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SaintsFan_Webby
19-10-05, 06:03 PM
The European Challenge Cup, Europe's second tier competition kicks off this weekend.

Here are this weekend's fixtures, with my predicted winners printed in bold.


22 October 2005
European Challenge Cup

Narbonne v Bristol, 17:30
Northampton v Viadana, 15:00

Overmach Parma v Agen, 14:00
Section Paloise v London Irish, 17:30

Bayonne v Gloucester, 18:00
Bucuresti v Toulon, 13:00

L'Aquila v Borders, 14:00
Newcastle v Brive, 14:30

Connacht v Catania, 14:00
Worcester v Montpellier, 14:00

harrison2468
19-10-05, 06:06 PM
22 October 2005
European Challenge Cup

Narbonne v Bristol, 17:30
Northampton v Viadana, 15:00

Overmach Parma v Agen, 14:00
Section Paloise v London Irish, 17:30

Bayonne v Gloucester, 18:00
Bucuresti v Toulon, 13:00

L'Aquila v Borders, 14:00
Newcastle v Brive, 14:30

Connacht v Catania, 14:00
Worcester v Montpellier, 14:00

SaintsFan_Webby
22-10-05, 06:22 PM
Northampton 47 - Viadana 25

Match Report (http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/32_3115.php?PHPSESSID=275156d671b27b1c7e722d316479 f0b0)


Bit of a joke game really. Saints only ever had half a team on the pitch at a time, and by the end loads of people were out of position.

The referee gifted the Italians at least 14 points with some mystifying decisions, but Northampton strolled to a 7 try victory with very little effort.

Nice to see Ben Cohen back on form and scoring, his last try was classic Cohen, beating half the opposition team to go over the line unopposed.

Bullitt
23-10-05, 10:51 AM
And the best part is England won't have him!

Mark Cuet-who?

harrison2468
27-10-05, 06:48 PM
Bristol and Northampton Match Preview: http://www.planetrugby.com/News/story_46942.shtml

Possbily our strongest line-up of the season, Saints also name a strong line-up. Looking at the clashes on the wing, Cohen and Lamont vs Lima and Lemi is the highlight of match-ups.

Bullitt
27-10-05, 09:53 PM
I'm not even trhinking of predicting this one; It can go either way. Both side should come away with at least 1 point though.

SaintsFan_Webby
28-10-05, 10:56 AM
Should be interesting. Fun to see whether Lima can pull off any of his bone crunchers on giants like Cohen and Lamont. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif

Can&#39;t wait to see him play when Bristol come to the Gardens.

How is Lemi getting on? He was billed as a big prospect, is he living up to expectations yet?

harrison2468
28-10-05, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by SaintsFan_Webby@Oct 28 2005, 09:56 PM
Should be interesting. Fun to see whether Lima can pull off any of his bone crunchers on giants like Cohen and Lamont.* http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif

Can&#39;t wait to see him play when Bristol come to the Gardens.

How is Lemi getting on? He was billed as a big prospect, is he living up to expectations yet?
He smacked Tindall of the pitch, and he is a big enough fecker http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

Lemi hasn&#39;t had that much time in the team, but is now starting to get a run. Hopefully it will last, he has bags of pace, rounding Garvey a few times when we played Gloucester in the PC.

harrison2468
30-10-05, 06:54 PM
Bristol 36 - Saints 28

Sounds like a great game, annoyed I didn&#39;t go now! Damm Sunday matches!

David Lemi will be a great player for Samoa, mark my words. 2tries, a few conversions and penalties make him a MUST for the Bristol side now. He was making a monkey out of Lamont, a very good international player.

Fair play to Saints though, they came back superbly! Sounds like Spencer had one of those hot matches.

It is just annoying these wern&#39;t GP points http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

Cusker
31-10-05, 01:37 PM
Ye i watch the game are pack were all over theres and Regan outclassed Thompson in every department.Do any of you reckon we can beat wasps? http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif

robbinho
31-10-05, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by Cusker@Nov 1 2005, 01:37 AM
Regan outclassed Thompson in every department
He can add his name to the list then...... Mears, Chuter, Titterell, Bruno......

Bullitt
31-10-05, 02:39 PM
I really want to slap Regan.

Cusker
31-10-05, 05:08 PM
y? http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif

harrison2468
31-10-05, 06:16 PM
Robinson moment last year? What about the Krige moment? Did you forgive him when he joined Saints?

Regan is a Bristol boy, so regardless of what happened, he is commited to my team, and very important to us. He really did outclass Thompson, which makes you wonder how come Thompson is no1 on the list for England. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif

Cusker, we won&#39;t beat Wasps away. They played crap the week-end, and managed to draw to Toulouse. However, if we score 1 try I&#39;ll be happy, and a good performance will set up nicely for the game against Leeds, which is a MUST win game for us.

Bullitt
31-10-05, 07:48 PM
Thompson has been ****e all season when playing hooker; His move across to flanker was a stroke of genious by Poutney.

Which makes me say "f*** ANDY ROBINSON, YOU c***". Again.

Cusker
31-10-05, 08:54 PM
Im going to the leeds game if i aint got a game myself we have got to win it!!!
are you going harrison2468?

Cusker
31-10-05, 09:05 PM
he is to slow and unfit for flanker he was nakerd after the bristol game and he didn&#39;t do much either. His day has gone!!!!!

SaintsFan_Webby
31-10-05, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Cusker@Oct 31 2005, 10:05 PM
he is to slow and unfit for flanker he was nakerd after the bristol game and he didn&#39;t do much either. His day has gone!!!!!
He was brilliant as a flanker, and if you&#39;re saying he is slow and unfit you clearly are very shortsighted.

Cusker
31-10-05, 09:43 PM
Im going on what i saw at the game and what people told me and england have got good flankers anyway so he wont be able to play there we need to find a hocker that can find his man in the line out 90%-100% of the time not 50%-60% of the time that could be the difference between winning and losing!!!! http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ph34r.gif

SaintsFan_Webby
31-10-05, 09:57 PM
Originally posted by Cusker@Oct 31 2005, 10:43 PM
Im going on what i saw at the game and what people told me and england have got good flankers anyway so he wont be able to play there we need to find a hocker that can find his man in the line out 90%-100% of the time not 50%-60% of the time that could be the difference between winning and losing!!!! http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ph34r.gif
Have you actually watched him at flanker? And the week before he hit his jumper every time. On his day he is England&#39;s best hooker.

Cusker
31-10-05, 10:02 PM
No but one of my m8s who is a saints fan said he was no good as a flanker.But it wasn&#39;t against world class opostion when he hit his man all the time was it!!!!I have to admit bristols line out has been bad without regan but not that bad!!!Ye on his day he is Englands best but he aint been on his day since the world cup has he?

Bullitt
31-10-05, 10:39 PM
Originally posted by Cusker@Oct 31 2005, 10:02 PM
No but one of my m8s who is a saints fan said he was no good as a flanker.
Your mate is an idiot.

Cusker
31-10-05, 10:45 PM
No he aint!!!If he played flanker he could only play blindside!!!Why do you think thompson has become rubish???

Bullitt
31-10-05, 10:52 PM
****e form. All players have it.

harrison2468
01-11-05, 07:29 PM
To blame Thompson for the line-outs completely is a bit unfair as it is a whole unit thing, but the hooker is the most vital part.

Thompson was great in 2003, but he needs to be dropped like Cohen to find his feet again. He is a guy who has been playing too much rugby IMO and is suffering for it. He also has to commit to a position, he can&#39;t constantly swap from 2 and 6 if he wants to play international rugby.

Cusker, I hope to go to the Leeds game. Hopefully they continue their form till we play them. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

SaintsFan_Webby
01-11-05, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by harrison2468@Nov 1 2005, 08:29 PM
To blame Thompson for the line-outs completely is a bit unfair as it is a whole unit thing, but the hooker is the most vital part.

Thompson was great in 2003, but he needs to be dropped like Cohen to find his feet again. He is a guy who has been playing too much rugby IMO and is suffering for it. He also has to commit to a position, he can&#39;t constantly swap from 2 and 6 if he wants to play international rugby.
I hope he does get dropped by England. I&#39;d much rather have him giving his all for his club week in week out, than having to take all the flak when England fail to perform.

I&#39;d gladly see him and Cohen in the black, green and gold. Until the RFU sort themselves out then screw England, I&#39;m behind club rugby 100%.

Cusker
02-11-05, 06:30 PM
Ye, but how long will it take to sort out???? http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif

SaintsFan_Webby
02-11-05, 06:32 PM
Originally posted by Cusker@Nov 2 2005, 07:30 PM
Ye, but how long will it take to sort out???? http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif
I don&#39;t care how long it, I just know that until the RFU pull their heads out of their arses then I am behind the clubs and the PRA to continue opposing them.

Cusker
02-11-05, 07:13 PM
Ye i agree but it could afect the standard of the international side we can put out and how well we will do so i wont it sorted out quick. http://www.therugbyforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ph34r.gif

Bullitt
02-11-05, 08:22 PM
******** to the international side being affected; The RFU don&#39;t understand that without the clubs there wouldn&#39;t be an international team at all.