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    Posted: 14 Jan 2019 at 14:59
This Saturday's game on the Island is beautifully set up after impressive wins by both sides over the weekend - level on points and a chance to breathe down Ealing's neck.

Just to underline it is a 2pm kick-off, having been changed a few weeks before Xmas to reflect the visitors' travel plans.

We will also be having the Friday night soirée in the Pavilion 5.30- 7.30 and hope there'll be a good number of supporters from both sides there to get warmed up ahead of match-day.
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 This is a game I would love to watch having played both sides very recently. The most interesting is the match up between the right wing of Blues and the left wing Van Dam of the reds.

The Blues winger beat two Ealing defenders with the fastest footwork to set up the Blues try all within the 5 metre channel !. We were positioned on the half way line and he it happened right in front of us . It will be interesting to see who comes out on top between the two wingers.

I was most suprised by the power of the Blues scrummage. I anticipated that we would dominate at the scrum. It turned out that it was very even and occasionally the Blues were awarded scrum penalties. Alex Penny was outstanding and Jacob Fields  ( Hooker ) were very strong in the scrum.

What a great game in the making.


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Our scrum certainly benefitted in the 2nd half when we brought on Carrick-Smith, Cooper and McElroy, as we must have brought on an extra 60kg and that is when we started to edge it a little more.

The good news for us is Clare will be back which certainly helps with the scrum.  One thing for certain is I do not expect us to destroy the Jersey scrum like we did early on in the season.

Where we may be struggling is Hooley controlled the game so well.  Sharp showed his flair for the last 5 or so mins but also looks like he had a good Christmas.  I think this game needs Hooley rather than the Barbarians style of Sharp.

Hoping for a tight game with a Blues win... only lost v Irish so far in the top 6.  However, I expect Jersey to win this one.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2019 at 19:59
The other things to mention are that:
  • adult non-member tix are only £16.26 (inc booking fee) if ordered online by 2pm Thursday... after that the same ticket is £19
  • there are spaces still available for lunch in the supporters' pitchside marquee, which is £10 for 2 courses - a choice of hot main + cheese/bics to follow
Order here:


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Originally posted by The Blues The Blues wrote:

Our scrum certainly benefitted in the 2nd half when we brought on Carrick-Smith, Cooper and McElroy, as we must have brought on an extra 60kg and that is when we started to edge it a little more.

The good news for us is Clare will be back which certainly helps with the scrum.  One thing for certain is I do not expect us to destroy the Jersey scrum like we did early on in the season.

Where we may be struggling is Hooley controlled the game so well.  Sharp showed his flair for the last 5 or so mins but also looks like he had a good Christmas.  I think this game needs Hooley rather than the Barbarians style of Sharp.

Hoping for a tight game with a Blues win... only lost v Irish so far in the top 6.  However, I expect Jersey to win this one.


How is Hooley? He went off with what looked like a nasty knock on Saturday.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brizzer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2019 at 21:46
I may well be a tad biased, but this is shaping up to be the most intriguing game of the season to date (there will be other’s right up here with this one). I am praying for a Reds win, but I honestly don’t know how it will end up.
The key to this game will be the Blues defense IMHO. I think that the forwards will pretty much cancel each other out throughout the afternoon, we all know that Bedford will score points, we all know that Jersey have a very good defense, Jersey are strong in the maul and now very quick out wide. However, the big unknown for me is Bedford’s ability to defend inside through the channels and out wide.
I can’t wait to find out, please let it be dry and a big crowd for this one, this match up deserves it.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Blues Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2019 at 22:11
No news on Hooley but he was using crutches after the game... so doesn't look good for Saturday.

Jersey can certainly exploit our defence which at times is lazy on the switch of attack.  If Ealing had come to play with a little more width they would've had a few opportunities winger v prop, although McCarthy is no ordinary prop, he still would've struggled with the space against a decent winger.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2019 at 09:09
Originally posted by Brizzer Brizzer wrote:

I may well be a tad biased,
Surely not mate! So much to think about ahead of this match - Sadly I will miss the Friday night pre-match due to a family commitment that day in Carlisle but a late flight from Newcastle that night and an early one next morning should get me back for kick off time. So many old Jersey faces may be turning up for Blues - McCarthy, Clare, Rae, Robling, Lane et al and behind the scenes Gareth Alred who has contributed so much to making Rugby viable wherever he has plied his trade. Can we not borrow Le Booj for the day to play for either team please? IMO Blues were definitely the better team in the match in September although Jersey could easily have won it if the A/R hadn't positioned himself so poorly so that the posts blocked his view of a clear try by the Jersey prop. Both teams should have exceptional packs and midfield defences and I think the match will be decided by the creative work at fly half and speed and power on the wings. Surely a game for good conditions and lots of tries. I don't believe either side have any real ambition to win promotion but if Ealing continue to play a conservative style of rugby these two teams may offer the only chance of making it a real contest with Irish. I hope for a 5-2 result on Saturday ideally with the home side pinching it but if Blues prevail I wish them well anyway - lets see a great match and a big crowd.
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All the best in Carlisle Carrot.
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Originally posted by islander islander wrote:


The other things to mention are that:
  • adult non-member tix are only £16.26 (inc booking fee) if ordered online by 2pm Thursday... after that the same ticket is £19
  • there are spaces still available for lunch in the supporters' pitchside marquee, which is £10 for 2 courses - a choice of hot main + cheese/bics to follow
Order here:


I have my best man and 5 of his Bedford mates coming over for this one, one of which is an ex Blues player, sadly having to retire due to injury, so the hostelries and restaurants in the Island will be very well used
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2019 at 21:00
Good to see a mix of supporters up at tonight's warm-up - at least two of our Blue visitors have been over every season since the Reds got to this level... Clap
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jan 2019 at 21:49
Looking forward to my trip I end of next month - love the Friday night reception. Sadly we play on Friday so no such luck this time
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