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The State of the Scarlets Squad

Llanelli Scarlets
by Jon (U7232080) 24 January 2008
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Now it seems Stephen Jones will be staying, alongside Regan King, there is a little more hope for the region. Presuming the rumours about Popham don't come to fruition too, we can have a look at what sort of team the Scarlets can put out, and what positions they need to be looking to strengthen.

15. Morgan Stoddart/ Daniel Evans(?)
14. and 11. Mark Jones/ Dafydd James/ Darren Daniel
13. Regan King (with Matthew Watkins and Nathan Brew as cover for OC or wing if needed)
12. Gavin Evans/ Jon Davies
10. Stephen Jones/ Rhys Priestland
9. ____/ Liam Davies
1. Iestyn Thomas
2. Matthew Rees
3. ____/ Ben Broster
4. and 5. ____/Lou Reed
6. Simon Easterby(?)/ James Bater
7. Gavin Thomas/ Jon Edwards
8. Alix Popham/ Dafydd Jones

Granted the above ain't complete - I was just trying to find 2 players for each position, ideally an experienced player and a promising up-and-comer.

The obvious weaknesses to me are in the front 5. A front row with Iestyn Thomas and Matthew Rees in is fine, but there's no-one coming up to challenge them (the Schwalger deal is only for this season right?). And we know about the lack of tighthead talent at Stradey. It'd be nice to have Broster developing as an understudy to a decent quality TH, but who have we got? Manu? And we've got a similar situation with Lou Reed.

There's a certain amount of flexibility in the back-row (if Easterby is staying - there's another rumour...) and Jon Edwards looks to offer something. I'd be tempted to back him ahead of Gavin Thomas, looking at his potential.

Then my only other concern is the loss of Dwayne Peel. I don't think either of Cattle/Davies have the talent to step-up for the major games. But Davies is young and could develop into something. It'd be nice to have someone with some real experience to lead him though.

Anyway, what do you think? What do the Scarlets need to challenge next year?

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posted Jan 25, 2008

No, not a Freudian slip but a typing slip!
I hope it doesn't tempt fate!
Analyse that one?!

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posted Jan 25, 2008

Aled Gravelle was released at the end of last season and a quick google of the fella shows him playing for Waterloo RFC which, apparently, is near Liverpool

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comment by Dr Webb (U1763043)

posted Jan 25, 2008

I can't see why you hope typing 1500 is a Freudian slip!

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posted Jan 25, 2008

ah ha Dr Webb - The cognition comes before the action and hence the thought before the behaviour - An unconscious slip or a typo - Who knows winkeye The again maybe the emotion does come before the thought and it just an evolutionary development that belongs to the old part of the brain.

Anyway I'm out to dinner - Catch you later

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posted Jan 25, 2008

Well that's what I was trying to work out, I didn't understand it either! Perhaps I have been analysed subconciously(!) or indeed without me realising?
Perhaps my Mother bought me a very small typewriter during my potty years and I noticed that my Father had a much larger one (typewriter). Hence my inadequacy to type in later years?
Please discuss.
Oh and don't forget my original posting please, I might start thinking what I've written is inadequate and/or everyone hates me!

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posted Jan 25, 2008

Berksturk - I'm sure the Scarlets will be fine, it's just another step along the way and with regionalism it's sometimes 2 forward one back etc. Hwyl Fawr!

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comment by Neil (U9701706)

posted Jan 25, 2008

have read on other forums of a cash flow crisis at Stradey?
Does anyone really have the answer to this? There is talk of the pot being empty yet to resign Jones & King wouldn't have come cheaply

Given the scarlets history of spening money they don't have I wouldn't be so sure that you have the funds needed to pay these wages (anyone remeber the botica deal?)


Good luck to them but lets be honest to go nigh on bust twice in ten years is v worrying who was the chief exec when you ran into financial trouble twice in the previous ten years ?

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comment by Dr Webb (U1763043)

posted Jan 25, 2008

RS

none of which explains why you hoped it was a slip

Berksturk

Llanelli have gone from being the best squad in Wales and a real force in the HC to, well almost nothing so quickly it's shocking

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posted Jan 26, 2008

The most worrying issue regarding the Scarlets ineptitude this season is their inability to learn from faults in their game.

Week in week out we see an inability to secure lineout possesion, a firm base in the scrum and players dropping off tackles

This means that...

a. The players are technically deficient, or
b. The coaches and players don't respond to each other, or
c. They're just not good enough to cut it at this level

At their best, the Scarlets can just about match anyone. At their worst, they are frustrating to watch considering the 'talent' available.

Professional rugby players should be able to play anywhere. The Scarlets need to develop a mental hardness and be able to go to places like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Connacht and Newport GD intent on winning, not merely accepting that they are 'bogey' grounds.

Let's hope for an improvement in season 2008/09 for the sake of Welsh rugby

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posted Jan 26, 2008

Agreed. But how can they have gone from being so consistent over the past seasons to the opposite this season? As a well known playwright once wrote ' Something is rotten in the state of Llanelli'. I am just wondering what is going on, is it a case of lack of confidence after being on the downward spiral, are there problems at the Club, ie my thoughts as to whether they have stretched themselves financially?
Being an 'expat' I can no longer listen to the word on the street (or indeed gossip!).;

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