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    Seems to be showing real potential! [img]smileys/biggrin.gif[/img]

    <h1>Farrell formidable but Leicester march on towards the summit</h1>

    Leicester 28 - 15 Saracens</font>

    Ian Malin at Welford Road
    Tuesday January 2, 2007
    The Guardian
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    <div id="GuardianArticle">New
    year, old story. Leicester yesterday rattled off a 32nd successive home
    Premiership win. It has kept them within a point of the leaders,
    Bristol, whom they trounced here last month, and they look nicely
    poised for an assault on a first title in five years.

    But if the
    bonus-point victory was as inevitable as a hangover on New Year's Day
    morning, the result was in doubt until a quarter of an hour from the
    end when Saracens were judged to have brought down a scrum and the
    visitors' captain, Kevin Yates, was sent to the sin-bin. When the fifth
    successive scrum collapsed, the referee, Chris White, gave a penalty
    try.<div id="spacedesc_mpu_div" ="MPU_display_"><a name="article_c&#111;ntinue"></a>
    The extra point means Leicester have amassed 12 points and have scored
    four tries in each of their three Christmas fixtures, a cause for more
    raised glasses in the east midlands last night. Pat Howard, their head
    coach, has successfully juggled his squad over a tricky period and
    Leicester appear to have a depth of talent unmatched by their rivals.
    It is certainly a big psychological boost when you can bring on the
    current England captain and fly-half from the bench, as Howard did when
    Martin Corry and Andy Goode came on to the field with 10 minutes
    was vindicated in his decision to pick the Irishman Ian Humphreys ahead
    of Goode at No10. Goode's form had deserted him in the Boxing Day
    defeat at London Irish and Humphreys, who had had an assured 40 minutes
    against Bristol, was outstanding for 70 yesterday.

    prevailed despite playing against driving wind and rain in the second
    half. They were fortunate to go in at the interval with a six-point
    lead. The clock seemed to have wound down when Ben Kay was driven over
    by a 13-man maul. Earlier Yates had scored a try to put Saracens ahead
    after a drive by the visitors' pack. Scott Bemand then stole the ball
    from a ruck and went on a blindside dart before giving a pass to
    Alesana Tuilagi for the first of his two tries.

    After half-time
    Leicester's replacement scrum-half Frank Murphy chipped a ball through
    which Tim Taylor, making his Premiership debut, failed to gather and
    Tuilagi hacked on to score. Census Johnston, another large Samoan, was
    driven over for the visitors' second try but Humphreys' conversions
    helped put daylight between the teams.

    Saracens have never won in
    31 visits to Welford Road but there was plenty to encourage the few
    supporters who braved the journey up the M1 yesterday, not least the
    performance of Andy Farrell at inside centre. He was efficient in
    everything he did and his forceful running and crisp passing kept
    Saracens in the game.

    John Wells, England's forwards coach, was
    watching from the stands and it would be worth a punt to pick the
    former Great Britain rugby league captain in one of the two squads
    England will name today. Alan Gaffney, Saracens' director of rugby,
    said: "Andy is making giant strides. He's been very impressive lately."
    Certainly Farrell's performance made a mockery of Saracens' decision
    earlier in the season to play him in the back row.

    Commemorate Nevin Spence here -

    <DIV>that's a good sign alright.</DIV>
    <DIV>England's (current)number 1 Outhalf on the bench to an Irishman not even in the extended squad. I like it.[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]</DIV>
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    If you’re fat stay in the ruck - Liam Toland


      Plus Frank Murphy setup a try, possible murphy/humphreys partnership to look forward to
      The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
      - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)


        Doing very well alright, Paddy Wallace got good reviews the last day
        too, and Steenson has an 85% success rate with kicks in Div1, so
        there's players coming through alright.
        It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

        Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win