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“Notes from behind the Posts”

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 […]

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Dave’s Diary

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 […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

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 […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

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 […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

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 […]

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Coach to Otley, 21st March

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.

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Coach Talk – A report by Steve Hazzelby

What a great start to the new year and the second half of the season. A tough away win against Wharefdale just before Xmas followed by a marvellous home win against a very tough Huddersfield side last Saturday. Following a well deserved two week break over the festive season we faced a massive challenge against Yorkshire opponents Huddersfield in the first game of the new year. This was always going to be a difficult challenge with several regular first team players out with injuries, sickness and unavailability. Early exchanges were pretty even with both sides testing each others defence and it was not until the 18th minute that Huddersfield scored first with a well worked catch and drive try from their big forwards giving them a 5-0 lead. The Tigers to their credit continued to test their opponents defence with good driving play by the forwards which was rewarded with […]

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Coach Talk – A report by Steve Hazzelby

Going into the last two games of the season before Christmas it is worth reviewing our efforts thus far. Played 13 games, won 10 and lost 3. A solid third place and putting the pressure on the top two. Last Saturday we were away to close rivals Fylde. They had started the season well with just two losses and one draw and were five points above us in second place. This was always going to be a close, hard fought battle between a team who like to play open, fast rugby and a team who have one of the best defences in the league. Early exchanges were uncompromising with both teams testing each others defences. Fylde scored their first try after eleven minutes after a good lineout and wide play from their back line putting them 7-0 in the lead. We didn’t play our best rugby in the first half […]

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Dave’s Diary – Scunthorpe Game

This game today is my last rugby of 2019. I go to away games rarely, these days, though I would have liked to return to God’s Own Country next Saturday. However, by the time our game kicks off at Wharfedale, I will be an hour into my flight to Johannesburg. I will spend Christmas Day at a safari park and, following that, I am hoping to see our cricketers succeed where the England rugby team failed. One thing for sure, I will not be talking much rugby with the locals. “Whatever you do, don’t mention the World Cup.” So it’s goodbye from me for the festive season, and best wishes to both my readers. I will also miss the home game against Huddersfield on January 4th; I will be in Cape Town. Doubtless, the Club will bring a substitute diarist off the bench. For my own last Diary of the […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

What another great team performance from the Tigers following on from the wonderful efforts of the previous week. On Saturday we were away to Sheffield Tigers a team that had won six of their last seven games. They were lying fourth in the league just one place behind us so we knew that this would be a hard, difficult game agains’t an in-form team. Conditions on the day were difficult with a freezing fog covering a soft, muddy pitch. Sheffield started strongly and scored a converted try within the first six minutes but we hit back five minutes later with a lovely try from full back Leon Simpson converted by Oli Glasse. We were playing some solid controlled Rugby with a strong scrum and accurate lineout that provided a firm platform for our back line. After some powerful, driving play by the forwards we got our second try through our […]