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Post 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
Here are mine:

Welsh teams

Scarlets continue to be one of the fastest-improving teams in Europe, and their progress has been confirmed by them reaching the European semi-finals and yet again reaching the Pro 12/14 play-offs.

Ospreys seem to be plumbing new depths. To a lesser extent so have the Dragons. Both need a lot more care and investment.

Blues, after a poor start to the season, have subsequently been playing well and I think they will win the Challenge Cup. It is good they have lots of promising younger players coming through.

Irish teams

Leinster and to a lesser degree Munster have continued to show their European prowess, even though second-string versions of the former in particular have sometimes produced quite shocking and embarrassing results in the league.

Ulster yet again have grossly under-achieved relative to their players and budget. What chances they could win something next season for the first time since 2006?

Connacht are very much makeweight and I don't see them even coming close to winning the league again in the near-future.

Scottish teams

Both Glasgow and especially Edinburgh have improved drastically this season. However, their impact is still relatively limited at European level and time will tell whether they can make that step up (Ospreys never really did, and Exeter have been struggling to do so).

Italian teams

As with the Scottish teams, they have also improved drastically this season albeit, of course, from a rather lower base. Ironically, thanks to the new conference system, Benetton might unfairly miss out on a Champions Cup spot. However, perhaps that might be a blessing, because they can show their improvement by winning lots of matches in the Challenge Cup and become the first Italian team to reach the KOs in either European competition.


Thu May 03, 2018 3:25 pm
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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
I've been very impressed and pleased with the improvement of the Italians this year, a factor which has made the Dragons' decline look a lot worse than it really is. Long may it continue.

The Ospreys are in a right muddle


Thu May 03, 2018 4:56 pm
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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
No comment on the SA teams?


Thu May 03, 2018 7:55 pm
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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
Pot Hale wrote:
No comment on the SA teams?


Too soon to tell. Next season, once they have had a full pre-season and are more stable, we will be able to make much more sound judgements about them.


Fri May 04, 2018 12:50 am
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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
The season isn't over yet

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Fri May 04, 2018 3:36 am
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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
najbritcol wrote:
Here are mine:

Welsh teams

Scarlets continue to be one of the fastest-improving teams in Europe, and their progress has been confirmed by them reaching the European semi-finals and yet again reaching the Pro 12/14 play-offs. THEY'LL BE ASKING FOR MORE MONEY FROM THE WRU AS THE STARS MOVE ON OR FADE - RUGBY IS A CYCLICAL GAME AND MORE MONEY WILL BE NEEDED SHORTLY.

Ospreys seem to be plumbing new depths. To a lesser extent so have the Dragons. Both need a lot more care and investment. SHOCK. THEY NEED MORE MONEY MEN.

Blues, after a poor start to the season, have subsequently been playing well and I think they will win the Challenge Cup. It is good they have lots of promising younger players coming through. THEY MAY BE AT THEIR PEAK RIGHT NOW.



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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
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najbritcol wrote:
Here are mine:

Welsh teams

Scarlets continue to be one of the fastest-improving teams in Europe, and their progress has been confirmed by them reaching the European semi-finals and yet again reaching the Pro 12/14 play-offs. THEY'LL BE ASKING FOR MORE MONEY FROM THE WRU AS THE STARS MOVE ON OR FADE - RUGBY IS A CYCLICAL GAME AND MORE MONEY WILL BE NEEDED SHORTLY.

Ospreys seem to be plumbing new depths. To a lesser extent so have the Dragons. Both need a lot more care and investment. SHOCK. THEY NEED MORE MONEY MEN.

Blues, after a poor start to the season, have subsequently been playing well and I think they will win the Challenge Cup. It is good they have lots of promising younger players coming through. THEY MAY BE AT THEIR PEAK RIGHT NOW.




As pig ignorant as ever :thumbdown:

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Post Re: 2017-18 end of season thoughts?
The reduced volume of comment from outside the Sospanland supporters is skewing what can be a very entertaining Forum.

This is regrettable but was inevitable perhaps. Like Australia's supporters, their ability to beat their pecs when they're on the up has been a feature over the last few seasons and they jumped off their horse demanding equal money for all once it was their turn to get some young players blossoming into top quality internationals.

All will change again should the regions have another shakeup and the WRU removes their deeply flawed administrators from office.

That cataclysmic event can't come soon enough as their dabbling with the Premiership has been a scabby effort indeed.

Things need to improve in Welsh Rugby and next season will be a test of the clubs' resolve to improve matters.


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