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Poll: Which game are you most looking forward to? (23 member(s) have cast votes)

Which game are you most looking forward to?

  1. Whitehaven v Leigh Centurions (4 votes [17.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.39%

  2. Batley Bulldogs v York City Knights (4 votes [17.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.39%

  3. Doncaster v Workington Town (4 votes [17.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.39%

  4. Featherstone Rovers v Barrow Raiders (6 votes [26.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.09%

  5. Halifax v Keighley Cougars (1 votes [4.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.35%

  6. Hunslet Hawks v Dewsbury Rams (2 votes [8.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.70%

  7. Swinton Lions v Sheffield Eagles (2 votes [8.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.70%

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#1 John Drake

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

Discuss the games here.

14/02/13 - Whitehaven v Leigh Centurions - KO 7.30pm (Premier Sports)
17/02/13 - Batley Bulldogs v York City Knights - KO 2pm
17/02/13 - Doncaster v Workington Town - KO 3pm
17/02/13 - Featherstone Rovers v Barrow Raiders - KO 3pm
17/02/13 - Halifax v Keighley Cougars - KO 3pm
17/02/13 - Hunslet Hawks v Dewsbury Rams - KO 3pm
17/02/13 - Swinton Lions v Sheffield Eagles - KO 3pm

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#2 thundergaz

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

To be honest I don't think there is a game that stands out this week in the champ. If I had to pick one it would be between haven v Leigh just because haven are unbeaten but I think that tag will go this weekend. Or hunslet v dewsbury which probably could go either way but after last Sunday if dews are not knackered from their exertions then I think dewsbury will win comfortably.

#3 tim2

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:02 PM

Anyone fancy a seven way accumulator on Leigh, Batley, Donny, Fev, Fax, Dewsbury and Sheffield?
North Derbyshire Chargers - join the stampede

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#4 Keith T

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

Anyone fancy a seven way accumulator on Leigh, Batley, Donny, Fev, Fax, Dewsbury and Sheffield?

Sorry the Donny result could let you down. ;)

I remember when .............................

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#5 John Drake

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

Preview

Thursday February 14
Whitehaven v Leigh Centurions (7.30pm Premier Sports)

Whitehaven coach Dave Woods has doubts over James Cameron (groin) and Jamie Rooney (shin), but expects both players to face Leigh Centurions in front of the Premier Sports cameras.
The hosts have made an impressive start to life in the Kingstone Press Championship, following a victory against York City Knights with a 16-12 win at Keighley Cougars that earned 'Haven the Premier Sports Performance of the Week award.
But Woods has warned his men they need to improve again if they want to secure a hat-trick of wins.
Woods said: “At the start of the year we’d have jumped all over two from two, and we’re really happy with the way we’ve started against two teams that were in this division last year.
“It’s about being smart in this division. You can’t come up with errors or teams will punish you, and we’ve done a lot of work on fitness as well. We’ve just got to get a little smarter with the ball in hand.
“Leigh are a team that if you blink, you can be 40 points down. They’ve got quality all over the field. You can’t afford to give them easy sniffs of the try-line.”
Centurions are set to be unchanged, with coach Paul Rowley reporting a clean bill of health after last week’s 40-0 win over Hunslet Hawks.
Rowley said: “Home advantage really does still count in the Kingstone Press Championship due to the variable shapes, sizes and slopes you play on. It’ll be worth a few points to Whitehaven, but we defended well last week.
“Whitehaven have got some good personnel among their ranks and they’ve started as I thought they would. They will be a tough nut to crack.”

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#6 Bleep1673

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:57 PM

Better late than never!!!

Attached poster to download and stick up in your house, car, office, shop, pub.....advertising our match.
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Contact Paul Davidson on the Swinton thread if you have any improvements or complaints about the poster.

If he doesn't post them here in future, I will.
There is probably copyright issues if I don't name him as author, sorry Paul.

Edited by Bleep1673, 13 February 2013 - 11:02 PM.

Swinton RLFC est 1866 - Supplying England with players when most of your clubs were in nappies

#7 redditchbulldog

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:20 PM

Batley v York and the return of Gary Thornton since leaving the club nearly 3 yrs ago
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#8 Honor James

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

#rlchampionships

Sunday February 17 Kingstone Press Championship

Batley Bulldogs v York City Knights (2.00pm)
Batley Bulldogs will again be without Ayden Faal (ankle) for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with York City Knights.
Batley coach John Kear is aiming for a quick recovery from last week’s 13-6 defeat against Sheffield Eagles.
Kear said: “We need to tighten up on individual errors and maintain the effort, application and defensive work ethic.”
Knights coach Gary Thornton insists his personal history will not detract from his side’s approach to Sunday’s trip to the Bulldogs.
Thornton, who spent 17 years with Batley as player, assistant coach and head coach, said: “It’s the first time I’ve been up there for three or four seasons, so it’ll be interesting from a personal point of view.
“But it won’t affect how the team prepares and how we approach the game. I was pleased with the performance against Swinton last week, and if we can carry on from that and kick on, then we can do well. I’m pleased with how things are developing for us.”
James Ford, who earned the Premier Sports Try of the Week award for his effort against the Lions, is 50/50 as he battles to overcome a thigh problem.
But the Knights look set to be boosted by the return of fit-again prop Luke Stenchion.

Doncaster v Workington Town (3.00pm)
Doncaster coach Tony Miller will be without Liam Cunningham once more as he battles to overcome a shoulder problem.
Cunningham fell awkwardly during the Dons’ opening Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Dewsbury Rams.
Cunningham missed last week’s 14-4 win at Barrow, but Miller believes Doncaster have enough strength in depth to cope with the centre/second row’s absence.
Miller said: “We’ve got a healthy squad, so we will manage. Somebody else will get a chance.”
Workington Town coach Gary Charlton is boosted by the return of Jamie Acton following a four-match ban, while Jason Mossop and Kris Coward could also feature.
However, Elliott Miller and Graeme Mattinson are still sidelined for Town, who are aiming to bounce back from a 20-8 defeat against Halifax last week.
Charlton is targeting an improved offensive display. He said: “We had a few sets on their line and we have to be more clinical.
“We should have asked a few more questions. We didn’t find the final pass when we needed it.”

Featherstone Rovers v Barrow Raiders (3.00pm)
Featherstone Rovers coach Daryl Powell will check on the fitness of Tom Hodson (hamstring) and Anthony England (knee) after their pair missed last week’s 22-20 win at Dewsbury.
But Rovers will definitely be without long-term injury absentees Sam Smeaton, Tim Spears and Michael Haley.
Powell said: “There are going to be times in the year when we don’t get it all our own way… but we managed to claw our way back and we were happy with the win (against Dewsbury).”
Barrow Raiders coach Darren Holt does not expect any of his injured players to return this week, and will also face a reshuffle after Kurt Haggerty was ruled out through suspension.
The Raiders are still searching for their first win of the Kingstone Press Championship season, but Holt remains optimistic.
He said: “We’ve nothing to lose this week. We’ll just go down there and have a good go.
“We dominated against Doncaster but didn’t have the composure to turn them around.
“Composure is massive at this level. Rather than trying to score on every play, it’s about building pressure. That’s something we’ve got to learn.
“But there’s absolutely no pressure on us whatsoever this week, and hopefully that will transfer across to the boys. We can go out there, have a good go and enjoy it.
“Normally when players have the pressure off you get a good reaction – who knows what can happen on Sunday?”

Halifax v Keighley Cougars (3.00pm)
Sam Barlow and Iain Morrison remain sidelined for Halifax as coach Karl Harrison plots to keep his team’s 100 per cent record in 2013.
‘Fax have seen off Sheffield Eagles and Workington Town in their first two fixtures, but Harrison will not be taking anything for granted on Sunday.
Harrison said: “Keighley have got a lot of ex-Halifax players in their ranks, which always adds a little bit of extra spice to the occasion. They’ve got personnel who can hurt you, so we’ll have to be on guard.”
And Harrison admits to being buoyed by his squad’s defensive effort in their 20-8 win at Workington last week.
He said: “Defence is an area we’ve worked hard on during the off-season. At times last year we were a little bit soft in our goal-line defence, but three times against Workington we defended 18 tackles on our own line. That’s very pleasing.”
Keighley Cougars coach Paul March expects to name an unchanged side for the trip to The Shay.
Cougars are without a win so far, but March is excited by the prospect of a local derby.
He said: “We’ve had some very close games at The Shay, and it’s a place Keighley enjoy going to. It’d be nice to get a win there and give our supporters something to shout about.
“Karl will have Halifax firing and it will be a big test for us, but it’s one we’re capable of overcoming.”

Hunslet Hawks v Dewsbury Rams (3.00pm)
Hunslet Hawks coach Barry Eaton is calling on his side to eliminate their own errors as they prepare to face Dewsbury Rams on Sunday.
The Hawks lost 40-0 at Leigh last week, but Eaton believes there is reason for hope.
He said: “It was disappointing, but fixable. There was lots of effort and vigour, and we created a few good opportunities, but we couldn’t sustain any prolonged pressure because of our error count with the ball. Hopefully we can rectify that this week.”
Stuart Kain will be assessed after he suffered a concussion against Leigh, while David March has only “an outside chance” of playing after suffering a calf injury inside the first two minutes against the Centurions.
Eaton added: “You’ve got to give Dewsbury credit: they’ve got a win and a bonus point from their first two games, and on paper they’ve got a very impressive side.”
Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison expects to be picking from a full strength squad after coming through without any major problems from his side’s defeat against Featherstone Rovers.
He said: “Hunslet have got a good side and they play some good footy at their home ground.
“We know it’s going to be tough, and you never know who’s going to drop back from the Rhinos, so we’ll have to man up like we did last week. We can’t afford to let the defeat affect this week.”

Swinton Lions v Sheffield Eagles (3.00pm)
Swinton Lions coach Steve McCormack still has doubts over Chaz I’Anson (broken thumb) as he searches for a first competitive win since June 24, 2012.
Swinton have lost eight and drawn one of their last nine league fixtures, including defeats against Workington Town and York City Knights at the start of this season.
But McCormack believes a change in fortune is just around the corner.
He said: “The more games we play together, the better we will get. It’s just disappointing we’ve started the season with two defeats, when maybe we could have had two wins from those games.”
Joe Hirst (broken hand) remains three weeks away from a return to action, while Dane McDonald is also ruled out for Sheffield Eagles.
But Eagles coach Mark Aston is looking to make changes to his line-up, despite a 13-6 win over Batley Bulldogs last week.
Scott Turner, Pat Smith and Matt Garside could all come into contention against Swinton.
Aston said: “We need to have a look at other people… and let someone who has been training out of their skin get in there and show where they are at.”

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#9 bobbruce

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

Preview

Thursday February 14
Whitehaven v Leigh Centurions (7.30pm Premier Sports)

Whitehaven coach Dave Woods has doubts over James Cameron (groin) and Jamie Rooney (shin), but expects both players to face Leigh Centurions in front of the Premier Sports cameras.
The hosts have made an impressive start to life in the Kingstone Press Championship, following a victory against York City Knights with a 16-12 win at Keighley Cougars that earned 'Haven the Premier Sports Performance of the Week award.
But Woods has warned his men they need to improve again if they want to secure a hat-trick of wins.
Woods said: “At the start of the year we’d have jumped all over two from two, and we’re really happy with the way we’ve started against two teams that were in this division last year.
“It’s about being smart in this division. You can’t come up with errors or teams will punish you, and we’ve done a lot of work on fitness as well. We’ve just got to get a little smarter with the ball in hand.
“Leigh are a team that if you blink, you can be 40 points down. They’ve got quality all over the field. You can’t afford to give them easy sniffs of the try-line.”
Centurions are set to be unchanged, with coach Paul Rowley reporting a clean bill of health after last week’s 40-0 win over Hunslet Hawks.
Rowley said: “Home advantage really does still count in the Kingstone Press Championship due to the variable shapes, sizes and slopes you play on. It’ll be worth a few points to Whitehaven, but we defended well last week.
“Whitehaven have got some good personnel among their ranks and they’ve started as I thought they would. They will be a tough nut to crack.”


This game isn't on PS has something changed

#10 Saintslass

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

This game isn't on PS has something changed

Yes, the lights went out at Whitehaven. Embarrassing really.

#11 bobbruce

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

This game isn't on PS has something changed


It's ok I've just seen the banner at the bottom of screen "game not being shown because of technical difficulties.

#12 timhammonds

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:13 PM

Great!

French RU can afford to pay the electric they have a good crowd it seems,
or maybe its the same metal thief's who robbed Castleford the other week who've nicked the power cables.

#13 amh

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

This is where the phase(s) were down - so it's not Red Hall, it's not Premier Sports and It's not Whitehavens fault

Possible communication fault lies somewhere, as I phoned United Utilities at 7.24 and they said the phase down on Coach Road was restored - I then said look at your telly! - explained I worked there 1978-2003 and knew my stuff and they called an engineer out- restored and kick off 8.15. To be honest, I didn't think they would get it on tonight. Kudos to them, and everyone concerned. Just hope some poor blokes(sexist) sweating their b***llards off with suited and booted all around gets the thanks they deserve.

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#14 LeeF

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

Yes, the lights went out at Whitehaven. Embarrassing really.

Not the Club's fault. There was a power cut in part if the area where the ground is situated





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