Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The old English way - sort the forwards out!

The post-mortem is so blindingly oblivious.For once, we’ve actually got quite good backs. Perhaps a new 12 is required and it would seem as if Wilkinson's best days are behind him, otherwise we’re looking good. But you don’t win games if you’re forwards are not on song.

To put it simply, the scrum went backwards, the front row went down, the lineout failed and the aggression was lacking. But the biggest sin was the incompetence at the breakdown…

Sack John Wells and bring in a tup-thumping forwards coach. Simple. And bring in Richard Hill to address the strategy at the breakdown (which has been poor all year now)

Pick a front row on merit and position - that DOESN'T mean Stevens at 1, it means a loose head at 1. Pick a second row that contains Lawes AND an enforcer at 4, thus giving some ballast to the drives. And as for the backrow - make Croft captain, Haskell vice captain and bring in Tom Wood at 7. That will give you 3/4 lineout jumpers and athleticism at the breakdown.

Players for the future? Joe Marler in the front row, Dave Attwood at 4, certainly Owen Farrell at 12 outside Flood (he can also play 10) and possibly Charlie Sharples. But it's more about selection and direction. Not to mention more aggression.

Whatever happened to Lions-esque team talks?

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