The game can be great without being overly antagonistic, and it would be a shame if it spilled into spikiness
As for replacing Shane, I'd opt for another Williams in the versatile Liam, whose spikiness
and speed appeals, which would allow the on-fire Leigh Halfpenny to continue at full-back, where he took the World Cup by storm.
It would be better if Ricksen could keep some of this spikiness
in his locker until tonight when the players must do their talking on the park.
Monk begins Monk's Mood alone and in full command of his spikiness
Alan Smith was strangely lacking his usual zest and spikiness
up front and even the sense of expectancy among the fans when Ruud van Nistelrooy is introduced has gone, temporarily at least.
But I think the spikiness
of both players is where the comparisons come from.
The scene is nicely set for the weekend, when Newcastle will soak up the spikiness
and make the long, snaking trip into Sunderland relishing the game.
In singer James Allan they had a conviction musician, a man whose air of spikiness
and studied arrogance marked him down as one of rock 'n' roll's more enigmatic individuals.
But Rachmaninov, too, was learning, turning to a modernistic spikiness
at times, with a terseness of utterance which gives the work immense motivic cohesion.
With an unusual, mesmerising voice that calls Catatonia's Cerys Matthews to mind, she delivers even her most acerbic lyrics with an irreverent pop spikiness
and a quirky vulnerability that somehow leads her in a new direction with every song she starts.
It's this spikiness
that makes them so proud of their city.