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Ireland Team Talk XII: Farrell's First Fifteen



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,286 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer

    The reason I mentioned Ryan in the first place is he very obviously has an on-field leadership role. If you watch during the 6N Sexton will very often consult him if they are deciding on whether to go at goal or kick to the corner. He seems to be the pack leader at the moment so he would definitely be in the frame. Anyway as I said above I don't really think it's a big deal, we're not going to win or lose a game depending on whether POM or Ryan is the captain.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,918 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers

    A come off the stage. Wales are pants.

    We have only lost to them once in the last 6 meetings of the teams and that was a game where we went down to 14 men after 13 minutes, had to bring on billy burns at 12 for a while, lost sexton to injury and they still only won by 5 points.

    The aggregate score in those 6 games is 140-78.

    Wales are in dire trouble, they have terrible underage teams and nobody coming through pushing out elderly players in key positions like Ken owens, AWJ, north, tupiric, faletau.

    Their record in the autumn was a hiding by NZ, a loss to a decimated Australia side, a loss to a Georgian side and a solitary unconvincing win against Argentina.

    In last years 6 nations they only beat Scotland which was by a late drop goal after Scotland went down to 14 men.

    Sure maybe gatland can turn it around, he is an excellent coach and they have home advantage for the Irish game but its a big old leaky and creaky ship that was pointed in the wrong direction for a long time.

    I would expect them to put up a battle based on the performances of their players in the league and europe recently but over 80 minutes they wont keep up with the pace and intensity Ireland bring. It will take something like a red card or YC, a major miracle and some serious home town reffing for them to win this game

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,945 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

    A lot of what you are saying applied in 2019. They were in terrible form coming into the tournament and won the slam.

    I think we'll win in Cardiff - I'm just not as confident as I was when Pivac was still in charge. Gatland is probably not even as technically proficient a coach as Pivac - but he's a better man manager and Wales for whatever their flaws are as a group, will put in a massive shift to try and turn us over. As has been said it's the perfect match at the perfect time for them, I expect what goes on on the pitch to be utterly brutal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,789 ✭✭✭✭ El_Duderino 09

    I totally agree Ryan isn't the go-to for leinster, Ringrose is.

    The media stuff isn't trivial either. If a bloke is more introverted, the media stuff would be a big, stressful distracion from the actual job of training, playing well and thinking strategically on the pitch.

    They talk about leadership groups and Ryan would probably be great in that role. Doing the research on opposition and thinking through the set pieces and so on. But i just don't see him as an obvious captain.

  • Registered Users Posts: 861 ✭✭✭ Must love hardship

    Not to drag up moment from last years 6 nations that has been done to death again. But ultimately it comes down to the captains decision on if ireland go to the corner v France last year when carberry kicks the penalty on about 70 minutes to put 3 between the teams.

    You could argue that's the winning or losing of the match.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,945 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

    What's apparent from that is that Ryan, Henderson and Kleyn fulfil a pretty similar role for their clubs. Beirne very much the 5.5 of the bunch.

    The sample size on McCarthy makes a comparison pointless, albeit I would say that his ability to get beyond the first tackler and his fairly explosive pace have as much to do with those meters run as the nature of the opposition do.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,985 Mod ✭✭✭✭ aloooof

    I must get around to doing same for Baird, as he's closer to the half-lock mould too so would be another interesting comparison. (Albeit, has played majority of his minutes at 6)

    Edit: Just put it together quickly; his stats look really favourable, particularly his metres and carrying.

    There's a more even distribution too, so there isn't a significant outlier impacting the stats (in the way there is for McCarthy). He's had games where's he's had 6.5, 6.4 and 5.2 metres per carry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,413 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n

    Based on those stats, whatever about McCarthy. He should be ahead of Henderson.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,413 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,727 ✭✭✭ Fresh to Death

    Yeah, tbf what is lost in those stats, and what is a weakness of Baird's (as a lock) and a strength of guys like Jenkins and Kleyn is the disruptive part of the lock role: scrummaging, maul (offensive and defensive) and ruck impacts. I would rate Joe McCarthy pretty highly on all of those three, but not so much Baird.

    Leinster have gotten it right by shifting Baird to 6, it suits his skillset best and he has a much higher ceiling there.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,985 Mod ✭✭✭✭ aloooof

    Ya, agree tbh; there are plenty examples now of games where the calibre of munster's maul is directly related to whether Kleyn is on the pitch or not. Stats on metres lost in the maul would be interesting. As would latches.

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 33,536 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pickarooney

    Russell just spun out of that tackle. The timing was good but he'd have been better off taking the legs and driving him back.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,985 Mod ✭✭✭✭ aloooof

    But now that we're doing that under Farrell, the young player is too raw/not the finished article and we want the steady old pro in instead.

    Fwiw, at no point have I said Kleyn should have been selected over McCarthy.

    When it comes to picking 3rd/4th choice players in a particular positon, I absolutely understand the logic in going for the young, high-potential option.

  • Registered Users Posts: 506 ✭✭✭ ulsteru20s

    Yea, kleyn is natural replacement for Ryan if he was injured. Minus the lineout. You lose that with Kleyn.

    Baird has elite potential at 6. He is a guy id like to see get alot of time in the 6 nations.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,945 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

    I have question marks around Baird's decision making and situational awareness. There's no doubting his athleticism and work rate, he could do with a bit more aggression in his game but he's having his best season since moving to the backrow. As someone already alluded too - his ceiling at 6 is higher, but I'm not sure he quite has the guile for blindside just yet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,085 ✭✭✭ Former Former Former

    Think people are really underselling McCarthy's ability right now. There's simply no way they're picking anyone now, in a world cup year, for what they might be in a couple of years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,945 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur

    Fairly fluffy content but the team selection at the end is interesting in it's uniformity.

    Really only the 12 jersey is where there are differing opinions and the bench to a degree but the various 23s are suggestive of a fairly settled team.

    Interestingly everyone went for Sheehan at 2. I think that's fair given that he's been the healthier of the two and has delivered with the game time he's been given. But I'm not sure I'd have gone the same way. I think Kelleher might be the slightly better scrummager, and when Sheehan came on against Racing at the weekend he was an absolute wrecking ball, made a huge impact off the bench in a way that I don't think we'd get with Kelleher.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,413 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n

    The team predominantly picks itself bar injuries. 12 and the backrow bench options are the only real questions bar injuries.

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  • Subscribers Posts: 37,742 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat

    i think at this stage sheehans darts are better than kellehers, and that will be a big deciding point

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭ Shehal

    I think one of the winger positions is also up for grabs if Lowe isn't considered ready to play. Mack Hansen starts and then the other wing comes down to who's considered best to start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,342 ✭✭✭ AbusesToilets

    If Lowe is out, I could see Osbourne getting the nod for his boot

  • Subscribers Posts: 37,742 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat

    Jimmy o Brien would go in first, into the wing. Big left foot option at well

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭ Shehal

    I would actually like Osborne to get a go at 12, he's the most Henshaw like player we have for the 12 position and with Sexton & Ringrose either side of him I would feel confident in him stepping up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,727 ✭✭✭ Fresh to Death

    I think Sheehan has taken his game to another level this year. I still rate Kelleher as an elite international hooker, and he looks the better scrummager, but Sheehan is close to the best hooker in the world over the past 6 months in my view.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,427 ✭✭✭ TRC10

    Surely one of the backrow should be up for debate. POM was incredible in NZ but hasn't been as good since. Coombes, Conan and Baird are in better form this season. There's also the option of Henderson coming in and shifting Beirne to 6. The backrow definitely shouldn't be set in stone. Even though the world Cup is this year, we should still be open to changes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,085 ✭✭✭ Former Former Former

    Every single position is up for grabs, if someone can stake a claim.

    Farrell has proved that over and over and over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 130 ✭✭ Tommysocks11

    O mahony should not be an automatic starter, too lightweight for a 6 and goes missing in games too often, he is very good though when on his game

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  • Registered Users Posts: 506 ✭✭✭ ulsteru20s

    I’d like to see Beirne at 6, or Coombes or Baird.

    POM is great in the lineout though and also is pretty vicious cleaning out out wide.