05/11/2017 Scrum V


05/11/2017

Ross Harries and guests Jonathan Davies and Martyn Williams look ahead to the Autumn internationals and review the weekend's Pro14 action.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 05/11/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

The centres of attention were back

for the Scarlets who had lost 14

0:00:160:00:20

players to Wales, but the back-ups

stepped up. A welcome return for

0:00:200:00:25

Gethin Jenkins as the Blues were

given a licence to thrill. The

0:00:250:00:31

Ospreys and the Dragons had

difficult away trips. Both were on

0:00:310:00:35

the road and both were up against

it. We may as well close the polls

0:00:350:00:42

with try of the season as Glasgow

continue their scintillating run of

0:00:420:00:46

form. It is the 100 up for this

50-something, and the ultimate

0:00:460:00:52

family affair. And two Wales star

warts look ahead to the autumn

0:00:520:00:59

series from an unusual perspective.

We are Barbir -- both obviously not

0:00:590:01:05

involved, you are injured, I am not

involved. -- I am too old.

Welcome

0:01:050:01:11

to the programme. We are a third of

the way through the domestic season

0:01:110:01:15

and six days away from the autumn

internationals. Martyn Williams and

0:01:150:01:19

Jonathan Davies here to reflect on

the weekend's action and look ahead

0:01:190:01:23

to the November tests but we will

start at last night's game at the

0:01:230:01:27

Arms Park

0:01:270:01:30

start at last night's game at the

Arms Park between Blues and Zebre.

0:01:300:01:32

Bright start from Zebre going

through the phases.

Just slipped up

0:01:320:01:39

the vital time. They are protecting

the ball well.

Great from Gethin

0:01:390:01:42

Jenkins.

That have scuppered the

momentum and turned over, chance for

0:01:420:01:52

the Blues to counter through Harry

how low. Lloyd Williams could go all

0:01:520:01:56

over the way, pins his ears back and

nobody will stop the scrum-half who

0:01:560:02:01

goes over in the corner, great work

from the Blues, quick turnover ball.

0:02:010:02:08

Halaholo scored last week and shows

the pace, and will score. The Blues

0:02:120:02:21

in second. A great individual try by

Willis Halaholo. All the attributes,

0:02:210:02:27

the quick feet, the pace.

0:02:270:02:32

Blues trying to turn the screw.

0:02:350:02:41

Blues trying to turn the screw.

Macauley Cook, around come the pack.

0:02:410:02:45

This will be hard to stop.

In the

whitewash, surely they can't stop

0:02:450:02:52

it, Matthew Rees under the pile of

bodies.

0:02:520:02:57

Williams. Shingler. Smith rises to

the first tackle. Shingler once

0:03:030:03:10

again. Now there is a chance. Lovely

ball.

Great player, and it is a

0:03:100:03:17

bonus point victory for the Cardiff

Blues.

0:03:170:03:22

A terrible kick, taken very quickly,

Matthew Morgan, no one at all,

0:03:320:03:38

Morgan and Tom James combining. An

easy walk in.

0:03:380:03:42

A pleasing night, good to get senior

players on the field and some had

0:03:450:03:50

outstanding performances. We were

ruthless tonight, attack and defence

0:03:500:03:53

in most of our game was on top of

where we needed to be and that's a

0:03:530:03:58

zebra site who have been improving.

We were certainly conscious of that

0:03:580:04:02

tonight and bounce back from a poor

derby last week.

So a good win for

0:04:020:04:07

the Blues. Jonathan, you have spoken

about how improved zebra had this

0:04:070:04:12

season. Bonus point, couldn't have

asked for more.

They were clinical.

0:04:120:04:22

The strength last year was attacking

play, tries scored, and they seem to

0:04:220:04:25

have found that again. A good

performance by the Blues, good

0:04:250:04:27

victory, and they are back with a

bit of confidence.

Attacks are

0:04:270:04:32

starting to gel, the tries were from

Zebre mistakes, some, but the

0:04:320:04:38

defence impressed you the most.

That

is key for the Blues, when they get

0:04:380:04:42

the defence right they are a

difficult side to beat. Yesterday,

0:04:420:04:46

impressed with their line speed and

work on the contact. The old man was

0:04:460:04:51

back, Gethin Jenkins, this verse

three four minutes led to Lloyd

0:04:510:04:55

Williams's try. Over the gain line,

Williams in the area. Good play by

0:04:550:05:02

Oliver Robinson to get it wide and a

good gasp by Lloyd Williams to get

0:05:020:05:07

it off. Right on the edge, you could

say he was offside but winning the

0:05:070:05:11

contact, winning the gain line, this

allows the defence to set up. Watch

0:05:110:05:17

the line speed, this is something

Edwards would have brought into the

0:05:170:05:21

Blues, winning the game, ten or 15

metres over the line, for Smith, a

0:05:210:05:26

strong game defensively. Great hit.

Look at his work after contact, back

0:05:260:05:31

on his feet, and when your centre

than winners do this, Scully

0:05:310:05:36

stealing the ball again, and the

last clip is how it finished.

0:05:360:05:40

Jenkins leading the line again,

Williams will ball, wins the penalty

0:05:400:05:44

at a crucial time, just after

half-time, that led to the kick to

0:05:440:05:48

the corner, the driving line-out, by

Matthew Rees which got the bonus

0:05:480:05:54

point. Defensively, if they can get

consistency and not drop-off, which

0:05:540:05:59

they do week in week out, they are

dangerous.

News tonight on the Blues

0:05:590:06:04

coaching front, their search for a

successor to Danny Wilson is

0:06:040:06:08

gathering pace. They have received

28 applications for the job. They

0:06:080:06:12

whittled it to a short list of three

calling them all strong and

0:06:120:06:17

experienced candidates and hope to

meet the next week and have an

0:06:170:06:20

announcement by the end of November.

We should know by the end of this

0:06:200:06:24

month who will be the next Cardiff

Blues coach. Short list of three,

0:06:240:06:28

who might be on the list and who

would you like on it?

I have no

0:06:280:06:33

idea.

With your contacts?

If 28 have

gone for it, I just think, all you

0:06:330:06:41

need to do is put an experienced guy

in there. That for me is what they

0:06:410:06:46

need. They brought Danny and he

didn't have the experience of being

0:06:460:06:50

head coach, things haven't worked

for whatever reason, so you need to

0:06:500:06:53

go for the tried and trusted to get

a strong director of rugby, coach,

0:06:530:07:01

whatever, because that... They are

in limbo at the moment because they

0:07:010:07:05

are re-signing players because they

have two, and the new guy coming in

0:07:050:07:10

might not want those players. The

sooner they sort it out the better.

0:07:100:07:15

That was difficult, Danny Wilson

leaving early in the season. You

0:07:150:07:18

need to re-sign players. They need

to get the structure right, will you

0:07:180:07:23

bring in a head coach who

concentrates on the rugby side of

0:07:230:07:25

things and somebody above him to do

the signings or a director of rugby

0:07:250:07:29

to oversee everything? That is key,

and let them have carte blanche on

0:07:290:07:35

decision.

I hear there will be a

general rugby manager alongside head

0:07:350:07:40

coach.

I don't understand that to be

honest.

We will find out in the next

0:07:400:07:45

few weeks if the deadline is kept

to, end of November. Scarlets are

0:07:450:07:50

discovering this season that success

has its downsides. The fact they are

0:07:500:07:54

champions means they have 14 players

in the Wales squad so largely second

0:07:540:07:58

stream side welcoming Benetton to

Parc Y Scarlets.

0:07:580:08:03

COMMENTATOR: What are the options

here for the Scarlets? On the

0:08:060:08:12

blindside for pride Ebert two

defenders there. Again, the scrum is

0:08:120:08:18

rock solid. Parks on the dummy run,

Dan Jones, gets passed them easily,

0:08:180:08:25

and after a well-organised defence

for the opening stages, certainly

0:08:250:08:30

wasn't as Dan Jones steps over.

0:08:300:08:40

McKinley with a break and trounced

Tom Prydie easily, and the first

0:08:450:08:49

try, the first score of the second

half, goes to Benetton. Byrne

0:08:490:09:00

delivers it back to Elen Evans. --

Tad Byrne.

0:09:000:09:04

Still on his feet, try line if so

close, varies the ball for Evans.

0:09:070:09:15

It's going to be a yellow card.

Stop

short but deliberate knock-on.

We

0:09:150:09:22

have seen in recent weeks in games,

this will definitely be a yellow

0:09:220:09:28

card, tries in this situation.

It

will be a yellow

0:09:280:09:42

card for Bronzini. It will be yellow

card. Beirne. They will not give up

0:09:450:09:53

this defence. It is just what Dan

Jones does, picks up and scores.

0:09:530:10:01

this defence. It is just what Dan

Jones does, picks up and scores.

It

0:10:010:10:02

took us a while to break them down.

At 1303 we did quite well in the

0:10:020:10:07

first half but looking back into the

game with soft defensive play, we

0:10:070:10:12

were able to finish off with a try

at the end so it was nice.

It was

0:10:120:10:16

nice to have a game. To be fair we

have a good competition here and

0:10:160:10:21

Reese has done an excellent job and

deserves a spot with the Welsh squad

0:10:210:10:24

at the moment, just glad to have my

chance and take it and keep pushing

0:10:240:10:29

Rhys.

He played well, it's his first

game of the season and we know how

0:10:290:10:36

good he is. He has been working well

on his game. Tonight he was always

0:10:360:10:41

going to start and I thought he

played pretty well for his first

0:10:410:10:44

game out.

Praise for Dan Jones, man

of the match on the night, 15

0:10:440:10:50

points, and the try as well. He

played 15 times in the Pro14 last

0:10:500:10:56

season and in the Champions Cup so

we know him but he has to bide his

0:10:560:10:59

time with Rhys Patchell in the

driving seat and there are not

0:10:590:11:02

usually fly-halves on the bend,

using Asquith to cover.

Yes, I

0:11:020:11:09

thought, it's always difficult

coming in especially the way the

0:11:090:11:12

Scarlets had been playing and the

loss of internationals. Not the

0:11:120:11:15

greatest game but they ground it

out, the result, but he was just

0:11:150:11:20

solid, everything he did was solid.

If you look at the chip, you add

0:11:200:11:26

variety, keeping the Benetton

defence on this because there are a

0:11:260:11:29

bit narrow, lovely clearing kick,

but it away, then reset the

0:11:290:11:33

defensive line from the set piece.

He brought everyone into the line,

0:11:330:11:37

if someone shoots out he finds the

gap, putting into it, great pick-up

0:11:370:11:41

and keeps continuity. Give it the

short little stamp and Scott

0:11:410:11:47

Williams is through. Lovely try to

finish. He would have been happy

0:11:470:11:52

with that. With the Scarlets going

so well and playing such attractive

0:11:520:11:57

rugby, to fit into it is a good job

well done for them.

We spoke all

0:11:570:12:03

season about how the Scarlets don't

abandon their game plan even if

0:12:030:12:07

conditions don't suit it. You could

forgive him for wanting to stand

0:12:070:12:10

deeper and put leather on the ball

but he was mixing it up, diggs,

0:12:100:12:15

crossing kicks.

He had the

experience on the outside of

0:12:150:12:18

Williamson parks but a difficult

game for the Scarlets. Missing more

0:12:180:12:23

than any other Welsh region, 12

players, so many key players

0:12:230:12:27

missing. Benetton had improved,

sometimes you are too critical of

0:12:270:12:30

the Scarlets and we expect so much

of them but when you lose that many

0:12:300:12:34

players it will take time to gel.

Benetton are a tough nut to crack so

0:12:340:12:39

get the win, they have a couple of

games which are tough now in South

0:12:390:12:43

Africa but all in all they will be

pleased with Friday.

I guess that is

0:12:430:12:47

when the depth will be tested.

0:12:470:12:59

We can see their second string beat

Benetton at home to two away games

0:13:020:13:04

in South Africa.

Playing at home,

making changes is easier. You are in

0:13:040:13:07

your comfort zone and there without

your international players. It will

0:13:070:13:09

be tough for them in the next couple

of weeks.

The autumn internationals

0:13:090:13:12

are now just six days away and as we

all know Warren Gatland has mixed up

0:13:120:13:15

and gone experimental this time. It

means, unusually, Jimmy Robertson

0:13:150:13:17

will be watching from the sidelines

alongside the injured Sam Warburton

0:13:170:13:22

-- Jamie Roberts will be watching.

Wales are over the line. Jamie

0:13:220:13:29

Roberts is there and Wales have the

try.

0:13:290:13:33

Obviously we are not involved for

different reasons, you are injured,

0:13:360:13:40

I'm too old and injured! It's been

different, I -- difficult, I'll be

0:13:400:13:47

honest, a couple of days of

mourning. Obviously I spoke to Robin

0:13:470:13:51

and Warren and they have gone with

younger lads. You understand that,

0:13:510:13:55

moving towards the World Cup they

need to expose the young lads to

0:13:550:13:59

test rugby and I've been told the

door is not closed so I will fight

0:13:590:14:03

for the Six Nations.

Wales had a

stable squad for the last six or

0:14:030:14:07

seven years and it is a good call to

try to expand that. The only way you

0:14:070:14:12

learn about guises throwing them in

the deep end. You don't find out

0:14:120:14:16

about the mud World Cup time, that

is not the time to experiment, you

0:14:160:14:19

need to know what they can deliver.

With the autumn, for a young player,

0:14:190:14:23

at home with 75,000 people willing

you on and guys nominated for world

0:14:230:14:29

Player of the Year or perhaps formal

ones will love that and want to

0:14:290:14:34

prove themselves and put them in

their place. That's where you find

0:14:340:14:38

out who the international and

regional players are, in the big

0:14:380:14:42

test arena, who relishes the

pressure and thrives on that.

First

0:14:420:14:46

at the labs are playing Australia,

obviously we have both played

0:14:460:14:50

Australia a bit and lost a few

games, the last time was in 2008.

0:14:500:14:56

When people talk about the sora, get

the monkey off the back, players

0:14:560:15:00

mentalities, players don't have

that, they don't thing, we haven't

0:15:000:15:04

beaten them so long. Statistics mean

nothing to a player. We both know we

0:15:040:15:10

have the making of beating Australia

on a few occasions but for one

0:15:100:15:14

reason or another it didn't work

out. Players will have that hanging

0:15:140:15:18

over their heads and relishing the

opportunity.

Second up, Georgia, bit

0:15:180:15:22

of an unknown quantity in world

rugby but certainly a team growing

0:15:220:15:27

rapidly.

It's good because they will

be in the World Cup pool as well. It

0:15:270:15:31

will be a good thing to play against

them. They are preserving 80% of

0:15:310:15:38

their squad who will be at the World

Cup, but that will be tough. It's

0:15:380:15:44

great for world rugby that you get

the chance to play tear two nations

0:15:440:15:48

in the autumn and help develop those

countries, and rather than have five

0:15:480:15:53

competitive teams in the World Cup,

12 or 14 competitive sides, which

0:15:530:15:58

Georgia are becoming quickly. Great

game for Wales and Georgia.

Third

0:15:580:16:04

game, the all backs, best team in

world rugby, have been for a long

0:16:040:16:08

time -- the All Blacks.

When you see

their bench they have games

0:16:080:16:12

conditioned to play 50 or 60 minutes

and guys who will play the majority

0:16:120:16:16

of their test careers off the bench

to create bad impact. The last 20

0:16:160:16:21

minutes is so important,

particularly the front five, a lot

0:16:210:16:27

of front five forwards are

conditioned to play 5060 minutes and

0:16:270:16:30

will be told that will happen. -- 50

or 60 minutes. The bench is so

0:16:300:16:35

important in internationals, to have

those guys who can come on and on to

0:16:350:16:38

influence the game for the better

and increase momentum, it is not

0:16:380:16:41

about surviving the last 20, you

need to overtake. Wales need a 23

0:16:410:16:47

and a bench that can provide a good

impact which will go a long way

0:16:470:16:51

towards victory.

Last up, obviously

great memories for Wales from last

0:16:510:16:56

year and 2014, beating the

Springboks in Cardiff. What you see

0:16:560:17:06

in the Springboks that could cause

Wales problems?

They have a style to

0:17:060:17:09

play and when they played well they

can beat anyone in the world. In the

0:17:090:17:12

22 they want to drive, they rely on

their forwards and in all

0:17:120:17:15

internationals you have a good

kicking game with territory. That is

0:17:150:17:17

what South Africa is about and I am

sure they will bring a squad that

0:17:170:17:20

will come over to Wales and have a

bee in their bonnet after Wales have

0:17:200:17:24

two good victories over them in the

last few years and will want to put

0:17:240:17:28

that right.

Hopefully Wales can sign

off with a victory in the last game

0:17:280:17:33

and we will obviously be watching

with interest in the stands, but

0:17:330:17:36

wishing you the best with your neck,

pal, hopefully see you in the New

0:17:360:17:40

Year as well.

Hopefully, mate,

fingers crossed.

Interesting stuff

0:17:400:17:44

in that interview. One thing that

jumped out was what Sam Warburton

0:17:440:17:50

said about expectations and to what

extent players live up to them.

0:17:500:17:54

There is an experience in the squad

but what better way to find out if

0:17:540:17:57

they are up to the task than

throwing them against the world's

0:17:570:17:59

best?

Like Sam said, you can play as

well as you want regionally, in the

0:17:590:18:04

autumn against the best in the world

is always surreal four levels up and

0:18:040:18:08

you find out a lot. Not about the

ability, everyone has ability, but

0:18:080:18:13

it is whether you can cope with it.

It is not just the Test match but

0:18:130:18:22

the build-up to the week under

pressure on you, everything that

0:18:220:18:24

comes with a test week, it is a huge

step up from regional level which is

0:18:240:18:28

why when you look at Wales having

won an opening Orson -- having not

0:18:280:18:31

won an opening autumn international

since 2002 against Fiji, a draw in

0:18:310:18:36

Australia in 06 and we start so

slowly because the gap is so big.

0:18:360:18:40

Every level you go up, say we start

in senior rugby and you got through

0:18:400:18:47

the ranks, the difference in

incredible and you have to adjust to

0:18:470:18:51

adjust to that place. Some players

become international players and

0:18:510:18:56

some will only be regional players.

There is sometimes a difficult

0:18:560:19:00

balance, do you pick them, but you

have to pick one two, not everyone

0:19:000:19:05

because it is still about results,

you cannot go in to the autumn and

0:19:050:19:10

lose four. It is a very tough time

for Wales, in particular, maybe

0:19:100:19:17

Scotland, because they don't have

the strength in depth as well so if

0:19:170:19:20

you get injuries it is a tough time

for them.

Eco believed for some

0:19:200:19:24

cross which ever way you look at it!

-- a heck of a leap for Sam Cross.

0:19:240:19:30

We asked you to pick your composite

15 for the Australia game,

0:19:300:19:35

unsurprisingly, Martyn

0:19:350:19:36

15 for the Australia game,

unsurprisingly, Martyn, you have

0:19:360:19:37

picked

0:19:370:19:37

unsurprisingly, Martyn, you have

picked the pack, talk us through it.

0:19:370:19:41

Scarlets heavy and rightfully so.

Samson Lee gets the nod over

0:19:410:19:46

Francis, he has been outstanding

this year. In the second row, Davies

0:19:460:19:50

pushing a few weeks ago but after

the Blues game, Jake Ball came out

0:19:500:19:54

on top and his experience and bulk

is there. Fingers crossed Justin

0:19:540:19:59

Tipuric is a bit, we are monitoring

his fitness and six, you could argue

0:19:590:20:04

from the beady, Lydiate or Shingler,

three players who bring different

0:20:040:20:10

skills pitching has been outstanding

for the last 12 months and deserves

0:20:100:20:12

to start in the six jersey. The

forward pack is

0:20:120:20:16

to start in the six jersey. The

forward pack is easier to pick from

0:20:160:20:20

the backs!

I just want to pick you

up on a few of those things,

0:20:200:20:23

Shingler being the first one,

outstanding form for the Scarlets, a

0:20:230:20:27

champion winning side and the

Scarlets play far more mobile

0:20:270:20:32

versions of rugby and you see that

with the forwards and the backs,

0:20:320:20:35

Samson Lee has improved, Shingler is

a line line-out option, is that what

0:20:350:20:40

Wales need to do?

It is not just the

backs, you need to have forwards who

0:20:400:20:45

can use the ball and the Scarlets

ball in hand, they are comfortable

0:20:450:20:50

in their space and leave the game

well. Shingler is a good athlete,

0:20:500:20:53

gets round the park, he is quick.

The Aussies, the speed they bring to

0:20:530:20:59

the game, you need that. They

deserve it. The Scarlets are

0:20:590:21:04

settled, balanced units and the

backs get credit but the forwards

0:21:040:21:07

are outstanding as well.

You talk

about Tipuric, there is question

0:21:070:21:11

over him. If he doesn't play, it is

a big problem, I think.

I was

0:21:110:21:17

amazed, I thought Josh McGeady

should start at seven in that case.

0:21:170:21:22

-- I thought Navidi should play.

Young has been tearing it up in the

0:21:220:21:29

last two years and has been

outstanding. For Sam Cross to get

0:21:290:21:34

the nod over him and Will Boyde as

well, that was a big surprise. If

0:21:340:21:39

they throw some cross in if Tipuric

is not fit it is a massive call to

0:21:390:21:44

go up against his per -- Sam Cross.

Fingers crossed a bridge will be fit

0:21:440:21:48

on Friday.

That's the pack, what

three quarters line?

It has been

0:21:480:21:55

interesting. In my mind, what will

he pick and what would I

0:21:550:21:59

interesting. In my mind, what will

he pick and what would I pick, I

0:21:590:22:01

would go, Liam Williams, at

full-back, Halfpenny, Evans has to

0:22:010:22:07

play, Hallam Amos is playing well as

well. Jonathan Davies is nailed on

0:22:070:22:12

but this is the 10-12, what will

they play? I have gone for Williams

0:22:120:22:17

because he has played more at 12,

rumours about Patchell, he left

0:22:170:22:23

Scott Williams out and went with

Dan. Picked him out for the Lions.

0:22:230:22:28

The Ospreys aren't playing well so

maybe his form isn't great, then of

0:22:280:22:32

course Rhys Webb. I could have gone

all Scarlets, Patchell ten, Scott

0:22:320:22:38

Williams and Gareth because of

0:22:380:22:40

all Scarlets, Patchell ten, Scott

Williams and Gareth because of the

0:22:400:22:41

way they are playing, 2008 Gatland

went with 13 Ospreys.

With Mark

0:22:410:22:49

Jones. Tommy Bowe was Irish.

You

could go that way.

The Scarlets

0:22:490:22:55

could beat Australia, you mean?

Everyone was saying Ospreys could

0:22:550:23:00

beat England at the time. On form I

was very tempted to go with

0:23:000:23:05

Priestland, but I'm thinking, if you

have Owen Williams as well and the

0:23:050:23:11

big Fijian or restrain centres

coming down the middle, I might

0:23:110:23:14

leave Reese on the bench and have

the stability of down and bring him

0:23:140:23:19

on. It would be difficult to see

what style they will play. If you

0:23:190:23:24

have all the Scarlets guys who

chatted about, then you have Dan and

0:23:240:23:29

Owain Williams and they play

differently from the Scarlets. It

0:23:290:23:32

will be difficult to gel but they

might still go with Halfpenny at

0:23:320:23:35

full-back and Liam Williams on the

wing.

If you were still in the

0:23:350:23:40

squad, Martyn at eight o'clock in

the morning you would be going to

0:23:400:23:45

Bristol on the bash for a live

scrummaging session against England,

0:23:450:23:48

I imagine you wouldn't be too keen.

I would love that. The phone would

0:23:480:23:53

be on the bus.

Dressing gown,

slippers and a pipe! See you, boys!

0:23:530:24:00

Some people have frowned upon it but

I can see why the coaches want to do

0:24:000:24:04

it because we mentioned at the start

we are always slow to start and you

0:24:040:24:08

can't have a warm up game. They were

thinking, what can we do have

0:24:080:24:11

different, and this will get the

players out of their comfort zone.

0:24:110:24:17

It's not ideal but I can understand,

you need something to spark you,

0:24:170:24:20

when you train against each other it

becomes messy and you know the calls

0:24:200:24:24

so they have Nigel Owens refereeing,

fingers crossed no injuries.

Also if

0:24:240:24:29

one of them gets one over

convincingly on the other one,

0:24:290:24:35

right, there is that psychological

edge for the game in the Six

0:24:350:24:38

Nations. That is the only thing I

would worry about if I was a player,

0:24:380:24:42

if they get a big, massive edge on

it and think Right, OK.

I wish we

0:24:420:24:48

could be there to see it! Moving on,

back to the Pro14, and the Ospreys

0:24:480:24:53

got back to winning ways against the

Dragons last week, could they follow

0:24:530:24:56

it up against Edinburgh this week?

0:24:560:25:01

Dragons last week, could they follow

it up against Edinburgh this week?

0:25:010:25:01

COMMENTATOR: Ospreys driven sideways

at the moment, but a bit of wit

0:25:010:25:07

could do something here. Quite

creative in the centre. Leonard

0:25:070:25:10

keeps it going. Dan Evans held up as

he looks to continue his try scoring

0:25:100:25:16

form. The Moldovan prop Arhip

crashes over for the first try.

0:25:160:25:26

Penalty advantage coming. A couple

of flicked passes from Edinburgh

0:25:260:25:32

knowing they have the penalty

potentially to come their way if

0:25:320:25:35

they don't get a try. Blindside,

lovely off-loads and Blair Kinghorn

0:25:350:25:40

is over in the corner for

Edinburgh's first try of the

0:25:400:25:45

evening.

0:25:450:25:47

Quick hands. A bit of confidence,

giving Fife room to move. Davies

0:25:520:25:59

managing to hold his progress. Du

Preez getting involved. Crosby

0:25:590:26:03

appealing for a high tackle. That

has been brought to the referee's

0:26:030:26:10

attention may be by one of his

assistants, slow to indicate that a

0:26:100:26:14

chance for Edinburgh if they don't

make more progress, bring them back

0:26:140:26:20

for the penalty in the centre of the

field.

Another silly bit of play

0:26:200:26:27

there. He has given him the yellow

card. An intentional knock-on and

0:26:270:26:31

that bit of play, something you

don't expect from Lennon.

-- Lennon.

0:26:310:26:40

Edinburgh have their noses in front

as he finds the target at 13-10.

0:26:400:26:45

Edinburgh going through the phases,

just inside their own half, and

0:26:480:26:53

finding an angle, and Kinghorn with

the break, looks to get it back to

0:26:530:26:58

Johnson, and Nathan Fowles. Ospreys

hit with a sucker punch at the start

0:26:580:27:11

of the second half. Brought down by

Mercer.

There will be tired Ospreys

0:27:110:27:20

defenders out there.

Jason Toby

cracks the Ospreys defence. Here

0:27:200:27:33

come Edinburgh, waves of pressure

from the black shirts. Edinburgh are

0:27:330:27:39

so close now, to Bradbury, barges

his way over, and Edinburgh do get

0:27:390:27:46

the bonus

0:27:460:27:47

his way over, and Edinburgh do get

the bonus point try.

The first half

0:27:470:27:50

we were pretty decent, second-half

defensively we were pretty

0:27:500:27:54

nonexistent. We came up with what we

felt was a strong team, good working

0:27:540:27:59

week but we didn't perform

particularly in the second half. The

0:27:590:28:02

boys have some time off now to

reflect, as coaches as well, looking

0:28:020:28:06

at what we are doing but ultimately

we cannot get away from the

0:28:060:28:10

disappointment. We need to get back

to winning weighs in Glasgow next.

I

0:28:100:28:16

spoke to Steve Tandy a couple of

times this season and he talks about

0:28:160:28:20

the working, spirit and attitude

being right but more often than not

0:28:200:28:23

that doesn't translate into what

happens on the pitch, is that

0:28:230:28:29

common, that training is likely a

dream but you don't perform in the

0:28:290:28:31

80 minutes?

Sometimes he would train

badly than focus on it and say, it's

0:28:310:28:39

gone badly, and it really focuses

your mind. At the end of the working

0:28:390:28:47

week the important part is that 80

minutes. Irrespective of what is how

0:28:470:28:52

the weakest judge, and for me, the

first half was good for the Ospreys,

0:28:520:28:56

they were solid in the game, in

control, but then they slipped and

0:28:560:29:00

fell off a lot of one-on-one

tackles, and for me... When they

0:29:000:29:06

don't play at that intensity and

they drop a little, everything goes

0:29:060:29:10

pear shaped with them and I don't

know why, they are so used to doing

0:29:100:29:15

it, the attitude has been their main

strength. When the chips are down

0:29:150:29:19

and everyone doesn't like us, that's

when they perform. For me the

0:29:190:29:24

intensity drops and everything seems

to fade away, and that's what they

0:29:240:29:28

have to do, keep the intensity

throughout the game and won the

0:29:280:29:32

intensity as though they do not miss

the tackles. No matter what you do

0:29:320:29:36

in training, right, if you miss

one-on-one tackles, you are dead,

0:29:360:29:40

you are gone.

0:29:400:29:44

The surprise was not that they lost,

because Edinburgh are difficult, and

0:29:440:29:49

Edinburgh were missing key players,

but the way they lost after what had

0:29:490:29:53

been a positive three weeks, we

thought they would get the season

0:29:530:29:55

back on track, but to lose like that

it feels like back to square one.

0:29:550:30:00

And the Ospreys have a couple of

weeks to dwell on it and you do want

0:30:000:30:03

to get back on the horse and play

again, so it's a long couple of

0:30:030:30:06

weeks.

When they were in their pomp,

if they were not good enough to win,

0:30:060:30:14

the collection of those players,

they have to be at their best and

0:30:140:30:18

intense to win the games.

Onto the

Dragons, and they had a tough away

0:30:180:30:26

trip to Munster, who were preparing

to say goodbye to their coach.

0:30:260:30:30

Duncan Williamson. Here is JJ

Halloran. He has support from Rory

0:30:350:30:39

Scannell. A little twist, and

Scannell gets the first try for

0:30:390:30:44

Munster. Munster using the big man,

Chris Klute, and that is an easy

0:30:440:30:56

second score. Simon Zebo. Charlie

Davies relieving the pressure. It is

0:30:560:31:07

Robin Copeland, beating the first

tackle and go storming over the

0:31:070:31:11

halfway. Add to the cat flap to Jack

O'Donoghue, and the flanker makes

0:31:110:31:19

it. -- out of the cat flap.

0:31:190:31:24

Munster are loving this sort of work

close in. It will be form an orderly

0:31:280:31:35

Klute, and Darren Sweetnam does the

necessary that the bonus point --

0:31:350:31:38

orderly queue. James Hart, using the

blindside. Hanrahan stepping out

0:31:380:31:46

again into the 22, with Sam Arnold

on his toes, and he gets a fifth for

0:31:460:31:57

Munster. Here we go, do some good

old-fashioned Jurassic stuff. That

0:31:570:32:03

is in the Munster tradition. It is

Kevin O'Byrne at the back. And they

0:32:030:32:10

are over, and I take it it must be

him. Yes, it is. Can Munster finish

0:32:100:32:17

with a flourish? Zebo, Sweetnam. And

Sam Arnold finishing it off. We will

0:32:170:32:27

discuss the Dragons game in a

moment, but if you've not seen this,

0:32:270:32:32

take a look. Yesterday, Glasgow

against Leinster. And absolutely

0:32:320:32:37

sensational try. It all started from

virtually on the try line,

0:32:370:32:42

counterattacking from deep.

Matawalu, what about this? The chase

0:32:420:32:47

is on good down the right-hand side

by Leinster, but then just watch

0:32:470:32:51

this, fantastic. You have to ask

yourself, would Jeffrey have passed

0:32:510:32:57

this?

No way.

Terrible defence

though. It is a great kick and what

0:32:570:33:04

they do, they don't expect him to

gather and kick.

That was the final

0:33:040:33:13

scoring that one, 30 1-21 thanks to

the amazing try, and it was not

0:33:130:33:18

Matawalu, Nick Grigg. -- 31-21.

Ulster running out victors

0:33:180:33:27

eventually against the Southern

Kings. The Kings got themselves a

0:33:270:33:30

couple of bonus points. Glasgow with

a perfect record in the league and

0:33:300:33:36

12 points clear of Munster. The

Ospreys dropped to seventh on the

0:33:360:33:39

Cardiff Blues office. In conference

B, the Scarlets are still top, seven

0:33:390:33:45

victories from eight. They are six

points clear of Ulster. The Kings

0:33:450:33:52

are finally off the mark. No

victories, but they have losing

0:33:520:33:56

bonus points.

0:33:560:33:57

A bit of news for you tonight about

the Dragons in terms of recruitment,

0:34:000:34:06

they have signed three players from

Bristol for next players, all of

0:34:060:34:10

them Welsh, two of them

internationals. Rhodri Williams has

0:34:100:34:14

been capped, Ryan Bevington as well,

in the Six Nations, and Jordan

0:34:140:34:20

Williams, the material Jordan

Williams, a former player for the

0:34:200:34:24

Scarlets, and all three currently

playing for Bristol. Ross Moriarty

0:34:240:34:29

remains a target for them, strong

rumours he will come home because of

0:34:290:34:32

the new 60 cap rule for Wales. Three

new signings and some positivity,

0:34:320:34:39

but the game against Munster showed

they desperately need to recruit

0:34:390:34:42

more. They said they wanted at least

12 new signings.

If he thought he

0:34:420:34:49

had a tough job at the start,

Jackman, he knows where he is now.

0:34:490:34:53

It is simple to me, they have

conceded 36 tries, putting that in

0:34:530:34:58

context, the Scarlets only conceded

40 in the whole season. That is the

0:34:580:35:03

easiest part of the game to fix, the

defence. You can go to Munster and

0:35:030:35:08

lose and people will say, that's

expected, but you have to become a

0:35:080:35:12

stubborn side. It's all well and

good focusing on the home games, but

0:35:120:35:16

it's no good winning all of them and

then losing by 40 points away.

There

0:35:160:35:21

seems to be a buzz about the

Dragons. The feel-good factor,

0:35:210:35:27

talking them up, and results like

that, the Ross Moriarty of this

0:35:270:35:37

world that will put him off, but

looking at piano three-year plan.

0:35:370:35:46

Three-year plan will be most

important. The second year is now

0:35:460:35:50

where he will sign to get players

for that second year. He has given

0:35:500:35:54

players an opportunity and some of

them are not good enough.

Critical

0:35:540:35:57

times for the Dragons, and his

predecessor, Kingsley Jones, he is

0:35:570:36:04

arguably the most travelled coach in

world rugby. He is now coaching

0:36:040:36:09

Canada and his first game in charge

was not exactly what he hoped for.

0:36:090:36:12

It was a heavy defeat to the New

Zealand side, 51-9. We caught up

0:36:120:36:19

with him in Istanbul airport en

route to the next game against

0:36:190:36:22

Georgia, and I began by asking him

what he had learned in that first

0:36:220:36:25

game in charge.

We had two hours

together and we worked on the

0:36:250:36:31

breakdown stuff and we looked at the

double tackles. It is really the

0:36:310:36:37

positive to take from it that we

turned the ball over once in

0:36:370:36:40

contact, which is a big improvement

and they go hard on the break

0:36:400:36:45

points. It is just errors, and there

were nine kicking errors they called

0:36:450:36:56

-- scored from. It is just loose

play and they were devastatingly

0:36:560:37:01

awesome. They have great

individuals. I think the players,

0:37:010:37:05

thankfully, what we have prepared

for, we can do that in review and we

0:37:050:37:10

have to be smarter and stick to the

game plan a bit more. This group are

0:37:100:37:14

lacking a bit of confidence and

there are some good athletes and

0:37:140:37:18

skills. We have the likes coming in

in the window, Ann Taylor Paris,

0:37:180:37:31

some good players coming back.

The

World Cup draw has just been done,

0:37:310:37:40

and you have the incentive of May be

playing against Wales.

As soon as

0:37:400:37:46

they offered me the job, that was

something I looked at. It is a great

0:37:460:37:52

pool with Fiji, Georgia, Wales.

There are some teams in their new

0:37:520:37:56

would really want to play against.

You have a six-day break before we

0:37:560:38:07

play Wales, so there is Georgia as

well and then we play Wales. That is

0:38:070:38:10

where you have to do the job. A lot

of work to be done in the next 14

0:38:100:38:15

weeks to qualify. But I'm sure this

group have the ability to do that,

0:38:150:38:21

but it's getting them some

confidence. Hopefully we will get a

0:38:210:38:23

win or two and give them some

confidence going into this game.

You

0:38:230:38:29

have Georgia this week and you know

them well from when you coached

0:38:290:38:33

Russia. Wales the following week and

we know you have the set piece

0:38:330:38:38

strength, but any players we should

be looking out for?

There's a lot of

0:38:380:38:44

talk about them New Zealand coach,

but it is in their DNA, they keep

0:38:440:38:50

going back in the scrum and that is

the way they are playing. They are

0:38:500:38:55

trying to string a bit more out in

winning the games, so they they have

0:38:550:39:03

the full-back who can protect the

ball very well, but we think we can

0:39:030:39:07

pressure him, and the same for the

Number ten. But we know the

0:39:070:39:10

challenge, it isn't end of the scale

challenge in terms of the Maoris and

0:39:100:39:17

Georgia, you couldn't have more

contrasting teams. For us, it's a

0:39:170:39:22

simple thing, if we get parity up

front, we have a good chance.

Lovely

0:39:220:39:25

stuff will stop have a good show.

Hopefully if nothing else they can

0:39:250:39:32

soften up the Georgians before they

come to Cardiff to play Wales. Let's

0:39:320:39:36

find out what went on in the

Premiership and Phil Steele has all

0:39:360:39:40

the details.

0:39:400:39:40

Irish official Joy Neville became

the first female referee for a

0:39:450:39:49

principality Premiership game. Her

first test was Pontypridd against

0:39:490:39:53

Ebbw Vale. The bonus point in the

bag after just 15 minutes. They

0:39:530:39:58

managed another three tries,

including a brace for the winger.

0:39:580:40:03

There was a much-needed victory for

Crosskeys despite a bright start

0:40:030:40:08

from the home side, the visitors

controlled the final 14 and winger

0:40:080:40:14

Matthew Powell took advantage --

final 40. Despite Cardiff being the

0:40:140:40:18

better side in the opening

exchanges, a brace from Kyle Evans

0:40:180:40:22

secured the win, and the second was

a great solo effort. There was a

0:40:220:40:27

real battle at Rugby Parade on

Friday night -- Rodney Parade. The

0:40:270:40:30

home side took the lead but the

visitors hit back with a try through

0:40:300:40:35

Michael Cowell. The black and

numbers added to their try tally,

0:40:350:40:38

all square, but Newport were awarded

a late penalty and Matt O'Brien kept

0:40:380:40:44

his head to seal a dramatic win.

Pontypridd go top, Cardiff and

0:40:440:40:54

Newport are mid-table non-movers.

Ebbw Vale and Bargoed slip to the

0:40:540:40:59

bottom. Struggling Swansea were

welcomed to the tall but athletic.

0:40:590:41:05

Robert Dudley Jones were the only

try, parrying over with a five metre

0:41:050:41:10

scrum -- Tolbert athletic. Six wins

from six and no defeats at home, and

0:41:100:41:19

Morgan Griffiths secured a bonus

point try in the second half and the

0:41:190:41:22

Welsh All Blacks are without a win

since the start of September. There

0:41:220:41:25

was a bonus point win for doing the

double over Bridgend. Two converted

0:41:250:41:32

tries in a quarter of an hour before

the full-back Christian Jones added

0:41:320:41:38

his name to the scoresheet. Our GC

dominated with a bonus point win.

0:41:380:41:44

Six tries are the visitors and 16

points from the boot of Jacob

0:41:440:41:47

Butterfield will stop Llanelli

secured a valuable losing bonus

0:41:470:41:52

point. Our GC stay top with

Llandovery behind them.

0:41:520:42:01

Of course that wasn't Phil Neal --

Phil Steele. But this is his the

0:42:040:42:11

good feud guide, carefully, honours

even at 15-15. Caerphilly.

0:42:110:42:18

There is a remarkable family affair

and I will not reveal the actual age

0:42:210:42:25

of Rosie Snape, but she is in her

50s and today she got to celebrate

0:42:250:42:29

her 100th appearance for the club,

and got to do so by packing down

0:42:290:42:33

alongside her two daughters.

I'm

getting my boots and I will be

0:42:330:42:42

ready. I have been playing in ten

years and I have been involved for a

0:42:420:42:47

while because my children have been

with me since I was very small. My

0:42:470:43:01

eldest daughter plays flanker. My

husband is Gordon, and he coaches

0:43:010:43:05

the women and is a very good coach

and he knows what he's talking

0:43:050:43:08

about. I am playing my hundredth

game and it will be really important

0:43:080:43:13

to me. I am a big passionate fan of

rugby and it's a big achievement for

0:43:130:43:18

me.

Get between the ball and lead

him out.

She is a typical farmer's

0:43:180:43:27

daughter. Old-fashioned, ball at the

jumper, go for it. She can have

0:43:270:43:34

quite a high tackle occasionally,

and she has had few yellow cards in

0:43:340:43:37

her playing career. She is good

around the ruck area and makes loads

0:43:370:43:42

of tackles and she is quite hard to

get down as well. She likes to get

0:43:420:43:46

involved. Stop, get back. You are

doing it wrong on purpose to annoy

0:43:460:43:56

me. She will never make a winger,

but she's fitted in well at property

0:43:560:44:01

keeps tight to the ruck and tackles

anything that moves. It will be a

0:44:010:44:07

proud moment. I have complete and

utter respect for her and it will be

0:44:070:44:11

great to say I've played alongside

my mum and sister.

Especially when

0:44:110:44:16

my mum won her 100th cap.

Right,

jumpers, get on the three jumpers. I

0:44:160:44:28

am really proud. It's been a long

time coming. Let's be fair, at all

0:44:280:44:33

the things in life, I think Robbie

Paul's people together. To me, rugby

0:44:330:44:36

is a family game. -- I think rugby

Paul's people together.

0:44:360:44:42

Command. -- come on. She tackled

well, but they have the ball wide,

0:45:040:45:13

so we need somebody on the other

side it gets younger, fresher legs.

0:45:130:45:18

No doubt I'll get told about it

tonight, so that's about it, really,

0:45:180:45:22

isn't it?

0:45:220:45:24

On behalf of the club, we would like

to present Rosie with a signed

0:45:380:45:42

shirt. Thank you very much, Rosie.

It's

0:45:420:45:46

shirt. Thank you very much, Rosie.

It's overwhelming, really. No

0:45:460:45:48

thoughts of retirement?

0:45:480:45:50

It's overwhelming, really. No

thoughts of retirement?

No, not just

0:45:500:45:52

yet. When B hanging the boots up

yet.

Fantastic. What a story and

0:45:520:45:58

congratulations to Rosie and here's

to a least one more season. A couple

0:45:580:46:02

of minutes left to discuss what is

going to happen on Saturday. We've

0:46:020:46:06

already discussed the team and squad

selection. The burning question, can

0:46:060:46:10

Wales bring a 12 game losing streak

against the Wallabies to an end?

0:46:100:46:16

They can, but defensively, we've

talked about the attacking game, but

0:46:160:46:19

against the Australians if you're

not on the ball defensively you get

0:46:190:46:22

embarrassed, which we did last year

when we lost the collisions and they

0:46:220:46:26

tore us apart. They put 60 points on

Japan yesterday and they are lethal

0:46:260:46:31

with the ball in hand. If we can get

the defence right, we have the

0:46:310:46:35

quality to win, but it will be very

difficult like we mentioned earlier,

0:46:350:46:39

but the first game is so difficult

for the players.

60 points on Japan

0:46:390:46:42

yesterday and they beat the All

Blacks in the last game before they

0:46:420:46:45

left down under.

We are all going,

oh, yes, a poor season for the

0:46:450:46:53

Australian franchise because one of

them has been dumped, and then all

0:46:530:46:56

of a sudden they turn it round, as

they always do. They are so creative

0:46:560:47:00

and I love watching them play. That

is why the book is have them one

0:47:000:47:06

plus one -- the bookies. It is a

tough ask for Wales, based go into

0:47:060:47:12

it with a warm up game and it's all

about defensively, if they can keep

0:47:120:47:18

them down. The selection is

interesting. Australia have to start

0:47:180:47:21

as favourites for me.

Briefly, how

relieved will Wales be the Israel

0:47:210:47:27

Folau is not lining up?

He is their

best player, but Kurtley Beale has

0:47:270:47:32

been on fire am aware that they play

12 or 15. The league winger is a

0:47:320:47:42

dynamo, so there's no problem.

He is

brilliant, their best player. He is

0:47:420:47:45

world class and against New Zealand

he created and scored, so that is a

0:47:450:47:51

massive loss for them.

A big loss

for them. Will it be Wales's Lucky

0:47:510:47:57

charm? You can watch the game live

on BBC Wales television on Saturday

0:47:570:48:02

at 4:45pm. Can Wales bring the

nine-year wait for a win against the

0:48:020:48:09

Wallabies to an end? Will we be

celebrating in the Scrum V club next

0:48:090:48:14

week? We hope so. See you then.

0:48:140:48:17

Shall we get the guests out?

Yes.

0:48:260:48:28

Shall we get the guests out?

Yes.

And he is back with his analysis,

0:48:280:48:33

housewives favourite, Sean Holley.

0:48:330:48:36

I've been really impressed, to be

honest.

He is such an exciting

0:48:450:48:48

talent.

Star behind the bar is Mr

James Hook.

0:48:480:48:56