Ospreys v Paris - Pool 3

Discussion in 'European Champions & Challenge Cup' started by An Tarbh, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Two wins for the Ospreys and they'll become only the second region in Wales to qualify for the knockout stages of the HEC.

    A loss against Paris and the situation becomes a lot more tricky, with a dog fight with Sale for a possible runners-up spot.

    The Ospreys have been savaged by injuries but have quite a strong squad, however you'd have expected that squad to put in a better performance against Leinster on Saturday so as an Ospreys fan that would certainy have me a tad concerned.

    Paris lost a close game here last season so whether that serves as a motivation for them to get the win who knows, what's certainly true is that they'll need to kick their goals in this one as it should be a very tight game.
     
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  3. welshfan

    welshfan Guest

    The Ospreys were playing 5th/6th string players in some positions against Leinster , Then you had a couple of 3rd string players , The only 1st team player ( and it is arguable ) was Brent Cockbain.

    The Ospreys team for the game against Stade is:

    15 Lee Byrne
    14 Shane Williams/ Stefan Terblanche
    13 Andrew Bishop
    12 Gavin Henson
    11 Nikki Walker/ Richard Mustoe
    10 James Hook
    9 Justin Marshall

    8 Ryan Jones
    7 Steve Tandy
    6 Filo Tiatia
    5 Alun Wyn Jones
    4 Brent Cockbain
    3 Adam Jones
    2 Barry Williams
    1 Duncan Jones (Capt)

    Replacements:

    16 Ed Shervington
    17 Paul James
    18 Mike Powell
    19 Andy Lloyd
    20 Jason Spice
    21 Shaun Connor
    22 Stefan Terblanche/ Tal Selley

    There are late fitness tests for Nikki Walker and Shane Williams ( I hope they both pass )

    Players out of contention are Jonathon Thomas , Ian Evans , Sonny Parker and Huw Bennet there are alot more injuries but the Four I just mentioned are major players.

    Never the less I will be down the Liberty supporting my team on Sunday , C'mon the Ospreys!!!!
     
  4. DonBilly

    DonBilly Guest

    The Ospreys can win this match. I find their forwards, especially the N°8 stronger than usual for a Welsh side and their halves and backs are very impressive. If they manage to keep the ball more than their opponents the victory will be for them.

    I expect Paris to play a forward oriented game a bit à la Munster but not sure this works. Paris don't have this Iron pack they had two years ago when for them home or away was the same.
     
  5. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    for f*** sake, we were f***ing robbed by the stuped pink ******** cheating f***ing oap dominici
     
  6. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Tame first half not helped by White's constant whistle blowing and howling errors throughout but much better affair in the second half.

    Ospreys by no means out of it, don't know what Sky are talking about to be honest. A win next week puts them on 20 points. Leicester will probably lose and not get a bp next week so that's them stuck on 19 and I don't fancy Wasps to take anything from their trip to France considering their away form this season so no need to panic yet for the Ospreys, bonus point win should seal it, that said I wouldn't back against Sale either, they do need the bp but 20 points could well be enough for them
     
  7. shtove

    shtove Guest

    What is it with the French - they muscle the Welsh around for an hour, build up a decent lead, then watch the Welsh rip them to shreds?

    Paul Wallace had it right - Marshall's sniping game changed the attack, and Stade couldn't adjust their defence. If I were in the Stade pack, I'd drag Pichot and Boxis into a ruck and give them a good hammering. Pichot is just annoying, but Boxis is a plank - he made several howling mistakes. Stupid git.

    The Sale match is going to be real interesting - I think it's on before Leicester's last gasp.
     
  8. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    makes it a little more interesting given that both teams won't exactly know the permutations, should make for quite an attacking, open game.
     
  9. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    I thought Henson had the drop kick, pity it sailed just wide!
     
  10. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    draw was a fair result imo plus we wouldn't have heard the end of it had the drop goal gone over :p
     
  11. shtove

    shtove Guest


    Munster v Leicester: ROG isn't the same as Henson - he WILL get the winning dropgoal. :cheers:
     
  12. Black-Monday

    Black-Monday Guest

    I can't wait till the Ospreys come to EP, It'll hopefully encourage some exciting play seeing as both teams need a BP>

    Any Ospreys fans making the trip, never been to HEC game, so I don't know?

    BM
     
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