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Half time at Vallis Way:

Ealing 21 (3T) - Bristol A 9

Much closer than the score suggests.
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Originally posted by oneagainstthehead oneagainstthehead wrote:

Half time at Vallis Way:

Ealing 21 (3T) - Bristol A 9

Much closer than the score suggests.

Agreed. If anything, Bristol look the better team. Ealing has been very sloppy with ball in hand, and only have the lead thanks to penalties giving them short range ball where their physicality lets them run over Bristol's lads.
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Ealing 35 - Bristol 19. Better in the second half from Ealing, more ambition and crispness.
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Some thoughts on today:
  1. It was great to have some small semblance of normality for a change, the light at the end of the tunnel I hope
  2. Although every precaution was taken, going to a game is not wothout risk. More a series of mini bubbles rather than socially distanced.
  3. Apparently quite a few no shows today which is disappointing, all the green stickers seats were allocated apparently and I could see quite a lot in the east stand.
  4. On the pitch Ealing probably had their worst game of preseason, lots of knock on' s and worryingly the scrum misfiring against a young Bristol 3rds team
  5. BUT it's just preseason so can't read too much into things
  6. Bristol A exceeded my expectations, their attack was outstanding at times. They could easily have had 3 tries in the first half but had to settle for pens instead.
  7. There was a time when I thought the Championship would wipe the floor with the A League teams, I'm not so sure now. Perhaps a combined competition could work?
Just some general musings, was great to finally watch live rugby again. I hope other clubs get to have the pleasure again soon.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

Originally posted by marigold marigold wrote:

Blues, Ealing may spend much more than most of the other Championship teams but they still spend less than half of the money spent each season by the team that is relegated from the Premiership into the Championship. Even with all their money they cannot compete financially and consequently as has been seen year after year they cannot better that team on the pitch over a season. The Premiership is already ring fenced-by finance

So true. The parachute payment is ring fencing by stealth, making it almost impossible to break the Premiership cartel. The abolition of the play-offs made it even more difficult.

...and Codder's departure confirmed on Ealing twitter. Strangely, they said that it was for financial reasons. I guess maybe the money has ran out, but seems very unlikely given recruitment, building plans, and rumour that they can buy a share in PRL.
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