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Jeremy Guscott's latest column

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Hi there, in his latest column for the BBC Sport website Jerry has turned his attention to Saturday's Guinness Premiership final, with particular attention paid to Mike Catt.

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He pays a warm tribute to the 37-year-old former England centre's vision, footballing ability and fitness, which sees Catt still running about while his contemporaries have long since settled for pipe and slippers.

Catt's London Irish team face perennial finalists Leicester at Twickenham on Saturday.

Do you agree with Jerry's views on how the game will go? How do you think it will pan out? And does Sam Vesty deserve the 'cheese on bread' plaudits bestowed on him?


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posted May 14, 2009

Cannot stand Guscott to the point I never watch half time analysis when he is on. It's a shame such a quality player is such a tit

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posted May 14, 2009

IMHO A very fair article.

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posted May 14, 2009

cheese on bread<laugh>

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posted May 14, 2009

Ah you see, Catt had a half decent game at the weekend and so is automatically the best 12 in the the NH and should replace Shanklin. And he can cover 10 too, even Full back. Guscott is right, lets pick the brittle, slow & tackle-shirking player. Genius!

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posted May 14, 2009

erm... Debaters, I think you're missing the point a little; JG doesn't at any point suggest Catt should be recalled internationally. He merely highlights the fantastic skill set and rugby brain Mike Catt has and gives highlights his wonderful career as a model professional, even in his swansong. He has amazing vision to dictate a game, and the ability to go with it.

When he first came in, I was one of MC's detractors, not really sure he deserved beingin the England set-up, but ultimately I think he nows deserves his place as one of England's finest. It is only my opinion, but I think the 2003 WC would have been far harder to attain without his contributions. I also think any of the young aspiring FH / 12's would learn a lot from playing along side MC, or in a side he is coaching.

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posted May 14, 2009

I like Jerry, he is measured and analytical and I don't understand the hate for him. I think he's a very positive contributor.

I also think Dallagio is a terrific commentator and he should be given more screen time.

Johnathon Davies is ridiculously partisan and I don't understand why he still has a job. His voice is like nails on a blackboard and he is always whining when his team don't play well.

I would have Dallagio and Guscott for feedback, with Greenwood in the Linekar role, and Healey on analysis, but they are all English and we can't have that can we?

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posted May 15, 2009

Jerry's got it right! Catt's consistently good in every area of the game, and fully deserves the praise, maybe even a Lions underdog, especially if Quinlan enitially got in!
Scot Sevens Nut Job, you got it right! I think Greenwood's a class commentator/analysis!

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posted May 15, 2009

I agree with Jerry. I have always thought that Catt was/is a great player and wondered why he managed to be so unpopular with vast tracts of Twickenham faithful.

To be running out at a Premiership Final is a terrific achievement at 37. What's more LI could easily put Hewat at 10, moved Delon to 15 and play Elvis in the centre as they have done for large amounts of the season so this is a selection based on merit not purely injuries.

Great career. Great player. And debaters, I don't think that Guscott was meaning for a second that he should be going down to SA with the Lions.

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