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    Guinness Pro12: Friendly Chinwag Thread

    So Round 1 of the league is upon us. Thought it would be good to start the usual 'other matches' type thread.

    Here are the weekend's fixtures (from www.pro12rugby.com)

    Fri 5 Sep 19:35 Munster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby Thomond Park TG4/BBC ALBA Leighton Hodges
    Fri 5 Sep 19:35 Ospreys v Benetton Treviso Liberty Stadium BBC Wales David Wilkinson
    Sat 6 Sep 14:40 Scarlets v Ulster Rugby Parc y Scarlets Sky Peter Fitzgibbon
    Sat 6 Sep 17:00 Connacht Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons Sportsground Marius Mitrea
    Sat 6 Sep 17:15 Glasgow Warriors v Leinster Rugby Scotstoun Stadium Sky Nigel Owens
    Sun 7 Sep 17:00 Zebre v Cardiff Blues Stadio XXV Aprile TBA/S4C Andrew McMenemy

    We know little at the moment, wouldn't want to predict any of those. Zebre did the double against Cardiff last season. And Treviso usually start the season stronger than they finish.
    Last edited by Huwie; 30th-March-2015, 00:55.
    The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

    Originally posted by the plastic paddy
    Gwan the Welsh

    #2
    This is generally Wales centric so apologies.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/rugby-union/29049621

    Scrum V experts' top 10 Pro12 predictions for 2014-15



    What lies ahead for Wales and the four Welsh regions in 2014-15?
    Scrum V have asked three of their experts 10 questions about how they think the new season will unfold.

    Who does former Wales and British and Irish Lions flanker Martyn Williams think will win the Pro12?
    Who are the players to watch out for, according to Bristol coach Sean Holley?


    Who are the two best signings of the summer in the Pro12?
    Sean Holley: Manoa Vosawi (Blues) and Adam Jones (Blues)
    Jonathan Davies: Mills Muliana (Connacht) and Manoa Vasowi (Blues)
    Martyn Williams: Regan King (Scarlets) and Gareth Anscombe (Blues)


    Which teams will make the top four?
    The trio all predict the play-offs will be between the same quartet as 2013-14: Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow and Munster.


    Who will be the highest placed Welsh team?
    Sean Holley: Cardiff Blues
    Jonathan Davies: Scarlets.
    Martyn Williams: Cardiff Blues.


    Which team and player are you most excited about watching this year?
    Sean Holley: Rhys Patchell (Blues), Jordan Williams (Scarlets) and Eli Walker (Ospreys). Munster under former stalwart Anthony Foley as coach.
    Jonathan Davies: Jordan Williams - but I want him involved more and being used to make an impact.
    Martyn Williams: Gareth Davies (Scarlets). Newport Gwent Dragons. I can't wait to see how their new signings go.


    Which players will breakthrough and become stars this season?
    Sean Holley: Blues centre Cory Allen, Scarlets prop Rob Evans and Dragons centre Tyler Morgan.
    Jonathan Davies: Tyler Morgan (Dragons). No-one has seen much of him at this level. He has definitely got something, as have James Davies (Scarlets) and Rhys Patchell (Blues).
    Martyn Williams: James Davies (Scarlets) and Tyler Morgan (Dragons).


    Which team in the Pro12 could surprise everyone and burst into the top six?
    Sean Holley: Dragons.
    Jonathan Davies: Blues - if they get some consistency.
    Martyn Williams: Blues.


    Who do you think is the favourite for the Pro12 title this year?
    All three think Leinster will win their third title in a row.


    How many Welsh teams will make the quarter finals of Europe - and who?
    Sean Holley: None
    Jonathan Davies: Blues in Challenge Cup.
    Martyn Williams: Blues.


    How does the Pro12 differ from the French and English leagues?

    Sean Holley: Teams have different styles and flavours coming from four different countries, like-wise the refereeing and yet still, having local derbies in the mix.
    Jonathan Davies: A mix of different styles…but it really needs to increase the intensity - which hopefully should happen this season with the new qualification.
    Martyn Williams: More open and quicker games and not as forward orientated or attritional as the French and English leagues.
    The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

    Originally posted by the plastic paddy
    Gwan the Welsh

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      #3
      No munsterfans predictions this season?
      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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        #4
        All home wins bar Scarlets. Treviso got pillaged over the summer - by Tigers in particular.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...netton_Treviso
        "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

        "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


        "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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          #5
          Originally posted by McCloud View Post
          No munsterfans predictions this season?
          Who organised that last season?
          The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

          Originally posted by the plastic paddy
          Gwan the Welsh

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            #6
            This is Blues' season to make the step up. They have a good squad and have bought prudently, I hope they kick on. More teams competing and nicking points off one another makes for a vibrant league.
            I am the million man.

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              #7
              Munster,Ospreys,Ulster,Dragons,Glasgow,Cardiff.
              clowns

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                #8
                Originally posted by Balla Boy View Post
                Treviso got pillaged over the summer - by Tigers in particular.
                They took 4 of them, must of been a buy one, get one free offer on!!!!
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by stevetelcom2000 View Post
                  They took 4 of them, must of been a buy one, get one free offer on!!!!
                  Strange that our league is supposedly dire, but the Guardian rugby correspondents are talking up Tiger's chances on the back of them importing top class Italian forwards from the team that came second to bottom last year.
                  "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men" Edward R Murrow

                  "Little by little, we have been brought into the present condition in which we are able neither to tolerate the evils from which we suffer, nor the remedies we need to cure them." - Livy


                  "I think that progress has been made by two flames that have always been burning in the human heart. The flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world" - Tony Benn

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                    #10
                    any Last Person standing this year?

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                      #11
                      Ospreys currently 30 to 6 against Treviso
                      The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                      Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                      Gwan the Welsh

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                        #12
                        37 - 13

                        So Ospreys with the BP
                        The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                        Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                        Gwan the Welsh

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                          #13
                          Ft 44 - 13
                          The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                          Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                          Gwan the Welsh

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                            #14
                            A bit of a try fest at PYS.

                            currently 32 - 25

                            Scarlets with the BP, but Ulster with 3 tries of their own.

                            Liam Williams picking up a Yellow card
                            The axe that cuts the tree can easily forget, but the tree thats been cut will not forget.

                            Originally posted by the plastic paddy
                            Gwan the Welsh

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                              #15
                              Finished up 32 all in Llanelli a three all draw. Williams got a Red Card according to here He got a yellow in the first half. It is unclear whether he got a second yellow or a straight Red
                              Last edited by Piquet; 6th-September-2014, 16:43.

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