Tigers vs Wasps

10 01 2010

England's next scrum half?

A demolition job by Leicester on Wasps in the second half of their Guiness Premiership game last night ensured that Leicester moved to the top of the table. On this form they look very hard to stop and if the Leicester pack play as they did last night it is difficult to see any other team beating them when it counts in the end of season finals. Wasps on the other hand are a shadow of the side they were even two seasons ago and will find it a struggle to finish in the top 4 play off spots.

Tim Payne had an evening to forget opposite the 22 year old England challenger Dan Cole who was omnipresent. Surely with Johnson’s prop woes of the Autumn series so fresh in the mind Cole has played his way into the elite squad to be announced this week.

An intriguing battle was being played out behind the pack as two England wannabe 10’s battled it out for supremacy. In the first quarter Wasps had the better of the game and Cipriani was at the forefront of this. His running and passing perceptive and brilliant until the Leicester pack ensured that what little ball he later perceived was slow or going backwards. Flood by contrast had the luxury of a totally dominant pack and he was involved in most that was good of the Tigers back play. On this evidence both players look ready for England duty again although it is highly unlikely that they would find themselves playing behind a pack like the Tigers’ last night.

The stand out performer of the game was the Tigers’ young scrum half Ben Youngs. He showcased his exceptional range of skills and set up Lote Tuqiri for his try in the corner with a searing burst of pace and well timed pass. On this evidence he is ready for England duty and should dislodge Danny Care from his postion on the bench behind Paul Hodgson.

Full 6 nations previews to come.

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