Well what a couple of weeks of rugby we have had. We always knew these last and next few games were always going to be the telling point of the season and so it seems to be the case. Our visitors today are Loughborough Students and I’m sure somewhere else in the programme notes you will find the usual in-depth analysis of games past, but will they dare to mention that certain record Students have on us. More of this later. CHESHIRE CATS (Part 1) If you were not at the last home game against Chester, you missed a very good game indeed which ebbed and flowed in most cases to whoever best played the hill at Park Lane. Alas that would be us. It would be a bit daft if we didn’t! It may not seem all that much but believe me it is one hell of an incline […]
I blame it all on Calon Lân. Two weeks ago, 2 pm Saturday, I was all ready to go I just needed my outside shoes on, and I would be here, Sedgley Park v Chester. I still had the TV on and, at that very moment, the band in Cardiff struck up Calon Lân, and I had a startling vision from the past. I saw Barry John, in grainy black and white. The ball had gone loose behind the Wales backline, but he scooped it up before floating and ghosting past white-shirted defenders, one, two, three, four, to score a try of unbelievable brilliance. You would have to be of a certain age to know just how bad England were in those days. The Welsh game was always the Five Nations opener, and it was the kiss of death to be selected, because ten of the team would inevitably be […]
Last Saturday we were on the road to unbeaten league leaders Caldy. The last time the teams played each other was the season before last when they won the league and gained promotion into National One. We were the only to team to beat them in that campaign both home and away and this was always going to be a huge challenge for both teams. Conditions on the day were difficult with a driving wind going down the pitch. They started well with a penalty in the first 15 minutes playing into the elements. We responded with a Steve Collins penalty 5 minutes later to equal the scores. Then from a good lineout and drive from the forwards Caldy took the lead with a lovely line break try from their right winger. 8-3 after 23 minutes. We continued to test the Caldy defences and hit back with a great try […]
What a great reaction from the players after the disappointment of losing at Hinckley. On Saturday we played Cheshire rivals Chester at home. We had narrowly beaten them at their ground before Christmas and we knew that this would be a big challenge from a good well organised team. We started the game strongly with pace, width and high tempo and this was rewarded with a lovely try for new boy Gene Ormseby wide out on the right wing. The build up to the score was excellent with great driving play from the forwards and pace from the backs finished off with a lovely chip over from fly half Steve Collins gathered by Gene. The second try came six minutes later after a great drive from No 8 Tom Ailes, a line break from centre Oli Glasse finished off again by Gene, (his second), putting us 10-0 in the lead […]
If the Six Nations comes, can spring be far behind? Well, no, it can’t. The competition, which starts today, comes to its unpredictable conclusion on March 15th, and that’s just a few days away from the spring equinox. The dark season is almost over. England have some tricky games to negotiate, beginning with France in Paris tomorrow. The Calcutta Cup game is in Edinburgh next Saturday, so a bad start could see England out of contention before they’ve properly started. On the other hand, win those two and…well, that’s what we love about sport. The Saracens affair has cast a shadow over this latter part of the season. I am very much in two minds about it. I count few billionaires amongst my immediate circle of friends and acquaintances, but it seems to be the case that the rich have a cavalier attitude to financial rules. As a pensioner, I […]
The Six Nations 2020 Championship is almost upon us and will once again see England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales go head to head over the course of five rugby-packed weekends. Wales are the reigning champions. They won five out of five in 2019, meaning they also claimed the Grand Slam (for beating every team) and Triple Crown (for beating the other ‘Home Nations’, ie England, Scotland and Ireland). All Six Nations matches will be shown live on either the BBC or ITV and SP will be showing all the games on the big screen. The fixture schedule begins on Saturday, February 1, with Wales hosting Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, followed by Ireland against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and then, on Sunday, February 2, France tackle England at the Stade de France in Paris. Come an support England on Sunday. The game starts at 3pm and […]
As we increase the use of Facilities we are looking for Part-time Bar Staff to augment the excellent staff we currently have working with us. Staff must be 18, presentable and prepared to work in a club environment. Pay will be commensurate with age and full traiing will be given. No previous experience is necessary. Please enquire through the Bar Manager, John Grundy (BarManager@sprufc.co.uk, 07774-637064), or myself, Steve Ward (Chairman@sprufc.co.uk, 07891-637616).
It has been a mixed two weeks for the players, management and coaches. A hard fought win against a powerful Stourbridge side followed last Saturday with a very disappointing away loss to Hinckley Our last home game was against old rivals Stourbridge a team who like to play open Rugby and where results over the past few seasons have always been close. After the disappointment of the away loss against Tynedale the week previously we were looking for a positive reaction from the players and a good performance. Conditions on the day were very good with a fine sunny day and a dry pitch. Early exchanges were equal with both teams playing hard, physical rugby looking for ways of breaking defences down and it was Stourbridge who scored first after a huge drive from their massive forwards. 7-0 up within the first ten minutes. We came back with a penalty […]
The Club is organising a coach to go to the 1st XV fixture at Otley on 21st March and we are looking for anyone who wants a day out watching the 1st XV to get in touch. The Coach will be leaving around 11:30pm from the Club, to allow the passengers time for some lunch in Otley before the game starts at 3pm. The Coach will leave after the game at around 5pm, getting back to the Club around 6:30pm. Cost is £15 / head. If you are interested, please contact Rory Gildae (RoryG@Compuserve.com, 07785-243016) or Steve Chestney on (Steve.Chestney@gmail.com). Come and enjoy the day out.
Lancashire County RFU have asked the Club to advertise the following vacancy: A vacancy has arise for the role of Chairman of the Regional Player Pathway Group for Lancashire. To apply please follow the link below to the RFU website. https://rfu.taleo.net/careersection/rfu_casual/jobdetail.ftl?job=2000000A&lang=en