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    Posted: 13 Oct 2018 at 07:36
A couple of interesting results to start us off.

Stuart Lancaster being given lots of credit for the way Leinster pay - by all accounts way ahead of England despite having a playmaker in sexton who is hardly in the Cipriani/Ford mould.

I didn't see it were Leinster that good?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bigmal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2018 at 15:28
I did watch Bath v Toulouse though...oh dear!

I've been waiting for a potential scorer to fail through celebrating prematurely but never thought it would be a player who had scored a brilliant try before missing three "easy" penalties. Not sure that Mr Burns is going to get over today very easily.

Equally I'm not sure about Bath's leadership off the field - a chance to put a European marker down has been thrown away.
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Originally posted by Bigmal Bigmal wrote:

I didn't see it were Leinster that good?

They were.  Wasps aren't anywhere near the level that they were playing at during the second half of last season, but they were very ordinary.  Considering all the excitement about Sopoaga, he was incredibly disappointing.  But Leinster were just really sharp, exploited Wasps' weaknesses, and were incredibly efficient when the opportunities presented themselves.  Dai Young was interviewed after about 20 minutes, and when he was asked about the massive defensive effort, and how proud he must be of his team's work, he pointed out (and I'm paraphrasing here) that they couldn't keep up that level of intensity for 80 minutes and they'd tire quickly.  And that's exactly what happened.

With 38:30 on the clock it was 7-3, and Wasps would have been happy.  But then Sopoaga was binned, and within 90 seconds of the restart it was 21-3, game over.  Clinical, efficient, and strong in every facet of the game.
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just seen the Heineken Cup results... one stands out.
Toulon 25-26 Newcastle..... WOW.
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Good result and Glen 'Ccurrant' Young played the full 80.

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Originally posted by Donnyknightsfan Donnyknightsfan wrote:

just seen the Heineken Cup results... one stands out.
Toulon 25-26 Newcastle..... WOW.

Toulon scored their first try after 20 seconds - so quick that I missed it!  They were very indisciplined - I think they had three yellow cards and conceded a penalty try for one of them.  Newcastle were missing a shedload of players, particularly in the backs - Goneva, Flood, Hammersley, Takulua - but played pretty well.  To be honest, I think they've played better in defeat against a couple of the top Premiership sides this season, and some of the forwards - Gary Graham, in particular - seemed to have a quiet afternoon by their usual standards, but Toulon were fairly shambolic.  They had enough chances to win it - they had a kickable penalty with 90 seconds left on the clock but went for the corner and screwed up the lineout - but it would have been harsh on Falcons.

Best performance of today for me was the Blues, away to Lyon.  They picked three opensides in the back row - Josh Navidi, Olly Robinson and Ellis Jenkins - and it gives you an indication of how well they played that Navidi was the least impressive of the three.
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