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Author Topic: Back to mid table mediocrity ?  (Read 859 times)

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Putneyquin

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Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« on: Sunday 19-May-2019, 21:38* »
This season was much better than the horror show of last season under JK. The fact we finished in 5th vs 10th is progress.

However, the reality check is that we ended up bang in line with our 13 season average position of mid-table mediocrity:
Past 13 season avge: Position: 5.6/Points 57
2018/19: Position: 5th/Points 58

We started with a mixed performance, had a strong mid season, then collapsed into a poor final third:
First 7 games: Won 3
Middle 8 games: Won 5
Final 7 games: Won 2

So, the big question for next season is whether Gustard can change the “playing model” (buying players + developing players + culture + selection + tactics) and raise Quins above our natural mid-table position.

I truly hope he can. But I’m unconvinced by his first round of recruitment, especially in the second row. Our scrum was ranked 12th in league and our Lineout continues to let us down.

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raedarius

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 19-May-2019, 22:29* »
Mid table, or rather fourth to seventh, is separated by a single point.  Mark this down as a bit of an outlier season and see how it plays out next season.
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QuincyJones

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 19-May-2019, 22:29* »
This season was much better than the horror show of last season under JK. The fact we finished in 5th vs 10th is progress.

However, the reality check is that we ended up bang in line with our 13 season average position of mid-table mediocrity:
Past 13 season avge: Position: 5.6/Points 57
2018/19: Position: 5th/Points 58

We started with a mixed performance, had a strong mid season, then collapsed into a poor final third:
First 7 games: Won 3
Middle 8 games: Won 5
Final 7 games: Won 2

So, the big question for next season is whether Gustard can change the “playing model” (buying players + developing players + culture + selection + tactics) and raise Quins above our natural mid-table position.

I truly hope he can. But I’m unconvinced by his first round of recruitment, especially in the second row. Our scrum was ranked 12th in league and our Lineout continues to let us down.

He didn't have a great deal of time in which to recruit though, did he? Deals are often done well in advance of the season ending and he didn't have that luxury, so most players he may have gone for were contracted elsewhere.

He's added Baldwin for next season who's an excellent thrower. I'm sure he'll be adding to the second row as well.

I think he's done a great job taking us to where we've ended up from the horror show of last season and looking forward to seeing that develop next season.

Lyndo76

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20-May-2019, 09:28* »
agreed that this season was an odd one with the top 2 so fart ahead and the rest so close. As has been said elsewhere Gustard inherited the players and we ended up in a much better position, 1 game different and we might have had 4th, I'd much rather that than facing the last game of the season worrying about relegation. Now he's had a chance to buy some players we'll see what next season brings but for the most part I was much happier watching us this year than last year!

Yareet

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 20-May-2019, 15:37* »
So hands up anybody who predicted Dombrandt would be Quins’ find of the season. Just because the names aren’t as known, doesn’t mean they don’t be quality players.
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Fearless Fred

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #5 on: Monday 20-May-2019, 15:39* »
A season where we have *always* been in the top half of the table, from week 1 to week 22, when compared to our fnish last season has to be viewed as an improvement.
« Last Edit: Tuesday 21-May-2019, 08:58* by Fearless Fred »

Quinten Poulsen

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #6 on: Monday 20-May-2019, 16:19* »
We've obviously improved, although the old habits are there to a lesser degree. As with previous seasons I blame the players more than the coaches.
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quinalan

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Re: Back to mid table mediocrity ?
« Reply #7 on: Monday 20-May-2019, 18:26* »
"Our scrum was ranked 12th in league and our Lineout continues to let us down".

That does not make good reading. I hope Gustard addreses this asap.

 

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