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Re: Tigers in the City - Teamsí are up
Posted by: opti
Date: 07/10/2019 10:38
I'm not sure I felt optimistic as such this season. More a case of neutrality - hoping for but not expecting improvement.

One of the features of good sides is that they will have a good 'coach on the pitch' - usually at 10. Ford, Cipriani, Farrell being the most extreme examples. These are the sort of players who will pretty much take charge of a training session and then take that out on to the pitch. I wonder who Bath Rugby's best coach on the pitch is. I can't see that either Burns or Priestland can be that player. You've got to have a lot of authority to do it, and neither player can truly claim to have even nailed down their own shirt. I would bet that if you took a poll of the entire squad as to who should start at 10 you'd get a 50/50 split.

I had hoped that Burns was going to be a Nick Evans type - just below international level, but someone who, with the added mix of experience, could rise above Premiership level - like one of those county pro cricketers who starts to score thousands of runs after the age of 30 when they get to understand their own game, and have acquired a really deep understanding of the sport in general.

Whether that was an over-estimation of Burns in the first place, or the combination of untimely injuries/form/coaching inconsistency, is a bit irrelevant. But the presence of two fly-halfs, neither of whom has ultimate authority over the players around them, is hurting us.

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