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by Evanjonescymru (U14640734) 08 October 2010
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Saints are getting a pasting.

They look good in the aviva prem but are sadly very much second best here, no matter how enthusiastic the awful commentators and pundits are. I used to like will greenwood but he is talking rubbish tonight.

I wish they were showing dragons vs Glasgow...!

Good luck castres

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posted Oct 9, 2010

A lot seems to be being made about this being a 'second-string' Castres team, but with a far higher salary cap the quality in depth of French clubs should be superior to their English counterparts. Add to that the luxury of most of the team Castres put out last night being rested last weekend and I think you have a little truer perspective on the game.

Whether the French salary cap is too high or the English too low is of course debatable. I think the round-ball game has shown that attracting the most expensive players has the ultimate consequence of producing a few elite debt-laden clubs. I would rather go down the road of a sustainable salary cap, related to average club income, even if it means in the short term being at a distinct disadvantage to the French clubs.

An evenly contested premiership, with a sensible limit on the number of foreign players has to be good for England. We should remember in these harsh economic times, even the poorest paid premiership player is on good money. Even a profitable club like Northampton should pause to reflect that last night was not a sell-out and not let their players salaries go any much further out of kilter than can be sustained in the long run.

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posted Oct 9, 2010

Oh God please no!

The fans are sounding like the Aviva coaches now blaming the salary cap!

Scarlets where on the brink last season of folding and had a bunch of teenagers for a squad and they wiped te floor with Saracens,Wasps and London Irish TWICE!

so don't spin that salary cap line around here it just don't wash.

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posted Oct 9, 2010

Scrappy game, dreadfully refereed by an inadequate Magners ref giving decisions on crowd shout. Bad news for Cardiff & Edinburgh that Castres got a bonus point - but with even a marginally competent ref with some backbone it should have been four. Northampton in desperate need of a quality kicker.

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posted Oct 9, 2010

ah well ..just come to post my 2pence worth because reading the 606 forum on 'cardiff contenders tag'( before even a ball was kicked in HEC).. 60 posts were put in from english supporters on how northampton will win the group hands down not even a shred a of doubt! on that performance the Blues look forward to meeting northampton with relish..

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posted Oct 9, 2010

I wathced the game last night and I think that it is fair to say that Northampton are not a good enough team th win the HC, they might run a few teams close but with the aweful kicking on display they are not going to be contenders. That only really leaves leicester as possible challengers from the AP. I can't see past another French side winning it, I mean if Casres are that much of a problem to beat when on the road then god knows what Biaritz and Toulouse are brnging.

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posted Oct 9, 2010

For someone as long-sighted as your name suggests VTI that's a pretty short-sighted response. Don't assume because you're a madly partisan Scarlets fan, which I don't knock by the way, that everyone else is so blinded by misplaced loyalty that nothing they say can possibly be taken at face value.

If you read my comments through carefully there was an implied criticism of the Saints management who are pressing for a higher salary cap. Undoubtedly Saints are financially in place to be one of the handful of elite clubs raising the salary cap would actually benefit. Although I'm a Saints fan, I just don't like that elitist concept.

As a supporter of the underdog I can go along with the pride you took in the exploits of Scarlet's teenagers. It would be a shame if you lost those same teenagers to a club with a larger salary cap though wouldn't it?

Try putting your brain in gear first next time old chap, what,what,what ... and watch out for the double entendre, it may be farther from infinity than you think.

Regards OTS

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posted Oct 9, 2010

blu-n-blak (U13930651)
the Blues look forward to meeting northampton with relish..

Well chap The Saints will be quacking in their boots after tonight!!!

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comment by Ben (U14351817)

posted Oct 10, 2010

The kicking place picking was not good for either team, this could be down to fact that adidas balls are used and they differ from the normal gilbert ones.

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posted Oct 10, 2010

after the blues match last nite i thought it really didnt say much about there performance at all.. blues v edinburgh games are always grind it out affairs

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posted Oct 10, 2010

Sweeney will be starting against Northampton after Parks yet again failed to get the backs moving and kept booting the leather off the ball. That's when more tries will start comingsmiley.

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