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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Woodward on Wasps
« Last post by Shugs on Today at 07:18:04 PM »
If you're going for a backs and forwards captain I'd be going with Shields and Gopperth. I wouldn't give it Willis for fear of the "Botham" effect. I think he should just be left to play.
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Deflated
« Last post by Heathen on Today at 07:15:59 PM »
I agree, Raggs. I was staggered by the performance, in terms of effort and skill, and by how well we dealt with them tactically.

The try by Jacob and the catch, kick and tackle by Lima were my moments of the season.

+1.
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Personally don't think midweek games are the answer but we have a long close season that could be shortened. As paying customers fans want to see the best on offer. So shut the league down during the 6N, get rid of the Anglo cup, extend the season by two weeks at the start and four at the end. Most players get a rest, the lottery of international call ups don't have such a big impact on the league and the fans see stronger sides. Low league gates due to internationals are avoided also.
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I think Jacob's defence is considerably better than the other 2 and other parts of his game have improved substantially after his last England training involvement, which is why I think he has been picked above them.
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Yes, Smith is the best 10 in the league for me closely followed by Umaga and Ford. Simmonds is useful but to be frank he does have it remarkably easy. It's not in question that all four really deserve a call up and it's huge congratulations to them. But if feels like we've loaned the Crown Jewels to someone who won't take good care of them.
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Deflated
« Last post by Shugs on Today at 06:57:06 PM »
It's a mix of emotions for me. I agree we should never go into a final grateful just to be there and to be fair i don't think that's where any of the team were. I keep re-visiting key moments - what if this, what if that. As far as the line out it was the right call for me to go for it but obviously not to go long. But my overriding realisation is that we've very recently beaten Bath and Saracens away, demolished Bristol and basically matched Exeter. If we were ever really away we're now back.
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Smith, Simmonds, Umaga is how they stack up for me. Umaga has the luxury of being between the best 9 and 12 in the league. Simmonds has an armchair most weeks. Smith has neither of these and still looks the real deal.
Umaga has more to work on than the other two..IMO
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: The endless thread
« Last post by WonkyWasp on Today at 06:47:08 PM »
Flooded
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I think Jacob learns a huge amount in camp.
His kicking game and his understanding when to do so, improved measurably after his last stint with England.

I donít think heíll play that often just yet. And will hopefully be returned to Wasps every now and then to top-up his game time. 
But his time in camp will escalate his learning and maturity as a number 10.

When Ford is healed in a few weeks, Jacob will probably be returned.
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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Deflated
« Last post by backdoc on Today at 06:08:40 PM »
I agree, Raggs. I was staggered by the performance, in terms of effort and skill, and by how well we dealt with them tactically.

The try by Jacob and the catch, kick and tackle by Lima were my moments of the season.

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