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Tough call
new paddytaf (IP Logged)
04 October, 2018 12:34
This Saturday as you may all know we travel to Hackney Marshes to face Old Streetonians According to the Website we played them last season but to be honest I can't remember playing them this January or last October. Anyway it will be a tough call but in order for us to move up the leagues we need BIG GAMES and with last Saturday's encounter with Harrow (which was tough) hopefully that has focused the team on this Saturday's Top Of The Table Clash. C'MON YOU WELSH PADDYTAF.

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nld (IP Logged)
04 October, 2018 16:11
It was my typo and not your memory! Last played January 2017.

Definitely going to be a tough game. Bring a brolly and wrap up well - there's no cover on the Marshes! It's just possible to see the pitch from the bar if necessary....

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Y Drenewydd (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 10:32
Anyone know the team sheets for Saturday?

Ok it’s now on Club Twitter feed

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/10/2018 11:02 by Y Drenewydd.

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new paddytaf (IP Logged)
05 October, 2018 11:37
No disrespect too Alex Laybourne but I've only seen Alex play in the back row so far for WELSH. Does that mean we are in short supply for second row forwards or is this also a favoured position for young Alex? PADDYTAF.

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Y Drenewydd (IP Logged)
07 October, 2018 18:55
Tough call ...65 mins .... 0 v 0,
pack on a roll , penalty under the posts .. scrum or 3 points .......if only!

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TC08 (IP Logged)
10 October, 2018 08:45
First time we have been mentioned in the Telegraph for some time!

London Welsh's scoreless 'classic' is a reminder games do not need tries to entertain

Having once described the All Blacks’ drawn series against the Lions as “like kissing your sister”, Lord knows what dubious metaphor Steve Hansen, the New Zealand head coach, would employ to depict London Welsh’s 0-0 draw against Old Streetonians on Saturday.

Scoreless matches within rugby are the rarest of beasts in the modern game. According to Opta, there has never been a 0-0 draw in the Premiership, Top 14, Pro14, Super Rugby or the two premier European competitions.

Yet sightings increase as you turn the clock back. Indeed, the third international played, between Scotland (who included the magnificently named Bulldog Irvine) and England finished pointless.

There was also a spate of 0-0s in the early 1960s. The last Five Nations Championship match to draw a blank came at Lansdowne Road in 1963 between England and Ireland. A report in The Daily Telegraph noted the match featured 107 line-outs and 51 scrums, which will cause a few former forwards to exhale wistfully.

The final top-tier international to finish 0-0 came in January 1964 as Scotland held the All Blacks at Murrayfield, although 40 years later an encounter between Togo and Nigeria also finished pointless.

A host of law changes, particularly increasing the value of a try from three to four points in 1971 and then five points in 1992, have been to the scoreless draw as the introduction of rats was to the dodo.

Yet when conditions are just right, they can still take flight as was the case on Hackney Marshes on Saturday. To say it rained a lot would be an understatement. Many participants say that it was the worst conditions they have ever played in.

As the London Welsh match report put it: “So many cats and dogs fell from the sky that is was a wonder Noah didn’t set up a shipyard on Hackney Marshes.”

Add in some howling wind and all the ingredients were there.

Welsh, who were reborn in the ninth tier of English rugby after the professional arm of the club was liquidated in 2017, got over the try line on a couple of occasions, but each time, Old Streetonians, based in Shoreditch, were able to hold them up.

Then, in the last play of the game, the referee awarded Welsh a penalty wide on the 10 metre line. Up stepped Rhodri Dawes, grandson of Lions legend John, but although his kick had the legs, it drifted right of the posts.

You would think the 150-odd Welsh fans who had traversed the capital for the London & SE Division Three North West top-of-the-table clash would have regretted the trip, but according to Gwyn Williams, club chairman, most of them are already regarding it as a badge of honour.

“I spoke to the supporters’ club last night and none of us felt that we had watched a turgid, awful afternoon of rugby,” Williams said. “We all actually enjoyed it for some strange reason. It was a classic in its own right. It will be great to look back on this season and say, ‘Do you remember the 0-0 on Hackney Marshes when there were 150 of us all soaking wet?’ It is back to the old school when scores were very low. It was not that long ago when you would get a lot of 3-0s, 6-0s or 9-3s. This was like a blast from the past.”

At Gallagher Premiership level, scoring records seem to be falling every week. Already this season there have been 226 tries and 1,905 points after six rounds of matches. No doubt this represents progress for the majority of people, but this is a refreshing reminder that another side to rugby exists and it is still a game for all shapes and scorelines.

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one sais fits all (IP Logged)
10 October, 2018 13:06
London French away 3 seasons ago was worse conditions than that although at least the rain stopped seconds after the final whistle.

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