throwing away the game for a point...hate to see it but sure its better than they thought they'd get i suppose...
Ohhh not a popular decision. Happy with the LBP
Gloucester played like champions for 79 minutes, and played like defeatists for one minute.
It was smart play from Gloucester to kick it out. Toulouse scored two, had one disallowed, and had a winger drop the ball 5m out from a certain try. They were just outside their own 22 so would have had to play it up nearly the whole pitch. A simple intercept, dropped ball, or stolen ball in a ruck and they could be going home with nothing.
Gloucester have no chance of getting out of the pool. Toulouse were all over the place in defence, they should have backed themselves.
A losing bonus point away to Toulouse would indicate they do have a chance.
Coming home from Toulouse with nothing would indicate they don't have a chance.
Just outside your 22 with a lot of your players in a ruck is not a good position to be in to be backing yourself to score a try. If they forced it from there there would be more chance of Toulouse scoring a try.
If Glos win their home games, get losing bonus points at Toulouse and Quins and win in Galway, they have every chance of progressing. In a group like theirs, a losing BP in Toulouse could be crucial. Leinster and Munster have relied heavily on securing losing bonus points in the past to get them through groups.
No where else really to put this, but just noticed two things, that Tim visser is now edinburghs all time top try scorer, and that his brother sep also joined edinburgh a few months ago
Interesting selection. No Leinster players. Fair enough. Though I think Sexto's performance was unfortunately over shadowed by his team's lack of one.
Is there anywhere to watch all of the 'red button' games, even highlights?
Also interesting is the British view on Downey's exclusion of the Irish camp. Think he proved he wasn't as 'one-dimensional' as people think in the Munster match.
Ouedraogo's omission makes a mockery of that selection. Probably the single best player at the weekend. Edinburgh's No. 8 was absolutely immense also. He single handedly took on London Irish. Those two boys were absolutely everywhere in their games and are the reasons their teams took anything from the games.
Sexton definitely should have been in that team, he was the only back in Leinster who played to the standard that is expected from Heineken cup winners and single-handedly kept us in the game. I also agree that Ouedraogo deserved a spot in there, and though I couldn't pick a hooker for the weekend, I was certainly paying full attention to the Leinster match, and I thought Strauss outperformed Creevy with a dominant performance at the breakdown and elsewhere. I'd also give Richie Gray the nod ahead of Lawes, and that Gloucester deserved a player in that team, perhaps Sharpells.
I would have put Sexton, Ouedraogo and Sexton in the team.
PA tends to pick the popular players for popular reasons. i.e; would ROG get picked if he didn't kick the winning DG? Doubtful. But since he did it's easy to pick him. You could say the same for the rest of the selections. I think they got the backs right tho from 11 to 15.
So good you named him twice?