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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Karlos F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2021 at 00:13
Top 4 as is now, thought LW looked v strong in pre season at Brighton.
Medway always a tough Away fixture and could nick it.
Good luck to all, happy hunting & have a safe season.
Probably all wrong LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vuarnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2021 at 12:15
Top London Welsh, Runners up Camberley, Medway 3rd but they tend to fade at season end, and 4th position.....would love to say Chichester but I cannot see Guildford and the Geese continuing to play below par. It as always will get the pulses racing around KO time, so much entertainment and "Strictly" as well!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HAVANT TONY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2021 at 20:27
CAMBERLEY 
LONDON WELSH
MEDWAY
BATTERSEA IRONTHINGIES

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 2021 at 07:15
Originally posted by The Inside man The Inside man wrote:

The league is warming up nicely, will anyone be able to beat London welsh is the question?! 

I don't think we'll remain unbeaten - we've lost once in each of the last three seasons, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get turned over two or three times this year - but I think everyone is confident that promotion is a realistic objective again, although we're well aware that this is a big step-up and probably tougher than L1N would have been.  It seems like a very competitive league, with five clubs on three wins.  So far Medway are the ones I've got my eye on, with Camberley overcoming an early setback to show some impressive form in recent weeks - that result against Chichester on Saturday was a bit of an eye-opener!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 2021 at 09:25
Originally posted by Scrumtime Scrumtime wrote:

With the greatest respect 

They have played the bottom 2
And nobody in the top half of the table 
Ironsides being the best positioned side 

Reading the reports Horsham gave them a run for their money and no try bonus point either 
Again greatest respect to Horsham but look where they are placed 4 games in!
Reading the reports, it was Horsham's best performance of the season and comfortably our worst.  We're still trying combinations out, lots of squad rotation, and we've had four captains in our last five games (including the final pre-season friendly) due to injuries.  But we're four from four - three of them away from home - and top of the the league with plenty of room for improvement.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Inside man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 2021 at 22:37
It’s very hard to judge the league this year, I’m sure we are in for lots of surprising results as the season carries on. The weather is not starting to turn, so the bigger packs will come into their own. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vuarnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Sep 2021 at 13:23
It will be an interesting season indeed. Teams will use the breathing space afforded by no relegations to re-structure which was certainly within our thinking. Some will see 3 possibly 4 promotion places as a chance to get out of a league where previously it was 1 or 2  promoted. There will be those who are in recovery still from the effects of Covid on their club so they too will use this as a chance to re-set. The introduction of 3 or 4 new teams next season should not impact on the quality of the competition as we usually expect similar numbers each year though the loss of several quality teams promoted may have an effect but that will be re-balanced once relegation is re-introduced. The lack of threat of relegation may, as alluded to earlier  allow coaches to experiment and test new ideas which give more variety and dare I say entertaining plays. The weather as it turns will give heavier packs an advantage, but who knows if lighter potentially fitter players may start to prevail as is certainly the thinking in NZ.

All too early to tell but it will be fun to watch! Wet week-end coming so maybe the slick passing backs may not be the preferred option.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gareth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Oct 2021 at 12:24
Tongue  Pretty good Tony.

we are 3 wins out of 3 so doing OK. not played the best clubs yet though.

It's just nice to be watching on a saturday and then winding you up after Tony.

Hav are doing well not quite top notch yet but you have 20 months to build something special down there..
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GARETH 
Good to hear you're  heading in the right direction again ..liked going to Totts to hear the Benny Hill accents and counting the many fans you have with eyebrows on their cheeksπŸ˜‚...seriously good pre match grub was served at waterlane... miss that the most
We have started well with 4 wins from 5 games, the next two games are against top and second but our boys are up for it and will give them a fright if they underestimate  us
Look forward to some more of your abuse soon mateπŸ‘
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vuarnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Oct 2021 at 19:36
Weather certainly made an impact this week-end and it was the teams who made the fewest errors who came away with the spoils. It was certainly "green over the funnels" with horizontal rain on gusting winds for those that could stand it. Next week will see the bragging rights tested with Camberley v LW and Medway v Guildford so it may present a glimpse of the order of merit going forwards....still there is many a slip twixt cup and lip, more fun to come!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HAVANT TONY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Oct 2021 at 20:34
VUARNET 
two weeks off for Chi' then a tough one at home to Medway..nice rest or game time missed?  wonder how different  teams are viewing  the forced week off 
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Um we’ll take it - its our best result so far this season!!!!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HAVANT TONY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Oct 2021 at 07:01
Dickon
πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ at least you've picked the right season to have a mare


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vuarnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Oct 2021 at 17:49
Bit Cheeky Tony! LC have made no secret of the changes they have had to introduce this season and their aspirations. Me? Well we are pleased to occupy this lofty position but as you alluded we have some stern tests (like yourselves) awaiting. Medway will show the mettle of this new squad, last season it was a full blooded draw and  if the weather is with us we could better that result with a slice of luck. Our physicality will not suffer from the week off and it will allow players some well deserved R and R for the tests ahead. It is unfortunate that we will "miss" a game for the excitement and bar takings foregone but this remains very much a trial period for the season. At least the pitches are now more forgiving.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Inside man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2021 at 09:01
A weekend to fill with no rugby to watch! However some big fixtures to come next week. How do we think it will go? 

Camberley vs London Welsh  
Cobham vs  London Cornish 
Hammersmith vs Farnham 
KCS vs Battersea 
London Irish vs Horsham 
Medway vs Guildford 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2021 at 12:23
Have to say I'm slightly twitchy about our trip to Camberley. I still don't know much about all of the teams, but their win over Chichester was the standout result of the season so far.  And don't forget that the following week it's Chichester v Medway, then Welsh have a week off to prepare for Medway coming to ODP.  Usually by Christmas you have a clear top two or three clubs fighting for promotion, but I wouldn't be surprised if the top sides all take points off one another and we end up with maybe five or six (Guildford? Ironsides?) battling it out.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vuarnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2021 at 18:47
The large lady may start the first verse next week....its early but Camberley v LW is the headline act. I don't think you can read too much into the Chi defeat, Camberleys defence was too good and their attack through the backs was better than our defence. Smarty is a good 10 and his kicking added to the repertoire. But we lacked our usual physicality, so this area may be a deciding factor. Whatever it is I will be there to bear witness so please bring the choir!

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Good to see Haywards Heath going well and currently 9th in the table according to the England Rugby website!!!πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Vuarnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct 2021 at 20:08
Mark was right to be "twitchy" as Camberley dominated till the red card deprived them of their 8. That combined with a limping winger till he was subbed meant that LW could capitilalise on the extra space and lighter scrum. It still remained a tight contest and had Smarty not chosen touch and gone for points then it may have been a different result, but the Camberley lineout is a thing of beauty so I applaud the ambition. Great crowd and certainly a fizz in the air, but did anyone else spot the Camberley Yeti? I think it was supposed to be a squirrel but it was huge, so it couldn't have been Chris Packham inside. It disappeared around the time of the red card so I was hoping to see it join the scrum later in the proceedings, but sadly not.

Next week brings on Medway for us who look in sparkling form and with a rock solid defence, may need full safe-breakers kit for this one....Dickon has Camberley, could be a bit of a backlash there, weather looks cool and dry so fingers crossed we can have the best of both worlds for the forwards 'n backs. 

Wishing all a good week.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2021 at 09:07
That's a fair assessment - before the red card I was worried that we might be looking at another 52-0 scoreline!  Camberley completely dominated the opening 30 minutes - they look a lot bigger than our boys, they were pinching our lineout at will (not helped by the tallest player in our pack being the loosehead), and their offloading was amazing.  The red card totally changed the game, but they still had opportunities to win it.  They stopped contesting our lineout in the second half, and we scored twice from catch-and-drives, and it felt that in the final quarter their discipline started to cost them, with countless penalties including the penalty try.  Overall, no doubt that we were incredibly lucky and probably should have lost to a team that played with 14 men for 50 minutes.

And the squirrel was indeed frightening!

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