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Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:



I would normally expect Rams to win at home to the City Side quite easily, but the home team could be in great emotional turmoil, perhaps even an identity crisis OuchWink
Losing last week while having one of their wingers score a hat-trick ?  What is going on WinkWink



Darth, you have a great sense of humour!

I know, what were we doing, giving the backs the ball to score tries

I'm sure we'll revert to type soon, I expect the City men to be a tough task tomorrow, they've started to rediscover their early season form and the firmer ground will help their potent backs.

However, nothing changes, forwards win matches, backs decide by how many and I would rather win ugly than lose attractively, however, I expect not all our supporters would agree with that ....
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Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

The Wild Geese v Clifton contest is a tough one to call.......do Clifton think they are safe now ?  They probably are, but if they bring the same team and attitude to Sunbury that they have shown of late, then the Wild Geese could yet be plunged into further trouble.  I will have a guess on this one later......dry conditions will favour LIWG but if Clifton set out to just keep the ball, they are well set up to do so......hmm....no idea.  

In some ways, the Dons situation is the most (potentially) dramatic.  I think that they have every reason to be confident that IF they give of their very best, then they still have three very winnable games left. I will be surprised if they do not complete the first leg tomorrow away at doomed Broadstreet.
After that, the fixtures secretary has done us all a favour with games against Old Reds and Barum....each of these games has the potential to be of HUGE significance.  I hope that there are big crowds and they are great games.  Much emotion involved I am sure. 



Gosh, if any at Clifton do think that they're safe then they should think again.  If they lose tomorrow and Old Reds win (as I believe they will), then they only have Redingensians and Chinnor left to scramble away from the drop, as Barnstable and their fellow Bristolians could leapfrog them.

Barnstable and Old Reds have 3 winnable games left.  Yes I know they are playing each other, but if Barnstable do lose to Old Reds, they have two games left to still pull themselves out and drop someone else into the mire.

If Dons do escape them that would be dramatic indeed.  Again, winnable games BUT they would still need a very precise set of results from their 'league neighbours'.  Even if they win tomorrow, they will still be relegated if Barnstable & LIWG both win.

How exciting...
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Aha....good morning Clive.  I think it is time for you to 'fess up'.  I suspect that the lad Rossiter (Rams tryscoring winger), was actually on the narrow side and latched onto the back of three rolling mauls ?Clap This is the only rational explanation I can come up with TongueWink
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Darth!

How could you?

he latched onto one driving maul at the back, we then put him to No.8 for an attacking 5 metre scrum and his last try, well we thought we would play a bit, so we did a bit of Harlem Globetrotters from our own 22 and that totally flawed BSE, who thought we were going for the catch and drive from 80 yards out and had all 15 players in the defensive maul!
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really entertaining game at Worthing today v Henley - some great tries (9 to 7) and that was after an early Worthing red card. Great stuff - even took the Mrs who really enjoyed it 
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Chinnor got their usual comfortable one point win today............
 
Today they decided to use some different tactics - rather than concede two tries in the last 5 minutes they decided to concede two tries in the first 5 minutes. This made for a much more interesting game !
 
BSE had a well deserved 22-14 lead at half time, and Chinnor only took the lead with 5 minutes or so to go, and then had to desperately defend to keep BSE out. I was a little surprised that BSE kept trying to force the try, rather than setting up the drop goal, and eventually they went into touch and Chinnor closed out the game.
 
It was an unusual game this season in that Chinnor's forwards were the decisive factor. BES's backs looked far more dangerous, with the No 13 being outstanding, although Chinnor were missing Kieran Goss at full-back. BSE's back row were also very effective in winning turnovers.
 
However, eventually Chinnor's forwards decided the outcome, with two penalty tries and two other tries from forward pressure - this has not often been the case this season. I lost count of the number of yellow cards to BSE, maybe 4 or 5, but all resulting from the forward pressure, A superb touch line conversion was ultimately the difference in points.
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It’s very strange, and I don’t know why but for some reason I find your insights into your club more and more interesting each week , I have preferred watching your match DVDs though

All the best

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Maybe due to a likely engagement early in May.....
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Are we to be married, I hardly know you😂 OK go on then 😂😂😂

If, and it’s still an IF, I would look forward to having one or two G&Ts with you.

Still a long way to go though in the north.

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ClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClapI dunno....here we are trying to have a proper rugby conversation and two of our main contributors have eloped TongueOuch  Whats going on ?  

It's probably all alcohol related.....which is why I think I will curtail my own contribution this evening.....I've had a few celebratory beers myself....more tomorrow.  I will however, have more than a few words to say about the encounter between Raiders and old rivals Henley Hawks at The Rugby Park today.
While any Hawks fans will have been understandably disappointed in the result, any neutral or Raiders fan would have been made up at the spectacle.  It was a tremendous advertisement for the game at our level.
Looking at the scoreline you would have thought that both defences were pitiful.  Not so IMO.  
This game was played at extraordinary pace and intensity for 80mins and the collisions on the gain line were amazing.  
Henley started very strongly.......their forwards were predictably strong but they also spun the ball about and the new lad they deployed on the left wing, gave their backs a whole different threat.
Oops.....slipping into writing a match report here EmbarrassedEmbarrassed

Suffice to sat that Raiders (justifiably) played with 14 men for the last hour.....fought like tigers right through the match day squad and played some pretty dramatic attacking rugby whenever they got the ball in hand.......actually that is not completely true.......we kicked it away again until we were down to 14 men.  
After that, the game was replete with offloading, cutout passes and incredibly aggressive running from both sides.  If you can get a chance to watch a video of this game.....have a look. 
The Hawks rolling maul was brilliantly well organised and practiced....almost unstoppable.

Hey Nick......strange to say, but I thought that THIS Hawks side had more energy, imagination and creativity than the teams that beat us in the last 18months.  I could see how you won at Taunton.....the home game against Cinders moves to another mysterious plane. Ouch

My lot showed outstanding spirit on the day and for me at least, it was an 'I WAS THERE' day. Not to be forgotten.  Sunshine, rugby, beer, banter and 16 tries from two quality sides......not to be sniffed at eh ?
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Going to drink some tea now.......might be back later LOLWink


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Thanks Darth for your report, sounds like a champagne rugby match, sounds like your team played out of their skins when down to 14 men, well played Raiders
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Oops.....well I found the teapot OK but accidentally blundered into a bottle of Three Barrels.....which does not augur well for any subsequent missive. 

Never mind....there are many plaudits to be handed out and I'd like to donate mine.

Where to start ?  I know.....Choppers !!! you let me down again ! I might be top of the prediction league if you and my lot could take their home form away ?  Why is that ?  Not worked it out myself.

Next.....Old Reds did the business in perhaps more dramatic form than most f us might have expected. Either way, they are not only out of the relegation zone but have jumped to 12th ?

I have nothing but admiration for the way that Dons too have struggled away from the relegation zone.....but sadly.....next week is arguably the game of the season.....Dons v Old Reds.  I suspect that the result will doom one of them......both of whom's current form might have lead them to a mid-table position. ?

Cinders did the job YET again and it is perhaps, a little unfair that with two games to go, they have STILL not wrapped up the league Ouch   This is due.....clearly.....to the tenacity of the chasing Thame boys....who continue to pick up narrow wins.  

It looks like Rams have won the race for third now,  Titans have dropped away but both of these teams are very good and will have significant aspirations for next year.  

Is it my imagination or has our league got gradually stronger through the season ?  I confess, that I thought in terms of overall standard our league might be missing some of the outstanding sides of recent seasons.  
It seems to me that EVERY side has got better as the season progressed.  Even the top two have had to improve in order to maintain their positions ?
Canterbury, Clifton and BSE all seem to be having strong ends to the season........next year will be very interesting Confused 

 
 

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It was a strange game at OBR between Rams and Canterbury. Canterbury had two attacks and scored 14 points. Rams finishing wasn't great, however 2 tries ruled out by "Sir" neither of which should have been ruled out in my opinion. 4 points from the remaining 2 matches will see us in 3rd and our highest ever finishing position. Now that Clifton are safe they may take their foot of the accelerator and our final match at home to Henley should be a stormer. I think I'm right in saying we've never beaten Henley. 
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Originally posted by Jester10 Jester10 wrote:

It was a strange game at OBR between Rams and Canterbury. Canterbury had two attacks and scored 14 points. Rams finishing wasn't great, however 2 tries ruled out by "Sir" neither of which should have been ruled out in my opinion. 4 points from the remaining 2 matches will see us in 3rd and our highest ever finishing position. Now that Clifton are safe they may take their foot of the accelerator and our final match at home to Henley should be a stormer. I think I'm right in saying we've never beaten Henley. 


That’s correct, but like you said, it will be a stormer, it could go either way?!!
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Evening Jester..............

potentially very well done this year for Rams.......3rd place in this tough league is some achievement and your weaponised pack are frightening.

Clifton are now arithmetically safe.  I don't know if their recent imports will now depart but at the very least...the EDGE on their recent motivation should be gone. They have been an extraordinarily strong side this last month or so. 

Some advice for yourself and Clive.......if you want to stop 'Sir' denying tries, you should get your lad Rossiter to carry it over the line by himself and put it down,  When you have 7 or 8 players going over the line at the same time it is sometimes open to deliberation ?  TongueWinkWink    

I will look on with interest at the Rams recruiting campaign to come.......not TOOO much needed to construct a title winning side ?

Looks like you have nicked third off of Titans, though I believe they have been experimenting with new players ?

Best of luck regardless.  Very well done.  

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Hello!

Don’t often post but had to reply to the suggestion that Clifton has changed its line up of players for the last 6 matches:

Simply not so.

Passion and pride in the shirt coupled with a change in the coaching team is all that has happened.

As chairman and with my wife as 4th official I can honestly say it’s what’s inside the players that changed not who’s inside the shirt.

Happy to remain in National 2 South of course where I believe it’ll be our 11th consecutive year.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jester10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 08:41
Darth, I think the problem with the two disallowed tries was that they were both from the flowing backs..... Sir was blindsided by watching our pack and just presumed we'd done something illegal to get the balls out to the girls. Jumping Jak Rossiter has been banned from touching the ball again this season.
 
On a serious note, Rams too have been experimenting with their line up the past couple of matches, I believe it's a combination of injuries and wanting to give fringe players a run out, but I'm not close enough to know if there's any other reason.
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Darth. We are hoping that Worthing will be cured of their away day blues for the next two weekends!
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Hee-hee TongueClap  I am sure you are Boaty.  It's brilliant the way your lads have kept going and it would be highly entertaining for most of us to see it all go down to the last game.

BUT.......much depends on Raiders putting in an improved performance on the road.....where he have shifted between promising,  poor and downright woeful.   
Personally, I think that 80% of the performance produced against Hawks would win one, if not both of these games.  Experience tells us this is not likely.
I keep predicting we will win away (and Redruth) and we keep finding ways to get beat again. 

WE have a responsibility to do our very best and I hope we give it all of our attention.  

Otherwise......it was good to get a contribution from a Clifton poster and I stand corrected.  I suppose that the new coaching team deserve quite some praise.......turning the side around from (apparent) relegation certainties to an (apparent) top six outfit.
I did note the re-appearance of Alex Giltrow though ?  Certainly not an addition to be sniffed at ?    
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I think we were a bit unlucky getting yourselves and Barnstaple (also seriously bad on the road) as our 1st two home games when we really weren't ready for this league. Suspect we would win both those games now. Anyhow we are where we are - looks unlikely but you never know. I think we will win both of our last 2 games and go down.

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