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13-16/06/13 - Northern Rail Cup - Quarter Finals

Which game will provide the narrowest winning margin?   17 members have voted

  1. 1. Which game will provide the narrowest winning margin?

    • Swinton Lions v Doncaster
      5
    • Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury Rams
      2
    • Batley Bulldogs v Workington Town
      7
    • Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven
      3

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first ankle tap ive seen for ages.

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Good to see Cooke playing well, always rated him.....wonder if he'll ever play SL again.....

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Felt sorry for Swinton there.  They were within touching distance and then a tricky pass which isn't held and they're out. 

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Embarrassing on TV crowd cannot be more than around 120:(

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Probably suffering from the same problem that bedevils the Challenge Cup, namely season tickets aren't valid and so few people turn up.  I can't imagine Swinton having the biggest fanbase to start with, and Doncaster aren't going to have many travelling fans on a Thursday night, plus the weather has been poor today, so all combined served to keep the crowd to one man and his dog.

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Playing Sheff v Dews tonight at the same time as Eng v Exiles won't be good for the gate there either. If only the MW had had a spare pitch to play the quarters on

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PREVIEWS

 

Friday June 14

Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury Rams (8.00pm)


Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has a fully fit squad for Friday’s Northern Rail Cup showdown with Dewsbury Rams.
But despite leading the Kingstone Press Championship table with 14 wins from 16 games, Aston insists his side still have plenty of work to do.
He said: “We’ve got big games coming up and we’ve got to be better defensively.”
Dewsbury will be without Aaron Brown, who has succumbed to a couple of knocks he has been carrying for a number of weeks.
But Rams coach Glenn Morrison remains in confident mood after seeing his side win four of their last five games.
Morrison said: “It’s knockout rugby so it’s anyone’s game – we saw that in the last round against Halifax when we had no pressure on us and got a result.
“It’s the same again this week: everyone will be thinking Sheffield are the form team of the competition.
“It will be tough, but we’ll go in there ready to play our own game and we’ll see where that gets us.”

Sunday June 16

Batley Bulldogs v Workington Town (2.00pm)


Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear looks set to receive a triple boost for Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final with Workington Town.
Ayden Faal, Gareth Potts and Alex Bretherton are all expected to be declared fit for the Bulldogs as they look to progress in a competition they last won in 2010.
Kear said: “It’s a big game for everybody, and for part-time players this is our Challenge Cup.”
Town coach Gary Charlton insists Batley’s slope will not affect his men.
Charlton said: “As a club we haven’t played on that pitch for a very long time, and none of our lads will have played on it, but it’s just another green field.
“It’s all about how we prepare; if we prepare well, we’ll give a very good account of ourselves.”
Jarrad Stack and Karl Olstrum are both doubtful for Workington, while Charlton has limited dual registration options, with only Macgraff Leuluai able to play this week after he played in the last round.

Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven (3.00pm)

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley is expecting a big improvement in his side’s focus in Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final.
Rowley said: “We weren’t far off a win last week, but our attention to detail was lacking and we’re a club where we’ve got to be playing at our best, and every little detail has to be right, for us to get the best out of ourselves.
“But we’re back at home this week, which is great, and we know our crowd will get behind us.”
Leigh have suffered a major blow with the news that Craig Briscoe is facing up to six weeks out with an ankle ligament problem.
On Whitehaven, Rowley added: “They’ve been good this year and they’ve steadily progressed.
“They’ve invested heavily in their recruitment and the local lads bring the enthusiasm and passion into the team.”
Whitehaven coach Dave Woods has three players – Jamie Rooney, Chris Fleming and James Cameron – struggling with hamstring injuries, while Rhys Clarke (concussion) faces a late fitness test.
Woods said: “We weren’t good last week, but we’ve got to forget about that and just concentrate on getting stuck in against Leigh.”

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to be fair there were more batley fans that swinton fans at their place last week

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Strange game between the Eagles and Dewsbury last night. The Rams went 16-0 up and were looking the better of the two sides for around 60 minutes, but somehow the Eagles found enough to scrape past them. They had a very simple game plan - five drives down the middle and a long kick, slow Sheffield down at the PTB and keep the pressure on. For most of the game it worked - the Eagles didn't really look at the races at all.

Put it this way: if we play like that against Batley at Mount Pleasant, we'll lose comfortably.

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So, it's Batley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Leigh through to the semis.

 

I guess I'm going to have to support Leigh!

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Doncaster v Sheffield in the semi

South Yorkshire Derby, bring it on!

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Probably suffering from the same problem that bedevils the Challenge Cup, namely season tickets aren't valid and so few people turn up.  I can't imagine Swinton having the biggest fanbase to start with, and Doncaster aren't going to have many travelling fans on a Thursday night, plus the weather has been poor today, so all combined served to keep the crowd to one man and his dog.

Dog wasn't able to make it - couldn't get his shift changed.

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No easy ties at this stage of the competition so got to be happy with a home draw.

Leigh scored a corker of a full length try after just 57 seconds today but we made a bit hard work of it until the last half hour when we cut lose a bit once Gregg McNally was out of the sin bin and proceeded to have his best 30 minutes in a Leigh shirt.

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to be fair there were more batley fans that swinton fans at their place last week

I very much doubt that.

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