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Line up for the Tigers vs Australia game

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by screamingaddabs (U1828923) 08 November 2010
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I noticed no-one had put this up yet (I've probably been beaten to it whilst writing this). What does everyone think? Strong Leicester line up, weak Aussie one?

Leicester are using letters for this game - I'd love them to go back to always doing this!

Leicester Tigers:
0 Geordan Murphy (c),
N Scott Hamilton,
M Matt Smith,
L Anthony Allen,
K Manu Tuilagi,
J Billy Twelvetrees,
I James Grindal,
H Craig Newby,
G Jordan Crane,
F Thomas Waldrom,
E George Skivington,
D Ed Slater,
C Julian White,
B George Chuter,
A Peter Bucknall.

Replacements: P Rob Hawkins, Q Gaston De-Robertis, R Steve Mafi, S Ben Pienaar, T Jason Spice, U George Ford, V Dan Hipkiss.

Australia:
15 Peter Hynes,
14 Rod Davies,
13 Pat McCabe,
12 Anthony Faingaa,
11 Lachie Turner,
10 Berrick Barnes (capt),
9 Luke Burgess,
8 Richard Brown,
7 Matt Hodgson,
6 Scott Higginbotham,
5 Rob Simmons,
4 Van Humphries,
3 Salesi Ma'afu,
2 Huia Edmonds,
1 James Slipper .
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Pat McCutcheon , 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Matt Giteau, 22 Luke Morahan

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posted Nov 9, 2010

Yeah, i've given up. Even downloaded Sopcast but i'll be Dan Biggared if I can find the match.

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posted Nov 9, 2010

Well it went pretty much as Id predicted ...Tigers didnt have the scrum dominance predicted, but ther hard physical players really took it to the Aussies. At 15-13 there was a real buzz, shame about the breakaway at the end. Twelvetrees is getting there but still missed some crucial touches. Frustrating but good to see them make a fight of it despite shipping so many points early ... a bit like the england game in that respect.

Mikey ... You could say exactly the same for the LV= games.
This Australian side was much nearer the real deal thats the SA XV that played last year. Most of those players will make the world cup squad, they are the equivelant of EPS members. For a club side to take the scalp of a second string Tri Nations representational side is still huge. Considering Tigers without Parling , Deacon, Croft, Tuilagi senior, Amorosino, Agulla, Flood, Castrogiovani, Youngs, Cole, Stankovich, and Staunton you can consider them just as depleted.

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posted Nov 10, 2010

Have to say I was dumbfounded looking for these 'electric' Australian backs. The game was won at the breakdown where the Aussies were excellent - both legally and not so much - but their outside backs were never remotely in the game and frankly looked pretty static and slow.

Barnes was very good - except for his goal-kicking - has he been training with Nicky Robinson? And the Aussie tight forwards were decent - but would have been pummelled by our first choice.

Their loosies were extremely good!

Shame Billy kicked so much decent ball away - and not very well either - I suppose the plan was to test them in awkward, cold, wet conditions under the high ball but mainly it didn't work (except a couple of times when Manu's opposite number was clearly bricking it - but that was more about him and Manu than the tactic) and it would have beeb better to switch to a territorial kicking game if they were going to persist with kicking it away. The restarts were generally too deep as well - as were Ford's on Friday night. That tactic needs binning!

Still good game overall - scoreline flattered the visitors but they were worth the win in the end. We couldn't quite sustain the momentum when we took the lead. If we could have sustained it for another few minutes then I think we'd have got another score and been able to close it out but we let them back in (Hawkins first two lineouts were a killer - double move before the throw Ross? Come on!) and they stepped it up. Shame really but on the upside for me for the fiirst time in weeks I walked away from a game not cursing the referee for affecting the result and ruining the entertainment. well done Mr Kaplan and thank you. My only objections to his performance were the absence of a card when Aus conceeded something like 8 or 9 penalies in a row; the fact that he waited until the 74th minute to ping either side (it happened to be us) for not straight at the lineout - he could have done so for 50% of them until that point; and why oh why did he do the Aus scrummie for a crooked feed once and then completely fail to follow it up again? The next one went straight into the back row! Otherwise he was pretty good and generally consistent.

Overall - I was pretty pleased. We got close to a good Aus side. we certainly rattled them and on another night would have squeezed it out. Good fun!

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posted Nov 10, 2010

OOO I broadly agree with you.
Re: the cards it was an unbelivable string of penalties they conceeded either side of half time. I just dont think the ref wanted to card players in a friendly.
He certainly couldve binned Manu for getting involved in 3 fights ( his own fault or not) but just went for the stren talking to and a "calm down".

Aussie backs were pretty quiet, but when they did get it going you could see that pace. But they seemed to be intent on kicking the ball down the line and trying to turn the our backs.

Greta to see Manu really step up again. Hes only a fringe player for the club at the minute but really seems to bring it in the big occassions. Didnt get much of a chance with the ball in hand but was a big part in keeping the Aussies backs quitet ( and frankly who can blame them for kicking when he was on the hunt) I have no doubt that he will play for England sometime in the next year or two.

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posted Nov 10, 2010

I suppose that's a fair point about the cards 0 but if the players were going take it so seriously and play so -ahem - 'professionally' then I think the ref had to do the same. Apparently Chutes was luckiy not to have a sit-down for a punch too.

Agreed on Manu. He is about there. I'd like to see him at 13 in the next round of Premiership matches - not tha Smith has done anything wrong - far from it - but it's time to test Manu at the next level. I think he's ready.

I'm not sure about this pace in the Aus back three though. Their left wing was run down by Ed Slater! Who is admittedly quicker than we realised, I suspect. And I don't recall them once beating a man for gas.

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posted Nov 10, 2010

games like this not only bring revenue into a club but they also enhance the standing of the club around the world and imo helps you attract new players to the club/region/province.

Hats off to the tigers for getting two big touring sides in 2 years.

Didn;t see the game so can;t comment but in the grand scheme of things this can only be a good idea for any side and the powers that be at your side should be applauded.

ps still hope we smash you friday though winkeye

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posted Nov 10, 2010

OSPREYJB1973 - last night's team was as close to a first team as we can get between internationals and injuries. Many will be rested against you on Friday in preparation for the league game the following Friday.

Expect a very young side with maybe a couple of players playing only their 2nd or 3rd game for club - and expect a big win if you play anything like your strongest available side

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posted Nov 10, 2010

But in the same way that lst night will have been good for Peter Bucknall, Ed Slater, Billy 36, Matt Smith and Manu Tuilagi Friday against a good O's side will be good for George Ford etc.

Getting smashed might be a useful lesson to them!

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comment by Sam (U6583071)

posted Nov 10, 2010

Almost completely agree with One Eye, accurate description of the game. However, the "Otherwise he was pretty good and generally consistent" I have to disagree with. Kaplan was anything but! Didn't change the result though, Oz were better on the day and Welford Rd was still swinging, great atmosphere.

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posted Nov 10, 2010

We'll ahve to agree to differ on that. I'm struggling to see any inconsistency - except those mentioned.

The fact that we didn't adjust to him is not his fault!

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