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The run in.


Forwards key.

By WW
February 13 2017

There are seven games left in the regular season of the Championship Our team has 4 home games and 3 away trips before the play-off places are decided. This weekend the visitors to LS6 are the Cornish Pirates.

It is not so long since the Pirates were formidable opponents where ever you played them. The club has had a few lean years recently but it is still in the top half of the league and in contention for a play-off place. Just 2 points behind 4th placed Ealing and with a game in hand a win for the Pirates at Headingley on Saturday would see them in the top 4. Ealing still have to visit Headingley on the last day of the regular season. So in a season where there have been no major upsets so far the team with the best incentive are visiting HC on Saturday afternoon. They might just fancy overturning the form-cart.

Our lads have won their last 2 league fixtures albeit against weaker opposition. We are second in the league and will be hoping to finish there (at least). Hopefully our management will recognise this fixture as a potential bananaskin and prepare accordingly.

In the campaign so far our forwards have been the key to our success. Despite the fact that we have been dogged with injuries we have strength in depth and the lads who have been brought in  to supplement  the existing forwards have been solid signings (if their first few games are anything of a guide.) The return to fitness of Mike Myerscough and Dean Schofield is like getting 2 new signings for the run-in which is when we want the competition for places to be keenest. The loss of Richard Beck through injury has exposed the 6 shirt as the place where we do not have strength in depth. I am not a fan of playing either Burrows or Stedman on the blindside. Our best option appears to have been to switch Mayhew from openside as we do have a surfeit of 7s.

Alex Davies has owned the scrum half slot this season, ably supported by Max Green. Despite the fact that Joe Ford has started all the league games at 10 there is a feeling that Warren Seals should have played a bigger part, which he still might if Ford gets injured. Our best centre pairing, Lucock and Casson, has developed as Casson has managed to stay fit. The shock signing of Alex Elder has galvanised our back 3 with the only other debate being Prell or Stegman.

Next week we travel to Jersey before the clash with London Irish at HC on March 5th. No-one expects us to beat the all conquering Exiles which is good. The word from the south is that the mood in the Irish camp is bullish. It would be nice to put down a marker that day for the main event a couple of months later. We then have a week off before a trip to Doncaster who, despite the fact that they lost key players in the close season, are in 3rd place and are our likely opponents in the play-offs. Last season Donny was our nemesis. I like to think that we have progressed since then and will bring back 4 points from Castle Park. So it all looks like plain sailing through to the end of the regular season. Those of us who have, mistakenly, held that belief in the past are now laughing to ourselves. We are Yorkshire Carnegie and nothing, but nothing, is ever plainsailing.

Cornish Pirates will prove to be a tougher proposition than our last opponents I am sure. That said I expect that we will win with a bonus point. Tykes by twelve.

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The run in.
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Re: The run in.
JDH (IP Logged)
14/02/2017 13:15
Nice post. We have a massive opportunity this season and need to go for it. Key will be cutting the pens and cards out. Playing to our best we have a chance and could upset the Irish.

 
bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
15/02/2017 12:40
Lets hope Pirates give us a Test!!! COLT !!!!!

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
17/02/2017 15:46
So Warren Seals gets a start in the Championship......About time!


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Re: The run in.
SJP (IP Logged)
19/02/2017 22:19
Quote:
bird lover
Lets hope Pirates give us a Test!!! COLT !!!!!

I think we did, don't you.

EDF Trophy Winners 2007
B & I Cup Winners 2010

 
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Re: The run in.
almostatyke (IP Logged)
19/02/2017 22:22
Yes our team, as well as many posters on this forum, have been awaken from their complacency.
Well done Pirates!

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
19/02/2017 22:30
Next week now becomes our biggest game of the season. With Irish coming the following week, there is the possibility of losing 3 on the bounce, and confidence disappearing. Now is not the time to go on a losing run!. Let's put yesterday to bed.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
20/02/2017 09:37
SJP, you did and we got found out.we are not as good as some think we are and Sat proved it. tough times ahead well done you deserved you victory, Bird. Good luck for rest of season until and if you do play us again!!!! COLT!!!!

 
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Re: The run in.
northseapirate (IP Logged)
20/02/2017 13:40
Pirate in Peace.....can I just say that YC supporters have been most magnanimous in their compliments towards "pirates' for their performance this weekend. Few teams can go through a season without a defeat and it is how you deal with it that 'marks your card'.

Thanks 'Yorks' and all the best for the rest of the season....and please beat Jersey next week!

Just love this game...

MEP

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bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
27/02/2017 09:41
Just looked at the table and third and fourth place sides are a staggering 27 yes 27 pnts behind L\I that's unbelievable !!!! COLT!!!!!

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
27/02/2017 10:01
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bird lover
Just looked at the table and third and fourth place sides are a staggering 27 yes 27 pnts behind L\I that's unbelievable !!!! COLT!!!!!

What is more important is that the 5th placed team are 13 points behind us with 5 games to play. The first objective this season is to finish in the top four, the higher the better. Even IF we get nothing from Irish and Donny, we will still be second with only 3 games to play. With Pirates hosting Jersey on the weekend we go to Doncaster, and still having to play Irish, as have Jersey, points will be lost there. Ealing have only 4 games remaining, including a trip to Headingley, so we will comfortably finish in the top four. Knock out rugby from then on, anything can happen. You have to be in it to win it, and we will be.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
tomthepom
Re: The run in.
tomthepom (IP Logged)
01/03/2017 21:41
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Haxbytyke
With Pirates hosting Jersey on the weekend we go to Doncaster

Pirates are hosting Jersey this coming Sunday. It's looking like a must-win for the Reds if we're to stay in realistic PO contention. After that (& Pirates again in B&I) we play Roth (H), LI (H) Donny (A) & Richmond (H)

 
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Re: The run in.
almostatyke (IP Logged)
02/03/2017 19:19
Good to see that, despite the terrible publicity the Championship has received this season (BTW if there has been a single positive news article please let me know), there is a genuine and keenly-fought battle going on for the play-off places.

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
05/03/2017 12:12
Whatever happens today, we should be ok. I can see us picking up another 13 or 14 points from our remaining fixtures. Donny are by no means home and dry. Their 4 remaining games are Carnegie, Jersey and Irish at home, and a trip to Pirates. Ealing, Pirates and Jersey will be poised to take advantage of any slip up by the Knights. A Pirates win today would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
05/03/2017 22:23
Jersey's win today has helped Donny and Ealing, but they still have much to do to ensure a play off place. Carnegie have a big part still to play in deciding who finishes where?

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
06/03/2017 06:34
Gutted ! I saw this season as a 4 game season so far P 2 L 2 F 31 A 61 D -30 pnts 0. But also worryingly Donny and Ealing are coming up fast on ropes. Our trip soon to Donny takes on a massive importance they are closing gap on us it's imp we finish second. The news this week about JH is also worrying if true that's 2 of our best gone !!! COLT !!!!!

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
06/03/2017 15:19
I've just been looking at the remaining fixtures, and trying to predict the likely outcome. If I'm correct, we will comfortably finish second, with Ealing taking 3rd place. It looks like being a right scrap for the remaining play off place between Donny, Jersey and Pirates.
Donny have to play them both, as well as us and Irish. They'll have earned their top four place if they come through that lot unscathed.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 18:35
We have to stop loosing at Donny !!!!! Must ! COLT !!!!

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 19:12
Doesn't matter what happens at Donny. Obviously be good to win, but if we lose, we're still second with three games left. And that is where we will finish, second!

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 19:59
Disagree there Hax. We could meet Donny in the playoff semis A defeat next week would give them a psychological advantage. Remember last season?

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Re: The run in.
almostatyke (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 20:52
We are on a losing streak of four matches. We need to stop the rot next Sunday at Donny.

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 21:26

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
11/03/2017 23:49
We won''t be playing Donny in the play offs, we'll be playing Ealing. And after what we saw at Headingley earlier this season, I'd be confident of beating Donny over two games.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
12/03/2017 10:15
It doesn't matter what happens at Donny what planet are you on !!!! Cors it B matters it's Donny !!!!!! COLT !!!!

 
Selby Kev
Re: The run in.
Selby Kev (IP Logged)
15/03/2017 10:53
Agree with WW (and the duckweed hybrid)on this one...not just about number crunching... much of it is about head stuff and confidence. If we have any aspiration to win this Division the losing streak needs to be sorted... in emphatic 5-point style!!! Whatever past performances might show...Donny will be really pumped up for this one on the telly!And if we dither for 25 mins like we did against Irish...anything could happen?Success breeds success...the opposite is also true?



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tomthepom
Re: The run in.
tomthepom (IP Logged)
15/03/2017 18:26
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Haxbytyke
We won''t be playing Donny in the play offs, we'll be playing Ealing. And after what we saw at Headingley earlier this season, I'd be confident of beating Donny over two games.

what makes you so sure it'll be Ealing? They only have 3 games left, & I can see them winning 2 before losing at Headingley at Easter. Donny should get 2 wins at least from their 4 games, in which case it would be a bonus point 'shoot-out', or 3 would see them 3rd for sure

 
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Re: The run in.
almostatyke (IP Logged)
15/03/2017 21:04
Why don't we just watch events unfold on the pitch? It's getting to the exciting part of the season and I am sure the top 4 will deserve their spots, and the Play-offs will sort the wheat from the chaff.

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
19/03/2017 18:33
Ealing have two games left. Scottish at home and a visit to Headingley on the last day. 9 points? They will be targeting 10!

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haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
19/03/2017 19:03
Don't panic, we'll have secured the runners up spot by then.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
19/03/2017 19:31
Panic. Why would we panic? The next 3 games are meaningless. It is only the playoffs that count. Surely we all know that.

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haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
19/03/2017 20:32
With all respect, if we can't beat Richmond, and on current form Bedford, we should not even be contesting the play offs. The game against Ealing might be where we need to put down a marker though.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
20/03/2017 13:25
Phew at last someone we can mallet and get back on winning ways our semi pro friends from Richmond and at home. At last.someone we have a chance to beat.COLT!!!!!

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
20/03/2017 15:24
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bird lover
Phew at last someone we can mallet and get back on winning ways our semi pro friends from Richmond and at home. At last.someone we have a chance to beat.COLT!!!!!

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bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
21/03/2017 14:59
Oh come on WW, surely we can see these off COLT!!!!! or we are doomed !!!

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
21/03/2017 15:53
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bird lover
Oh come on WW, surely we can see these off COLT!!!!! or we are doomed !!!

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bird lover
Re: The run in.
bird lover (IP Logged)
21/03/2017 16:14
Not really the Gambling type WW ,But I do think as bad as we are at present we can do Richmond !!! COLT!!!!

 
haxbytyke
Re: The run in.
Haxbytyke (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 17:27
Today's result from Jersey has put the cat amongst the pigeons. All the pressure on Donny now tomorrow. Maybe the horrendous TMO decision last week will decide the final play off place.

COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.

 
Selby Kev
Re: The run in.
Selby Kev (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 18:37
Great result Hax. Irish looking vulnerable. It will unsettle them....play with their heads! Makes our trip overseas look a bit different! This is our opportunity to halt the slippery slide over recent weeks. Needs to be clear 5-pointer and maybe 50 points on the board...and looking to correct all the stupid mistakes. Be nice to see a solid defence this week High hopes...despite some worried posts above!!!?

 
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Re: The run in.
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 20:01
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Selby Kev
.....and looking to correct all the stupid mistakes. !!!?

...that would be nice!

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Selby Kev
Re: The run in.
Selby Kev (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 20:42
They need to play a lot more intelligently WW...but being Leeds... we are forced to live in hope!

 
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Re: The run in.
almostatyke (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 21:12
We need to put down a marker tomorrow, without doubt. But let's not get too confused. Our loss at Jersey was probably because our get out of jail cards had run out and important referee decisions went against us. London Irish have lost there today, possibly with an inferior performance compared to us.
Against Donny it was the home advantage that swayed the match away from us.
We really need to capitalise on our home advantage and really get behind the team to get that "edge" that gets the referee giving you scrum penalties and tries that are not referred to the TMO/refused.

Perhaps we need to turn up and shout.

 
Hugo.LI
Re: The run in.
Hugo.LI (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 22:49
Jersey outplayed us today, admittedly we write without some key players but jersey played well. Lost the battle at front and we never really got a foothold in the game

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