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Everything to Nothing

Premiership Leicester
by Tony D (U7742983) 18 September 2010
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Its a sad day for Leicester who thought they had the game, but ended up with 1 point instead of 5.

What happened? Its a mixture of things, but ultimately it was Leicester's failure to.....play propr rugby.

We had ample chances, we had the match, we had the game sewn up in the 30th minute. We deserved to win, but not for the whole 80 minutes, and Wasps took their chances.

Why the hell did we take off Staunton? Twelvetress couldnt kick, Walder was in perfect form, and we lost because we couldnt kick tacticaly, we couldnt defend properly, and in the end it got summed up by our skipper G. Murphy who got confused by the bounce of the ball letting Haughton win the game.

As a Tiger fan, im ashamed of our inability to hold the ball, hold the game and win the game. We cant seem....to win a game and play for 80 minutes. Wasps were able to win and all credit to Dave Walder who was the thorn in Leicester's side, and pumped Wasps into the lead and showed Leicester that in order to win you have to play from start to finish and not switch off. Leicester switched off as soon as they came out in the second half. We didnt score a point in the second half, and to be honest, we didnt even look like we could.

Head in hands stuff for us fans watcing Leicester play the past 3 weeks. Are we yet capable of playing 80 minutes of rugby?

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comment by hncc (U14618593)

posted Sep 19, 2010

I think Wasps absolutely deserved the win, and i'm sorry whatever goes through Stuart Barnes' head when he commentates just comes out as either repeatition of what Dowi Morris has said, or its about how much he is in love with Ben Youngs! Plus you could not get a more biased commentator, I swear all he does is support the team which is playing Wasps that week! Its just frustrating!

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posted Sep 19, 2010

Cockerill has got rid of too many key players, and with the new interpretations of the laws Tigers are going to struggle. Ollie Smith, Varndell, Moody, Vesty will all flourish in the new enviroment, and Cockerill has not replaced them with players of the same class.

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comment by Lang (U9741662)

posted Sep 19, 2010

Leicester look extremely dangerous every time they attack. Wasp clearly do not have all the attacking resources and streng like Leicester. Nevertheless Wasp won the game with guts and self-confidence. A nice surprise.

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posted Sep 19, 2010

Lang - what game were you watching?
Tigers only scored one more try than we did. Don't forget Reesy was also denied a try by the TMO.
First half was up and down with Tigers edging it, mainly due to Wasps poor discipline. But Wasps dominated the second half more emphatically than Tigers had bossed the first. Wasps discipline and Dave Walder's boot were what won us the game in the second half. We conceded virtually no penalties in the second half, and 19 had unanswered points!
Also impressed with Andy Powell, Getting better with every game, and TV was electric when running at the opposition. Big well done to the pack too. First time for ages that we've got the better of the Tigers pack for virtually a whole match.
Great afternoon of rugby.

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comment by lewisac (U6900338)

posted Sep 19, 2010

Let's not forget that Leicester also missed 2 tries just short of the line. Wasps didn't look like scoring a try for the entire second half and even a Wasps fan has to be surprised by the try that they did get. Leicester pushed and pushed on the ball and Wasps just pinned Tigers in their own half which without a good kicker they had no response to. When Leicester had possession in the Wasps half, they looked like scoring.

I also disagree with the notion that Wasps dominated the scrum. I saw only one where Barnes was quick to blow up against Leicester and there was blatant boring in. Barnes just couldn't referee a scrum for his life

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posted Sep 19, 2010

Anyone who thinks Wasps dominated the scrum needs their head seeing to

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posted Sep 20, 2010

Wasps dominated the whole game in the 2nd half and yes they also dominated the scrum, u don't nill a team in the 2nd half if u not dominating in every area, including the scrum. Tigers only had one kick at goal in the 2nd half and therefore if they dominated the scrum would clearly have more! Tigers just admit you got beaten in all areas! Need to be less arogant about ur team!

besides i am happy that my head does not need seeing to!

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posted Sep 20, 2010

Tigers only had one kick at goal in the 2nd half and therefore if they dominated the scrum would clearly have more!

Eh? how does that work then?

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posted Sep 20, 2010

I suppose as a general rule, a dominant scrum wins penalties....ergo, no penalties, no domination.

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comment by lewisac (U6900338)

posted Sep 20, 2010

Leicester had several penalties in the second half. Unfortunately, all but one of them were in their own half. Where Wasps dominated in the second half was the kicking game which pinned Leicester in their own half, to which there was no reply. The Wasps were pinged for early engagement and gave away a few free kicks at the scrum I still fail to see how they "dominated" since they never won any against the head and the only penalty I remember seeing Barnes give against Leicester in the scrum was for a collapse where Payne was very blatantly boring in from the other side (that is where a prop drives in not straight, often affecting a collapse on the opposite side).

Most of the penalties against Leicester were offside and holding on as they tried to get into the Wasps half.

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