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The Kingstone Press Championship One - Week 3

Which game are you most interested in?   16 members have voted

  1. 1. Which game are you most interested in?

    • North Wales Crusaders v Gateshead Thunder
      5
    • Hemel Stags v Gloucestershire All Golds
      5
    • Oldham v Oxford
      5
    • South Wales Scorpions v Rochdale Hornets
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Discuss all this week's games here:

 

The Kingstone Press Championship One
North Wales Crusaders v Gateshead Thunder    14:30
Hemel Stags v Gloucestershire All Golds    15:00
Oldham v Oxford    15:00
South Wales Scorpions v Rochdale Hornets    15:00

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full RFL previews

 

Kingstone Press Championship One

 

Sunday April 28

 

Hemel Stags v Gloucestershire All Golds (3.00pm)

Miles McLeod (dead leg) and Jake Hobbs (ankle) will be given fitness tests on Thursday night as Hemel Stags prepare for their third game in eight days.

Hemel lost at Wakefield on Saturday and against North Wales Crusaders on Tuesday, but coach Troy Perkins remains upbeat.

He said: “We produced a pretty good performance against the Crusaders and some of our fringe players really put their hands up.”

Perkins believes a big effort from his forwards could prove key to overcoming the Gloucestershire All Golds on Sunday.

He said: “They’re a pretty enthusiastic team, but they’re quite young and they aren’t the biggest. Hopefully we can get over the top of them in the pack and set ourselves up for a good result.

“We targeted the games against the other new teams in the competition as games we really wanted to win.”

All Golds coach Brad Hepi said: “It’ll be a difficult test. However, we competed against quality opposition (Salford) for 20 minutes and that should give us confidence. The question now is can we turn that into a full 80-minute performance? If we do then I’ll be very happy.”

 

North Wales Crusaders v Gateshead Thunder (2.30pm)

Johnny Walker (hand) is North Wales Crusaders’ only absentee for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One fixture with Gateshead Thunder.

The Crusaders are on a high after securing a place in the Northern Rail Bowl Final by beating Hemel Stags on Tuesday.

Now coach Clive Griffiths wants to keep the momentum going when his squad reverts back to the league campaign.

Griffiths said: “Just 16 months ago there was no club, but the players have created a bit of history and to get to that final is an enormous achievement.

“However, we conceded four tries against Hemel and when we trained on Wednesday, the boys were noticeably hurt by that fact. They’ll be looking to be tighter on Sunday.”

Gateshead coach Kevin Neighbour could be tempted to include Jarrad Williams, while Craig Borthwick is available again after being recently ruled out through work commitments.

 

Oldham v Oxford (3.00pm)

Liam Gilchrist could make his return to action after missing five weeks with a calf problem.

The Oldham prop, 24, will face a fitness test on Thursday. Coach Scott Naylor said: “He’s the only doubt. Everyone else is fit and raring to go.”

Former Oldham coach Tony Benson will check on Brett Robinson (hamstring), Martin Roden (neck) and Alex Thompson (elbow), but Lucas Onyango (knee) and JJ Baird (back) are both set to miss out.

Benson insisted that beating his former club was not an added motivation. He said: “We’re not focused on beating Oldham, we’re focused on Oxford winning.

“We were a far better team against South Wales than we were against Gloucestershire All Golds, so we’re making progress.”

He added: “Oldham have relatively experienced players right across the park. It’s probably the first team we’ve come up against where every player is a rugby league player.”

 

South Wales Scorpions v Rochdale Hornets (3.00pm)

Haydn Peacock returns to the South Wales Scorpions’ squad as they search for a second win in this year’s Kingstone Press Championship One.

South Wales coach Dave Clark said: “This is one of those games where we have to be at our best to get the result we want.

“We’ve won all of our away matches and lost our home games this year, but as this is our last home game for seven weeks we want to change that.”

Ben Davies could play for the Scorpions after signing a one-month loan deal from Widnes Vikings.

Rochdale Hornets are likely to travel without Dave Sutton, who injured his shoulder while scoring against Bradford Bulls last week.

Hornets coach Ian Talbot said: “I was very pleased with our effort and enthusiasm against the Bulls. We were always on a hiding to nothing, but we stuck to our principles and kept trying to play.”

On South Wales, Talbot added: “They’re definitely a dangerous team. Their two half-backs have been playing well and are very influential.

“We’re looking after ourselves by travelling down on Saturday, so hopefully the journey won’t make too much of an impact.

“The club that manages the travelling and the performances afterwards will be the one that does well this year, because there is a lot of travelling in Kingstone Press Championship One.”

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Hannah Molloy

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22-8 Crusaders at half time. Couple of yellow cards after a scrum-related scuffle, Cru in no real danger at the moment.

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Finished 52-8 to Crusaders.

Fair play to the Thunder fans, they are superb, and really add something to the match experience.

Attendance 752.

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Oldham Travellers v Oldham should be a cracker!

Oldham 16-18 Oxford

It takes a lot for a Swindonian to say this but "Well done Oxford!"

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Look at the top 4 clubs in that division

North Wales

Hemel

Oxford

South Wales

Fantastic

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Finished 52-8 to Crusaders.

Fair play to the Thunder fans, they are superb, and really add something to the match experience.

Attendance 752.

I don't know how the Thunder fans keep going.  There must be something extra at that club as Gateshead consistently fail to win.

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Look at the top 4 clubs in that division

North Wales

Hemel

Oxford

South Wales

Fantastic

It's amazing, isn't it?

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So much for the "league of death" where the traditional clubs will just walk over the newbies.

I thought Skolars would be doing a lot better though.

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Skolars have had 1 bad result, losing to Hemel, losing at crusaders is par for the course this year - they may go through unbeaten. They will IMHO finish 2nd though.

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Skolars have had 1 bad result, losing to Hemel, losing at crusaders is par for the course this year - they may go through unbeaten. They will IMHO finish 2nd though.

Who will finish 2nd, Skolars or Cru?

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North Wales Crusaders looked very good for their win this week but Gateshead made a good fist of the first 30 minutes. Craig White looks to be putting Jamie Durbin under pressure for his place. All our forwards looked ready for anything put in front of them. Clive is now faced with selection problems as everyone is playing so well. Poor Billy Sheen had a cracking game against Hemel Stags on Tuesday but cant get in the squad. Its not a case of he's not good enough but more of a case of who would you leave out to get him into the side.

 

Looking forward to the Northern Rail Cup draw on Wednesday. I hope we gat a home draw for a change after our 2 away fictures in the Challenge Cup. We could even give a Championship side a bit of a scare!

 

We have two away fixtures in the league to come - at Rochdale and Oxford - and we travel in anticipation and hope of winning both. They will both be tough fixtures for our lads but I am sure Clive and John will have done their homework and get our boys well prepared.

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I still think Rochdale away will be our toughest league fixture Gogledd, especially as they will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Scorpions. I fancy our first ever draw and also our first drop goal (I think) 23-23. I want Swinton at home in the NR cup. mainly because I have a few mates who support them and I know a few people at the club. We also owe them for the friendly defeat pre season.

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