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Expect a forward battle

By ww
October 26 2017

The regular championship resumes this weekend with the seventh round of fixtures. Bristol is four points clear at the top of the table and Rotherham is rooted to the foot of it with only one bonus point to it's name.  

By a quirk of the fixture list the games this weekend have a decidedly northern feel to them. All 3 Yorkshire clubs plus Nottingham are at home. Bristol travels to Jersey and the only game in London sees Scottish v the students at the RAG.

I expect wins for Bristol, Donny, Notts, Hartpury and Ealing this weekend but the last fixture (ours against Bedford) is much harder to predict. Bedford lies 5th in the table, 3 pointa above Carnegie with the same number of defeats (2 each).  J-Lo has taken the precaution of resting key players during the cup break, where he could, so the cup results do not give any real indication of the club's form as we go into Sunday's match. We have beaten 2 of the 4 clubs above us in the table so I do not think that J-Lo will be unduly worried that Bedford is above us.

The key factors , for me, are the number of injuries keeping our best players out and the more ethereal one of what frame of mind the squad is in when it runs onto the field on Sunday afternoon.

Green should be available after suspension but I would start with Homer if fit. Davies at 10 is the critical doubt. Pete Lucock was OK at 10 but I would prefer him in the centre with either Forsyth or Casson. Our pack has enough experience and grunt to match the Blue forwards. Add to that the return of long term injured players and J-Lo has no excuse to play forwards out of position. With all the recent rain it will be ideal conditions on Sunday for an attritional battle between the two packs. If this is the case I am going for a home win in a low scoring game with the visitors restricted to a losing bonus point. Carnegie by 5!

 

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Re: Week 7
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
27/10/2017 12:32
This week's team:

15. Stevie McColl
14. George Watkins
13. Andy Forsyth
12. Tom Casson
11. Chris Elder
10. Pete Lucock
9. Will Homer
1. Marc Thomas
2. Mike Mayhew
3. Elliot Millar-Mills
4. Jack Whetton
5. Mike Myerscough
6. Richard Beck
7. Josh Bainbridge
8. Ollie Stedman
16. Harry Newborn
17. Charlie Beech
18. James Thraves
19. Ben West
20. Richard Mayhew
21. Max Green
22. Louis Brown

Looks OK if Pete Lucock can call the shots from 10.Beech, West and Mayhew on the bench!

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JDH (IP Logged)
27/10/2017 13:20
The blurb says West starts so assuming whetton is on the bench.
A different test for Pete at 10 than last week. Let's hope Forsyth has his catching and passing hands on!

 
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Re: Week 7
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
28/10/2017 06:55
Last night Nottingham beat Richmond 34-17 to secure 3rd place in the league. Three more games today.

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Wildwillie (IP Logged)
29/10/2017 06:27
Saturday's games saw Bristol win at Jersey,Hartpury win at Scottish and Ealing narrowly win at Rotherham.

This means that before today's games we have slipped to 7th behind Hartpury.

A win today could see us go 5th above both Bedford and Hartpury.

(Sm134)

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Re: Week 7
JDH (IP Logged)
29/10/2017 09:49
Let's hope so!

 
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Re: Week 7
Wildwillie (IP Logged)
30/10/2017 06:12
A surprise win for Cornish Pirates at Doncaster yesterday by 24-46 allowing Donny an lbp means that we are 6th on the same points as Bedford and Donny (22) We have now beaten 3 of the top 5 clubs this season. Our next 2 fixtures are against the other 2.

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