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Premiership Rugby 23/24 - Rd 8

rolling 4-weeks of form:
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Form over the last 4 weeks:
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I actually see my team (Gloucester) winning this weekend. 1701189413266.png Hope I'm not blinded by ambition.
 
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I cannot see us doing anything other than being obliterated by sarries. We've still got a few injuries as well.
 
I feel you, brother. If we escape with a point from Bath, I'll be very happy. Our injuries from Newcastle have yet to be announced.
 
Not sure how we'll go - our form has been very erratic. Managed to keep scraping wins but your luck runs out eventually, need a big shift in mentality and set piece form

I could see all home wins, and maybe even no LBPs
 
I feel you, brother. If we escape with a point from Bath, I'll be very happy. Our injuries from Newcastle have yet to be announced.
Bath rested a few last week so having Russell Redpath, Lawrence is a pretty scary. Espdcially when we get caught out out wide.
 
Bath rested a few last week so having Russell Redpath, Lawrence is a pretty scary. Espdcially when we get caught out out wide.
Or for Lawrence, caught out right in the middle too it seems... Ooh it feels nice to talk up a Bath player.
 
Or for Lawrence, caught out right in the middle too it seems... Ooh it feels nice to talk up a Bath player.
I agree, this season im just glad Chiefs arnt a joke, you look at that team how many are young or inexperienced with almost all the star dust gone. But it also is nice to talk up bath again after being quite bad for a few seasons now.
 
Interested to see if Tigers play Watson straight away
11. OHC
14. Watson
15. Steward

God can't wait to see that back 3 get no ball and chase kicks could be our England style!

Also Kata looks a good signing wonder if he will start or be used primary as a impact final 25 player
 
Sale Sharks Starting XV:
15. Joe Carpenter, 14. Tom Roebuck, 13. Rob du Preez, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Arron Reed, 10. George Ford, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Si McIntyre, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Ernst van Rhyn, 7. Ben Curry ©, 8. Dan du Preez.

Replacements:
16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. James Harper, 19. Josh Beaumont, 20. Sam Dugdale, 21. Raffi Quirke, 22. Sam James, 23. Tom O'Flaherty.

Happy with that, I half expected us to rotate a bit with Europe on the horizon - I'd rather we focus on the prem though


Strong Quins side too, should be a good'un:

1. Joe Marler (270)
2. Sam Riley (38)
3. Will Collier (227)
4. Joe Launchbury (8)
5. Dino Lamb (89)
6. Chandler Cunningham-South (4)
7. Will Evans (72)
8. Alex Dombrandt (122 - Captain)
9. Danny Care (361)
10. Marcus Smith (144)
11. Cadan Murley (102)
12. Andre Esterhuizen (73)
13. Will Joseph (6)
14. Nick David (39)
15. Tyrone Green (58)

Impact Players:
16. Nathan Jibulu (10)
17. Fin Baxter (33)
18. Dillon Lewis (4)
19. Irne Herbst (29)
20. James Chisholm (139)
21. Will Porter (8)
22. Jarrod Evans (7)
23. Oscar Beard (38)
 
Sale Sharks Starting XV:
15. Joe Carpenter, 14. Tom Roebuck, 13. Rob du Preez, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Arron Reed, 10. George Ford, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Si McIntyre, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Ernst van Rhyn, 7. Ben Curry ©, 8. Dan du Preez.

Replacements:
16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. James Harper, 19. Josh Beaumont, 20. Sam Dugdale, 21. Raffi Quirke, 22. Sam James, 23. Tom O'Flaherty.

Happy with that, I half expected us to rotate a bit with Europe on the horizon - I'd rather we focus on the prem though


Strong Quins side too, should be a good'un:

1. Joe Marler (270)
2. Sam Riley (38)
3. Will Collier (227)
4. Joe Launchbury (8)
5. Dino Lamb (89)
6. Chandler Cunningham-South (4)
7. Will Evans (72)
8. Alex Dombrandt (122 - Captain)
9. Danny Care (361)
10. Marcus Smith (144)
11. Cadan Murley (102)
12. Andre Esterhuizen (73)
13. Will Joseph (6)
14. Nick David (39)
15. Tyrone Green (58)

Impact Players:
16. Nathan Jibulu (10)
17. Fin Baxter (33)
18. Dillon Lewis (4)
19. Irne Herbst (29)
20. James Chisholm (139)
21. Will Porter (8)
22. Jarrod Evans (7)
23. Oscar Beard (38)
Expecting a Sale win if I am honest, they started the seasonvery well defensively but I think they are a bit bored of that, I don't usually buy into all the DNA waffle pundits love, it is however easy to see teams like Quins who love the free flowing we will outscore you reverting to type and getting bored of the resolute defence when compared to Sale and Sarries who build their success around defence and then expand attacks on that platform.
 
Ref: Tom Foley
TJs: John Meredith & Jonathan Healy
TMO: Dean Richards

Bath:
1 Beno Obano
2 Tom Dunn
3 Will Stuart
4 Elliott Stooke
5 Charlie Ewels
6 Miles Reid
7 Sam Underhill
8 Alfie Barbeary

09 Ben Spencer
10 Finn Russell
11 Will Muir
12 Cameron Redpath
13 Max Ojomoh
14 Joe Cokanasiga
15 Matt Gallagher

16 Niall Annett, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Archie Griffin, 19 GJ van Velze, 20 Jaco Coetzee
21 Tom Carr-Smith, 22 Sam Harris, 23 Will Butt

Exeter:
1 Nika Abuladze
2 Jack Yeandle
3 Josh Iosefa-Scott
4 Dafydd Jenkins (c)
5 Lewis Pearson
6 Ethan Roots
7 Jacques Vermeulen
8 Greg Fisilau

09 Stu Townsend
10 Harvey Skinner
11 Ben Hammersley
12 Joe Hawkins
13 Henry Slade
14 Olly Woodburn
15 Tommy Wyatt

16 Max Norey, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Ehren Painter, 19 Rusi Tuima, 20 Aidon Davis
21 Niall Armstrong, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Rory O'Loughlin
 
After my dig last week great to see an all English Bath starting pack. Quins are too really even if Lamb has chosen Italy.
 

SARACENS vs NORTHAMPTON SAINTS


Saturday 2 December, 2023
StoneX Stadium
Kick-off: 4.30pm

15 George Furbank (c)
14 Tom Seabrook
13 Tommy Freeman – 50th Premiership appearance
12 Fraser Dingwall
11 Ollie Sleightholme
10 Fin Smith
9 Tom James
1 Ethan Waller
2 Sam Matavesi
3 Trevor Davison
4 Chunya Munga
5 Alex Coles
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Tom Pearson
8 Sam Graham
Replacements:
16 Curtis Langdon
17 Alex Waller
18 Elliot Millar Mills
19 Temo Mayanavanua – Northampton Saints debut
20 Angus Scott-Young
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Tom Litchfield
23 George Hendy

SARACENS TEAM TO FACE SAINTS:
15 Alex Goode, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Tom Parton, 10 Manu Vunipola, 9 Ivan van Zyl; 1 Tom West, 2 Theo Dan, 3 Alec Clarey, 4 Maro Itoje (c), 5 Theo McFarland, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Andy Christie, 8 Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Christian Judge, 19 Hugh Tizard, 20 Toby Knight, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Olly Hartley, 23 Alex Lewington.
 
Not how I was expecting this to, not a lot in it think Sale will have a much stronger second half.
 
Murley and Evans making big claims in front of Borthwick and Wigglesworth.

Also think SB will be trying to stip Marler retiring.
 
Its not the best main thing is quins are matching Sales physicality and just have thay little bit more magic
 
Bit daft by Hill...should have been a yellow really.
 
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