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Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Fri May 18, 2018 11:08 pm
Posted by Bullseye on Fri May 18, 2018 11:08 pm
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Was impressed with Newcastle. As a friend said afterwards they're the best team we've played in the league this season other than York.
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Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sat May 19, 2018 6:06 am
Posted by psychostring on Sat May 19, 2018 6:06 am
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Not the best performance but we still got the win.

I’m sure York weren’t great against Hunslet a couple of weeks back when they only won 28-26. We beat Hunslet comfortably.

It goes to show that there are some decent teams in the division who are capable of raising their game and if they catch you on an off day then a defeat can happen. York probably didn’t complain too much after getting the win and we shouldn’t either. The disparity between the top and bottom teams is massive and there is a danger of thinking you should hammer everyone because of large scores against the bottom teams.

If you cut out the large number of uncharacteristic handling errors from last nights performance the score line would probably have been a lot larger.

Defensively we were pretty sound and in attack I’m sure we’d look a bit more fluent if you add back in two of our first choice spine in McNally and Keyes. Pickersgill and Milnes are doing well but you have to keep in mind that they are still young kids.

We achieved the objective of 2 points from what many called a potential banana skin before the match and for that reason i’m happy.

I’m sure York will suffer an unexpected defeat at some point against a top 8 side who catch them when they aren’t at their best.
Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sat May 19, 2018 8:06 am
Posted by TheBeast on Sat May 19, 2018 8:06 am
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Very scrappy game but we’ve got the 2 points. Another lacklustre performance. Thunder never gave up and could have pinched it. Brandon Pickersgill & Ethan Ryan were immense tonight.

Great atmosphere!


Nail on head Ethan Ryan made two try saving tackles, Pickersgill looks another excellent academy product in the making but I would add Chisholm IMO ran the game from S/O scored a try created another and kicked all but one goals.
Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sat May 19, 2018 8:48 am
Posted by Molsk111 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:48 am
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We need to sign that Newcastle full back and the 2 halves... totally head and shoulders above what we have
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Post Sat May 19, 2018 9:07 am
Posted by Bulliac on Sat May 19, 2018 9:07 am
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Think that's a bit strong. I didn't see the first two tries, so can't comment if they were soft but after that we defended brilliantly. Was more a concentration thing or trying too hard that led to the errors. It certainly wasn't lack of effort. As Northus said, we didn't look that cohesive but that was because we didn't have the ball for any sustained amount of time. Was always going to be a tricky game and Newcastle threw the kitchen sink at us and we've come away with the win. Was impressed by Newcastle, good line speed and very aggressive. Another win ticked off.


Agreed, though the one thing we failed to defend all match was the off-load and a better side would have killed us last night. If I remember correctly Newcastle have a strong record at home, so any win there is something to be pleased with, even though we certainly never showed the sort of fluency we'd maybe hoped for. That said,it's difficult when teams are coming in 'hell for leather' and whilst I don't think Thunder were an outstanding team they have some solid individual players, are well coached and certainly didn't die wondering.

Thought we had a number of good, gritty rather than classy, performances and, of course, a wins always win, and no doubt, we'll have many more teams like Newcastle to beat so we'll need to be on our mettle. Onwards and upwards.
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Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sat May 19, 2018 11:33 am
Posted by thepimp007 on Sat May 19, 2018 11:33 am
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Molsk111 wrote:
We need to sign that Newcastle full back and the 2 halves... totally head and shoulders above what we have


They were lively although its easy to see why Adam Brook never really got a look in thought he was a bit wayward in what he did. Lewis Young though was very lively love to see halfbacks who engage the line. That said Chisholm is slowly getting back, he suffered a horrendous injury and it will take time probably the best surface he played on and he showed glimpses of the magic he has. Another few weeks with Keyes back they will be tearing teams a new one coming into the better weather
Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sat May 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Posted by paulwalker71 on Sat May 19, 2018 12:13 pm
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Molsk111 wrote:
We need to sign that Newcastle full back and the 2 halves... totally head and shoulders above what we have


Well, we did have one of those halves - and shipped him out because he wasn't good enough
Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sun May 20, 2018 7:24 am
Posted by Molsk111 on Sun May 20, 2018 7:24 am
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There full back is the best I have seen since mossy... .McNally when fit???? Isn't as quick and elusive as him.. as for Chisholm yes his injury was bad.. but come on he should be ripping it up in this league.. he is a league or 2 better than this... isn't he ?????,
Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sun May 20, 2018 7:29 am
Posted by Molsk111 on Sun May 20, 2018 7:29 am
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As for that laithwaite I can fully understand why he has been shipped out... maybe needs a few weeks exercise on trying to bend his back... from that drop out all he had to do was fall on the ball... I would have had him straight off.. If we hadn't got any better than him.. then Chalmers needs to open the bank book
Re: Newcastle Thunder (A)
Post Sun May 20, 2018 8:33 am
Posted by Bull Mania on Sun May 20, 2018 8:33 am
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Bloody hell Molsk, we're that bad I'm surprised we're not battling it out with West Wales and Hemel.
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