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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 19:32
Scotland were very average today but that wasn't the real Scotland, they just made far too many errors. i'm sure Scotland will be a completely different team at home. Wales were very good and on that performance could give England and Ireland a serious run for their money in their next two games.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldExile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 23:52
DKF, to say we were average is over-egging the pudding. We were AWFUL. As I expected Wales, to their credit, shrugged off their injury list and played well.

I don’t expect wholesale changes, but Harris and Du Preez must surely disappear. Likely McGuigan as well. Wilson to come in, none of our so-called ‘big carriers’ - Denton and Strauss being the others, offer any line out option, so Wilson to offer a third.

Deeply disappointing to put it mildly.

Always look forward to the 6N, amazing how quickly that vanishes, today, 10 minutes. On the plus side I have half a bottle of whisky left from the turgid game in Paris. 🥃🥃
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Yogi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 14:27
France v Ireland.
 It is often said that some players have their brains in their backsides.
 We now have a French scrum-half who has his brains in his knee-cap.
 Nigel was not convinced by the look on his face but he had to accept the doctor's decision.
 How many other folk were not convinced?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 14:47
I wasn't convinced, partly because the number 4 official who came on wasn't convincing.

This is a difficult one - Owens couldn't go against the doctor's view. Was the doctor French? Was the 4th official French? Player welfare clearly paramount, but teams know that and may be tempted to take advantage. Not realistic to stope the game for a 3-min timeout while a player's assessed, is it?

France did still have a back replacement who could have come on, albeit not a specialist scrum-half, so they wouldn't have been down to 14. In a situation where a team had used all their subs this would be even trickier.

Hopefully the IRB will clean this up before it occurs again during the second period of extra time in a World Cup knock-out match...

Post-script - doctor was French! Interesting article on this... 

& according to Rugby Special just now, all 8 French replacements had been used at that stage


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Feb 2018 at 15:59
The simple solution is to go to interchanges - as used up to and including National leagues.
With 8 on the bench, there would be up to 12 interchanges.
 
You would keep the HIA for potential head injuries,  if there is a suspicion the player must be pass the HIA  before they are permitted to return. But it would still count as an interchange.

If you do not have facilities for a HIA, a player with a potential head injury is not permitted to return. (Recognise and replace)
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