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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2012 at 19:09
Any news on the shield
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2012 at 19:49
Leics lost , don't know by how many though
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2012 at 21:05
Leics got tonked by Surrey. 42-12
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2012 at 21:13
Boozers bank,

Regarding your croft vs rylo chat, mark has played a blinder for caldy this season, sharing the duties with dowridge! Never misses a line out, great skills and a great handler around the ruck! Unfortunately at county rugby set piece is everything and as alluded to by his own fans, croft is rubbish at arrows when it comes to lineouts!

Plus rylo plays week in week out at a much higher tempo and standard than croft
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2012 at 21:50
might have been first choice for lancs-if he said he was going to fyldeWink
was told ,at the end of 16/17 we will not see you next season but we will the one after .think not otley
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2012 at 22:33
Shield was 12-12 at halftime surrey stepped it up in the second half good game both teams played their hearts out think fitness levels showed at the end.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 10:37
Originally posted by RatBoy RatBoy wrote:

Boozers bank,

Regarding your croft vs rylo chat, mark has played a blinder for caldy this season, sharing the duties with dowridge! Never misses a line out, great skills and a great handler around the ruck! Unfortunately at county rugby set piece is everything and as alluded to by his own fans, croft is rubbish at arrows when it comes to lineouts!

Plus rylo plays week in week out at a much higher tempo and standard than croft

Ratboy I have to agree with you.

Mark however is a completely different player now than he was when he was with us in that Steve Moore season.

Mark does have great skills, and is probably the best lineout thrower outside of the premiership, that is his one truly incredible skill and scrummaging wise he is strong but not excellent. His hands are softer and better than most fly halfs. However he seems to be a lot fitter now than he was in that season with us. He seems to be as fit as he was when he was playing 6 for us in N1. That is a completely different turn around than the season he was very out of shape when Steve Moore was here. He also has the ability due to his past experience of playing at whatever level of players he has around him which allows him to constantly step up.

Mark is also a completely different style of player to Croft. Mark is the sort of player that likes to get his hands on the ball and offload to put someone in a gap and then next time when everyone looks for the offload he breaks himself. He has the hands and ability to control a game most tens have. Croft however is more of a bulldozing runner and each time he gets the ball you are guaranteed to have a 5 yard smash and quick, clean ball returned. They are possibly two of the most different styles of players you could get in the same position. In Caldy's team with their ethos of wide running and open play that is so often lauded on this forum, Mark fits in and looks superb. On the other hand we can't often play that game and so we often need that more route one approach from our forwards which is what Croft gives us along with his tireless work ethic and grit.

I think that we both have the best players for our individual team needs. County wise though I think Mark would be the choice for me as Fylde, ooh sorry, Lancashire coached by Mark Nelson seem to have a more similar approach to rugby as Caldy and like to play a fast tempo'd, expansive game with lots of offloads and keeping the ball alive which is very suited to Mark's style of play.

Just my two cents of two players who I have seen a lot of over the past 5 years...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 15:43
It shows how much disdain and lack of respect that the RFU have for anything outside the Premiership or the elite game.
 
It is now 28 May 2012 and the latest news on the RFU's website concerning Lancashire's participation in the County Championship is dated 18 May and under the strap line 'Lancashire v Cheshire at Percy Park loser to be relegated'.
 
1 week out of date and completley wrong. The RFU really cares about community rugby doesn't it!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 16:23
Decent game with lots of mistakes from both sides, best team won on the day!
10-8 to us at half time but from the kick off we gifted them a try & then had a man in the bin & they scored two quick try's and we couldn't recover from!

I'd love to know who people would of selected in place on the lads that where selected? & as for players at a lower level being over looked Ben Vernon plays for Tarleton who I have never herd off until coaching Ben for Lancashire 20s.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 16:27
Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

It shows how much disdain and lack of respect that the RFU have for anything outside the Premiership or the elite game.

This discipline section backs up your view as well BE.

The RFU website couple be a fantastic resource, but it has only ever been a total PITA to have to use IMO.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 16:31
Originally posted by Paul Arnold Paul Arnold wrote:

10-8 to us at half time but from the kick off we gifted them a try & then had a man in the bin & they scored two quick try's and we couldn't recover from!

IIRC they did the same to Cornwall to get themselves back in the game. Cry Any thoughts on who got the upper hand up front?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 16:59
I'd say it was even to be honest but they did win one against the head, but it was there defence which was good with great line speed & we never got over the gain line !

As I said best team won & we never had a great game & the weather never helped !
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 17:27
Thanks Paul, just interested trying to get an impression of how Cornwall's forwards stack up against their northern counterparts and extrapolating that shortly, how Reds' / CABs' forwards would get on against the current crop in NL1.

As you say, playing at this time of the year is always going to suit Herts. With regards to breaking the gain line, Lombard in particular has turned into something of a one man wrecking crew over the past few years. Clap
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2012 at 17:37
One of my favourite county memories was playing Cornwall at Redruth 9 years ago in front of a massive crowd & going on to Twickers for the first time the week after, can not believe it was 9 years ok.

I liked the old set up better I think.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2012 at 09:37
Great quote from Fylde centre Chris Briers in last week's Rugby Paper
 
''There are a few Fylde lads in there [the lancashire team named for the County Championship final] which reflects how well we have done and there could be a case made for more Fylde lads'' LOLLOLLOL
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2012 at 17:30
Bore of big Eddie !
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2012 at 17:57
Arnie, if you don't like that quote from last week's Rugby Paper how about this one.

''It is very much Saracens against Lancashire'' Mark Nelson Head Coach for Fylde and Lancashire.

I can't remember how many Saracen's players Hertfordshire fielded but they would have had to go some to match the 16 Fylde players fielded by Lancashire LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2012 at 18:16
Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Arnie, if you don't like that quote from last week's Rugby Paper how about this one.

''It is very much Saracens against Lancashire'' Mark Nelson Head Coach for Fylde and Lancashire.

I can't remember how many Saracen's players Hertfordshire fielded but they would have had to go some to match the 16 Fylde players fielded by Lancashire LOL

Big Eddie, if you don't like the 16 Fylde players how about doing what various posters have repeatedly asked for and naming the changes you would make to strengthen the side?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2012 at 18:35
Originally posted by RedOrDead RedOrDead wrote:


As you say, playing at this time of the year is always going to suit Herts.


How is that?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2012 at 19:13
Originally posted by Billywindsock Billywindsock wrote:

Originally posted by RedOrDead RedOrDead wrote:


As you say, playing at this time of the year is always going to suit Herts.


How is that?

I take it you mean why is that? Or have you just taken a wicket?

Assuming the former, have you never thought that teams with pacey, dangerous backs are favoured by warm weather and dry hard pitches? Didn't expect that comment to be a contentious one.
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