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Connacht Squad 2017-2018

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1 year 4 months ago #56279 by dobby
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connachta wrote: 4 hookers in the main squad meas we don't need hooker in the Academy IMO

Centre is different. But I've hope for senior squad, Farrell/Griffin were on the good trajectory in the final games of the season, Brennan can cover too.

Conroy + a really good NIQ LH (if Coulson can't come) will be a decent minimal base

My only worriness is the overall youth of the squad :

At this date only 15 are above 25 y.o. One third.


I'm not sure what the consensus is about whether all must be positive in this forum or not. But I am not enthralled with Tom. He is fantastic going forward but in a defensive capacity I wouldn't be so sure. I think Eoin has offered little as a centre option after a disappointing time at London Irish. And since his return nothing has changed my mind. I think letting young Rory Parata go was a huge mistake. As for the signing Scholes, well we need to sort a basic problem. If everybody is up in the line, with nobody sitting back and changing the angle of attack, then it really doesn't matter who the winger is. Is it left for Tiernan to invent something or is it, more appropriately, up to the outhalf to change the angle of attack.

I appreciate we were destroyed last year as teams forced the line. But if you watched Ali and AJ, they simply switched the point of attack. It simply went back in the pocket and the ball was moved in the opposite direction. So the sweeping offence from the opposing team was nullified. What I saw from last year was none of this.

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1 year 4 months ago #56280 by Tall Paul
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I'm not sure what the consensus is about whether all must be positive in this forum or not. But I am not enthralled with Tom. He is fantastic going forward but in a defensive capacity I wouldn't be so sure. I think Eoin has offered little as a centre option after a disappointing time at London Irish. And since his return nothing has changed my mind. I think letting young Rory Parata go was a huge mistake. As for the signing Scholes, well we need to sort a basic problem. If everybody is up in the line, with nobody sitting back and changing the angle of attack, then it really doesn't matter who the winger is. Is it left for Tiernan to invent something or is it, more appropriately, up to the outhalf to change the angle of attack.

I appreciate we were destroyed last year as teams forced the line. But if you watched Ali and AJ, they simply switched the point of attack. It simply went back in the pocket and the ball was moved in the opposite direction. So the sweeping offence from the opposing team was nullified. What I saw from last year was none of this.[/quote]

I agree with you 100%

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1 year 4 months ago #56281 by Tall Paul
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I'm not sure what the consensus is about whether all must be positive in this forum or not. But I am not enthralled with Tom. He is fantastic going forward but in a defensive capacity I wouldn't be so sure. I think Eoin has offered little as a centre option after a disappointing time at London Irish. And since his return nothing has changed my mind. I think letting young Rory Parata go was a huge mistake. As for the signing Scholes, well we need to sort a basic problem. If everybody is up in the line, with nobody sitting back and changing the angle of attack, then it really doesn't matter who the winger is. Is it left for Tiernan to invent something or is it, more appropriately, up to the outhalf to change the angle of attack.

I appreciate we were destroyed last year as teams forced the line. But if you watched Ali and AJ, they simply switched the point of attack. It simply went back in the pocket and the ball was moved in the opposite direction. So the sweeping offence from the opposing team was nullified. What I saw from last year was none of this.[/quote]

I agree with you 100%

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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #56282 by connachta
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Agree about Farrell but only 22 can only progress in defence and has the pure talent in attack
You're harsh on Griffin ok he was not up to it but missed ALL his 2nd second with London Irish and more than half with us. Not his real level
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1 year 4 months ago #56283 by Bazzo
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To be fair to Griffin he seemed to be starting a good run of form before my all time favourite Welsh totally-not-a-scumbag player decided to stone cold Steve Austin stunner him.

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1 year 4 months ago #56286 by dobby
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Bazzo wrote: To be fair to Griffin he seemed to be starting a good run of form before my all time favourite Welsh totally-not-a-scumbag player decided to stone cold Steve Austin stunner him.

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1 year 4 months ago #56287 by Bazzo
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dobby wrote:

Bazzo wrote: To be fair to Griffin he seemed to be starting a good run of form before my all time favourite Welsh totally-not-a-scumbag player decided to stone cold Steve Austin stunner him.

No


Well thought out reply as per usual Dobser.
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1 year 4 months ago #56290 by connachta
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I can relax and stop hating Chiefs.
Next week, here comes Kieran Keane :D
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1 year 4 months ago #56291 by tlocke
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Scoreline a bit harsh on the Chiefs.

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1 year 4 months ago #56293 by Shelflife
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Dobby I thought Eoin was pretty good before he left for LI, he put in some solid games for us in both attack and defense. Robbie effectively taking over his position was a death knell for him and he had to go for himself.

I didnt see him play for LI but he didnt seem to be pulling up trees there by what ive read.

Since his return he hasnt sparked , not helped by a string of injuries. If he got back to where he was 4 seasons or so ago I would be delighted.

Tom seems to be an exciting player, breaks the line and seems to be able to beat a man, hes only young and will get better with experience.

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1 year 4 months ago #56296 by green13
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Griffin's time with LI was blighted by injury. When he did manage to get a run of starts it was as part of a team in a flat spin out of the Premiership. There was no game plan and FA leadership both on and off the pitch so very harsh to judge him on that.

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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #56298 by connachta
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And most comment about him on LI forum in 2015 were positive, about his passing etc.
He was Emerging Irish too. A talent for sure, if for once he stays injury-free.
A bit weak-tackler to be a 13, a bit light offensively to be a 12, but a worthy 23 at least.
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1 year 4 months ago #56299 by connachta
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BTW I wouldn't completely rule out Coulson signing, the other 2 players under investigation have both a new deal for this season, elsewhere in Top14

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1 year 4 months ago #56300 by Tall Paul
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connachta wrote: BTW I wouldn't completely rule out Coulson signing, the other 2 players under investigation have both a new deal for this season, elsewhere in Top14


Different unions, look at the 2 in Ulster

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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #56301 by connachta
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Might be different, his lawyer seemed confident in April... The simple fact we only signed McCabe means there's room for a 2nd choice LH behind Buckley.. Except if we have greater hope in O'Donnell despite he didn't play at all last season...
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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #56302 by connachta
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Betty Swallocks wrote: Disappointing. Refuse to believe Carty will be our starting 10 this year. Maybe Ronaldson?


Watching a U20 game with Thornbury and Crosbie in it.
The latter played the exact same brand of rugby we saw in Edinburgh last season.
Won't improve our interception rate, but his line-breaks and straight line passes are really exciting. He should have developped this style further in N-Z.
24, not 20 anymore, why not give him a chance to start à la McGinty?
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