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Author Topic: What a weekend - and what a relegation battle  (Read 1938 times)

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Blucherquin

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What a weekend - and what a relegation battle
« on: Saturday 01-Dec-2018, 18:34 »
Fingers crossed Friday night will be a massive psychological boost to a team that were already working hard for each other.

Bears smacking the Tigers, Newcastle beat Saints.

4 points between 7 teams.

It’s going to be quite a second half of the season.

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Quinston Churchill

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Re: What a weekend - and what a relegation battle
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 01-Dec-2018, 20:36 »
Totally agree.

It will be a shame to see one of these 12 sides relegated as I don’t believe London Irish have anything better to offer.

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Re: What a weekend - and what a relegation battle
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 01-Dec-2018, 21:47 »
Whos for the drop though??

Everyone’s a Quinner

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Re: What a weekend - and what a relegation battle
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 01-Dec-2018, 22:37 »
I really hope Newcastle avoid relegation, I have a soft spot for them; really fond of Newcastle as a city and it’s charming people. Have enjoyed watching Falcons spirit throughout the years and really enjoyed watching their efforts and progress last season
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Quins Head

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Re: What a weekend - and what a relegation battle
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 01-Dec-2018, 22:49 »
Who knows My view is it will be Sale or Worcester

A222Quin

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Shows the importance of us picking up those bonus points throughout the season to date. Going to be quite the end to the season.

Rocker

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Those losing bonuses are vital. To take something out of a game even when you lose becomes vital when it is as tight as it is this year. The try bonuses come in useful too 👍

harlequins

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Who knows My view is it will be Sale or Worcester

Sale? That is an interesting thought. I think they will be easily mid table. Worcester and possibly Newcastle for me with an outside chance of Leicester.

Bolly-Quin

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Ashton has first game for Sale after 7-week ban and I can't imagine Faf not helping them stay up. FdK would be a very good replacement for DC, if rumours of his departure are true.

I too have a soft spot for Newcastle and Bristol, but anyone from 5th downwards could be involved in the scrap to avoid relegation.

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I can see Sale being in the fight at the bottom of the table. They haven't moved their side of game on and they're not playing very well.
Wuss, Leicester and Brizz look like contenders too. I don't think that Brizz can keep up the charge, quite a number of their important players are getting on a bit and it's a long season.
Truthfully I think anyone except Sarries, Exeter and Glos could be relegated it's that tight at the moment

deadlyfrom5yardsout

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Well, well. How things change. Nobody seems to think we are in the mix for the drop now.

Monte

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We also have the ‘advantage’ of only being in the challenge cup Falcons are trying to do both which doesn’t seem to work unless you are high fliers

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We also have the ‘advantage’ of only being in the challenge cup Falcons are trying to do both which doesn’t seem to work unless you are high fliers

Agree. It’s great they’re in contention having beaten Toulon and Montpellier but it can be hard work without serious squad depth. I’d expect us to play a modified team over the next couple of weeks. They of a great win at northants yesterday, rode their luck but it was crucial. A loss there would have had them in trouble. I do worry a bit for Saints though.

Its so close, a bad run for anyone but the top 2 can spell trouble but nobody looks completely hopeless a la London Welsh or similar. That said, I feel much happier having beaten Exeter and seeing the level of performance put in.

Quinston Churchill

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Depth is critical. While Newcastle’s champions cup wins are a real feather in the cap, they count for nothing if they come at the cost of league performances. Their squad is strong in some areas (notably the back row) but pretty threadbare in others.

Depth is also a problem for Sale. You could argue that Ashton wasn’t really needed (before Yarde’s injury) and they could/should have invested in the tight 5. Their first choice pack is pretty good, but their second choice is a significant drop-off in quality. I know you could say that about most sides to a degree, but at Sale it’s a bit more extreme. A couple of injuries and they’re in the mix.

poorfour

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Well, well. How things change. Nobody seems to think we are in the mix for the drop now.

But strip away those bonus points and we would be tied for 11th... It's the most polarised season I think I've ever seen; two at the top, three in the middle and everyone else only one bad game away from being bottom of the table.

Looking at the Roadmap, the prediction for what it would take to be clear of 11th is pretty accurate, but it's remarkable that our 24 points is enough to have us tied with the 4th placed team - it's at least one game off what we'd expect, and that's largely because the teams at the bottom have been trading losses with each other, and the two at the top have been hogging all the points.

Quins, meanwhile, seem to be playing to the level of their opposition. We've lost a lot of games we could have won - but equally we have the best record in the league against the top 2 - we've taken 7 points off them and conceded 6...
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