Perpignan v Northampton

Discussion in 'European Champions & Challenge Cup' started by An Tarbh, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

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    Probably the match of the weekend on our hands down in Perpignan, you'd expect a backlash from the French champions following their shock defeat to Treviso. Saints on the other hand will be out to prove that last weekend's win was just a stepping stone on the way to topping this pool and they'll be odds on to do so if they can come away with 4 points on Friday.

    Perpignan have a hugely impressive home record with their last defeat in this competition coming more than 5 years ago when Wasps turned them over on route to winning their first Heineken Cup. They're unbeaten at home domestically since April 2007 when Biarritz managed to beat them on the way to the final against Paris. If Saints get the win then their odds will be shortened considerably. Given the strength of the home record I'd be hugely surprised if we see a raft of changes from the Catalans.

    Probably the most disappointing thing is the fact that Sky are only showing this via their interactive service, no offence to Sale and the Cardiff Blues but if it's a wet evening in Stockport, short odds in fairness, then we're likely to be treated to a dour match whereas down in Perpignan we're in for a cracking occasion.

    Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
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    Disgrace they pick Cardiff (a team who struggling to find form) and Sale (a team who know they'll never win H'Cup) over Perpignan (wounded French champions and different animal at home) vs Northampton (Team probably on biggest high and in best form they've been in for years) A disgrace.

    Listen to all this sky hype probably B'Sh*t over Cueto and Co been England stars (constantly loosing) over Northampton (A team with genuine International contenders) been really tested :wacko: :wall:
  4. Charles

    Charles Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Oct 13 2009, 01:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>


    Close game
  5. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    As An Tarbh pointed out in another thread though, the decisions of what game to show were made quite a while ago. At that time everyone might have expected the Blues v Sale match to be the most exciting game, afterall the Blues were semi-finalists last year. For selfish reasons I'm glad that this game is on the regular channel (not interactive). I missed two of the Welsh regions games last week (Dragon's and Scarlets), so it's good for me that this is showing.

    Edit: Charles, Nigel Owens is probably one of the better referees on the circuit. At least he tries to allow a game to flow, and he has the balls to make a decision without going to the TMO every time a try is scored! (One of my pet hates)
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (dullonien @ Oct 13 2009, 02:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    I defy you to say one occasion he's ever done that!
  7. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Teh Mite @ Oct 13 2009, 02:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    I defy you to say one occasion he's ever done that!
    Well I can't think of one off the top of my head. But he's certainly alot better than many refs for allowing the game to flow. That's usually because he's not affraid to give yellow cards to persistent infringers in the rucks, and often sorts out the front row, scum time better than most.
  8. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    I like him actually. Not "like" as i dont know him in that way. I mean I respect him as a referee of professional rugby matches.
  9. Olyy

    Olyy Guest

    I've always thought Nigel Owens was a good ref as well.

    Looking forward to this match, should be a good un, Perpignan are going to be trying extra hard, especially as they're at home, and the Saints, if they continue their good form, are going to be going at it hammer and tongs. Going to be some great rugby, no idea who'll win
  10. Charles

    Charles Guest

    I predict some fisticuffs as well...

    Perez, Tincu, Olibeau, Tchale-Watchou, Hartley, Lawes etc... :blink:
  11. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Logorrhea @ Oct 13 2009, 03:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
  12. shazbooger

    shazbooger Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (dullonien @ Oct 13 2009, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    Just wanted that to be quite clear :)
  13. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    I wish everyone did that. I mean, clarify the intended meaning when they say, 'he looked good', when discussing a player post-match.
  14. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Speedy, just for you, when I say a player "looked good" in the context of a rugby match, I mean he looked like a good rugby player ;)

    Owens is by no means a great referee, but he is better than most.

    Northampton could find it hard to get themselves up (too easy) for this game after last weekend, and against the French Champions playing at home with a point to prove, I think Perpignan should win, Saints won't get a BP.
  15. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Saints will take something from this one. 1, 2 or 3 points more then likely, but (obviously) I'd take a win in any form.
  16. Possibly Game of weekend and it only on interactive :wah:
  17. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Heineken Cup Round 2
    Stade Aime Giral
    Friday, October 16th, 2009
    Kick off 9pm CET (8pm BST)
    15 Ben Foden
    14 Chris Ashton
    13 Jon Clarke
    12 James Downey
    11 Bruce Reihana
    10 Shane Geraghty
    9 Lee Dickson
    1 Soane Tonga’uiha
    2 Dylan Hartley (capt)
    3 Santiago Bonorino
    4 Courtney Lawes
    5 Juandre Kruger
    6 Phil Dowson
    7 Neil Best
    8 Roger Wilson

    16 Brett Sharman
    17 Regardt Dreyer
    18 Brian Mujati
    19 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
    20 Mark Easter
    21 Alan Dickens
    22 Stephen Myler
    23 Chris Mayor
  18. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    ERCs head-to-head
    <div align='center'>

    Jérôme Porical 15 Ben Foden
    Farid Sid 14 Chris Ashton
    David Marty 13 Jon Clarke
    Maxime Mermoz 12 James Downey
    Julien Candelon 11 Bruce Reihana
    Nicolas Laharrague 10 Shane Geraghty
    Nicolas Durand 9 Lee Dickson
    Perry Freshwater 1 Soane Tongauiha
    Guilhem Guirado 2 Dylan Hartley
    Nicolas Mas 3 Santiago Bonorino
    Rimas Alvarez Kairelis 4 Courtney Lawes
    Robins Tchale Watchou 5 Juandre Kruger
    Gerrie Britz 6 Phil Dowson
    Jean-Pierre Perez 7 Neil Best
    Henry Tuilagi 8 Roger Wilson


    Marius Tincu 16 Brett Sharman
    Jérôme Schuster 17 Regardt Dreyer
    Kisi Pulu 18 Brian Mujati
    Guillaume Vilaceca 19 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
    Ovidiu Tonita 20 Mark Easter
    Steve Meyer 21 Alan Dickens
    Florian Cazenave 22 Steve Myler
    Christophe Manas 23 Chris Mayor</div>
  19. Jockstap

    Jockstap Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Charles @ Oct 14 2009, 04:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    You forgot the worst of the bunch, Neil "I'm always being told to calm down" Best.
  20. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    Scrum for Perpignan on the Northampton 5m line... and Nigel Owens gives an attacking penalty with Perpignan driving over makes no sense to me that. Anyway they're going for it again.
  21. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    Ouch held up over the line. If Northampton can get away with this it'll be huge.

    ANOTHER penalty at the scrum by Northampton, can't believe there hasn't been a penalty try or a yellow card yet.... there is it. Penalty try, Perpignan scrum mincing Northampton. 10-0
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