Exeter beat Gloucester for fourth win
26/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 131
Reigning Premiership champions Exeter ease to their fourth straight bonus-point league win of the season at home to Gloucester.
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26/12/2020 17:42:46 9 56
bbc
Exeter shouldn’t be allowed to play for forcing the pace of negative Covid re testing, game should have been handed to Cherry & Whites.
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26/12/2020 18:01:25 24 3
bbc
That is a bit desperate lol
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26/12/2020 18:10:56 17 2
bbc
It's the only way Gloucester would have won...
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26/12/2020 18:41:25 5 2
bbc
How do you force -ve testing?
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26/12/2020 22:56:48 1 1
bbc
Are you a doctor????
Thought not.
What twaddle!
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26/12/2020 22:57:59 1 1
bbc
Is that the only way they would have won it?
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26/12/2020 17:54:00 4 17
bbc
Just like to thanks Humphries and Ackermann for ensuring Gloucester's all but certain relegation at the end of this season. Great job fellas.
1
26/12/2020 17:42:46 9 56
bbc
Exeter shouldn’t be allowed to play for forcing the pace of negative Covid re testing, game should have been handed to Cherry & Whites.
3
26/12/2020 18:01:25 24 3
bbc
That is a bit desperate lol
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26/12/2020 17:42:46 9 56
bbc
Exeter shouldn’t be allowed to play for forcing the pace of negative Covid re testing, game should have been handed to Cherry & Whites.
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26/12/2020 18:10:56 17 2
bbc
It's the only way Gloucester would have won...
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26/12/2020 18:17:12 32 12
bbc
Sam Simmonds has to play for the lions.
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26/12/2020 18:19:17 7 23
bbc
I agree. Send him to the Serengeti
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26/12/2020 22:22:45 1 7
bbc
Could be a wild card bolter, but I doubt it.

Billy
Falateau
Stander all well ahead
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27/12/2020 17:06:46 1 4
bbc
Hate to burst your bubble but Barberry is ahead of Simmonds!
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26/12/2020 18:18:40 16 45
bbc
Yawn. Absolute snooze fest. But then it always is when Chiefs play
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26/12/2020 18:38:14 17 2
bbc
Not a Chiefs fan then?
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26/12/2020 19:05:42 11 6
bbc
You don't really know anything about rugby,do you.
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26/12/2020 19:25:49 7 14
bbc
Correct. Most boring team ever
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26/12/2020 18:17:12 32 12
bbc
Sam Simmonds has to play for the lions.
7
26/12/2020 18:19:17 7 23
bbc
I agree. Send him to the Serengeti
6
26/12/2020 18:18:40 16 45
bbc
Yawn. Absolute snooze fest. But then it always is when Chiefs play
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26/12/2020 18:38:14 17 2
bbc
Not a Chiefs fan then?
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26/12/2020 18:38:44 7 5
bbc
A bit of an untidy scrap but to get 5 points out of it is a bonus.
See what I did there?
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26/12/2020 18:38:46 14 3
bbc
Gloucester fans, what is the point having May, Zammit & Thorley when you have a pack like that? Surely the coach has got his priorities wrong?
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27/12/2020 06:36:03 1 1
bbc
Well said. Was appalling last season too. Prioritising Cipriani departure is bang on though. TF he has gone.
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26/12/2020 17:42:46 9 56
bbc
Exeter shouldn’t be allowed to play for forcing the pace of negative Covid re testing, game should have been handed to Cherry & Whites.
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26/12/2020 18:41:25 5 2
bbc
How do you force -ve testing?
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26/12/2020 18:47:50 20 9
bbc
Running at only 50% they're still too good enough to beat the cherry & whites!
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26/12/2020 18:18:40 16 45
bbc
Yawn. Absolute snooze fest. But then it always is when Chiefs play
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26/12/2020 19:05:42 11 6
bbc
You don't really know anything about rugby,do you.
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26/12/2020 19:14:50 19 4
bbc
Liked the look of Moyle at 15 for Glaws.
Got some gas and a good step.
Sam Simmonds still knocking loudly on Eddie's door.
If he doesn't answer soon will have to get Ewers to kick it open.
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26/12/2020 21:43:33 5 13
bbc
Simmonds will never be an England regular. From what I read in the press the current England back row is the best in the world by a country mile and all three would feature in everyone’s World XV.
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27/12/2020 09:59:09 1 2
bbc
So deluded
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26/12/2020 19:16:46 4 9
bbc
Well that was a hard watch, Chiefs were as bad as Glaws were unexpectedly good, we are always naff when the Glaws are in town plus Foley normally rips us a new'un. 2nd half was more like it and we huffed and we puffed a 5 pointer while Glaws faded. Big whoop for the new boy Jenner, looks a talent, smaller whoop for Chiefs maintaining the perfect start, no whoop for the state of that pitch.
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26/12/2020 19:20:47 10 1
bbc
Poultice, there is the small matter of a major winter storm flooding places and blowing a hooly... The pitch was always going to be a shocker.
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26/12/2020 23:57:56 2 1
bbc
The pitch is normally skimmed and relaid every summer (as its a desso pitch that's standard practice). Thanks to last season being "extended" that didn't happen. Normal service will be resumed next season
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26/12/2020 19:16:46 4 9
bbc
Well that was a hard watch, Chiefs were as bad as Glaws were unexpectedly good, we are always naff when the Glaws are in town plus Foley normally rips us a new'un. 2nd half was more like it and we huffed and we puffed a 5 pointer while Glaws faded. Big whoop for the new boy Jenner, looks a talent, smaller whoop for Chiefs maintaining the perfect start, no whoop for the state of that pitch.
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26/12/2020 19:20:47 10 1
bbc
Poultice, there is the small matter of a major winter storm flooding places and blowing a hooly... The pitch was always going to be a shocker.
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26/12/2020 19:47:14 1 1
bbc
Drove by on the M5 yesterday. Most of the fields surrounding the ground underwater. The pitch is up a hill though, but lot of rain and wind down here!
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26/12/2020 19:22:43 4 7
bbc
A win is a win, with another bonus point. My second team are always Glaws, and I am worried that they are sucked into a relegation battle already, with Saints and Worcester, all good teams but one will go. Hope it is not Glaws, but agree when I watch them they they can play wonderful stuff (with superb wings) but also butcher lots of chances with poor handling and dreadful discipline. Chiefs go!
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Joe
26/12/2020 20:49:25 6 2
bbc
If we play like we did today for the rest of the season then we'll be fine. Strange how out of the 4 games so far though our best two games have been against last season's finalists
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26/12/2020 19:24:52 12 28
bbc
Boooorrrriiiing!!
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26/12/2020 19:42:06 23 9
bbc
I certainly ain't bored of the mighty exe men winning!!
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26/12/2020 21:05:54 7 6
bbc
You really don't know anything about rugby,do you.
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26/12/2020 23:08:51 1 3
bbc
Looooooooooserrrrr
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26/12/2020 18:18:40 16 45
bbc
Yawn. Absolute snooze fest. But then it always is when Chiefs play
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26/12/2020 19:25:49 7 14
bbc
Correct. Most boring team ever
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26/12/2020 22:58:28 2 1
bbc
That's not really a nice thing to say about Gloucester....but yes they are pretty boring!
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27/12/2020 00:27:52 0 3
bbc
Pretty close to be the most boring team ever
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26/12/2020 19:33:40 28 16
bbc
All these quarter wits pouncing on a rain drenched Sandy Park slugfest know so little about rugby that they’ve entirely forgotten about the best match of the season against Racing in the final 6 weeks ago.
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26/12/2020 19:24:52 12 28
bbc
Boooorrrriiiing!!
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26/12/2020 19:42:06 23 9
bbc
I certainly ain't bored of the mighty exe men winning!!
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27/12/2020 00:29:43 3 2
bbc
You ain't bored and you ain't entertain either.
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26/12/2020 19:20:47 10 1
bbc
Poultice, there is the small matter of a major winter storm flooding places and blowing a hooly... The pitch was always going to be a shocker.
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26/12/2020 19:47:14 1 1
bbc
Drove by on the M5 yesterday. Most of the fields surrounding the ground underwater. The pitch is up a hill though, but lot of rain and wind down here!
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26/12/2020 19:22:43 4 7
bbc
A win is a win, with another bonus point. My second team are always Glaws, and I am worried that they are sucked into a relegation battle already, with Saints and Worcester, all good teams but one will go. Hope it is not Glaws, but agree when I watch them they they can play wonderful stuff (with superb wings) but also butcher lots of chances with poor handling and dreadful discipline. Chiefs go!
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Joe
26/12/2020 20:49:25 6 2
bbc
If we play like we did today for the rest of the season then we'll be fine. Strange how out of the 4 games so far though our best two games have been against last season's finalists
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26/12/2020 22:29:49 4 1
bbc
Hope you are right. Perfect to be a chiefs / Glos final for me, as either could win and that would be OK. Anyone but Bath (with Sarries out for the season!)
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Joe
26/12/2020 20:52:02 30 5
bbc
Shame about that missed kick at the end but that was a very pleasing performance from Glos. Yes we should have taken one of those chances in the first half but the fact we didn't give up and rattled Exeter for a good half hour speaks volumes so fingers crossed we can keep it up

Not sure why people slate Exeter for being boring though when there's no rules about playing pretty rugby to win games
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26/12/2020 21:05:26 13 14
bbc
Yo ho ho, Exeter would beat England at their own game. Glaws won't be troubled by possibility of relegation, too good. I'm sure their 10, Evans, is related to the tonypandy Evanses, tidy player. Bottoms up if you're twickers for a good spanking in 21.
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26/12/2020 22:10:11 6 10
bbc
Not a chance, not least as the Exeter England internationals would play for England.
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26/12/2020 23:55:29 6 5
bbc
Why in heavens name would you watch the Exe game when the West Wales derby was o n? Oh that right you just want to troll about England. Sorry on you go.
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26/12/2020 19:24:52 12 28
bbc
Boooorrrriiiing!!
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26/12/2020 21:05:54 7 6
bbc
You really don't know anything about rugby,do you.
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26/12/2020 21:38:31 17 6
bbc
That was a highly competent job by Exeter. Poor playing conditions and some inconsistent execution did not prevent a bonus point win. They never looked like losing. There is a lot to admire here (and I am a neutral): they will take some stopping.
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26/12/2020 19:14:50 19 4
bbc
Liked the look of Moyle at 15 for Glaws.
Got some gas and a good step.
Sam Simmonds still knocking loudly on Eddie's door.
If he doesn't answer soon will have to get Ewers to kick it open.
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26/12/2020 21:43:33 5 13
bbc
Simmonds will never be an England regular. From what I read in the press the current England back row is the best in the world by a country mile and all three would feature in everyone’s World XV.
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PWL
27/12/2020 09:04:40 3 1
bbc
Deluded is the word.
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26/12/2020 21:47:58 19 6
bbc
Would I pay good money as a neutral to watch the Chiefs , probably not. Would I be delighted with the Chiefs as a supporter , hell yes.
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26/12/2020 21:53:23 17 10
bbc
Not sure what part of Sam Simmond's game doesn't appeal to EJ. Great in the loose and devastating in the tight - especially from close range (same with LCD who also shares the push over tries)

What price top try scorer. Must be top in calendar year 2020

Lions will lose if they try to out-muscle Boks. Better to do what ABs do and outplay them in the loose (Warrenball NOT permitting)
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26/12/2020 22:08:48 11 15
bbc
History is full of great club players, of many sports, who don't make it in Internationals. Goode for e.g. , or Hick. Or Wiltshire in soccer.
Simmonds is simply not big enough to play 8 internationally. And certainly won't dislodge Underhill and Curry on the flanks. At Exeter he plays with 6 and 7 who are bigger than him, it works as a combination.

SS. TC, and SU wouldn't work as a combo.
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27/12/2020 07:04:31 1 3
bbc
I think the reason might be England are blessed with so many good back rowers, if simmonds gets picked who do you leave out.
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27/12/2020 08:33:20 2 1
bbc
I think that he could be included in the squad both as a back-up back rower and as an alternative centre. What England needs is an X-factor in the squad to complement their standardised high efficiency game plan. Could work, at least until they find some creative elusive world-class half backs.
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26/12/2020 21:57:44 23 7
bbc
I think that it's to the chiefs enormous credit how well they are run. Don't think many would've predicted where they would end up if you go back 10 years very few sides would have done that how a club should be run.
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26/12/2020 22:03:13 13 30
bbc
Exeter are becoming like the All Blacks where officials are not consistent and allow them to infringe, which gives them enough of an advantage to win. Would like to see referees managing their scrums, rucks and offside line properly, which would have lost them their 100% record today.
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26/12/2020 23:05:58 16 8
bbc
Hilarious Ruskin should have been penalised every scrum for pulling down and Gloucester were offside numerous times.
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27/12/2020 00:32:52 5 5
bbc
Totally agree, backs offside a few tines. The front row just hold of at engagement so opponents fall in and give penalty. Then forwards from line out sometimes illegally obstruct the maul.
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26/12/2020 21:53:23 17 10
bbc
Not sure what part of Sam Simmond's game doesn't appeal to EJ. Great in the loose and devastating in the tight - especially from close range (same with LCD who also shares the push over tries)

What price top try scorer. Must be top in calendar year 2020

Lions will lose if they try to out-muscle Boks. Better to do what ABs do and outplay them in the loose (Warrenball NOT permitting)
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26/12/2020 22:08:48 11 15
bbc
History is full of great club players, of many sports, who don't make it in Internationals. Goode for e.g. , or Hick. Or Wiltshire in soccer.
Simmonds is simply not big enough to play 8 internationally. And certainly won't dislodge Underhill and Curry on the flanks. At Exeter he plays with 6 and 7 who are bigger than him, it works as a combination.

SS. TC, and SU wouldn't work as a combo.
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27/12/2020 01:51:55 6 2
bbc
Then make it work for England
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26/12/2020 22:10:06 13 40
bbc
Exeter should be banned from all competition following their Covid breaches. Rob Baxter should receive a substantial personal fine for bringing the game into disrepute for all his nasty comments about SPOTY.
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27/12/2020 13:26:15 0 2
bbc
Trouble is he's right about SPOTY, and Glasgow's own protocols not exactly up to scratch. Otherwise, cracking observation
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27/12/2020 17:41:44 1 1
bbc
Sorry, what did he say about SPOTY, I assume it was about team of the year??

Its a farce these days. Adam Peaty, arguably the world's best sportsman vs his competitors, and 4 WRs in 2 weeks not nominated

Caeleb Dressel, likewise 6 WRs in 2 weeks, not nominated for oversees, and a cage fighter won??
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26/12/2020 21:05:26 13 14
bbc
Yo ho ho, Exeter would beat England at their own game. Glaws won't be troubled by possibility of relegation, too good. I'm sure their 10, Evans, is related to the tonypandy Evanses, tidy player. Bottoms up if you're twickers for a good spanking in 21.
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26/12/2020 22:10:11 6 10
bbc
Not a chance, not least as the Exeter England internationals would play for England.
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26/12/2020 18:17:12 32 12
bbc
Sam Simmonds has to play for the lions.
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26/12/2020 22:22:45 1 7
bbc
Could be a wild card bolter, but I doubt it.

Billy
Falateau
Stander all well ahead
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26/12/2020 22:29:37 2 8
bbc
Gloucester blamed there woos on Cips, they drop him and now they are worse.
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Joe
26/12/2020 20:49:25 6 2
bbc
If we play like we did today for the rest of the season then we'll be fine. Strange how out of the 4 games so far though our best two games have been against last season's finalists
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26/12/2020 22:29:49 4 1
bbc
Hope you are right. Perfect to be a chiefs / Glos final for me, as either could win and that would be OK. Anyone but Bath (with Sarries out for the season!)
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Joe
26/12/2020 22:57:09 3 1
bbc
I agree with the bit about Bath haha
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26/12/2020 22:32:53 6 52
bbc
There is little doubt that Baxter is a top coach, maybe even the best coach in the country. Comes across as a horrible person though.
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26/12/2020 22:50:06 25 5
bbc
I'm guessing you've never met the guy then?
Driven, yes.
Horrible person, not that I've ever experienced over 22 years!
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26/12/2020 23:05:46 20 4
bbc
Baxter is one of the fairest, straightest, honest and well respected coaches there is; a really nice pleasant, family man. You must either have mistaken him for someone else, or perhaps you simply can’t think that someone so successful and respected as he, could possibly be a really nice guy as well?
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27/12/2020 09:28:43 6 3
bbc
A typical brainless comment. You clearly haven`t met him, so why say this...pathetic.
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Gaz
27/12/2020 09:58:06 3 2
bbc
Well I'm a Glaws fan and he seems like a top bloke to me and never blames the ref for (rare) losses unlike many of his peers. You don't provide any evidence to back up your claim so maybe you've seen something I've missed?
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27/12/2020 17:46:08 0 2
bbc
Oh dear, perhaps you might remove the "Expert" from your handle, you are obviously nothing of the sort. King Rob is a lovely man, as fair minded and even handed as you could wish to meet.
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26/12/2020 22:32:53 6 52
bbc
There is little doubt that Baxter is a top coach, maybe even the best coach in the country. Comes across as a horrible person though.
40
26/12/2020 22:50:06 25 5
bbc
I'm guessing you've never met the guy then?
Driven, yes.
Horrible person, not that I've ever experienced over 22 years!
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26/12/2020 23:47:07 11 3
bbc
A similar time that I've known him, he's a friendly, good guy doing a tough job.
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26/12/2020 22:51:43 53 9
bbc
Exeter are becoming like every other team that dominates their sport, they attract groundless negative comments born out of petty jealousy.
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27/12/2020 17:14:15 0 4
bbc
I don't completely agree with that comment. Great team, most improved team results show that. Some people are just negative, but some would prefer more of a competition in prem instead knowing Exeter is gonna win every game in prem this season. Similar when sarries were in prem. Like to see another few teams cause upsets to chiefs. Bristol, Wasps, Bath. To predictable this season. Chiefs.
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26/12/2020 17:42:46 9 56
bbc
Exeter shouldn’t be allowed to play for forcing the pace of negative Covid re testing, game should have been handed to Cherry & Whites.
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26/12/2020 22:56:48 1 1
bbc
Are you a doctor????
Thought not.
What twaddle!
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26/12/2020 22:29:49 4 1
bbc
Hope you are right. Perfect to be a chiefs / Glos final for me, as either could win and that would be OK. Anyone but Bath (with Sarries out for the season!)
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Joe
26/12/2020 22:57:09 3 1
bbc
I agree with the bit about Bath haha
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26/12/2020 17:42:46 9 56
bbc
Exeter shouldn’t be allowed to play for forcing the pace of negative Covid re testing, game should have been handed to Cherry & Whites.
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26/12/2020 22:57:59 1 1
bbc
Is that the only way they would have won it?
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26/12/2020 19:25:49 7 14
bbc
Correct. Most boring team ever
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26/12/2020 22:58:28 2 1
bbc
That's not really a nice thing to say about Gloucester....but yes they are pretty boring!
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26/12/2020 22:32:53 6 52
bbc
There is little doubt that Baxter is a top coach, maybe even the best coach in the country. Comes across as a horrible person though.
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26/12/2020 23:05:46 20 4
bbc
Baxter is one of the fairest, straightest, honest and well respected coaches there is; a really nice pleasant, family man. You must either have mistaken him for someone else, or perhaps you simply can’t think that someone so successful and respected as he, could possibly be a really nice guy as well?
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26/12/2020 22:03:13 13 30
bbc
Exeter are becoming like the All Blacks where officials are not consistent and allow them to infringe, which gives them enough of an advantage to win. Would like to see referees managing their scrums, rucks and offside line properly, which would have lost them their 100% record today.
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26/12/2020 23:05:58 16 8
bbc
Hilarious Ruskin should have been penalised every scrum for pulling down and Gloucester were offside numerous times.
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26/12/2020 19:24:52 12 28
bbc
Boooorrrriiiing!!
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26/12/2020 23:08:51 1 3
bbc
Looooooooooserrrrr
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26/12/2020 23:10:39 8 2
bbc
Gloucester just didn’t turn possession and territory into points.. I’m sure Exeter will be happy with the win whether it was boring for the non-Exeter fans or not.
Not a great performance but still manage a bonus point win.
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27/12/2020 15:52:05 2 1
bbc
Agreed. Important to recognise the awful weather conditions of the past 48 hours we've had here (live 5 miles from the Park) - much rain on already sodden turf and a growing blustery wind as the game progressed. Credit to both sides for one of the types of rugby game we've all experienced. Not a day for chucking the ball around however talented you are!
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26/12/2020 22:50:06 25 5
bbc
I'm guessing you've never met the guy then?
Driven, yes.
Horrible person, not that I've ever experienced over 22 years!
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26/12/2020 23:47:07 11 3
bbc
A similar time that I've known him, he's a friendly, good guy doing a tough job.
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26/12/2020 21:05:26 13 14
bbc
Yo ho ho, Exeter would beat England at their own game. Glaws won't be troubled by possibility of relegation, too good. I'm sure their 10, Evans, is related to the tonypandy Evanses, tidy player. Bottoms up if you're twickers for a good spanking in 21.
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26/12/2020 23:55:29 6 5
bbc
Why in heavens name would you watch the Exe game when the West Wales derby was o n? Oh that right you just want to troll about England. Sorry on you go.
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27/12/2020 07:06:54 2 4
bbc
Exactly.
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27/12/2020 08:01:16 2 4
bbc
Spot on there, 100% correct. He has ZERO interest in actual rugby, just wants to continually and very boringly troll all things England.
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27/12/2020 09:42:46 4 1
bbc
Hate to put the big fella in but wasnt the Exeter game an afternoon game! Might of coincided with the east Wales derby tho which incidently was an awful game! But at least it was a win for the blues just an ugly win! Hope you managed to have a good xmas!
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26/12/2020 19:16:46 4 9
bbc
Well that was a hard watch, Chiefs were as bad as Glaws were unexpectedly good, we are always naff when the Glaws are in town plus Foley normally rips us a new'un. 2nd half was more like it and we huffed and we puffed a 5 pointer while Glaws faded. Big whoop for the new boy Jenner, looks a talent, smaller whoop for Chiefs maintaining the perfect start, no whoop for the state of that pitch.
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26/12/2020 23:57:56 2 1
bbc
The pitch is normally skimmed and relaid every summer (as its a desso pitch that's standard practice). Thanks to last season being "extended" that didn't happen. Normal service will be resumed next season
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26/12/2020 19:25:49 7 14
bbc
Correct. Most boring team ever
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27/12/2020 00:27:52 0 3
bbc
Pretty close to be the most boring team ever
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26/12/2020 19:42:06 23 9
bbc
I certainly ain't bored of the mighty exe men winning!!
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27/12/2020 00:29:43 3 2
bbc
You ain't bored and you ain't entertain either.
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26/12/2020 22:03:13 13 30
bbc
Exeter are becoming like the All Blacks where officials are not consistent and allow them to infringe, which gives them enough of an advantage to win. Would like to see referees managing their scrums, rucks and offside line properly, which would have lost them their 100% record today.
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27/12/2020 00:32:52 5 5
bbc
Totally agree, backs offside a few tines. The front row just hold of at engagement so opponents fall in and give penalty. Then forwards from line out sometimes illegally obstruct the maul.
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26/12/2020 22:08:48 11 15
bbc
History is full of great club players, of many sports, who don't make it in Internationals. Goode for e.g. , or Hick. Or Wiltshire in soccer.
Simmonds is simply not big enough to play 8 internationally. And certainly won't dislodge Underhill and Curry on the flanks. At Exeter he plays with 6 and 7 who are bigger than him, it works as a combination.

SS. TC, and SU wouldn't work as a combo.
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27/12/2020 01:51:55 6 2
bbc
Then make it work for England
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27/12/2020 07:06:23 0 11
bbc
As I said the combo we have is the best in the World, so why change it.
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27/12/2020 02:36:44 14 16
bbc
Could someone please explain why Exeter have not been banned from playing yet Glasgow have had to endure some 28 point losses yet it was Exeter who breached covid????
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27/12/2020 10:19:28 11 2
bbc
Exeter didn’t breach COVID. The squads been tested and are negative so following the rules they can play. I guess Glasgow still have some players positive. No one knows where the Exeter players got COVID, it could have been from an asymptomatic Glasgow player.
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27/12/2020 17:40:05 0 2
bbc
Cos it's funny to watch all the whining
10
26/12/2020 18:38:46 14 3
bbc
Gloucester fans, what is the point having May, Zammit & Thorley when you have a pack like that? Surely the coach has got his priorities wrong?
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27/12/2020 06:36:03 1 1
bbc
Well said. Was appalling last season too. Prioritising Cipriani departure is bang on though. TF he has gone.
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26/12/2020 21:53:23 17 10
bbc
Not sure what part of Sam Simmond's game doesn't appeal to EJ. Great in the loose and devastating in the tight - especially from close range (same with LCD who also shares the push over tries)

What price top try scorer. Must be top in calendar year 2020

Lions will lose if they try to out-muscle Boks. Better to do what ABs do and outplay them in the loose (Warrenball NOT permitting)
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27/12/2020 07:04:31 1 3
bbc
I think the reason might be England are blessed with so many good back rowers, if simmonds gets picked who do you leave out.
56
27/12/2020 01:51:55 6 2
bbc
Then make it work for England
60
27/12/2020 07:06:23 0 11
bbc
As I said the combo we have is the best in the World, so why change it.
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27/12/2020 07:10:13 6 1
bbc
To make it better.
51
26/12/2020 23:55:29 6 5
bbc
Why in heavens name would you watch the Exe game when the West Wales derby was o n? Oh that right you just want to troll about England. Sorry on you go.
61
27/12/2020 07:06:54 2 4
bbc
Exactly.
60
27/12/2020 07:06:23 0 11
bbc
As I said the combo we have is the best in the World, so why change it.
62
27/12/2020 07:10:13 6 1
bbc
To make it better.
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27/12/2020 09:35:53 1 6
bbc
Who would you play 6 and 7? SS works at Exeter as their 6 and 7 are bigger than him. BV at 8 allows us to plat SU and TC, currently works beaters, SS at 8 would require diffetent 6 and 7.

The current combo is the best
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27/12/2020 17:18:52 2 1
bbc
Exactly. The best in the world had to become better than the previous best in the world. No risk taking no improvement!!
Teams that stand still believing they have it all sorted out risk being overtaken. Give SS a chance. If it doesn’t work, there’s always the option to return to just ‘best in the world’.
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27/12/2020 07:19:31 9 4
bbc
the Chiefs like all top sides in various sports have found the ability to find a win even when not at their best . It must be a coaches dream to get their team to that stage .
51
26/12/2020 23:55:29 6 5
bbc
Why in heavens name would you watch the Exe game when the West Wales derby was o n? Oh that right you just want to troll about England. Sorry on you go.
64
27/12/2020 08:01:16 2 4
bbc
Spot on there, 100% correct. He has ZERO interest in actual rugby, just wants to continually and very boringly troll all things England.
83
27/12/2020 11:00:07 0 3
bbc
??
Well done Bill bailey, the queen and the Oxford vaccine.... you don't get more English than that.
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27/12/2020 08:05:01 3 7
bbc
I see as Exeter won the usual and in fairness with some merit the calls for S Simmonds to get picked for England.
However, you have to ask is he good as or better than present Eng back row players? As good as maybe but better? So who then would miss out?
Also, bear in mind Eng won 6N and Autumn Nations cup without him.
They may have done so with him but then again maybe not.
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PWL
27/12/2020 09:32:31 6 3
bbc
Many players in all sports have failed to make the jump from club to international level; some not even given the opportunity. He deserves a go for England as I think he offers more than Vunipola.
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26/12/2020 21:53:23 17 10
bbc
Not sure what part of Sam Simmond's game doesn't appeal to EJ. Great in the loose and devastating in the tight - especially from close range (same with LCD who also shares the push over tries)

What price top try scorer. Must be top in calendar year 2020

Lions will lose if they try to out-muscle Boks. Better to do what ABs do and outplay them in the loose (Warrenball NOT permitting)
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27/12/2020 08:33:20 2 1
bbc
I think that he could be included in the squad both as a back-up back rower and as an alternative centre. What England needs is an X-factor in the squad to complement their standardised high efficiency game plan. Could work, at least until they find some creative elusive world-class half backs.
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26/12/2020 21:43:33 5 13
bbc
Simmonds will never be an England regular. From what I read in the press the current England back row is the best in the world by a country mile and all three would feature in everyone’s World XV.
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PWL
27/12/2020 09:04:40 3 1
bbc
Deluded is the word.
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26/12/2020 22:32:53 6 52
bbc
There is little doubt that Baxter is a top coach, maybe even the best coach in the country. Comes across as a horrible person though.
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27/12/2020 09:28:43 6 3
bbc
A typical brainless comment. You clearly haven`t met him, so why say this...pathetic.
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27/12/2020 08:05:01 3 7
bbc
I see as Exeter won the usual and in fairness with some merit the calls for S Simmonds to get picked for England.
However, you have to ask is he good as or better than present Eng back row players? As good as maybe but better? So who then would miss out?
Also, bear in mind Eng won 6N and Autumn Nations cup without him.
They may have done so with him but then again maybe not.
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PWL
27/12/2020 09:32:31 6 3
bbc
Many players in all sports have failed to make the jump from club to international level; some not even given the opportunity. He deserves a go for England as I think he offers more than Vunipola.
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27/12/2020 09:59:59 3 3
bbc
He has played for Eng and didn't set world alight as far as I recall. However, I agree new blood is needed to progress through to 2023 RWC. Especially in 9/10 positions although I'd happily see likes of Dombrandt be given a shot also along with Simmonds to see if he can make it internationally.
62
27/12/2020 07:10:13 6 1
bbc
To make it better.
70
27/12/2020 09:35:53 1 6
bbc
Who would you play 6 and 7? SS works at Exeter as their 6 and 7 are bigger than him. BV at 8 allows us to plat SU and TC, currently works beaters, SS at 8 would require diffetent 6 and 7.

The current combo is the best
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27/12/2020 09:39:44 8 4
bbc
Baxter has made Exeter the number one team in Europe and the UK in a short period of time and would make a great England coach. EJ has good qualities, but is stubborn and won`t pick players on form. Sam Simmonds would be a great player on the bench, being able to cover 3 positions. Back row, the one area England have a lot of talent!
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26/12/2020 23:55:29 6 5
bbc
Why in heavens name would you watch the Exe game when the West Wales derby was o n? Oh that right you just want to troll about England. Sorry on you go.
72
27/12/2020 09:42:46 4 1
bbc
Hate to put the big fella in but wasnt the Exeter game an afternoon game! Might of coincided with the east Wales derby tho which incidently was an awful game! But at least it was a win for the blues just an ugly win! Hope you managed to have a good xmas!
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27/12/2020 09:50:04 0 3
bbc
Morning Blue, I agree.

Yes thanks, did you??

My lad had his first game last week, and allegedly a league starting 9th Jan.

No scrums or mauls. So 15 a side 7s, which rather suits him. As he can now run 100m in sub 11.

But it is Rugby for the colts. Well sort of.
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27/12/2020 10:51:50 0 2
bbc
S4c late evening.... You're right.
There are some clowns about.
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27/12/2020 09:46:57 13 2
bbc
Sam Simmonds would create a totally different back row for ENG, one that suddenly had an enormous amount of pace and energy rather than bulk, he also puts in a lot tackles. Would add a different dimension.
Billy V is heavier, slower and has more experience. Personally would rest him for 6N and experiment with other options including younger 9 & 10s
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mc
27/12/2020 13:07:00 6 5
bbc
to play for england you have to be 20 feet tall and a whippet to reach all the high misdirected kicks from young and ford
72
27/12/2020 09:42:46 4 1
bbc
Hate to put the big fella in but wasnt the Exeter game an afternoon game! Might of coincided with the east Wales derby tho which incidently was an awful game! But at least it was a win for the blues just an ugly win! Hope you managed to have a good xmas!
74
27/12/2020 09:50:04 0 3
bbc
Morning Blue, I agree.

Yes thanks, did you??

My lad had his first game last week, and allegedly a league starting 9th Jan.

No scrums or mauls. So 15 a side 7s, which rather suits him. As he can now run 100m in sub 11.

But it is Rugby for the colts. Well sort of.
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27/12/2020 13:44:56 1 1
bbc
Afternoon try, all good here xmas not quite what we hoped for but the rules are there for a reason, so just xmas day with the boys family! Hopefully your boy can get playing (pretty nippy then) atm infection rates are ok where you are I think hopefully they dont rise and scupper the plans as this variation of the virus is more prone to affect the younger generation ! Stay safe fella
39
26/12/2020 22:32:53 6 52
bbc
There is little doubt that Baxter is a top coach, maybe even the best coach in the country. Comes across as a horrible person though.
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Gaz
27/12/2020 09:58:06 3 2
bbc
Well I'm a Glaws fan and he seems like a top bloke to me and never blames the ref for (rare) losses unlike many of his peers. You don't provide any evidence to back up your claim so maybe you've seen something I've missed?
14
26/12/2020 19:14:50 19 4
bbc
Liked the look of Moyle at 15 for Glaws.
Got some gas and a good step.
Sam Simmonds still knocking loudly on Eddie's door.
If he doesn't answer soon will have to get Ewers to kick it open.
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27/12/2020 09:59:09 1 2
bbc
So deluded
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PWL
27/12/2020 09:32:31 6 3
bbc
Many players in all sports have failed to make the jump from club to international level; some not even given the opportunity. He deserves a go for England as I think he offers more than Vunipola.
77
27/12/2020 09:59:59 3 3
bbc
He has played for Eng and didn't set world alight as far as I recall. However, I agree new blood is needed to progress through to 2023 RWC. Especially in 9/10 positions although I'd happily see likes of Dombrandt be given a shot also along with Simmonds to see if he can make it internationally.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:08:56 1 2
bbc
I can't remember him playing for England, so if he didn't set the world alight that could be why. Simmonds, on current form, deserves another chance internationally as he's a better all round played than Vunipola. Dombrandt also seems a great prospect.
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27/12/2020 02:36:44 14 16
bbc
Could someone please explain why Exeter have not been banned from playing yet Glasgow have had to endure some 28 point losses yet it was Exeter who breached covid????
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27/12/2020 10:19:28 11 2
bbc
Exeter didn’t breach COVID. The squads been tested and are negative so following the rules they can play. I guess Glasgow still have some players positive. No one knows where the Exeter players got COVID, it could have been from an asymptomatic Glasgow player.
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27/12/2020 10:41:38 1 1
bbc
With all the Sarries contingent not having any competitive rugby before the Scotland game, will Eddie still pick them?
81
27/12/2020 10:50:50 3 9
bbc
Yep. Itoje, George, Farrell, BV, Mako all definitely be there if fit.
80
27/12/2020 10:48:55 7 15
bbc
What the blazes are Exeter doing ? First they infect Glasgow, who gave to cancel 2 games as a result, then they start playing again, no doubt spreading their virus further. Cheers Exeter, thanks for that
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27/12/2020 11:38:03 9 6
bbc
They haven't breached any protocols. Glasgow just unfortunate. Though 28-0 is a good result for them.
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27/12/2020 13:49:16 1 4
bbc
Scarlets have got away with it also
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27/12/2020 16:10:49 1 2
bbc
Following correct protocols? No evidence Chiefs gave it Glasgow, positive test came after the game so could’ve been a Glasgow player spreading it for all we know.
79
27/12/2020 10:41:38 1 1
bbc
With all the Sarries contingent not having any competitive rugby before the Scotland game, will Eddie still pick them?
81
27/12/2020 10:50:50 3 9
bbc
Yep. Itoje, George, Farrell, BV, Mako all definitely be there if fit.
85
27/12/2020 11:11:50 4 2
bbc
Alas, I think you are right.
Is that fair on Launchbury, LCD, Genge/Marler, Simmonds/Dombrant and Ford/Smith/Simmonds?
Many people think that some of those deserve a start anyway.
What sort of message does that send players who are playing on a regular basis? That you can be undercooked for an international but because you are a Saracen then it's OK.
Might well cause dissent in the squad.
72
27/12/2020 09:42:46 4 1
bbc
Hate to put the big fella in but wasnt the Exeter game an afternoon game! Might of coincided with the east Wales derby tho which incidently was an awful game! But at least it was a win for the blues just an ugly win! Hope you managed to have a good xmas!
82
27/12/2020 10:51:50 0 2
bbc
S4c late evening.... You're right.
There are some clowns about.
64
27/12/2020 08:01:16 2 4
bbc
Spot on there, 100% correct. He has ZERO interest in actual rugby, just wants to continually and very boringly troll all things England.
83
27/12/2020 11:00:07 0 3
bbc
??
Well done Bill bailey, the queen and the Oxford vaccine.... you don't get more English than that.
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27/12/2020 11:09:18 5 5
bbc
Interesting how people are starting to turn on Exeter. Baxter thereby avoiding the worst job in rugby and many of his players avoiding England selection. Got to give it to him he is a master strategist. The last thing Exeter need is a fixture with Twickers United and then prove their superiority.
107
27/12/2020 13:53:18 3 3
bbc
I’d say Pivac has the worst job in rugby right now. Woeful record this year and the public have turned against him and his team.
81
27/12/2020 10:50:50 3 9
bbc
Yep. Itoje, George, Farrell, BV, Mako all definitely be there if fit.
85
27/12/2020 11:11:50 4 2
bbc
Alas, I think you are right.
Is that fair on Launchbury, LCD, Genge/Marler, Simmonds/Dombrant and Ford/Smith/Simmonds?
Many people think that some of those deserve a start anyway.
What sort of message does that send players who are playing on a regular basis? That you can be undercooked for an international but because you are a Saracen then it's OK.
Might well cause dissent in the squad.
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27/12/2020 11:21:00 2 4
bbc
We seem to agree on so many things these days Cornish. Luckily the Saracen's brand holds no weight with the greatest lions coach of all time. Those that deserve it will pull on that very famous red shirt in SA (not to be confused with the other famous red shirt).
85
27/12/2020 11:11:50 4 2
bbc
Alas, I think you are right.
Is that fair on Launchbury, LCD, Genge/Marler, Simmonds/Dombrant and Ford/Smith/Simmonds?
Many people think that some of those deserve a start anyway.
What sort of message does that send players who are playing on a regular basis? That you can be undercooked for an international but because you are a Saracen then it's OK.
Might well cause dissent in the squad.
86
27/12/2020 11:21:00 2 4
bbc
We seem to agree on so many things these days Cornish. Luckily the Saracen's brand holds no weight with the greatest lions coach of all time. Those that deserve it will pull on that very famous red shirt in SA (not to be confused with the other famous red shirt).
87
27/12/2020 11:35:04 3 8
bbc
With Itoje or Farrell almost guaranteed to be Lions captain, I think they will be ok.
86
27/12/2020 11:21:00 2 4
bbc
We seem to agree on so many things these days Cornish. Luckily the Saracen's brand holds no weight with the greatest lions coach of all time. Those that deserve it will pull on that very famous red shirt in SA (not to be confused with the other famous red shirt).
87
27/12/2020 11:35:04 3 8
bbc
With Itoje or Farrell almost guaranteed to be Lions captain, I think they will be ok.
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PWL
27/12/2020 11:39:23 4 1
bbc
I don't think you can be so absolute about it. I don't think Farrell is a good captain, especially when things go wrong and Itoje is too immature. But, is there an alternative?
80
27/12/2020 10:48:55 7 15
bbc
What the blazes are Exeter doing ? First they infect Glasgow, who gave to cancel 2 games as a result, then they start playing again, no doubt spreading their virus further. Cheers Exeter, thanks for that
88
27/12/2020 11:38:03 9 6
bbc
They haven't breached any protocols. Glasgow just unfortunate. Though 28-0 is a good result for them.
87
27/12/2020 11:35:04 3 8
bbc
With Itoje or Farrell almost guaranteed to be Lions captain, I think they will be ok.
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PWL
27/12/2020 11:39:23 4 1
bbc
I don't think you can be so absolute about it. I don't think Farrell is a good captain, especially when things go wrong and Itoje is too immature. But, is there an alternative?
90
27/12/2020 11:41:53 1 4
bbc
Has to be a guaranteed starter. So yes, who else is an option?

I would take AWJ as non playing tour leader.
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PWL
27/12/2020 11:39:23 4 1
bbc
I don't think you can be so absolute about it. I don't think Farrell is a good captain, especially when things go wrong and Itoje is too immature. But, is there an alternative?
90
27/12/2020 11:41:53 1 4
bbc
Has to be a guaranteed starter. So yes, who else is an option?

I would take AWJ as non playing tour leader.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:04:08 2 2
bbc
The captain should also be a forward, in my opinion. Most of the successful captains have been forwards: Johnson, Eales, McCaw, Reed, M Davies, McBride, Kolisi, Pienaar, Dalton, Warburton etc. Tipuric would be a good choice: one of the best back rowers around, great hands, intelligent, good at breakdown and experienced.
90
27/12/2020 11:41:53 1 4
bbc
Has to be a guaranteed starter. So yes, who else is an option?

I would take AWJ as non playing tour leader.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:04:08 2 2
bbc
The captain should also be a forward, in my opinion. Most of the successful captains have been forwards: Johnson, Eales, McCaw, Reed, M Davies, McBride, Kolisi, Pienaar, Dalton, Warburton etc. Tipuric would be a good choice: one of the best back rowers around, great hands, intelligent, good at breakdown and experienced.
94
27/12/2020 12:13:29 2 3
bbc
As a back I disagree, SH is a great position, but really open in terms of selection.

Tipuric will be lucky to be on your with underhill, Curry, Willis, Watson etc.
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27/12/2020 14:42:24 2 2
bbc
Hope everyone had a peaceful & healthy Xmas. Although this is not an HYS on Lions selections or captaincy, IMHO Gatland will unfortunately be pressured by the British media clamour for Farrell/Itoje captain, if he is sensible he will remember the world cup SA semi & final games to reflect upon captaincy material, he also should remember how Tipuric dealt with SA BR & how SA dealt with the Eng BR
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27/12/2020 09:59:59 3 3
bbc
He has played for Eng and didn't set world alight as far as I recall. However, I agree new blood is needed to progress through to 2023 RWC. Especially in 9/10 positions although I'd happily see likes of Dombrandt be given a shot also along with Simmonds to see if he can make it internationally.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:08:56 1 2
bbc
I can't remember him playing for England, so if he didn't set the world alight that could be why. Simmonds, on current form, deserves another chance internationally as he's a better all round played than Vunipola. Dombrandt also seems a great prospect.
93
27/12/2020 12:11:03 0 1
bbc
Thought he scored a try for england?
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:08:56 1 2
bbc
I can't remember him playing for England, so if he didn't set the world alight that could be why. Simmonds, on current form, deserves another chance internationally as he's a better all round played than Vunipola. Dombrandt also seems a great prospect.
93
27/12/2020 12:11:03 0 1
bbc
Thought he scored a try for england?
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:17:03 2 1
bbc
You could be right, I just can't remember it. But, whether he did or not, he deserves another go.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:04:08 2 2
bbc
The captain should also be a forward, in my opinion. Most of the successful captains have been forwards: Johnson, Eales, McCaw, Reed, M Davies, McBride, Kolisi, Pienaar, Dalton, Warburton etc. Tipuric would be a good choice: one of the best back rowers around, great hands, intelligent, good at breakdown and experienced.
94
27/12/2020 12:13:29 2 3
bbc
As a back I disagree, SH is a great position, but really open in terms of selection.

Tipuric will be lucky to be on your with underhill, Curry, Willis, Watson etc.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:22:46 2 2
bbc
SH is the most important position on the field, to add the burden of captaincy to it is unwise. I can't think of many successful SH captains..Nick Farr Jones was one, but not many. I agree Tipuric faces st iff competition for a back row starting place, but he's a proven international captain with experience.
93
27/12/2020 12:11:03 0 1
bbc
Thought he scored a try for england?
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:17:03 2 1
bbc
You could be right, I just can't remember it. But, whether he did or not, he deserves another go.
99
27/12/2020 12:26:21 2 1
bbc
He scored 2 vs Italy in 2018 i think.
96
27/12/2020 12:21:58 5 3
bbc
There is no way the Sarries players will be match fit
98
27/12/2020 12:25:20 3 7
bbc
Why not?, they have arranged a dozen friendlies before the championship start.

Plus rested and no injuries, sounds ideal
94
27/12/2020 12:13:29 2 3
bbc
As a back I disagree, SH is a great position, but really open in terms of selection.

Tipuric will be lucky to be on your with underhill, Curry, Willis, Watson etc.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:22:46 2 2
bbc
SH is the most important position on the field, to add the burden of captaincy to it is unwise. I can't think of many successful SH captains..Nick Farr Jones was one, but not many. I agree Tipuric faces st iff competition for a back row starting place, but he's a proven international captain with experience.
100
27/12/2020 12:57:46 3 2
bbc
Agree Tipuric is a fantastic player and would certainly be in my Lions squad but not convinced about your comment about him being a proven international captain.
96
27/12/2020 12:21:58 5 3
bbc
There is no way the Sarries players will be match fit
98
27/12/2020 12:25:20 3 7
bbc
Why not?, they have arranged a dozen friendlies before the championship start.

Plus rested and no injuries, sounds ideal
95
PWL
27/12/2020 12:17:03 2 1
bbc
You could be right, I just can't remember it. But, whether he did or not, he deserves another go.
99
27/12/2020 12:26:21 2 1
bbc
He scored 2 vs Italy in 2018 i think.
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PWL
27/12/2020 12:22:46 2 2
bbc
SH is the most important position on the field, to add the burden of captaincy to it is unwise. I can't think of many successful SH captains..Nick Farr Jones was one, but not many. I agree Tipuric faces st iff competition for a back row starting place, but he's a proven international captain with experience.
100
27/12/2020 12:57:46 3 2
bbc
Agree Tipuric is a fantastic player and would certainly be in my Lions squad but not convinced about your comment about him being a proven international captain.