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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Good vibes from Dai
« on: Today at 07:24:19 PM »
Next year is probably make or break for Dai in many ways, whether fans admit it or not. The academy is bringing players through, the squad is larger, and the good news is he won't have to do much to show improvement on last year, which is all that is needed to "make". If Wasps are lurking in the lower reaches come March, with relegation a possibility and no coherency then I can't see him staying much longer, of his own volition as much as anything. I think he would be the first to admit that it is a results business, and he has given us an insight to his thoughts this year.
I think we can approach next year with some justifiable optimism, with the caveat that I am worried by Lima. I don't think his style is what we want at ten, he is more of a twelve in the GP for my money. Perhaps a Jimmy at twelve will make the difference, who knows? A conservative approach won't get us much higher than we are in the table, if we can improve defence then we will win more matches, but unless we rediscover our scoring touch by improving the conversion  rate of chances or increasing the number of chances, then we won't crack top 4. Confidence might help us convert a greater percentage of our breaks. I am certainly looking forward to watching some of our exciting new signings.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Wasps Forum
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:48:22 PM »
Stuart emailed me to apologise for the delay and to say the forum minutes will be on the website later.

I also passed on the comments...... availability of "proper" cider

Thank you! 
If nothing else this thread has shown many Waspies to know their Addlestones from their elbow....)

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Wasps Forum
« on: July 16, 2019, 03:39:05 PM »
Tucked into Rosie's Pig, Rhubarbed Rosie's Pig, Appleslayer, Rattler and Stan's (Thatchers) Cheddar Valley these past few days. Orchard Pig next me thinks.
Sorry to derail the thread, but if you don't ask you don't get,and it is the off season....

I must admit I have tried one Hogan's cider- just tasted like fizzy golden stuff- Strongbow in a slight disguise. Maybe they do a better one.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: The Cricket World Cup Final
« on: July 16, 2019, 03:33:33 PM »
The list is really anachronistic to me. The principle is fine, but the actual events on it are not really all  "crown jewels". It is subjective, but RL events being on there? The numbers don't justify it. I think we would all be miffed if Sky snagged the 6n, we got highlights only, whilst the RL C cup final enjoyed list A status....

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Wasps Forum
« on: July 15, 2019, 05:42:31 PM »
One year at AP, after Magners sodded off, we had Aspall's cider in bottles. I have never been so grateful that a sponsor left us......

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: The Cricket World Cup Final
« on: July 15, 2019, 05:39:24 PM »
Cricket for me is a first love, one you never get over. Fifty overs is, of course, just a one night stand, albiet yesterday was a hell of a bang, a one night stand with Natalie Portman on a unicorn.
Soccer and rugby form the holy trinity.

Wimbledon I can't stand, would not go if you paid me, just used to interfere with test matches when the beeb had it. Formula one is best followed in the newspapers, the movement, sponsorship and the like became more entertaining than the races somewhere after Schumacher left Benetton.....

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Wasps Forum
« on: July 13, 2019, 12:02:25 PM »
Well I don't expect real cider, but we could definitely improve our fare.

I guess the key point about real cider is that it is still. Wetherspoon pubs stock different ones all over the country, Hallets, the Welsh ciders like Black Dragon, Haymaker etc., Weston's Old Rosie etc. Most carry two even in non cider regions, but it varies and many have more. As cider is now a big south Welsh product we now get about five in every Wetherspoons here, and now a fair few in regular pubs. Whetherspoons  will vary in the different regions- Suffolk, Kent and the West country have a lot of producers.

Some real ciders are made by people who also do the fizzy stuff. Thatchers own Stan's Cheddar Valley, a golden coloured cloudy cider, for example. Gaymer's own barrell Addlestones whilst making some awful stuff. Most real cider manufacturers do a fizzy yellow version, working the other way round.

Fwiw, in the Ricoh they have sold Healy's Rattler, in the fan village. How it got there is beyond me, it was there in two bars this year once. It isn't real cider, but it is a thousand percent better than the current offerings. A way of putting it to real ale drinkers. Heiniken lager is as close to real ale as Strongbow is to cider. We are literally talking different drinks. Tea and coffee. It is a spectrum, of course, but a bottled not-real-but-not-Strongbow/Bulmers/Magners option like Rattler (now sold in Supermarkets all over the UK), Aspalls, or Taffy Appled would be a fantastic upgrade. Bottles certainly will have a longer expiry date and so won't go unsold.

As for other clubs. Bris do Thatchers, sadly, but again at least they do Thatchers' Haze, which is a bit of choice and not Strongbow.
Glaws do Stowford Press iirc, again pretty fizzy and yellow, though the pubs over from Castle Grimm offer a wider choice. Iirc Worc do two fizzy yellow ones.  So it is true, other clubs don't do much better, but they do do a little better, because the three worst drinks on the market are Strongbow, Magners and Bulmers, followed by alcopops like Old Moot and Swedish fruit ciders. It sounds churlish, but the drink selection has influenced my decision on tickets. I can do about eight to ten games a year, home/away, and nowadays I do more away than I used to. To come from  where I work in Llanelli  to Coventry, with no drink at the end beyond tea is just not as appealing, especially as when going to Bath, etc. I know the pubs that do something I like. It is not about favourite tipples, I can't see many Purity ale drinkers complaining if I changed their ale to Doombar or some such, but if I changed it to fizzy lager they would not buy, which is pretty much how I behave when the cider option is Bulmers/Magners/Strongbow.

Anyway I am off by coincidence to Cornwall today.
Happy cider territory.....
Cheers all.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Wasps Forum
« on: July 12, 2019, 12:20:10 AM »
If you can get some real cider in the bars  I will be eternally grateful.....)
Broken but thirsty record, I know.......

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: and the first match of next season is:
« on: July 12, 2019, 12:13:44 AM »
Not sure how anyone can call these with too much certainty as of now. I mean nobody predicted last year's misery-fest. If I had told you Lima would end up as being picked on/singled out as worst signing in the prem after so many said he would be an upgrade on the eventual prem ten of the year or that Wade would leave for US football after five games what would anyone have said? Ditto most here were calling for Daly to be dropped, and nobody would have predicted that last summer.

So my money will stay firmly in the back pocket until we can judge form a bit better....

Nice to see the Haskell bit too. He seems to have a real zest for life that I felt we could have done with last year....

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Tony Rowe - no fan of Jones' England
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:41:47 PM »
He may also hear negatives from players involved in the set up, or have an axe to grind over Eddie being utterly devoid of class as a bloke and his teams frequently failing to show the values to which we would all want. He certainly seems excessively confident that we will bomb.
There is quite a calm and measured discussion on the DW site about England et al at the WC, under the training announcement thread, I am not sure anyone is up for making such certain predictions there, which says something and puts these comments in perspective....

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Christian: Interview in The Telegraph.
« on: July 08, 2019, 07:35:23 PM »
Who can read this without a tinge of sadness. Such a great talent.
I do feel that in his final full year he had become slightly bulkier, wonder if this is me back projecting after his move....

Sadly, even if fit I think Eddie would have been hard pushed to drop BY for him, no matter how uninspiring the former is.........

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Leaving Sportsnetwork....
« on: June 26, 2019, 11:55:18 PM »
Hopefully multiple threads would not be allowed here..... and the rudeness would not be tolerated either.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Prem Game in USA
« on: June 26, 2019, 06:11:43 PM »
Surely internationals make more sense than clubs? I mean what will they make of Harlequins? Knowing our luck, we will attract people thinking we are White Anglo Saxon Protestants.

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