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Feversham Lens
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Oct 1, 2011, 6:44 PM

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Re: [PaulC] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION or Reply Privately

Saturday 1st October 2011
Barnsley 16 Wath-upon-Dearne 31 (HT 6-17)
Yorkshire Two
Admission 3 (including 16pp, full-colour, glossy programme)
Attendance 200 (h/c)

Tea/coffee available from a typically sour-faced teenage girl, who put me off sampling either

One of those rugby union games which reinforced just how good rugby league is by comparison. This leaden mess of a match was awful. I doubt there were more than 30 seconds of continuous play at any point in a derby significant mainly because it ended Barnsley's 15-game unbeaten run stretching back to last season. Union, even when played competently, is bedevilled by macro stoppages, and this had them in spades. The referee spotted an infringement at almost every play, the physios were on the pitch constantly to treat injuries (why can't play continue around the casualty, as in rugby league?), and Barnsley in particular came up with a colossal number of unforced errors. What excuse, on a warm, dry day, is there for repeatedly dropping the ball? Wath, who put together what few moments of quality there were, led 17-6 at the break after scoring two tries. Another touchdown (well worked; easily the best moment of the game) a couple of minutes into the second half killed the contest, and though Barnsley eventually crossed twice, the visitors rubbed in their superiority with a stoppage-time try.

Shame what happened on the pitch (in front of a decent crowd) was so dire because the facilities at Shaw Lane are excellent. It never ceases to surprise me just how much money there is washing about in the lower reaches of rugby union. Barnsley's tidy, tree-fringed ground, part of a complex shared with cricket, athletics, bowls, archery and ju jitsu, has a modern stand, with four rows of seats, on the west side. An unusual design reminiscent of Garforth Town FC, its roof is attached to, and cantilevered above and beyond, the main structure of the stand. This, to the rear of the seats, consists of something akin to a single, elongated executive box. It was empty. What a waste of a resource. The clubhouse and dressings rooms take up half the east side. There is hardstanding around a superb pitch (3,000 has been spent improving it recently), and Shaw Lane has floodlights - a rarity at this level of rugby union. Excellent programme, too. Well above the Yorkshire leagues average, which tends to be a photocopied insert within a glossy advertising shell.

Came away thinking what I always think when I go to rugby union: it's not an especially watchable sport. Next time I can't be arsed with football (or, to be more accurate, travelling a long distance in sweltering heat), I'll pick a rugby league fixture.

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