Law Cup Result
Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:31 PM
I thought our full back (Leopari?) had a stormer and looks like a cracking addition with power, pace and acceleration which led to a cracking first half try. Crowley again had a very good game in the second row and Langtree was excellent off the bench. Palfrey looked much better at stand off but needs to improve his defence. Bloomfield had a bit of a shocker against his old team whilst Agoro on the other wing looked a potentially very good player. I still think we are a prop and centre light if we want to win the league but again there was promising signs.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:57 PM
in the first half our right flank was wide open and Rochdale when they spread the ball to that side always looked dangerous. I think the Hornets bombed it in the end, Oldham were keen, highly motivated and plenty of talking and enthusiasm, I agree also we are a busting offloading prop short, 826 crowd, Very nice weather ground and pitch, nice to see Chris Baines on the park, and the only other things to mention is that there were some steepling high balls to handle, maybe we need a little work there, and tackling round the legs, though the Rochdale Number 7 who looked certain to score was stopped dead by a textbook Tackle!
When the Law cup was presented though you could see the sheer elation on the Oldham Youngsters faces...An important game to win!
Rochdale Hornets are going to be tough to beat this season, they`ll get better too, I could see their own potential.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:38 PM
Vocals from the crowd was good to hear though Kev will never make the X factor but was on top form today. Rochdale had Gary Wheeler and a few other Saints first team fringe players.Thought our forwards stood up well with no step backwards.
Ref was poor in first half gifting Rochdale a try by getting in the way and missing a forward pass that even RU would be embarassed with.
Pleased to see some fans returning from old. Chap behind me had to ask which was Oldham and he'd heard we were a new team. Hope to see him and many more next time.
Well done lads, and look forward to the season
Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:07 PM
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:00 PM
the try the referee got in the way for was chalked off
It was, but he then gave a scrum to Hornets who then immediately scored. I don't say he made a wrong decision but a scrum so close to the Oldham line, together with another six, always meant that we were likely to concede. Not the refs fault but as the guy next to me said when on the last tackle near the opponents line seek out the ref and kick it right at him??? Seems like a good ploy to me, not that Hornets did that of course. (And that is not sarcasm)
Overall I was disappointed with our first half defence and the fact that we still seem to play one man rugby up the middle. Only occasionally did we spread it about but when we did it got results. In the second half someone broke from well inside his own half, I wish I knew who half of these players are, it was probably the best break of the game but despite seeing men on both sides of him he opted to go alone and got tackled. Had we scored, which we most certainly would have had he passed the ball inside to the supporting full back, I think it could well have taken the game well away from Hornets and not left us hanging on for the last ten minutes.
Hopefully Naylor can sort out the defence and with any luck start to get them spraying the ball around a bit more like Hornets did.
Someone said the stand off had a decent game but I thought his out of hand kicking was a bit slow and gave the opposition time to get up on him and spoil his kick. Perhaps someone should tell him he doesn't need to read the adverts on the ball before he kicks it. All in all the result was about right and there were positives to work on before the season starts properly.
I have not been to many matches in the last few years but I do want to go more often, however it will take an improvement on today's game to get me there every week. For now I will pick my matches, but it's a start, I didn't go at all last year.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:06 PM
Positive is that we won and it was only our second game playing together. And Rochdale will be in the mix at the end of the season.
Well done lads
Hope for the best, plan for the worst, just don't stop believing.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:03 AM
Worth remembering that Scott Naylor probably still doesn't yet know his best starting 17 and he was able to look at a few different options today whilst picking up another win so I'm sure he'll take that . One thing we've all learnt is that there is a tremendous team spirit amongst this group of players which ultimately was the reason for the win imo and that can only bode well for the future .
Well done lads ....so far so good. Couple of weeks of more hard work and we'll be ready for the first serious action against another of our main rivals this season ...the Cru ... can't wait .
Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:10 AM
Edited by thinboyfat, 18 February 2013 - 01:11 AM.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:11 AM
My first game back for quite a while and agree with the majority of posts. However in my opinion we won this game ( and I considered it a close run thing) because second half we out enthused Hornets.
Being more enthusiastic than the opposition and thus winning the game doesn't sound bad to me.........champion team beats team of champions and all that.
Thanks to you guys for all the posts and keeping me up to date with what's happening to my beloved ORLFC.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:35 AM
Early days yet Scott Naylor needs to use the cup competition to find his best team
We could do with another couple of forwards to add to the squad.
The league is the most important and it is a case of stepping into the unknown with the new teams in the league.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:23 AM
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:58 PM
On a positive note, Lepori looks a real find (his take of that dipping bomb near the end was sensational) and, I agree, in the mould of POC. Also, Adam Files' pace when he scored his try from 10 yards was electric, the Hornets defenders had hardly moved by the time he reached the line.
A lot of positives from the two games, but a lot to work on, which is probably no more than Scott Naylor and Spanner expected.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:01 PM
Lepori is a quality full back with good defensive and offensive vision.
I am quietly impressed with the team and I am looking forward to the season. I am impressed with the work ethnic which can not be faulted at the moment, I am sure their is no hiding in Scott Naylor's teams....it is work, work, work and then work harder.
I was hoping for a strong promotion campaign this season because I have never really been bothered at the Train Spotters Cup but now the RFL have introduced the NRC Bowl for the top two qualifying teams from the group stages, We must be thinking we can make the NRC bowl final and have a strong season.
Positive thinking promotes positive actions!!!!
Come on Oldham.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:39 PM
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