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Other Senior Rugby / England v South Africa RWC Final.
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:05:52 AM »
Firstly I'm delighted that Wales lost for two reasons....1) because I've always found them quite arrogant winners...2) but mainly because I would much rather face South Africa in the final as Wales can actually play rugby.... They would have been a big threat to us.

So now we know it is England v South Africa. I would say England have a complete rugby team at the moment with the ability to play any style of play within any part of the pitch.

South Africa didn't look like they wanted to play rugby today and I think there is a simple reason for that. They are not actually very good. Their whole game is based around rather aimless kicking to try and achieve field position in the opposition 22.

Whilst you can never be certain of a final in any sport...
I think objectively England should be looking to win comfortably. Kiss of death!!!



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Regional Two (North & North East) / Scores
« on: October 19, 2019, 03:58:05 PM »
Scarborough 11-3 york

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Regional Two (North & North East) / The big question...
« on: October 18, 2019, 07:58:05 AM »
Its the talk of Yorkshire...

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Oct 19th Preview
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:29:23 AM »
B&B v Driff
Whats happened to B&B? Started like a train and everyone was talking about them being run away leaders? I'm told that they currently have problems with HMRC, not sure if that is true or not...or if it has any link to the drop in form. However they seem to have only beaten the bottom clubs. Driffield Had another good win on Saturday and were missing a few. Their Australian recruits contiinue to arrive to strengthen them further - although one of their players has played his last match before heading off to sea. I suspect quite a good away win for Driffield.

Cleck v Durham
Last week saw a surprise loss for Cleck (well surprise to some) and a surprise win for Durham. As wih most NE sides Durham don't seem to like playing away from the comforts of their own home. And Cleck will not be happy with having their arrse handed to them on a plate last week by a dominate Jugg. If the Cleck forwards can produce some ball then their backs should run in a  good bonus point win.

YM v Town
Sadly YM are now down and out and are unlikely to recover this season unless they can find some signings and quickly. Unfortunately their off field problems are not making them a prize destination for new players. Moortown are not doing what they thought they would but they are holding their own. They said they sent a 2nd XV to Scarborough and only narrowly lost so they must have good strength in depth. Bonus point win for Town.

Malt v Morl
This is a harder one to call. Apparently Morley have lost 8 players since last season - presumably someone offered them a couple of quid more than the £50 a match they openly pay a Morley (What a waste of £24000 a year). Malton are doing much better than many expected this season and I think home advantage will be enough to see them over the line.

PP v West
Basement battle Pt1: neither side are playing overly well but I believe West had one of their better performances against Scarborough on Saturday and could have won. I doubt they will travel well. PP generally have a good record and whilst they are not at their best so far this season they should have enough for a win.

Pock v Kend
Basement battle Pt2: Almost the same as the match above. Kendal have strengthened over recent weeks but they won't have enough to beat Pock at home. Pock were winning 20-7 at half time last week at Morley before going on to lose 44-30. However I still think they will win at home.

Scabs v The Invincible SuperJugg
What can I say, the big one. The two titans of the league meeting for the first time this season. However i don't think the match will be too close. York are into top gear now and from the reports I've had from Saturday seem to be pretty unstoppable. I remember about 3 years ago when York last got like this and they were a class act to watch. So I expect a bonus point win for York.

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Regional Two (North & North East) / RIP Match Reports...
« on: October 06, 2019, 07:39:46 AM »
This season seems to have hit a new low with clubs not being **able**bothered**resourced enough**literate enough** (delete as appropriate) to produce and publish match reports!

Is this a general sign of clubs not being able to attract volunteers to fulfill roles which in the past were considered standard assignments?

Are older long standing members of clubs who have "done things" for years not being replaced by younger helpers? What a desperately sad state of affairs and in some ways a lack of respect for the older generation.

Sports clubs are different now because people don't have the ties to a single institution that they once had. But that doesn't mean that when playing careers end there is any reason why former players shouldn't give back to the club which has given them so much.

Ok I've chosen match reports to make this point but it could be sweeping changing rooms or filling in match cards or helping run a third team or any of the number of jobs which are required to be done by volunteers in an amateur rugby club.

We are so lucky at our club that we still have vast numbers of volunteers and I'm sure there are still plenty of other clubs who do too. However over the last ten or so years I've spoken to dozens and dozens of officials who run clubs and it is clear that some are really struggling to get regular help.

Long-standing institutions like rugby clubs don't die overnight but some suffer a very long painful death generally caused by apathy and the assumption that somebody else will do the work. Suddenly there isn't someone else because everyone has gone home....

If you're reading this (no matter what you might think of me) and you are a member of a rugby club and don't currently volunteer - then why not make the first tiny step. Next time you are in your club just look around and see if there is anything obvious that needs doing and isn't being done.... That can be your voluntary role!

Anybody else think it's important to keep the volunteers rolling in for a club to stay healthy??

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Switching Juggs
« on: October 06, 2019, 07:18:16 AM »
Jugg = The Juggernaut. This is the name that York gave themselves a few years back when they began their stated aim to drive themselves up to the national leagues ("where we belong").

However their change upwards has stalled and the they became "The old Jugg".

The title of "New Jugg" was assumed by Bradford & Bingley who not only stated like a train (or a Juggernaut!) but also have similar lofty aspirations to York's.

So a new Jugg was born.

But just as B&B were settling into a season of shock and awe destruction of all in their path...the original Jugg reappeared. B&B were picked up and shamed onto the floor into a thousand pieces.

York are back and York are the original and best, they forever will be called THE JUGGERNAUT.

"Original and best, original and best"....I can hear the chants down the Shambles on a Saturday night now....even all the workers on the vast fields of wealthy pig farmers will be instructed to chant about the Jugg each Friday before collecting their £32 weekly wages.

I was reliably informed that there are even more players to return to the fold at Clifton Park and soon they will be unstoppable. They have been my tips for the top all over summer and I think that's where they will end up.

The question is....will they lose again?

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Match preview, scores and review...
« on: October 05, 2019, 12:43:46 PM »
Scarborough welcome Moortown today and yet again have a much changed team from the week before.

Moortown will be quite confident after a reasonable start to the season in a higher league.

I will try and give some updates especially halftime and full-time.

It would be good if as many people as possible who are at matches today are able to log on this evening and give a brief resume of the game they were at. I personally find the views of people on here much more interesting than the rather anodyne match reports which most clubs produce.

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Regional Two (North & North East) / First month gone....any surprises?
« on: October 01, 2019, 06:32:54 AM »
Driffield
Bradford & Bingley
Scarborough
Morley
Cleckheaton
Moortown
Durham City
York
Malton and Norton
Percy Park
West Hartlepool
Kendal
Pocklington
Huddersfield Y.M.C.A.


That's September come and gone, so who has surprised (for good and bad) and who hasn't.

At the bottom end I am surprised that York haven't done better after the huge fanfare of signing announcements on their website over summer. Although they seem to be improving now. It's also been a complete shock about YMCA not only going from pushing for promotion last season to bottom this...but also the administration problems. I thought Percy Park would have been doing better. I'm not too surprised that Kendal and Pock are struggling...pock because they (I believe) lost more players again over summer and Kendal as they have had to stop paying as they are losing £80k a year and rapidly running out of cash (from the sale of the old ground to Sainsbury's).

At the top, I'm not surprised at all by Driffield and Bradford but for two different reasons. Driffield because I have never really known a bad driff team, even when they have been relegated they look well coached. They will drop off a bit largely because I think like most clubs at this level the appetite for promotion will be limited. Bradford were always going to come good at some point the laws of physics/economics say if you carry on investing more and more then eventually you will receive the outcome you want. it's just a crying shame they don't choose to invest money in facilities rather than players.

I also think Malton are doing better than they expected....they have been scouring the world trying to sign backs... But they will be pleased with mid table at this point.

As for Scarborough, from my own perspective I'm delighted beyond words at this point. We lost 5 players over summer and what isn't generally known we have been traveling each week with severely depleted resources. Last week it was half the pack missing and the week before it was a number of backs to missing. But it has been amazing how players have stepped up and look so at ease at the level they are playing. Even our only loss, away on the first day to Cleck we outscored then 5 tries to 4 but managed to miss every kick! Out of our first four games 3 have been away so all in all very pleased with how we're doing.

If you have enjoyed, or not, reading my ramblings then please click reply and give your own thoughts even if it is only a sentence. The forum will only survive if people write and not just read. Varied and opposing views are good for debate!

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Regional Two (North & North East) / YMCA head coach departs.
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:42:37 AM »
Huddersfield YMCA have announced the immediate and sudden departure of their head coach....it's on Twitter if you'd like further details.

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Scores
« on: September 28, 2019, 04:31:43 PM »
Currently YM 17-32 Scarborough
BP Scarborough

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Regional Two (North & North East) / God-awful pitchero
« on: September 24, 2019, 06:34:44 AM »
At long last more and more club are realising how terrible the pitchero website platform is. Inflexible, boring and rubbish to navigate.

It's fine for pub football teams and Yorkshire 4 clubs but surely at this level clubs can manage to develop their own website??

I'm pleased to say that 7 out of 14 teams have gone their own way and thank goodness for that. We just need the rest to ditch blandsville and perhaps we can become the first pitchero free league??

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Moortown and Bradford
« on: September 24, 2019, 06:21:22 AM »
This was a surprise result in the level of brutality. Moortown had been going well until this point and whilst most people would have had Bees as favourites the score suggests there was quite a gulf between the sides..

Questions are:

1) are Bradford really that good
2) did Moortown just have an off day
3) has splashing the cash finally worked for the Bees
4) did Moortown have two easy early fixtures?

Some intriguing early results..

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Scores
« on: September 21, 2019, 03:49:06 PM »
Scarborough 29 - 12 HT
BP scarborough
Game much closer than score suggests

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Scores
« on: September 14, 2019, 05:02:39 PM »
Kendal 20- 26 Scarborough BP win

Kendal had 7 players back this week so we're a tough side. Good 2nd half from Scarborough again...

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Regional Two (North & North East) / Yorks roll out of pro players begins.
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:02:34 AM »
This is one serious signing for them and will be a quality player at this level...

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