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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: New DOR Options?
« on: Today at 12:00:46 AM »
Not Cheika, please anyone but.
Many seem to be talking about ex Wasps, but most appointments are not ex players of their club in most sports.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Dai chopped??
« on: February 15, 2020, 10:09:19 PM »
The key question is why, and at the initiation of whom? Was that forthcoming from Dai?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: I just despair
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:46:39 PM »
I am cracking open a red. I am sure I will feel more optimistic in half an hour.
Meanwhile, I hope everyone got home safely.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Morning All
« on: February 15, 2020, 12:37:12 PM »
Morning, ish. 12.32 counts as almost morning.
Have taken my daughter to visit family in far Essex, so my wife can have some much needed peace and visit her parents when the weather allows, so I won't be attending, but will be watching via BT internet. I expect some stuttering images, and a stuttery game regardless. ...
Safe travels all

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Team for Tigs
« on: February 14, 2020, 03:57:32 PM »
It is nice to be talking about a game after this past week.
Could be another Scotland  England effort. Safe travels to all going.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Dai chopped??
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:23:11 PM »
I am very unsure on all of this. Dai did lead us through some periods of very exciting mrugby,  with some superb results- you can't get closer to the title than we got without winning it- a different ref other than JP and the title was ours- but there were two distinct periods where we were pretty conservative, one season prior to the move, one now. The problem with conservative rugby is beyond style, it is simply that it has a ceiling if you are not the best at it, and we never looked like we would be with our personnel. Munster and Chiefs have had little success in Europe of late, whilst EAs circa 2012 failed in all the big games playing pretty conservative stuff, whilst flat track bullying elsewhere. It is safe but rarely gets the big prizes. It is true that SA won a WC with a conservative style, but a fixture list where they had only to beat England, Wales and  Japan helped. Wasps have developed a style over 18 months that feels very safety first, which for me limits our potential. I do not know how much of this is Dai, and how much us forced by circumstances.

I will be honest, I don't like our recent style of play. We have looked sharp offensively a small number of times in eighteen months, two games when Searle clicked for forty mins and a couple of recent ones with Jacob playing well and the backs suddenly clicking.The rest of the time when we have been successful,  and there are not that many successes, when we have won matches it has not really been through scintillating back play but more about dogged defense, solid scrum and defensive intensity with tries coming from the forwards. Think Chiefs last year- great win but our backs created little, at least in comparison to previous wins.

I am concerned by reports of rifts. We do have a great crop coming through by all accounts, and it slips true that some star signings have not lived up to billing, but the idea put forward  in various outlets that Dai has been refused signings is worrying. I hope it is not true, he deserves more.

I don't think the club have handled it well regardless of the actual decisions made. Does anyone agree?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: EAs lose Sponsor
« on: February 12, 2020, 12:43:44 AM »
Allianz Arena has a ring to it, don't you think?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Dai chopped??
« on: February 11, 2020, 08:59:09 PM »
I think I have had enough mouthy Aussie coaches.
Wishing Dai all the best.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Minutes from last Fan forum
« on: February 11, 2020, 08:56:43 PM »
Interesting, and many thanks.
The fan village is an odd one for me, I enjoy it, and when they have things like facepainting it really makes my daughter's day, but I don't spend much money in it because of the fact that I don't like the alcoholic drinks on offer. Without it, the 4 + hours traveling makes it a bit miserable to turn up and basically have the concourse and seats as the only option. That is true of places like Castle Grim, but then there are pubs very nearby which have a nicer feel to them. I guess the solution for me would be to move and get a season ticket. It feels bad that the club get so little of my money compared to the amount I spend on prem rugby generally, but by and large I do enjoy the away games more.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: EJ warns against "nigglie" Scots
« on: February 07, 2020, 03:56:57 PM »
So you read it too!

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: EJ warns against "nigglie" Scots
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:58:26 AM »
I get the impression that there is a file of England tactics to be revealed. Page one is a picture of Billy V charging over from 3 yards, page 2 a picture of Manu charging over from 4, page 3 Mako charging from 2, page 4 Itoje from 2, and page 5 Itoje charging down the ball. The rather thin "backs move" section is on Page 27, and is a picture of 2 wingers on an overlap freezing in their coats and mittens wondering what a ball looks like...........

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: EJ warns against "nigglie" Scots
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:26:07 PM »
I am having difficulty with what is a joke in this thread and what he has actually done/said.
Rather telling!

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: EJ warns against "nigglie" Scots
« on: February 05, 2020, 09:39:36 AM »
Worried about both. Idiot Aussie bravado and "genius or muppet" selections can really synergise into an unholy mess.

Wonder if they fancy naming a stadium in Coventry?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: England 23
« on: February 03, 2020, 10:49:00 PM »
Did anyone expect us to nab it after the first half?

Not me.

Watching Eddie's England is in many ways less stressful than at other times.  First and foremost, regardless of coach, selection, what clubs players come from etc, I want England to succeed.  However, when they put in a poor performance like yesterday, or the 2nd half v Scotland last year, there is some sense of relief that Eddie's eccentricity and arrogance are being shown up.

That last bit rings true. I have this empty feeling when we lose and get shown up in the areas everyone predicted. Very different to losing in other ways.

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