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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

On Saturday we traveled over to Cheshire to play old rivals Chester in the first away game of the season. The game had been in doubt due to the passing of Her Majesty on the Thursday so preparations were somewhat disrupted and many would say that perhaps the RFU should have postponed all fixtures. Chester are a well organised team who like ourselves try to play open rugby and are a team that never give up. They started the game very strongly and scored after only three minutes with a well worked try in the left hand corner. They added the conversion and were 0-7 in the lead, deservedly so, playing direct, high tempo rugby. However we responded almost immediately, with a great try for hooker Danny Maher, after a powerful catch and drive by the forwards. Steve Collins added the conversion which levelled the score 7-7. This was a […]

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Pre-season Matches (updated)

The 1st XV Squad started their Pre-Season matches away at Sandbach last weekend. This weekend we host Llandudno and Eccles at Park Lane. 12:30pm SP 2nd XV v Eccles 14:30pm SP 1st XV v Lladudno Please come and join us. We are offering Pie and Chips prior to the games if people want to participate and a BBQ during the afternoon, for both Players and spectators. As the weather looks great, we will be opening the outside bar and operate outside. On Saturday 20th August we host Currie Chieftains, who play in the Scottish Premiership. 14:00pm SP 2nd XV v Currie Development (far Pitches) 15:00pm SP 1st XV v Currie Chieftains This should be a massive test of our abilities at both 1st Xv and 2nd XV level. Please come and join us. We are looking to get a few tables together for a pre-match meal of Pie & Chips […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

Last Saturday we were at home to Loughborough Students, a team who we had beaten quite convincingly back in December. A very fit, young team who like to play wide open rugby at every opportunity. They had a great win against Wharfedale the previous week and came to Park Lane with a strong team hoping to cause an upset. We started the game well, playing the game in their half, keeping possession and varying play left and right, stretching their defences. A scrum on their 40 metre line saw us move the ball left, with centre Oli Glasse breaking the line to feed Full Back, Andy Riley, who touched down. Steve Collins added the conversion and we were up 7-0 after six minutes. The second score came shortly after and started deep within our 22. The ball was moved swiftly to the left, went through three pair of hands to […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

Last Saturday we were on the long journey up to Northumberland to face old rivals Tynedale. We had beaten them quite comfortably at home in December but they are always a difficult team to play at home, with some good results against top teams. They regarded themselves as our bogey team as we had not beaten them at their place for over twelve seasons. We had prepared well during the week but knew that this would be a massive challenge especially with over five of the normal starting players out with injury. The game started very tentatively with both teams kicking for territory and it was Tynedale who scored first with a catch and drive try through their big powerful forwards after we gave a penalty away. Playing with the wind we needed to get on the scoreboard and a lovely line break from scrum half Danny Openshaw took play […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

Last Saturday was the much anticipated away clash with league leaders Hull. They are the only side to have beaten us at home this season with a narrow 17-22 win back in November. They had only lost two games up to this point and have a very strong team with big powerful forwards and fast backs, who are able to find a different ways of winning games. We had prepared really well for this challenge and were coming off the back of some great victories against some of the top teams, but knew that this would be a defining result of who would go on to challenge for promotion. We started the game well, with possession and territory putting pressure on their defence in their 22, but were unable to break them down. We lost a number of crucial line outs which enabled them to clear their line and take […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

Last Saturday we were at home to old Yorkshire rivals Wharfedale. We had taken the points earlier in the season at their ground but we knew that this would be a hard game especially after the disappointment of the previous Saturday. It was a special day for winger Jamie Harrison in his 200th game for the club, a wonderful achievement in the national leagues. We started the game strongly keeping possession and putting good pressure on Wharfedale’s defence. However, we gave 3 penalties away in the space of 5 minutes and it was the visitors who scored first, after a missed tackle in the centre of the field. 0-7 down after 6 minutes. Early exchanges were scrappy with both teams making basic errors and squandering good opportunities. Despite these errors. we got back in the game with a well-executed try for winger Jamie Harrison after lovely handling by the backs. […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

After a nine game unbeaten run it has been a disappointing two weeks for the Tigers. A narrow one point loss to Stourbridge the previous Saturday followed by a five point home loss to Hull on Saturday. This was always going to be a hard, physical encounter against a team who has the best defensive record in the league and who had only suffered one loss to a very powerful Rotherham team. We started the game really strongly, playing the game in their half and trying to keep them pinned down. A penalty deep within their 22 gave us our first score, from hooker Matt Gallagher, after a lovely catch and drive from the forwards. This was followed nine minutes later with a score for No. 8 Tom Ailes, after patient phase play build up from the forwards and backs combined. Steve Collins added the conversion and we were now […]

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Coaches Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

What a great day last Saturday at Park Lane. A massive derby game against old rivals Fylde who were flying high in the league with five wins and lying in fourth place and only two points behind us who were in first place. The conditions on the day were lovely, a dry, firm pitch, a big crowd and an electric atmosphere. The game started as was expected at lighting pace with both teams looking to impose their authority. Fylde scored first with a penalty after 7 minutes but we hit back almost immediately with a great strike from fly half Steve (Piggy) Collins, to level the scores. Fylde to their credit kept possession well and looked to stretch us at every opportunity. However, the Tigers defence was immense and drove them back every time. Our set piece in the scrum and lineout was accurate and provided a great platform for […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

You can read Steve’s reports in the Matchday Program, at each home game. The Programme for this weeks game will be available later this week, on the website, at https://sedgley-tigers.com/information/documents/matchday-programmes/   Last Saturday saw the sixth game in this new season. It is fair to say that we had started well with four wins and a draw up until this point. The week before we had beaten a very good Bournville side who were the top try scorers in the league and expectations were high as we travelled up to Blaydon in our fourth away game. Blaydon had not started their campaign well and were looking for their first win. Despite this we were taking nothing for granted and they recorded the first score of the game with a penalty after 2 minutes. Conditions on the day were excellent. Warm weather and an artificial 4G pitch, where fast open Rugby […]

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Coach’s Talk – A Report from Steve Hazzelby

What a start to the new season with 3 wins and a draw in the first four games to end September with 17 league points and just 2 points behind leaders Fylde. Last Saturday we were on the road to play old rivals Sheffield Tigers. They have had a mixed start to the season with one win and two losses, but this is always a difficult place to go and get the win. We started the game well playing down the slope and after a good lineout and forward drive, No 8 Tom Ailes drove over for the first score converted by Steve Collins. 7-0 up in the first five minutes. Sheffield to their credit kept taking the game to us and from a scrum on our 40 metre line moved the ball wide to the left to score a converted try to level the scores 7-7. Unforced errors and […]