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Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by MaidsBoy MaidsBoy wrote:

Barnstaple clear favourites for the play-off place in my opinion. After Drybrook did us a favour last week, we can’t help but feel that we may have blown it now by faltering against Ivybridge, a game we should have won.

Bracknell have signed a couple of new players, including the excellent Mike Macdonald, who was Chinnor 9 last year, so I think that will be a big enough boost to keep them up, which sadly make Cleve favourites for that 3rd relegation spot.

Coming up, I fully expect Newbury to be top 6 next year- they have a young squad, which are getting better and better, definitely ones to watch next season in my opinion.

From Nat 2S, I’d guess we may welcome Wild Geese into our league?

Although I seem to remember the Wild Geese played in the South West a few seasons ago, I believe this was the result of a level transfer.

Not sure if they could be forced to transfer again?

Probably will have to, I think the RFU treat Guernsey as being based at Gatwick despite their Hampshire RFU membership (Why are they Hampshire members anyway?) as they want to keep the travel costs down. Plus we in LSE would love to have our mini-tour back!
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Funny old season was the last one. Newbury got relegated with 64 points in the bag.  <rolls eyes>

20 games in and they've just suffered their first defeat of this season (by 2 points with the very last kick of the game against the 'Marlborough Fijians' - they have some big lumping Polynesians available to them from the local Army regiment... their 1st XV is bereft of local talent that's come through M&J structure whereas the majority of the Newbury boys have been playing for them since they were nippers) 

Looking forward to coming back up. 


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Better Playing Record is defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant so looks like the LSE sides will likely have home advantage.

Re Wimbledon (my team) we have a decent group of players but just have not be playing that well I think. Again there was much change to personnel after relegation last spring as a number of our best went to Nat1 sides (Rosslyn Park, OE's and Esher). I don't think the new group have fully gelled however our performance against Guildford last Saturday was much improved.

As you say if we gain promotion we will need to improve significantly to establish ourselves in Nat2S
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Originally posted by @boatyjames @boatyjames wrote:

Better Playing Record is defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant so looks like the LSE sides will likely have home advantage.

Re Wimbledon (my team) we have a decent group of players but just have not be playing that well I think. Again there was much change to personnel after relegation last spring as a number of our best went to Nat1 sides (Rosslyn Park, OE's and Esher). I don't think the new group have fully gelled however our performance against Guildford last Saturday was much improved.

As you say if we gain promotion we will need to improve significantly to establish ourselves in Nat2S
I was pretty sure it was Better Playing Record, defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant as you say (in this case as there are the same number of games in both divisions then league points won is the same thing).
At the moment 2nd and 3rd in the L&SE div are both on 76 pts and 2nd in the SW div is on 74 pts so with 6 games left it is still all to play for although one of the L&SE teams must be slight favs for a home play off.


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Originally posted by @boatyjames @boatyjames wrote:

Better Playing Record is defined as highest percentage of maximum points achievable in the first instant so looks like the LSE sides will likely have home advantage.

Re Wimbledon (my team) we have a decent group of players but just have not be playing that well I think. Again there was much change to personnel after relegation last spring as a number of our best went to Nat1 sides (Rosslyn Park, OE's and Esher). I don't think the new group have fully gelled however our performance against Guildford last Saturday was much improved.

As you say if we gain promotion we will need to improve significantly to establish ourselves in Nat2S


Last time Wimbledon were promoted to N2S they had a number of Antipodeans who were not eligible at the higher level. Are they in the same boat this season, or have they put together a squad that qualifies?

For what it is worth, I thought Wimbledon in the 2nd half of last season were a far better side than that of the 1st half - if they had found that form a few weeks earlier they may have stayed up.
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