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Post Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:09 pm
Posted by Bulls Boy 2011 on Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:09 pm
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Surprised there hasn’t been a thread made yet! How would you guys go? Bustin, Magrin, Pickersgill and Roche are all included despite being left out or not in Kear’s plans. So minimum two will play. With Crossley out it will be tough for the forwards. I’d like to see us line up:

Ryan
Foggin-Johnston
Webster
Oakes
Grant
Pickersgill
Lilley
Kirk
Wildie
Bustin
Minchella
Farrell
Hallas

Flanagan
Wood
Peltier
Storton/Roche

If we need size to beat the Batley pack maybe drop Pickersgill. Wildie to SH, Hallas to Hooker, Wood to 13 with a bench of Flanagan, Peltier, Roche and Storton. Magrin gets nowhere near for now.
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Re: vs. Batley Bulldogs (H)
Post Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:20 pm
Posted by Marvin Goolash on Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:20 pm
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I thought everyone had gone on their jollys. I think after watching the Barrow game I'd like to see Pickersgill given a go in the halves just for the hell of it. Surely there's nothing to lose ?
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:43 am
Posted by Bulls Boy 2011 on Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:43 am
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Marvin Goolash wrote:
I thought everyone had gone on their jollys. I think after watching the Barrow game I'd like to see Pickersgill given a go in the halves just for the hell of it. Surely there's nothing to lose ?


That was my thinking. I think Roche needs to show up well today too. If he doesn’t I’d be tempted to play Gallagher/Scurr/Hodgson in the next game.
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Re: vs. Batley Bulldogs (H)
Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:08 am
Posted by Bulliac on Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:08 am
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I think the big need is to show we are over the 'Challenge Cupitis' and are back on full power for the rest of the season. We have injuries, and a few mental scars from the big games, I know, but everyone has injuries at this stage of the season, if not the mental bits. JK says they look at games in blocks which is a reasonable way at do things - well that 'block' is over so let's get to it.
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:13 am
Posted by Bull Mania on Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:13 am
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Big game this I feel. (to be fair, most games are big with the league being so close) but a loss today and then Leigh at their place followed by Fax, our season could really come off the rails.

I was confident of a win earlier in the week, but Batley got a good win against Fax and look to have a strong squad for this one. Interesting to see how Butterworth goes against us. With O'brien & Leeming both looking like long term options for the Giants, I just can't see how Reiss will progress there.
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:28 pm
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Well we struggled at times, completion rate in the first half must have been under 50% we dropped it that much. However our defence was really good and won us that game. To nil anybody in this game is a great achievement, I'm sure Kear will be thrilled to bits that we didn't concede.

Tough set of games coming up now though.
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:43 pm
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Great defensive effort.

We dropped the ball a lot, but there were some decent bits of play (even if few and far between).

Be interesting to see if we can improve when Keyes is back fit.
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:55 pm
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Pretty much what i was saying earlier in the week, you can sum us up as:

1. Very stiff defence, excellent organisation, works very hard

2. A bit ponderous in attack, most of the time our last tackle plays are predictable and we find it very hard to break the line, don't seem to ever look much like scoring when camped in the opposition half, and generally score far too few points.

3. Give away an incredible amount of possession and position through bad decisions and unforced errors. This:-
- (a) reduces our chance to attack as we keep needlessly giving the ball away; and
- (b) tires us out, as we have to then defend numerous extra sets, when we should have the ball (Note - this means the Defence is actually even better than the stats suggest, as we are having to do waaaaaaay too much defending du
we to mistakes)
4. Have a good team ethic and play to the end.

I wasn't writing them down, but today I counted THIRTEEN instances of giving away possession. Most of them in the first half. You get so you expect the ball to go to ground.

It was good that we kept going, stayed determined, and the defence was outstanding. I even quite enjoyed a lot of our rugby in the last quarter, and we can take away a lot from that performance. Wish we could take away the dropsy.
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Posted by Bulliac on Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:30 pm
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Don't think the conditions helped handling, to be fair, and both sides suffered through it. The defence was awesome though, a big fat zero in the against column is a big thing. Fortunately Batley seemed to suffer the same dis-inclination to give the ball any air (understandable, in the wet), kicks apart, so we were rarely troubled at the back as the kicks were dealt with very well. We'll miss Ethan next year in that department.
I heard Disko complaining that Batley wouldn't have scored if they'd still been playing (this was around 6 o'clock) and he wasn't wrong. Whilst we didn't create all that much more on attack we did take what chances we had pretty well. Two cracking finishes from DFJ.
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Post Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Posted by zapperbull on Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:59 pm
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I not sure that all the lost possession was due to us, Batley went for the ball a lot of the time and got the call.
We did look tired but the defence was great, still a bit wanting in attack.
The ref was blatantly bias towards Batley one instance on our line Batley just put the ball on the floor from a standing position and rolled it to the side and the ref called play on very poor.
well done team.
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