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France v Wales (pre/during/post thread)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭ Webbs


    corny wrote: »
    They're game is built on getting over the advantage line with their ball carriers and creating a high tempo game. When England stopped Powell and Roberts dead on the gainline they'd no plan B. Drifting through phases going sideways. They scored one try from turnover ball in midfield against a poor England side (and i don't subscribe to this resurgent England nonsense). Their simple game plan can be contained which leaves them not totally blunt but makes them eminently beatable. Against Scotland they made a load of unforced errors too.

    Perhaps i'm being hyper critical. They have some dangerous gamebreakers after all. I read an article this morning describing them as a tier one Rugby nation (alongside NZ and SA) and easily the best side in the 6N! In that context i think they will be found out.

    Gatland and several of the players in interviews after the game, said that they knew Powell and Roberts were to be targeted and that they still felt that they would be able to play this lower risk rugby and not use them as decoys - in other words they felt they could outmuscle England without needing to stretch themselves in attack too much.

    Against Scotland the majority of errors came after the game was won and the subs bench emptied.
    They are the best team in the 6N at the moment but that doesnt meant they cant be beaten


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,949 ✭✭✭ twinytwo


    Webbs wrote: »
    Gatland and several of the players in interviews after the game, said that they knew Powell and Roberts were to be targeted and that they still felt that they would be able to play this lower risk rugby and not use them as decoys - in other words they felt they could outmuscle England without needing to stretch themselves in attack too much.

    Against Scotland the majority of errors came after the game was won and the subs bench emptied.
    They are the best team in the 6N at the moment but that doesnt meant they cant be beaten

    Based on what?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭ Webbs


    twinytwo wrote: »
    Based on what?

    8 6N wins on the bounce - only NH team to beat decent SH opposition in autumn - highest IRB ranked NH team etc


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,682 ✭✭✭ corny


    Webbs wrote: »
    Gatland and several of the players in interviews after the game, said that they knew Powell and Roberts were to be targeted and that they still felt that they would be able to play this lower risk rugby and not use them as decoys - in other words they felt they could outmuscle England without needing to stretch themselves in attack too much.

    Against Scotland the majority of errors came after the game was won and the subs bench emptied.
    They are the best team in the 6N at the moment but that doesnt meant they cant be beaten

    Well they were wrong about the outmuscling bit. Powell got nowhere. Roberts not much better. Great gameplan too, they were the bounce of a ball away from being beaten. Thats not low risk rugby. It's either a limitation or terrible coaching. I know where i stand.

    Against Scotland the majority of their errors came in the first half.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,645 ✭✭✭ Webbs


    corny wrote: »
    Well they were wrong about the outmuscling bit. Powell got nowhere. Roberts not much better. Great gameplan too, they were the bounce of a ball away from being beaten. Thats not low risk rugby. It's either a limitation or terrible coaching. I know where i stand.

    Against Scotland the majority of their errors came in the first half.

    Both Powell and Roberts took several players out of the game on their carries and were able to lay the ball off even if they went backwards (england only had 4 turnovers all game), this was a gameplan that worked upto a point in that there was a lack of precision/final ball to truly break the English lines.

    If you put a flanker at the 12 channel on your defending scrums like England did then you are unlikely to be in a creative mood, Wales expected it and played it as they saw it and were as comfortable as they have been for many a long year against England.

    And I do think the Welsh tight 5 outmuscled the English, which is why I expect Ireland to have a comfortable win as they will be able to easily match
    the English tight forwards at the breakdown


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,549 Noffles


    This is the pivotal weekend of the event, Wales to beat France tonight and Ireland to lose against England tomorrow!

    Say all you want fella's Wales are far and away the better team... win ugly or win sexy we can do it...


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,963 ✭✭✭ Goose81


    The Welsh players are completely straight.



  • Registered Users Posts: 975 louthandproud


    Noffles wrote: »
    This is the pivotal weekend of the event, Wales to beat France tonight and Ireland to lose against England tomorrow!

    Say all you want fella's Wales are far and away the better team... win ugly or win sexy we can do it...

    Book marking this quote!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,776 Noopti


    Goose81 wrote: »
    The Welsh players are completely straight.


    Sweet lord....I have nothing against Wales (well not much) but c'mon they have the biggest team of nancy boys in world rugby. I just hope they don't all lose form or they will be nancy boys who are also ****e! :P

    I'd say Hook was delighted to get a free tan though, saved him having to fork out that week.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,549 Noffles


    Book marking this quote!

    Please do... and if it comes back to haunt me it's not the end of the world is it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,772 toomevara


    Noffles wrote: »

    Say all you want fella's Wales are far and away the better team... win ugly or win sexy we can do it...

    Agreed, but that wouldn't be hard, France are an absolute mess at the minute, and Lievremont's selection makes me wonder if he hasn't got a granny in Merthyr....


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,549 Noffles


    toomevara wrote: »
    Agreed, but that wouldn't be hard, France are an absolute mess at the minute, and Lievremont's selection makes me wonder if he hasn't got a granny in Merthyr....

    haha... With the Onus on the kicking game it is odd that they haven't a dedicated kicker on the pitch, the waiting is almost over, we'll soon see if the decision is good ne' bad!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,776 Noopti


    Noffles wrote: »
    haha... With the Onus on the kicking game it is odd that they haven't a dedicated kicker on the pitch, the waiting is almost over, we'll soon see if the decision is good ne' bad!

    That means they mighn't bother kicking and just run with the ball in hand, which could be very dangerous for Wales.

    On the other hand, an open game will also suit Wales, so I think this could be a cracker.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,374 Warper


    France will throw the ball around with abondon glee tonight - they will go into the match as underdogs, which is a very dangerous thing for the opposition. All the pressure is on Wales which will suit France especially in Paris - I can't see anything but a France win - easily.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,942 ✭✭✭ Morzadec


    LilOc wrote: »
    There is no maybe. This is the last straw.

    - A center at 10
    - Partnering a 20-year-old lightweight at 9 (when the likes of Elissalde, Mignoni are left home...)
    - An uncaped 20 y/o bulldozzer who can't pass for sh*t at centre
    - Dusautoir and Jauzion shattered
    - Malzieu, left winger, made to play on the right
    - Marconnet who's not back in form and has been humbled in all his outings in the Top 14 so far called back when we have Emmanuelli (who performed this weekend against Toulouse)
    - Ouedraogo who's not international standard by any means selected AGAIN when we have at least 10 better players ahead of him
    - No proper kicker (wether in the game or in front of the posts)!!!

    Extra factors :
    - game played in the dullest stadium in France where the opposition is better supported than the French team (they will be booed, well Lièvremont will be anyway FOR SURE this friday)
    - Players played Top 14 last weekend while the Welsh team have been able to prepare.
    - Match played on a Friday night (madness)

    PATHETIC. What a waste of talent and money. They're doing their best to kill French rugby.


    If Wales can't beat that team, they don't deserve to win anything in this tournament.

    id have to agree with this. For anyone else that does, Wales are 10/11 with a minus 3pts handicap in the bookies. looks a steal to me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,588 sock puppet


    Warper wrote: »
    France will throw the ball around with abondon glee tonight - they will go into the match as underdogs, which is a very dangerous thing for the opposition. All the pressure is on Wales which will suit France especially in Paris - I can't see anything but a France win - easily.

    Or with Baby at 10 they might just bosh it up the centre all night long.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,401 ✭✭✭ jtsuited


    sorry if this has been answered already (can't see it though) but can someone tell me what is the actual definitive reason this match is on a Friday night?

    And please don't give vague answers like 'tv execs'.
    thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,249 Stev_o


    jtsuited wrote: »
    sorry if this has been answered already (can't see it though) but can someone tell me what is the actual definitive reason this match is on a Friday night?

    And please don't give vague answers like 'tv execs'.
    thanks

    But sadly that is what it's all about, tv views! They want to maximize their views by putting it on a Friday. Still a rubbish idea though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,401 ✭✭✭ jtsuited


    Stev_o wrote: »
    But sadly that is what it's all about, tv views! They want to maximize their views by putting it on a Friday. Still a rubbish idea though.

    what tv execs? who made this decision and why?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,155 ✭✭✭ juvenal


    jtsuited wrote: »
    sorry if this has been answered already (can't see it though) but can someone tell me what is the actual definitive reason this match is on a Friday night?

    And please don't give vague answers like 'tv execs'.
    thanks

    That is the reason.:confused:

    Do you think there's some wider conspiracy at work here? A commercial decision was made to have one match per tournament on a Friday night, as a trial.

    There were several matches during the 2007 RWC on Friday nights, and unlike Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there is zero competition from other sports at 8pm on Friday.
    Six Nations' chief executive John Feehan said: "The Friday night option is one which will certainly be explored. It's a proposal at this stage, no more, no less. The subject has been raised by three or four of the championship stakeholders.

    "My own view is that it could be very, very popular. One or two countries are building a reasonable tradition for big matches on Fridays. Many people would prefer Friday night to Sunday afternoon.

    "It fits into the peak-time TV slot but this is not a money issue. It's about developing rugby and one of our chief objectives is to do that. I make no apologies for having millions of extra viewers watching the matches.

    "The championship cannot be set in stone. It's a case of evolution, not revolution, finding a suitable balance between developing the game, generating revenue and maximising the enjoyment.

    "Ask fans and they all want their game at three o'clock on a Saturday afternoon. But there's a big TV audience out there and if all the games start at the same time you're missing a big opportunity.

    "The championship will change over time. Exactly how will be a matter for the Unions involved."

    I reckon if you want any more details you'll have to contact Six Nations Rugby Ltd., they're based in Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.:)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,942 ✭✭✭ Morzadec


    From what I've heard it was a decision by the French TV stations due to football being on on a Saturday


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 19,347 Chucky the tree


    With big football matches on a sunday, friday night games makes alot of sense.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,155 ✭✭✭ juvenal


    Early Welsh penalty for Stephen Jones.

    4mins: France 0 Wales 3.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,680 Skyuser


    Is it my eyesight or is RTE showing the score as FRA 0 GAL 3


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,401 ✭✭✭ jtsuited


    Morzadec wrote: »
    From what I've heard it was a decision by the French TV stations due to football being on on a Saturday

    ah now that makes more sense. thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,155 ✭✭✭ juvenal


    Morgan Parra strikes a lovely 34m penalty after Martyn Williams is pinged for playing the ball off his feet.

    6mins: France 3 Wales 3.


  • Registered Users Posts: 221 ✭✭ legendal


    Skyuser wrote: »
    Is it my eyesight or is RTE showing the score as FRA 0 GAL 3
    That's the France Network's scoreboard, notice that it's not the usual RTÉ graphic. So it's in French basically.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,155 ✭✭✭ juvenal


    Skyuser wrote: »
    Is it my eyesight or is RTE showing the score as FRA 0 GAL 3

    Yes, that's the French for Wales. Pays de Galles.

    Another Jones penalty.

    9mins: France 3 Wales 6.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,894 dreamer_ire


    Skyuser wrote: »
    Is it my eyesight or is RTE showing the score as FRA 0 GAL 3

    Not your eyesight!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,942 ✭✭✭ Morzadec


    Skyuser wrote: »
    Is it my eyesight or is RTE showing the score as FRA 0 GAL 3

    not sure cos im stuck in work. but i know rte rarely bother changing the french scoring templates. GAL stands for Wales (Pays de Galles) in french


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