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Harlequins pip London Wasps after incredible comeback at Twickenham

Whopper comeback with some cracking tries in the process (both sides).

For those who want to, you can get longer highlights here:
http://www.premiershiprugby.tv/LatestVideos

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Shane Williams bows out on a high with decisive tries in PRO12 final

As a Leinster fan, if I had to lose to one player, it'd be Williams. I was gutted leaving the stadium yesterday, but looking back, I'm glad it was him to get the tries. A true legend of the sport, in a time where the word "legend" gets thrown about too often. He also has a great knack for scoring in his last game for a team - mores the pity!

I thought we'd done enough to win it with 10 minutes to go, but our defence simply wasn't good enough. We can blame Poite all we want, and he had a terrible game - especially the sin-binning of White, but it was Leinster that lost the game, not the ref. You can't give a player like Williams space, nor can you play for 20 minutes with 14 player against a team of the Ospreys quality. Leinster are the better side, but this one was deservedly an Ospreys win. Well done to them, and I'm sure all at Leinster looking forward to having ye over again next season! :-)

2 Years, 4 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

Um, I didn't say he was the best in the world. Just that he's nailed on for the Lions Tour if he keeps up current form. I'm not familiar enough with Southern Hemisphere rugby to make that kind of claim (and I wouldn't even if I was, I suspect).

As for the Lions squad, I'd agree with a lot of what you have there. Can't see past that front row, even if Best/Bennett at hooker isn't as strong as I'd like.

Only changes might be:

6. Ferris/Lydiate. Toss up here. If Ferris keeps form and keeps injury free, I'd have him in there. This might be my Irish bias coming through though. He's an absolute freak though.
8. Heaslip, if he can get back to form in the next while, can edge either Morgan or Faletau. But only if he can get back to form - it pains me to say he's been off the boil for a while. He's slowly getting back there though. For now though, yeah - Morgan or Faletau.

10. It's a toss up here. Priestland just seems a bit fragile to me. He's like O'Gara used to be - if he misses a kick or two, he'll have a shocker of a game. Sexton or Farrell are far better place kickers, it seems, and of those two, Sexton offers more in defense and ball in hand (only just though). I'd have Farrell and Sexton over Priestland. He's one for the future though, without a doubt.

As for the rest, yeah. My only concern is the two boshers (not quite, but close) at centre. Tuilagi and Roberts are similar enough players, though I've heard Tuilagi is getting better there. Ideally, I'd like someone with a bit of a pass and vision sitting in 13 ... but who is there? BOD will be getting even more on at that stage, possibly not a viable option. No other Irish centre... Earls? Nah, can't see it, similarly with Davies, but he's solid enough. With a good enough distributor at 10 though, you might get away with Tuilagi and Roberts.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

He's not an openside, despite being played there. He's a 6.

Likewise, he's not an 8, though could do a better job there than at 7. Plus, you've Heaslip who is showing signs of being back to his best form in the last few months. If he plays, it should be at 6.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

You're probably right about Gray, he had an animal tournament. Even if just for the try against us (Ireland). :-)

As for Rob Kearney ... yeah, it's 50/50 between him and Halfpenny. I'd personally pick Kearney since I think he offers more solidity at the back and his counterattacking has come on leaps and bounds this year. If we have a 10 that is having a good kicking-at-goal game, then Kearney. But Halfpenny offers that extra goal kicker if needed and with Gatland as coach, I can see him getting the nod since he'll be playing with a lot of the Welsh backline. I suppose Gatlands bias for first team will be with Halfpenny and mine would be with Kearney. Nailed on for the plane, yes, nailed on for a starting spot? 50/50.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

George North beats Alex Cuthbert to set up great Scarlets try

Simply because I think he was the best scrum half in the tournament. That's not saying he's incredible, but none of the others really did enough to get near him. Murray hasn't the experience, but may mature more, Blair was decent and may have done more behind a more forward facing pack, but for me Phillips is the best of a good but not fantastic field.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

 
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