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What next for Earls?

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i think most will agree, Earls didnt quite make the step up yesterday. Nerve certainly seemed to get the better of him. Which is unforntunate, as many will know how good he can be. But i want to know what people think Geech wil do with him? Whether people like it or not that he was included, we all have to accept that he was picked. But when should he be used again to build confidence. I dont believe that geech is simply not going to use him again. hes made the chances of a test place harder, but bench on wednesday? saturday?or another start to show the coaching staff still have confidence in him?

Guessing im just asking about man managment advice!

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posted Jun 1, 2009

fabuniquemembername, you're a bundle of laughs, aren't you!?!

These guys travel half way around the world to play with guys who they normally play against and win 37-25. YES, they can do better but to say "he should be sent home" just shows you don't know what you're talking about and should clearly start taking the medication you so obviously need winkeye

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comment by Neil (U9701706)

posted Jun 1, 2009

If he reads this board he should retire!

earls seems to have become the whipping boy for saturday.

Lets give the kid a break,

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posted Jun 1, 2009

Earls had a poor game but should not be sidelined on one performance;i would have him on the bench on Saturday.Much more worrying was POC's performance as CAPTAIN and the disappearance of David Wallace;Shane Williams was not too bright either.On the positive side Byrne was brilliant,completely nerveless and Bowe looked more than useful.How about a back thre for the tests of Byrne Bowe and Monye (or Fitz)?

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posted Jun 1, 2009

This was his first proper professional season. He even said that his main goal at the start of the year was to get a few first games for Munster.

Now he is a Lion.

It is no wonder he choked.

This is why selecting an untried and untested Lion is risky. Even at an international level they normally get broken in first.

But the lions is something different and it showed. I can`t imagine he will feature heavily on the tour again.

And shouldn`t. The lions is no place to carry someone in the hope that he may perform against enthused Boks, in the same way he does against Connaught. All so very very wrong.

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posted Jun 1, 2009

Sorry he didn't measure up. It was a risky selection that didn't pay off. If Gordon D'Arcy or Delon Armitage had been playing, they would have been much more effective and a safer pair of hands.

Thought Roberts and Flutey both looked very sharp and they'll compete for a place beside BOD.

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posted Jun 1, 2009

he did not have the greatest start did he.

But I saw little bits of spark now and again as the game went on that made me think he still has something to offer....

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posted Jun 1, 2009

Unbelievable....

Shall we start to name the Lions who hadn't played much, if any, international rugby prior to touring? Off the top of my head, Greenwood, Guscott, Johnson.

I'm not English but I think those three did quite well didn't they ?

The slating of Earls and Blair is unrealistic. Earlsmade more mistakes in the 1st half than he'll do agian all tour and what chance did Blair have ? playing with a non existent backrow a total novice of an 8 and no cover round the fringes. Tell me what Phillips did that was better ?

Utter nonsense.

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posted Jun 2, 2009

'what chance did Blair have ? playing with a non existent backrow a total novice of an 8 and no cover round the fringes.'

Indeed, the lions scrum was one of the funniest things I've seen on a rugby pitch for a while... Front row gets a massive drive on, Wallace fails to control the ball which consequently pops out and Blair either knocks on or gets beaten to the ball by his his opposite number. I've never seen so dominant a pack do so badly. And in fairness it was ALL down to Wallace not having the control at the base you'd expect from a U20's no.8

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comment by Scotty (U8558609)

posted Jun 2, 2009

I hate to see the negative idiots on here claiming that Earls 'blew it'.

Here's what Martyn Williams has to say about him.
"I'd also like to say a few words about Keith Earls, who has come in for a bit of criticism. One or two things didn't go his way, admittedly, but he's a class player and will prove that through the rest of the tour.

Keith has trained better than anyone in the last two weeks and looks like he's going to be an absolute star.

Like a few of the other lads, he was probably affected by nerves. You've got to remember that eight of the starting line-up were making their debuts for the Lions and that was a big deal for them."

Wise words from someone that knows a few things about the sport. Unlike the bilge pumped out by fair weather fans who's immature views on one single bad performance say more about them that the player they are slating.

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comment by Neil (U9701706)

posted Jun 2, 2009

Tell me what Phillips did that was better ?

to be fair he didn't get ant kicks charged down, fail to pick up a ball when he was clear on the line or get caught trying to pass the ball several times.

I'm a blair fan and he got little protection saturday

But he had a poor game, take it on the chin and move on

No need to drag phillips into it he did well when he came on

earls is class he is getting the henson/ciprani treatment

1 good game he is a world beater, 1 bad game he is dire.

The press should leave the kid alone and people on this board should know better than to hammer a young boy based on 40 minutes of poor rugby

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