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Greene King IPA Championship - Round 3

Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 13 Sep 2016, 10:10 am

PosTeamP  L  PF  PA  PD   TF  TA  TBP LBP Pts
1.London Irish22005512+4382109
2.Jersey Reds 22005525+30 81109
3.Yorkshire Carnegie  22005637+1975109
4.London Welsh21016842+2694217
5.Cornish Pirates21105748+966107
6.Nottingham Rugby21014948+175116
7.Rotherham Titans21014657-1157105
8.Doncaster Knights21012532-733004
9.Ealing Trailfinders20114461-1758103
10.Bedford Blues20022640-1423011
11.London Scottish20023161-3028011
12.Richmond20022877-49313000


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Ealing Trailfinders (9) vs. Jersey Reds (2)
Two weeks in and Ealing are still yet to win.  A home defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie was followed last week by losing a large lead away at Cornish Pirates.  Jersey after a seven try romp away at Richmond in round one made it two from two last time out, winning a tight encounter with Bedford 14-9 to sit second in the table on points difference.  For Jersey this will be seen as an expected start to the season, given the strength of their squad and they will be looking to continue to put pressure on the other sides at the top of the table.  Ealing on the other hand may feel that they have underachieved so far, and will be looking to put that right on their home patch this time out.
Prediction:  Jersey to extend their winning streak to three in a high scoring game.


London Welsh (4) vs. Yorkshire Carnegie (3)
London Welsh, after their late defeat in round one, put fellow exiles London Scottish to the sword this week to pick up a try bonus point win.  Carnegie made it two from two hanging on to beat Nottingham at home as the visitors missed a last minute conversion that would have tied the game.  Both squads have players with top flight experience and both will have genuine aspirations of making the play offs this year.  Based on the scores in their matches this season both know the way to the tryline, and both have had issues defending their own.  this one may well come down to who sharpens up in defence the most this weekend.
Prediction:  Welsh to inflict Yorkshire's first defeat of the season in another high scoring game.


Bedford Blues (10) vs. London Irish (1)
Bedford will be disappointed with their position in the table having lost their opening two games.  conversely Irish have won both of their opening fixtures and will feel comfortable with their start to the season.  having been by all accounts poor in their opening loss to the Cornish Pirates, Bedford put up a far stronger showing last time out away at Jersey, and were in the game until the very end.  Back at home on their famous sloping pitch, they will be looking to improve again to be the first team to take London Irish down this season.  Irish after a solid win over Doncaster in week one, notched up six tries against Richmond last time out, but will want to put in a performance this week which shows they can maintain focus for the full 80 minutes.  They will also want to win their first game on the road to lay down another marker, with away wins having been rarer than hens teeth in recent years.
Prediction:  Bedford to keep the game close for an hour but Irish to have a little bit too much for them by the end.


Richmond (12) vs. Doncaster Knights (8)
Richmond have been handed possibly the toughest opening possible, facing three of the play off favourites in succession.  Knights picked up their first points of the season last time out with a comfortable derby win over Rotherham.  Despite shipping 13 tries in two matches, Richmond have shown that they are no mugs and will play with great heart and spirit along with having good skill levels.  Their best hope of wins will be in good conditions in open games were both teams go at it fast and loose.  Doncaster you suspect will look to bring their power game first up and only open up having won the right to do so.
Prediction:  Doncaster Knights will have too much for Richmond this week and will head home with a try bonus point.


Rotherham Titans (7) vs. London Scottish (11)
After opening up with a try bonus point win against London Welsh, Rotherham were beaten by local rivals Doncaster last time out.  Scottish followed up their opening defeat to Nottingham, by leading London Welsh 9-0 early on, before shipping 5 tries to lose 9-36.  Both sides at the moment look to be integrating new players after lots of squad changes in the summer, making this a difficult one to call.
Prediction:  Rotherham to be too strong at home in another open game.


Nottingham Rugby (6) vs. Cornish Pirates (5)
Nottingham followed up a close win in round one with a very close defeat last week, missing a last minute conversion to tie the game away at Yorkshire Carnegie.  Pirates followed up their opening round win by coming from a long way behind to draw with Ealing Trailfinders last time out.  These are two teams with few star names in their squads, but who look to be well organised and will likely finish mid table come the end of the season.
Prediction:  Hardest game of the round to call, but home advantage to swing it in close fought affair.
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Re: Greene King IPA Championship - Round 3

Post by international198 on Tue 13 Sep 2016, 10:17 am

No wonder Jersey are doing so well, they have Regan King as their centre. What a signing he was! A massive loss to the Scarlets even at his age.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 14 Sep 2016, 9:38 am

At 36 he's probably lost a bit of pace, but has always had a great rugby brain, which will still be there.  He could definitely be a big player for them this season.
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Re: Greene King IPA Championship - Round 3

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 10:10 am

Ealing Trailfinders v Jersey Reds, Vallis Way, 3pm, Saturday 17 September
1 Nacho Lancuba
2 Rhys Lawrence
3 Lewis Thiede
4 Carwyn Jones
5 Harry Casson
6 Willie Ryan
7 Arthur Ellis
8 Mark Bright (captain)
9 Luke Carter 
10 Ben Ward
11 Curtis Wilson
12 Joe Munro
13 James Cordy-Redden
14 Rhys Crane
15 Will Harries
Reserves
16 Matt Cornish
17 James Gibbons
18 Alex Penny
19 Llewelyn Jones
20 Mike MacFarlane
21 Alex Walker
22 Aaron Penberthy



http://ealingtrailfinders1stxv.com/news/ellis-to-hit-half-century-against-jersey-reds
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 11:13 am

Cornish Pirates:
15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Alex Dancer, 12 Nicolas De Battista
11 Matt Evans, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Stuart Townsend
1 Paul Andrew, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Tyler Gendall, 4 Josh Caulfield
5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Dan Lee, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8 Tom Duncan (captain).

Replacements:
16 Jack Andrew, 17 Rob Elloway, 18 Jake Parker, 19 Alex Cheesman
20 Alex Day, 21 Laurence May, Alex O’Meara.


http://www.cornish-pirates.com/16-17_match_previews/nottingham_away.html
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 11:16 am

Nottingham team to face Cornish Pirates:


15) Billy Robinson
14) Calum Hall
13) Oli Evans
12) Vili Hakalo
11) James Stephenson
10) Lawrence Rayner
9) Murray McConnell
1) Tom West
2) TJ Harris
3) Tom Heard
4) Tom Holmes
5) Ben Morris
6) Rob Langley
7) Matt Everard (c)
8) Shane Buckley


Replacements:
16) Ben Brownlie
17) Harry Morley
18) Josh Poullet
19) Jordan Coghlan
20) Darryl Veenendaal
21) Will Millett
22) Sam Yawayawa


http://www.nottinghamrugby.co.uk/three-changes-as-nottingham-host-pirates/
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 11:25 am

Jersey Reds squad v Ealing Trailfinders (A) - Greene King IPA Championship, Saturday September 17th, Trailfinders Sports Ground, Vallis Way, London W13; k-o 2pm

Backs (15-9)

Jack Cuthbert
George Watkins
Regan King (capt)
Jordan Davies
Ross Adair
Brendan Cope
Sami Fisilau

Forwards (1-8)

Marc Thomas
Nick Selway
Simon Kerrod
Nick Campbell
Dave McKern
Max Argyle
James Doyle
Nick Haining

Replacements

Jack Macfarlane, Jake Woolmore, Jake Armstrong, James Voss, Uili Kolo'ofa'i; Kieran Hardy, Lewis Robling


http://www.jerseyreds.je/news/2016-17/reds-look-to-maintain-winning-start.aspx
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 11:37 am

Doncaster Knights; 
15. Sean Scanlon, 14. Paul Jarvis, 13. Andy Bulumakau, 12. Lloyd Hayes, 11. Tyson Lewis, 10. Declan Cusack, 9. Michael Heaney ©, 1. Robin Hislop, 2. Harry Allen, 3. WillGriff John, 4. Matt Challinor, 5. Glen Young, 6. Latu Makaafi, 7. Beau Robinson, 8. Alex Shaw.
Replacements; 16. Richard List, 17. Ben Hunter, 18. Colin Quigley, 19. David Nolan, 20. Jarad Williams, 21. Simon Humberstone, 22. Sam Edgerley

http://www.drfc.co.uk/news/article/team-news-squad-to-face-richmond-named
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 11:56 am

London Scottish team to play Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane on Saturday 17th September at 15:00: 

15 Peter Lydon 14 Alec Coombes 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Tom Galbraith 11 Craig Holland 10 Harry Sheppard 9 Jamie Stevenson 1 Grant Shiells 2 David Cherry 3 Ewan McQuillin 4 Rory Bartle (c) 5 Dom McGeekie 6 Danny Kenny 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Ally Miller 

Replacements: 

16 Cameron Fenton 17 Jonny Harris 18 Dan Koroi 19 Matt Marley 20 Ed Hoadley 21 Patrick Kelly 22 Cameron Ives



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Re: Greene King IPA Championship - Round 3

Post by Ozzy3213 on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:08 pm

Saturdays results

Bedford Blues 23 London Irish 30
Richmond 16 Doncaster Knights 57
Rotherham Titans 30 London Scottish 31
Ealing Trailfinders 20 Jersey Reds 15
London Welsh 22 Yorkshire Carnegie 23
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 9:08 am

Sundays Result


Nottingham Rugby 19 Cornish Pirates 35
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 9:09 am

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/greene-king-ipa-championship-stories-from-round-three/
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Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 9:28 am

PosTeamP  L  PF  PA  PD   TF  TA  TBP LBP Pts
1.London Irish33008535+501252014
2.Yorkshire Carnegie  33007959+201081013
3.Cornish Pirates32109267+251092012
4.Jersey Reds 32017045+25 1031110
5.Doncaster Knights32018248+34125109
6.London Welsh31029065+25127228
7.Ealing Trailfinders31116476-12710107
8.Rotherham Titans31027688-12812116
9.Nottingham Rugby31026883-15109116
10.London Scottish31026291-29711116
11.Bedford Blues30034970-2158022
12.Richmond300344134-90522000
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Re: Greene King IPA Championship - Round 3

Post by yappysnap on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 9:51 am

Close between Yorkshire and Irish there, I imagine it'll stay that way for most of the season unless Irish go undefeated.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 10:04 am

I can't see us going undefeated. It's been evident that we are everybody else's cup final. I'll settle for finishing top 2 and winning the play offs.
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Post by yappysnap on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 10:41 am

Yea, the Championship is a lot tougher with the extended play offs now as well, no point ragging yourselves all season just to be knackered for those finals. Just ask Bristol!

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