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February 9 2019

Next weekend the Jersey boys are in town. It is a long haul from the Channel Islands so the Reds will be looking for points and will not want to go home empty handed. This match has the hallmarks of a good tussle.

After the results of recent weeks it would be  foolish to look at our respective league positions and try to glean a clue to the result of this encounter. Jersey are riding high in the top four whilst we are 3rd from bottom and can only rise to 9th if we win this game. More relevant is our form since Xmas with  the setback against Ealing Trailfinders as the only blemish on our record. Moreover we have beaten the teams in 3rd, 5th, 6th & 7th  so 4th placed Jersey will hold no fears for us. We won convincingly at Nottingham in our last game whereas Jersey went down at home to the Scottish Exiles. Having said that the Islanders are perfectly capable of piddling on our bonfire if we let them.

One factor in our improving form has been the performance of the pack. Despite some erratic lineout work the forwards, whoever is selected, are putting in big shifts both in attack and also when we need to defend. For me our outstanding forward has been Dan Temm who has lit up games with his incisive running.

Behind the pack the consistency of JB coupled with the improving form of Jade Te Rure has been a major factor. Jade is key to our fortunes in the next 3 months. His confidence is growing and he is the crucial link providing attacking ball to our threequarters.

Our DoR has been juggling the backline - moving Elijah into the centre has given the backs a new dynamic and has taken the pressure off our regular centres. Jacob has shown his potential in every game that he has played for us and Harry Davey has developed a try-scoring habit whenever he makes an appearance.

Sunday's game is there to be won. Whatever side Jersey put out should make no difference to us. We have the capability to beat the Reds in every department. At the moment the weather forecast is good - dry & moderate breeze so if we put in an 80 minutes like that against Bedford then we will prevail. 


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12/02/2019 07:16
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almostatyke (IP Logged)
12/02/2019 09:18
Probably the most confident and optimistic preview for one of our games for a long time, and one I agree with!

The team has a spirit and resilience that can only come from a run of victories and I think that will see us through in what could be a tight match.

Great preview WW.


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inside-knowledge (IP Logged)
13/02/2019 21:10
Great preview

The team is riding high on the back of recent results but more importantly the the positive support from the rugby people in Yorkshire.

To give you some detail on how we have gone about things, we have an order of needs
1. Needs of the individual
2. Needs of the team are greater than the individual
3. Needs of the club are greater than the team

The process model delivered is servant leadership
• DOR serves the coaches
• Coaches serve the players
• Players serve the club
• the club serves rugby in the community, supporters and region

This has the region, community and supporters at the top and most important.

I cannot thank you enough for sticking with us. This is just the beginning

Our goal is good to great and we have a way to go.

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opuscoitus (IP Logged)
13/02/2019 22:11
Cheers I-K

Thanks for sharing on here regularly, know it’s appreciated by many who have had to suffer the mushroom syndrome in the past

Refreshing and appreciated

Thanks and roll on Sunday

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Bobba (IP Logged)
13/02/2019 23:11
Good preview WW. Thanks also to inside-knowledge for his input. It is appreciated.

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almostatyke (IP Logged)
14/02/2019 08:18
Thanks I-K.

I will make sure your assessment of WW's preview does not go to his head.


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Selby Kev (IP Logged)
15/02/2019 19:41
Good preview WW-thanks.Hope you are right. Its been a rocky ride this season!We are 'on the up' as they say...bur Reds have beaten Irish and Ealing at different times...and have been 'there or thereabouts all season-since they beat us!I think we have the capacity and talent now but suspect a close game. Interesting to see how vital kicking game was in 6 Nations. You have to play in the right territory for sure. Looking forward to a huge game for us-playing on the front foot from the off!

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almostatyke (IP Logged)
15/02/2019 20:19
Hoe to see you at the match on Sunday, Kev.

Selby Kev
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Selby Kev (IP Logged)
15/02/2019 20:41 could I resist...but hope we come with good game plan!

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Gelbel (IP Logged)
16/02/2019 17:58
Love I-K's post.

BP win and I think by 14+ points

What am I most looking forward to tomorrow? Not shivering my bits off. I must look for my sunnies.

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