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7 minutes ago, GordonS said:

Second half of Portugal v Georgia about to start on https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7zp1i0

 

Portugal surprisingly 13-10 up, interesting clash of styles and a good watch so far. Portugal are terrified of scrums but pretty nippy in the lose. A Georgian lad got yellow carded for taking out his opponent in a kick-chase for the line, and Portugal got their try a few phases later.

These double as qualifiers for the World Cup, top 2 go through automatically and third place goes into a mad world-wide repechage thingy.

Portugal's 7s teams have been pretty competitive for a while, so it's no real surprise that their backs will look sharp. They definitely need a couple of monsters though!

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1 hour ago, Mark Connolly said:

It's especially frustrating given that we have been far better than this in games that we've lost. Last week would be a good example.

A BP win, when it looked like they might have shat it, and with multiple injuries during the game, as well as two yellow cards, I suppose you have to take it.

I think with half the team being very inexperienced that was a great result. Also I haven't watched much of the Warriors this season but everytime I have Wilson and Harley have been superb. 

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13 minutes ago, Mark Connolly said:

Portugal's 7s teams have been pretty competitive for a while, so it's no real surprise that their backs will look sharp. They definitely need a couple of monsters though!

Couple of decent second rows but their front row is distinctly light, especially compared with Georgia.

7 minutes ago, Detournement said:

I think with half the team being very inexperienced that was a great result. Also I haven't watched much of the Warriors this season but everytime I have Wilson and Harley have been superb. 

Harley's one of those classic one-club players that's not quite good enough for international level but never lets his club down. Like John Muldoon at Connacht. Wilson could have made that Scotland 8 shirt his own but he's just not big enough for that position at the top level now, where number 8s are rapidly-moving wardrobes. 

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6 minutes ago, GordonS said:

Wilson could have made that Scotland 8 shirt his own but he's just not big enough for that position at the top level now, where number 8s are rapidly-moving wardrobes. 

If we had Wilson rather than Graham on the bench versus Wales we would have won.

That's very much a Captain Hindsight opinion though. 

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8 minutes ago, Detournement said:

If we had Wilson rather than Graham on the bench versus Wales we would have won.

That's very much a Captain Hindsight opinion though. 

I've never been a big fan of Wilson but didn't realise he was only 31 and could still make the WC. Given the drop off in quality and caps in the back row after our first choice 3 I'd have him as the 4th or 5th guy in the squad. Can play all 3 positions as well (maybe pushing it at 7)

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17 minutes ago, Detournement said:

If we had Wilson rather than Graham on the bench versus Wales we would have won.

That's very much a Captain Hindsight opinion though. 

Wilson's been known to give away the odd penalty too but yeah, Graham had a nightmare.

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3 minutes ago, GordonS said:

Wilson's been known to give away the odd penalty too but yeah, Graham had a nightmare.

I've never seen Wilson do anything as daft as Graham (and Fagerson) against Wales. Wilson gives away pens competing, Graham's were gifts. 

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Stuart Hogg looks to have hurt his knee today for Exeter. Hopefully not too serious......he stayed on for about 5 minutes after it happened so presumably not too bad. 
Johnny Gray among the try scorers as the Chiefs eventually won comfortably.
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1 hour ago, Mark Connolly said:

Portugal's 7s teams have been pretty competitive for a while, so it's no real surprise that their backs will look sharp. They definitely need a couple of monsters though!

There under 20's have been really strong for a few seasons as well, a lot of them now bedding down in the senior squad

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15 hours ago, Detournement said:

If we had Wilson rather than Graham on the bench versus Wales we would have won.

That's very much a Captain Hindsight opinion though. 

I agree. I've never understood why Wilson is so hated by Scottish rugby fans. I'd have him back for Scotland this weekend.

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Sean Maitland and Tim Swinson both scored tries as Saracens list their Championship season opener in Penzance against the Cornish Pirates. Sarries were without their English international contingent but still had 7 others with 165 caps between them starting the match.

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13 minutes ago, peasy23 said:

Sean Maitland and Tim Swinson both scored tries as Saracens list their Championship season opener in Penzance against the Cornish Pirates. Sarries were without their English international contingent but still had 7 others with 165 caps between them starting the match.

It's a truncated league but the top 2 play a 2 legged play off to go up. Sarries will still cigar it overall. 

However the Cornish Pirates really keel hauled them. I was expecting Sarries to win all their games. 

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Glasgow were pretty average yesterday but found a way to get the BP win. Ospreys lost at "home" to the Dragons which is a huge favour. We've got a game in hand over the Ospreys and I don't see them winning in Dublin in a fortnight. If we beat Ospreys at home on Friday night, then win at the Dragons the weekend after then beat Benneton at home the week after that we'll get 3rd and sneak the Champions Cup. 

However if we need to settle for 4th doesn't that give us a shout at the Champions Cup too? 

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It's a truncated league but the top 2 play a 2 legged play off to go up. Sarries will still cigar it overall. 
However the Cornish Pirates really keel hauled them. I was expecting Sarries to win all their games. 
I thought they would go unbeaten too, that will be a wake up call for them that they will have a big target on their backs for every other team in the division.
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1 minute ago, peasy23 said:
5 minutes ago, come on shire said:
It's a truncated league but the top 2 play a 2 legged play off to go up. Sarries will still cigar it overall. 
However the Cornish Pirates really keel hauled them. I was expecting Sarries to win all their games. 

I thought they would go unbeaten too, that will be a wake up call for them that they will have a big target on their backs for every other team in the division.

Yeah, their next game next weekend is their 1st home game vs Jersey Reds. They'll cigar that imo. They won't make the same mistake twice. 

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