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Crazy times

By Jamie Powell on Oct 16, 11 06:21 PM in

Blimey where do I start! Difficult to quite know what to say after that! I will start by congratulating Wales on their sportsmanship, especially Sam when he was sent off- totally professional. Just imagine the same in a football match, the ref probably wouldn't have got of their alive! That's what makes me love the game of rugby!
My point of view on the sending off was it was wrong and things need to change before the next world cup- use the technology that is available, especially for the bigger games.

On a positive note, the future is exciting, if there were a lions team picked now we would/or should (in case Woodward was coach) have the majority and I can't see that changing by 2013.

Finally, IRB do the gracious thing and not give that Rolland the final, he doesn't deserve it!!!

Nerves!!!

By Jamie Powell on Oct 13, 11 04:30 PM in

Wow, that was some result again last weekend!

Personally I am chuffed to bits that Wales are in the semis of the world cup! They have set a great example of how to behave on and off the pitch, with not a sign of the arrogance that a certain home nation seem to have plenty of! Living in England, I am used to getting grief off the England supporters, how quiet they have become!!

Wales should carry on playing the game they've been playing. France will be tough, no doubt about it, but if they stay positive, it can just be done! But one game at a time!!

I really hope new Zealand win the other semi, albeit with their injury issues.

Sad to see preistland out, but what a replacement- James hook!

The nerves are setting in, can't wait, and you never know what may happen!

Come on Wales!!!

Serious stuff

By Jamie Powell on Oct 6, 11 07:06 PM in

Well can't believe how quick the last few weeks have gone! Wales against ireland, what a game this could be! The fact the winner then plays England or France has turned it into a mini four nations, great stuff!

The team look confident and the display against Fiji was a great confidence boost. When a team is debating whether shane should be starting, you know it's good times! Personally I would have started with gethin Jenkins on the wing but perhaps centre is the way forward!

Anyway, all the best Wales, keep doing what you've been doing and just make sure you believe you can win!!

Come on Wales!!!

Progress

By Jamie Powell on Sep 25, 11 07:03 PM in

So far I have been pleased with Wales performances in new Zealand. Nothing more can be said about south Africa, the Samoan performance was very pleasing. Hopefully hookers injury isn't anything too bad, we need him. Ok we have Stephen jones but compared to hook he seems a little one dimensional and after not playing for weeks could be a weakness.

Tomorrows game against Namibia should be a training session really, however, I am expecting some big tackles from their players! Personally I am not sure about eleven changes- I believe the best team( barring injuries) should be played, more game time results in the team gelling, however, with the few niggles in the team, perhaps a rest is called for!!

All being well it will be Ireland in the quarters, what a game that would be!

Anyway, one step at a time, time to set the alarm for an early start before work in the morning!

Come on Wales, 50 points would be a good target!

Selection!!

By Jamie Powell on Sep 5, 11 04:53 PM in

Not long now then until the big day, personally can't wait, it seems like ages soon it will be here!!

There will be lots of stories, rumours etc before the weekend, but this would be my starting eleven!

1.Paul James if gethin not fit
2. Huw Bennett
3.Adam jones ( crucial and has payback up his sleeve)
4.Bradley Davies
5.alun wyn jones
6.dan lydiate
7.Sam warburton
8. Ryan jones or Powell if jones not fit
9.mike Phillips
10. James hook (let him play there and prove he should be there)
11. Shane Williams
12.Jamie Roberts
13.Jon Davies
14.George north
15. Lee Byrne

That would be my time at this stage, I think they have a good shot at this game but must be positive!!

Come on Wales!!

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