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IAN S
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Apr 13, 2013, 1:14 PM

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Two rare RU games listed as being played this coming midweek.

On Tuesday

Selby v Moortown

On Wednesday

Yarnbury v Sheffield Medicals

both are in Yorkshire 2



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Ostrich
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Apr 13, 2013, 8:05 PM

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National 3 Midlands (14:00)
Nuneaton RUFC 24 South Leicester RUFC 33
Admission: £5 Programme: £1 (40pp – 32pp glossy shell, 8pp match specific. The shell contained some good general articles and history, not all advertising)
Refreshments: tea 80p, choc bar 60p
Attendance: 255 (h/c). Many comings and goings throughout the game.

Final projected rugby match of the season, although I may now shoehorn in an extra fixture as Sutton Coldfield appear doomed for the promotion play-offs and may get a home tie against the N3Northern runners up. This match was also a sort of mini-champagne job for the Ostrich as he completed ticking the N3M clubs.

The Liberty Way sports complex is a peculiar place. The rugby club, I’m told, bought it in 1995 and it comprises 50 acres, of which 11 acres is still undeveloped scrubland. It’s bordered by the Nuneaton-Leicester railway line to the north, and the West Coast Main Line in the far distance. The main pitch, however, was sold to Nuneaton Borough, and a ground sharing arrangement was entered into. That went belly-up when Nuneaton Borough folded, but a new arrangement was negotiated with Nuneaton Town in 2009/10 and exists today (the rugby club pay for the hire). The car park, however, (or most of it anyway) is still owned by the rugby club and indeed the rugby clubhouse adjoins the soccer stadium, and you could, in theory, sit in the bar and watch the soccer out of the picture windows. When the rugby and soccer sides both have home fixtures, as today, the rugby migrates to Pitch No.1.

I arrived at 1:00, declared I was for the rugby, paid for admission and a programme, and parked up by the club-house. A quick stroll across the brook that runs through the complex brought me to Pitch No.1, where Nuneaton 2nds were ruthlessly disposing of Stratford-on-Avon 2nds for the divisional title – I arrived with 5 minutes to play, and saw the score advance from 47-7 to 66-7 !

The pitch is roped on three sides and railed on one, with down the railed side a rather forlorn gazebo tent, open at both ends, a small tea bar manned by two efficient and cheerful ladies, and a TNT curtainside trailer numbered T-2278 which has been converted into a stand seating around 30 in two rows, on chairs presumably made redundant at some time from the bar. The curtain is still in place. The pitch slopes from side to side, undulates a fair bit, and walking round the side of it was slightly hazardous due to rabbit holes. There are three mini-rugby pitches alongside, and at least two other pitches in the middle distance which were in use today.

I wandered back to the clubhouse, which was positively heaving, 4 games being scheduled for today, including a U-15 match against a touring side, Effingham and Leatherhead, which had just finished. Plenty of memorabilia on the walls, which I couldn’t get anywhere near to view. A collection was being made for the Nuneaton U-15 full back Danny Boyd, who had sustained critical injuries in a car accident the previous Saturday. The food didn’t look brilliant and various groups seemed to be playing drinking games. When the visiting U-15’s commandeered all the chairs in my alloted corner by the flatscreen, I decided not to linger.

The game itself was 4th vs 3rd in the table. Nuneaton started strongly and were 3-0 up in 4m with a penalty in front of the posts from Thomas. The SL No.6 was sin-binned after 8m for a high tackle, I think; my attention was on fisticuffs breaking out 15 yards away. Nuneaton full-back McConnachie wriggled through for a try on 13m converted by Thomas, and Nuneaton further extended their lead on 25m with a converted try by No.14, a break on the left, and 32m, a superb handling move over 50 yards finished by Peacock.

At 24-0, the game looked effectively over but South Leics responded with a try by SL11 after the game had been delayed several minutes after Peacock knocked himself out in a high-speed collision with an opponent. The try was converted from wide by SL10.

The second half started with a 44m try from SL16 following a serious of missed tackles by Nuneaton, who appeared had gone completely off the boil. The conversion was delayed, again for the treatment of a Nuneaton injury, and the kick was eventually put wide. 24-12, and much muttering in the crowd about the turn of events. Would South Leics get back into the game? Yes, they would, and eventually win it 24-33, but the Ostrich wasn’t there to witness the debacle as he’d by that time lolloped through the car park to the soccer ground ….. (see WDYG thread)


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Apr 15, 2013, 12:50 PM

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North Lancs 2 (level 9)
Ashton under Lyne 15 Thornton Cleveleys 7
Att: 190 (h/c)
Adm/Prog: Nil

I have a generally applied rule that I don't slip below the 8th level of RU as it becomes very much "for the players only" but this once I made an exception.

The scenario was simple: a win for the visitors and the title was theirs (only 2 defeats all season), but any other result would mean second placed A-u-L could catch them as they still have two games to play, the home side having only lost once this season and currently on a run of 18 consecutive wins.

It was a tight affair but the right side won. Ashton dominated territory and possession for long spells and only some herioc defence and poor place kicking kept the score down. 3 unconverted tries was the least they deserved and they probably should have won by more. The visitors did lead briefly 7-5 in the first half after a very slick move from the scrum but after that it was pretty much one way traffic. The standard was more than watchable and I suspect both sides will more than hold their own on promotion to North Lancs 1.

The ground is North of Ashton on the edge of the conurbation with views to the nearby Pennines. It's fully railed with a good sized two story clubhouse and loads of car parking. The welcome in the clubhouse was down to earth and friendly, but sadly no programmes this season, they did however do them last year although none were to be found.


cherryhopper
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Apr 19, 2013, 11:25 PM

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The RFU Play-Offs begin tommorrow (Sat 20 April) with two matches in the London Divisions:
Charlton Park v Sutton & Epsom (2nd in London 2SE v 2nd in London 2SW with 85 points each for place in London 1 South next season.
Old Cranleighans v Fordingbridge (2nd in Surrey 1 v 2nd in Hampshire 1 for place in London 3SW).
Most Play-Off matches will be played next Saturday April 27 as their leagues still have a week to go. The Rugby Paper unlikely to mention these games in their fixture list due to the short notice so the best place to find them is at http://clubs.rfu.com/...t.aspx?Type=Fixtures where you can also find the venues for all the matches in the group stages of the County Championship, the Shield competition begins on April 27th, the Bill Beaumont Cup on May 4th.


PaulC
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Apr 21, 2013, 9:25 AM

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SRU FINALS DAY
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Attendance - impossible to measure, lots of coming and going
Admission £10 including free 16 page full colour programme
Food, drink - vans, bars, etc

Imagine the FA Vase final being followed by the FA Trophy final and then the FA Cup final ....OK on a slightly smaller scale.

What a fabulous day out. First match starting at 12 noon, final match ending, after extra time at around 6.15. No crowd segregation, with supporters of all 6 teams mingling happily.

BOWL FINAL
Oban Lorne 19-14 Grangemouth Stags

Great support coming down from Argyll for this first final. They were noisy throughout. Oban won this one from behind. Trailing 14-5 early on. two converted tries gave them a 19-14 lead by half-time. Amazingly there was no further scoring but plenty of excitement as Oban clung on to their lead. The last 10 minutes was played close to Oban line but their defence held strong

The winners https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/...212_1160276576_n.jpg

SHIELD FINAL
Marr Rugby 30-15 Livingston
This was the big one for me. My all-conquering local side from Troon taking on Livingston,who themselves had suffered a single defeat all season. West Division 1 champions v East Division 1 champions. Both teams had a big support, Marr's being boosted by Ayr supporters (the support being reciprocated in the Cup Final).

Marr started off just as their supporters would have hoped - 7-0 after 3 minutes, 14-0 after 7. Livi seemed to have no answer to Marr's speed. It looked like being another 50+ points victory for the Ayrshire men, but nothing could have been further from the truth. Livingston took a stranglehold of the game, reducing the deficit to 14-3, yet immediately Marr bounced back with a trade mark lightning fast attack and scored an unconverted try 19-3. Marr hardly had possession of the ball as the big Livi forwards took control and 3 minutes before half time Marr were temporarily reduced to 14 men when the yellow card was shown. Half Time 19-3. Livi took advantage of their extra man advantage and early in the second half scored a converted try 19-10. The Marr faithful were becoming worried, with justification, because on 60 minutes, with Livi still dominating the match, Livi went over again for an unconverted try 19-15. Marr quickly eased the pressure with a penalty 22-15, and then 67 minutes there was the decisive moment as a Livi player was yellow carded. This was all Marr needed and they sealed the win in the 72nd minute with an unconverted try 27-17 and a converted penalty with the last kick of the match triggered uncontrolled rejoicing!

The winners https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/...925_1688424015_n.jpg

CUP FINAL
Ayr 28-25 Melrose (after extra time, 18-18 after 80 minutes)

Premier Division champions Ayr took on fellow Premier Leaguers Melrose for this one. Support in the stands was massively in favour of the west coasters.

A tight match with nothing separating the two teams could have been settled in the 79th minute as Ayr were awarded a kickable penalty, but it went wide. Extra time comprised two periods of 10 minutes. Ayr went ahead in the 3rd minute with an unconverted try 23-18 but with four minutes it was Melrose's turn to take the lead this time scoring a converted try 23-25. With 5 minutes remaining on the clock Ayr were camped close to the Melrose line, but despite forward assault after forward assault they could not breach Rose's defence. As the clock ticked down, Melrose cleared the ball upfield - time up, but of course the match doesn't end until the ball goes dead. Ayr had possession and again laid seige to the Melrose line, relying on short bursts from their forwards to punch a hole in the defence. Still Melrose held firm. 5 minutes had now elapsed the finally the ball was sped out to the wing and Ayr were over the line. Personally I thought the final pass was very marginally forward. The referee consulted his touch judge (I'm not sure if he was querying the pass or whether or not the winger had a foot in touch ) and after an eternity the try was awarded. Such is the knife edge between success and failure. Not a Melrose player questioned the decision, their fans were deflated but accepted the decision and the Ayr fans went wild!

The winners https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/...1659_688340617_n.jpg

What a great day! Every time I go to Murrayfield I wonder how it was that the SRU developed this super stadium whilst the SFA gave us the mince that is the new Hampden.


(This post was edited by PaulC on Apr 21, 2013, 10:55 AM)


PaulC
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Apr 21, 2013, 10:53 AM

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Just found this photo of Marr's opening try in the third minute



Ostrich
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Apr 27, 2013, 5:59 PM

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National 3 Promotion Play-offs
Sutton Coldfield RUFC 15 Harrogate RUFC 28
Admission: £5
Programme: with admission. The usual 16pp mainly advertising glossy, but they had made a bit of an effort, including a welcome article penned by Harrogate President John Finnegan, which was a nice touch.
Refreshments: tub of frozen yoghurt, with pineapple chunk, liquorice allsorts, jelly babies and chocolate drops - £2 (makes a change from the ubiquitous ‘orseburger ‘n chips) Cool
Attendance: 512 (pitch h/c prior to start). Overall, probably around the 650 mark

Big dilemma today – this or Rushall Olympic v FCUM. I eventually decided to give this game the nod on the grounds that if National 3 North side Harrogate lost, I might not necessarily get an opportunity to see them locally again, whereas FCUM, whom I’ve also never seen, would at least reappear in the Midlands next season either in the NPL or the Conference North.

Arrived in time for the start of the 2:00 fixture played on the training pitch between Sutton 2nds and Old Halesonians 2nds, 2nd and 1st in the North Midlands Reserves League respectively. Old Hales had brought a coach-load of supporters, and the Ostrich head-counted 117 spectators at the start of play! I watched the first half, decent affair with Sutton holding on against a hard-running Old Hales side, and leading them 12-7 at the interval thanks to a ball-stealing break-away 50 yard try by S.13 after 33m, but I understand Old Hales went on to win the fixture.

I was aware that there was a soccer match taking place on the pitch behind the trees where Four Oaks Cricket Club used to ply their trade, so I wandered over to investigate. Turned out to be a bottom-of-the-table Birmingham AFA Division 4 fixture between Sportsco and Old Wulfrunians “C”, goal-less when I arrived, and apparently pretty rubbish (combined opinion of the other 5 spectators, not mine! Sly), so wandered back to the first team rugby pitch for the main event. (Sportsco eventually won it 5-0)

Sutton’s White missed an easy penalty after 2m but the home side took the lead with a deft 5th minute try in the left corner from S.11. Harrogate’s fly-half put a penalty kick wide, and then the impressive H.12, who was already testing the Sutton defence with some searing breaks, was tackled on the line and reached the ball over, but the try wasn’t allowed as there had been a clear double-movement. Harrogate took the lead on 37m when a Sutton clearance kick failed to find touch, the ball was quickly switched across the back field, and an unmarked H.11 ran in the right.

At the break, the tie was nicely poised at 5-7, but the first 5 minutes of the second half saw the game turn completely, Harrogate scoring two fine converted tries, both by H.14 (Noel Minikin), the first in the left corner catching the Sutton defence napping, the second a mazy run through the middle. Sutton responded with a penalty by S.12 in front of the posts on 52m but the home side were visibly struggling as Harrogate found their stride. H.15 was over between the posts on 60m but the ball was brought back, the referee having blown for foul play, which resulted in a long lecture for S.1. The very next play, S.1 infringed again and was duly sin-binned. Harrogate made it 8-28 on 65m when the forwards went over, I think H.19 got the touchdown, and Sutton looked dead and buried.

They did rally with a converted try by S.11 on 78m following a left hand drive but they hadn’t the wherewithal to claw back the deficit any further and Harrogate duly won the tie 15-28. Certainly Harrogate were much faster and a damn sight more agile and tricky in their back play, and made Sutton look like dinosaurs on the day. A deserved victory for the Northerners.


PaulC
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Apr 28, 2013, 8:17 AM

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Phew that was close!

Having won the RBS West Shield and last week at Murrayfield the RBS National Shield, Marr played their final league match of the season at Helensburgh, aiming to maintain their perfect League record - 100% wins and a 4-try bonus point in every match. They scraped through 24-22, running in 4 tries.

The perfect record is the first one ever to be achieved in Scottish league history.

Final League record
Marr Rugby P18 W18 D0 L0 F884 A 195 BP18 Pts 90




dottirofhod
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Apr 28, 2013, 8:36 AM

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Perfect ? Need to do a bit of work on the defence.
195 points against !




July 1, 2018 to June 30,2019 = 121 / 99 / 22(You know my rules) @ 21 /11 /2018.(Only 8 x 0-0's)
Benelux. Bel = 0-0-0- ( 0-0-0 ) - ( 5-0-0-1 ) Lux = 0-0. Neth = 0-0-0 - ( 2 - 1 ).
Scotland Senior 0-0-0-0-(0-0)-EastofS -1 NofS 0 - SouthofS -2 - Junior (0-0-0)-(0-0-1-0)-(0-0)-(0).
N I = 0-0-5. ROI =0-0-( Leinster-2 , Munster-2, Ulster -0.) Wales =0- (0-0).
Scan Den=1-1, Faroes=8, Fin=0-2, Ice=0-3, Nor=0-9, Swe=0-1. Baltics Est= 0, Lat= 2, Lith=1.


The Moose
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May 6, 2013, 3:05 PM

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Sat 4th May: EGGCHASING PREM - SARACENS 23 BATH 14

TKT: £20 PROG: £3 ATT: 9,998

Finally made it to the 'new' Barnet Copthall cunningly disguised as Allianz Park. Not sure of the politics as to why Barnet FC have ended up at the Hive but this ground works as a rugby ground but wouldn't as a footy one IMHO. Up to 10 thousand crammed in for each game that feels like you're at a family fun day out rather than a top class sporting fixture.

Mini rugby for the little ones, furry mascots, bands laid on all to entertain the family. Food outlets galore with such delights as Buffalo & Peppercorn pies. Back in my early footy days you were lucky to be given a meat pie & didn't dare ask what type of meat as usually the young assistant wouldn't know! Did I enjoy the experience? Yes I suppose so but personally if I attend rugby matches I prefer it to be at a lower level where the day feels less manufactured.

Easy enough bimble from Mill Hill East tube station to get there although most chose to take the Sarries Shuttle service which takes the same amount of time as walking! Parking anywhere near is at a premium & mainly for residents only. As for the game well Sarries barely needed to get out of third gear with Bath never really looking likely to cause an upset. Once upon a time Bath & Brizzle used to be the powerhouses of the West Country, these days Exeter have taken over that mantle. Thankfully tiz back to step 8 footy next week.

KRTM Cool


IAN S
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May 7, 2013, 4:06 PM

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Rare midweek RU game on tomorrow night for anyone interested -

Sheffield Tigers v Otley
6.30 ko

if going take a coat, regardless of temperature anywhere else, it will be freezing up there!



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cherryhopper
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May 8, 2013, 10:30 PM

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There are TWO remaining promotion play-off matches which both take place this Saturday May 11th.
The big one is Stourbridge v Worthing (KO 2pm) for a place in National League One. Both teams saw their NL2 North and South title hopes denied last Saturday after leading their divisions for most of the season. Stourbridge had completed their league campaign so could only sit and watch as Hull Ionians got the bonus point win they needed to overhaul them while Worthing lost out in a winner takes all showdown 55-27 at Henley in front of 3270 spectators. The other play-off which I'm planning to head for is Wells v Bideford (3pm, 2nd in Western Counties North v 2nd in Western Counties West for a place in South-West One West next season). The home side will be going for their second successive promotion after coming up from the Somerset League last year. The ground is next to the leisure centre on the western edge of the city.


cherryhopper
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May 12, 2013, 1:18 PM

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Saturday 11th May - Bill Beaumont Cup Division 1 South
Kent 17-23 Cornwall @ Medway RFC (Priestfields, not to be confused with Gillingham FC, Rochester)
Attendance 700 - Admission £3 inc 8 page programme
At least you don't have to worry about rugby kick-off times changing at the last minute on FA Cup Final day, although Medway site said 2:45 it was actually 3pm, maybe they just wanted people to get there early, no chance of that for me after accident on M25 just after Clacket Lane Services through the roadworks caused 20 minute delay then arriving at my planned football match at Orpington at 2:30 to find the game had kicked off at 2pm instead of 3pm so decided instead a to make quick dash to Rochester as I was always tempted by this game anyway and it didn't dissappoint. When I arrived 10 minutes into the game there was no-one left on the gate to take any admission money saving me £3 but many thanks to the lady who gave me one of her spare programmes. I got there just in time to see Cornwall open the scoring through Richard Brown driving over from a lineout. The conversion and two penalties gave the visitors a 13-0 lead before Richard Lankshear found a gap in the Cornish defence to touch down under the uprights on 30 minutes, the easy conversion wiped out by another Cornwall penalty giving the visitors a 16-7 half time lead. Kent closed the gap to 6 points early in the second half through a Rory Teague penalty (is he the son of Mike Teague?) before taking the lead for the only time through a converted try, Lankshear again on hand to exploit when a Cornish defender fumbled a drop-out. After falling behind Cornwall, realising they were in a game, regained the ascendency and a spell of pressure saw Sam Hocking drive over for the winning try with 10 minutes to go, but this wasn't the end of the drama. Kent thought they had scored another try at the death only for the referee to adjudge that Harry Fry had been held up and failed reach the line before grounding the ball which would have given Teague the chance to win it. Not much in way of spectator facilities here, the pitch is roped off with grass banking offering elevated viewing with the clubhouse built into it on top of a concrete structure behind a patio area where 2 small marquee tents offered the only covered accommodation when the heavens opened early in the second half.


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Jul 12, 2013, 2:01 PM

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1st Test (22/6)
Australia v Lions
Cost: AUD 295 (I don't even want to think about how much that is)
Venue: Lang Park, Brisbane
Attendance: 52499 (ground record)

Good venue, revisit. Cheapest carry trays of the trip. Good result, lucky in the end

Warm-up game (25/6)
Melbourne Rebels v Lions (0-35)
Cost: AUD 67
Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Also used by Melbourne Heart football I believe. Friendliest locals. Comprehensive win, good practice for a few Test players.

2nd Test (29/6)
Australia v Lions
Cost: AUD 70 - yes, you read that right. Happened to be in the Ticketmaster ticket office buying tickets for the 'Legends' game that night, when they released a batch of standing tickets, which were fine - though limited to Australian residents, they were primarily snapped up by Brits in Oz from what I could see. Normally an AFL venue, but was used for the 2001 series also.
Out of sequence (27/6)
Classic Wallabies v Lions Legends (21-43)
Cost: AUD 35
Venue: Albert Park

Also used for other sports (athletics track). Stands on both sides (corporate top of one one side), open ends. Fabulous view of Melbourne CBD it has to be said. Wallabies had won the first of the legends series but outclassed here.

3rd Test (6/7)
Australia v Lions
Cost: AUD 295
Attendance: approx 82500

Cool. Need I say more?

Super 15
Cusaders v Hurricanes
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Cost: NZD 24 (take a mate deal for 2) - approx £6 each, NZD 7.50 for kids
Attendance: virtually sellout - I believe 15000

The Christchurch earthquakes from Sept 2010-Dec 2011 wrecked the city (including the previous stadium). Humbling to visit the city centre and highly recommend the 'Quake City' exhibition (NZD10) which gives a lot of information about what happened, and I must admit, I didn't appreciate the scale of the devastation until I came here.

The locals built a temporary new stadium in the suburb of Addington, SW of the City, in 100 days, enabling the local rugby team, Canterbury Crusaders (Canterbury includes more than just Christchurch) to play at home - for 2011-12 they only played in other venues - 1 in London. The insurance will cover the bulk of building a new permanent stadium - however, that isn't high up the list of Christchurchers from the local newspaper readings....

The temporary home was almost full tonight - some great family promotions here - adult and kid for NZD24 in the rest of the stands was very popular (and a welcome pack with crisps, sweets and drinks, as well as colouring books) - full marks on this account. Although the beer (TUI, NZD7) was the worst I've had in NZ, I've only been in craft / real ale venues until then, so can't really complain.

The match was a bit of a surprise - the optimistic pre-match talk was of a bonus win potentially depriving the Chiefs of the lead of the NZ Conference. But unless the format has changed - and it very well might since I last played close attention- the Queensland Reds were within striking distance of depriving the Crusaders of a playoff place, so a win ought to be first priority. Which is how the Crusaders played - win first, anything else later. As ever, in such situations, an alien cautious game (involving lots of kicks) did not suit them, and whilst they progressed to a fortunate half time lead courtesy of some breakaways), the Hurricanes should have beenin front but for some wayward kicking. They popped a few deserved tries over in the 2nd half, but good Crusaders defence left it 18-17 going into the last 15 minutes - and continued good defence, kept it that way until 3 minutes to go when Dan Carter popped a lovely ball into the corner and then converted it to extinguish the result, if not the match yet. Hurricanes could not add - ft 25-17. Some kicking contrast - Carter had a shocker in play, failing to find touch from penalties and poor decisions generally, but perfect from place kicks, whilst the Hurricanes kicker was the opposite - missed all but 1 conversion, but exemplary in open play.

Most enjoyable though, and the price was far cheaper than anything in Australia.



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I called in at Workington Zebras RUFC recently while in the area, what an impressive ground it is, with a superb main stand. I must try to get a game here. The ground famously staged the North West Counties tour game against the All Blacks in 1972.


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rambler77
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Friday 2nd August

JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7's - Group B
@ Franklin's Gardens, Northampton

Adm: £10 + £2.50 b/fee
Prog: £5 + free 4 page group specific insert
Att: 9,432

Six games of 7's involving the hosts, Newcastle, Sale & Leicester.

Results:

1) Northampton 22-28 Newcastle
2) Leicester 10-7 Sale
3) Leicester 10-19 Newcastle
4) Northampton 22-24 Sale
5) Newcastle 12-5 Sale
6) Northampton 5-17 Leicester

Newcastle and Leicester go through to the finals next week at Bath, joining Worcester and Gloucester who progressed from Group A. Group C is being played on August 3rd at Saracens' Allianz Park



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Saracens will be playing a pre-season friendly v Cornish Pirates in the centre of London at the Honourable Artillery Club Ground, which also stages rugby league's annual pre-season Capital Challenge between Broncos and Skolars every January, on Thursday 22nd August Kick-Off 6:15pm. Tickets are prices are £35 and £50.
www.saracens.com/saracens-to-face-cornish-pirates-in

Meanwhile the Championship begins on the weekend of September 14/15 with three regional double headers:
Saracens' Allianz Park hosts the London leg on the Saturday beginning with with Ealing Trailfinders v London Scottish at 1pm followed by London Welsh v Bedford Blues at 3:15.
Despite their relegation Doncaster's Castle Park will still see Championship rugby as it plays host to the northern leg with Moseley v Rotherham Titans (1pm) and Nottingham v Leeds Carnegie (3:15) also on the Saturday.
Finally on Sunday 15th Exeter's Sandy Park will host the South-West leg with Plymouth Albion v Jersey at 1:15pm followed by Cornish Pirates v Bristol at 3:30pm.


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Oh, they've posted the Championship fixtures up on the RFU website now, have they? I'd given up looking !! Sly


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Birmingham Exiles v Greater Birmingham XV
Ground opening match - Friday 23rd August

Birmingham Exiles have moved to the Old Civil Service ground on the main Coventry Road as part of the extension of Birmingham Airport and the re-routing of the A45. There are two rugby pitches there and one is floodlit. This used to be a cricket pitch and is not in the same place as where Birmingham Civil Service used to play. They now play at Landrover Sports ground in Solihull which also used to be a cricket pitch!!

All a bit complicated but I am going along - so is the Lord Mayor - more details on Birmingham Exiles RFC website.


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Aug 24, 2013, 5:29 PM

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SRU Championship Division A (Level 3 of the pyramid)

Marr Rugby 119-5 West of Scotland FC
Fulllarton, Troon
Attendance: 400


Last season Marr were all-conquering - having a 100% league record (with a bonus point in every match) in West Division One and winning the SRU Shield at Murrayfield.

Their guests, West of Scotland, are one of the big names in Scottish club rugby having been national champions in the past and having produced many Scottish (and one English) internationals.

Wests were formed in 1865, as an offshoot of West of Scotland Cricket Club. In 1872, their ground at Hamilton Crescent hosted the world's first football international.

West of Scotland FC moved to Milngavie in 1952. Since 1871 they have played in yellow and red hoops, colours copied by Partick Thistle in the 1930s.

I had watched all but the last few minutes of Troon FC's match against Kilsyth Rangers and hurried along to Fullarton to watch the second half of the rugby. I arrived as the players were having their half time team talk, enquired of the score and was told 57-0!

Within the first few minutes Marr ran in a couple more tries and I decided to head home for my afternoon tea - even though the beer bar and barbeque area was doing a roaring trade.

The crowd here at Fullarton was more than double that of Troon FC's at Portland Park. Troon's a bit middle class and in fact Marr College from which Marr Rugby gets its name ( it's now an open club) was originally a rugby rather than a football school . One of Marr's first footballing products was Liverpool and Scotland's Stevie Nicol and Alan Hutton is also a product of the school's football team.


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Old Northamptonians 0 Bedford Athletic 20 (East Midlands Cup Quarter Final)
Admission. free Prog.no Att.110h/c
At Northampton BBOB RFC Tuesday August 27th.

As I had nothing better to do, I cycled down to St.Andrews Road near Northampton station for this pre-season but competitive game.
The match was played under lights at BBOB as Old Northamptonians cannot use their ground yet due to cricket. They have a separate pitch at the same complex as ON Chenecks FC.
The ground was better than expected, with a rail on both sides and a decent clubhouse, there are also several benches where you can sit and watch the game.
The match was hardly a great advert for Rugby Union with loads of handling errors. The half-time score was 0-0 with no real chances for either team to score, not even with a penalty or drop goal.
The second half improved a bit. Bedford made it 3-0 with a penalty, then a few minutes later added a try, which was converted. Then an ON's player was sent-off and the game was effectively over.
Two more unconverted tries were added to give Bedford Athletic a deserved win. Last season they just pipped the ON's to the Midlands East 1 Championship, but they looked much the better side tonight.



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PaulC
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SRU Championship Division A (Level 3 of the pyramid)

Ardrossan Academicals 35-37 Marr Rugby
Memorial Field, Ardrossan
Admission; £5 with programme
Attendance: 250


The Memorial Field is floodlit, with a rail running the length of both touchlines. A 2nd XV match was taking place on an adjoining pitch as was a women's hockey match.

Oh what a game this all-Ayrshire clash was!

There must have been panic in the Marr camp this morning when both props (both are police officers) were forced to call off because of work commitments. Add to that an injured number 8 and other players unavailable and it was a makeshift pack which took the field against the Accies, with both youngsters and oldsters drafted in.

Accies were a big pack and they started off by steamrolling their Marr opposite numbers. The first scrum resulted in the Marr pack being pushed back 20 yards and it was no surprise that Accies were awarded a penalty try after 5 minutes when three times the scrum collapsed close to the Mar line as the visitors were forced back.

Things looked black for Marr who were being completely outmuscled in the pack.

Amazingly Marr quickly retaliated with a try following a scrum in which Marr were again driven back but managed to salvage the ball and went over. They weren't level for long as Accies went over again and this was soon followed by a penalty for the home team

15-7

Marr had a stiff breeze behind them and there then followed a spell in which Rory McGee slotted home three long distance penalties for a remarkable 15-16 scoreline at half-time.

A substitution in the Marr pack seemed to firm it up a little and the first 15 minutes seemed to have pur the game beyond Accies as penalty, a converted try and an unconverted try made the scoreline 15-31.

But then Ardrossan began to take control, scoring a converted try, another penalty try which was converted and a penalty with only a Marr penalty in reply

32-34

And then with three minutes to go Ardrossan were awarded a penalty under the posts. Over it went 35-34 and Marr's astonishing unbeaten record seemed to have come to and end.

Accies were awarded a scrum near the halfway line, won it with ease, but instead of running down the clock the scrum half kicked into touch. Marr won the line out, progressed upfield and were awarded a penalty 35 yards out. Rory McGee was facing into the wind, the kick rose high , hit the wind and plummeted down two yards beyond the crossbar. The final whistle went immediately

35-37

An astonishing win for Marr - and Accies could hardly believe it, so in control had there pack been. But hats off to Marr who showed such great character in adversity.


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Leeds Carnegie will be playing two of their home pool games in the British & Irish Cup on the road again this season:
Sunday October 20th v Gala @ York RUFC, Clifton Park, KO 2:30pm
Saturday December 14th v Aberavon @ Hull Ionians RUFC, Brantingham Park, KO 2pm
www.leedscarnegie.com/news/20909.php


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After Worcester Olympic in the morning, (WDYG thread), I made the short drive to Offerton Lane, home of Worcester Wanderers, to see if they had indeed kicked-off at 12:00 as suggested on one part of their website (so I could see the second half) – but found it was in fact a 3:00 start.

The problem with Worcester Wanderers (National 3 South West this year) is that the ground’s over the road, literally, from Worcester Warriors, who were at home today against London Irish. Parking for Warriors matches appears to be fairly horrendous – it’s either park and ride from somewhere remote, or park and walk from somewhere else remote, the walk being described as 15 to 25 minutes, muddy, and torch required for evening games ! Now Wanderers have their own car park, but illogically, you can only use it when Warriors are at home – if Warriors are away, you then have to use yet another park and ride car-park, this one being next to the Warriors ground, and which appears to be closed altogether when Warriors are at home.

The logic of all these parking conditions escaped me, so I decided to forgo any form of Worcester rugby (I certainly wouldn’t pay the mega-bucks required to attend a Warriors game), and it was a gentle meander on to …….

Midlands 2 West (South)
Droitwich 28 Old Leamingtonians 33
Admission: free
Programme: none – it’s hit and miss whether a club produces anything at this level; Droitwich don’t.
Refreshments: salted peanuts before the game 50p from the bar; 2 x burgers with onions at half-time from the kitchen £3.60
Attendance: 48 (h/c)

The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground is a fair old complex. It’s off the Hanbury Road, about ½ mile outside the town; you turn left into an entrance drive which curves up and over a canal, and through another entrance gate into the large car park with the clubhouse in front of you. Just before this second entrance, on the right, is Droitwich Marina, a huge complex with upwards of 50 moored boats – a great location if you’re a barge-spotter, but bring binoculars as security is fairly heavy.

There were also veritable flocks of pied wagtails, which is great if you’re a bird-spotter; binoculars not needed as you keep tripping over the damn things as you walk around the ground. There was also something called a Predator hidden under a heavy tarpaulin which was either a scrummage machine, or a heavy pitch roller, or possibly even both.

The rugby ground contains a main railed pitch behind the clubhouse, unusually it’s floodlit, and at least 6 other rugby pitches (one floodlit) together with quite a decent railed soccer ground at the far end which has hoardings proclaiming it to be Westbury Celtic FC, who I think are in a Redditch local league. The clubhouse is nothing special, in the bar there are three well-stocked trophy cabinets, a few photos and visiting club badges, and there are some framed shirts in the Rob Bray Room. There’s a small kitchen next to the bar dispensing food but it’s all a bit low key.

This match was variously advertised to kick off at 14:30 or 15:00, eventually it was 15:00 after both sides had warmed up on the pitch for well over an hour!

And what a match it was! 40 seconds in, Leamingtonians were awarded a penalty, a Droitwich player knocked the ball away, the referee was having none of that, marched them forward 10 yards to just within range, dead centre, and L.15 hoisted over a huge long range kick. Two minutes later, Droitwich were awarded a penalty for offside (“Who’s offside, ref?” “Yer were ALL offside!!”), that one was missed, but Droitwich had another one on 5m, closer to the posts, and D.10 brought the scores level.

Further penalties were exchanged by the 20th minute, and then D.19 was very nearly in for the first try but slipped at a crucial moment. On 24m, D.12 beat two men on the outside left and went in, running under the posts, the conversion made it 13-6. Leamingtonians were putting in some sterling defensive work to keep Droitwich at bay, but forged back to take a 13-14 lead with a L.10 unconverted try, a herculean effort, and L.15 penalty just before the break.

Play resumed and Leamingtonians went further in front on 43m, L.17 galloping away from the defence, and the try converted. Three minutes later and a Droitwich penalty rebounded off the post – you sensed it wasn’t going to be their day. But back they came. D.11 ran through weak tackling on 56m for a converted try and D.10 put over a penalty from 35 yards two minutes later to make it 23-21.

On 63m, L.7 forced the ball over in the left corner, unconverted, and a 73m converted L.10 try, which was hotly contested on suspicion of grounding and a double move, took Leamingtonians to 23-33. But D.2 went over for an unconverted try on 76m to make it 28-33 and set up a grand finale, with the home team pounding away in the final minutes at a desperate but solid Leamingtonians defence, who held on for the win.

A brilliant match, it was the sort of enthralling game you wish you could have carried on watching for another hour!


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jrev61
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Northampton Saints 33 Sale Sharks 14 (Aviva Premiership)
Adm. £32 Prog.£3 Att. 13,050

Only my 4th visit to Franklin's Gardens and my first for a Premiership game. Saints are according to the programme the only Premiership team to make a profit and with their high admission charges I'm not surprised!
Amazingly although alcohol is on sale in the ground, Saints fans aren't obsessed with drinking and I didn't have to stand up once to let someone past to fetch drinks or use the toilet facilities.
There are a huge assortment of food outlets in the ground with huge queues . The stand behind the goal that I sat in is partly built over a lake, which is floodlit. Probably a unique feature for a sports ground at this level.
Northampton were by far the better side and outscored Sharks by 5 tries to 2. Unusually there were no penalties scored, Cipriani missed two for Sale. Quite a lot of passing Rugby on display,making for a watchable if fairly one-sided game. As the game was televised, there were several breaks for the video referee to make his decision.



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