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O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7


Graham Rowntree: "I played quite a good level" - unbelievable modesty. Bloody love his ears too. He should rent them out a executive stress toys.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

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

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

Would you?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

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.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

What a contrast between the two tackles though. First one - textbook body positioning, timing and execution. Second one is awful, just threw himself in Vunipola's way! Throwing yourself in front of an 18+ stone monster moving at pace is seriously ill-advised. I mean he got the job done, but I really don't want to see him tackling people like that - not during international test match season anyway!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

@Phil - I mean it cannot simply be coincidence, can it? That only a couple of weeks ago on these esteemed pages, Attwood was called out for being lazy and walking too slowly from ruck to ruck. And then in every performance since then, he has worked his socks off. Pat on the back to you sir. :)

Also I agree 100% with your assessment of what it means to england, ie don't change a thing. What an awesome impact player to have. Knowledge that he's available on the bench means Lawes can go out at maximum intensity and smash people non-stop, no need to worry about conserving energy, just go full throttle and when the oppo think they can't take any more throw Attwood on to smash them all over again.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Scott Higginbotham sets up try with crosskick then scores with goose step

Someone needs to let him know that Movember finished over three months ago. Jesus that is a hideous tache.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Hard to see who was at fault with that Parra incident

I'd suggest the feisty little smallman-syndrome sufferer throwing uppercuts at a bloke who's being restrained by three others was at least moderately out of order.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Very odd - didn't earlier... Apologies for the false alarm!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Corrected your middle paragraph for you:

Nice work by Ranger controlling Parra all the way to the ground, I think you have a duty to take people to the ground, because this IS a smashing example of how to make a big, lifting tackle but not drive the dude into the ground.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

 
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