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A friend of mine reffed the game and said he was a cut above anyone else on the pitch. It's nice when players who do well come back to play at their junior clubs, doesn't happen so much now.

Durham & Northumberland Three / Re: 19/8/17 Pre-season Friendlies
« on: August 20, 2017, 03:31:11 PM »
Winlaton 51 v 46 Houghton.

Good game but very much preseason fodder, impressed with Houghton's young backs who are quick and direct out wide. This may be a good season for Houghton if they can cut out the penalties.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: REF required for tonight 18th August
« on: August 18, 2017, 02:38:27 PM »
Ring Alan Thompson from the ref society, he could help

Other Senior Rugby / Durham County Cups
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:27:27 AM »
Looks like most of the games scheduled for the bank holiday weekend have been cancelled, a few are going ahead but most are being played as double headers when the leagues start I'm lead to believe.

I'm afraid to say the cups seem to mean very little these days and wouldn't be missed if they were scrapped. The games going ahead (at the moment) are;

Gateshead v Consett - Intermediate Cup
Aycliffe v Sunderland - Junior cup
Ryton v Vulcans - Junior Cup
Jarra v Yarm - County Plate

From a referee's point of view these games were welcome to get us some practice before the season starts in earnest a week later. With all the law amendments we have to introduce into our thinking it'll be nice to see if the referee baiting begins straight away if we aren't all up to full match speed when the season starts?

Durham & Northumberland Three / Re: Parking Regulations
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:22:36 AM »
Register your cars reg on arrival to park free!

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Preseason games 19th August
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:45:43 AM »
Vulcans v Houghton

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Any news?
« on: July 26, 2017, 05:15:01 PM »
That's good to hear, obviously a big talent. Let's hope we get to see him in DN1 next season, he will be a big draw at level 7.

Other Senior Rugby / 6 Law Amendments from 1st August
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:49:53 PM »
Here are the 6 law amendments from World Rugby for the new season.


Durham & Northumberland Three / Re: A Change to the Leagues?
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:55:17 PM »
I don't agree with clubs being able to run 2nd teams in lower divisions, like has been said previously it will draw players from clubs who are up against it retaining players and preventing the inevitable bleed to more "popular" clubs.

I have no problem with clubs at level 9 playing unregistered players as long as it doesn't involve league registered players from clubs of a much higher standard. How you would police this I don't know but an example of this could be;

Sometimes a clubs 2nd or 3rd team lose a fixture and have a free Saturday, if a level 9 team have a league game but are short what harm does it do letting 4/5 of the players missing a game play for the clubs 1st team? I was thinking of BBOB's situation last season where they regularly had to play with 12-13 players.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: Junior Cup - Predictions
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:28:13 AM »
Its a much tougher cup this year, last year had quite a few DN3 sides in it and it was easy to predict a Bishop v Vulcans final.

This year I might stick my neck out and go for Hartlepool v Sunderland in the final.

Durham & Northumberland One / Any news?
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:23:30 AM »
Anything to discuss?

Players signed, new coaches, big fallouts........we need something to discuss as the season is only 6 weeks away!

Durham & Northumberland Three / Re: Top Two
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:35:39 PM »
The 3 relegated teams will be really strong, add in Wallsend and Yarm and it's a tough league to predict.

Shields have recruited a new player/coach from Gateshead RFC mainly 2nd team now but plenty of level 7 experience, if a few follow him in it could make them very strong.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Durham County Senior Cup 2017/18
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:53:22 PM »
Not sure how strong Blaydon are this season with a lot of retirees from last season?

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Intermediate Cup 2017/18
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:50:45 PM »
Some cracking ties there!

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Lions tour 2017
« on: June 29, 2017, 12:47:27 PM »
I think Gatland struggles with what he wants to do, he has favourites or people he trusts but AWJ is not in the best 2 on this tour and I think Launchbury is better than him also. Warburton is another "non - surprise", very ineffective these days, now similar to Robshaw in style but I think the latter is better of the 2.

Teo was a gamble that didn't come off but will do well off the bench, if Farrell can handle SBW then it might work. Like the fact Nowell is in the group but feel sorry for O'Mahony who I thought did well last week.

Whatever happens we need to take the chances we create or we will be knowhere again.

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