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Whilst, admittedly I have watched this year's competition as I always do, through black and gold tinted spectacles, I think it is fair to say that Cornwall have been pretty impressive this year - particularly in the second half of all their three games. They have gelled as a real team - and whilst you may see Level Seven and Level Eight players in the squad, they don't look out of place at all. Last year, I didn't feel Cornwall reached their full potential until the Final.

Having said that, Lancashire will be formidable opponents, as ever. You just have to look at their record in this competition, particularly since 2000 to see that. I expect them to be even more dangerous on Sunday - having been denied a spot in the final last year. Anyone needs to be at their absolute best for 80 minutes to defeat Lancashire. It has the makings of an outstanding game between two brilliant teams.
I cannot wait to get to Twickenham for the game.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2017 at 18:53
I assume Jamal Ford Robinson will be cheering the Duchy on on Sunday from the England bench.
Can someone remind me when he was last in the Cornwall squad?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wigwam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2017 at 12:17
Good luck to Hampshire tomorrow and particularly the two current Worthing players and one ex player.
I understand they may all start on the bench, but I am sure they will make an impact when called upon.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bottomofthehill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2017 at 18:59
Equally good luck to Leicestershire and especially the Hinckley contingent.
Looking forward to watching the RFU stream and a reverse of the result when the teams last met in the
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedOrDead Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2017 at 11:22
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

I assume Jamal Ford Robinson will be cheering the Duchy on on Sunday from the England bench.
Can someone remind me when he was last in the Cornwall squad?




2014. I think his wonder try in the final is on YouTube somewhere.
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Lancashire were inept in first 40 mins and Cornwall deserved to lead by more than 0-8 with a strong display by their pack through a close quarters drive for their try. But 2nd half was totally different and fluent attacking and shipping the ball wide destroyed the Cornish defence. The finishing class of Fylde's Anthony Bingham & Scott Armstrong, who both scored tries, did for Trelawny's Army. A third try was scored by team mate & hooker Tom Burtonwood who somehow was hanging around on the right wing. Final score was 19-8. This was the Red Rose county's 25th victory in the long history of the County Championship.  

A great level of Cornish support for their team though. If only RU meant as much to the average punter in Lancashire as in the Duchy ...

Credit to the RFU for their live streaming of the three Finals.


  


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Watched it on the live stream, agree with all AF comments regarding strong second half from Lancashire - Well Done. Now for a break for all the lads then see who moving where, noticed Preston signed up 5 already, Fylde 2 new, Sedgeley sighed anyone? Are Rossendale in the market to try get top spot rather than play offs, be interesting seeeing Arnold vs Nellie, tactics will they be similar to how they played at Fylde or change to get promotion?

Sorry went off topic just curious how the Lancashire clubs are going to fair next season - good luck all.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Surreyben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2017 at 18:30
Just back from Twickenham - seriously well done to Lancashire. Your second half showing was just too good for us. Your sub scrum-half, Steve Collins was really instrumental. Something all the finals between the two sides teaches you is that when you have ball and territory you really have to convert it into a lead on the scoreboard. Eight points was not a big enough return for all Cornwall's efforts in the first half. We enjoyed it despite the result as anyone who witnessed out singing in the Line-Out Bar afterwards would testify. How we love the strange looks of the England supporters each year!!

We've fielded a vastly changed team this year compared to last and played some outstanding rugby to get to the Final. Well done Lancashire!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tigerburnie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2017 at 16:57
So do Leicestershire get promoted because they won the div 2 final?
http://www.englandrugby.com/news/features/dominant-leicestershire-cruise-division-two-final-win/


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Didn't see many Lancashire supporters, but the team played very well in the second half.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote French Connection Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2017 at 17:06
No - Leicestershire don't get promoted next year despite winning Division 2 as easily as they did. Promotion and relegation will be decided for 2019 after a 2 year cycle. The aggregate results of the 2017 and 18 seasons will be taken into account.
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10 & 13 are class players.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 2017 at 18:44
Originally posted by Gareth Gareth wrote:

10 & 13 are class players.


Which counties 10 & 13 are you talking about?
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Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by Gareth Gareth wrote:

10 & 13 are class players.


Which counties 10 & 13 are you talking about?


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The Hampshire 10 looked like he may have had something, but in the final the Leicestershire pack, especially the back row, simply dominated the game.  They were outstanding. The Hampshire 7 put up a decent fight and made a nuisance of himself but he ploughed a lone furrow for much of the time.
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I agree you could see that the Leicestershire pack all play at a higher level & always made the gain line & more .if you do not have much  ball in your opponents half your backs become redundant.

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We felt throughout that the Hampshire backs could have been a handful if they'd had the same amount of front foot possession that Leicestershire had. It was always going to be about the forwards - as most games are.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wigwam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jun 2017 at 18:37
Originally posted by French Connection French Connection wrote:

We felt throughout that the Hampshire backs could have been a handful if they'd had the same amount of front foot possession that Leicestershire had. It was always going to be about the forwards - as most games are.
 
No one could say that Leicestershire are a flamboyant of team, but they stuck to their game plan and were well worth their win, although I have to say the late scores made it a appear more one sided than it really was, as the Hampshire side, despite playing against a team of higher level players, gave a very good defensive account of themselves.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bottomofthehill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2017 at 08:49
Why would Leicestershire want to be considered a flamboyant side?
They do what they need to do and do it very well as Hampshire found out, as did all the other counties in the qualifying group. This has been coming over the past few years as the coaching and playing team has evolved. Many of the side featured in this years final were there at HQ in the losing finals versus Dorset and Wilts and Surrey. They stepped up and Hampshire were never in it - destroyed up front and if Ricky had his kicking boots on then it would have been even more one sided.
Give credit where credit is due as only Leicester Lions have been a higher level side in the long term with South and Hinckley only recent additions to N2N. Certainly two of the more "flamboyant" try scorers were playing level seven rugby just two seasons ago.
Leicestershire are on the up, will consolidate next year and, hopefully, challenge the Northern and Southern powerhouses at the higher level the following season.
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