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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chunky256 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2019 at 09:44
FB I have to take some exception to how you describe National 2 rugby. Stortford for one have not and have never had a ‘monster pack’ and are another side who show that you can win games in Nat 2 playing expansive rugby. There are indeed a few sides who adopt the forward heavy approac however they are much more than the one dimensional outfits you describe. You don’t find yourself at the dizzy heights of Ampthill without having an expansive game too.

Looks like Chinnor are ready to adapt their game next season anyway. 280kg of new props. I think we will opt for the scrum please sir....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fatbear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2019 at 12:42
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I never said Stortford had a monster pack. However, they did not play an expansive game when they came to Chinnor ( unlike in previous seasons in Nat2 ). They adapted to the conditions on the day, kept it tight, tackled everything in sight and deserved their win.
 
Early in the season there were many posts about Ampthill's one dimensional style and rigidly sticking to Plan A. They now seem to trust their backs and lo and behold they haven't lost in ages........
 
Yes, it looks like we might be seeing a bit less of Holland, Goss and co with the ball next season.....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MCNRY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2019 at 15:09
A little birdy tells me Chinnor will be seeing very little of Holland next year...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Mar 2019 at 21:58
well after tonight's result is the unthinkable becoming possible? could Leicester actually be relegated?. they're 9 points clear of Newcastle but If Falcons beat Sale tomorrow that gap will be down to 5 or 4 points bearing in mind that Leicester still have to go to Kingston Park in the run-in. I hate to say it but if Leicester finished bottom then I could see the Premiership clubs expanding the league to keep Tigers in it. this would be atrocious protectionism in my opinion. whoever finishes last this season should go down, no matter how big the club is.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Runitback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2019 at 19:14
Ampthill to host Leicester, could happen!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Blues Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2019 at 20:07
I was thinking similar… although Leicester would never be relegated, the Premiership would be expanded to 13 or 14 at the last minute.

Ampthill have a big game at home to 3rd Rosslyn Park next week.

Leicester have to travel to Newcastle Friday 12 April - huge game.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Runitback Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Mar 2019 at 20:10
A's will beat RP at home and I think Falcons will beat Tigers with some ease . . given how awful Tigers were last night . . . A's V Tigers on an open field in Bedfordshire would be a great rugby story . .  but I am sure you are right TB premiership rugby would never let it happen!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FHLH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Mar 2019 at 11:08
Originally posted by Runitback Runitback wrote:

an open field in Bedfordshire . . 
 
.......... its called a rugby pitch surrounded by lush grassland and trees in the middle of an SSSI
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Mar 2019 at 11:40
To be fair on a good day it is a glorious venue.
In the middle of Storm David on the other hand - though I suspect no rugby played that day was pleasant to watch.

The fact Cambridge won on their last two visits to Ampthill does endear it.
I suspect the game we lost may have been played on the old pitch.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote No 7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 hours 29 minutes ago at 12:06
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Originally posted by Trailfinder Trailfinder wrote:

Dare I suggest it but could ringfencing improve the general quality of the rugby played in the Championship?


Well, if it kept Trailfinders out...


Have you seen the highlights of Coventry v Ealing Trailfinders game. Some of very best rugby from both teams.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 hours 23 minutes ago at 12:12
The reaction of Mond and Hartpury in the Championship and Newcastle in the Premiership shows how strong potential relegation is as a motivation. Newcastle have won three in a row and we know what the other two have done, albeit employing different strategies. One using a team transplant and the other waking up to their inherent potential.
Ring fencing is likely to produce complacency.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Woody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 hours 19 minutes ago at 12:16
Just relishing the prospect of the Mighty Tigers potentially having to lower themselves to play the Mighty Ampthill in the Championship next year.

Long may relegation and promotion continue.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 hours 55 minutes ago at 13:40
Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Originally posted by Trailfinder Trailfinder wrote:

Dare I suggest it but could ringfencing improve the general quality of the rugby played in the Championship?


Well, if it kept Trailfinders out...


Have you seen the highlights of Coventry v Ealing Trailfinders game. Some of very best rugby from both teams.

Yes, seen it. I also took a Wasps supporter along who (as a neutral) enjoyed it immensly. Coventry weren't at their nest, but Ealing were excellent - certainly better than any of the times  have seen Lonndon Irish this season.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Blues Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 3 hours 40 minutes ago at 22:55
Interesting that some players are saying they want relegation https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/47706494 
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