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Mike Raffone

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« on: August 17, 2017, 05:28:53 PM »
32 members of the Green Army are heading to Franklin Gardens for tonight's friendly against Northampton Saints.
Excellent turn out on what appears to be a glorious sunny evening

Mike Raffone

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Re: Northampton Saints
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 09:37:19 PM »
Excellent performance by the Green & Whites, the score line flattered Northampton, we dominated large periods of the game!!!

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 12:38:29 AM »
Northampton Youth team 32 Notts 21
Injury watch Ben Morris left the pitch relatively early in the first half & Cobden was forced off with a leg injury in the second after he had tried to play on.
As for the result you can’t be impressed losing to a team with no likely 1st XV starters which ended up made up almost entirely of their Academy. Their first team squad play Glasgow on Saturday. The strongest part of their starting line up was their front row.
A windless dry night- conditions perfect again. A programme was produced covering all their 3 home pre season games Freeman & Rayner were highlighted. Only one side was open, it was ample.
Strangely it was the same referee as Saturday with a very similar scenario the home team only too happy to concede a plethora of pens to repel our short range mauls confident in the artificial scenario of a friendly that we were never going to take the 3. It took only 7 minutes for their captain to be warned the next one will be a yellow. They escaped on 10 & a loop round resulted in our right wing defence being unpicked rather too easily again.
Scanlon was the beneficiary of more short range stuff to make it 7-7.
Eden scored next after Williams impressively made a clean break from line out ball.
After 30 minutes all the territory & possession stats were heavily in our favour & Darryl had had hands on the ball scores of times.
They equalised wide again before their 9 was binned on half way simply for sheer number of team offences. By contrast Spittle seemed to be very fortunate to get away with taking out a man in the air. Just before HT 14-14.
On 48 Williams caught a high ball before passing to thin air – a void gratefully filled by home hands 19-14. Just prior to this Cobden had produced a lovely offload, but was hurt in the process.
We again briefly took the lead on 57 after one of their youngsters deliberately knocked on for a 10 minute rest as we once more attacked within 5 yards. M.Mc then produced a dink over the top that Goble caught in the in goal area. All 3 conversions were gimmes.
At this point the home team took off all their remaining experience. They however made a brief flurry count with a free ball DG & later increased their advantage with a try off a maul after we had been penalised for being in front of the kicker.
Re-starts have been an Achilles heel of ours for long enough & this match was no exception.
Langley in his brief excursion did not look to be an asset in either the tight or the loose.
Next up Ampthill a team with quote “ridiculous amounts of money” unquote & reputedly every Tongan in Bedfordshire playing for them.
The next trip is the season opener at Roth. They have standardised k.o. times at 14.00 this season, but playing on the Sunday is due to the cricket club fulfilling their fixture on the Saturday.

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Re: Northampton Saints
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 08:56:13 AM »
Seems to be conflicting reports about our performance. Some saying it was excellent; others, however, rather underwhelmed. Did the nature of the opposition make us look better or did we under perform?

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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2017, 09:02:15 AM »
Judging by the quality is the Saints team perhaps not such a good result. Surely we have to be hoping for a win against such an inexperienced side. The next game will be the real test as Amphthill will be sure to put out a full strength team.

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2017, 10:41:24 AM »
No real mention of Tiff best player on the park ??? Good performance players looked sharp & organised, Coaches are happy.

Biggest work on our kicking game not enough kicks & certainly not good enough quality.

More to come

 
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Mike Raffone

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Re: Northampton Saints
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 03:00:57 PM »
It's difficult to argue with Tango Alpha's
match report due to previous reports being so accurate but I can't' agree that last nights performance was anything other than positive.
The Saints fans were kept very quiet, we dominated possession for large periods of the game and yes, they were more clinical than we were, which was ultimately the difference. Due to having 10 replacements, our final XV had a very youthful look. The overwhelming opinion on the bus home was a very positive one!!

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 09:26:39 PM »
Yes Mike agreed & their was good banter on the bus too makes me wonder who you all are ha!
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2017, 10:14:47 PM »
Yes, Saints played many youngsters but so did we. There was plenty of first team experience in the Saints squad, internationals and premiership. Talking to an ex Notts player and soon to be ex Saints employee he was convinced before the game that it would be a very one-sided affair in favour of Saints and he, like the Saints coaching staff, was very surprised at the quality and resilience of the Nottingham performance. Next a money bags team from the division below, very anxious to make names for themselves. Just a feeling that things are starting to move.

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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2017, 03:15:46 PM »
Yes we have some good players but from what i've seen so far we havn't moved forward or gone backwards for  that mattter .   Only good thing is its still pre-season .  Next weeks game will be a good test or ( should be ) .