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FatProp: "Defence Defence Defence we were awesome "
Agree. When you see players like George North and Jamie Roberts aimlessly hoofing the ball away because they don't fancy trying to go through or around the defending player, you know the defence is at a seriously high standard.
18 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Arguably trolling a bit here, but I wonder if there's a case for a citing against Halfpenny here, for risking serious neck/shoulder injury through inappropriate tackling technique. I mean this is precisely the reason why players are picking up bans for tip tackles, is it not?
18 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
I'll just say that if I had to tackle Burrell's size moving at that speed, I'd be more comfortable using my shoulder than my head to stop him.
For any aspiring relatively small fullbacks reading, here's a demonstration / reminder of how to tackle a big rampaging centre (Lewsey on De Villiers, 2006):
I suggest this is pretty conclusive evidence that you can indeed get enough force into the tackle without injuring yourself by getting your head on the wrong side.
18 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Not so much Burrell v Roberts as Burrell v Davies. And Burrell totally dominated his opposite number. In fairness, I don't think Davies should have played, he didn't look match-fit either physically or mentally. In any case, Burrell had him in his pocket all afternoon.
I thought Twelvetrees did very well to keep Roberts quiet too. The only decent attack I remember Roberts being involved in was the one where he kicked the bloody thing into the deadball area - I take that as an indication that he didn't fancy his chances of busting through or going round the England centres and you don't get much more of a symbol of success than that.
I really think 36 and Burrell are developing a fantastic partnership together, almost as effective as that of Launchbury & Lawes... They have a good understanding in defence and, more excitingly, in attack - prime example that break by Twelvetrees that nearly led to Burrell scoring in the corner. To be honest I wouldn't make either of these give way for a fit Tuilagi at the moment. I'm not entirely sure where he's going to come in now - maybe he'll be a utility impact sub, I wouldn't mind seeing him come on on the wing after an hour and offer another strike runner option to mess with the heads - and lungs- of the oppo.
1 Day, 17 Hours ago
That is awesome!
1 Day, 18 Hours ago
Bloody good prediction if the game only lasted 40minutes!
Exciting game so far. Don't think Wales deserve to be as close in scoreboard but I England are going to keep on donating them 3-pointers they only had themselves to blame.
Hope the next half is as good...
2 Days, 11 Hours ago
Graham Rowntree: "I played quite a good level" - unbelievable modesty. Bloody love his ears too. He should rent them out a executive stress toys.
4 Days, 13 Hours ago
What's your prediction for England vs Wales?
The teams are incredibly evenly matched, very little between them with the only clear mismatch being in Wales's favour with the size of their wings. I suppose the experience of their props also.
So pragmatically, I think we can expect a relatively low scoring game, with only a few points difference and logic suggests Wales will edge it.
However, England are in the ascendancy and really starting to develop a positive sense of self-belief, (not arrogance). And they're at home. Might sound like nonsense but these psychological advantages can be a crucial factor. I'm also expecting (or is that hoping?) to see an open, attack-oriented game with a lot of ball in hand.
England 21 - 16 Wales
4 Days, 13 Hours ago
5 Days, 19 Hours ago
From what I've read, it sounded like Tuilagi was some way off Test match fitness last weekend, so I definitely wouldn't start him, particularly with Twelvetrees and Burrell doing pretty well so far. Might be worth having him on the bench though, at least to keep the Welsh guessing. If he comes on, I would have him at 13 with Burrell moving in one and 36 taking a breather - or, if one of Nowell or May is struggling bung him on the wing, that would shake things up a bit.
Having said that, I don't think this is the game to try out options, but against Italy, (at the risk of being condescending and it may depend how much is at stake), I would like to see Yarde and also Watson have a trot round the paddock if that's feasible. I'm mostly happy with what I've seen from May and Nowell, and I reckon they should play against Wales.
5 Days, 19 Hours ago