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Do we do any ball work at all ?? We must have the worst attack and completion rate in the universe . They were shot and there to be hammered if we could dream up any kind attack at all

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Do we do any ball work at all ?? We must have the worst attack and completion rate in the universe . They were shot and there to be hammered if we could dream up any kind attack at all

all head down, one out again David ??

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Full time Town 25 Cougars 18

 

Despite what sounds a below bar performance, that does make us mathmatically safe, and that

was the main aim this season.  Also if we were so poor and won, what does that make our friends

up the road? ;)   Above them in table as well, so not all bad.

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At least town got the win. Hopefully it took a lot out of them and they field an under 18s team or something on Sunday.

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So many of the sets are exactly the same wonder . Everybody takes it in turns to have a drive - in one set Callum drove it in twice ! We pass the ball less than any team , never offload , and the final third attack is like pulling teeth . Everybody else seems to have more ideas and spark . Teams who are there for the taking are never nailed down due to endless errors and blunt attack ... And to cap it off Feather dived over from dummy half again for the 500 th consecutive time against us since he made his debut in 1826

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not to worry mate , I know you all crave that game where the ball gets out early and you play expansive rugby . TBF though mate I bet some of them are hurting and Im not surprised because you  rely so much on gutsy defence to get a win ,  which can take its toll in such short turnarounds. How did carter do on the wing or did hulme play there ? did conor come on at hooker ?? ( Keith will be pleased ) 

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Carter did fine as a second full back / winger .His best game of the season . Briscoe was really good , he oozes authority and class . He is just safe full stop . Hulme played centre but was hardly ever sighted with the ball not getting to him . Hope the Beast and Olstrum are ok .

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Full time Town 25 Cougars 18

 

Despite what sounds a below bar performance, that does make us mathmatically safe, and that

was the main aim this season.  Also if we were so poor and won, what does that make our friends

up the road? ;)   Above them in table as well, so not all bad.

 

 

Still need 1 more point to be mathematically safe.

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Carter did fine as a second full back / winger .His best game of the season . Briscoe was really good , he oozes authority and class . He is just safe full stop . Hulme played centre but was hardly ever sighted with the ball not getting to him . Hope the Beast and Olstrum are ok .

 

Acton's done his groin in, could be out for a few weeks.

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Shame . He's great . Thacks is caviar and cabbage . Awesome runs and real intensity then the simplest of mistakes ! He was really on tonight though despite them . I wouldn't be quick to jettison him .

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Carter did fine as a second full back / winger .His best game of the season . Briscoe was really good , he oozes authority and class . He is just safe full stop . Hulme played centre but was hardly ever sighted with the ball not getting to him . Hope the Beast and Olstrum are ok .

cheers bud , just popped the radio on a Charlo is saying your walkng wounded , Lets hope Wire hammer Widnes tommorrow and Betts sends a few up on sunday for punishment ( like he did with Allen on sunday ) but thats another story  :hunter:

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Still need 1 more point to be mathematically safe.

Swinton and Barrow got to play each other - so both cant get to 36 points

York and Huns play each other so one of those cant get to 36 points

 

So we are safe?

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If available you'd hope Sunday would be a DR day , quite a few wounded on both sides tonight .

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I think a few are being a bit harsh on the team tonight. We ran out of players and steam late on, they looked shattered. Plus Keighley had 5 or 6 in who were fresh in. Got the win we needed though, can start looking to recruit for next season now.

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There's been a few games you think we're gonna really push on ... But it doesn't happen and teams get closer than they ever should .That ref totally ignored holding down against Swinton as well .

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Is big coward ok? Didn't look good at the end

I'd expect Robinson and forber to be in on Sunday

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good god you would think we had lost. we were down to one real forward on the bench and 3 centres then another 2 injured in the game. give the guys a break. carter,briscoe and brett phillips were excellant but pick of the bunch was thacks who put in one hell of a shift. also thought big red was strong in the pack and rooneys defence was as good as ever. well played lads. i would put all our efforts into the york game and sign off at home in style.

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Made hard work of that tonight, wish we had denied them a BP as I now hate the club with a passion and hope they are relegated.

Thought Thacks was outstanding tonight with the stint he put in. Briscoe should be signed up for next year ASAP as he is a class above.

Hope all our injuries are not serious as we will be light up front for the barrow game.

We got the 3 points though and that's all that matters!!!!

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Is big coward ok? Didn't look good at the end

I'd expect Robinson and forber to be in on Sunday

Shackley too, surprised he wasn't playing tonight with Dowes out.

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good god you would think we had lost. we were down to one real forward on the bench and 3 centres then another 2 injured in the game. give the guys a break. carter,briscoe and brett phillips were excellant but pick of the bunch was thacks who put in one hell of a shift. also thought big red was strong in the pack and rooneys defence was as good as ever. well played lads. i would put all our efforts into the york game and sign off at home in style.

Indeed, considering our run of fixtures, just to win is the main thing!  If could get at least a bonus point sunday then a win v york, that should see us in a playoff place.

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But we didn't really play well wonky . For all that possession and territory we were a drop goal away from hanging on ... And they only had 15 . We seem destined to repeat the same errors over n over again , and our attack is not improving . We won yes , we try hard yes , but our execution is poor and everything is a massive struggle when it needn't be . We never seem to be able to put all our parts together to a slick , coherent whole . Big hearts and effort , but you wonder how we train with the ball in hand and how we're coached to attack , and why with all our experience we can't close out a game ?

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To me I'm delighted we won wasn't a vintage performance but we can take the positives, move on train Saturday, hopefully get shacks, dowes, forber and Robinson with a few dr lads in and try and beat the barrow in the derby then give York a good stuffing!!

Delighted we had briscoe on the field tonight what a leader from the back and also carter on the field tonight the complimented each other

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So many of the sets are exactly the same wonder . Everybody takes it in turns to have a drive - in one set Callum drove it in twice ! We pass the ball less than any team , never offload , and the final third attack is like pulling teeth . Everybody else seems to have more ideas and spark . Teams who are there for the taking are never nailed down due to endless errors and blunt attack ... And to cap it off Feather dived over from dummy half again for the 500 th consecutive time against us since he made his debut in 1826

Jesus how negative can one be?

You are all forgetting this side put 50 points on haven 2 days ago ....

Passing - offloads - weather? Ha

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On the plus side we got the 3 points that we wanted but there was plenty on the minus side that others have already highlighted. Even before we started getting injured players Keighley looked faster than us and their passing and quick thinking made us look pedestrian at times. As wonderofwood says we are winning games through our defence and that takes it out of the lads and from 25 - 6 up we just folded twice and let them in for tries.

I would say again where is our Plan B or Plan C or any sort of plan other than using our lads as battering rams. There was many times when Keighley were rushing up in our faces that a little kick over their heads could have been fruitful but we never tried it once yet they tried it several times. Many times we have a good lineout and they stand watching one player after another taking the ball in on his own, then on last tackle there's a mad rush to pass the ball and quite often a rushed kick.

We should have won that game tonight more comfortably than we did even with the injuries we picked up because they also had injuries but we just do not have that attacking mentality and prefer to do it the hard way bashing our way through.

Connor did come on for Matty but only got about 2 minutes as acting half-back then Olstrum came back on for Callum and Connor was moved to scrumhalf, so we didn't get to see what he could do in that role!!!

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the lads have all been to work all day today, then to put long stints in is something to be admired. you say they only had 15, how many did we have with acton and olstrum both injured? were safe and thats all that matters.

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