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When in doubt, pick Ashton. What a load of rubbish. PR bcoming less credible by the day.
Posted 15:54 14th March 2012
There is no doubt that this article is written in order to stir up opinion. Putting Foden in ahead of Kearney is an outrage and frankly Ashton has still not managed to get his form back so doesn't really deserve a mention. Papachinzo is obviously on some form of medication, the Szarzeski fan club has probably one member. Servat is still the best two in the northern hemisphere by a country mile, but not getting first up, as everyone knows this is probably his last season. Croft only holds his place if the coach plays the game in a system to suit him, which England did on Sunday. Having said that you can't argue with Grey and Ryan, both are top class and Ryan has to be a shoe in from now on. Best No 8 week in week out is Parisi, but not his best last week. The guys probably getting fed up of being on the losing side.
Posted 14:36 14th March 2012
7: Warburton (c)
5: O' Connell
Subs: Healy, Best, Lawes, O' Brien, Youngs, Bowe, Davies
Posted 13:57 14th March 2012
I have to say that it seems a lot of the time on these weekly teams, people get picked for scoring tries or setting them up. In this I refer to Croft (scoring) and Morgan (setting up).
Croft had a solid game but nowhere near the performance Ferris put in.
Morgan had a decent game but I thought Harinordoquy completely outshown him.
I would also have Tommy Bowe in the team ahead of Ashton, who for me, doesn't even deserve his place in the England squad. I would have Sharples starting ahead of him with Strettle. And with one being injured I'd put Foden on the wing and put Mike Brown at full-back.
Posted 13:43 14th March 2012
ashton??? i am dumbfounded
Posted 13:06 14th March 2012
Just one comment to make. Although part of a poor scotish display i have to say Richie Gray diservs his place, thought he was fantastic on saturday. I'd im no scott. On this form would be in my mix for the Lions.
Posted 10:53 14th March 2012
Maggot - know how you feel but we are re-building with alot of new and young players who are still to prove themselves whereas other teams have much more established players who have put in good performances at top level for a number of years. The likes of Cole, Foden, Tuilagi, Farrell, Lawes, Corbisiero and Morgan are all pretty young but give them time and I think they'll be showing up regularly in these lists.
For now though, and this is only my own opinion, Kearney is better than Foden, Ferris is better than Croft and Bowe is better than Ashton.
Kiwirooster - are you really a kiwi ? Your knowledge of French rugby is impressive.
Posted 10:03 14th March 2012
@ gareth1984 - two issues. 1. Croft was fantastic this week and getting back to his Lion's form. He's been underachieving in the tournament up until the French match, but to call him over-rated shows a lack of memory on your part. 2. POC - what is everyone's obsession with him? He is awesome and a great player, but he's not the be all and end all.
@ norm - I'll accept opinions about the skills and abilities of any player, as we are all subjective. But to critisise TC's work-rate is just wrong. One of the reasons he was included in the PR team was his work-rate, all over the park, in the loose and set piece this weekend. To suggest that he didn't graft is just nonsense. Unless you've mis-used the word "graft", which most use to describe hard work, rather than ability or skill...
And, I do think we all need to get away from telling each other who WILL be picked, as we're often going to be proved wrong. Perhaps we should all suggest who WE WOULD pick. There'll be less egg on our faces...
Posted 10:01 14th March 2012
Lions 1. Healy, 2. Ford, 3. Cole, 4. Gary, 5. O Connell (C), 6. Ferris, 7. War burton, 8. Faletau, 9. Blair, 10. Sexton, 11. North, 12. Farrell, 13. Tuilagi, 14. Bowe, 15. Kearney.......16. Best, 17. Jenkins, 18. Jones, 19. Charteris, 20. Croft, 21. Phillips, 22. Hogg.... Farrell to take kicks. Sexton is a good playmaker and defender but his overall game can suffer with a few missed shots at goal....and I know this line-up is a bit green friendly:-) 7 Irish, 4 scots, 7 welsh and 4 englishmen in the 22
Posted 00:58 14th March 2012
I would choose Foden over Kearney. Kearney is excellent under the high ball, no one better. But he was utterly at fault for Gray's try and he has no imagination in attach, he just runs into people.
Ashton... Errr, guys anyone else would have been better >.<
O'Mahony? Good full debut but its a mistake to think he was better than Ferris who was utterly immense and is probably the in form 6 in the NH. Hands down. A huge candidate for the lions, I think.
Imagine a back three of Ferris Warburton and Morgan (on this form, and far better than Faletau)
Tha gives me goosebumps of excitement :)
Posted 00:22 14th March 2012
Kearney/ Stuart Hogg
Parra/ Lee Dickson
Sergio Parisse/ David Denton
Posted 23:17 13th March 2012
What is Ashton doing in this "dream" team? Let him dive for fantastic tries against Georgia or Romania, this is the 6N.
Harinordoquy was huge, but I understand the French don't get much credit here when they win, so let's not expect them to be on when they lose (and Morgan was outstanding, too).
Cole? What was so special about him?
Farrell or Sexton? Both huge.
Phillips : miles above anybody.
As for Tuilagi, somebody take those pills from him, or he's gonna burst...
Posted 22:35 13th March 2012
Would it make people a lot more happy if England were just not in the 6nations?
Posted 22:12 13th March 2012
I think Dan Lydiate constantly gets over looked every week his tackle count is in the top 3 of the game is always involved in either a supporting role or carrying or defensively. Lions next year for the backrow will be hotly contested between ferris-Lydiate, Heaslip-Faletau and Warburton and Rennie. Sorry but Croft is massively overrated!!!!!!
My Lions xv
15. Rob Kearney
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Scott Williams
12. Manu Tualagi
11. Leigh Halfpenny
10. Owen Farrell
9. Mike Phillips
8. Jamie Heaslip
7. Sam Warburton
6. Dan Lydiate
4. Ritchie Grey
3. Adam Jones
2. Rory Rest
1. Gethin Jenkins
Posted 20:40 13th March 2012
Healy should be there or at least mentioned
Posted 20:05 13th March 2012
Halfpenny adds more to a team than any other full back
Posted 18:43 13th March 2012
Really? I can only imagine you didn't see the games as, Szarzewski missed about 4 line outs and threw the ball away stupidly for Englands first try. In fact Servat was better in 20 minutes he was on than Szarzewski was for an hour. Canale over Fofana who was dangerous all day? Healy and Ross and no Jenkins? Rougerie drifted off Croft for the third try as well. You have an odd selection there, look forward to hearing why you have picked each player.
Posted 18:38 13th March 2012
I agree with your post by and large except the penalty bit. He didn't give a penalty away for being gobby. The verbal incident was when Ashton was having verbals with one of the French players and the touch judge heard him and told the ref who then threatened to penalise him. A complete non-event, only made significant by the fact that everyone still is in a rush to bury Ashton for anything he does/doesn't do. The penalty was for shoving Rougerie.
How can people seriously say Croft wasn't better than Ferris this week when he clearly was? He was all over the French line out with 3 steals, great in defence stopping Fofana twice in full flow and did his shift in the tight (which is rare for him) as well as scoring the winning try, which was quality. All this, head to head against the world player of the year, away in France where they haven't lost since 2008. What more does he have to do in a one off game for some people to admit he has played well?
If you can't bring themselves round to say a player has played well regardless of his nationality then frankly you are watching the wrong sport. It's not a matter of who is better overall its about being adult enough to admit truthfully who played better this week.
Posted 18:21 13th March 2012
@thewalker you complete and utter plonker. Don't comment on what you haven't seen and check your facts before you spout insults and make yourself look like an English bashing idiot (I can stand the England/Ashton bashing but the idiocy...?). Dan Cole was fantastic (should have gotten MOM) and played well over 60 minutes (maybe even 70), he pushed back the french scrum on numerous occasions, got a try saving tackle in, played like a backrow in the breakdown and made all his first up tackles and runs. As for some of the other selections I can see the flaws, Ashton was average at best (although would have scored off dickson's break if beauxis hadn't blocked his support line), Morgan although excellent wasn't the outstanding player that imanol continues to be for france (he will be given time though) and the Foden-Kearney rivalry could have gone either way this week...if only there was a way of fitting them both into the team? As they're both fantastic players with Kearney better under a high ball and at chasing up kicks with Foden providing the best last ditch defence as a fullback in the world and his excellent counter runs slowly returning,
Posted 18:00 13th March 2012
hmm, mine would have been:
15.Kearney 14.Cuthbert 13.Rougerie 12.Canale 11.Trimble 10.Sexton 9.Botes 8.Harinordoquy 7.Tipuric 6.Ferris 5.Ryan 4.Gray 3.Ross 2.Szarzewski 1.Healy
Posted 17:41 13th March 2012