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Whitehaven 46, Hunslet 10

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As this game drew to a close yesterday, conversation turned to whether it had actually surpassed the York "effort" for crass incompetence. My personal opinion was that it hadn't - well not quite! 

The game sauntered through endless pedestrian play-the-balls and regular penalty awards - both teams seemed to be trying to slow each other down! The early injury to Watson caused uncertainty and inbalance throughout the team (Thornton had named four forwards on the bench) and was the root cause of at least three tries. For a period in the third quarter we seemed to wake up a bit and looked like we might get back into it, only to return in the final 20 to a morass of missed tackles, dropped or mistimed passes, and failures to deal with innocuous kicks.

So chaps and chapesses, time to put to bed any lingering faint hopes of promotion this year. Even though if the final two rounds of the season pan out as expected and we finish fifth, the last two away games have shown we are clearly in no fit state to challenge for victory in the playoffs at any team above or around us in the table. The best we can hope for is a trip to Odsal and with it a bit of extra cash. 

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Yeah totally agree again with your thoughts. If the format changes it could be a trip to workington who are good at home but not unbeatable. End of season as developed into some real rubbish and we need to look to next season for a real push. One or two key positions need altering player wise with a bit more x factor needed. 

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I didn't go so hard to comment but when you play Whitehaven its pretty obvious your gameplan should be try and give Dion Ayre as little time as possible  and stop him getting the ball to Jessie Joe Parker .....result Ayre 2 tries Parker 2 tries, its ok running  big scores in this lop sided div again Hemel  etc but when we come up again a half decent playmaker like Penky, Ayre , Chisholm, Hardcastle its always the same story. No doubt when we play Newcastle next week Lewis Young will be allowed to play in a dinner jacket just like he did when we played them up there. 

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Bang right Pudsey,  we have a great goalkicker and good long passer at stand off  but should take the line on more and a scrum half who looks good against the lower teams but comes up short again the top teams. That sums it up. 

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