Tonight second in the table Yorkshire Carnegie travels to bottom club Richmond for a Friday night under lights fixture that could be a lot closer than the league table might suggest.....
Both clubs won last weekend. Consequently Bryan Redpath has only made two changes to his starting XV. Max Green steps up at scrumhalf and Lewis Boyce comes back into the starting front row. Richmond have only made one change to the side that beat London Scottish at the RAG. Tonight's game is at the same ground.
The weather forecast for west London is dry and sunny all day. By kick-off it will be 7 degrees with a light north easterly breeze. This is ideal for playing rugby, in my opinion.
Carnegie will have worked on several issues that showed up at Headingley last Friday. The lineout must be better. We also expect the good defensive work, started against Doncaster, to continue. Complacency must not be an issue tonight. Richmond has been improving in the weeks building up to the win over the Exiles.
There does not appear to be any media coverage from the RAG tonight so we will be coordinating updates on here, garnered from the serried ranks of Tykes on the terraces at Richmond.
headingleytyke I thought after last week we had our defence sorted out. Obviously not. On what I have read today we do not deserve to go up. Do the players not listen or have they not got confidence in their coaches
Or do they lack the ability to communicate with each other when the game is in progress?
We were 22 points up after 20 minutes, we should have run riot. Interestingly, following on Twitter, our best player, and enforcer, was not mentioned once. Let's start by giving Buzz the number 8 shirt back.
COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.
Craig, Green, Hill, Burrell, Hodgson and Fred Burdon and more- all playing on tv Saints v Falcons tonight. We've had a lot of players at Headingley who've been Prem standard - plenty through the academy. If you want a career in this sport, you have to seize your chance and take responsibility - blaming the coaches won't get you far.
Richmond are obviously coming into form and we had the misfortune to play them on a Friday night, meaning no away support. Forget the "part-time" tag, Richmond players are hardly bricklayers and labourers, they just went easy on the emails today to ensure they were match fit.
With Smith out they need beck in for the lineout. Agree buzz at 8 though. Wonder if he will go back there when mayhew is back at 7. I know he wants buzz and Stedham on the field but without first choice jumping locks it don't work.
Sorry Almo, I can't agree. Before tonight they were averaging 12 points a game. They are not a full time team, we should be seeing them off, and that is probably why we over-run them in the last 10 minutes. And 22 points up in 20 minutes should have been the catalyst for a massive win. We've got the 5 points, and we are well placed in the league, but for me, tonight's result is nowhere near good enough
COME ON LEEDS.
We've been through it all together.
Not a lot you can say about that that can be printed,second in league pushing for Prem. Not a hope in hell. That should have been a 100 ! sorted defence out my backside.COYC !!!Well done Mr Redpath have a look at Saints v Falcons game and have a little think.Oh and do something about our defence.New contract !! Mmmmmm
London Welsh like many other Championship clubs have abandoned their Prem dream as now there are only two sides in Championship with that dream and one Red Hot Fav the future for English level two Rugby looks GRIM this has been coming for a while . The union and premiership greed has let level two down. And when they ring fence that's it. But I have to say that the state of Championship this year is it what they have engineered??????
I think the realists amongst us realise that we are nowhere near good enough to survive in the Prem and have been saying so for a number of seasons. That's just survive, never mind compete. Thats why i said pre-season that i was just going to try and enjoy the rugby this year and not mention the 'P' word.
The rugby in the Championship, thanks to the RFU Premiership Rugby, is just so far below prem standard that it in no way prepares the play off winners for what they are about to face.
In my opinion, as I said on another thread the other day, this situation is being purposely engineered by the organisations mentioned above so that they can justify ringfencing.
As far as we are concerned and our defensive issues. I think we are a bit like England under Lancaster. The players are there, but they are capable of so much more. Read into that what you will.
I wonder if our sponsors and shareholders realise their waste of money. We are not faintly ready for premiership play and would hate to watch if we went up. Being realistic we could see us as a semi pro team next season
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