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Poll Question: Who will reach the play-off final
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    Posted: 15 Apr 2017 at 21:53
So come on then? who will qualify for the final? which tie will end up closer and what sort of margin will the winning Semi-finalists win their ties by?
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For the finalists I would pick Irish and Yorkies. As for which tie will end up closer i'd go Yorkies-Ealing. I think Irish will win over two legs by 15-20 points. I think Yorkies will win by less than 10 points overall. I just want to be able to saviour one win over Irish this season. I think the 1st leg at Castle Park is the best chance. I predict a Donny win by 3 points at CP and an Irish win by 15 or more at the Madejski. You may call my CP forecast optimistic but I will never stop supporting and believing in the boys!!.

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Can't see any further than Irish and Leeds, but would love to see Donny and Ealing.
That would put the proverbial Cat among the Pidgeons.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2017 at 22:01
Originally posted by WINGER14 WINGER14 wrote:

Can't see any further than Irish and Leeds, but would love to see Donny and Ealing.
That would put the proverbial Cat among the Pidgeons.


A Donny v Trailfinders final would be quality but I sadly can't see it. As good as Donny can be I think LI will have too much for us over two legs. Unless of course they get a case of the Bristol play-off yips!!.
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Agree with those who say a Donny v Ealing final would be brilliant. Unlikely, but never say never.
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Anything can happen in play-off games so it will be interesting to see who copes with the pressure better. To be honest Donny should play without fear as they've got absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain. All I ask as a supporter is that we throw everything at Irish in both legs. The key to the whole tie is the Castle Park leg, we need to keep it close. If we can lose narrowly at home or even sneak a win it will be all to play for at the Madejski in the 2nd leg. As for the other tie I think Carnegie will eventually prevail against Ealing but it will be close IMO. I can see Ealing sneaking a win in the 1st leg at home but Carnegie winning reasonably comfortably at Headingley.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cricks at 2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2017 at 11:49
I hope all the matches will be televised. The playoffs produce the most exciting Rugby of the season, bar none. Good luck to all teams, may the best rugby win.
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all 6 games are televised C@2

Greene King IPA Championship Semi-Final 1
Sunday 30 April (Castle Park, KO 15.00) – Doncaster Knights vs. London Irish, Sky Sports 3
Saturday 6 May (Madejski Stadium, KO 13.15) – London Irish vs. Doncaster Knights, Sky Sports Mix
 
Greene King IPA Championship Semi-Final 2
Friday 28 April (Trailfinders Sports Club, KO 19.45) – Ealing Trailfinders vs. Yorkshire Carnegie, Sky Sports 3
Friday 5 May (Headingley Carnegie, KO 19.45) – Yorkshire Carnegie vs. Ealing Trailfinders, Sky Sports 3
 
Greene King IPA Championship Final
Wednesday 17 May (KO 19.45) – Final leg 1, Sky Sports 3
Wednesday 24 May (KO 19.45) – Final leg 2, Sky Sports 1
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Fishwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2017 at 14:31
I think Yorks/Ealing will be a very even contest over two legs and am taking nothing for granted. Yesterday's match is no guide given the teams selected.
That's easy for you to say.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Trailfinder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2017 at 16:31
Irish and Carnegie are the two most 'Premiership ready' clubs and in truth deserve to slug it out in the final, they have been the strongest sides this season after all. Personally I would have preferred an Irish semi as we will have played Carnegie 6 times this season! And two more high profile games against what is essentially a Premiership outfit in Irish would have been great for the club and fans.

Fingers crossed Ealing make it through to the final, a narrow win at home is potentially on the cards but I think it will be a tough ask over the two legs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cricks at 2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2017 at 17:47
Many thanks for the schedules Islander. As I don't have Sky Sports, I will have to watch them in the Cricketers and at Goldington Road. Tough, but far too tasty to miss.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 09:48
Who's voted for Donny and Ealing? Whoever it is i'd love you to be right but I think its probably wishful thinking.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 09:54
Lets hope we don't see any foul play in the Donny v Irish SF. I think Tommy Bell should've been sent off for that no arms tackle on Bulumakau. It was a very poor challenge.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 14:49
I am hoping for a citing DKF - it was big time out of order.
Onward and Upwards C'mon Donny!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 18:30
It was a really poor cheap shot. Its a shame because Irish are a cracking side who do not need to resort to foul play to beat teams.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 19:00
roughly what point of the game was the challenge being mentioned?
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About 15 left to play
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brizzer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 20:54
Very unlike Tommy Bell. Cracking player who does not need to stoop to cheap shots. Really sorry to hear if this was the case.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2017 at 21:41
Just watched it. I thought the initial 'tackle' by Bell probably got what it deserved, a yellow card, but the follow-up challenge against a player who had gone to ground and was possibly already injured/dazed was a potentially aggravating factor. I would have thought that you would cite an opponent in that situation, especially if you were playing them again in your next game!
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Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Just watched it. I thought the initial 'tackle' by Bell probably got what it deserved, a yellow card, but the follow-up challenge against a player who had gone to ground and was possibly already injured/dazed was a potentially aggravating factor. I would have thought that you would cite an opponent in that situation, especially if you were playing them again in your next game!

Aren't there citing officers for Championship / B&I matches?
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