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Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 12/01
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:02:05 AM »
The clues are there that you are an adopted Geordie - ''Happen they will..'' suggests a Yorkie or possibly from certain spots the other side of the Pennines, whereas you use 'tabs' for cigarettes, suggesting you've been up here a few years.
The majority in the D&N Rugby community are very tolerant of the views and wishes of others and understand the vital respect between rival clubs, supporters, players, officials and Referees that is fundamental to our sport - it's what we like to think separates us from the bickering, tribal childishness of football.
As we've seen on this forum many times, there are one or two among us whom are yet to fully grasp this.
Come and say hello some time - (I was the knackered 'physio' treating the various Ryton injuries at Rock) - and we'll have a pint and a craic. That applies to anyone and everyone on here - especially the ones I've annoyed!  ;D

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 12/01
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:39:02 AM »
When I was a lad, a 'console' was the bottom of a prisoner's boot.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 12/01
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:12:36 PM »
Ooooh, Mabyon.  :o
''Youngsters today have no idea.'' That's asking for outraged responses from those who weren't even born in your days of glory. I can hear the Xbox controls being slammed down as I type!  :-X

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 12/01
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:23:08 PM »
Thanks Drunkon; it was good to have a couple of Guinnesses and a craic with Richie Bloomfield after the match, and an added bonus was that Scotty 'Sammy the Seal' Carruthers was away on holiday.
We'll be rooting for you next season.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:04:01 PM »
Yes I see.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:33:54 AM »
Just a thought on that, Renegade: If dn2 were set up with a different format to that of dn1, with fewer fixtures and less pressure, I'm pretty sure this would make the already big gap between the two considerably wider.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 12/01
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:14:48 AM »
The wind blew strongly straight down the plastic pitch at Rockcliff, which was always going to produce a game of two halves, and for Ryton to have any chance of doing well they really needed to be facing the wind first half when they still had the fitness to cope. However Rock played into the wind first and spent most of it defending, and conceded an early converted try in the corner. They got into the Ryton 22 twice during the half and in the first of those forays the ref somehow missed a very obvious knock-on just before a breakdown at which he penalised Ryton in front of the posts, costing them 3 points. On the second the Ref yellow-carded Ryton's 9 for lying on the wrong side. (The lad was furious because he was in possession of the ball having ripped it in the tackle, but these things happen!) Rock scored a try immediately afterward by blasting tight then moving it wide to where Ryton were short of a defender.
Half-time score was 8-10, but Rock surely knew that they'd done enough with the wind now in their backs. Three times in the next 20 mins, Ryton's very young backs tried to move the ball under their own posts, and each time were picked off for scores. Rock moved up a gear sensing blood and although Ryton played some very good Rugby, moving the point of attack and offloading nicely, they were smashed on the gain line over and over until a counter-ruck or steal would lose them possession.
Rock showed their class by scoring regularly even though Ryton kept hammering away, and in my opinion they have 4 or 5 players who could comfortably play National League Rugby. For me, the 15, 12, 8 and 7 were the most outstanding, and the side look well-drilled. There are big-hitters across the park, and they are crafty too - they played the Ref perfectly, routinely killing the ball for a few seconds at breakdowns before rolling away. Their kicker slotted everything from everywhere despite the wind.
Several Rock officials remarked after the game that Ryton played a full part in an entertaining match played in a good spirit and 60 - 10 did not reflect that, but for me that's a sign of a good side and shows how far ahead Rock are this season - they came up against a hard-working team who played well in spells, yet comfortably racked up a big score.
It will be interesting to see how they fare in DN1 next season, but if they keep that side and maybe add two or three I think they'll do well.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Around the breakdown
« on: January 09, 2019, 04:44:27 PM »
I need to update my post of a few months ago - the Prem refs are currently targetting the 'latched' player who binds onto the ball carrier, falls with him and screens off the ball.
There has obviously been a realisation that players are exploiting this loophole to prevent fair contest. Either that or they read this forum!
The way to do this without inviting the ref to get himself a tick in the assessor's box, then, is to latch early and fall with the carrier as before, but to keep your knees off the ground and head up. Use the carrier's shirt to stay locked onto him. You want to look like a positive supporting rucker who is holding his/her weight rather than a negative ball-killer who has flopped over it..
Rucking the tackler who has gone to ground with the carrier over onto his own side remains a way to legally go off your feet.....so far!

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 5th
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:26:49 PM »
I have to agree with Mugsy about the Ryton, Winlaton fixture. Ryton were impressive and the two new boys, 9 & 14 were top drawer along with the young 15 who scored two tries.

Winlaton were just about at full strength missing our 9 and 13 who are both quality players, we looked full of mince pies, turkey and stuffing to be honest and were put well and truly back in our "box" by our nearest rivals.

I'm sure both sides will go on to do well this season but if we were asked at start of the season that we would share the wins with Ryton at 1 each we would have snapped your hands off!
According to those who saw the first game, Winlaton were the hungrier side when they won at Ryton. I told Mark Elliott on Saturday that the result was payback for beating our seconds earlier in the season and enjoying it too much, but it was just a cheeky joke and the side we fielded that day was the best we could, so all square for the season is a fair reflection.
Our 9 is a Ryton youth player (his dad is on the committee) who has been studying away, and the 14 is a product of Ryton coaches working for the County youth set-up who has joined because of that.
We still have a long, long way to go but some of the youngsters are showing genuine potential. As with all clubs, the challenge is to keep them together and motivated to improve.
I didn't realise you were there. Renegade, or I'd have allowed you to buy me a pint! I had a good crack with the usual suspects in the bar - despite the local rivalry I've always got on really well with the Winlaton lads.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Longevity
« on: January 07, 2019, 02:22:02 PM »
Whilst you can't have anything but huge admiration for these guys, you have to wonder about the wisdom of playing beyond a certain age. Unfortunately it's not just your appearance that ages, it's your cardio-vascular and musculo-skeletal systems too, which become increasingly unforgiving of strenuous activity and contact.
Like most players I was forced to pack up at about 48 - in my case because my calves kept cramping up - so anyone taking the field at the age of 69 is my hero!

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: results 5th
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:08:41 PM »
The Winlaton V Ryton derby result shows what happens at this level when a match is expected to be fairly evenly contested but one club gets a couple of key players back and the other have a couple of key players missing.
To summarise the game, Winlaton fought hard throughout but were unable to cope with the pace and fitness of a very young Ryton side.
The Vulcans' consolation try on the final whistle plus Ryton's 6 missed conversions from 8 tries actually made the scoreline look a little kinder to the home side than it really ought to have been.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: December 28, 2018, 04:46:29 PM »
Think personally I'm just going to have to wait and see what the proposals actually are before forming an opinion - there are so many unknowns and variables being thrown up I can't be bothered to try to get to grips with it! :-\

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:16:06 AM »
Worrying times for those clubs in the bottom half of DN2 then. Whichever way they decide to achieve 12-team leagues in terms of how many to promote or relegate, the downward fallout will surely shove the bottom 4 into DN3.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: Northumberland Senior Plate Final
« on: December 22, 2018, 12:48:35 AM »
I saw Northern, Northumberland and North Shields legend Ian 'Sniffer' Richardson in the bar after the game and he told me Shields lost by one point in last season's final, so it was their turn to win by one this time!
I agree with everything you posted there TAG. It did occur to me after I'd posted my thoughts that the teams tonight were more or less the exact same standard and Pont are currently occupying a relegation place having won one from 13, so logically Shields will need to improve.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: Northumberland Senior Plate Final
« on: December 21, 2018, 11:34:17 PM »
So you should be Tex; well done.

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