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Ah-ha........greetings Nick.  You are right about Fortress Dry Leas......these days I have heard that your old lot are just happy to concede less than 90pts in home games WinkOuch

Never mind, now that you are a Choppers fan you can look forward to some good home wins, starting Saturday !  Don't be fooled by Redted though, they will probably be watering the pitch soonish.

FWIW......it seems to me that Hawks are pretty one-dimensional at the moment, having little or no penetration in the backs (not sure if you are aware, but only the Dons have scored fewer backs tries this year). 
The Hawks forwards still look very good and Saturday will be a battle royal  of the rolling maul and pick and drive.  Redruth are at home and are also (IMO) better at it.......years of experience Tongue  Will be predicting a home win myself but maybe you will see a repeat of the surprise performance at Titans ?
Hope you enjoy it either way.

Hey Redted......speaking of back play......is it true that young Mr Ducker is returning for a while ?  An outstanding finisher if so, and one who made quite a bit of difference to Redruth's results and perhaps, style of play, during his previous tenure. I thought Kevern looked a promising lad at 10 ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Redted Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2018 at 11:17
Ducker is back probably for the rest of the season.
Kevern, ex Red colt who couldn't nail down a starting spot when he came up from colts, we were Level 3 then.  Moved to Camborne where he was always a solid performer playing in the centre.  Came back to us this season determined to make the side.  Got a run in the team from just before Xmas and now looks completely at home playing at 10.
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Originally posted by Redted Redted wrote:

With good weather forecast for the next 3 days I expect the depth of mud to be only ankle deep, so therefore the pitch should be in perfect condition!


Looking forward to it!, I will bring my wellies with me!!
'Go The Hawks!'
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I'm planning of driving down to Barum on Saturday to take photo's at the away fixture I always look forward to. Presume the going at Pottington Road will be "Heavy"?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mr KFC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2018 at 14:38
'Heavy' is a fair description. Sunshine at the moment though, and forecast to the weekend!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedPete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2018 at 20:31
Originally posted by Mr KFC Mr KFC wrote:

'Heavy' is a fair description. Sunshine at the moment though, and forecast to the weekend!!
 
And a bit breezy too I expect Smile
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Much to look forward to again this weekend,

Where to start ?  Perhaps with the expedition from Thame to Old Reds ?   I suspect many will see this as yet another potential banana skin for Chinnor....partly because Old Reds are in good form......partly because Old Reds are a comparatively strong forwards side and partly because Chinnor have won so many games by such narrow margins.  It seems at least possible that they will come out on the wrong end of one of these encounters quite soon ?

By way of background, it often seems to me that a lot of LBP's are earned each week.  This is NOT so.

In point of fact.......most teams in our league have only conceded a losing bonus point 2 or 3 times so far.  Barum and Rams only once.  Hawks and TJ's have conceded 4, but at the extreme end are Chinnor and Raiders, who have each won 7 games by 7pts or less.
Needless to say, but not much would need to change for the relative league positions of these two teams to change dramatically......downwards.

FWIW.....I think Chinnor will sneak yet another win Big smile   Should be a hell of a game though.

Many of the other results (are to me at leastOuch) more predictable.
I think Rams greatest strength this year has been their ability to impose their playing style on the road.....for 80mins.  I think they will win at Barum.
Choppers are awesome at home and Hawks, although the are well set up to combat the Redruth playing style, are unlikely to have enough to get anything out of that game ? 

I suspect Cinders will risk resting a few players again but should still impose themselves at Broadstreet ?

Titans will press on hoping for a Chinnor collapse and hapless Clifton will fall further into the mire ?
BSE will I suspect, get the better of a slightly off colour City Side, in a game between two very good defensive sides. 

Game of the day is probably Dons v LIWG ?  This is yet another of a succession of key games in the multi-side relegation battle this year.  The Wild Geese need the win and Dons absolutely have to have it......I suspect that the Dons will continue their fine run and that their pack will decide the contest.  On the other hand.....it should have dried out a lot by then and if the Wild Geese have all their players back, they could cause some big problems ?  Who knows ?  I go with a home win myself. 

As mentioned earlier.....TJ's and Raiders are both sides that have dealt in close games this season.  I think there is a good chance that we will see another one at The Slade on Saturday.  I don't know yet how many of our injured we might get back, so on balance think it will be a narrow win for TJ's. Cry  

Lastly, for any seriously bored rugby blokes in rainy February (don't read on if this is not you Wink)

I just noticed that Statbunker has finally updated, so the numbers I am using here are at least one week out of date, but that does not invalidate the general point....which is......

.....there are some really extreme differences between playing styles in evidence this year.....right through level 4. 
In the North, Chester, Huddersfield and Luctonians have only scored 8, 7 and 5 wingers tries so far this year (Titans have 38). Dons and Broadstreet are little better in the South.
By extreme contrast.....Sheffield Tigers have maintained a decent league position despite scoring only 6 forwards tries all season.....how bizarre is that TongueWinkWink

In terms of overall tryscoring,  the South are again scoring more than their Northern counterparts.
The numbers from left to right indicate Total Tries scored/Backs tries/forwards tries

Nat2S  1211/698/573
Nat2N  1025/579/446

If there is any surprise, it is in the number of forwards tries scored in the South....a clear indication of the amazing number of forwards based teams in our league this season. 

Good luck to all on Sat and NO injuries Smile 

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Anyone betting against Cinderford finishing with 145 points ?
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Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

FWIW.....I think Chinnor will sneak yet another win Big smile   Should be a hell of a game though.
Generous as ever in allowing another losing bonus point after our Try bonus point has been secured !
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A very entertaining match at Pottington Road today and two points for Barum, with the final play, that might prove to be vital.
Rams utterly destroyed the home side at scrum-time, who's lineout misfired once again, and were thoroughly deserving of five points IMHO.
Barum's tenacity at the death also merited their reward with great displays from Jared Hayler and the ever-lively Jordan Petherbridge.
I have to say though, the midfield defence (unusually) and set-piece performance was poor. I can understand the scrummage to a certain extent, but surely the lineout can be improved?
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As always I enjoyed my visit to Barum, apart from the broken ribs following a Verity "Hug"! Cracking game played in good spirit throughout. Rams started sluggishly, but turned on the power in the second half. Barum ran the ball from their own 5m line to gain the two losing bonus points in the last play of the game, that summed up the match! And the joy of not having to take photo's in the pouring rain! 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barum man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 hours 10 minutes ago at 21:25
Just seen the league table on NCA and it has Old Reds on 40 pts from 24 games (should it be 23 games!) - something wrong there surely (they picked up 1 pt today). Anyone know hom many pts old reds were on before today???
EDIT: Old Reds are on 35 pts according to the BBC which is more like it.



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Originally posted by Jester10 Jester10 wrote:

As always I enjoyed my visit to Barum, apart from the broken ribs following a Verity "Hug"! Cracking game played in good spirit throughout. Rams started sluggishly, but turned on the power in the second half. Barum ran the ball from their own 5m line to gain the two losing bonus points in the last play of the game, that summed up the match! And the joy of not having to take photo's in the pouring rain! 

I am glad you enjoyed it Paul and hope you got some good shots (I was talking to you before the game).
 
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