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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby BruceLee on Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:36 am

Wottie wrote:
disco wrote:It was a Welsh hand pulling it back. The tackler (Dillon Lewis) never releases and then tries to jackal the ball illegally. Which should have been a penalty for Scotland.


They were doing that all afternoon and the ref let them get away with it. Guys off feet with hands in the ruck or not supporting their own body weight with hands all over the ball. Ref should get a bollocking for the way he reffed the breakdown. It killed us as we could not get any tempo or broken play into the game and like in the 6N game played the whole game running at a red brick wall.

Could not agree more,but the chances of a referee being reprimanded on any of his actions,unfortunately cant see it happening.Until then, teams like Wales will continue to play the ref.They are experts at the more cynical and the darker side of Forward play!
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby The Feral Goat on Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:00 pm

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has added six players to the Scotland squad for the 2018 Autumn Tests.

Glasgow Warriors quartet Adam Ashe (back-row), Scott Cummings (lock), Nick Grigg (centre) and Stuart Hogg (full-back) are joined by inbound English Premiership pair Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks back-row) and Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors stand-off).

The additions follow injuries sustained by Scarlets back-row Blade Thomson (head) and Harlequins centre James Lang (rib) as they represented their club sides at the weekend, while David Denton (Leicester Tigers) and Matt Scott (Edinburgh) continue their ongoing recovery from head injuries with their respective clubs.

The national team also confirmed Edinburgh trio Ross Ford (hooker), Henry Pyrgos (scrum-half) and Dougie Fife (wing) have been released back to the club.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby dolf_lundgren on Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:08 pm

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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby dolf_lundgren on Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:09 pm

We could really do with Scott and Denton being available.

Interesting the 3 that were released, any released to Glasgow? If not will start all sorts of conspiracy theories in the west.

Ashe ahead of Hamilton is interesting.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby The Feral Goat on Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:34 pm

Was Hamilton not called up already when Bradbury got injured?

I don't think the Fijian defence will be as well organised as the Welsh so think we will score tries against them...just not sure if that will be less than we concede!
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby Friday Knight Lights on Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:07 pm

Have to maul them until the cows come home and attack the breakdown as I'm not sure the Fijians will be too hot there. We know Mata won't fancy getting in rucks too much.

Midfield defence against Radrada, Tuisova et al is a real concern. Toonie has cited Harris' defence before so we'll see if he comes in.

I am worried, after that pish in Wales.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby Wottie on Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:22 pm

disco wrote:Match preview part 1 for the Scottish Rugby Blog:

https://www.scottishrugbyblog.co.uk/2018/10/wales-v-scotland-autumn-tests-2018-match-preview-pt-i/

Wales scouting report, previous meetings and Scotland's fairly tragic history with referee Monsieur Raynal...


Having watched Raynal's oversight of the breakdown, it is little wonder that a side like Scotland that relies on broken play and quick ball needn't bother turning up when this guy has the whistle!!
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby bignose on Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:10 pm

Wottie wrote:
disco wrote:Match preview part 1 for the Scottish Rugby Blog:

https://www.scottishrugbyblog.co.uk/2018/10/wales-v-scotland-autumn-tests-2018-match-preview-pt-i/

Wales scouting report, previous meetings and Scotland's fairly tragic history with referee Monsieur Raynal...


Having watched Raynal's oversight of the breakdown, it is little wonder that a side like Scotland that relies on broken play and quick ball needn't bother turning up when this guy has the whistle!!


And we knew this before the game and seemingly didn't adapt the plans. I'm pretty sure the Welsh did.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby Friday Knight Lights on Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:49 pm

bignose wrote:
Wottie wrote:
disco wrote:Match preview part 1 for the Scottish Rugby Blog:

https://www.scottishrugbyblog.co.uk/2018/10/wales-v-scotland-autumn-tests-2018-match-preview-pt-i/

Wales scouting report, previous meetings and Scotland's fairly tragic history with referee Monsieur Raynal...


Having watched Raynal's oversight of the breakdown, it is little wonder that a side like Scotland that relies on broken play and quick ball needn't bother turning up when this guy has the whistle!!


And we knew this before the game and seemingly didn't adapt the plans. I'm pretty sure the Welsh did.


And powderpuff carriers and weak clearouts did nothing to change Monsieur Reynal's mind or get the welshies out of the way.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby zt1903 on Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:31 pm

Wottie wrote:
disco wrote:It was a Welsh hand pulling it back. The tackler (Dillon Lewis) never releases and then tries to jackal the ball illegally. Which should have been a penalty for Scotland.


They were doing that all afternoon and the ref let them get away with it. Guys off feet with hands in the ruck or not supporting their own body weight with hands all over the ball. Ref should get a bollocking for the way he reffed the breakdown. It killed us as we could not get any tempo or broken play into the game and like in the 6N game played the whole game running at a red brick wall.


Needed Greeeeg.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby disco on Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:20 pm

Scotland v Fiji match preview part 1 for the Scottish Rugby Blog:

https://www.scottishrugbyblog.co.uk/2018/11/scotland-v-fiji-autumn-tests-2018-match-preview-pt-i/

The hardest working man in rugby; why tries (and yellow cards) are highly likely; plus a new but still familiar face as referee.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby dolf_lundgren on Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:26 pm

Cheers Disco.

Will be interesting whether we decide to meet fire with fire and pick ball carriers, i.e Strauss or whether to look to frustrate them and break up the rythm with the likes of Harley or Ritchie.

I doubt we will see our "top team" whatever that is. Last week did point to us needing more punch when carrying and more energy, I would like to see Wilson at 6, he brings a huge amount but just not enough weight of carry. It may be sacrelidge in the west but Im not convinced that Jonny Gray is as nailed on to start as he was. He looked ponderous and to be honest tired last week. With Gilchrist playing more dynamically now there is a fair case to make for him and Tollis to start. Not sure what Skinner is like but would assume if he is fit he will get a run this weekend.

SHould be a better game to watch if nothing else. At least Fiji will come to play.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby The Feral Goat on Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:41 pm

I think we will see a few changes.

I think Brown will come into the front row with McInally rested a bit for SA.

Gilchrist and Skinner in 2nd row

Back row, given current injuries etc I think we need to look at 7 cover, so maybe a good chance to give Ritchie or Wilson a run there.

Kicking game needs to be good so Laidlaw to come in at 9, last thing we need is Fiji running loose kicks back at us.

Centre a concern but really limited options at present.

Back 3 would like to see Graham get a start or at least a decent run out.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby The Feral Goat on Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:52 pm

Been a fair bit in the press about Huw Jones this week and a lot of the analysis appears to support that it is the system rather than the player that is at fault with Jones having some of the better tackle stats for a 13.

Josh Strauss on his return to camp appears to indicate that the loss away in Fiji was because they did not expect Fiji to keep it tight and play the way they did and had not prepared for it.

Last years 6N loss to Wales players sent out in the wrong mindset believing the hype.

These all sound like coaching/ player management issues?

Would be good to see the squad deliver a bit of consistency of performance across a series of Internationals, we are far too up and down still and wont challenge for a 6N or progress further in a RWC if we don’t maintain a higher level on a regular basis in both home and away fixtures.
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Re: 2018 Autumn Tests

Postby The Feral Goat on Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:10 pm

Glasgow Warriors and British & Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg returns to the starting Scotland line-up for this Saturday’s Autumn Test against Fiji in front of a capacity crowd at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm) – live on BT Sport and BBC.

Hogg has been absent from competitive action since having surgery on an ankle injury he sustained in September, while representing his club in the Guinness PRO14.

He is among nine changes to the starting Scotland line-up from Saturday’s defeat to Wales as Head Coach Gregor Townsend rewards several players who performed well off the bench, while welcoming the availability of exile players during World Rugby’s designated international window.

Four such players come into the starting line-up, where Exeter Chiefs lock Sam Skinner is set to make his debut, while half-backs Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne) and Finn Russell (Racing 92), and wing Sean Maitland (Saracens), are also set to start.

It will be Laidlaw's first Scotland outing since kicking the match-winning penalty against Italy in the Six Nations earlier this year, securing a third-placed Championship finish for the visitors in Rome.



It will also be the first time the scrum-half - who has captained the national team more than any other player - will lead the side under Head Coach Gregor Townsend.

Glasgow Warriors duo Alex Dunbar and Tommy Seymour return to start in the backs, while Pete Horne is promoted from last week’s bench in Cardiff to partner fellow Warrior Dunbar in midfield.

Debutant Skinner [pictured below] is one of four changes to the pack, with hooker Fraser Brown, lock Grant Gilchrist and number 8 Matt Fagerson promoted from last week’s bench, while props Allan Dell and Willem Nel, and back-row forwards Ryan Wilson and Jamie Ritchie, are all reinstated.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “It’s a more experienced side this week in terms of time together at this level, while we’ve rewarded some of those who performed well off the bench with the chance to start.



“We’ve had a good week in training with a slightly different focus for the challenges we expect Fiji to present this Saturday.

“In particular, they pose huge threats off turnover ball, utilising some of the best individual players, one-on-one, in the world.

“They score more tries than any team in the world off turnover ball, about 66%, whereas most teams are under about 10 or 15%, so if you repeatedly give them turnover ball it’ll be a tough afternoon.

“That presents us with an opportunity to consider different approaches tactically and use different strategies to apply pressure in front of our home support.

“Our pack will have to work exceptionally hard against a very physical Fijian side and our backs will have to be alert to opportunities as a consequence of that work.

“We have to be physical and accurate, play to our strengths and put them under pressure in areas they don’t want to go into, to make sure the game is open for us but not for them.”

Newcastle Falcons centre Chris Harris and Sale Sharks back-row Josh Strauss come in to the reckoning for the first time on the bench.

Scotland team to play Fiji at BT Murrayfield Stadium

Saturday 10 November (kick-off 2.30pm) – live on BT Sport and BBC

15. Stuart Hogg VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 62 caps
14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 44 caps
13. Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps
12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps
11. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 34 caps
10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 37 caps
9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) – 63 caps

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 14 caps
2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps
3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 23 caps
4. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – uncapped
5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 26 caps
6. Ryan Wilson VICE CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) – 38 caps
7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 3 caps
8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps

Substitutes:
16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 19 caps
17. Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 11 caps
19. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 44 caps
20. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 14 caps
21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps
22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
23. Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 4 caps
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