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Topic: Pre-season
Posted By: islander
Subject: Pre-season
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2021 at 19:31
Do any clubs have pre-season plans?

Although the preparatory work had to take place (mostly) behind the scenes, Cov & Jersey have been looking to stage a game this weekend - and it's on: KO at the Butts Park Arena is at 2pm tomorrow (Sat). And it's possible to watch online, albeit the attraction of watching England box-kick to the Italians may be the preferred option for some, esp as £9.99 cheaper. Details below:

https://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2021/02/11/live-streaming-information-for-pre-season-matches/" rel="nofollow - https://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/2021/02/11/live-streaming-information-for-pre-season-matches/





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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2021 at 20:07
I realise that there are two rounds of the Trailfinders Cup to go & a few others already lined up:
  • Sarries v Donny tomorrow 4.15
  • Cov v Sarries, Sat 20/2 3pm
  • Eal v Donny, Sat 20/2 3pm
  • Sarries v Cov, Fri 26/2 6pm
Getting fixtures against Premiership opposition is challenging, so the options appear limited...


Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2021 at 20:11
20 Feb Ampthill v Blues 1pm streamed online  https://www.247.tv/champsrugby" rel="nofollow - https://www.247.tv/champsrugby

27 Feb Blues v Ampthill 1pm streamed online  https://bedfordblues.ticketco.events/uk/en" rel="nofollow - https://bedfordblues.ticketco.events/uk/en

Keeping travel costs low!


Posted By: Isithalftimeyet
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2021 at 21:00
Would be interesting to see the streaming stats. 


Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 07:11
Only one scheduled flight leaving Jersey today at 9am to Birmingham returning at 8.20pm this evening. Go safe lads - no injuries please. Team news:

1.       Richardson

2.       Harris

3.       Parker

4.       Farrance

5.       O'Connor (C)

6.       Argyle

7.       Hatherell

8.       Grey

9.       Elliot

10.   Cope

11.   Klim

12.   Barnes

13.   Owen

14.   Hutler

15.   Williams

+ 11 Replacements.

Registered and paid for streaming service. Howay Jersey flight arrived at Brum 10.13!



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Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 14:19
Brilliant streaming quality from Cov v Jer match. Currently Cov 0-14 Jer but ealy days.

Half Time COV 17-21 JER Three tries each team but COV missed two conversions.


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 15:01
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Brilliant streaming quality from Cov v Jer match. Currently Cov 0-14 Jer but ealy days.

Half Time COV 17-21 JER Three tries each team but COV missed two conversions.
Not impressed with the view to the railway/Broomfield Park corner (keep missing the action there) and the cameraman needs to move a bit quicker at times, but early days.
Good to see a bit of rugby, whatever.


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 15:44
Cov 36-33 Jersey.
Good open game which could've easily gone the other way.


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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 16:19
Yes it was a good match, plenty of good tries and I think Cov just deserved it after scoring 6 of the 11 tries. Both clubs' Twitter accts made it 34-33 at FT

The stream was a good picture with replays, team-sheets and decent commentary. Shame the scoreboard lost track in 2nd half, but that's what pre-season is for to work these things out.

http://bit.ly/3dgCJY5" rel="nofollow - Match report


Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 16:36
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Cov 36-33 Jersey.
Good open game which could've easily gone the other way.
I fully agree with this and full credit for the way both teams and the match officials approached the game. The streaming quality was easily the best I've experienced with pin sharp picture and the commentators did their best but probably need someone from the visitors in there. I would have loved to have been on the touchline crunching the advertising boards but money well spent in my book. Thanks to Cov for hosting it all and safe flight back tonight lads.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 16:54
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Cov 36-33 Jersey.
Good open game which could've easily gone the other way.
I fully agree with this and full credit for the way both teams and the match officials approached the game. The streaming quality was easily the best I've experienced with pin sharp picture and the commentators did their best but probably need someone from the visitors in there. I would have loved to have been on the touchline crunching the advertising boards but money well spent in my book. Thanks to Cov for hosting it all and safe flight back tonight lads.
I understand that there was a Jersey guy nearby, who did help out with some of the player questions, but there were so many changes it must have been impossible to keep up!


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 16:58
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Yes it was a good match, plenty of good tries and I think Cov just deserved it after scoring 6 of the 11 tries. Both clubs' Twitter accts made it 34-33 at FT

The stream was a good picture with replays, team-sheets and decent commentary. Shame the scoreboard lost track in 2nd half, but that's what pre-season is for to work these things out.

http://bit.ly/3dgCJY5" rel="nofollow - Match report
Yes, I was somewhat confused when Cov's score went up by a conversion's worth when I could have sworn the flags stayed down.
Maybe it was shown wrongly on the screen.
It'll come out in the wash, not that the scoreline matters much at all.


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Posted By: Whistle watcher
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 17:52
Re Cov v jersey - it was very cold....but a good game.  


Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2021 at 20:56
Flight from Brum landed at 20.48. 

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Posted By: Member728
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 11:34
Richmond to play Ealing at the RAG on 27th

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 11:51
Originally posted by Member728 Member728 wrote:

Richmond to play Ealing at the RAG on 27th
So preseason game 9 then for Ealing?


Posted By: Woody
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 13:19
No announcement of any pre season matches from Nottingham.
Looks like we will go straight into the first league match with Ealing.

Well rested I guess...

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Posted By: marigold
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 14:01
So preseason game 9 then for Ealing?

Richmond planing on you being tired then .......


Posted By: marigold
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 14:06
'No announcement of any pre season matches from Nottingham.
Looks like we will go straight into the first league match with Ealing.

Well rested I guess...'

Is this a player welfare issue? If the Nottingham pack have had no competitive scrums/mauls/full on tackles before they play Ealing should this be a concern? Full time v part time has happened for some time in the Championship but never with the part timers having had no pre season friendlies.


Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 16 Feb 2021 at 20:30
If it were normal times Nottingham would have had some training sessions with Leicester, whether they can do this at the moment who knows!


Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 13:50
Half time Ampthill (1 try) 7 - 21 (3 tries) Blues

Ampthill 2 yellow cards, Blues 1 red!

A friendly then! LOL


Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 14:17
Ampthill (1 try) 7 - 31 (5 tries) Blues

Blues with a new team in 2nd half minus 1


Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:00
Quite a Beds Derby then! Finished A 33 B 36!

Sarries v Cov just starting - one can watch for free just by signing up on the Sarries' website...


Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:04
Sarries scored from the KO, can't have been more than 7-8 seconds on the clock, con hit post. 5-0. No replays on stream so far, so am glad I haven't paid!


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:18
5-7 at the quarter point. Cov forwards giving a decent account of themselves.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:20
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Sarries scored from the KO, can't have been more than 7-8 seconds on the clock, con hit post. 5-0. No replays on stream so far, so am glad I haven't paid!
Replay of the Cov try, and they then missed the restart. Poor.


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:24
10-7 after 18 mins

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:26
10-12 after 20. Forwards again.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:38
10-19 on 34. Ben Nutley.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:44
Nutley off inj.
Sarries try 38 mins. 17-19


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:46
Sarries try 40 mins. starting to look very comfortable now.
24-19 HT


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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 15:51
Ealing 14 Donny 10 at HT


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:04
24-26 Cov on the restart. Dacres.

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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:11
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

24-26 Cov on the restart. Dacres.

And again, no replay, in spite of a lengthy injury break 2ish mins later - the replay monitor must have nipped for a coffee or comfort break...


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:18
24-31 Pete White on 51.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:21
55 mins. 31-33

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:28
62 mins 38-33

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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:29
28-13 to Ealing on the hour...


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:31
Pete White YC.



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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:32
66 mins 43-33

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:39
72 mins. 48-33
Cov really struggling at this stage, unsurprisingly. Down to 14 and against a stiff wind - and Sarries.
Always a bridge too far.


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 16:51
FT 48-33 to the home side.
Good game. Cov still rusty, but better than I expected. 
Sarries slick as.


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Posted By: Bluesman11
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 17:04
My thoughts on Bedford game:

We were in complete control of the game for first 50, then tapered off with our 2nd XV (or in fact 2nd XIV) in the last 30 after Ampthill gained set piece superiority when the 18 year prop came on.
Our backs looked v slick and will cause every team in this league problems. We are definitely going to chuck it around this season!
Most of the saints lads looked good. Tommy Matthews looks a real class player at 10 and Tui Uru (no 8) was probably the stand out player in the first half.
Oli Curry completely needlessly got sent off and will likely miss the opening couple of games through suspension; not really something we can afford. If I was Mike Rayer I’d be absolutely fuming as the amount of effort and money to get this season on, and he throws a wild punch in a sodding pre season game meaning he’ll probably miss 20% of the season!
We definitely lack depth in a few positions so it’s crucial we keep our first choice props (McCarthy/Paul), Onojaife, Rich Lane and possibly even the saints number 8 available all season.

Overall, pretty happy with what I saw and optimistic if we’re able to field something close to our strongest XV most weeks then we can push for “best of the rest”.


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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 17:10
Ealing v Donny lasted 6-7 minutes beyond the 2-hr mark, I hope that wasn't the result of injuries... no-one wants those any time, but especially pre-season...

FT: 40-20


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 17:14
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Ealing v Donny lasted 6-7 minutes beyond the 2-hr mark, I hope that wasn't the result of injuries... no-one wants those any time, but especially pre-season...

FT: 40-20

Afraid it was Islander - very nasty injury to Pat Howard caused a 15-20 minute delay. Had to be stretchered off. Fingers crossed for Pat.


Posted By: Trailfinder
Date Posted: 20 Feb 2021 at 19:10
I thought Donny were excellent considering they’ve only played a couple of matches. Their pack was dominant at times which is quite something given how strong the Ealing scrum has been. They also put us under a lot of pressure and forced quite a few errors. 

However Ealing have a get out of jail card with their rolling maul which is a real weapon. shame we had to rely on it so often but when things aren’t quite clicking it is a go to option and they all count at the end of the day!

The real downer though was the Pat Howard ko, I love watching rugby but every time i see a player face down out for the count it really tests my conscience. I pray it looked worse than it was. 




Posted By: castleparknight
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2021 at 11:44
Trailfinder that maul is phenomenal it is by far the best I have seen in this league for many years. Clubs will have to remain squeaky clean and avoid the penalties, those penalties were our undoing.

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Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2021 at 14:28
Pirates v Jersey Reds confirmed for Sat 27/2, with streaming option:

https://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/pirates-to-host-jersey-in-warm-up-encounter" rel="nofollow - https://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/pirates-to-host-jersey-in-warm-up-encounter /

It'll be Pirates' first hit-out, with Blues & Ampthill having got going yesterday. Richmond face Ealing next Saturday. Hartpury have trained with Gloucester and stated on Twitter that 'something more competitive' is planned with Gloucester towards the end of the coming week. Not sure about Nottingham...




Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2021 at 08:03
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Pirates v Jersey Reds confirmed for Sat 27/2, with streaming option:

https://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/pirates-to-host-jersey-in-warm-up-encounter" rel="nofollow - https://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/pirates-to-host-jersey-in-warm-up-encounter /

It'll be Pirates' first hit-out, with Blues & Ampthill having got going yesterday. Richmond face Ealing next Saturday. Hartpury have trained with Gloucester and stated on Twitter that 'something more competitive' is planned with Gloucester towards the end of the coming week. Not sure about Nottingham...


Streaming booked - are Jersey playing in Red or Blue shirts on Saturday?

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Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2021 at 13:37
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Pirates v Jersey Reds confirmed for Sat 27/2, with streaming option:

https://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/pirates-to-host-jersey-in-warm-up-encounter" rel="nofollow - https://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/pirates-to-host-jersey-in-warm-up-encounter /
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It'll be Pirates' first hit-out, with Blues & Ampthill having got going yesterday. Richmond face Ealing next Saturday. Hartpury have trained with Gloucester and stated on Twitter that 'something more competitive' is planned with Gloucester towards the end of the coming week. Not sure about Nottingham...


Streaming booked - are Jersey playing in Red or Blue shirts on Saturday?


Wait and see - they may wear a totally different colour

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Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 10:21

Jersey Team v Pirates (15-9, 1-8)
Tom Williams; Ryan Hutler, Brendan Owen, Dan Barnes, Lesley Klim; Brendan Cope, James Elliott; Dan Richardson, TJ Harris, Ciaran Parker, Zak Farrance, Sean O’Connor (c), Max Argyle, Kyle Hatherell, Tim Grey.

Replacements
Jack Macfarlane, Ollie Dawe, Zei Alexis, Rory Bartle, Josh Bainbridge, Cam Nordli Kelemeti, Bader Pretorius, Apakuki Ma’afu, George Spencer, Jack Roberts

 



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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 12:35

Ealing Trailfinders team to play Richmond in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 27th February at the Athletic Ground: A relatively young squad, and it looks like the presumptive starters are all taking a break. Interesting to see that Harry Casson is playing, as that would tell me that (unless he is coming back from an injury) he has been pipped to his shirt by some of the newcomers.

15 Luke Daniels 14 Charly Tchen 13 Bobby Beattie 12 Steven Shingler (c) 11 James Cordy Redden 10 Declan Raubenheimer 9 Jordan Burns 1 Elliot Chilvers 2 Michael Van Vuuren 3 Lewis Thiede 4 Ben West 5 Harry Casson 6 Shane Buckley 7 Harry Dugmore 8 Simon Uzokwe


Replacements: 

Cameron Terry, Ben Carlile, Harry Seward, Abongile Nonkontwana, Matt Cannon, Josh Taylor, Nathan Fowles, Dan HisHuckleberrys, James Bourton, Marcus Kershaw.



Posted By: Member728
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 13:28
Richmond squad
1 Jonny Harris 2. Callum Torpey 3. Jimmy Litchfield 4. Alex Bibic 5. Freddie Hosking 
6. Jack AllHuckleberry 7. Toby Saysell 8. Jake Parker 
9. Toby Dabell 10. Tom Hodgson 11. Max Trimble12. Oliver Evans 13. Cameron Mitchell 
14. Alex Goble 15. Hamish Graham 
Replacements:
Jake Byrne Charlie Gibbings Sam Gratton Byron HodgeDavid Massey
Ben Christie Jack Musk Jesse Liston Hamish Barton Myles Scott Charlie Gowling 
Callum Watson Lewis Dennett Jake Caddy Benjamin Cook Ben Rath 
Dan Kelly Will Kaye 


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Posted By: Steve@Mose
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 17:57
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rugby-union/56195539" rel="nofollow - Cov vs Sorry'uns radio commentary.


Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 18:31
Cov 7-7 Sarries on the 20 mins mark.

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 18:49
7-21 at ht. Very late try puts a different slant on things. Not sure Sarries are worth that kind of lead.
Oh well.


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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 19:07
12-21 44 mins Forsyth

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Posted By: Kimbo
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 19:46
12-47 ft.
Different league stuff in the final quarter.


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Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 07:48
https://www.jerseyairport.com/flight/departures/" rel="nofollow - Departures | Ports of Jersey (jerseyairport.com)
The only flight leaving Jersey today.
Civilization clearly breaking down - absolutely no Liberation Ale available airside so my mate will have to settle for Jersey Toffee/Fudge. Gorgeous weather in St Ouen today.


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Posted By: stadium
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 09:02
Weather in Cornwall perfect.Sunny, Dry and no wind. Really looking forward to watching the game.


Posted By: Stalwart
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 10:51
Originally posted by stadium stadium wrote:

Weather in Cornwall perfect.Sunny, Dry and no wind. Really looking forward to watching the game.
It is a perfect spring day - all the more painful not being able to go down The Mennaye.


Posted By: Pappashanga
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 13:24
Richmond 5 Ealing 0


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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 13:28
Ealing v Richmond not streamed, but on the radio  http://livesportsfm.co.uk/player.aspx" rel="nofollow - Live Sports FM


Posted By: Pappashanga
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 13:36
HT Ealing 7 Richmond 5


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Posted By: Guinness John
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 13:52
Ht Bedford 14 Ampthill 19  a Blues comeback after a dominant Ampthill start. Game on "come on you Blues "

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:08
Ealing 21 (3t) - Richmond 5 (1T) at about 52 minutes.


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:08
Watching Pirates vs. Reds...who are in blue. Not sure about the kit!


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:34
Ealing 28 (4t) - Richmond 24 (4T) at about 72 minutes - Ealing's brought in quite a few academy lads, but really well played to Richmond, as they have taken advantage of some penalties.


Posted By: Bluesman11
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:40
Very much hoping we don’t have whoever is reffing the blues game in regular season. Has been completely hopeless

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:42
Ealing 33 (5t) - Richmond 24 (4T) FT - Not sure what to make of this, Ealing started their 2nd team with a sprinkling of Academy lads, but Richmond are obviously amateur, so I think that Richmond are probably going to come away happier form this than Ben Ward's men.


Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:46
Pirates 14 (2T) - Jersey 6 at HT. Pirates playing with more flair, Jersey looking strong in the set piece. From a neutral, both teams look well drilled. I think that the difference in the score is down to the Pirates having much quicker ball at the breakdown to create opportunities. Jersey in blue. Yuck.


Posted By: Guinness John
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 14:57
Ft Blues 21 Ampthill 36 well deserved Ampthill win. Now it's for real.

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Posted By: gerg_861
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 15:29
Pirates 26 (4t I think) - Jersey 13 (1T) - Pirates still nippier around the pitch, but a Jersey interception stops the Cornishmen from pulling too far away.


Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 15:46
Full time Pirates 26-13 Jersey. Pirates easily better side imo and starting 10 was excellent. Safe journey home jersey.

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Posted By: Bigbluepip
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 16:41
Agree GJ, Ampthill good for the win, too many penalties from Bedford in the first 25 minutes meant they took that 19 point lead we gave them the opportunity to. On a positive, we looked good in parts, but rusty, if we gel well as a team then we will be very hard to beat. I thought the live stream was excellent this afternoon, well worth the £10.

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Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 18:15
Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

Very much hoping we don’t have whoever is reffing the blues game in regular season. Has been completely hopeless

The referee didn’t have any excuse for rustiness either.

Bit of a weird match, Blues clearly using it as a practice, while Ampthill wanted to win. If felt like Blues were pretty dominant but need to work on the breakdown and sometimes making the extra pass from some of the younger Saints players.

Blues were looking to run it all the time, so should be pretty entertaining to watch this year. Clearly the players were still getting used to playing with each other.




Posted By: corporalcarrot
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 19:47
Originally posted by gerg_861 gerg_861 wrote:

From a neutral, both teams look well drilled. I think that the difference in the score is down to the Pirates having much quicker ball at the breakdown to create opportunities. Jersey in blue. Yuck.
I agree with all of this. Pirates well worth the win today but will need to beef up their forwards before Sarries next week. The Pirates fly half was exceptional and work rate throughout exemplary. Jersey's fringe of ruck/maul defence was really poor today which in part explains the G861 remark about quick ball. The commentator today ascribed the fault to the Pirates scrum half try to the centre not guarding the ruck but surely a Prop or Flanker MUST GUARD the fringe of a breakdown not the centre who was marking his oppo. Jersey forwards did their job in scrum & lineout but they sorely missed a real open side flanker going forward. Jersey selected a back row today with three lads who could all have played No8 - strong defensively but going forward Pirates had the edge imo. I agree with G861 about the Blue Shirt - in St Ouens I wore Red.

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Posted By: Guinness John
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 21:51
Believe it was Adam Leal. Very experienced but better than the Frenchman that did the Wales v England match. 

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Posted By: The Blues
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2021 at 22:05
Originally posted by Guinness John Guinness John wrote:

Believe it was Adam Leal. Very experienced but better than the Frenchman that did the Wales v England match. 

Ah yes... looks similar to Garner.

Did he do the match last week as well as I heard on the ref mic him mention something about last week?  I couldn’t watch that match.


Posted By: Raider999
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 12:06
Originally posted by Guinness John Guinness John wrote:

Believe it was Adam Leal. Very experienced but better than the Frenchman that did the Wales v England match. 


My dog would have been better with the whistle than Gauzerre!

I understand England are not going to complain - but a sound track of Butler/Davies should be sent to whoever appoints referees.

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Posted By: Stalwart
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 12:12
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Full time Pirates 26-13 Jersey. Pirates easily better side imo and starting 10 was excellent. Safe journey home jersey.

Pirates 10 was Luke Scully, who only arrived a few days ago on loan from Cardiff Blues. Very impressive.


Posted By: islander
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 12:43
I’ve also seen the ‘England won’t complain to WR’ line, but why should a review of dreadful officiating need to stem from one of the competing teams? You’d hope WR would review officiating as a standard matter. We wait to see when M. Gaüzère is next appointed to a meaningful fixture...


Posted By: Thatbloke
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2021 at 12:51
Also the TMO or whatever they're called for "I can't see a knock on"
Didn't even refer to the best camera angle to make the decision
It's a tough old world but that should be the end of their international officiating - just incompetent no other word for it



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