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Every new coach makes changes even just to show he is doing something for the team, sometimes being aware of aging players and the need to replace them, a balance between ones best side and preparing for the future. Even so in my opinion Scotland will not win, France have too much firepower in all postions patience and a great defnce will provide try scoring opportunities.
Posted 10:12 23rd February 2012
@JLJ. I think the Bonnaire comment was slightly lost in translation :)
PSA said: " L'Ecosse est une des nations qui tient le mieux le ballon au monde avec des temps de jeu à plus de quatre minutes. Contre l'Italie, nous avons eu du mal à faire des temps de jeu de plus d'une minute trente. Ce sera un gros test pour nous dans la stratégie. Un garçon comme Bonnaire sera important en deuxième mi-temps puisque les Ecossais savent conserver le ballon dans des zones et ont des limites de fatigue que nous n'avons pas l'habitude de voir".
I would translate as "Guys like Bonnaire could be important if they come on...." rather than "Bonnaire will be especially important when he comes on..." But what do we know about French, eh?
I am a little surprised how negative the Scottish fans appear to be on the selection of Morrison (judging by the comments on the Scotland page). Seems to be an element of low morale there methinks.....
Agree re Medard. Sounds like he agrees too, saying in his press interview reported by MidOl: "Je manque de rythme... je vais m'accrocher"
Posted 09:16 23rd February 2012
@JLJ. We agree again!! Think the game just got tougher with Morrison and Lamont in the centre. 2 massive blokes. Much stronger in defense than de Luca. Also, a simpler game plan on attack, ie bash your centres up the middle early on, then use them as decoys to bring back three into the game later on, using Laidlaw's good distribution from 10. Also, Barclay for Strokosh probably gives Scot a little extra at lineout and re-starts. Who knows? We'll see...
I haven't seen much of Hogg, but he looks young and quick. From what I read, he won the game for scotland A vs Saxons on the opening weekend. Also nearly scored THAT try vs Wales. Wonder how good his aerial, positioning and kicking game is? Maybe that's the area to explore . It's his first start. He's 19. Murrayfield is going to be packed. He wants to run. So kick to him early on. Then introduce him to Monsieur Dusautoir....
(P.S. agree with you on Servat too)
Posted 16:34 22nd February 2012
Bet they are raring to go given the farce of 2 weeks ago and @Rosbif how right you ae concerning Scotland alot better than people give them credit for imo.and should never be taken lightly and come the summer when Visser is qualfied and Ansbro is back a back line of Blair -Laidlaw-S.Lamont-Ansbro-Evans-Visser-R.Lamont looks promising imo and could surprise Australia 1st up but i digress the game is going to be hard fought but i again think Scotland will just fall short of a win as France have been clinavle when they have the ball
Posted 16:27 21st February 2012
maria, maria, how unfortunate is your statement....
They will probably wait until next year.
The schedule is too busy for them now.
Posted 15:19 21st February 2012
WOW grandslam champs in waiting xxx
Posted 13:18 21st February 2012
The beginning of a 4-week journey for the group. Important to make a good first step after 3 weeks without a game. And PSA is right to look at the "ball in play" stats - Scotland can and do keep the ball for long periods, just (so far) without the penetration and final pass to really make it count.
I think PSA is also right to talk about the bench and the rotation of players. Other than Yach there have been no injuries so far, but that is unlikely to remain the case. Bonnaire, Servat and Nallet all benched. Those guys have said it's their last 6N tournament, and they won't be touring in the summer. PSA needs to manage them with care to get the best out of them. Especially Servat, if Szarz is carrying a knock. The other two have obvious replacements waiting for a chance (Nyanga, Ouedraogo, Millo-C, Pierre etc). But how do you replace Servat? Kayser and Bruno are getting old. Guirado seems unable to bring his club form to the Fra team. Who else can step up?
Posted 13:16 21st February 2012