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By WW
April 11 2017

The Championship regular season ends on Saturday at teatime. The champions and the bottom club have already  been decided. By a quirk of the computer the top four sides clash in Yorkshire this weekend. The results could have a large bearing on how the  play-offs pan out....

Ealing are the visitors to Headingley on Saturday whilst champions London Irish go to Castle Park where the home side  have finally done enough to get themselves into the play-offs. Irish have wobbled recently. Donny will want to put down a marker so that the Exiles do not take them for granted in the play-off semi-finals.

If that game is tough to call then our fixture against Ealing Trailfinders must also fall into that category. The west London side have not been beaten in the league since Irish squeezed a win at Vallis Way at the end of January. The Trailfinders, who have not been slow to splash the cash, have recorded more than 50 points in each of their last three league games. The Ealing squad numbers 42 players and they are currently busy signing and re-signing players for next season. The club's march up the leagues has been remarkable and it's ambitions are to be admired. Anyone who thinks that the Trailfinders will be a pushover on Saturday is probably out of touch with the way things are going in the Championship.

After our major wobble in the New Year we have managed to steady the ship with wins against Richmond and Bedford. In the latter game our outgoing and much loved skipper showed what he has to offer the premiership with three storming tries. Whilst I am confident that our pack will hold it's own against Ealing, the interesting clash for me is Ford v Clegg. It is also vital, for us, that Joe keeps the scoreboard ticking over, as he did at Goldington Road. Clegg may be past his best but he is playing in a side that is scoring at will. Perhaps our Kiwi 7 might have a say in how much freedom Mr Clegg gets at HC.

We have a minimum of 3 games and a max of 5 left this season. The intensity of play needs to be at the level it was when Irish came to town for all the remaining games. If we do that we will make the play-off final. Once in the final we will be 160 minutes from the Premiership. Yep we will be that close. I think we will beat Ealing on Saturday in a high scoring game by 5 points.

 

C'mon Tykes!

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almostatyke (IP Logged)
12/04/2017 15:42
Brush has hinted at a bit of "rotation" in the Carnegie squad this weekend, plus we do not know how Ealing will treat this fixture - so a difficult one to call. Carnegie do not do comfortable so I will say YC to win by 3.

 
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12/04/2017 15:53
As YC have no fear of losing this weekend I might suggest they give the ball plenty of air and run the ball or alternately give Ealing a defensive masterclass.

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