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    Posted: 04 Apr 2019 at 10:24
With only 3 games left to go this season, I thought I'd start the annual dream team thread. You know the drill. Here's my initial attempt:

15. Kyle Moyle (Pirates)
14. Ryan Hutler (Bedford)
13. Tom Stephenson (LI)
12. Pete Luc-ock (YC)
11. James Cordy-Reddan (Ealing)
10. Brett Herron (Jersey)
9. Tom James (Doncaster)
8. Dan Temm (YC)
7. Jordy Reid (Ealing)
6. Rayn Smid (Ealing)
5. Josh McNally (LI)
4. Jerry Sexton (Jersey)
3. Craig Trenier (Richmond)
2. Dave Porecki (LI)
1. Sean McCarthy (Bedford)


Edited by Bluesman11 - 04 Apr 2019 at 10:24
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I hate to say it, but I don't feel like I know the players on other teams well enough to put across an opinion on a full 15, but I would add in regard to Ealing:
 
1. Rayn Smid has played primarily at 8.
2. I'd argue that Kieran Murphy has been a better 7 than Jordy Reid for Ealling. Jordy is out injured, but if he was back, I'm not sure he walks back into the 7 shirt.
3. Jordan Burns has been hugely impressive as an attacking option at 9 over the past couple of months.
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From an Irish perspective, Porecki, McNally and Stephenson are probably the obvious ones. Hoskins at tighthead has been really solid and played quite a few 80 minute shifts so I would be tempted to have him in there too. Rogerson at 8 has been good and picked up a couple of MOTM awards in big games. Not sure how he compares to the others. I would be amazed if there is a better 9 in the league than Meehan though. 
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Yeah, over the full season Porecki, McNally and Meehan would be top of the tree for LI imo. With the others mentioned there next in line. 

These are always hard though as I haven't seen enough of the competition.
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15. Chris Elder - (Yorkies)

14. Rich Lane - (Blues)

13. Jack Tovey (Hartpury)

12.Lewis Robling (Blues)

11. James Cordy-Reddan (Ealing)

10. Stephen Myler (LI)

9. Ben Meehan (LI)

8. Rayn Smid (Ealing)

7. Jordy Reid (Ealing)

6. Josh McNally(LI)

5. Matt Challinor (Donny)

4. Brett Beukeboom - (Pirates)

3. Rupert Harden (Hartpury)

2. Dave Porecki (LI)

1. Sean McCarthy (Bedford)




Edited by corporalcarrot - 04 Apr 2019 at 19:53
Dont kick it. Pick it up and GO FORWARD.
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I'd put Jordan Burns in any championship XV, absolutely tore us apart at the Mennaye.
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Rugby Paper’s dream team as voted for by coaches:

15. Rich Lane (Bedford)
14. Leroy Van Dam (Jersey)
13. Tom Stephenson (LI)
12. Pete Luc-ock (YC)
11. James Cordy-Reddan (Ealing)
10. Brett Herron (Jersey)
9. Will Homer (Jersey)
8. Matt Rogerson (LI)
7. Jordy Reid (Ealing)
6. Rayn Smid (Ealing)
5. Josh McNally (LI)
4. Jerry Sexton (Jersey)
3. Craig Trenier (Richmond)
2. Sam Matavesi (Pirates)
1. Will Goodrick-Clarke (Richmond)

So I called 9 correctly and another 3 were apparently very close (McCarthy, Temm, Moyle). Jersey look to be over represented with 4 and Richmond with both props, although I actually think both the Richmond props are worth a shout. Hence why they have been signed by Irish and Ealing respectively. Obviously hard to judge but personally don’t feel there can be a better all round prop in this league than Sean McCarthy.

The only selection I’m very puzzled by is the lack of either Bedford winger despite them being the 2 top try scorers in the league. Adamson got a mention but for me Hutler has been the standout and I’m surprised the Jersey winger was selected over him.

Josh McNally attracted the most individual votes and I expect him to win a deserve player of the season trophy up. He’d have been my pick anyway.

Edited by Bluesman11 - 05 May 2019 at 10:12
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Blues Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2019 at 11:06
Totally agree about the Blues wingers and McCarthy.

I haven’t seen another prop who can scrummage for 80 and be dominant, throw 15m miss passes to set up tries or quick tap ons before taking a hit, putting grubber kicks in to set up tries in this division.

Also think Moyle (Pirates) must have been close to the side.
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I’m surprised there’s no Shane O’Leary. Seemingly being the top points scorer in the Championship isn’t worth any recognition either...
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https://richmondfc.co.uk/index.php/news/1116-richmond-prop-up-the-championship-dream-team

For what was said on each player.

I thought out of interest I would look at the minutes per try scored (assuming data is correct from a few players I selected) it was

Player Club Tries Mins per try
Mantella
Scottish 11 77.6
Adamson
Blues 16 83
Stevenson
Scottish 15 90.3
Hutler
Blues 15 97.7
Moyle
Pirates 11 109.1
Cordy-Reddan
Ealing 12 113.3
Van Dam
Reds 8
189.8


Edited by The Blues - 06 May 2019 at 14:05
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There'll always be contention on any selection of this type, and lots of different opinions. This team is selected by the Head Coaches/DoRs, which gives it a certain kudos, but of course doesn't mean everyone will agree with it.

Someone asked about Moyle (CP). He was one of the players who missed out but got an 'honourable mention' - see wording for official selection at the bottom of the story below.

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