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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Dec 2018 at 22:20
Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

Ah-ha....quite right Steve.....I was standing behind the lineout and and contributing to an  exercise of pointless pedantry, you are correct, BUT,  TJ's did bravely go through several phases from their own lineout, looking for a breakout and a win, it was only when the ball was passed back to Robinson that he (sensibly I thought) elected to take the draw. 

You going down to Bristol next week ?  


No, unfortunately can't make next week - not the easiest place to get to on public transport.

Will be at both home games before Christmas, will try to catch up with you then
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All is quiet on the Worthing frontShocked
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Dec 2018 at 11:45
Well hello Spitfire........it seems a long time since we heard from you !  Your lads are having a fine time of it of late Tongue

I can't speak for the rest of the Raiders contingent on R-M of course, but any that were at the game yesterday are probably suffering from a collective malaise.....a deep seated depression.  I am Ouch

Old Reds were competitive, combative and played the horrible conditions and the slope on their ground very well.
I thought their fly half was excellent on the day, ran and passed well and kicked very well indeed.  He ran the game really.
I thought we were really poor. Tactically naive and indisciplined .  We got what we deserved out of the game methinks, which was nothing. Cry

must do better next week Wink 
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The halfway point reached then and our league seems to be arranging itself into some definite order.

Rams should be unstoppable at the top.

Guernsey, Wild Geese and B&S are looking in big trouble at the bottom.  It seems unlikely to me that any of these three have the playing strength to pull out of the relegation zone now,  despite there being half a season to run.  Escape, should it occur, might happen if one or more of the sides above them go into freefall.  

Just 8pts cover the 7 league positions from 7th-13th and I think that several of those clubs have big injury worries.......so who knows how that might yet develop ?
 
OA's are a bit detached.........too good to get dragged into the nonsense below them but for now, not able to get into that battle for second place. 

Perhaps the most interest might yet be generated in the fight for second place then, with the City Side in pole position (where I suspect they will stay),  but Hawks, Titans and TJ's are all in close attendance. 

I continue to look on with interest......the Raiders youngsters (augmented yesterday with our 43yr old prop, who I believe played all 80mins !!),  continue to battle on and gain very valuable level 4 experience.  


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Hawks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Dec 2018 at 22:02
Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

The halfway point reached then and our league seems to be arranging itself into some definite order.

Rams should be unstoppable at the top.

Guernsey, Wild Geese and B&S are looking in big trouble at the bottom.  It seems unlikely to me that any of these three have the playing strength to pull out of the relegation zone now,  despite there being half a season to run.  Escape, should it occur, might happen if one or more of the sides above them go into freefall.  

Just 8pts cover the 7 league positions from 7th-13th and I think that several of those clubs have big injury worries.......so who knows how that might yet develop ?
 
OA's are a bit detached.........too good to get dragged into the nonsense below them but for now, not able to get into that battle for second place. 

Perhaps the most interest might yet be generated in the fight for second place then, with the City Side in pole position (where I suspect they will stay),  but Hawks, Titans and TJ's are all in close attendance. 

I continue to look on with interest......the Raiders youngsters (augmented yesterday with our 43yr old prop, who I believe played all 80mins !!),  continue to battle on and gain very valuable level 4 experience.  




I made the trip up to ‘Wet Leas’ yesterday and watched a very entertaining match which OA’s dominated the first hal. The second half was a total different, with the driving rain in their faces, they just couldn’t cope with the onslaught by Henley scoring 26 unanswered points. On a sad note, OA’s scrum half suffered a serious injury, give credit due, the ref stopped the game immediately and sent the players off until he was taken to the medical room until the ambulance arrived, I hope he is ok now?

Second place is warming up nicely now. We have got Rams at home on January 5th but still got to go to Canterbury & TJ’s, so plenty of twists and turns to come!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jez Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2018 at 16:26
I good summation I think Darth Raider.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2018 at 20:47
Thanks for that Jez......we get so few contributions.....more than a hundred views for every post ConfusedOuch

I see that the optimistic Mr Burden has ventured away from his new home  ?   Hey Nick......your team have a great record currently and I can see why you and any other Hawks fans might be excited.  Not unjustifiably I suppose, but having watched your lot at Wet Leas, I think you will still fall short through lack of attacking talent in the backs.  

Frankly, if you did go up this year ???  I suspect it might be at least a year too early.....followed by a big Nat1 beating and relegation Ouch  
  
That said....there are some teams involved in this battle for second place that MIGHT be able to spend big to stay up ?  Are Hawks one of them ?  Perhaps not.   TJ's and Titans ?/  Probably and good luck to them .......superior volunteers Wink




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Darth,

we respect every team but fear no one.

It is interesting to hear the various voices both on here and at matches about "we've bought a team", funny they were NOT saying that 3 years ago almost to the week, in our first season, when OA's came to visit on January 2nd and beat us and we were in 15th place staring down the barrel of relegation ..... strange that, as over 75% of that team, are the players now top of the league.

Yes, we've added 2/3 quality players but we've got accustomed to the pace and physicality of the league, got significantly fitter and got tougher mentally and those 4 attributes, along with a sprinkling of quality players, is why we're top, not because we splash the cash .......

Still a long way to go but we're in a good position, Henley away on Jan 5th should be a cracking game, it's a game they can't afford to lose if they wish to remain in the hunt for automatic promotion, so for the neutrals, will be a great game, just don't think that there will be many of those in the crowd on the day! ...

Canterbury, Tonbridge & Taunton will still fancy their chances as well but as I said, we respect every team in the league but when we bring our "A" game, we are very good .... maybe not in a Barbarian style but more Leicester Tigers from 1995 - 2005 .....
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Well said Clive. I have noticed your clubs steady improvement over the last couple of seasons. It is very satisfying to see clubs developing from within such as my club Worthing. due to injuries we have blooded a number of youngsters especially in the forwards and they are now coming of age. Great for them and the club. As you say you respect all teams, very wise in this very competitive leagueWink
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Old Hooker,

I should just clarify one of my statements ....

"splash the cash" .... we're not saying we don't pay our players, we do, however, the sums we pay are within the budget laid down, which, having spoken to a number of players from other clubs (in Nat 2 South) during the summer when we were looking to recruit, are not in the same league i.e. we don't pay retainers, it's a simple match appearance with win bonus on top ... and unlike probably a lot of clubs, we've already been given a clean bill of health by HMRC!

The simple matter is that our 20 players on match day, play as a TEAM, and you can't put a price on that commodity ... you can have 15 brilliant individual players but they won't beat very often the 15 slightly lesser skilled players, who play for each other ....

Our club policy is to develop our younger players and supplement with experience and quality along side them, and then top quality coaches ... in the last 3 years, our forward coach has been supplemented by a Canadian international with over 50 caps and been to 4 World Cups and then after him, a National coach from another country who had worked with the forwards for over 22 years, that sort of coaching is invaluable ....

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