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Rugby Chat / Re: Doncaster
« Last post by Tango Alpha 2 on September 23, 2017, 09:30:22 PM »
Last 3 weeks - points conceded 35, 31, 32, - tries conceded 4, 5, and 4. You’re going to struggle to win many games with those stats. Conversely even on hard grounds if you’re scoring 27, 33 & 26 points you maybe ought to have more than 6 match points garnered. I feel that a centre combination of Vili & Ollie is sounder defensively than Lyons & Ollie. Doncaster’s 4 tries included 3 runners clear from the 22 & only 1 from pack power on the line.
We fortunately had the better kicker on the day. Although for the first time this season the opposition reduced the scrum to a mess & a penalty lottery you did get the impression that if the ball had been fed in even remotely straight we would have put them under real pressure there. Our lineout was the least secure it has been, but still miles better than theirs.
An early trio of pens on another day with no wind advantage left the score 6-3, but on the ¼ hr & not for the 1st time this season we were gifted a try. This time a defensive 5 yard line out was straight to the alert Coghlan who wasted no time touching down. Prior to this Stuart had found himself running clear from the 22 with only the scrum half to beat unfortunately he opted to try & run round him instead of over him & the chance was lost.
Again not for the 1st time this season we were undone by a frisky oppo number 9 who frolicked clear from the 22. 13-8 mid-way through the ½.
We were more than holding own at this stage & this was exemplified when a not straight by us resulted in them opting for the line on their 22 rather than the scrum. Read that again- Doncaster preferring not to scrum down against Nottingham! In fact they again threw to Coghlan & this time there was no defender to stop Stuart scoring.  A few minutes later & déjà vu again Coghlan once more the recipient West the scorer. 13-20.
They put on real pressure just before half time, but a poor pen miss with the last kick of the ½ left us with a 7 point advantage.
On 47 we won the scrum lottery just past their 10 yard line straight in front to make it 13-23. This was pretty much as far as we got into their ½ for the rest of the game as we found ourselves hereafter badly on the wrong side of the penalty count & penned in our own ½ without possession for long periods. We did in fact stand up to the pressure really well for 10 minutes or more & their frustration showed with a bout of argy bargy when they were unable to make a 5 yard scrum count. However inevitably they did break a flimsy line to reduce the arrears their kicker missing a very gettable once more.
Almost from the re-start we got a boost when Eden drilled over dead straight 2 or 3 yards inside their ½ 18-26. Normal service quickly resumed & a pack power play saw it to 25-26 with the successful conversion a surprise. We never really looked like holding on & though we did keep them out for another 10 minutes or so their 13 jinked through a tackle free zone to score by the posts. 32-26 & the TBP for them.
A minute or so from time & the worst miss of the day from their 10 left us still in LBP territory with a drop out to come. We played it short, it was taken by them & Buckley desperately handled it back in the ruck. Another pen to kill us off, but very conservatively fearing us running the length if their man missed again they booted it out to leave it as last year at 5-1.
Rugby Chat / Doncaster
« Last post by Justin on September 23, 2017, 05:33:55 PM »
Didn't go to the game today.
It is frustrating that we could and perhaps should be 4 from 4 at this stage. At the start of the day I would have taken a losing bonus point, but being 10 points up at half time, then 8 with 15 to go makes it all the more annoying. With Hartpury putting in a good performance against Yorkshire, it makes next Friday quite interesting.
Rugby Chat / Re: London Scottish
« Last post by Uncle Bob on September 17, 2017, 10:32:06 PM »
It seems to be the defence beyond 10, midfield and wide which opposition exploit. Pace seems to be something of an issue there, both in attack and defence.
Rugby Chat / Re: London Scottish
« Last post by beak on September 17, 2017, 09:11:27 PM »
A good away win. If we sort out our defence, we could be a serious prospect!
Rugby Chat / Re: London Scottish
« Last post by Justin on September 17, 2017, 08:29:29 AM »
I'll happily take 10 points after 3 games, even if the latest 5 were slightly fortuitous. I'm glad the pack aren't getting pushed all over the place, so far, but it's the lack of cutting edge and speed in the backs that seems to be a bit concerning at the moment. Any sign that Josh Skelcy might be back soon? We've got all of these DRed/loaned forwards, what about finding a back with a bit of pace.
Rugby Chat / Re: London Scottish
« Last post by Tango Alpha 2 on September 16, 2017, 11:06:19 PM »
Another routine 5 points at the RAG. (NOT!!!!!!)
A bonkers/arrogant/just plain stupid – take your pick – bit of thinking from the on- pitch CJ leadership gifted us 3 points & a 5 points to 2 win rather than a 2-5 defeat.
79 minutes gone we’re a man down leading by 2 points & we concede a crass penalty ½ way in on the 22. They with a TBP already in the bag kick to the corner. Why? Why? Why? They win the line out & rumble forward & are joined by some backs. They crumple over the line – some leap upwards the referee consults the TJ & glory be signals no time. Serves them right!
A pleasant intermittently sunny afternoon with only a slight breeze at this as usual almost crowd free venue.
The game started with us playing wide at a fast tempo & after 8 mins of about 95% possession we take the 3. This is quickly followed by an Eden try near the posts following good work by the forwards. 0-10.
At this point they miss from just inside our half in a rare foray forwards Eden was to replicate this miss in the 2nd ½.
On 18 we stretch our lead to 0-15 via Stevens near the left hand stand flag. 0-15.
With their 1st visit to our 22 danger man Mosses cut a line after a short period of pressure. 7-15. By 25 we again take the 3 to lead deservedly 7-18.
A 40 yard break by them leads us into desperate scramble defence which does not hold for long. 14-18.
The last move of the ½ followed a pen conceded by M.Mc in our ½ & once again the defence could not contain the attack. 21-18.
HT musings (not really revised by the end of the match):
Definite shades of Leeds big majority of possession & territory, good hands among the backs, but no cutting edge, good work among the forwards, but whole team defensive work needs sharpening , team lacking killer pace, line out very good once more & scrum at least holding its own.
M.Mc had had his least effective 40 minutes in a Notts shirt with nothing he tried coming off.
Within 10 of the re-start skipper Morris was off replaced by Poullet.
On 51 a TBP for them as their 7 skinned our 15 on the outside. To make it 26-18 up to them from 0-15 down.
We hit back through the prolific Brownlie (who came on at HT) after more working of the phases – very well converted 26-25.
The new scrum laws – in our matches to date anyway -have radically reduced the number of irritating re-sets & generally the number of pens. The only scrum pen of the match was earned by us on 67 & gave us field position for Cobden to work his way over on the short side. When did he last score for us I wonder?  26-30
With more than 10 to go they played catch up in their own 22 to cough up possession & a thundering Sio run earned a 3 & some breathing space at 26-33 as we had again scored 15 un-answered points in a topsy-turvy encounter.
It was now our turn to panic late on & Sio was deservedly binned & they cut though to score 31-33. For some inexplicable reason despite there being some time to go their kicker was advised to hurry up as there was plenty of time left on the clock! The product of this muddled thinking was a rapidly taken & rapidly missed DG conversion attempt that could have levelled the scores. They re-gained possession advanced into our ½ with the outcome already described.
Injury watch Morris off.
Spittle in making a vital tap tackle on a breakaway runner injured his shoulder.
The admirable Qualter was worse for wear for the last 20, but soldiered on.
Next up Doncaster who now have to at least strike for the ball at scrum time instead of it sitting ignored like an egg between the front rows as they obsess on gaining scrum penalties.
The bottom line is that for the 3rd consecutive season we have buttressed our league position with early back to back away wins

Rugby Chat / Re: London Scottish
« Last post by Uncle Bob on September 16, 2017, 09:22:12 PM »
5 point win built around a solid performance from the pack and the decision makers.
Also an excellent match winning goal kicking performance. Strong in the set piece and much better at the breakdown. Scottish had an edge in pace further out wide and this nearly led to Nottingham's downfall. Their 12 also proved to be a danger each time he carried.Nothing wrong with the team spirit or the level of commitment. Looking forward to an even bigger challenge for the Club next week.
Rugby Chat / London Scottish
« Last post by beak on September 16, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
Predictions for the game? I am hoping we can pull off our 2nd away win of the season. If we can cut out the defensive lapses then we seem to be playing well enough.
We would have gone with 4 people but they could not guarantee there would be a wc on the coach so we didn't book.
Rugby Chat / Re: Wasps
« Last post by Woody on September 14, 2017, 10:33:47 AM »
Interesting. Thanks for the clarification Marie23.
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