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We had the option and went for the shelf instead of the main pitch as it holds up better in the wet.

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I could also wear a hat if that's easier? I have very little hair these days (apart from on my face, obviously) so a hat is a distinct possibility of it's a bit chilly!

The clipboard is essential, mind, as I have to make notes for the match report!

Beard with hat will no longer be there. My Swindon plans have just fallen through and I can't justify the expense of driving all the way to Bristol for just one match.

I'm sure I'll see you guys again next season though. Best of luck today!

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We had the option and went for the shelf instead of the main pitch as it holds up better in the wet.

Plus, our record up there is quite good - we beat Hemel on the "shelf" after all.

Preview of the game with live interviews on BBC Radio Bristol's "Saturday Sport" show from 1pm :)

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Great game. Eccles deserved their win but fantastic effort from Bristol.

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Bristol played very well and were possibly better with ball in hand than Eccles but Eccles ran better lines. Certainly Bristol like to keep the ball alive and back each other up very well. Bristol shocked Eccles by taking a 12-4 lead but then Eccles scored 3 converted tries in 6 minutes from the 20th minute which, in the end, proved to be the difference. If Bristol had more possession in the first half I am sure the score would have been closer but an 2-8 penalty count against them in the first half stopped them having that possession. Nothing dirty in the game, just inexperience leading to the penalties. Eccles were much stronger in the forwards.

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Eastmoor 34, Loughboroough Uni 22. Anyone got the other scores?

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Eastmoor 34, Loughboroough Uni 22. Anyone got the other scores?

Eastmoor Dragons 32 - 22 Loughborough University

Huddersfield Underbank Rangers 32 - 06 Heworth

Warrington Wizards 04 - 18 British Police

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Bristol played very well and were possibly better with ball in hand than Eccles but Eccles ran better lines. Certainly Bristol like to keep the ball alive and back each other up very well. Bristol shocked Eccles by taking a 12-4 lead but then Eccles scored 3 converted tries in 6 minutes from the 20th minute which, in the end, proved to be the difference. If Bristol had more possession in the first half I am sure the score would have been closer but an 2-8 penalty count against them in the first half stopped them having that possession. Nothing dirty in the game, just inexperience leading to the penalties. Eccles were much stronger in the forwards.

A pretty accurate summary of the game, that. That period where we conceded a lot of penalties, barely touched the ball and Eccles scored three times killed our chances. Most were for holding down and the ref was warning us, so we should have known to get up a bit faster. Dumb play, really. That said, Eccles dominance in the forwards for much of the game was what made the difference, I think. Even in the second half, when we had more ball (and the wind at our backs), Eccles' big lads were making ground easily.

Still, it was a good game and it's always great to host teams from the "heartlands" - playing sides with far greater experience in the game is the only way to test yourselves and improve. We've come a long way in recent years - if we'd played you back in 2009, when we faced Leeds Met, I reckon you'd have scored 70 or 80 and it wouldn't have been much of a contest.

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Still, it was a good game and it's always great to host teams from the "heartlands" - playing sides with far greater experience in the game is the only way to test yourselves and improve. We've come a long way in recent years - if we'd played you back in 2009, when we faced Leeds Met, I reckon you'd have scored 70 or 80 and it wouldn't have been much of a contest.

People need to remember this when complaining about one sided scorelines in internationals.

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? Surely not?

I assume he means the merger with Woolston has ended their separate identity.

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I assume he means the merger with Woolston has ended their separate identity.

Yeah the new club will be called Woolston Rovers. Though if their NCL application is accepted (IMO it will be and Blackbrook's) we'll have one more season of seeing many of the formerly Wizards faces come down to the Butts.

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Does anyone know if a player plays for a university team and also a community club, which takes priority if both have a game on the same day?

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Does anyone know if a player plays for a university team and also a community club, which takes priority if both have a game on the same day?

There is no priority, it's up the player.

You can't play for both in the challenge cup anymore though.

Once they have played for one side, that's their team in the qualifiers.

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Does anyone know if a player plays for a university team and also a community club, which takes priority if both have a game on the same day?

I'm pretty sure that the players Primary obligation was to their University or Armed Forces side where a player played for both. This rule may have changed and i'm prepared to be corrected but that was the impression I was under.

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Does anyone know if a player plays for a university team and also a community club, which takes priority if both have a game on the same day?

On a slightly related note when York City Knights played Northumbria Uni in 2011 I believe Matty Garside was technically eligible to play for both teams!

He missed the game altogether with an injury though, unfortunately.

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I'm pretty sure that the players Primary obligation was to their University or Armed Forces side where a player played for both. This rule may have changed and i'm prepared to be corrected but that was the impression I was under.

It was that way for the armed forces on the grounds that the player could be ordered to play for his forces side and it would be awkward if the RFL didn't allow a serviceman to carry out an order. I don't know if this is still the case.

AFAIK the university sides have never had a similar rule.

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It was that way for the armed forces on the grounds that the player could be ordered to play for his forces side and it would be awkward if the RFL didn't allow a serviceman to carry out an order. I don't know if this is still the case.

AFAIK the university sides have never had a similar rule.

same applies to the British Police as well as we found out on Sunday!!!

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