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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thunderbird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2020 at 22:12
The rugby paper where obviously at a different game to me.
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Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

just by the way.......do spare a thought for poor Rams....despite their excellent victory on Friday night at floodlit Thame, they are I think, still 18pts short of avoiding relegation Ouch

for those of us at level4, previously on the receiving end, you might be pleased to hear that the win against Chinnor was on the back of two penalty tries and a 5m pushover scrum.....ah yes.....happy days TongueWink
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I also note from TRP at least, that Esher really should have won their game against BSE quite convincingly ?   Anybody at the game care to comment ? 

Esher were shockingly wasteful against BSE. I've never sensed such anger and frustration from supporters before. We had 4 line-outs on the BSE 5-metre line and missed the jumpers on every one. BSE's first try was an interception when Esher tried to run out of their own 22 metre area in the second minute. Esher also managed to butcher a 3 on 1 overlap when breaking out from their own half on a counter-attack. Esher's handling was awful all afternoon. We had all hoped for an improvement after Christmas with players returning from injury and absence but the first two performances have been well below what is required. Sharp words were delivered last week after the game at Dings and more will be delivered this week. 

In mitigation, BSE played consistently and cut good angles. They also dominated the scrums where Esher's prop weakness continues. The rebuilding project will continue!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 13:18
Firstly and in partial defence of my old dufferdom,  Rams did score those tries and in the manner described, but I was reading the DMP report from the previous week Big smileEmbarrassed

Thanks Halliford......I can absolutely identify with your frustration. Particularly the lineouts......how frustrating, your team win a bunch of pens....kick well to the corner.  Still no guarantee of a score of course, but failing to catch any of four must be agony to watch.  We did the same with three efforts at Dry Leas a couple of years back.  Ouch
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WEvans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 14:08
Originally posted by Thunderbird Thunderbird wrote:

The rugby paper where obviously at a different game to me.

I'm not surprised. Their continuing defence of Saracens shows they have a different moral compass to decent rugby folk and their navigational compass is unlikely to be any better.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pilier Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2020 at 16:47
The headline on the Clifton website states they were mauled by the Lions, I was at the game and Clifton were awful, so different from the last time I saw them when they clinically beat TJs

Their fitness and skill levels have dropped and Leicester made capital of this with some outstanding all round play.
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Originally posted by Pilier Pilier wrote:

The headline on the Clifton website states they were mauled by the Lions, I was at the game and Clifton were awful, so different from the last time I saw them when they clinically beat TJs

Their fitness and skill levels have dropped and Leicester made capital of this with some outstanding all round play.
 
There's some video of the tries on the Lions twitter page if you're interested.
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Well last weeks result might have scuppered us...…………...
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Originally posted by tigerburnie tigerburnie wrote:

Well last weeks result might have scuppered us...…………...


Yes, I didn't expect that - not many home wins last week
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedPete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jan 2020 at 19:39
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by tigerburnie tigerburnie wrote:

Well last weeks result might have scuppered us...…………...


Yes, I didn't expect that - not many home wins last week


Just the one
Schadenfreude - such a big word for something so small-minded
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Some outstanding results again in our league, many of which i would have faiied to predict.
Spare a thought for Bournemouth.....they have been very close to several home wins which would have moved them up the table.  A succession of LBPs will be scant consolation.  I note that they kicked 4 pens in this recent defeat ?  understandable but.....if they want to escape I suspect they should be targetting TBPs, risky though it is ?

Terrific wins on the road for Barnow and Esher.  Very useful for the former in their continuing escape from relegation threat.
Likewise, a very handy 5pts for battling Westcliff against their own main relegation rivals Old Reds, who need some wins of their own shortly. 

Choppers are absolutely flying now and just perhaps, putting down a marker for a promotion challenge next year ?  They look favourites for 4th place at the mo and that was another commanding performance on the road.  I suspect that they might need to score more tries to get promoted, but their young half back pairing in addition to what seems to be much the same pack and an excellent defence, is seeing them rack up the wins this year.  good stuff. 

I watched the Hawks win at the Rugby Park against an under-strength Raiders side which acquitted themselves quite well IMO.  The Hawks win and 5pts were well deserved, although I thought the scoreline a little flattering as my lads (arguably) left a couple of scores out there.  Hawks have good depth and fielded a very strong bench....surprised my self that Robinson did not start.  If there is an issue, both currently and maybe next year in particular, it would be with the scrum.  I remember it as being very strong last year.......not so on Saturday when our comparatively lightweight pack had the better of it on occasion.   Huge game at the Recreation Ground next week WinkWink  

A fine win also for Titans against TJ's......that opens things up nicely for the neutral observer.  Definitely three teams in it again and Redruth wondering if they might yet stick their red noses into this battle as well ?  

Much to look forward to Big smile 


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yes I too watched Worthing v Henley and thought Worthing fought hard without ever really looking like getting much out of the game. Henley look the best equipped for top spot out of the 3 main contenders, but difficult to tell as Worthing seemed to be under strength on Saturday
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I agree Sweaty. No Liam Perkins Skipper, Joe Marchant, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler.
Not forgetting Joe Blogs. Guessed it Rioja.
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I agree Sweaty Henley looked pretty good. Scrum time looked to be their weakness but they addressed that as the game went on.
 
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Worthing have acquitted themselves pretty well against Taunton and Henley in recent weeks, so it will be interesting to see which side steps out for Worthing next week against TJ's.
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thanks as ever Darth, first time Barnea have won at Bury, and it was a cracking game with Bury having a conversion as the last kick of the game to secure the draw...a big crowd were completely silent and held their breaths as he took the kick, the Barnow few (probably more travelled than attend our normal home "crowd" ) were jubilant in victory as the kick slid past the uprights...We have won 4 of our last 5 matches but Lions at Barn Elms this week is going to be a very tough nut to crack. 




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TP........with the notable exception away at Redruth, I think Raiders have acquitted themselves 'pretty well' against most teams of late, despite the continuing run of 'absences'.  I think that the pack in particular, despite multiple changes most weeks, are learning to play as a unit and in so doing, are delivering some welcome consistency, almost regardless of available personelle.  More work needed in our midfield defence (some might say).

It will be interesting to see who is available for the TJ's game and just possible, that by mid-Feb we will be able to field something approaching our strongest side  for the first time this year ?  Also a strong bench and dare I hope.....a second team ?  Like most simple fans, I would love to see us finish the last third of the season strongly and perhaps, put down a bit of a marker for next year.  
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I was at Redruth today. Redruth thoroughly deserved their victory today, forwards were outstanding as was their 10 & 15. We took the lead but Redruth went ahead and never looked back. We were in it with 10mins to go 22-20, we were camped on their try line, Redruth gave away 6 penalties,  it the ref didn’t give a pen try, Redruth came away and scored after several phases! Well played Reds, I gather they want to go up, so all to play for now!!

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Pleased with Leicester Lions away win, there were a couple of our usual starters missing from the side, nice to see we some strength in depth and the lads stepped up well.
The development side got humped by Richmond though, guess that shows the difference in the league standards.
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I was at Redruth and I agree that the win was a fair reflection of the match: the Reds had better structure at the breakdown, domination in the set scrums and a far, far superior kicking game.  On other days, the ref would have given a yellow card & penalty try towards the end in HF corner which could well have resulted in Henley leaving with a couple of reasonably well-deserved points.
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