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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 21:46
Good news for our playoff contenders.......in that although our Nat2N equivalents have similar playig records, they all have accrued much less in the way of bonus points.  Un;ess there is a sea change in that trend, it seems likely that whoever comes out on top in our own league, will have a very handy home tie. 

After 19 games.....

Cant  72
Titans  71
Hawks  70
TJ;s  66

Oop north......

Chester  66
Hudders  64
Fylde 63
Hinck  60

That is a big difference and our lot will be really going for it in the run-in.......even TJ's had a big try haul last week.  Unless the northern lads get the ferrets out of their shorts and start attacking more,  they could be consigned to yet another playoff defeat.   Ooh......I do hope so.  Not biased at all TongueWink

On the other side of that argument,  it looks like Stortford will be back with us next year....and it will be a toss up whether (just for a change) we get a second southern side relegated from Nat1......Esher and Cambridge in the frame at present  ?  Bizarrely.....those two have just 7 TBP's between them so far this year....which given the playing styles that I recall, is weird.  If that were to be the case, we would have a rare year without a level transfer.  

At present, there seems a fair likelihood that both Dons and Bournemouth will be throwing themselves back into the blender that is Nat2S physicality.  They will both know what to expect but it MAY not help.  Much to look forward to Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jan 2019 at 21:47
Huddersfield have a game in hand.....but that is unlikely to be decisive. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 2019 at 18:48
Darth, Wimbledon lost last week leaving a 3 horse race for the title

Sutton & Epsom 67
Westcliff 65
Wimbledon 65

So by no means a likelihood that they will return.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 2019 at 21:13
Hi Steve.....I see the result now.....I also see that Barum are on the charge ?  Either way, we may well get several old friends back next year.   I think that (if memory serves correctly) the Crawley boys were quite enamoured with the Barnstaple trip ?   Good club and good posters too I thought ?
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Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

Hi Steve.....I see the result now.....I also see that Barum are on the charge ?  Either way, we may well get several old friends back next year.   I think that (if memory serves correctly) the Crawley boys were quite enamoured with the Barnstaple trip ?   Good club and good posters too I thought ?


Yes we loved the Barnstaple trip, good crowd at the game and a great night in the pub. Also we know the area from cricket tours.

If as a suspect we will lose Guernsey it would be especially good to welcome them back.

I have to agree that we might get 2 teams down from N1, although if 2 from South go up we will still need a level transfer from up north if Birmingham &Solihull are not relegated (Stourbridge possibly?)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fatbear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jan 2019 at 22:03
I wouldn't write-off Bishops Stortford just yet. National 1 is an anyone beats anyone league.
 
The bottom 3 could easily be three Northern teams eg Loughborough, Moseley, Caldy or Sale.........
 
or it could be 3 Southern teams eg Stortford, Esher, Cambridge.....
 
or any permutation !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jester10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 08:56
Barum are the best away trips I've been on, albeit I have to get my ribs strapped up after a hug from Verity Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Old Hooker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 10:04
I Agree Jester Worthing took over 100 supporters last season ,Drank them out of beer so had to go on the Red plonk. Great Hosp. When we were at Taunton this season their great Pres detoured from Exmouth on the way home for a few Ales
another one against the head
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Old Hooker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 17:26
So much for Cliftons cash well done Guernsey
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wigwam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 17:28
Canterbury got their five points today so we’ll done to them but considering they are second in the league they were not particularly convincing. Seemed to be a team full of referees. Anything the real ref did was questioned. Not pretty to see or nice to hear but hey ho they won so it must work for them.
With respect to Worthing loads of effort but to be honest they never quite had enough to take advantage of Canterbury’s errors.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sweatysock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 20:13
yes thought scoreline flattered Canterbury today and Worthing deserved something from the game. Funnily enough the yellow card turned the game for Canterbury even though they were the ones with a man down - it was the decisive period in the game

Canterbury didnt look promotion material on this evidence
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 21:15
I was at the game too......did Canterbury look promotion material ?  Well.......possibly yes.   They MAY yet prove to be the best out of themselves, TJ's, Titans and Hawks.   I have not seen Titans yet this year BUT, would say that from what I have seen so far, our representatives in the playoff final this year may be our weakest for some time AND,  unlikely IMO to stay in Nat1 for long if they do not strengthen significantly. 

I did think that Raiders just about deserved a point out of the game, so that's a shame, but disagree about the game changing phase.  Yes....the yellow card and PT should have perhaps, moved the game in our favour, but at the same time we introduced our bench.  Just my opinion. but the ensuing three ?  missed tackles were what decided the contest.  Personally, I thought that we had done extraordinarily well in contact and at the breakdown up until the last 10/15mins........given our continuing injury crisis and the very clear physical superiority of the City Side.

Onwards and upwards.......hope we get a few injured back next week ?    A pretty good effort from the lads I thought.......spirited.....on the whole.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Robb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2019 at 21:22
Originally posted by Jester10 Jester10 wrote:

Originally posted by NeilSKN NeilSKN wrote:

Jester10, do you need to take the 2nd R out of your logo now?
 
Ha ha, good one, it's still ok, it's Rams Rugby.

Why though? Are they ashamed of their history or origins?
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Was a big decision for the club, but most of our support base is from the local state schools and the kids didn’t really identify with “Redingensians” as it reflected the name adopted by Reading School old boys, plus they couldn’t pronounce it, and most spelt it incorrectly. Rams are shown on the Reading Town coat of arms, reflecting its historic, although long past, association with the wool trade. So in many ways, the switch to Rams was a way of identifying with our current and future membership, but we are still very proud of our history, and in 2024 we will celebrate our 100th anniversary, and our birth as Redingensians Old Boys, back in 1924.
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Originally posted by Sheepish Sheepish wrote:

Was a big decision for the club, but most of our support base is from the local state schools and the kids didn’t really identify with “Redingensians” as it reflected the name adopted by Reading School old boys, plus they couldn’t pronounce it, and most spelt it incorrectly. Rams are shown on the Reading Town coat of arms, reflecting its historic, although long past, association with the wool trade. So in many ways, the switch to Rams was a way of identifying with our current and future membership, but we are still very proud of our history, and in 2024 we will celebrate our 100th anniversary, and our birth as Redingensians Old Boys, back in 1924.


Well said Sir. We only go back to 1953 if my memory serves me?!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jester10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jan 2019 at 10:54
To back up the comments from Sheepish, yesterday the U6s, U7s and U8s were the match day flag wavers as Rams took on Barnes. Around 50 youngsters watched their heroes playing and chanted "RAMS, RAMS, RAMS, RAMS" throughout the match. They're the future, they're the Ramily Smile  Redingensians isn't forgotten, it's evolved. 
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Originally called "Old Redingensians" we were in the late 1960's struggling to field two teams a weekend, as we were reliant on old boys from Reading school to carry on playing rugby.

The club was seriously close to merging with Reading RFC (formerly Berkshire Wanderers) who are located less than 800 yards from ourselves on the othe side of the A4.

We chose to go open as a club and let anyone play for us.

In the late 1950's a 3rd club was formed in Reading, called Reading Abbey, who play just north of Reading.

As has been stated, very few people can neither spell the club correctly or pronounce it, and with 2 other clubs within 5 miles of us both with Reading in their title, RAMS RFC makes a clear distinction between us and those clubs.

I am proud of our heritage, humble that our club officers didn't merge with Reading RFC and give up running the club (particularly as one of them was my dad) and I respect the knowledge of the current executive with the vision to drive us forward to the next levels, along with the massive of amount of volunteers that it takes, RFU please note!

The Premiership and International players of tomorrow, a number of them will come from clubs such as ourselves, who start them at Under 6's and who the good ones will then go into the Academy system to hopefully go even further, and RFU should think about that when giving millions to the Gallagher Premiership clubs!

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So out of Taunton,Canterbury, Hawks and TJs who’s favourite then. I’m going to go along to the Hawks game this weekend which should be a good encounter no doubt. But I don’t have enough knowledge on these teams this current season.
Both National 1 and 2 are extremely competitive this season. I plan on going to a few other games before the season is out. Would like to see Rams and Chinnor in action.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jan 2019 at 16:06
I had said I though Canterbury would come second......and I'll stay with that prediction,  but there are so many potential banana skins in these last 10 games, it is pure guesswork really.  I DO think that the City Side have the easiest run in and do not I think, play away from home against any of their main competitors.   Also.......they seem to have gone two thirds of the season with little in the way of injury, so continue to field a settled side. 

TJ's have finally started to chalk up TBP's so can't be ignored.   Titans are the heaviest points scorers but are also worst defensively.......HUUUUGE game at Dry Leas this week though.  I think that they might win that one and if so.......

2.  Canterbury
3.  Taunton
4.  TJ's
5.  Henley

Just to make myself even more popular......from what I've seen I'm not sure that any of the 4 teams have the quality at present to stay in Nat1, should they win the playoff.  They might recruit significantly of course.  Also,  I have not watched Nat1 in a good while so am guessing at the standard,  though the performance of our promoted sides gives a fair read IMO.

Either way, this 4-sided battle will ebb and flow and give the respective fans and also neutrals like me, much to be interested in during the run in.   

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