Son of Mathonwy wrote:Nice get a win and avoid the possibility of Pivac suffering some kind of record-breaking run of losses during the 6N.
Line out was okay, not great. The scrum was dominant, which was great to see. In the breakdown we did okay but not well enough to set our backs free. We saw very little fireworks from the backs. Most players looked competent and not much more. LRZ did have one nice big run and was perhaps the best of the backs.
18-0. Nice to nil them, but for context: Scotland got 48-7 and England 40-0 against them. So not great really.
I'm not sure what Pivac's plan is supposed to look like in ideal conditions (unless it's what the Scarlets looked like a few years back), but if we can't get it together against Georgia, if we can't run in a few more tries, what chance against a good team? No chance against England.
What does this mean for the England game? Same front row as today, clearly. Ball and AWJ. Have we lost Tips? Jesus, hope we don't have to play Cubby. None of our scrum halves have claimed the shirt (pick one at random). Sheedy looked competent but not obviously better than Biggar (I'd still go for Patchell if fit). Centres, no one is nailed on. Tompkins and JD2? But I've no strong opinion. Adams and LRZ. Liam at full back (although Sheedy might not be accurate enough, so we might need 1/2p somewhere)
But in context the English and Scottish had more experienced players out. That team was experimental.
For England, I’d go for:
Navidi (assuming Tips isn’t fit but please God not James Davies)
The chances of winning aren’t high so I’d like to go for a back line which can at least cause the English some problems and perhaps get some experience for the future.