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I don't think you can base too much on an end of season Yorkshire Cup Final result. Both Sandal & Sheffield were a very poor 6th in their respective divisions (Sandal lost more than they won and Sheff could only muster 66 points which included very few bonus points) and both of whom were light years away from the top 2 or 3. In the "Midlands" Sheffield finished the season very poorly with a raft of injuries to contend with which led to a number of Colts being selected (not necessarily a bad thing!!)
Lucs v Blaydon, Both relegated from Nat2 last season with 53 points so hard to expect there to be more than one score in it but home advantage is massive in these games and I'm going for Lucs
(Ps My predictions have proved erm shall we say "less than reliable" over the season so probably be wrong again)
Lucs are a young, fit and aggressive side but not very bulky so if Blaydon do come out on top I guess it will be because they outmuscled the hosts up front (but then again I know nowt about the relative strengths of Blaydon - can anyone enlighten us??)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote openthegate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2019 at 12:10
Lucs sound like Blaydon as they aren't a massive side who like to throw the ball around especially on their 3g. They defiantly know the way to the try line, sounds like it should be a belter.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2019 at 12:19
Certainly planning on making the trip from Newport to watch the game unless Hurricane Hannah arrives - say Hi to Bill Barrack for me next time you see him. Actually it would be very funny if you WERE Bill Barrack???๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Have to fancy Westcliff in the Southern playoff. Not only are they home, but when the wind blows down there a bit of local knowledge could be the difference. They were very strong throughout the season.

Mind you, my picks this year have been decidedly relegation material. 

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The Westcliff pitch runs East West and the wind is currently very strong from the West so will be a major influence.
As one senior member of Westcliff said to me the other day โ€œif we win it will be the equivalent of a pub side playing at level 4โ€ I get the impression the players want it more than the management.
Will have to pop along as it could be quite an afternoon.
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Originally posted by Thatbloke Thatbloke wrote:

Tulip
I don't think you can base too much on an end of season Yorkshire Cup Final result. Both Sandal & Sheffield were a very poor 6th in their respective divisions (Sandal lost more than they won and Sheff could only muster 66 points which included very few bonus points) and both of whom were light years away from the top 2 or 3. In the "Midlands" Sheffield finished the season very poorly with a raft of injuries to contend with which led to a number of Colts being selected (not necessarily a bad thing!!)
Lucs v Blaydon, Both relegated from Nat2 last season with 53 points so hard to expect there to be more than one score in it but home advantage is massive in these games and I'm going for Lucs
(Ps My predictions have proved erm shall we say "less than reliable" over the season so probably be wrong again)
Lucs are a young, fit and aggressive side but not very bulky so if Blaydon do come out on top I guess it will be because they outmuscled the hosts up front (but then again I know nowt about the relative strengths of Blaydon - can anyone enlighten us??)


Sandal have beaten Blaydon in league
So not light years away in form

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2019 at 11:31
Slight exaggeration maybe but rugby is full of surprises and anything can happen on any given Saturday. My own club Newport, for example played 3 clubs who were in Nat2 last season - 6 games, 5 wins and one losing bonus point defeat including home and away wins against Lucs but still didn't do enough to make the top 2, finishing 3rd for the second consecutive season
Will be going to the match and currently blowing a gale so likely to be a lottery in any event
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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 2019 at 11:50
Yes if you took out Hull and the relegated teams the other
sides in Northern Premier on their day could win.
Injuries and unavailability play a big part.
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Another statement from the Midlands???
Only one winner here - Lucs 19-3 up having played against the gale first half
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Now 31-3
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Ft 31-17
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Brighton beat Colchester

Westcliff beat Barnstaple


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sidelined Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2019 at 16:54
SWRPL:- No joy for Barnstaple (Good luck Westcliff in Nat 2 South).
But a warm welcome back to Launceston who have beaten Old Cents in their play off.

I wonder who'll be the lucky recipient of the level transfer.





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cobbler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2019 at 17:12
Paviors 33 DK 30, so final midlands team in N3M decided and Pavs being to the East (rare this season) could influence the Northern teams moving across
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Here is the final situation after all the playoff results.

I make it 17 Northern teams, 12 Midlands, and 13 each in LSE and SW. This would mean:
  • 1 team to transfer from Midlands to LSE - my guess is that this would be Bedford Athletic again.
  • 1 team to transfer from Midlands to SW - I suspect this is most likely to be Bromsgrove
  • 3 teams to transfer from North to Midlands - I can't see any candidates more likely than the same three that transferred this season.
I'll send out another update once all the level transfers are confirmed.


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All of which means????
1 level transfer from Mids Prem to SW
Sadly for Bromsgrove I dont see any other option??
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Were Lucs so good or Blaydon very poor - a mixture of both I would suggest. Result never in doubt from minute 1 and Blaydon's 2 late tries really flattered them though probably deserving after 5 hours each way on the coach. Judging purely on today I find it hard to believe that Blaydon are the 2nd best team in Northern Prem or did they just have a bad day at the office or has the pendulum well and truly swung to the Midlands? Dont suppose there'll be anyone to give a Blaydon view but interested to hear from anyone else who was at the match
Well done Lucs and best of luck in Nat2 (North or South??)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dagfish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2019 at 20:11
On second thoughts, I think the transfers from North to Midlands are less clear. Lymm & Wirral must come into the equation as possibilities instead of Doncaster P & Sheffield - particularly now that Scun-thorpe have been promoted. 

And in answer to Thatbloke's question - I suspect Luctonians' fate in Nat 2 may depend on the outcome of the play-off between Canterbury & Chester.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thatbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2019 at 20:53
Get what you're saying Dagfish but can't see them shuffling the pack when just 1 level transfer will do the job. Could be different of course if Lymm and/or Wirral were to volunteer
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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 2019 at 20:54
Reference the comment above about Blaydonโ€™s being second best in North Premier... In my opinion, no they were not - Harrogate were better and Blaydon only pipped them by a point to get into the play-offs.

Luctonians clearly superior, but as all three teams mentioned are semi-professional, it would seem a bit more brass is required for all of them !
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