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by Double
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sarries facing automatic relegation
Replies: 2113
Views: 72862

Re: Sarries facing automatic relegation

Ulsters Red Hand wrote:Can they even overcome a further 35 point deduction mathematically?
edit: just checked, technically yes but need a lot of TBP's
Yes. 14 fixtures left, so they could get up to 70 points which would put them on 28. Tigers are currently on 11.

In reality, no.
by Double
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I rate sleightholme. Quick, always in the right place, very consistent for a young lad. Also worth bearing in mind he's 19 and in his first senior season.
by Double
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Aha, I knew I'd gotten my nines mixed up - I thought Taylor was Mitchell, who I thought was a big prospect. Silly mistake to make. Yeah, you're fine there then. Big fan of Furbank, just worried that Mallinder might represent the bad old Saints a bit too much - i.e. a talented flake who doesn't make...
by Double
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

That was comfortably the worst I've seen Taylor play this season, though. And Mitchell is probably the better player. Tupai also looks a good prospect.

Only recruitment I would do in the backs is one more fullback/winger.
by Double
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Saints have lost both Hartley and Brussow to retirement this season, that would free up a fair bit of the cap (possibly, I'm not entirely sure how it works). Brussow was the second marquee; not sure if anyone will have replaced him or not in that spot. For a long time Dylan was the first marquee, b...
by Double
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sarries facing automatic relegation
Replies: 2113
Views: 72862

Re: Sarries facing automatic relegation

I said back at the beginning of the season that this would be a big problem. Saracens can't just offload players, they have contracts. Presumably they needed to find players who were happy to move and then waive the transfer fee?
by Double
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Saints about to win a fairly undeserved BP victory. Severals players a bit pants, Mallinder pressed into 15 and poor positioning on several occasions, Matavesi with a terrible lineout. Probably most key to the poor first half for my money though was Taylor at scrumhalf, responsible for a fair few of...
by Double
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

This game is tedious, 13 handling errors from Saints before 60 minutes.
by Double
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

OptimisticJock wrote:Is Dingwall SQ? And has he shown any interest if he is?
He is, but played for England U20s so that's probably his preference.
by Double
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NTHC: Ospreys vs Sarries, Sat, 1300
Replies: 67
Views: 2083

Re: NTHC: Ospreys vs Sarries, Sat, 1300

Who got a red?
by Double
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

DragsterDriver wrote:Blimey- I had no idea Kruis was 30!
Though 30 is a toddler in lock years.
by Double
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

ovalball wrote:Ah well - 2 points that we didn't look like getting - but conceding a try with a 2 man advantage :x
Not really a two man advantage when it takes 4 of them to tackle one Naiyaravoro :lol:
by Double
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

To make a genuine criticism of Karl Dickson, he's much too lenient on the tackler slowing down the ball on the ground and also not at all generous to the jackaling defender. The two things don't cancel out, and both lead to a messy breakdown and a stop-start game.
by Double
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Cipriani giveth, Cipriani taketh away
by Double
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Right, so that one had to be clear to chalk it off? Looked a lot more forward than the other one did. Karl Dickson with the 14 point swing.
by Double
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The three drowned Brits
Replies: 133
Views: 5076

Re: The three drowned Brits

:lol: @ ppl speculating on some sinister b.s. It's obvious the people couldn't swim. If they could they would have survived End of story. Why would the mother come out and state they could swim? All very odd and I suspect we will never learn the truth. Probably knows they couldn't swim, but just wa...
by Double
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Sale leading Saints at the AJ Bell, but Ashton is playing his last game for a couple of weeks - a hit to the face and finger in the eyes of a prone Matt Proctor at the ruck, who subsequently went off for an HIA. Bizarrely it was replayed on the screen but Sale still got the penalty.
by Double
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Just had a look at their forum, whiny bunch and a bit nasty. Also the Ireland they keep going on about just had a disastrous WC. Not sure what posts you're looking at?? There's a lot of whinging about commentators but I assume at the time they'd all just sat through 80 minutes of Jamie Heaslip talk...
by Double
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Just had a look at their forum, whiny bunch and a bit nasty. Also the Ireland they keep going on about just had a disastrous WC. Not sure what posts you're looking at?? There's a lot of whinging about commentators but I assume at the time they'd all just sat through 80 minutes of Jamie Heaslip talk...
by Double
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Just went back to watch the 'incidents'. The first two you would struggle to call penalties, last one is a borderline yellow because it's late and the tackle rides up, but there's no way it's a red. Citing officer with too much time on his hands, doubt any of them will come to anything - certainly ...
by Double
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Just went back to watch the 'incidents'. The first two you would struggle to call penalties, last one is a borderline yellow because it's late and the tackle rides up, but there's no way it's a red. Citing officer with too much time on his hands, doubt any of them will come to anything - certainly n...
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Would be good to get that fourth try, could qualify with a couple of wins from the last two matches.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

YOYO wrote: Well England squad players get super rest these days. Heard a stat about Owen Farrell play time and its he’s very well rested.
Yes, but Sarries had to cheat to set up a squad that could manage that.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Duff Paddy wrote:
As we develop 95% of our own players we can still claim the moral high ground over any English club
Ah, the Saracens gambit. Isn't Leinster's catchment about 90% of the private schools in the country?
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

how are these guys leading the premiership ? They're not, this is more or less a completely different 15 to the team that played the first 5 matches of the premiership. thanks, hadn't paid attention to the squad names Didn’t you know the official name of the this team is Northampton B Saints? Reali...
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

We'd be better if Ratuniyarawa was on the bench and we played with 14, honestly.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Akkerman wrote:how are these guys leading the premiership ?
They're not, this is more or less a completely different 15 to the team that played the first 5 matches of the premiership.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Calling that advantage over is an absolute cunt move, no way he would've kicked it without advantage.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

DragsterDriver wrote:Not a great saints side again, on for a hosing.
Bit of an understatement. Down to the academy third string in places, more than a few debutants this week and last.

This just one to have on in the background I reckon.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Munster v Saracens official thread
Replies: 455
Views: 15650

Re: Munster v Saracens official thread

Medic running on to touch the ball and slow down the taking the lineout, looked like.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Munster v Saracens official thread
Replies: 455
Views: 15650

Re: Munster v Saracens official thread

Go on, if we can't have any interesting rugby let's have an interesting fight.
by Double
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87768
Views: 4479879

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Gloucestered that right up :lol:
by Double
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

For what it's worth, I agree that with a full strength Saints pack it would have been within 2 tries. There's a gigantic drop off from the first choices, going from internationals to 20 year old academy players.
by Double
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Did Leinster really rest 13 of their players last week?? Must be a huge squad.
by Double
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Ah, odd game in the end. That got away from Saints badly. Was quite pleased with what I saw from them for most of it, against a superior side, but their discipline let them down, they made too many mistakes in contact, and they weren't able to convert in the second half when they really needed to m...
by Double
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Need to get rid of some dross in that pack. Ratuniyarawa, Moon, Gibson are all not good enough. They're second choices, but still. Just got beaten up front as expected.
by Double
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

About as expected - this front five can't cut it.
by Double
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Saints might be ahead if we had a functioning lineout.
by Double
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Saints pack is too lightweight across the board. Tuala at fullback could be a weak link. The rest of the backline is decent, but they won't see any ball - Leinster could just kick the corners and dominate the set piece, not to mention the gainline and the ruck.
by Double
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster
Replies: 1266
Views: 58330

Re: HEC Round Three - Northampton Saints v Leinster

Furbank's going to be rested according to Boyd. He's had a couple if HIAs recently and while he's cleared to play he's going to get a couple of weeks off now that Bigger and Tuala are available. Lawes is out with a Hamstring, 50/50 for the return match. Owen Franks is back in kiwiland for Richie Mo...