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31/7-4/8/13 - The Kingstone Press Championship 1 Match Thread


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#21 Hornetto

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:03 AM

Gateshead Thunder by 4   
Hemel by 20
London Skolars by 14
Hornets by 20

 

Cru due for a slip

Oxford are awful

Skolars are ugly as sin, but tough to beat at home


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:59 AM



"Its been a pretty good season overall, far more competitive than i think a lot of us expected."

"Skolars are ugly as sin, but tough to beat at home."

Two great lines here from the heartlands. First tells us all we wanted to know from the 'dreaded/doomed c1'
For long time too many have just dismissed Skolars as deadbeats/irrelevant. Super back handed compliment!


If that crowd figure at Lydney confirmed - great news. Looked up in local rag down there & they give a good match build up. Apparently Lydney intend to run a side in next years local comp giving the GAGs three feeder entities along with Gloucester based Warriors & Cheltenham based St Patesians. All good stuff.
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#23 john in oz

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 01:36 PM

I think you'll find we're playing Wigan reserves...


In that case I'll reserve my judgment

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:38 PM

PREVIEWS

 

Gateshead Thunder v North Wales Crusaders (3.00pm)

Gateshead Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour could name an unchanged squad for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One fixture with North Wales Crusaders.
Gateshead are aiming for a Welsh double, having won 36-30 at South Wales Scorpions last week.
Neighbour said: “That result is a massive boost for us. For long periods of the first half we were by far the better team, and we took our chances when they came.”
North Wales are aiming to respond to a rare defeat, having lost 28-10 at Oldham.
Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths said: “We were flat and we got what we deserved.
“The players know we’ve got to get a certain number of points in the next five games, but it’s still in our hands.”
On Gateshead, he added: “They’ve a few new players in their team since we last played them and they were pretty impressive against South Wales. We’ll be giving them plenty of respect.”
Stuart Reardon (ruptured Achilles tendon) is out for the rest of the season.

Hemel Stags v Oxford (3.00pm)

Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins insists Oxford’s 54-12 defeat at Rochdale Hornets is not an accurate reflection of Tony Benson’s side.
Perkins said: “They got beat pretty heavily, but they’re battling away to try to secure a play-off position.
“They’re going to come here ready to improve on last week’s performance.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Tony Benson and he’ll have them very well prepared. They’ll be targeting this game, but we’re also aiming for a top four position.”
Perkins will check on his squad’s fitness after Wednesday’s 28-18 win at Gloucestershire All Golds.
Oxford coach Benson has injury worries over Martin Roden (bicep), Danny Halliwell (broken nose), Jonny Leather (back) and Valu Bentley (ankle).
Benson said: “We need a response this week. What I’m looking for is just a bit of a reaction when things don’t go right.”

London Skolars v Oldham (3.00pm)

London Skolars could be unchanged for Sunday’s visit of Oldham as coach Joe Mbu aims to keep the pressure on the top three.
Hemel’s win on Wednesday saw them leapfrog the Skolars into third place, but Mbu is confident his side can finish the season well.
Mbu said: “We had a very positive first half against Gloucestershire (last week).
“We’ll have to be good again this week because Oldham are a very good side.
“They keep coming from minute one to minute 80, and that’s what we’ve got to do in response.
“We’ve got to turn up on the day and deliver what we need to.”
Mbu has also praised former Great Britain winger Gareth Raynor after he scored on his Skolars debut.
Mbu said: “A neutral person watching that game wouldn’t have spotted that it was his first game with the squad. He fitted in and did what he needed to do. There’s not much more that you can ask for.”
Oldham coach Scott Naylor is facing a couple of selection headaches as Richard Lepori and Jason Boults battle to be included in Sunday’s squad.
Naylor said: “I’ve got a fully-fit squad so once again I’ll have some tough decisions to make.”

Rochdale Hornets v South Wales Scorpions (3.00pm)

Chris Tyrer (groin) is Rochdale’s only absentee as the Hornets prepare to host South Wales Scorpions in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One fixture.
Hornets coach Ian Talbot said: “Other than Chris, we should be a pretty similar 17 to last week.
“You’d imagine South Wales will be wanting to right a few wrongs, but we’ve changed the focus this year on to what we’re doing, rather than worrying too much about the opposition.
“We just need to keep improving week on week. If we keep doing that, we’ll end up where we deserve to be.”
Connor Farrer and Andy Powell could both feature for South Wales, but David James (back) is unavailable for selection.
South Wales coach Dave Clark said: “The players know what the need to do.
“We had a disappointing July and we know that we should be higher in the table. We have the quality of players in the side.
“We made too many mistakes against Gateshead last week. If we can put that right against Rochdale then we’ll be in with a chance of taking all three points.”


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#25 sgorpioncaerdyddrob

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:49 PM

This season has been pretty much a disaster for Scorpions, after promising so much more. Going through 60 odd players now and key players leaving for other sides and the debacle against Gateshead the final straw really. Whether the standard of the division has improved on last season is widely open to debate (or derision) but it has surely become by far the most competitive division in the game at present. On any given day, bottom can beat top. The game at Lydney last night, whilst I dispute their being 300+ people there (including our Spartans junior side), there were many locals and a gate which comfortably must beat the usual crowd in Cheltenham which seemed to be warmly received.

 

I would rather Wigan went away and we played all our own players (rather than academy players) rather than being messed about not knowing who is coming down each week and has to take the place of one of the locals. Atleast then when we get well beaten we can say atleast they are ours


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#26 Number 7

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:04 AM

Gateshead Thunder by 4   
 

:jester: :biggrin:  :biggrin:  :biggrin: in your dreams!  



#27 Hornetto

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:23 AM



I would rather Wigan went away and we played all our own players (rather than academy players) rather than being messed about not knowing who is coming down each week and has to take the place of one of the locals. Atleast then when we get well beaten we can say atleast they are ours

 

Related to that very point, our Hornets Fanblog match preview: http://theseladscanr...-scorpions.html


Edited by Hornetto, 02 August 2013 - 09:24 AM.

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#28 gogledd

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

 

Related to that very point, our Hornets Fanblog match preview: http://theseladscanr...-scorpions.html

Bit rich coming from St Helens Hornets isn't it?



#29 Celtic Rooster

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 03:28 PM

I like the article though. Well researched even if I don't agree with all of the content.

#30 sgorpioncaerdyddrob

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:11 PM

Life is all about opinions, though in rugby league if you're from the south they don't seem to matter so much as its not 'part of the culture'.


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:22 AM

"Its been a pretty good season overall, far more competitive than i think a lot of us expected."

"Skolars are ugly as sin, but tough to beat at home."

Two great lines here from the heartlands. First tells us all we wanted to know from the 'dreaded/doomed c1'
For long time too many have just dismissed Skolars as deadbeats/irrelevant. Super back handed compliment!


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very odd quote tbh. when rochdale played skolars at skolars their discipline was awful. 




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#32 AlwaysCru

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 03:36 PM


Spreads for the weekend. All odds 10/11 with a 16-1 draw across the board.

Gateshead 16.0 - North Wales Crusaders -16.0

Hemel Stags -10.0 - Oxford 10.0

London Skolars 8.0 - Oldham Roughyeds -8.0

Rochdale Hornets -24.0 - South Wales Scorpions 24.0

#33 Spicer

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 03:51 PM

I'm surprised Oldham are just -8 having seen the
Game versus Cru last week.
Tough ask for Skolars but am looking forward
To a stormer with London hopefully edging this.

#34 nec

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 07:32 PM

Crusaders by 16
Skolars by 4
Hemel by 18
Skorpions by 2
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#35 Hornetto

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 11:33 AM

Bit rich coming from St Helens Hornets isn't it?

Yawn!


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#36 The Art of Hand and Foot

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 03:59 PM

Gateshead nearly did it. Hard luck. We're still top of the pile and although we''ve played two games more than crusaders they still have to win them. Gonna be tight. Come on Oldham.

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

Looking a bit juicy at the top! However, I reckon that Crusaders will win their remaining games and that Oldham could well slip up at Rochdale, who won't do them any favours! Could all be down to the last day, though.



#38 Lobbygobbler

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:47 PM

Good game at Skolars today, and a great atmos. Loved the super heros from Oldham. Great bunch of fans. Also thumbs up to IM2 for the real ale. Enjoyed the IPA and golden ales from the barrels

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 11:03 PM

Good game at Skolars today, and a great atmos. Loved the super heros from Oldham. Great bunch of fans. Also thumbs up to IM2 for the real ale. Enjoyed the IPA and golden ales from the barrels

Absolutely Lobby.

Undoubtedly a fair result.

Special mention for the Lad dressed up as the Sheep who last week  shook our hands as we entered

the Oldham Clubhouse prior to the Cru fixture.

He`s a real fan without doubt and a credit to his club.

Good on yer mate.


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 11:25 PM

Looking a bit juicy at the top! However, I reckon that Crusaders will win their remaining games and that Oldham could well slip up at Rochdale, who won't do them any favours! Could all be down to the last day, though.

 

It is indeed C of C. I wouldnt write Oldham of though versus Rochdale.






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