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I see the NCA website has now been updated
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Funny how we look back at the season - finding a prop on the wing who couldn't finish off a try, not finding touch , a challenging decision, centre not outsprinting a winger and being caught on the line - and decisions that went your way, touch downs in dead ball area, forward or parallel pass. And this all brings us to an amazing final day coming up on 27th.

Good luck to everyone,even Caldy!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2019 at 13:43
Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

Funny how we look back at the season - finding a prop on the wing who couldn't finish off a try, not finding touch , a challenging decision, centre not outsprinting a winger and being caught on the line - and decisions that went your way, touch downs in dead ball area, forward or parallel pass. And this all brings us to an amazing final day coming up on 27th.

Good luck to everyone,even Caldy!!


Good luck everyone indeed. Nice to meet you yesterday too - always good to put a name to a face.
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Could Moseley and Caldy be the first teams to play out a no scoring draw to give both teams 2 points in the hope that Esher and Cambridge both lose
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Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

Could Moseley and Caldy be the first teams to play out a no scoring draw to give both teams 2 points in the hope that Esher and Cambridge both lose

I suspect such an outrageous scoreline would result in some kind of complaint from Cambridge and Esher resulting in intervention by the RFU.

Of greater concern to both Moseley and Caldy will be the possible composition of the Sale and Blackheath sides facing Cambridge and Esher. Neither of these sides have anything to play for now other than pride and I suppose there has to be the temptation to play a few youngsters or 2nd team players to give them some experience.

With Moseley and Caldy both having to play flat out for the win Cambridge and Esher could possibly take advantage of an end of season cruise by their safe opponents
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Originally posted by Full Bodied Red Full Bodied Red wrote:

"Delicious irony" and perhaps a little karma?

Compared to what 'Partpury' are up to now, Students' iniquities last season were mild.
Richmond will hopefully receive a fitting welcome by you guys next season should they be relegated, which now seems almost inevitable.
Very sad.
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Richmond will hopefully receive a fitting welcome by you guys next season should they be relegated, which now seems almost inevitable.
Very sad.[/QUOTE]

From the little I have heard, Richmond are a well run club operating a model more akin to National 1 than the Championship. They appear to have a big squad and two strong teams in the Zoo League. I'm guessing they would be hot favourites to take the National 1 title next season.
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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

Could Moseley and Caldy be the first teams to play out a no scoring draw to give both teams 2 points in the hope that Esher and Cambridge both lose


I suspect such an outrageous scoreline would result in some kind of complaint from Cambridge and Esher resulting in intervention by the RFU.

Of greater concern to both Moseley and Caldy will be the possible composition of the Sale and Blackheath sides facing Cambridge and Esher. Neither of these sides have anything to play for now other than pride and I suppose there has to be the temptation to play a few youngsters or 2nd team players to give them some experience.

With Moseley and Caldy both having to play flat out for the win Cambridge and Esher could possibly take advantage of an end of season cruise by their safe opponents


I think Moseley actually just need (just!) a point of any sort to not be reliant on results elsewhere. I would hope that they will be playing for the win, but technically they don’t “have” to win provided they can score 4 tries or keep within 7 of you. Sadly I won’t be there but I hope it’s a good game.

Edited by billesleyexile - 14 Apr 2019 at 16:45
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Although some teams have nothing to play for,you could say there are positions in the league to go for ,although no prize money for places.
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Originally posted by kingsheathlad kingsheathlad wrote:

Although some teams have nothing to play for,you could say there are positions in the league to go for ,although no prize money for places.


Players have to set their stall out wherever or whatever they decide next season , even for the last game  .

Also not , hopefully , sustain a serious injury above all .

Will Hartpury call on 13 replacements next season to bolster their ranks ??????

Will Richmond return at the end of  next season to the Championship ???????

Will next seasons league be as intriguing and tight at the top as well as bottom ??????

Brilliant season this year with so many twist and turns , well done to all teams ClapClapClapClapClap
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2019 at 18:21
BE you forget Blackheath v Esher is a “London Derby” with normally no quarter given. I am reasonably confident that the players will want to secure a 3rd place finish. Plus no one will want to end on a loss.
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Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

BE you forget Blackheath v Esher is a “London Derby” with normally no quarter given. I am reasonably confident that the players will want to secure a 3rd place finish. Plus no one will want to end on a loss.

A fair point Rabbie............................no such motivation for Sale unfortunately. In the 2015/16 season Sale came to Paton Field needing a win to stay in National 2 North. Caldy had nothing really to play for and a very committed Sale FC won 16 points to 8 to ensure survival.

I expect a very committed Cambridge to win at Sale and possibly comfortably
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Cambridge were very good yesterday - I can see them beating Sale if they want it enough.
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Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Cambridge were very good yesterday - I can see them beating Sale if they want it enough.

They will want it for sure................I think it will be all down to what happens at Billesley Common
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 2019 at 19:43
We do not want the extra travel.
So of course we want to stay up.

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Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Originally posted by Fake_Shemp Fake_Shemp wrote:


I think the title is Ampthill's unless they get hammered at Loughborough and Old Elthamians win handsomely, overturning a 91 points difference deficit!



If OE get 5 pts and Amps zero, then OE would take the title on wins (23/22). Pts diff won't come into it. It would be quite a turn-up if this scenario came to pass...
I'd forgotten that number of wins is more important than points difference, so you are right and Ampthill will need a point from their trip to Loughborough to be guaranteed the title.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fatbear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2019 at 08:45
Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

Could Moseley and Caldy be the first teams to play out a no scoring draw to give both teams 2 points in the hope that Esher and Cambridge both lose
 
Or have a 32-32 score line after 10 minutes !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2019 at 10:15
Originally posted by fatbear fatbear wrote:

Originally posted by Rabbie Burns Rabbie Burns wrote:

Could Moseley and Caldy be the first teams to play out a no scoring draw to give both teams 2 points in the hope that Esher and Cambridge both lose

 
Or have a 32-32 score line after 10 minutes !


Given the woe this season i’d Bite your hand off!
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In week 1, Cambridge and Sale played an entertaining 36-36 draw, whilst Caldy beat Moseley 30-27 at home.
A Cambridge draw at Sale and Caldy loss at Moseley on 27th would see Cambridge retain their place on the number of draws rule (unless they scored 4 tries as well).
 
I'll be at Sale to shout on the boys together with the travelling faithful whilst keeping one eye on the Twitter / RM feed .........
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Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

In week 1, Cambridge and Sale played an entertaining 36-36 draw, whilst Caldy beat Moseley 30-27 at home.
A Cambridge draw at Sale and Caldy loss at Moseley on 27th would see Cambridge retain their place on the number of draws rule (unless they scored 4 tries as well).
 
I'll be at Sale to shout on the boys together with the travelling faithful whilst keeping one eye on the Twitter / RM feed .........

Sale will have nothing at stake and I am sure that Cambridge will win and probably with a bonus point. Accordingly Caldy have to win..............nothing else will do.

Exciting or what!
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