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The Kingstone Press Championship 1 - Round 4


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Poll: Which game are you most interested in? (18 member(s) have cast votes)

Which game are you most interested in?

  1. Gateshead Thunder v Gloucestershire All Golds (2 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  2. London Skolars v South Wales Scorpions (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. Oxford v Hemel Stags (6 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  4. Rochdale Hornets v North Wales Crusaders (7 votes [38.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.89%

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#21 Lobbygobbler

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:22 PM

By rights they should be able to last the pace as half their team was formerly known as Oldham!


Not sure if that is a good thing!

#22 Celtic Rooster

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:28 PM

Particularly pleased with Crusaders' defence in the second half today. If we had not built up a 26 point lead in the first 30 minutes it could have been a different story. Can't figure out why Rochdale let so many points in in that first half hour because they put Crusaders under a lot of pressure for the rest of the game. I don't think Rochdale will drop many points at home this season so it was a great win for Crusaders.

#23 ThunderArmy

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:33 PM

over the moon that we got the win today been a really tough past 3 seasons though this season we've started with 4 points from a possible 9 which is great for us something at last to celebrate today really happy with that win :D  :) roll on next game at home to south wales.....boom boom thunder army!!!



#24 Saintslass

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:00 PM

over the moon that we got the win today been a really tough past 3 seasons though this season we've started with 4 points from a possible 9 which is great for us something at last to celebrate today really happy with that win :D  :) roll on next game at home to south wales.....boom boom thunder army!!!

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#25 Saintslass

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Particularly pleased with Crusaders' defence in the second half today. If we had not built up a 26 point lead in the first 30 minutes it could have been a different story. Can't figure out why Rochdale let so many points in in that first half hour because they put Crusaders under a lot of pressure for the rest of the game. I don't think Rochdale will drop many points at home this season so it was a great win for Crusaders.

Sounds a bit like the Saints problem has been taken to Rochdale along with the coach! 



#26 AlwaysCru

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:32 PM

Sounds a bit like the Saints problem has been taken to Rochdale along with the coach! 



in fairness to Rochdale, I think they only fielded one maybe Dual Reg'ers today but the turning point was Moulsdale the Cru skipper coming off just before half time. Just not the same team without him... Still a convincing win nonetheless agains a well fancied team away fro pm home.....

I think DR not being seen as the panacea it was....

#27 Saintslass

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:43 PM

in fairness to Rochdale, I think they only fielded one maybe Dual Reg'ers today but the turning point was Moulsdale the Cru skipper coming off just before half time. Just not the same team without him... Still a convincing win nonetheless agains a well fancied team away fro pm home.....

I think DR not being seen as the panacea it was....

I was thinking more of the coach, who is a Saints coach!  But I appreciate what you are saying.

 

Great win for the Cru, who have the second best bunch of fans in rugby league not least for their decibel level (and friendliness too)!  I miss the trip to Wrexham. 



#28 deluded pom?

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:13 AM

I was thinking more of the coach, who is a Saints coach!  But I appreciate what you are saying.

 

Great win for the Cru, who have the second best bunch of fans in rugby league not least for their decibel level (and friendliness too)!  I miss the trip to Wrexham. 

 

 

Nothing to stop you going when it doesn't clash with a Saints game ;)


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#29 nec

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:38 AM


Nothing to stop you going when it doesn't clash with a Saints game ;)

On recent form it might be more tempting when it does clash!
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#30 gogledd

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:25 PM

Nothing to stop you going when it doesn't clash with a Saints game ;)

Yes. we are quite happy to accept dual reg fans!!!

 

Great win for Cru yesterday.  One question; do the stewardign staff at Rochdale have to be so officious?  Escorting fans to an area away from Hornets supporters, making our (some elderly) fans walk arounf the ground to gain entrance, arguing about childrens (season) ticket entrants. Its a shame and takes the gloss of a fine stadium.



#31 Jeff Stein

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:04 PM

Enjoyed the Skolars-Scorpions match yesterday. Scorpions appear to have a very young team, but they were unfortunate to go in at half time only 14-12 up, having looked much the better side in the first half. In James Tutuila they have perhaps the most exciting passer of the ball in the division. There were a few moments of exquisite skill from him, but he does appear not to be the fittest. Skolars first half performance was as torpid as their previous home game against Hemel, but they got on top in the second half. Neither side looked entirely capable of defending their own line, but once Skolars learnt to keep hold of the ball they had too much for Scorpions. A couple of hitch kicks in runs from massive prop Michael Sykes amused the crowd and on the bell after John Paxton caught the ball above his head AFL style from a kick off a magnificent flowing 80 metre move led to a try in the far corner.

 

To those for whom such things matter it was 6% London Broncos reserves versus 18% Wigan reserves.

 

Before the game as I was locking up the car, I was harangued by a toothless old geezer over the fence from the pavement. He told me that he used to go to games, but now that they had let in teams full of union players like Hemel the standard was much worse. He used to prefer it before as while Skolars were losing at least it was to proper clubs. I didn't want to be too argumentative and just said I still enjoyed it, to which he dismissively replied "well that's up to you isn't it". Afterwards I thought finally we have conclusive proof that Rugby League has made it in London when there are individuals hanging around telling you why you shouldn't bother watching games and that the game used to be much better.



#32 tim2

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

Before the game as I was locking up the car, I was harangued by a toothless old geezer over the fence from the pavement. He told me that he used to go to games, but now that they had let in teams full of union players like Hemel the standard was much worse. He used to prefer it before as while Skolars were losing at least it was to proper clubs. I didn't want to be too argumentative and just said I still enjoyed it, to which he dismissively replied "well that's up to you isn't it". Afterwards I thought finally we have conclusive proof that Rugby League has made it in London when there are individuals hanging around telling you why you shouldn't bother watching games and that the game used to be much better.

That does sound familiar. And fairly ignorant of Hemel's pedigree.
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#33 Methven Hornet

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:20 PM

Sorry for your loss today btw.

 

You have me summed up where CC1 is concerned!

 Thank you. As I'm a couple of hundred miles away I don't get to see them that often these days, but I do still follow their progress. I hope they are taking the new challenge of a very non-traditional division in the best spirit. It cannot be easy for traditional clubs such as Hornets and Oldham to be missing out on their more traditional fixtures, but they are performing a great job in helping the game to expand at this level.

I share your enthusiasm for Championship One, and the division's results are the first I look for each weekend - and not just because of the 'Ornets!

 


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#34 jannerboyuk

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:14 PM

To be fair all the "league of death" moaning has died down, hopefully they are all finding a way to make it work and in the end if we want to be a national sport it has to be the way and its nothing more than clubs like skolars and scorpions have been expected to do.
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