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42 mins Richmond 7 - 36 (BP) Blues

50 mins Irish (2 tries) 21 - 10 (1 try) Quins
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60 mins Richmond (1 try) 7 - 36 (BP) Blues

62 mins Irish (3 tries) 29 - 10 (1 try) Quins


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64 mins Richmond (1 try) 7 - 36 (BP) Blues

67 mins Irish (3 tries) 29 - 17 (2 tries) Quins
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69 mins Richmond (1 try) 7 - 36 (BP) Blues

"Rich have dominated possession & territory this half but Blues defence remains disruptive and resolute"

70 mins Irish (3 tries) 29 - 17 (2 tries) Quins
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75 mins Richmond (1 try) 7 - 36 (BP) Blues

76 mins Irish (3 tries) 32 - 22 (3 tries) Quins
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78 mins Richmond (1 try) 7 - 36 (BP) Blues

Richmond have done well to keep Blues below 50 and win 2nd half.

79 mins Irish (BP) 39 - 29 (BP) Quins


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FT Scottish (4) 30 - 12 (0) Carnegie

FT Jersey (1) 24 - 26 (4) Knights ATT 1244

FT Ealing (5) 29 - 28 (1) Pirates

FT Richmond (0) 7 - 36 (5) Blues

FT Irish (5) 39 - 29 (1) Quins

As requested...

1 Blues 5
2 Ealing 5
3 Scottish  4
4 Knights  4
5 Pirates 1
6 Jersey 1
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11 Carnegie 0
12 Richmond 0


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Totally absorbing game at the Stade Santander today, both teams left it all out there today and the Knights deservedly just edged it. The winning margin was about right in a game which ebbed and flowed.
Really pleased with the new look Jersey who will only get better as they gel. Most errors came from miscommunication, especially with the Re-starts in the 2nd half. The Knights no. 8 wins the best side step of the season so far as he sent the whole of the East stand and the Jersey defense the wrong way in the first half as he ran the ball out of defense. Have to say that the Knights defense was very good. Only down side was with the scrums which were messy to say the least. IMHO sir didn't police them very well. Still, a cracking game and looking forward to the next home game against the Pirates.
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Agree Brizzer.  Good game and although they looked very down at the final whistle, it already looks as if this Jersey team wants to play right across the field rather than just be a monster pack. For me the game turned on the substitutions. WHY ? Voss was playing well and the rest of the front five seemed fine. No one who came on added much , and I'm not sure that Atalifo looks match fit yet.  The subs affected the rhythm of Jersey's game and Donny had much the better second half.
Donny deserved winners but definite losers in the kit department. I thought they played mostly in a navy blue strip with a bit of red. Today they turn out in , wait for it BEIGE.Confused  Looked almost as bad as England's grey from a few years ago.  Why change ? Navy blue doesn't look much Jersey Red surely ?
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., looks like everyone's settled down and the happiest camper is definitely 'The Blues' . πŸ‘πŸ‘

Nothing wrong with that, kept us all entertained, and a full five points for Bedford into the bargain. 🍺πŸ₯ƒ
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I was at the Trailfinders - Pirates match. Ealing was very lucky to escape with the bonus point win, all came down to a missed conversion. 

Ealing looked the more talented side, and Andrew Duratalo looked like a man amongst boys at times, but they also tried to get cute too often (little chips and clever passes), leading to turnovers. 

Cornwall on the other hand was rock solid. They were relentless in driving down the field, and I thought that they did a great job hanging on to the ball.

Attendance was listed at 650 :( though it looked a lot more to me.
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Not surprising to me, Pirates have always been a solid, well drilled side. Probably my favourite visit other than Jersey where I have family anyway.

Take the points, and

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Agree with Brizzer's observations (and Westcoaster's opinion on the beige or light gold or pale yellow Knights' strip!). Fine margins, and with Humberstone landing 6/6 from the tee, that was enough. Home kickers only missed 2/7, a Cope conversion 5m in from touch was a metre wide, and Van Breda's 55-m first-half penalty effort had the legs, but also went wide...
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Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

I was at the Trailfinders - Pirates match. Ealing was very lucky to escape with the bonus point win, all came down to a missed conversion.Β 

Ealing looked the more talented side, and Andrew Duratalo looked like a man amongst boys at times, but they also tried to get cute too often (little chips and clever passes), leading to turnovers.Β 

Cornwall on the other hand was rock solid. They were relentless in driving down the field, and I thought that they did a great job hanging on to the ball.

Attendance was listed at 650 :( though it looked a lot more to me.


Ealing were slightly fortunate to get the win yesterday, couldn't have complained if it finished 29-30. Sruggled up front but classic 1st game of the season rustiness though.

Turnout was disappointing even for us but I put it down to being last week of the school holidays.
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Was at Ealing yesterday - although I would have said 650 as the attendance was being very over generous! And, indeed The Rugby Paper records the attendance as 512. But, hey, differing opinions respectfully made are what this forum is all about!

Pirates were very unlucky not to have come away with the win. If Lawrence May's conversion near the end had gone over, it could have been a one point win. Two sides went at it hammer and tongs - they were very evenly matched and a good start to the new season.


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Ealing's approach to yesterday's game was neatly summed up in the following incident:
85 minutes on the clock with Trailfinders clinging onto a single point lead by their fingernails. They are pragmatically grinding through phase after phase of nine man rugby in midfield, desperately but efficiently, and ultimately effectively, running the clock down. What was the right wing doing throughout this period? Only hugging the touch line screaming for a speculative crossfield kick!
This apparent lack of game awareness typified much of Ealing's play, leading to repeated turnovers that could be ill-afforded with a rapidly dwindling lead. Whilst the quality touches during the match generally came from Ealing, the coordination and tight teamwork was all Pirates.
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The Ealing Trailfinders game could have and maybe should have gone to the Cornish Pirates.

There were two incidents that were critical in my opinion. One was a blatant forward pass to the right wing that could be measured in metres . It should be shown on the try highlights

The second incident was the added time cpnversion where the Cornosh hooker strode pass the kicker loudly chattering to someone on his rohht. This was a split second before the kicker was about to take his run up for the kick !.

Pirates looked the better team for long spellsof the game. Their pick and drive was brutal and looked incredibly draining for both teams.

For me it was a good sogn for the rest of the season, grinding out a 5 point win and most defineatly not playing any where near our best.





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I was at t the RAG for both games yesterday, Leeds were pretty awful, taking nothing from LS, I think they may struggle, they looked very disjointed. I was told they didn't play any pre-season games and if thats right it showed.
Bedford were very clinical in the 1st half and hats off to Richmond in the second, we should have put 50 or 60 on them but squandered too many chances and they were a different sidein the 2nd half.
One note of dissappointment to whoever, and I think its Richmond, organised the day, being asked to leave the ground and pay another Β£10 to watch the second game was a chance missed. Why not, for example, do a Β£20 ticket for both games, I think more Bedford, we have quite a few travelling fans, would have turned up to see both, it was a lovely afternoon, spent more money in the bar/food stands, we like our beer and food, and more Leeds/London Scottish would have stayed for the 2nd game and done the same. I wasn't told when I bought my ticket that it was only for the 1st match, I just assumed it was for ground entry for both, it just left a bitter taste in the mouth of what was a great afternoon of rugby, unlike the pork roll. Given that the attendance was 790 for the Bedford game that was very low, there was quite a few Bedford fans there, 250-300 would be my guess, mostly in the stand so it was hard to tell, there could have been a lot more, maybe it being a bank holiday week and people were away was why the attendance was so low.
Anyway, gripe over, the Eagle is soaring, bring on LS next week, and the same weather please. Wink
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Yes, Ealing Trailfinders can consider themselves extremely fortunate to have come out of the match with a win. We were impressive in patches in the first-half and took our opportunities very well. But after the early try in the second we were a complete no-show and barely made it into the Pirates 22 except in injury time when we finally went through some multi-phase possession.
 
It was a big surprise that Laurence May missed that conversion as he had been kicking quite beautifully all afternoon - but I suppose that is what pressure does.
 
One thing that really surprised me was Ealing's one-dimensional exit strategy from our own 22. This amounted to a box kick which invariably came down well infield and short of our own 10-metre line. More often than not this was won back by the Pirates or, on the odd occasion that we got a hand to the ball in the air, we knocked on and they had an attacking scrum.  What is wrong with just kicking the ball in to touch up around the half-way line?
 
On the positive side, however, given we had so little of the ball and territory in the second-half, we did defend very well.
 
Let's hope for a much improved performance next Saturday!
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