A very warm welcome to Cullompton Rugby Football Club for the season of 2014/2015.
What if we lose on Saturday night i hear you ask? Where do we go then? Who do we blame? What about the players and staff? what about the powers that be in charge at Redhall? What about the fans? The title of this blog has taken me a while to think of and i dont want to be all negative, but someone has to be dont they? I have watched for the last few weeks how England have performed both on and off the pitch, from player performance on the pitch to the mundane interviews players and management give out in the lead up to the weekend games through the week. All the signs have been fairly positive and players say the right things. Read more….
Congratulations must be in order for to everyone who contributed in any way to the 1st XV finishing 3rd in the Cornwall and Devon League. Coaches, Players, Ground and Administration staff all did the Club proud – well done indeed.
I am confident that we have the players and the attitude to have another good season.
We the restructuring of the Ladies competition in England, the Ladies XV are now playing in the newly named South West Championship 2 (previously South West 1). If you want bet at SW Championship you must check this list of top English bookmakers free bets and how do they work. There are have a lot of detailed information of bonuses types – for new and existing customers, no deposit required and etc.
The Junior Section had a very enjoyable season, some players gaining county recognition and one player national honours – well done! those players were given addition bonuses from our oldest casino partner.
The Junior Chairman and his loyal band can feel proud and they intend to keep building on this success.
Vice Presidents days will be held this season as usual. The support was excellent last season and hopefully will be again this season, with expecting a a major betting site to join up our supports.
For the next season there is planned to be a bingo games for our fans and supporters with the help of we hope that this will bring the much needed income for the club.
Anyone wishing to join as a Vice President should contact Russell Burrows.
Finally enjoy your rugby whether you play or watch.
Latest News from Rugby World:
Time for one set of rules!
Unhappy Australia coach Tim Sheens launched a scathing attacking on the standard of refereeing of their opening Four Nations win over New Zealand. Sheens described the referees’ performance as ‘poor’ and criticised the RFL for not consulting with the coaches over the interpretation of the rules. New Zealand coach Steve Kearney also raised the point when questioned stating that this had contributed to a poor game. I think the problem was having Super League referees try to implement International rules that they don’t put into practise every week. A few of the differences being that in Super League referees allow a quicker play the ball and penalising teams that interfere at the ruck, Whereas NRL referees are more lenient. This means that in the NRL attacking players have to create space rather than rely on defensive errors as in Super League. The NRL are also used to having two referees on the pitch at the same time, with one policing the ruck and the other the defensive line. This works really well and isn’t noticeable when watching NRL or State of Origin. Also in Super League there are two sets of rules, one if your teams on Sky with a Video Referee and one if your not on Sky with no Video Referee. In theory we have 3 different types of rules for played in 2 hemispheres for our 1 great game. Is this the reason why not an International tournament seems to go by without an argument from one country over the interpretation of the rules? Isn’t it about time we all played Rugby league under one form of rules?
Who is would be in charge of implementing one set of rules? The International Board?…… The NRL?….Super League? …. Stevo? ……. League Express?
England hope to set the tournament alight on bonfire night!
The talk coming from the England camp in the build up to tomorrows Four Nations International reminds me a little bit of what I heard from Kevin Sinfield and co in the build up to the Play Off Semi Final v’s Warrington. I get the sense that England think they can do this and to me its a very positive sign. My own thoughts on the game prior to this week were pretty much the same as every body else in Rugby League…. the Kangaroos would tear us apart! The general consensus is that the Aussies are a seemingly unstopable team with strike players the likes of Slater, Uate & Inglis possessing supernatural abilities forged in the inferno that is State of Origin. Combine this with unshakeable self belief and a knack for getting out of tricky situations then the odds are seemingly against England.
But sport is unpredictable, Buster Douglas who took the world heavyweight title off Mike Tyson in 1990 remarked before the fight, “You can’t measure desire!” You only have to look at what John Kear did with Sheffield Eagles at Wembley in 1998 to see what self-belief can do for a team. From what I’ve heard coming out of the England camp these guys have got it & although in typically English manner they’ve held back from shouting it from the rooftops these guys BELIEVE they can win it. Not think they can, not that they would like to, they genuinely believe it! & that is all that matters!!! Added to that the occassion of Wembley should give England a chance.
So how can England do it? Well its going to have to be a disciplined team performance that sticks to a very tight game plan where England exert pressure on the Aussies by completing their sets and employing a strong kicking game. This will give us a shout, then its up to the likes of Tomkins and Chase to come up with a match winning play. Pound for pound in the forwards we are the equal of the Aussies. This is where England can win the game. If James Roby can open up some gaps around the ruck & the English pack complete their sets and retain possession then where in with a chance. In the end it comes down to whether we can keep our powder dry and not try to score of every set. Last week against Wales we were poor at this but I’m backing us to be a whole lot better than last week. The next major aspect is the kicking game and this is one facet where the Aussies have got the upper hand on us. It has to be hoped that the English pack can retain enough possession and Sinfield deliver the performance of his life to keep them under pressure. Lets hope McNamara doesn’t regret leaving Danny Brough out. In the backs Slater, Lockyer and Uate are awesome players but England have plenty of guile in Tomkins & Chase and Ryan Halls no slouch. For me the battle of the backs much tilts on how Greg Inglis performs & he’s been out injured for 2 months. If it were any other player I would be worried but Greg Inglis is such a freak you can only expect a big performance!
England have got a chance tomorrow and I won’t right them off like many others I think it will be pretty close and they will give a good account of themselves. You can get 7′s on England betfair and in a 2 horse race thats good odds, if you fancy a flutterstick a fiver on that or if your a bit more conservative put it on the Aussies to win by less than 12.5 at 3.4′s.
England Expects, But What If We Lose
Last week we ran Australia close, and many believe that 2 decisions cost us the match, in a high tackle that should have been a sending off and a try that should not have been a try, maybe they would have, maybe they wouldnt, we will never know. We probably scored the bast 2 tries of the game through Ryan Hall, but the tries we conceded could and should have been stopped, But hey we were playing the Aussies and its great to run them close isnt it? Well maybe for some. We now come to what i think its the biggest game for England in many a year, A match against the Kiwis for a place in the final at Elland Road, If we win all is rosey in the garden and everyone is happy as we are a final, but if we lose the questions i stated earlier will need answering, and need publicly answering!! If you go back to when we where shown up in OZ in the 2008 world cup, in the aftermath that came out, everything was going to be aimed at the 2013 world cup to be held over here in England and Wales. We have the four nations to build up to the so called pinicle of our game. We have had youngsters like Tomkins,and Hall come through in that time and show up on the biggest stage well after coming through the junior ranks and playing very well in super league, and we have had the majority of the Burgess clan out in the NRL, but where are the rest of the up and coming youngsters in and around the squad learning and buliding towards 2013? Most are playing and have been representing England linons/b team/reserves in pointless matches, nowhere near the leval of what the next step us meant to be. Will we be going into 2013 with Peacock and Morley still as our best options at the age they are? Will Sinfield be our 1st choice 6? Will the players brought in to replace them have any major experiance, or will we just hope to find some more so called ex pats? Will Redhall brush over everything by saying that we have shown we can be competative and have shown we can play at that leval, but not ask the real questions about why we are not trying to build the right way, and continuing to play the old faithful who as great as they have been are now nearly past it. These type of player should be in the squad helping youngsters and guiding them, but not now as international players. Knowing the profit mongers at the RFL i wont hold my breathe tho for any changes, just more hype in how good we can be……
Lets hope whatever happens the game on saturday brings more people into watching than turning their backs on yet another loss
Referee appointment could prove crucial!
Matt Cecchin’s appointment as referee could be a crucial decision and it has to be hope that the Australian puts in a professional performance and isn’t afraid to take tough decisions. Would he send Tony williams off if he goes headhunting again? For all the sports science, coaching camps and team bonding the RFL they have to take some criticism for not appointing a neutral referee. It seems to be a recurring theme in international series over the years that the RFL backs downto Australias demands over refereeing. You have to admire Tim Sheens for being a doing a ‘Ferguson’ and criticising Phil Bentham. Sadly Steve McNamara seems to have shot himself in the foot with his comments about Henry Perenara, Perenara had a poor game but I’d still rather him than an Aussie! Lets hope our boys can still do it!!