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Dissolution of the B&I

By Almo
January 11 2018

  The B&I Cup has never been cool, but how do we finish the competition with a flourish?    

In what will probably be our last two B&I matches, we take on London Scottish (away) and Jersey Reds (Scarboro) on the next two Saturdays. The background is that we have risen to 3rd in the Championship and are 2nd in our B&I Pool though 6 points behind Jersey. With regard to the latter, I must admit I do not care too much about the qualifying rules for the next B&I round, though I suppose there is a possibility we might progress, especially as both our next two opponents may think that keeping powder dry for Championship games to come is more important. The other factor is that we come off a rest week, and earlier in the season I think it was demonstrated that if we rest players en masse then we risk having a slow start when the important Championship fixtures subsequently resume. We also have players recovering from injury who need game time.

So, if you were in J-Lo’s head what would your selection policy be for the B&I games? Remember that we have a few dual-registered players who traditionally go back to their employers for Anglo-Welsh experience at this time of year. So my guess is that Davies and Irvine will be selected to get valuable game time, and the remainder of the team will be juggled 8:5 experienced players to academy hopefuls. More experience on the bench. But what do I know?

As ever, I welcome more considered opinions below:

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Preview - the British and Irish Cup matches
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11/01/2018 20:48
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 16:30
Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach James Lowes has named a strong side for this Saturday’s penultimate British & Irish Cup pool game at London Scottish, kick off 3pm.
Lowes gave a number of young players the chance to impress against the Dragons Premiership Select in the previous two rounds but he names a strong squad this week as Yorkshire look to take a decisive step towards the knock out stages.
There is a welcome return from injury for fly half Callum Irvine, who has not featured since defeat at the same venue against Richmond back at the start of October. Yorkshire defeated Scottish earlier in the in the pool stages 19-8 at Ilkley but lost on the opening day at the Athletic Ground 28-12.

The team in full is:

15. Stevie McColl
14. George Watkins
13. Andy Forsyth
12. Fred Burdon
11. Louis Brown
10. Callum Irvine
9. Alex Davies (c)
1. Charlie Capps
2. Harry Newborn
3. James Thraves
4. Jack Whetton
5. Mike Myerscough
6. Ben West
7. Josh Bainbridge
8. Richard Beck

16. Joe Buckle
17. Will Vaughan
18. Xavier Valentine
19. Elliot Ward
20. Trystan Lloyd
21. Tom Casson
22. Pete Lucock

 
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 18:13
And the Exiles' team:

Dave Morris has named Hooker Isaac Miller as his Captain for this weekend’s British and Irish Cup game against Yorkshire Carnegie at The Athletic Ground.

The chances of qualification for the Scots into the next round of the B&I Cup are incredibly slim but Morris and his side still want a win from their first game of 2018.
Morris has taken the opportunity to rotate some of his players and utilise his wider squad but the core of the side remains the same from the Nottingham win in the league just before the New Year.
Loughborough University graduate Miller will captain the side from Hooker and is partnered by Ben Onyeama-Christie and Ewan McQuillin in the front row. Miller has made twelves appearances so far this season for the Scots and has been one of the standout performers.
James Tyas makes the shift from the back row to the second row and partners Tjiuee Uanivi. Gregor Gillanders starts on the blindside with Matt Marely starting at seven. Joe Atkinson returns to number eight after playing on the blindside against Nottingham.
Ed Hoadley is handed a start at scrum half and partners Jake Sharp, the fourth time the two will pair up together this season.
Fraser Lyle continues at inside centre after being called in as a late replacement against Nottingham when Ben Mosses was pulled out due to illness. He is joined in the centres by Charlie Ingall who will make his first appearance for Scottish at 13.
Joe Luca Smith is named on the left wing and Connor Hayhow is named on the right wing. Craig Holland will marshal proceedings from Full Back.
Pete Austin, Derrick Appiah and American International Dino Waldren are the front row replacements on the bench. Dominic McGeekie and Max Berry will cover the second and back rows. Josh Barton will cover scrum half and Nick Scott makes his return from a leg injury he suffered against Hartpury in October.

London Scottish: 1. Ben Onyeama-Christie 2. Isaac Miller © 3. Ewan McQuillin 4. Tjiuee Uanivi 5. James Tyas 6. Gregor Gillanders 7. Matt Marley 8. Joe Atkinson; 9. Ed Hoadley 10. Jake Sharp 11. Joe Luca Smith 12. Fraser Lyle 13. Charlie Ingall 14. Connor Hayhow 15. Craig Holland
Replacements: 16. Pete Austin 17. Derrick Appiah 18. Dino Waldren 19. Dominic McGeekie 20. Max Berry 21. Josh Barton 22. Nick Scott

 
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JDH (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 21:17
Great to see callum back. I hope he stays injury free from now and has a run of games. Once settled in he could be a real find.

 
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 17:00
Final score 29 - 19 to Scottish. Strange in that Scottish went 10-0 up, we then lead 10-19 at half time but had a disasterous second half leaking another 19 points.

Looks like our B&I ambitions are over.

(Sm18)

 
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Re: Preview - the British and Irish Cup matches
Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 17:17
Disappointing, I wonder if it was down to the usual slew of replacements. At least we can focus on the league!

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

 
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 17:39
Already highlights on t'offie:

[yorkshirecarnegie.com]

 
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JDH (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 18:34
Was it Casson with grubber attempt trip over then they go full length? He won't wanna see that Monday!

 
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 18:40
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JDH
Was it Casson with grubber attempt trip over then they go full length? He won't wanna see that Monday!

But strangely the referee had just raised his arm as if for a penalty - hence we were playing advantage and entitled to take risks. Perhaps it was a nervous twitch?

 
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corporalcarrot (IP Logged)
15/01/2018 08:52
I'm coming up to Scarborough for the match on Saturday and hoping both sides play their strongest teams and we see a full on game of rugby. The pool tables speak volumes about how seriously the two clubs have treated the B&I Cup this season but its the final pool match so lets hope its a great match. All the best cc

Don't kick it pick it up and GO FORWARD

 
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Re: Preview - the British and Irish Cup matches
Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
15/01/2018 09:10
After Saturday's result I would be surprised if we go full tilt, even with relatively little to play for in the league. There is a bit of money for getting to the knock-out stages but not that much.

Bit early for a reliable weather forecast yet but the Beeb is currently saying bright and cold.

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

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