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@374 Man for man, the Scots displayed more guts and ambition than England and dominated the match for >60 mins. England's number 3 bored in consistently until he was subbed off. Good to see Gordon Reid proved too hot for Doran Jones, yes yes I'm well aware he had played 70 minutes less rugby than him
Hope Billy Twelvetrees has a blinder and rams the pathetic Leicester fan on heres thoughts down his throat! However no matter what he does he knows he will be dropped again the following week.What does the Leicester bore think of George Ford (or does it depend on whether he says of goes)? I am far from convinced he will make it at top level & suspect he may be another Lamb!
Good luck 36!
Really pleased he's got a start if he can get the back line over the gain line and played into gaps messers Ashton & Barrit could cross the line.I think the Scotland side offers a lot of danger, long been an admirer of Visser, lets just hope Ashton's defence game has stepped up!All the makings of a good clash and some interesting scrummages! Men to watch for me are Launchbury vs Grey
371 scottish props were not yellow carded for scrum offences, best scrums I have seen for a long time.359 When you go back to school on Monday see if you can get extra tuition for your spelling and punctuation! And as for the grand slam lol
Aargh! To many places to comment.
370 sports scholarships have nothing to do with offering pupils a better chance. They are a business transaction, improving the sporting performance of a school makes it more attractive to paying customers.Same is true of academic scholarships - they exist in order to boost exam results so the school can charge more money.
#369, Scotland A deserved their win, but hopefully Farrell do a bit better than Ford did for the Saxons, he was absolutely dire.Not sure how a team can have two props sin-binned within 5 yards of the line without the ref going under the posts, but the fact was that England couldn't score against 13 men (in part due to yet another howler from Ford), so Scotland deserved their win.
@367 - Private schools have offered sporting scholarships for years. This is not a new thing, and they are trying to give tallented youngsters benefits they may not have the chance to experience otherwise. Also scholarships can be privately funded by individuals affiliated with certain schools and therefore specific to certain academic or sporting disciplines.
Great win for scotland A against much vaunted opponents...hopwfully more of the same tomorrow
#358 I agree on Hartley, particularly on the alleged fish hooking.Having said that there are very few front row forwards who don't have a catalogue of incidents behind them.Youngs did well against NZ, but his throwing was poor in the other tests. If England have a defensive lineout, I would feel far less nervous with Hartley on the pitch.
We r seeing private schools offering scolarships to play rugby is this a sensible use of educational establishment resources? These schools are attracting good players, but at the expense of trampling over established teams & players. These schools are trying to become rugby academies & I believe they are damaging their existing kids & the scolar feel like awkward fish out of water?
Good luck Billy. You have learned your craft well at Tigers and Gloucester. Hopefully you can grind those Scots into the turf.
Scotland will probably try and kill the game and play really negative rugby just to upset things. I generally like watching Scotland - good fast attacking forwards but I am sure they will be well capable of giving England a muddy, slow armwrestle that leaves a bitter taste. England to win by less than 10 points and Coventry born Jim Hamilton will thump someone and get sin binned.
Very humorous, daveonbank, but NZ have set the standard for years and aiming to learn from their style of play isn't such a bad thing. But what England need is to produce top level performances consistently with no more false dawns. The odd spell of brilliance in the middle of more frequent mediocrity is not something anybody would associate with the ABs.
I hear that England want to play like the all blacks tomorrow.Is that like they played against England?Missing easy kicks, dropping passes giving away interception tries, missing tackles and kicking directly into touch.If so Scotland to win.
os99 tomorrow is definitely going to be a big test for Twelvetrees. Personally I am hoping he copes with the step up as England need some one with his skill set that can function at the highest level.Justin150 I think you are at least missing out the ban he got a few weeks back at Northampton.Am I missing something or have the BBC completely ignored the French and Italy teams? Can't find them.
I don't think Twelvetrees has developed any further since moving to Gloucester, he's been performing in the premiership and amlin. At international level, defensively he will be exposed like he was for Leicester and he has shown many times that he lacks the big-game temperament when it matters. He has good distribution skills, but when put under pressure he rarely uses them.
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