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February 9, 2018 12:33 pm  #1


So what do we think about the selection for this one?

Interesting that Millet is selected on the wing. I am worried by this. He played fullback at Bedford in the league and was exposed for pace time after time.
Are all of our wingers crocked?
We have a DR fullback from Saints in the match squad but we choose to play a fly half /centre on the wing.

Nothing personal against Millet. I am glad he has signed a new deal but it seems unfair on him to play him out of position.


February 9, 2018 1:54 pm  #2

Re: Hartpury

I thought that too..


February 10, 2018 4:12 pm  #3

Re: Hartpury

Embarrassing result. What happened?

     Thread Starter

February 10, 2018 5:07 pm  #4

Re: Hartpury

Woody wrote:

Embarrassing result. What happened?

This just gets worse. What on earth is going on?!!

Last edited by maire23 (February 10, 2018 5:17 pm)


February 10, 2018 10:21 pm  #5

Re: Hartpury

Thumped by Hartpury! What is going off? How have we gone from being a match for anyone to this dross?


February 10, 2018 10:22 pm  #6

Re: Hartpury

Composure, game management, decision making, leadership, playing the conditions, discipline, refereeing decisions were all factors in this defeat. So many league points have been lost this season involving these factors. Far fewer points have been lost because of lack of skills, organisation, ability, fitness, courage, effort or desire. All the way through this game there was an opportunity to take all or some of the points available but these mental failings, plus one awful refereeing decision to award a try from a huge dropped ball, prevented this. The early loss of Morris and the damage that caused particularly to the line out was also significant.


February 10, 2018 10:25 pm  #7

Re: Hartpury

Now just 5 points above 2nd to bottom. From third to this.


February 11, 2018 1:37 am  #8

Re: Hartpury

My comments in Beak's thread titled 'Donny game' are still relevant. 


February 11, 2018 8:38 am  #9

Re: Hartpury

Where as I thought your comments were premature this is a dreadful defeat. How have we gone from 3rd, playing excellent rugby, to this.


February 11, 2018 8:34 pm  #10

Re: Hartpury

An interesting day out at a former farm 4 miles north of Gloucester. According to the programme the taxpayer has now invested £50,000,000 in Hartpury College and University Centre.
The main rugby pitch/ground is similar to the RAG with a stand on one side & nothing elsewhere. A point of difference is that the players’ benches are on the opposite side to the as in contrast to the RAG the 4 rows of seats are at a very low level & views would otherwise be badly obscured. Unlike the Bay & the RAG the standing areas on the other 3 sides are not mud & grass, but level plastic hard standing or hardcore. The 418 seats were far from all filled & the official attendance of 426 looked about right.
The weather was nothing like as bad as forecast – no rain & a wind that abated markedly during the match. They had the benefit of that wind during the 1st half.
An early pen to them was followed by an Eden effort from distance that was pushed wide by the wind. In a reversal of the home game their kickers were better than Eden on the day.
On the quarter hour we suffered a big blow as Morris left for a HIA, but soon after from a free ball 5 yards out Darryl stubbed a ball through for Vili to fall on. 3-7. In general though their pack was having the best of close quarter operations & little ball was seen in their 22. The penalty count also mounted against us.
By the half hour our captain had once again displayed his party piece of pulling down a close range maul & being binned for his troubles. They scored immediately thereafter 10-7. The 10 minutes he was off had seen us again under a lot of close range pressure. Only when he came back on for the final play of the half did they score again – wide out. 17-7. The College Ground clock most unusually for the Championship was an actual elapsed time match clock.
We were being more than matched up front in open play by apparently their strongest squad of the season with 4 reinforcements   from Gloucester.
The 2nd half could not have started more brightly as an excellent break by Eden brought down 10 yards out well supported by Darryl quickly gave Millett a run in. Conversion missed. 17-12 soon became 17-15 with a straight pen, but they came again with another successful kick.  Good hands before they could re-assemble their defence put Poullet over on the left wing to level the scores at 20-20 as the kick was again missed.  Three tries scored and momentum with us it was not looking bad at this juncture.
Credit to Hartpury who had also suffered 2 early injuries for getting their noses back in front as a xkick set the winger clear 25-20.
They then had the luck of the bounce twice from a kick through bounced back into the pursuing runner’s hands for a free run under the posts only for him to drop it from waist high over the line a la American Rugby. Extraordinarily the try was awarded. If that was legal every schoolboy + Chris Ashton would do it every week.  An extraordinary decision.
At 32-20 all structure & shape disappeared from our game to be replaced by hurry error & mistake, but you make your own luck & we’ve not been making enough of late.  A late try not only put an unfair complexion on the score line but gave them their biggest ever Championship victory.
Our first 4 away league games resulted in 3 Ws & an LBP to give 16 points out of 20. Our next 4 have yielded only 1 LBP.
Next up Penzance whose last league trip resulted in defeat at Roth.


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