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Saints win LV Cup Final

by Iniesta (U14336575) 21 March 2010
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Outstanding game of rugby. Respect to both sides in showing huge intensity and ambition. The Saints back-row were absolutely cracking. How England continue to overlook Dowson is beyond comprehension.

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posted Mar 21, 2010

now to win the heineken cup and the guiness prem ;)

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posted Mar 21, 2010

How England continue to overlook Dowson is beyond comprehension.

Its a no brainer its because he does not play for Leicester <doh>

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posted Mar 21, 2010

I wasnt impressed by Geraghty at all. He struggled at Full Back, good kicking put him under a lot of pressue and he made a few mistakes. He was solid enough and did the job but should stick to Fly Half, Reihanna was superb and made a hell of a catch late on when Gloucester kicked for the corner.

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posted Mar 21, 2010

good game, but one question = what was the thing with the apparent segregation of fans in the stand? One side red and white, the other green?

presumably some sort of gimmick for the telly.

Whatever the reason, I dont like it. supporter segregation will turn us into wendyballers.

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posted Mar 22, 2010

I was at teh game yesterday and was dismayed to see the segregation, probably a tv thing, not sure if it should be commonplace in teh future. The thing that separates rugby form eth 'wendyballers' is the opportunity to enter into good old fanshioned banter with the opposing supporters with a warm handshake at the end of the game.
Dowson was superb, and I thought for a first ever outing at full back Geraghty did alright, looked OK under the high ball and always posed a threat.
Glos were fantastic, a great game of open rugby played as it should be, no quarter given, yet no cards and from what I saw not even a telling off from the referee, well done to both teams a great advert for running rugby!

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posted Mar 22, 2010

I would imagaine the segregation had more to do with the way in which the tickets were issued to the clubs, at only 1 weeks notice between the semi-final and the finals, than deliberate segregation.

When I went to Saints ticket office, they had a big block of tickets for the North Stand and half of the Slick Stand. I would imagine Glaws had something similar.

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posted Mar 22, 2010

It wasn't segregation between the fans just the allocation that saints and glaws got.

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posted Mar 22, 2010

It was because of the way the tickets were sold, 4,000 to each team. However in the stand behind the kicking posts, I think it was the South Stand, there was a mix.

I was in the "segregated" stand and I like the fact that fans mix, it makes for great fun. There were some Northampton fans two rows in front and people were shaking their hands and wishing them luck before the game and no one said anything when they were on their feet cheering.

I was chatting to Saints fans at the end, first about Courtney Lawes and then having banter with them about Saints constantly being offsided (it was said tongue in cheek) and they wound me up about England not being able to attack with Saints players! (I pointed out to them the best player on the pitch played for Gloucester). It was great fun!

The one thing I did enjoy about the segregation was the singing. Its a shame Gloucester dont have a song but hearing one side sing, then the other, and sometime at the same time trying to drown each other out was fantastic. I loved it!

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posted Mar 23, 2010

Perhaps Johnson will stop backing Leicester players and mates from the past and start picking the young vibrant Saints players. What a difference Foden and Ashton made on Saturday. England have the players, they just don't have the right man in charge. He will always have a problem with Northampton which is bizarre for a man who is supposed to be mature. Having watched Northampton hammer Leicester twice this year, it is them that hold the upper hand in the Midlands now. When will Johnson grow up and pick the best players? He is losing his reputation very quickly. Well done Gloucester again. It is incredible how well the fans from Northampton and Gloucester get along - I always enjoy being at a match with these 2 sides playing just for the fun in the crowd.

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