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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Koch joins Ampthill (as scrum coach)
« on: July 01, 2022, 09:49:46 AM »
See in the blurb that he sees himself finishing playing in 2 years time.

Yes, I saw that. I wonder if this is him working towards a transition towards a full time forwards coach?

Would you want him ending up as a Wasps coach? And then, after a few years, maybe moving back to SA as a coach there?

Ampthill is a heck of a way from Henley in Arden though.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Koch joins Ampthill (as scrum coach)
« on: June 30, 2022, 07:15:00 PM »
Don't DO that ....  >:(

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: So what's the thinking on the Bond?
« on: June 28, 2022, 03:49:05 PM »
I am not really thinking about it. It will get sorted this week, or it won't. It will eventually geet sorted, or it won't.

Anyway it gets spinned, it won't affect me in any material way.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: England U20s Summer Squad
« on: June 25, 2022, 09:27:29 AM »
Lineouts for England were very poor, scrums were worse. Backs were lacklustre. Boks were good and well organised.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Matios Moroni
« on: June 22, 2022, 10:49:46 AM »
Odendaal can also play 13, can't he?

Yes, and no. 12 and 13 are not interchangeable, unless your name is Eddie, and he does not play anywhere near as well at 13.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Prem final. Spoiler alert.
« on: June 18, 2022, 05:52:16 PM »
Oh darn it. I missed it.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I've posted before that I think Josh has lost a little speed. This vid is from at least 3 years ago, as Joe Simpson was still with us.

I think people will agree that we haven't seen this pace from Josh in the past season.

With reference to Josh, he is a long distance ranging runner, best suited to sevens these days. Ditto for Kibirige, and Watson & Sirker. Wade and Odogwu are the short buts manoeuvring types, best typified by wingers like Nowell and Kolbe.

Rugby is morphing away from those rangy runners. They don't get the room they once did. Those wingers more like Nowell and Kolbe are far better suited to today's game. They go looking for work, and often interchange with the 13 position.

Wade would be a perfect example of what we do need.

As to Jacob, he has yet to mature. He still measures himself by what others say and think about him, rather than setting his own goals. The brain farts are when he pushes to be like others want him to be, then he has been over coached and tries to follow that instruction. He loses confidence. He has not got that balance of self that he needs. Maybe it will come, maybe it won't. It certainly won't for as long as he reads and listens to social media. It won't for as long as the England senior team shirt is dangled in front of him. See how fast Marcus Smith is losing his mojo under that same tutelage.

For me, the squad lacks balance, it is the best we can muster. I do not expect to see cohesion, as the parts are too disparate, and they do not have enough time to try to get it to work.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Should we be worried by this?
« on: June 15, 2022, 09:44:14 PM »
…and a CCFC fan.

Clearly it’s not all rosy.  On top of the economic situation where lending is being tightened up, the group companies have suffered tremendously from both COVID and Brexit with the latter impacting staffing significantly.

But let’s see what he has to say before deciding whether there’s any further concern needed.

Should I be concerned? No. It doesn't affect me at all. Should WE, as fans, be concerned, not really. Should those of us that are also bond holders be concerned? Maybe, if you can't afford to lose the gamble that was implicit in buying the bonds. But, only a little maybe.

Mike Brown possibly at FB? Bobby must have been reading this forum😙

He does.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Danny Wilson
« on: June 06, 2022, 06:11:55 PM »
Well, when you reach for the stars, it is only the great fall afterwards that makes you realise that all that glitters and sparkles is not gold.

I can't say I feel at all sorry for him. I made a similar mistake in my twenties and it remains one of my greatest regrets.

He really let Dai down, and for that he will be remembered, not just by Wasps, but by other teams.

In other words, not as good as Jimmy, who, let's be honest, apart from his penalty kicking, hasn't been exactly outstanding for a few games.

A sort of acknowledgement that he is, at best, #2 as long as we have almost anyone else. Like Burger.

Also sadly confirms that someone was daft enough to give him a 3 year deal. A quite large waste of money.

It is my view that our 12/13 axis this year has been very poor. I have nothing against Mills, or Spink, or Odogwu, but none of those are going to fix that problem next year, not unless they have a major change in their game play skills. I wonder what happened to Rekeiti Ma’asi-White? He would be 20 next year. I recall watching him a few years back, and what a unit he is. Fast, powerful and big.

Did he get loaned to Moseley (and isn't that where Ash went)?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Leicester v Wasps: Post Match Thoughts
« on: June 05, 2022, 11:55:00 AM »
Odendaal is not the only signing. Assuming we’re just talking backs we also have Haydon-Wood and Hartley joining the first team. Spink, Atkinson and Porter have a year of experience under their belts. And we (hopefully) won’t be chopping and changing every week. We may also have a couple of new signings. Plus we already have some of the best backs in the division. It will turn.
Odendaal will join in Oct/Nov after finishing a full season in SA, no rest and no preseason if reports are correct. We’ve already seen the effects that can have on a players form. Haydon Wood is a young inexperienced player at 10 and Hartley is stepping up from the academy so I think it would be unfair on them to think they are going to tear the league up straight away. Yes Spink, Porter and Atkinson will be better with this season under their belts. You keep saying we MIGHT have a couple of new signings, at this point we haven’t so you have to base your assumptions on what we have got. Others have commented on your statement that we already have some of the best backs in the division and I agree with their assessment. The one point that could prove you right is IF and it’s a big IF we get a couple of quality signings in the backs this could be a completely different conversation

The Currie Cup ends this year on 25 June. They realigned the calendar to match the NH calendar, so it no longer goes in to Autumn. Why would Odendall not come here after that? I think Lions are currently bottom of the table.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Thanks!
« on: June 04, 2022, 09:28:27 PM »
Ever since I played my first season (over 50 years ago now), I really want summer to be over with and for the new season to start.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Match Thread
« on: June 04, 2022, 04:44:09 PM »
You know what, if we had played like that all season, we would be in the top 4. Well played by the lads. A good game. Looking forward to next year.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Morning all!
« on: June 04, 2022, 10:47:12 AM »
If it's on a streaming site (other than PRTV) then I will be watching, else I might get the lawns cut (I let them be for 'no cut May', saw loads of insects; bees, dragonflies, butterflies and even a pair of hedgehogs and a grass snake) - the first cut after no cut is supposed to be cut and drop, so that will take maybe an hour or two.

Utterly miserable day here in the South Midlands, with a cold North Easterly wind blowing and darned chilly.

For me this seems like a dead rubber day. I hope the lads feel there is something to play for.

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