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Saracens a complete team, options dependent on game, ...but lineout iffy today

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Saracens a complete team, options dependent on game, ...but lineout iffy today



Lions hooker and 2 locks and 8 too, :D , though lifting a 20 stone number 8 isn't easy as with Scott Quinnell. :P

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I can't see anyone beating Saracens, the 6 Lions played well.

Leinster might have a chance but not Clermont


The 6 saracens Lions have played really well, watching them play makes me think we might have half a chance in kiwi land. :drunken:


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Mullins usual pillock!! :D

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Oh..Stander was playing.. :P

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Entertaining game, good win for Saracens, they just grind the opposition down.

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Entertaining game, good win for Saracens, they just grind the opposition down.



A bit of handling and running would have been nice, but you can't have everything ;)

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Langland Exile wrote:
Dog wrote:
Entertaining game, good win for Saracens, they just grind the opposition down.



A bit of handling and running would have been nice, but you can't have everything ;)


I would not disagree with you. :occasion5:

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The Scarlets might have a chance against Munster in the Pro 12 play offs


So far no team has won an away play-off, but of course there is always a first time.


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Post Re: Munster/Saracens teams etc and Match thread
Munster were at their superb best when the Sarries allowed them a bit of possession.


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Munster were at their superb best when the Sarries allowed them a bit of possession.


They had a lot of possesion especially first half and couldn't do anything much with it :scratch:

The Saracens defence was excellent as usual but Munster were too forward oriented and Saracens just closed them down?

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Um, er, oh, hmm.

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Munster were at their superb best when the Sarries allowed them a bit of possession.


I see you didn't watch the game.. ;)

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Bouch wrote:
Munster were at their superb best when the Sarries allowed them a bit of possession.


I see you didn't watch the game.. ;)


I've been to Munster's pitches a couple of times. The crowd love to intimidate the referees and the assistants, it's a key part of the contest on most occasions.

Here's a match report from the Irish Times.

Saracens show steel of champions to end Munster’s European run

Munster 10 Saracens Lots

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The final scoreline brooks no argument, Saracens deserving winners, because in the game-defining moments they managed to convert opportunities into points and ultimately that proved decisive.

Munster may reflect on a performance that only fitfully broached their lofty standards, kicking too often and for the most part poorly, and failing to shift the ball to the wider channels where there was more space, away from the heavily populated collision points of the gainline.

What will smart most is that they did have chances to score tries when the game was a contest and the outcome up for dispute, but a propensity to become narrow in attack and prescriptive to the point where they didn’t play with any heads-up intuition proved costly.

Munster halfbacks Duncan Williams and Tyler Bleyendaal needed to put a more expansive shape on the game, and refrained a little from kicking ball back to Saracens. They attacked the English club where the latter were strongest.

Injuries pre-match and during the game ..............................

Scrum interpretation ..........................................................


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In the Vunipola brothers, Billy and Mako, they possessed players who attracted multiple tacklers, broke through the first line of defence and were able to offload in the tackle, and when they got a sniff of the Munster line, in the second half, they made it count.


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Fullback Simon Zebo had an outstanding game at fullback under the high ball, but symptomatic of the team’s approach was that himself, Andrew Conway and Keith Earls were left twiddling their thumbs from an attacking perspective, save for the occasional cross-kick.


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Poor decision making .......................................................

The anxiety grew as the Sracen's score mounted and Munster’s passing grew more ragged and ill judged, allowing the hard-charging Saracens defensive line to knock them back, losing metres and momentum in equal measure.


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Munster captain Peter O’Mahony was injured ........................................

Saracens, as befits the champions they are, continued to apply pressure and with the help of their bench and the clever direction of Farrell, Brad Barritt, Marcelo Bosch and that unrelenting physicality front the pack, they retained a vice-like grip on the game.


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Munster were bloody minded enough to play to the final whistle; the reward a try for CJ Stander, converted by Ian Keatley.


SCORING SEQUENCE :–

6 mins: Bleyendaal penalty, 3-0;
16: Farrell penalty, 3-3;
34: Farrell penalty, Half-time 3-6;
53: M Vunipola try, Farrell conversion, 3-13;
63: Farrell penalty, 3-16;
70: Wyles try, Farrell conversion, 3-23;
74: Farrell penalty, 3-26;

79: Stander try, Keatley conversion, 10-26.

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Munster didn't score a try until the last minute or so, LE.

Do you watch every minute in those one sided contests where you don't give a rat's arse about the result?

Yesterday I had 5 different sports to watch on the box and online. Munster's game was bottom of the agenda, looking on a website was enough and 3 or 4 minutes was plenty on the Live Score site.

Throw in a bit of gardening and watering in the late evening and a trip to the seaside in the early morning and I had a good day.

So did the Sarries.


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