Copehead's RWC thread NOW IN ITS 99TH GREAT YEAR

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Re: Copehead's RWC thread NOW IN ITS 14TH GREAT YEAR

Postby Deebank » 23 Feb 2019, 19:30

Great performance by the boys. You could see England coming apart at the seams in the second half.

Oof indeed, but Jack Nowell was impressive.

England seem to be making a habit of coming apart at the seams in the second half :lol:

Well done Scotland - a mighty victory for the jocks (yes, I know it was a draw!) but the day belonged to The Boys of course. A formidable performance that made Ireland look very ordinary - and that’s being generous.

Thoroughly enjoyable.
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Postby Lord Rother » 23 Feb 2019, 19:59

I don’t watch much rugby (brute force and ignorance doesn’t really do a lot for me in sport) but it can’t be coincidence that whenever I do tune in (2nd half today) England are absolute shite.

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Re: Copehead's RWC thread NOW IN ITS 14TH GREAT YEAR

Postby Deebank » 23 Feb 2019, 20:17

Lord Rother wrote:I don’t watch much rugby (brute force and ignorance doesn’t really do a lot for me in sport) but it can’t be coincidence that whenever I do tune in (2nd half today) England are absolute shite.


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Postby Lord Rother » 23 Feb 2019, 20:39

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Postby The Modernist » 23 Feb 2019, 20:55

An immense performance, although it felt like a triumph of will rather than great rugby. Given we were second best in quite a few areas today, it felt remarkable we found the right way to win the match. England were undone partly through their own rigid and conservative tactics and partly through their own flighty mentality, which we've seen before from them.

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Postby Copehead » 24 Feb 2019, 09:07

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Can't score points without the ball guys. Kicking possession away when you're losing - that's just plain dumb.


A good game for England to lose, for me :) , the hype was getting too much and they came up against a side who had analysed their game plan and come up with a way to play against it.

The score was pretty similar to the Ireland game up until around the same point with England again looking comfortable but when the bench came on and they needed to step it up there was nothing there and it Wales who used the kicking game to greater effect.

Jones will use that game to make England stronger but England looked pretty poor in the final quarter and couldn't get their hands on the ball or go through phases because that wasn't the game plan, when the wheels came off they still couldn't switch to plan B, but that is true of most teams, even the All Blacks.

Wales didn't look fantastic and didn't need to. Anscombe was poor and Wales looked far more in control with Bigger at 10, Parkes was dross, but the pack hung in there when England where well on top of them and the back 3 were immense in soaking up the English kicking game and eventually turning the tables on them.

But a game for the fan not the neutral.
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Postby Copehead » 24 Feb 2019, 09:08

Lord Rother wrote:I don’t watch much rugby (brute force and ignorance doesn’t really do a lot for me in sport) but it can’t be coincidence that whenever I do tune in (2nd half today) England are absolute shite.


The idea that you need to be ignorant to play or follow a complicated game like Rugby Football is an odd one
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Postby Deebank » 17 Mar 2019, 10:46

This was meant to be a new post:

England seem to be making a habit of coming apart at the seams in the second half :lol:

Well done Scotland - a mighty victory for the jocks (yes, I know it was a draw!) but the day belonged to The Boys of course. A formidable performance that made Ireland look very ordinary - and that’s being generous.

Thoroughly enjoyable. I hope Gradual was wearing his brown trousers :lol:
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Postby C » 17 Mar 2019, 13:57

Talk about a game of two halves

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Postby The Modernist » 17 Mar 2019, 14:22

It's not the most entertaining Welsh team I've ever seen, but their resilience, toughness (both physical and mental), and ability to manage games and find ways of winning, are very much to be admired. Can you win the World Cup through strong defence alone? We shall see, but they've got a decent chance.

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Postby andymacandy » 17 Mar 2019, 18:53

Yes, Wales comfortably the best side this season, but how much of that is their progression or the rest falling off remains to be seen. But Gatland is absolutely right that they have forgotton how to lose, and that is invaluable going into the WC.
Ireland have struggled as Murray and Sexton have dipped, and they have not been able to fill in for injuries with their usual ease.
England have the tools and the skills, but this psychological 2nd half thing is going to hurt them if they cant work it out, and I dont think they have a game big enough before Japan to do that. Maybe Farrall can re-find his mojo with Sarries. Otherwise, they have an embarrasssment of riches in selection terms in almost every position, but not captain.
And Scotland-I dont think this tournament is a fair judge of anything except the fact that our reserve is limited. Given who we missed before it started, and the number of injuries through the tournament, its not surprising that we lack cohesion. If we get the first XV fit, then we can challenge anybody. Russell is glorious- the most naturally talented 10 in the NH, but also the most mercurial.We need Hogg back to do the penalty kicking from hand, and need to decide on Price v Laidlaw.
And the Calcutta Cup? Speechless.We can play rugby going forwards, but apparently not going backwards.At least its not dull!
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Postby Geezee » 20 Mar 2019, 11:54

I love the 6 Nations. I love the fact that nobody ever seems to gain the ascendancy for very long. Since 2000, England have won it 6 times, Wales and France 5 times each, and Ireland 4 times. It would be great to see a more competitive French side again, and for Scotland to find some self-respect, but in general it makes for such a great competition and so hard to predict. Not many fancied Wales going into it.
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Postby C » 21 Mar 2019, 17:47

A bit off task - but my sons' school played in the final of the Schools' NatWest Vase at Twickenham today - U15s.

A great experience for players, coaches and supporters. It was streamed live on YouTube - really professional with commentators etc.

My youngest is in the U14s so hopefully next year!







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Postby andymacandy » 22 Mar 2019, 18:53

Geezee wrote: It would be great to see a more competitive French side again, and for Scotland to find some self-respect,

Really dont know what this is supposed to mean.Scotland have beaten each of the 6 Nations in the last few years, and ran the All Blacks very close in that time too. Edinburgh and Glasgow are both in the knock-out stages of the Euros.I also think we were the last home nation knocked out of the last World Cup, and a tad unluckily at that.
We may not have had the 6 Nations we had hoped for, but we had plenty enough injuries to mitigate that.
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Postby Copehead » 14 May 2019, 18:40

Just to let you know Ampthill RUFC gained promotion to the Greene King Championship the other week beating Loughborough Students away 8 tries to 4 in an incredibly entertaining and emotional last game of the season to take the highly competitive league by 5 points from Old Elthamians, Rosslyn Park and Blackheath. All 4 teams had been neck and neck coming into the last few matches but Ampthill went unbeaten including beating Rosslyn Park with the last kick of their match having been 20 points to nil down at one stage, small margins.

That means they have traveled from level 7 of the leagues - Midlands 3 East South - to level 2 in the last 12 years or so, not bad for a little team from Bedfordshire that I used to play for, even if they have a fair bit of money behind them these days.

So well done the DOR Mark Lavery and the Head coach Paul Turner and all the players, it has been quite a ride watching them progress, watching them play at Twickenham and next year watching play the likes of Newcastle, Nottingham and Bedford.

They also have planning in for a new sports complex on the outskirts of Ampthill with 7 pitches and a small grandstand next to the main pitch, it would be an extra 20 min walk to the ground for me but it is all part of the expansion for a team who have over 1100 members, most of them mini and youth youngsters.

The only down side is that they are going to get pummeled and I have not been used to watching them lose for years now.
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Postby Copehead » 10 Aug 2019, 17:31

It's all starting up again

The Number 1 side in the world are a shoo in for the RWC; that'll be Wales for the next 24 hours at least after New Zealand's hammering today.

Feels strange Wales going into a RWC with a settled and highly effective team with genuine world class quality sprinkled around ( even with Falatau sadly out ).

Things can only end badly and painfully, thankfully I will be in Nigeria for most of it to save me the disappointment of watching Wales go out to Tonga or something similar.

You could make cases for any of New Zealand, Wales, Ireland and South Africa winning it and I'd add England and Australia to that list.

6 teams with realistic chances and last time round there was only 1.

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Postby Copehead » 11 Aug 2019, 16:38

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England now nailed on for RWC after their B team stuffed out A team
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Postby andymacandy » 13 Aug 2019, 19:50

Copehead wrote:Fucksticks
England now nailed on for RWC after their B team stuffed out A team

Especially with Anscombe out now. Big blow.
Biggar is an excellent stand in, but he can't play in every game.
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andymacandy wrote:
Copehead wrote:Fucksticks
England now nailed on for RWC after their B team stuffed out A team

Especially with Anscombe out now. Big blow.
Biggar is an excellent stand in, but he can't play in every game.


What happened to Anscombe was terribly sad, but I have never rated him, I think Biggar has far more big game temperament. He flew a bit under the radar this year for Welsh fans but he was fantastic at Northampton and played a big part in their resurgence.

I am more than happy to see him at 10.

Also sad that Patchell is still a shadow of his pre injury form this year, he looked like the real deal and I hope he can find that form again.

Considering the back up is now the young lad from Cardiff, all be it a young lad who made life so uncomfortable for Anscombe he upped and left for Ospreys, I fear that Biggar will have to play every Tier 1 game and be ready to come at the drop of ball in most of teh otehrs.
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