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    Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 08:47
Perhaps we should try and find out a bit more about the two sides in the play off tomorrow via supporters in the North & Midlands who can give us a view of both sides strengths and weaknesses and perhaps an idea of the respective clubs involved?
 
I have never been to Peterborough Lions so know little of their set up or history. Also having not seen them play what is their usual style and approach? Which players would be worth keeping an eye on?
 
Having seen Hull twice this season, they will take some shifting at home. I've enjoyed going to watch Hoppers at their nice easy to reach ground. Whilst basic in facilities compared to some, the pitch has always been very good and the off the field welcome warm.
 
The Hull side I've seen this season is a powerful one with physicality across the park. The pack has strong carriers and they are direct through the midfield. In their games against us they perhaps could've got their very quick back three more into the game as they looked handy and I was happy they didn't see much of the ball.
 
If Hull can get a good balance in their game between using their powerful carriers and not overdo it to the detriment of using their sharp backs then they could blow very hot.
 
Their number 8 Stafford is a very good player whilst Adlard on the wing is blisteringly quick if he can be worked into space.
 
Their set piece can be put under pressure but the Lions will need to possess a very strong scrum and plenty of height to do so.
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Also wonder if Hull might be fatigued by playing midweek? Yogi says they rested 2/3 and rotated the bench well but still, will have reduced their preparations for this weekend.
 
Why the County Cup Final cannot be played midweek after the league season is strange one.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Yogi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 09:05
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 Both Hull and Doncaster Phoenix had agreed to play the final after this coming weekend.
 This was turned down by the Yorkshire RFU. 
 But Hull came through the game without any injuries and when we had to play three games in a week
 over the Easter break it had no detrimental effect on our performances.
 It should be a cracking game tomorrow and we look forward to seeing Peterborough Lions and their
 supporters. 
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Watched lions at our place this season they have got 3 very good south sea islanders are very well organised but scrum not great .their 12 was good against us and they have one rapid winger.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote taniwha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 09:51
Over the past year they (Peto Lions) have changed their game from a very abrasive pack driven game to a much more expansive running game with fast, accurate passing using all the width of the pitch. Very enjoyable to watch. I can't see them losing this game.

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Who was it said "defences win titles"? (Or in this case a play-off)
I haven't seen Hull but for me Lions give up too many points - yes they play an attractive game and are great to watch. They have come back from some big deficits (17-0 to Sandbach to name just one) but if they go a couple of scores down to Hull I can't see them pulling that round
In summary they concede too easily so it's Hull for me
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Originally posted by Yogi Yogi wrote:

Hopping Mad,
 
 Both Hull and Doncaster Phoenix had agreed to play the final after this coming weekend.
 This was turned down by the Yorkshire RFU. 
 But Hull came through the game without any injuries and when we had to play three games in a week
 over the Easter break it had no detrimental effect on our performances.
 It should be a cracking game tomorrow and we look forward to seeing Peterborough Lions and their
 supporters. 
 
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The County were supporting their 7 U20 lads who will be at Twickenham a week on Sunday
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Originally posted by Sail By Sail By wrote:

The County were supporting their 7 U20 lads who will be at Twickenham a week on Sunday
 
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Whilst its been difficult for the Lions to adopt the playing style brought in by our new coach, the lads have persevered and have played some very attractive rugby this season, our best ever! If we can cut down on the errors I rate our chances. COME ON YOU LIONS

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Lions' most influential player, in my view (and assuming he plays), is the former Tongan international hooker and coach. Don't be surprised to see him move to 8 if he thinks more control is required. I think his son is one of the talented backs.

I think Hull will be too strong though, but hard to gauge the effect of having played midweek when need to be at their very best.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tulip Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 15:41
Originally posted by Hopping Mad Hopping Mad wrote:

Originally posted by Sail By Sail By wrote:

The County were supporting their 7 U20 lads who will be at Twickenham a week on Sunday

 
County before club?


Yorkshire Cup or playing at Twickenham. A hard choice
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Yogi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 15:57
Hull have announced their side and they are at full strength, with a full strength bench.
 They are on a big high after the Yorkshire Cup win but all season long their concentration
 has been on that third promotion spot. It is what they aspired to and what they want to
 achieve.

 For anyone interested there are Yorkshire Cup video highlights and a match report on the Hull RUFC
 website on https://hullrugbyunion.com


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All the best to the Hull Hired Hands ! And to you, Yogi !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tulip Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 16:28
Good luck tomorrow Yogi
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Thanks guys,
 It would be nice to have the derbies back. They were always good for the biggest gates of the season 
 at both grounds. 600 average most games and we have not had one for four years.  We shall see what
 tomorrow brings.
 
 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Westwood1944 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 16:58
looking forward to our first ever trip to Hull, watched a few videos, reckon it will be close.
Hope they've got some decent beer on, would hate to find out they serve John Smith's! 

You’ve got to get your first tackle in early, even if it’s late
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 Our best seller is Doombar and Worthington's Smooth Flow in the bitter beer department.
 Coors, Fosters and Stella Artois for the lager drinkers and also Guinness if you have the stomach for it.
 Plus the usual selection of spirits and wines.
 You makes your choice and you fill your boots!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Westwood1944 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 17:25
Originally posted by Yogi Yogi wrote:

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 Our best seller is Doombar and Worthington's Smooth Flow in the bitter beer department.
 Coors, Fosters and Stella Artois for the lager drinkers and also Guinness if you have the stomach for it.
 Plus the usual selection of spirits and wines.
 You makes your choice and you fill your boots!!
Rumour has it, we will be offered London Pride in a tent!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pristine Shorts Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2018 at 17:33
So, pretty poor selection Westwood. Doombar is your best bet and that’s from down the South West. The rest are Eurofizz replicas. If you get the chance to get Pride in a tent, take it !

Or Guinness, in which case you don’t need to eat.

Anyway, enjoy your day in ‘ull, They’re a great team ! So long as they’re not serving beer !   
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