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44-8 Lawes is a monster, did that in the street to Bastareaud, he would be locked up for a long time!  Great tackle, btw, was professional, just brutal as well.

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Thought Nigel Owens was a touch generous to England - both with the penalty try and not binning Kyle Sinckler. But how refreshing to listen in to Sincklers bollocking and him repeatedly calling the ref "sir".......

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If we can turn over Wales in Cardiff in two weeks time I will really start believing again. I just want us to focus and not get carried away. Our squad is very strong and with the right game plan and execution can beat anyone on the planet. I think the last twelve months has shown how complacency and believing your own hype instead of fully nailed on improvement can have the banana skins under yer studs in seconds flat.

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20 minutes ago, StockholmRam said:

If we can turn over Wales in Cardiff in two weeks time I will really start believing again. I just want us to focus and not get carried away. Our squad is very strong and with the right game plan and execution can beat anyone on the planet. I think the last twelve months has shown how complacency and believing your own hype instead of fully nailed on improvement can have the banana skins under yer studs in seconds flat.

....then its a done slam. Italy and Scotland at home? The first has never won at Twickenham, and rarely wins anywhere. The second hasn't won at Twickenham since the days of un-mown pitches and the Hastings brothers.

 

No, Wales is the last real challenge in the 6N this year for England, much as Scotland might try.......

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On 11 Feb 2019 at 17:40, HantsRam said:

....then its a done slam. Italy and Scotland at home? The first has never won at Twickenham, and rarely wins anywhere. The second hasn't won at Twickenham since the days of un-mown pitches and the Hastings brothers.

 

No, Wales is the last real challenge in the 6N this year for England, much as Scotland might try.......

Im not sure how good Wales are. Great run for them and take nothing away from them. Sneaked past Aussies and a fantastic win v Springboks.

i think England having played All Blacks and the test series in South Africa helped sharpen us. Good having Billy, Manu and Mako back for sure. Hopefully Watson and Underhill to return by September. 

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4 minutes ago, StockholmRam said:

Im not sure how good Wales are. Great run for them and take nothing away from them. Sneaked past Aussies and a fantastic win v Springboks.

i think England having played All Blacks and the test series in South Africa helped sharpen us. Good having Billy, Manu and Mako back for sure. Hopefully Watson and Underhill to return by September. 

Shame Maro will miss this one....

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On 11/02/2019 at 16:40, HantsRam said:

....then its a done slam. Italy and Scotland at home? The first has never won at Twickenham, and rarely wins anywhere. The second hasn't won at Twickenham since the days of un-mown pitches and the Hastings brothers.

I wish it was as recent as the Hastings brothers. Try circa 1983 ......

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17 minutes ago, CWC1983 said:

I wish it was as recent as the Hastings brothers. Try circa 1983 ......

My bad - I thought that was them. 1980s weren't they? Presumably you're going to say a bit later.

So 1983 would have been Laidlaw and Rutherford era?

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1 hour ago, HantsRam said:

My bad - I thought that was them. 1980s weren't they? Presumably you're going to say a bit later.

So 1983 would have been Laidlaw and Rutherford era?

Yeah, and Peter Dodds the full back kicking goals for fun.

Im not sure Ive forgiven Gavin Hastings for his penalty miss in front of your posts in the 1991 world cup semi at Murrayfield. 

His lad is a decent fly half. Didnt make the grade at Saracens but found his form at Glasgow.  

 

 

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How is everyone feeling heading towards Cardiff this weekend? 

My two penorth. Our success so far this 6 Nations has had alot to do with disjointed ( Ireland) and quite franky woeful ( France) 11-14-15. Wales have great players in those positions. 

I expect us to go huge at Parkes in the centre and blast a way through there. Im predicting our most difficult game yet. If it was at Twickenham id be confidant to predict a ten point win for England but Cardiff is a great leveller. Farrell loves the heat of battle but lets see how some of the new lads stand up in the cauldren. 

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9 hours ago, StockholmRam said:

How is everyone feeling heading towards Cardiff this weekend? 

My two penorth. Our success so far this 6 Nations has had alot to do with disjointed ( Ireland) and quite franky woeful ( France) 11-14-15. Wales have great players in those positions. 

I expect us to go huge at Parkes in the centre and blast a way through there. Im predicting our most difficult game yet. If it was at Twickenham id be confidant to predict a ten point win for England but Cardiff is a great leveller. Farrell loves the heat of battle but lets see how some of the new lads stand up in the cauldren. 

Cardiff is something of a leveller but I think too much is made of it, possibly because of the 2013 game where we went to Cardiff as Grand Slam champions elect only to get dismantled 30-3. Our recent record, mostly with far less dominant sides than now, is actually pretty good having won 3 from our last 5 at the Millenium stadium and the Welsh have not beaten us now in our last six 6N match-ups. 

I'm feeling reasonably relaxed this time around without being wildly confident. Slightly concerned that we have Jaco Peyper officiating as he's not our biggest fan and the Welsh will of course play better than they have against the French and Italians but one might say that's not terribly hard as they were bloody awful in both games and would have been comfortably beaten by the French had our Gallic cousins not gifted them two walk-in tries. 

It'll be another bruising encounter and as you point out, the Welsh back 3 won't give Farrell and co the keys to Cardiff but I still expect England to win by 7-10 leaving only Scotland between them and what seemed an somewhat unlikely Grand Slam. Win on Saturday and they'll have some serious momentum building in WOrld Cup year, that's for sure.

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Wales need a performance, and that is the worry. They where shocking the last two outings, can't not think that they will all click, at home and againest England.  It will be either a very tight win, either way 2-3 points, or Wales will fall apart in the last quarter.

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10 hours ago, McRamFan said:

Wales need a performance, and that is the worry. They where shocking the last two outings, can't not think that they will all click, at home and againest England.  It will be either a very tight win, either way 2-3 points, or Wales will fall apart in the last quarter.

Personally I think that would play into England hands. Wales have traditionally been brilliant at knocking favourites over and playing the underdog. 

If they feel pressured into performing then England can look for a performance more similar to Ireland rather than France. 

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15 hours ago, HantsRam said:

Personally I think that would play into England hands. Wales have traditionally been brilliant at knocking favourites over and playing the underdog. 

If they feel pressured into performing then England can look for a performance more similar to Ireland rather than France. 

I think Gatland will try and win anyway, which but how.... Im not sure he cares too much about performance right now.

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I really think England will win this, the power and the grit is back, more importantly the passion, I do think they’ll target Farrell, but I think he’s learnt from previously losing his cool and will lead us to an impressive win

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