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RC
08-04-08, 09:37 PM
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So Leicester are looking strong in the Guinness premiership and after putting aside the Wasps in a very entertaining match they will be looking to take this title for the second year running.
The Ospreys however are going to be a different beast from last week. Will they come out the way they went home from the Saracens game (with their tails between their legs) or will they mentally be in the right place to take on the only chance they have for silverware this year.

In a match that offers a big cash prize, who will come out victors of the repeat final from last year&#39;s EDF Final?

dullonien
08-04-08, 09:58 PM
Man, if this game is anything like last years, it&#39;ll be a cracker. I&#39;m not sure which Ospreys will turn up, just hope they can use last week as an extra boost to show what they are capable of. If they do, I&#39;ll tip the Ospreys to just edge it, if not Leicester could run away with it.

Looking foreward, but still a bit p*ssed off about last week, so finding it hard to get excited.

Bullitt
08-04-08, 10:06 PM
Sod this mickey mouse game, there&#39;s a much more important final on Twickenhams hallowed turf to kick off at high noon.

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RC
08-04-08, 10:15 PM
Yeah, i know what you mean Dull.
I was starting this thread and i was feeling no enthusiasm about it at all.
I mean, it means nothing now, it&#39;s a little consolation, but it&#39;s always nice to beat Leicester. We&#39;ll get a nice wad of cash if we can win this, but let&#39;s hope the big boys at Ospreys don&#39;t see a win as "give lyn another chance"

However, i know our boys are professionals, we&#39;re very good players and we&#39;re a very good team - we&#39;re just not showing it on the bit time yet. But we can win this game, as long as the boys aren&#39;t too down heartened like most of the fans, then we should put up a good fight. I know i&#39;d love to be there to cheer them on in twickers and if i had the money and the day off i&#39;d be there.

Sir Speedy
08-04-08, 10:29 PM
I hope the Tigers win.






Instant confirmation of Lyn Jones&#39; sacking.

RC
08-04-08, 10:38 PM
:lol:

Every cloud, eh?

Cymro
09-04-08, 02:32 PM
With Henson doubtful can the Ospreys survive?

danny
09-04-08, 04:13 PM
With Henson doubtful can the Ospreys survive?
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Henson is a good centre but surely the Ospreys dont rely on him completely to win a match. If thats the case it doesnt say much for the rest. IMO Ospreys can win this game but to do that they must show a more professional attitude and not go into the game as if they are the greatest team of all time and just show up to win(like against Sarries).
I`d like to see Ospreys win to keep Lyn Jones in his job.

Vambo
09-04-08, 05:50 PM
It was a great game last year so hoping for another this time around as well.

Tigers again for me.

Sir Speedy
09-04-08, 05:55 PM
I`d like to see Ospreys win to keep Lyn Jones in his job.
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PLEASE NO! :wah:

Bullitt
09-04-08, 06:29 PM
So, who is actually going to be there?

SecondRow04
09-04-08, 10:21 PM
So, who is actually going to be there?[/b]


im going to be there!! :D

should be a good match allthough both teams have a few injuries

Leicester again by 10 !

RC
09-04-08, 11:58 PM
I`d like to see Ospreys win to keep Lyn Jones in his job. [/b]

That&#39;s the only reason i wouldn&#39;t want Ospreys to win!

Lol.

Cymro
10-04-08, 01:40 AM
Id like to see Lyn Jones work with Dai Young at the Blues to be honest!

danny
10-04-08, 06:42 AM
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I`d like to see Ospreys win to keep Lyn Jones in his job. [/b]

That&#39;s the only reason i wouldn&#39;t want Ospreys to win!

Lol.
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Jones has done a great job taking a side from scratch with no history or heritage to the brink of glory in a short period of time. He has built a very good team and has brought in some top imports. Patients is needed or you will lose a very good coach.

RC
10-04-08, 10:10 AM
I disagree. Money has brought the Ospreys onto the brink of glory - any mediocre coach could have guided the club this far.
We need a top coach to give the players structure, to organise the team and help us not to choke in the quarters. I mean, the quarters is something we should be expecting in the HEC in my opinion.
Now we&#39;re over half way down the magner, out of the HEC and praying we can pull ourselves together to get some silverware this saturday.

That&#39;s a failed season in my eyes and that&#39;s a failed coach as well.

danny
10-04-08, 01:03 PM
I disagree. Money has brought the Ospreys onto the brink of glory - any mediocre coach could have guided the club this far.
We need a top coach to give the players structure, to organise the team and help us not to choke in the quarters. I mean, the quarters is something we should be expecting in the HEC in my opinion.
Now we&#39;re over half way down the magner, out of the HEC and praying we can pull ourselves together to get some silverware this saturday.

That&#39;s a failed season in my eyes and that&#39;s a failed coach as well.
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As you are a suporter of the O`s I will have to bow to your superior knowledge on the subject but the players also have to take some responsibility for not performing on Sunday at Sarries and ruining the season. I know ultimately the coach takes the buck if things dont go to plan but the line between sucess and failure is a fine one and its the players who do the job on the pitch you should be looking at. Also ive had a bit of an issue with the Ospreys conditioning in the forwards which was again in my mind as I watched the Sarrries game.Is this an issue with O`s fans?

Ps Dont worry we`ll get those nasty Saracens back for you on sat at Kingsholm! ;)

stormmaster1
11-04-08, 03:09 AM
I disagree. Money has brought the Ospreys onto the brink of glory - any mediocre coach could have guided the club this far.
We need a top coach to give the players structure, to organise the team and help us not to choke in the quarters. I mean, the quarters is something we should be expecting in the HEC in my opinion.
Now we&#39;re over half way down the magner, out of the HEC and praying we can pull ourselves together to get some silverware this saturday.

That&#39;s a failed season in my eyes and that&#39;s a failed coach as well. [/b]



Fair enough point, but will the officials at the club see it that way and sack the coach???? It&#39;s one thing that this is the case, another thing that you or i can see Jones should go, but for it to actually happen is something completely different. (althoug it might just happen as the club has nothing to do with the RFU B) )

SaintsFan_Webby
11-04-08, 05:44 PM
Not that I want to rain on anyone&#39;s parade, but the rumours are that Northampton are taking more fans than both Leicester and the Ospreys despite apparently only playing in the warm-up match.

Mabye one day you boys will reach our level of support. ;)

Bullitt
11-04-08, 06:11 PM
20,000 is the last figure I heard.

RC
11-04-08, 08:07 PM
Mabye one day you boys will reach our level of support. ;) [/b]

Not if we keep choking like the all blacks we won&#39;t.

Sir Speedy
11-04-08, 08:08 PM
I know ultimately the coach takes the buck if things dont go to plan but the line between sucess and failure is a fine one and its the players who do the job on the pitch you should be looking at.
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Before the Six Nations, the Ospreys were the big under-acheivers, losing to Gloucester after such a promising start (no disrespect to Gloucester of course), some crap performances in the Magners League and to be honest, they only shone in the EDF against poor sides. Then comes the game against Gloucester in Swansea and amazingly, the Sprays stuff them. I guess the training sessions that WARREN GATLAND did with them in the week paid off.
Come the Six Nations, they virtually made up the Welsh squad and the country conceded two tries and won a Grand Slam.
After the Grand Slam, the Ospreys once against perform brilliantly in the EDF and against Ulster; the after-effects of the Grand Slam porbably still with them. They go to Saracens in the Heineken Cup,all smug and confident and produce a God-awful performance.
As RC said, it&#39;s MONEY that got the Ospreys the team they have so they should be playing a lot better given their squad.

crispy
12-04-08, 04:13 PM
Pretty damn impressive from the Ospreys.

dullonien
12-04-08, 05:23 PM
Ah they were ok. Did what they should have done last week and controlled the game. Thought the forewards were quite magnificent today, completely dominated their Leicester counterparts.

The backs were ok aswell, Hook showing his running skills and controlled the game well in the second half. Burne was back to his usual self, solid under the high ball and coming into the line well. Shane was quite quiet, and messed up Owen&#39;s try in the dying seconds, though the ball did look flat to me (with my biased glasses on).

Now I come to Marshall, he was utter rubbish today, he just goes against what the rest of the players are trying to do! Ospreys want to play a fast open attacking running game (and do it well when they have quick ball), but Marshall just sits there at the back of rucks slowing the ball down (as Austin said in the studio, Leicester weren&#39;t slowing Ospreys ball down, Marshall was doing that all by himself). I think we really missed Phillips last week and today, he get&#39;s the ball away quickly when needed, takes on the forewards when needed (sometimes too often) and kicks exceptionally well also.

Leicester looked useless (not often I&#39;ve thought that), they had nothing to counter the O&#39;s defence, and couldn&#39;t stay with them when the O&#39;s got quick ball. To make things worse, they lost a handfull of players to injury throughout the game which will make their Guiniss Premiership run-in even harder. Their midfield was completely void of creativity which forced them to try and batter their way to the try line through their forewards, which ended up going nowhere most the time, backwards on many occasions even! They have alot to improve upon.

If the Ospreys had really played well, their backs had the ball more, the score line would have been embarrassing. They showed what they are capable of today, and why many of us Welsh thought they had a very good chance in the HC. There&#39;s always next year, and I expect them to improve hugely by then.

Prestwick
12-04-08, 05:41 PM
Aaron Mauger showing again why he&#39;s reviled by Ripper. Absolutely woeful performance by the center.

Vambo
12-04-08, 05:46 PM
Congrats Ospreys fans :bravo:

Commiserations Tiger fans.

SaintsFan_Webby
12-04-08, 06:59 PM
Aaron Mauger showing again why he&#39;s reviled by Ripper. Absolutely woeful performance by the center. [/b]

Not being funny but I just got back from Twickenham and reading that comment has honestly been the first time I realised Mauger was playing today. Was it him that got bumped off for Bishop&#39;s try? I couldn&#39;t pick out who it was properly at the time.

Couldn&#39;t argue with any of todays winners. Neither Saints or Leicester were on the ball, but unfortunately for the Tiggers they were playing a team who actually had some cutting edge. First time I&#39;ve seen some guys like Hook and Williams live and they definately have an aura of anticipation surrounding them every time they get the ball.

Did enjoy being part of the Saints crowd still present singing our song during the &#39;big&#39; match. :victory: Not sure how much of it will have come over on the TV coverage but I think we did pretty well considering we weren&#39;t even playing...

RC
15-04-08, 02:10 PM
What annoys me more about the BBCs coverage of this is that they claim that hte Ospreys winning this title has effectively helped Lyn Jones keep his job.
"They didn&#39;t do too well last week, but Lyn Jones has made up for it wiht the ospreys this week against Leicester."
And even Lyn Jones sees his job as safe after listening to his interview.

I think we can safely say we have that absolute idiot with us for at least another season.
I would love him to prove me wrong and guide us to Heineken victory...but i just don&#39;t see it happening.