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Fearless Fred

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #30 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 08:01* »
I wish Gustard every success. 'Balls on bags' was his highly publicised coaching innovation but balls are now needed from him to get results in any way he can.

That's stretching it a bit. He used the phrase in training with the team which was captured on video & posted on YouTube. Even then, he was describing to a specific player how he wanted said player to change his stance during a ruck. Neither he nor any member of the team or wider coaching staff have come out & said something like "this is our new style. You've heard of the Wolfpack? This is Balls on the Bag!".

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #31 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 09:06* »
The point of my post was to look at the results from a statistic perspective.

I wish Gustard every success. 'Balls on bags' was his highly publicised coaching innovation but balls are now needed from him to get results in any way he can.

Unfortunately for Gustard he starts from a low base and time is not on his side. He does not have a season or two to find a successful formula - good results must come quickly.

If Quins are to finish in the top six they need to win 9 out 11 home games and must start winning away games against teams that finished last season in the 6 to 11 positions.

Sale was a good start but loses to Saints and Bath do not bode well.

While Blucherquin may think it 'silly' to interpret a loss to Brizz early in the season as making Quins relegation fodder - regrettably it does. Perhaps he, or anyone else, can suggest where the away wins will come from if Quins cannot win away against the promoted team or Northampton?

Having now lost to Bath at home it also means Quins must find a replacement home win against Sarries or Exeter to make up lost ground.

As I said objectively back in August, we will have a very good idea of Quins fate this season by the end of October given the way the fixture list falls.

I really don't think balls on bags is a coaching innovation, it's just something he said in a training video when telling someone to have a low body position.

Top 6 is fantasy land given the work needed to repair a club in total chaos. Our aim this season should be avoiding relegation and not being a team full of quitters who don't trust each other - and to show signs of a rebuilding process. If you're trying to measure progress on if we're likely to make top 6 I just think you're not acknowledging how badly broken Quins were last year.

And I said it's silly because it's a long season, we've only won away three times in two years and haven't been relegated in either of them - and because we've only just started the process of creating a new side, which by January may well be operating better than it is now.

Not relegated and not terrible should be our aim this year - and so far I think there have been indications that the rebuilding process has begun.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #32 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 09:09* »
I would like to see Visser given the nod over Walker, apart from that Marler if fit would got straight back to the starting team with Lang at 10.
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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #33 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 09:38* »
Ibatoye has been outshining Visser in the A league in my view so deserves a chance oh as has Chisholm

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #34 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 10:45* »
LOL Blucherquin - you've nailed our mantra for this year  ' not relegated and not terrible is our aim - I know what you mean and I agree with you , we should get them to put it across that big flag they unfurl before games !

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #35 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 11:01* »
I expect to see a few changes for the Bristol game. Marler in for Lambert, Lang for Smith, Ibitoye for Walker and possibly Bothma for Wallace. Should Brown be available, he'll get the nod over Ibitoye. We'll need to be a lot more physical early on if we want to come away with a win.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #36 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 11:17* »
I expect to see a few changes for the Bristol game. Marler in for Lambert, Lang for Smith, Ibitoye for Walker and possibly Bothma for Wallace. Should Brown be available, he'll get the nod over Ibitoye. We'll need to be a lot more physical early on if we want to come away with a win.

I'm not sure a back row of Bothma, Robshaw & Chisholm offers enough variation in terms of carrying, breakdown skills, etc. Chis & Smash are too similar to play alongside each other without a more specialised 7, I'd suggest.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #37 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 11:19* »
LOL Blucherquin - you've nailed our mantra for this year  ' not relegated and not terrible is our aim - I know what you mean and I agree with you , we should get them to put it across that big flag they unfurl before games !

As as a slogan I think it's terribly English and sets our sights exactly where they should be this year.

Maybe that should be the tattoo for the person on the other thread.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #38 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 23:00* »
I can't believe Gustard got the HoR job by saying to the board his aim was to avoid relegation and for team not to play terribly.

A minimum objective each season for any head coach has to be a top six finish - unless you are in charge of the newly promoted team.

John Kingston said on his departure that he left the club with its best ever squad. It is certainly stuffed full of internationals and there is no reason why the form they sporadically show in games cannot be more consistently applied to give a top six finish.

As I said before, we should have a good idea of the season to come by the end of October.

Coaches like to break the season down into sets of five or six games with an associated series of targets. Losing to Bristol and/or Wuzz would be a mini disaster and require a serious change of plans by the coaching team.

May the force be with our rookie HoR.


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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #39 on: Wednesday 19-Sep-2018, 23:49* »
Do you mean Glos, who we play away on the 29th? If we lose both things will be looking grim.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #40 on: Thursday 20-Sep-2018, 00:01* »
Can't say that I'd see losing to Glos would be a disaster the way they are playing. I think that they could end up in the top 4.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #41 on: Thursday 20-Sep-2018, 00:58* »
No disgrace losing to them, it's just that if our bunnies beat us at home for once, plus losing away to Briz and Glos, then we'll be in a rather perilous position 6 games in with only one win.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #42 on: Thursday 20-Sep-2018, 08:27* »
Losing games (especially away games) is no big deal as long as we pick up losing bonus points along the way.  e.g. at the moment, we are top half of the table despite losing 2/3 of our games.

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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #43 on: Thursday 20-Sep-2018, 08:27* »
Sorry so now we should be worried if we lose away to Gloucester?

That's unbeaten Gloucester who everyone are tipping for the play-offs and a potential shot at winning the Premiership this year?
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Re: Balls on Bags
« Reply #44 on: Thursday 20-Sep-2018, 09:33* »
I can see Lang starting this week, based on Marcus' struggling performance last week and Lang's first-rate performance the last two weeks. Marcus would be a potential game-changer against a tiring defence, as is (clearly) Lasike. You heard it here first.

Apologies I tried to like this post but my fat thumbs pushed the dislike button and I donít seem to be able to change it. I agree entirely with your post!
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