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Steve Slater

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#3150926 Can we Still Make the Top 4?

Posted by Steve Slater on Today, 08:50 AM

Alternatively you could just come and play rugby and try and beat us that way. London did, Warrington did.

They can only play rugby if allowed to. Tactics designed to provoke and intimidate might work in the middle of the season, but it would be risky to employ those tactic with the Middle Eights looming and Top Two qualification already assured. They will be keen to avoid injuries and suspension. A side that still has to qualify, however, will have a different slant on the game because they will be solely focused on a Top 4 finish which has not yet been guaranteed.For them, the middle 8's can take care of themselves once the club has got there.

#3145259 Can we Still Make the Top 4?

Posted by Steve Slater on 22 June 2015 - 01:57 PM

A bit of a bold statement in saying that Fax will beat Sheffield yet Fev won't. The Fev team that should be on the field that day should be much stronger than the one that lost to Fax- injuries and suspensions permitting.

#3144452 Doncaster

Posted by Steve Slater on 21 June 2015 - 12:29 PM

I'm gutted for Bozzy. He was in the middle of his best ever season, and was really excited about leading the Man of the Match league table. Sadly it looks like he won't win it now.

I'm a bit worried because we always seem to miss him, no more so than last year when he had two long spells out. I remember last years cup game at Leigh when we came back at them when he came off the bench, and we had them on the back foot until he picked up his injury which kept him out most of the season.

I hope we don't miss him as much this time.

Here's wishing you a speedy recovery Andy. 


Posted by Steve Slater on 07 June 2015 - 06:25 PM

BTW, I did the report because Joe has A-Level exams all week. I wish to take the opportunity to wish him the best of luck, as I'm sure many of you will do also.

#3136341 M.O.M. Rovers V Halifax

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 June 2015 - 05:56 AM

Can anyone who was sat in the new stand in the first half please confirm the first try scorer? Accredited to Will Sharp but from the main stand it looked like a toss up between him and Minns?


Posted by Steve Slater on 19 May 2015 - 05:47 PM

Joe is busy with exam preparation this week so has asked me to do the match report on his behalf.

Please see attached file.

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#3117515 MOM Fev vs Workington

Posted by Steve Slater on 05 May 2015 - 06:12 PM

Outstanding attacking rugby with stout defence. Regarding the bounce of the ball- it wouldn't have happened unless we tried it. Inventive rugby instead of 5 tackles and a kick. More please.

The Blackmore-Cording combination looks well rehearsed, it was a carbon copy of last week at Whitehaven, and if Cording's expecting it he will always be favourite to win the race because the opposition has to turn, and Blackmore has already drawn the full-back in. The area he kicks the ball into is perfect and extremely difficult to defend against.

#3112752 Man of Match League Table

Posted by Steve Slater on 27 April 2015 - 01:40 PM

The first league table for the Social Media Consistency Award is now ready, and includes points awarded for the first 11 competitive games of the season, up to and including the Challenge Cup game at North Wales Crusaders.

Hunslet (H) Hitchcox 3pts, Irwin 2pts, Wood 1pt.
Doncaster (A) Ellis 3pts, Bostock 2pts, Wood 1pt.
Bradford (H) Wood 3pts, Ellis 2 pts, Sharp 1pt.
Halifax (A) Moore 3pts, Sharp 2 pts, Baldwinson 1pt.
Leigh (H) Bostock 3pts, Wood 2pts, Irwin 1pt.
Whitehaven (Cup)Sykes 3pts, Bostock 2pts, Sharp 1pt, Irwin 1pt.
Dewsbury (A) Blackmore 3pts, Marginet 2pts, Sykes 1pt.
London (H) Cording 3pts, Sharp 2 pts, Bostock 1pt.
Sheffield (H) Cording 3pts, Hitchcox 2pts, Ellis 1pt.
Batley (A) Baldwinson 3pts, Moore 2pts, Bostock 1pt.
N.Wales (Cup) Sharp 3pts, Bostock 2 pts, Moore 1pt.

Therefore the current leader board stands as such:

1- Andy Bostock 11pts
2- Will Sharp 9pts
3- Paul Wood 7 pts
4- Andy Ellis 6 pts
Gaz Moore 6 pts
Jamie Cording 6 pts
7- Jy Hitchcox 5 pts
8- Sam Irwin 4 pts
Jordan Baldwinson 4 pts
Paul Sykes 4 pts
11-Ben Blackmore 3 pts
12-Remy Marginet 2 pts

#3107749 NW Crusaders v Fev game thread.

Posted by Steve Slater on 17 April 2015 - 09:28 PM

Ideal game for Mendeika to make his comeback.

#3100294 Rovers v London and Sheffield match threads.

Posted by Steve Slater on 04 April 2015 - 08:37 AM

Andy Hay kept faith in the players who did a good job last week and they let him down badly, too busy patting themselves on the back. I've feeling there will be changes on Monday, likely Moore, Ellis and Bussey all coming back, Mendeika an outside chance, although the club were trying to arrange a reserve game for him next week. He might play on Monday instead after that show.

#3097757 Dewsbury v Rovers match thread.

Posted by Steve Slater on 31 March 2015 - 08:35 AM

Never been a fan of Blackmore but it seems he had a good game tonight well done every one #UTR

Prior to Friday night, comparing Ben Blackmore to Tommy Saxton was nigh on impossible- Tommy had the best all-round game we'd ever seen in a winger, but his finishing wasn't the best and Ben was undoubtedly better at that, but also made daft mistakes. Andy Hay seems to have pulled off a master stroke though by dropping him for the Wakey D/R players, because since he came back he's been brilliant in the last two games. True, he made another mistake at Rams but made up for it ten fold with his play from dummy half and first receiver from our own half. He was giving the props a rest and making vital yards in abundance. He also broke through several times creating try scoring opportunities, a couple of which were converted. 

The support play was excellent and is getting better every week, and I feel he will create more tries in weeks to come once his team mates learn to back him up more.

After the game Andy Hay said pre-season training had been focused more on defence, but the last few weeks have been centred around ball handling and support play, hence the improvement, although he might have to re-address the defence again. The full-time squads will have had time to practice all these aspects from the off and in close season.

#3096409 Dewsbury v Rovers match thread.

Posted by Steve Slater on 28 March 2015 - 10:09 AM

Really good result but the only thing that concerns me is that we have conceded well over 20 points again. I think we need to tighten our defence if we want to be successful this season.

10-2 penalty count against them before the ref must have realised and decided to give Fev one or two, then I think he gave them 4 in succession from which they opened up a match winning gap before he had another brain furt and reverted back to previous inefficiency, from which they scored their 2nd half try. Half the penalties awarded to either side were totally unnecessary. It's about time we had differential tap where you couldn't kick to touch for minor offences to stop side being piggy-backed upfield when they don't really deserve it.

#3090254 Leigh sunday

Posted by Steve Slater on 17 March 2015 - 11:19 AM


Refs don't win or lose matches. Players do that.

Refs don't win or lose matches. Players do that.
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Don't they indeed?. Refs have more influence regarding results than the players have.



There was a 5-1 penalty count against Featherstone in the second half until Fev got a few back at the very end. This was probably because Leigh were getting on top and forcing offences against them, but some refs let them go and some don't. I also noticed a couple of repeat sets from kicks that collided with a Fev player within a couple of feet and it can be argued they didn't play the ball. Maybe similar things went against Leigh but the fans who gain from it don't notice them as much. It was the repeat sets that killed Fev off in the second half and never let them get back in the game after the early try from the kick, and you can't say that every ref would have called every offence the same.

#3086274 Leigh sunday

Posted by Steve Slater on 10 March 2015 - 09:16 AM

I know that Leigh dominated the All-Stars 13 last season, but to suggest that some of those were better than ours was rubbish. What they are, is a TEAM, they play like a team, and back up like a team, and they have an outstanding pair of half-backs. I thought it was phenomenal the way they broke from their own half with support on either side in numbers, yet when we break there is hardly anyone up in support to pass to. I don't know how we can stop their support play other than using football tactics as soon as the break starts, maybe by running across their support runners to delay them?

We did have our moments against them though and showed signs of dominating them in the forwards, like the cup game at their place before Dale & Bostock got injured, and when we came back at them at Headingley.

The pack have been very good so far, and Bozzy, who missed most of last season, is every bit as good as Barlow. So if Fev can keep it tight, and try to make it a forward battle we have a good chance, if we try to match them in the backs we can forget it.

#3081541 Today V Bulls

Posted by Steve Slater on 02 March 2015 - 12:19 PM

Gaskell's display was one of the finest I've seen in years, he was Ridyard and Brierley combined. After his first try our defence was watching him too much and gave them space out wide, especially for their 2nd & 3rd tries. Their opening try of the 2nd half inside barely a minute was a real killer, and Glaskell's 60 yard effort was out of this world.
We matched them up front though, but the second rowers and centres have no penetration out wide, so the passing needs to be smarter and more fluid.
Forget it and move on, it would have been a far more even contest without Gaskell, and we won't be facing him next week.