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    Posted: 28 Mar 2021 at 21:29
Well the teams are having a well-earned rest next week. These are the fixtures they are going to be coming back to in a couple of weeks’ time:

Saturday 10th April:
Cornish Pirates v Ealing - 1.30pm
Jersey v Doncaster - 2.30pm (being played at Castle Park)
Hartpury RFC v Nottingham - 4.30pm

Sunday 11th April:
Saracens v Bedford - 1pm
Coventry v Ampthill - 2.30pm

Bye: Richmond 

Wouldn’t normally create this thread but lockdown boredom is alive and well!. 
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Saturday 10th April:
Cornish Pirates v Ealing: 1 - 5 - Ealing are a very different outfit this year, both in personnel and in preparation, to the one that got thumped at the Mennaye in the first game of the season last year. I don't think that this will be another 50 pointer, but I still think that they win with the BP.
Jersey v Doncaster: 0 - 5 - Doncaster on form, and Jersey struggling, even after gutting out a win. You should score boatloads against 12 men.
Hartpury RFC v Nottingham: 4 -1 - Hartpury didn't look very good today, and Nottingham looked bad when I saw them play. Someone has to win though.

Sunday 11th April:
Saracens v Bedford: 5 - 0 - If this were being played at Goldington Road, I'd give Bedford the TBP, but it isn't, and Mark McCall has said in The Daily Mail that he intends to send all of his internationals for the rest of the season.
Coventry v Ampthill: 4 - 1 - Ampthill are better than I expected, but I think Coventry at home is too much for them.
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Originally posted by Donnyknightfan Donnyknightfan wrote:

Well the teams are having a well-earned rest next week. These are the fixtures they are going to be coming back to in a couple of weeks’ time:

Saturday 10th April:
Cornish Pirates v Ealing - 1.30pm
Jersey v Doncaster - 2.30pm (being played at Castle Park)
Hartpury RFC v Nottingham - 4.30pm

Sunday 11th April:
Saracens v Bedford - 1pm
Coventry v Ampthill - 2.30pm

Bye: Richmond 

Wouldn’t normally create this thread but lockdown boredom is alive and well!. 

all being well, lockdown boredom should be on its last legs by the time these games come around, shouldn't it? Thumbs Up


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Don't hold your breath.
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Predictions:
Cornish Pirates 5 1 Ealing - picked CP in every game this season, including against Donny!. One narrow loss against a very good side doesn’t change my view of them. Pirates at home can turn anyone over and I fancy a well rested and motivated side to stop the juggernaut in it’s tracks. It will be Sarries all over again.
Doncaster 5 1 Jersey - really feel for Jersey having so many away games. They won at Bedford but I think Donny are building something potentially exciting and will make it 5 from 5!.
Hartpury 5 0 Nottingham - i think Hartpury at home will win this comfortably. Nottingham seem to be really struggling this season. I hope this is only a blip for them caused by the lack of a pre-season with a settled squad and not something more long-term. Obviously going part-time won’t help.
Saracens 5 0 Bedford - Well looks like Sarries are going to roll out all of the big names for this game. Blues should just treat this game as a cup tie and throw the kitchen sink at them. Go and make yourself heroes lads. Quality should win out but I think Bedford can stay competitive for at least 50 minutes.
Coventry 1 4 Ampthill - this is an interesting one to call. Cov have been a bit up and down so far this
 season. Amps have had a rest so will be fresher. I think both of these teams will Finish mid-table but I’ve got a feeling Ampthill could nick this. 
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Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Don't hold your breath.
In my head I’m still thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”. 
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Pirates 1-5 Ealing - Ealing on a roll and I actually think they’ll win this comfortably. Pirates to maybe get a try BP
Saracens 5-0 Bedford - Could get ugly 
Doncaster 4-0 Jersey - Donny to grind out another win, but think this could be close if Jersey get some of their injured players back
Hartpury 4-1 Nottingham - Still predicting Nottingham bottom and winless 
Coventry 4-0 Ampthill - Think cov are underperforming atm, but they’ll be too strong for ampthill
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Cornish Pirates 0-5 Ealing. Averaging nearly 60 points a game I think Ealing will score at least 4 tries and keep the Pirates at bay.
Doncaster 4-1 Jersey. Doncaster keep grinding out the wins, but never by much.
Hartpury 5-1 Nottingham. Both teams will be targetting a win for this fixture and I think home advantage will have it.
Saracens 5-0 Bedford. Most likely for the first time this season it will be a full Premiership side versus a mid table Championship side. It will be interesting.
And finally.......
Coventry 1-4 Ampthill. I don't think the A's have won at Barkers Butt but they are pleasingly improving with every game and this is a very good opportunity to start winning on the road. But it will be tough.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PiffPaff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Mar 2021 at 14:33
Cherub why are Cov playing at Barkers Butts? Do you mean Butts Park Arena? I've been to both nowhere the same.
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Originally posted by PiffPaff PiffPaff wrote:

Cherub why are Cov playing at Barkers Butts? Do you mean Butts Park Arena? I've been to both nowhere the same.


The reason I said Barkers Butts is because I'm an idiot. Many apologies.
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You'd definitely beat Barkers' Butts.
No doubt in my mind!

It is confusing tbf. 'Coundon Road', the club's ground until 2003 was actually on Barkers' Butts Lane - not Coundon Road. It's not surprising folk get confuddled even now...
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Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

You'd definitely beat Barkers' Butts.
No doubt in my mind!

It is confusing tbf. 'Coundon Road', the club's ground until 2003 was actually on Barkers' Butts Lane - not Coundon Road. It's not surprising folk get confuddled even now...


Thanks, Kimbo, for making me feel a lot better. To be fair though, I said Barkers Butts because way back in the very early seventies, when I was plying my rugby trade with Bedford Athletic, we used to play them. I am obviously stuck in a time warp.
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Ha. You'd have played against them when my missus's uncle Norman (Nobby) Clarke was Chairman.
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Coventry         4 - 0      Ampthill 

Doncaster        4 - 0      Jersey

Hartpury         4 - 1      Nottingham

Pirates             2 - 5      Ealing

Saracens         5 - 0      Bedford 

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Coventry         4 - 1  Ampthill 

Doncaster        4 - 1  Jersey 

Hartpury         4 - 0   Nottingham 

Pirates             4 - 1  Ealing 

Saracens         5 - 1  Bedford 

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The Millais jungle telegraph has picked up word that Jersey may soon announce two spectacular new signings ahead of next week's "home" match against Donny which will be played at Castle Park. On the playing side it is understood that Jersey will register the outstanding academy prospect Rana Dalmatina who despite his diminutive size is considered an outstanding lineout prospect particularly on wet pitches. Even more exciting to Jersey's home supporters is the dubious report that Jersey have secured the services of Donny's famous Mage Taurus-Strudel who has set outstanding levels of customer service at Castle Park for many years and is expected to travel back to Jersey on the executive charter next week.

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Love it CC

The jumping capabilities of Rana Dalmatina should be a significant boost in the lineout - although I have read that his catch can be unsteady at times and tends to have his tongue stuck out when performing this task, so is often found to need the attention of the medic for blood.

And although I would be at a loss if we were to lose the services of Mage Taurus-Strudel permanently, I would be very happy to hear your reports on that temporary feed into Jersey.


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Cocentry 4 Ampthill 1.
Doncaster 4 Jersey 1.
Hartpury 4 Nottingham 0.
Pirates 1 Ealing 4.
Sarecens 5 Bedford 0.
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Cornish Pirates v Ealing: 1 - 4 - Ealing caught out last year and the Saracens victory for the Pirates will sharpen the focus for Ealing.

Jersey v Doncaster: 1 - 5 - Doncaster will be hoping no hang over from last week....having seen highlights it could so easily have been a loss.

Hartpury RFC v Nottingham: 5 -0 - Hartpury better of the two lower table teams

Saracens v Bedford: 5 - 0 - Saracens to keep foot down now

Coventry v Ampthill: 4 - 1 - A close game could go either way
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