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Lost by a point and blues improving but no tight five means they will end up on the wrong end of the score board in these tight games

Hoeta has been a massive disappointment and Earle is a journeyman. Sending on Andrews to shore up a scrum says it all about the Georgian who started at TH. hopefully the two locks who are arriving in the summer will strengthen that area

Anyone who says Matthew Morgan is an international player just needs to look at the game today

Blues lost a lot of composure when anscombe went off that was an odd substitution


Agree with all that. A scrum that just holds its own and we win easily.

Hoeata somehow seems to have got a million year contract, and we managed to find the only Georgian prop who can't scrummage.


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AverageBBCjournalist wrote:
Lost by a point and blues improving but no tight five means they will end up on the wrong end of the score board in these tight games

Hoeta has been a massive disappointment and Earle is a journeyman. Sending on Andrews to shore up a scrum says it all about the Georgian who started at TH. hopefully the two locks who are arriving in the summer will strengthen that area

Anyone who says Matthew Morgan is an international player just needs to look at the game today

Blues lost a lot of composure when anscombe went off that was an odd substitution


Coaching by numbers does not always work as Wales proved this year-good effort from Cardiff, with no tight 5

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Stockholm Blue wrote:
AverageBBCjournalist wrote:
Lost by a point and blues improving but no tight five means they will end up on the wrong end of the score board in these tight games

Hoeta has been a massive disappointment and Earle is a journeyman. Sending on Andrews to shore up a scrum says it all about the Georgian who started at TH. hopefully the two locks who are arriving in the summer will strengthen that area

Anyone who says Matthew Morgan is an international player just needs to look at the game today

Blues lost a lot of composure when anscombe went off that was an odd substitution


Agree with all that. A scrum that just holds its own and we win easily.

Hoeata somehow seems to have got a million year contract, and we managed to find the only Georgian prop who can't scrummage.


Aye a decent TH could have made the difference today... the lack of a tight five means blues are losing games they could have won which is taking away from the progress they have made in other areas. And of course not taking the points that would push them up the table


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Stockholm Blue wrote:
AverageBBCjournalist wrote:
Lost by a point and blues improving but no tight five means they will end up on the wrong end of the score board in these tight games

Hoeta has been a massive disappointment and Earle is a journeyman. Sending on Andrews to shore up a scrum says it all about the Georgian who started at TH. hopefully the two locks who are arriving in the summer will strengthen that area

Anyone who says Matthew Morgan is an international player just needs to look at the game today

Blues lost a lot of composure when anscombe went off that was an odd substitution


Agree with all that. A scrum that just holds its own and we win easily.

Hoeata somehow seems to have got a million year contract, and we managed to find the only Georgian prop who can't scrummage.


Aye a decent TH could have made the difference today... the lack of a tight five means blues are losing games they could have won which is taking away from the progress they have made in other areas. And of course not taking the points that would push them up the table


It has been a problem for, what, about a decade now? Can't remember the last time we had a really credible tight head ... Filise when he was younger I guess, and he is probably still first choice!


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Cuthbert played well today

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Cuthbert played well today


Pro 12 is his level.


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I missed the match, but it does look like the Blues gave Leinster (albeit missing a number of key players) a serious run for their money. (All the same, Blues were not actually full strength either - Warburton was rested for a start).


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As for the point about Matthew Morgan, he'd be good at scoring or creating loads of tries against Tier Two and Three teams, but his defence in particular is too weak to compete against other Tier One teams. So, it depends what you mean by "international level".


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If any player cant compete against the best then he has no business being an international simple

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If any player cant compete against the best then he has no business being an international simple


Yes and no, hence why we describe players as "first choice", "second choice", "third choice" etc. Like I said, playing against Uruguay or Namibia does not require the same standards as playing against England or SANZAR.


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AverageBBCjournalist wrote:
Lost by a point and blues improving but no tight five means they will end up on the wrong end of the score board in these tight games

Hoeta has been a massive disappointment and Earle is a journeyman. Sending on Andrews to shore up a scrum says it all about the Georgian who started at TH. hopefully the two locks who are arriving in the summer will strengthen that area

Anyone who says Matthew Morgan is an international player just needs to look at the game today

Blues lost a lot of composure when anscombe went off that was an odd substitution


What two locks arriving in the summer? :scratch:

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What two locks arriving in the summer? :scratch:


Franco van der Merwe from Ulster and Damian Welch from Exeter, both confirmed ages ago.

They can't possibly be worse than the locks the Blues already have, but both are over 33 so I'm not expecting miracles.


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simondavis wrote:

What two locks arriving in the summer? :scratch:


Franco van der Merwe from Ulster and Damian Welch from Exeter, both confirmed ages ago.

They can't possibly be worse than the locks the Blues already have, but both are over 33 so I'm not expecting miracles.
They will steady the ship for the interim, but the blues will still have to find players for the future, with a future.

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Figaro wrote:
simondavis wrote:

What two locks arriving in the summer? :scratch:


Franco van der Merwe from Ulster and Damian Welch from Exeter, both confirmed ages ago.

They can't possibly be worse than the locks the Blues already have, but both are over 33 so I'm not expecting miracles.
They will steady the ship for the interim, but the blues will still have to find players for the future, with a future.


Rory Thornton and/or Adam Beard would have been ideal. They need to be regularly starting, not standing in the queue behind AWJ, Bradley Davies and Lloyd Ashley.


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Figaro wrote:
Thegrimriper wrote:
Figaro wrote:
simondavis wrote:

What two locks arriving in the summer? :scratch:


Franco van der Merwe from Ulster and Damian Welch from Exeter, both confirmed ages ago.

They can't possibly be worse than the locks the Blues already have, but both are over 33 so I'm not expecting miracles.
They will steady the ship for the interim, but the blues will still have to find players for the future, with a future.


Rory Thornton and/or Adam Beard would have been ideal. They need to be regularly starting, not standing in the queue behind AWJ, Bradley Davies and Lloyd Ashley.


Yeah, the fact that Ospreys have had the most Wales stars of the four regions for many years is, ironically, in some ways their Achilles' heel. This is because the younger and up-and-coming players are given a lot less game time in favour of the 'stars' and often become shell-shocked when they do have to participate in major matches.


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