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right as we approach the half-way season i'm going to compile a "half-term report" for all 12 teams. was going to start a new thread but thought it wasn't necessary.

1. Bristol - done what they've needed to do so far and are clear at the top of the table. they seem to be gelling and getting better all of the time. still a bit wobbly defensively it seems but I think they're getting there. had a couple of close shaves against Ealing and away to Pirates but have come through unscathed. their backline Is awesome.
2. Ealing - Been really impressed with ET this season so far. should've beaten Bristol at Ashton Gate. their pack is very good and lays them a terrific platform week in, week out. Peter Lydon is also a brilliantly accurate goal-kicker. only blot on their copybook was the first 20-30 mins at Lady Bay when for some inexplicable reason they didn't turn up. reckon they could give Irish (probably) or Wuss a serious run for their money next season.
3. Bedford - from what I've seen of Bedford I've been impressed by them so far. their pack seems a bit more competitive than In recent seasons. As usual their brand of rugby is pleasing on the eye and fun to watch. got a great ground and atmosphere at GR. only lost 3 times, to the top two and away at Leeds. look good for top 4 place.
4. Nottingham - far from going down (my prediction for them in pre-season!) they have really flourished this season. they're a very committed side playing some good rugby. Basics seem to be good and are tough to beat at Lady Bay. win over Ealing is the season highlight for them so far.
5. Doncaster - well what of Donny so far? frustrating is the word I would use. we got off to a good start by winning our 4 of our first 5 games but an extensive injury list and a real sharp decline in form has left us sliding down the table, confidence seems to be low and we can't get a settled side on the park each week. we've also been done at the end of games on two many occasions. hard to pick out a season highlight, probably the win at Briz in the cup!.
6. Yorkshire C - Carnegie have been very inconsistent so far this year. on their day they can compete with just about any team in this division. they've been one of the harder teams to make predictions for!. good home form in general though has kept them steady in mid-table. feel like this is a holding season for them before another push next season.
7. Cornish Pirates - Pirates have been the bonus point masters this season, taking something out of every single game they've played. a bit like Carnegie they can compete with the best on their day (only losing by 2 to Briz) but can also lose against supposedly inferior opposition. when they get it right though they can be a real handful to play against. bit like Carnegie are in a bit of limbo at the moment until the S4C is built (I hope for everyone at Pirates that it is built) mid-table solidarity would probably suffice this year.
8. Richmond - Richmond have really improved this year so far and have carried on their excellent form from the end of last season. they have beaten some quality teams this year and have looked impressive. pleased their model is working as it could be the future for the Championship.
9. Hartpury - Hartpury have adjusted well to life in this league. their experienced players seem to have really stood up. only team to deny Bristol a try BP so far this year. just maybe on the slide a little at present but they can be very pleased with what they've achieved so far.
10. Jersey - a bit of a bump down to earth for Jersey after last season's terrific campaign. having most of their quality pack dismantled by the AP didn't help them. however even though they're home form has been average this season they still remain a big threat on home territory. well clear of any relegation trouble.
11. London Scottish - LS have had a poor first half of the season and I think they are regressing a little as a club. have not built on their play-off appearance in 2014-15 and have gone backwards. still a talented team on paper and should be doing better. a bit like Donny and Pirates they have lost a few games by very narrow margins so aren't that far away.
12. Rotherham - been a difficult first half of the season for Rotherham. they had a terrible start but have shown a few signs of improvement recently. they were hampered by a big player turnover in the summer which meant they didn't have the stability of squad at the start of the season. I think Andy Key is a good coach but he hasn't got the required quality at his disposal to compete week in, week out at this level. however, I think they'd do well in ND1 if they went down, their recruitment in the summer, whatever league they're in, needs to be a lot better than this summer.       

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Fortunately for Ealing they have other fantastic options with the boot. Daniels scored 8 from 9 v Doncaster. The first time he has had the chance to kick this season.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Nov 2017 at 17:38
Interesting how this has shifted since the beginning of the season.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote elegia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Nov 2017 at 13:38
from a Bristol point of view I can see the growth in the team over the season
really gelling now despite making at least 4 changes a week, so buy in from the whole squad & don't think we have a first choice xv as such
 
do find it interesting that people talk about a dodgy defence & keep predicting try bonus points against them, at the start of the season there was a bit of an open door policy, but it's obviously been worked on to the extent there are fewest points against now & in the last game against Nottingham for example the defence in the first half was outstanding, had 2 periods with 14 men & they only scored on the second one after there had been several changes to the starting line up. albeit they did then get 2 quick tries....
 
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Nov 2017 at 17:08
Originally posted by elegia elegia wrote:


from a Bristol point of view I can see the growth in the team over the season
really gelling now despite making at least 4 changes a week, so buy in from the whole squad & don't think we have a first choice xv as such
 
do find it interesting that people talk about a dodgy defence & keep predicting try bonus points against them, at the start of the season there was a bit of an open door policy, but it's obviously been worked on to the extent there are fewest points against now & in the last game against Nottingham for example the defence in the first half was outstanding, had 2 periods with 14 men & they only scored on the second one after there had been several changes to the starting line up. albeit they did then get 2 quick tries....
 
 
 


I think the one about the dodgy defence is slowly being put to bed. Bristol's defence seems to be getting more miserly at the season goes on.
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you watch your lot score a hatful this weekend now!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Dec 2017 at 13:33
Originally posted by elegia elegia wrote:


you watch your lot score a hatful this weekend now!


hopefully that would be good. I expect us to score around 20-25 points but probably concede more!. my 4-0 prediction is just corporal carrot style dreaming on my part.
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We're now at half-way for the league season. Afraid Roth are well & truly adrift - the gap between 12th & 11th (17 pts) is actually bigger than the gap between 11th and 3rd (15). So chances for plenty of movement (up & down) for the 9 clubs in that 'mid-table' bunch. And the top 2 fairly well clear, with attention already moving forward a few rounds to their meeting at Vallis Way on Feb 10.
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Well with a 10 team Premiership & Championship mooted it will be more than Rotherham looking over their shoulder!!!
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i think positions 4-11 are totally up for grabs. i think the top 3 will be Bristol, Ealing and Bedford in that order. if Pirates could get some consistency i reckon a top 4 place could be theirs. very disappointed by Donny's current position of 8th but i do think that's false. at full strength (hopefully) for the vast majority of the next 11 games we should rise up the table.
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A ten team prem somebody isn't going to be happy if this happens. There are a few teams up there that will be sh...itting themselves if that idea is taken seriously.
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Originally posted by Donnyknightsfan Donnyknightsfan wrote:

i think positions 4-11 are totally up for grabs. i think the top 3 will be Bristol, Ealing and Bedford in that order. if Pirates could get some consistency i reckon a top 4 place could be theirs. very disappointed by Donny's current position of 8th but i do think that's false. at full strength (hopefully) for the vast majority of the next 11 games we should rise up the table.

Good win today against a very good Bedford team, cracking game of rugby.
Pirates seem to be hitting their straps after a difficult start where we lost several games by very small margins. We've got a few of our injured "big guns" coming back, although we do have a crisis at hooker just at the moment. We brought in a young lad from Taunton, Dan Frost, who played the whole game today and acquitted himself really well. With cup games coming up we might be able to rest some guys who have been playing full on for weeks on end. Next league game is Bristol away which is a bit of a challenge, to say the least, but we know the boys will give it a heck of a lash - feeling optimistic about the rest of the season.
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For Blues we'll be happy with 3rd after a trickier 1st half of the season. Would've liked to sneak past Pirates with Ealing up next we could've put them under a bit of pressure for 2nd.

The 2nd half sees home games against in no particular order Ealing, Knights, Pirates, Carnegie, (dropped points to all of these) Jersey, Richmond.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017 at 08:09
Originally posted by Donnyknightsfan Donnyknightsfan wrote:

if Pirates could get some consistency i reckon a top 4 place could be theirs. .
if any team got some consistency then they could reach the top 4
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Originally posted by Runitback Runitback wrote:

Well with a 10 team Premiership & Championship mooted it will be more than Rotherham looking over their shoulder!!!

Which would mean 4 relegated from the Championship !!!!

Think I could see a few legal challenges if that was to be pushed through.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017 at 09:07
Crazy.
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Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Originally posted by Donnyknightsfan Donnyknightsfan wrote:

if Pirates could get some consistency i reckon a top 4 place could be theirs. .
if any team got some consistency then they could reach the top 4

Roth are consistent. Not a dig.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017 at 09:27
I all teams played at their best all the time they would not be human.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stalwart Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017 at 12:32
Originally posted by Pappashanga Pappashanga wrote:

I all teams played at their best all the time they would not be human.
Very true - look at the mighty Sarries, who were the most consistent of teams, but now having a run of defeats.
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