatment :lol:


That was Dickens


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Roger Wilson used to be a really classy operator. He's been bloody awful every time I've seen him for Bath. Him and Fotuali'i are so frustrating.

Bath midfield has no creativity either.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:02 pm 
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James?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:03 pm 
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Woops, yes


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JM2K6 wrote:
Roger Wilson used to be a really classy operator. He's been bloody awful every time I've seen him for Bath. Him and Fotuali'i are so frustrating.

Bath midfield has no creativity either.


Eh? Kahn’s been a great player for Bath :?


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Joost wrote:
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Roger Wilson used to be a really classy operator. He's been bloody awful every time I've seen him for Bath. Him and Fotuali'i are so frustrating.

Bath midfield has no creativity either.


Eh? Kahn’s been a great player for Bath :?


He can be, but he's also capable of putting in shit kicks, throwing passes to no-one, and slowing play when he shouldn't. He has a great attitude and a great skillset, but his error rate is way too high.


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Tom Dunn's fingers have tried to escape from Tom Dunn.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:18 pm 
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Wilson picked up a really dodgy leg injury that he never really recovered from with us. Hasn't changed since he moved to Bath

We really look like we threw away those first 20 minutes. Could have been 15 up, and it would have been a totally different game


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Mallinder makes a gliding break then throws a speculative offload that goes forward

That's actually his middle name


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:19 pm 
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Wilson picked up a really dodgy leg injury that he never really recovered from with us. Hasn't changed since he moved to Bath

We really look like we threw away those first 20 minutes. Could have been 15 up, and it would have been a totally different game


Yeah, fair enough.

Wilson just butchered a try there :|


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:20 pm 
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What the actual fudge? That's a knock on, clear as day


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:24 pm 
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Nice by Burns there.

Auterac looks to be carrying some extra timber.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:24 pm 
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Forget everything I said previously on this thread :?


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Saint wrote:
What the actual fudge? That's a knock on, clear as day


Two knock-ons tbf. Ah well :proud:


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First knock on by Green? Green didn't touch the damn thing


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:30 pm 
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We have been screwed in this match. We probably would have lost regardless, but we have been absolutely done up by the officials


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Something quite satisfying about watching a Fijian second row casually saunter towards the defence, try to step, get lassoed and then absolutely battered in the tackle.


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The Saints we know and love are back.


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We have been screwed in this match. We probably would have lost regardless, but we have been absolutely done up by the officials


I think it goes a bit deeper than that.


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Nice to see Stephenson playing well again. He and Nick Tompkins are the forgotten men in the midfield of the English game.


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The Saints we know and love are back.


They've played massively better in this game even when things started to go wrong. Still lots of issues, but this is a huge step up from the dark days


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Nice to see Stephenson playing well again. He and Nick Tompkins are the forgotten men in the midfield of the English game.


Tom S is slowly getting things back together after a shocking 3 years of injury. Really interesting interview/podcast with him from Radio Noddy a few weeks back - how he's effectively having to relearn the tricks of 13 - footwork, body shape, head position, and how it took him the best part of 6 months before he felt comfortable with just taking a tackle.

I was there when he broke his leg 18 months ago - I swear you could hear the snap echo round the ground, one of the most sickening things I've heard in rugby


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Saint wrote:
JM2K6 wrote:
Nice to see Stephenson playing well again. He and Nick Tompkins are the forgotten men in the midfield of the English game.


Tom S is slowly getting things back together after a shocking 3 years of injury. Really interesting interview/podcast with him from Radio Noddy a few weeks back - how he's effectively having to relearn the tricks of 13 - footwork, body shape, head position, and how it took him the best part of 6 months before he felt comfortable with just taking a tackle.

I was there when he broke his leg 18 months ago - I swear you could hear the snap echo round the ground, one of the most sickening things I've heard in rugby


Grim. Seems a likable chap too. Looks much stronger in the lower leg than he used to be (or maybe it's my memory being terrible) so hopefully this'll put him in good stead.


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JM2K6 wrote:
Saint wrote:
JM2K6 wrote:
Nice to see Stephenson playing well again. He and Nick Tompkins are the forgotten men in the midfield of the English game.


Tom S is slowly getting things back together after a shocking 3 years of injury. Really interesting interview/podcast with him from Radio Noddy a few weeks back - how he's effectively having to relearn the tricks of 13 - footwork, body shape, head position, and how it took him the best part of 6 months before he felt comfortable with just taking a tackle.

I was there when he broke his leg 18 months ago - I swear you could hear the snap echo round the ground, one of the most sickening things I've heard in rugby


Grim. Seems a likable chap too. Looks much stronger in the lower leg than he used to be (or maybe it's my memory being terrible) so hopefully this'll put him in good stead.


Think that's your memory - the thing that stood him in good stead when he was a callow 18/19 year was his raw leg strength - he used to break tackles that a 25 year old would struggle with. He's missing confidence still and now experience - for his age he's short of a good 50 matches or so, which at his age is significant


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Bath missing 17 players, and look to have lost Dunn for a while and Banahan for a couple of weeks.

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We have been screwed in this match. We probably would have lost regardless, but we have been absolutely done up by the officials


Apart from those ten penalties in the first twenty minutes. Be thankful the scoreline wasn't even worse for Saints, Bath could have scored 2 or 3 more tries.


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I was watching this last night and at one point the ref, Tom Foley, told one of the teams to stop competing for the ball because of a "dead ruck".

i.e. everybody was on the floor, there was nobody to bind onto and counter ruck, and the attacking scrum half was standing with the ball at his feet.

Nigel Owens does something similar when he calls "ruck is lost".

A ruck should never be lost or uncompetable (if there's such a word). If it's no longer a ruck then either the referee should call a scrum if the ball's unplayable, or it's out and anybody can go for it. This standing around with nobody able to compete and the scrum-half at leisure to weigh up his options is a blight on the game. It makes me sad.


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