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Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.

Other than that I'm delighted with Jenno, Dev, Eoin and Reddan back in. I like the call to keep Ferg and drop Darce even if it's a little tough on him. Looking forward to a better balance at backrow and in the backline.

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Jeno starts 1st HC game in a year. Yaaay!

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wixfjord wrote:Bath team:

15 Sam Vesty :lol:

14 Jack Cuthbert

13 Matt Banahan :lol:

12 Olly Barkley

11 Nick Abendanon

10 Stephen Donald

9 Michael Claassens

1 David Flatman

2 Chris Biller

3 David Wilson

4 Dave Attwood

5 Ryan Caldwell

6 Francois Louw (c)

7 Guy Mercer

8 Simon Taylor

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16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 Anthony Perenise

19 Will Spencer

20 Andy Beattie

21 Chris Cook

22 Tom Heathcote

23 Ben Williams
Vesty at 15 and Banahan at 13. Thankfully, Geech has passed us his game plan before the match. Boot it up field and then try crashing Banahan up the middle
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Darce wrote:
Vesty at 15 and Banahan at 13. Thankfully, Geech has passed us his game plan before the match. Boot it up field and then try crashing Banahan up the middle
With Hipkiss out, the only other option would be Vesty at 13 and as you were.

Him Barkley and Donald would be like 3 x 10s in midfield.

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D'Arcy is unlucky to miss out but I think Ferg and O'Malley is the future. Joe is really managing the squad this year, lots of rotation. I'm surprised with Healy but they may be nursing him back given he played a lot of games in the world cup and looked tired there. It's great to have players who can do a job like VDM, hopefully healy can come on and go nuts for the last half hour.

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Donny B. wrote:
Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.
He tweeted yesterday evening that he'd had a shite day. I thought then that he mightn't be starting.

He was very niggley when he returned from the WC - maybe JS & JG are telling him to cut out the needless penalties?
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Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Donny B. wrote:
Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.
He tweeted yesterday evening that he'd had a shite day. I thought then that he mightn't be starting.

He was very niggley when he returned from the WC - maybe JS & JG are telling him to cut out the needless penalties?
Did anyone catch a reference by Fitzpatrick on SKY last week (after the match) that Healy had been "a naughty boy" and that's why he wasn't starting? Could have totally misheard the guy, so just wondering!

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Very happy with that team. Great to see Jenno in and really looking forward to see O'Malley under the lights at Aviva. Tough on Darcy who i think had a good game last week but great that the squad has such options. Roll on kick off I'm off to put my boxers on the radiator 8)
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Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Donny B. wrote:
Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.
He tweeted yesterday evening that he'd had a shite day. I thought then that he mightn't be starting.

He was very niggley when he returned from the WC - maybe JS & JG are telling him to cut out the needless TWEETING?
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hugonaut wrote: I'd like to see Kev get some gametime in the second row at this level, maybe the last 20mins or so. Bath played both their second rows for the full 80mins in the last game, and neither are huge powerhouses – I don't think Kev would suffer by comparison if he came on, and we'd really be able to up the tempo with Cronin, Nathan White, Jenno and Kev coming off the bench. Wouldn't mind seeing Rhys Ruddock start on the blindside, he has put in some good performances this season at the head of some weakened teams during the World Cup, and I think he deserves a start. Big ask for him to go up against Francois Louw, but I think he needs the test.

Fergus McFadden had a very strong game on Sunday, I felt. He's got waaaaay more pace than D'Arcy these days, and I think there are line breaks to be made in the Donald/Barkley channel. Darce doesn't seem to trust his pace at all anymore, he hasn't put the hammer down in space for a season. He had a good game in the Rec though, and Joe is obviously a fan. Bit harsh to leave him out, but it'd be good to see McFadden and O'Malley playing as a combination at this level.

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R Kearney; I Nacewa; E O'Malley; F McFadden; L Fitzgerald; J Sexton; E Reddan; J Heaslip; S O'Brien; R Ruddock; D Toner; L Cullen; M Ross; R Strauss; C Healy
Subs
G D'Arcy; I Madigan; I Boss; S Jennings; K McLoughlin; N White; S Cronin; H van der Merwe
Half-wrong, half-right with my prediction. Surprised not to see Cian start, but that is a hell of a lot of pace to bring on in the front five if the game opens up - we all saw how quick Nathan White was with his try against Cardiff, Cian and Cronin have incredible pace for front-rowers, add Locky and Ruddock to the mix ... if things go right for us in the first hour, we could really see some high-paced stuff in the last twenty minutes.

Eoin O'Malley will need to put in a huge defensive performance against Banahan. He has done a similar job before against Rougerie in Clermont, but it's by no means a fait accompli this time around. Banahan dwarfs him.

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Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Donny B. wrote:
Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.
He tweeted yesterday evening that he'd had a shite day. I thought then that he mightn't be starting.

He was very niggley when he returned from the WC - maybe JS & JG are telling him to cut out the needless penalties?
That has been a problem alright but from what I could see, I thought he looked very sharp and disciplined last week.

I've heard that he's carrying an arse injury. Seriously! :D

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LeinsterLeader wrote:
Did anyone catch a reference by Fitzpatrick on SKY last week (after the match) that Healy had been "a naughty boy" and that's why he wasn't starting? Could have totally misheard the guy, so just wondering!
He could have been talking about the scrap he had with Tito in the Cardiff game. I don't remember any controversial incidents involving Ciano last week.

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Donny B. wrote:
LeinsterLeader wrote:
Did anyone catch a reference by Fitzpatrick on SKY last week (after the match) that Healy had been "a naughty boy" and that's why he wasn't starting? Could have totally misheard the guy, so just wondering!
He could have been talking about the scrap he had with Tito in the Cardiff game. I don't remember any controversial incidents involving Ciano last week.
Yeah, I hadn't heard it anywhere else so I assume either me or Fitzpatrick got the wrong end of the stick (my moneys on him :D )

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Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Donny B. wrote:
Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.
He tweeted yesterday evening that he'd had a shite day. I thought then that he mightn't be starting.

He was very niggley when he returned from the WC - maybe JS & JG are telling him to cut out the needless penalties?
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Donny B. wrote:
Danthefan wrote:Didn't see D'Arcy being benched, but like the look of the team.

What's going on with Healy though?
Dunno. Looked in great form when he came on last week and was sure he'd start this week. Maybe he's carrying some small knock we don't know about.

Other than that I'm delighted with Jenno, Dev, Eoin and Reddan back in. I like the call to keep Ferg and drop Darce even if it's a little tough on him. Looking forward to a better balance at backrow and in the backline.

It said on the Radio that Darcy has an injury niggle which might explain Fergus to 12 as Darcy was one of our best performers at the Rec

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Pleased with that side - most especially O'Malley

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LeinsterLeader wrote:
Donny B. wrote:
LeinsterLeader wrote:
Did anyone catch a reference by Fitzpatrick on SKY last week (after the match) that Healy had been "a naughty boy" and that's why he wasn't starting? Could have totally misheard the guy, so just wondering!
He could have been talking about the scrap he had with Tito in the Cardiff game. I don't remember any controversial incidents involving Ciano last week.
Yeah, I hadn't heard it anywhere else so I assume either me or Fitzpatrick got the wrong end of the stick (my moneys on him :D )
I heard it was because Healy broke his twitter curfew of no tweets after 24hrs before the game.

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Really happy with that team. Looking forward to seeing the midfield partnership with the rest of the first 15 around them. That pairing is the future, so it's great to see them starting a HEC game together.

Great to see Jenno back in (as expected) and Reddan. Two key operators to our game.

Fair play Dev getting the start, confusing to know what the favoured combinations in second row are. McLoughlin now back to covering second row from bench?

Surprised at Healy not starting, but fair enough if it's a knock.

That's some bench! And great to see no one is "un-droppable" with D'Arcy not getting the nod this time. (not that I want to see D'Arcy dropped), but squad management is brilliant and throws up lots of great combinations.

Very excited for this game, hope we lay down a marker.
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Is the first game in about 11 years that none of the galacticos are playing?
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