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Nottingham Outlaws 22-22 Bristol Sonics

Close game that could have gone either way, though Nottingham were dominant for most of the second half and at one point were 12 clear. Two quick tries (arguably against the run of play) brought the Sonics level. The Outlaws had a penalty kick 40 metres out (or so) with the last play of the match to win it, but the ball drifted wide.I would have had no complaints if the Outlaws had won - over the 80 I thought they were the better side. We were relieved to get a draw in the end.

West of England League

Bristol Sonics A 6-32 Old Patesians

A very inexperienced Sonics second team today, and a great effort given the circumstances. Chairman Phil pulled on his boots again to help out. Great effort given the circumstances.

Elswhere in the West of England league, there were big wins for Gloucestershire and Oxford, over Swindon and Somerset respectively.

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The National Conference League website has Bristol as 22-20 winners, and the league table shows the Sonics with the two points.

Any idea about the Sheffield v Northampton game?

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The National Conference League website has Bristol as 22-20 winners, and the league table shows the Sonics with the two points.

Any idea about the Sheffield v Northampton game?

Sheffield-Northampton game not being played this weekend - not sure what happened but it's been rearranged. The Hallam coach told me yesterday Northampton were missing a load of players at a wedding… I think.

It was definitely 22-all - four tries, three kicks apiece. Most be gremlins in the system or a communication error or something.

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Sheffield-Northampton game not being played this weekend - not sure what happened but it's been rearranged. The Hallam coach told me yesterday Northampton were missing a load of players at a wedding… I think.

It was definitely 22-all - four tries, three kicks apiece. Most be gremlins in the system or a communication error or something.

 

I'm glad that it was an 'arranged' postponement.

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It was intended for today, but Don Valley was unavailable. They tried to rearanage for tomorrow but couldn't make it work. No problem really. Plenty of blank weeks to re-arrange it.

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It was intended for today, but Don Valley was unavailable. They tried to rearanage for tomorrow but couldn't make it work. No problem really. Plenty of blank weeks to re-arrange it.

Quite right - arguably too many blank weekends, but the gaps were intended to help in just this kind of situation. It would have helped if I'd have listened to what Adam Hughes told me yesterday. I blame the real ale.

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Chargers lost 40-64 to Sleaford. Now scored 30+ points in each of the last 4 games but still lost. Defensive drills at training I think!!

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Beckenham Bears 14-32 Newham Dockers

 

This 51 year old is a very sore man this evening. I should know better!!!

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Beckenham Bears 14-32 Newham Dockers

 

This 51 year old is a very sore man this evening. I should know better!!!

 

did you play Graeme ?  :fan:

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Coventry Bears A 24 NEW Ravens 16 looks like a better performance from the Ravens as last 2 games lost a lot of ball on 1st or 2nd tackle

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Chargers lost 40-64 to Sleaford. Now scored 30+ points in each of the last 4 games but still lost. Defensive drills at training I think!!

 

Defence is always the hardest part of RL, especially if players haven't grown up with the game. I play for Kings Lynn and the defence at times is shocking. People are good at one on one tackles but don't understand that you need to continue to slide when the ball goes out wide, that you shouldn't stop if the ball doesn't come your way, that you need to move as a single line etc. If teams can get those three attributes right, defences would improve dramatically!

 

We lost 16 - 36 against St Ives yesterday who only had 13 players. Gave away 18 penalties and couldn't keep hold of the ball in the second half when we had it.

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Defence is always the hardest part of RL, especially if players haven't grown up with the game. I play for Kings Lynn and the defence at times is shocking. People are good at one on one tackles but don't understand that you need to continue to slide when the ball goes out wide, that you shouldn't stop if the ball doesn't come your way, that you need to move as a single line etc. If teams can get those three attributes right, defences would improve dramatically!

 

We lost 16 - 36 against St Ives yesterday who only had 13 players. Gave away 18 penalties and couldn't keep hold of the ball in the second half when we had it.

Always easier said than done. We have a mixture of RL lads and RU newbies and the problem is that the RL players instinctively defend properly but the RU lads don't. The gaps are very easily exploited and teams have typically got on a roll against us when we are in disarray. We lose by 20 points or so, and all those points are often scored in a 10 minute period of madness.

Like yourselves, the players don't respect possession enough. Our completion rate is poor, often down to throwing the ball around on 1st / 2nd tackle. Entertaining perhaps, but leading to another "L" in the results column.

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Always easier said than done. We have a mixture of RL lads and RU newbies and the problem is that the RL players instinctively defend properly but the RU lads don't. The gaps are very easily exploited and teams have typically got on a roll against us when we are in disarray. We lose by 20 points or so, and all those points are often scored in a 10 minute period of madness.

Like yourselves, the players don't respect possession enough. Our completion rate is poor, often down to throwing the ball around on 1st / 2nd tackle. Entertaining perhaps, but leading to another "L" in the results column.

 

It sounds like we have exactly the same problem! :) Of course it is easier said than done and there is no certainity it would ever work! Utterly frustrating at times...

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Well done and loads of respect.

Beckenham Bears 14-32 Newham Dockers

 

This 51 year old is a very sore man this evening. I should know better!!!

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We had a problem working the sliding defence last winter with 2nd team players who got drafted into the 1st team not being up to the standard of the competition, we solved this by going back to a man on man defence and it brought results.

Defence is always the hardest part of RL, especially if players haven't grown up with the game. I play for Kings Lynn and the defence at times is shocking. People are good at one on one tackles but don't understand that you need to continue to slide when the ball goes out wide, that you shouldn't stop if the ball doesn't come your way, that you need to move as a single line etc. If teams can get those three attributes right, defences would improve dramatically!

 

We lost 16 - 36 against St Ives yesterday who only had 13 players. Gave away 18 penalties and couldn't keep hold of the ball in the second half when we had it.

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Cov Warriors 40 - Cov Dragons A 36 (HT 24-20)

 

This was a bit of a milestone in terms of how far each respective club has gone. We had to relocate to a new ground for various reasons, ultimately to ensure club survival. Cov Dragons now are fielding a second team which is kicking in nicely this season. Both teams fielded 18/19 guys with us lending a player or two to ensure a fair matchup. I was impressed with both sets of players attitude and the fact that the average age had to be 20/21!! For the first time since 2011 I have players fighting for places which is never a bad thing!

 

I just need to uninstall bad union (yawnion) habits (kicking ball away on 1st tackle/Running into touch, etc)

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Cov Warriors 40 - Cov Dragons A 36 (HT 24-20)

 

This was a bit of a milestone in terms of how far each respective club has gone. We had to relocate to a new ground for various reasons, ultimately to ensure club survival. Cov Dragons now are fielding a second team which is kicking in nicely this season. Both teams fielded 18/19 guys with us lending a player or two to ensure a fair matchup. I was impressed with both sets of players attitude and the fact that the average age had to be 20/21!! For the first time since 2011 I have players fighting for places which is never a bad thing!

 

I just need to uninstall bad union (yawnion) habits (kicking ball away on 1st tackle/Running into touch, etc)

well done deano after last years struggles good to see you are starting to get the numbers

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Cov Warriors 40 - Cov Dragons A 36 (HT 24-20)

 

This was a bit of a milestone in terms of how far each respective club has gone. We had to relocate to a new ground for various reasons, ultimately to ensure club survival. Cov Dragons now are fielding a second team which is kicking in nicely this season. Both teams fielded 18/19 guys with us lending a player or two to ensure a fair matchup. I was impressed with both sets of players attitude and the fact that the average age had to be 20/21!! For the first time since 2011 I have players fighting for places which is never a bad thing!

 

I just need to uninstall bad union (yawnion) habits (kicking ball away on 1st tackle/Running into touch, etc)

Great work Deano. Congratulations to the Dragons too in fielding two sides

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Might as well join in with this Coventry love in then haha!

 

Are we allowed to hijack the forums tho Ron, given we're not heartland and have never had P&R nor winter rugby.......

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Yes cheers its good to see new ravens up in the premier I havent seen that since I started with the bears years back! If you get a free weekend nigel im happy to arrange a friendly - in fact even a midweek friendly would be good!

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Yes cheers its good to see new ravens up in the premier I havent seen that since I started with the bears years back! If you get a free weekend nigel im happy to arrange a friendly - in fact even a midweek friendly would be good!

I will have a word with Jason tonight at training, i'm sure we could fit something in somewhere and we were in the premier 5 years ago as that season there was only the 1 league , we started off with a 22-22 draw at home to Leicester Storm a game we should have won then following week at home to Cov Bears 1st team got a reet tonking 100 pts to a few and then got tonked by telford week after and then due to injuries and players not wanted to get tonked had to quit the league and entered merit league for rest of that season

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given we're not heartland and have never had P&R nor winter rugby.......

Some of us are heartlands Dave !

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Shhhh, dont let the secret out Ron! ;o)

 

Think we should have a Cov Magic Weekend Idea, Warriors, Bears B, Dragons A round robin event? Play final as curain raiser to Bears 1st team? Give lads something play for, who are new to game?

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Might as well join in with this Coventry love in then haha!

 

Are we allowed to hijack the forums tho Ron, given we're not heartland and have never had P&R nor winter rugby.......

This was originally the Rugby League Conference forum. Its remit was broadened out back when the forums merged to include the whole community game but even so the majority of posts here are about non-BARLA leagues. Hence you wouldn't really be "hijacking".

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