Internationals to look forward to.
As the domestic season takes it's winter break and ahead of the new era for South Wales Ironmen in Merthyr for 2017 and beyond, the Welsh team have some important fixtures coming up. These should help keep interest in the XIII a side code high for fans in South Wales and beyond.
Four Changes For Richmond
It's been a difficult start to the season for the Blues with fixtures against the most fancied sides in the league. But what can we do against struggling newcomers Richmond at Goldington Road?
Big Names Return
Time to stop messing about. The big boys are back for the visit of Bath which has become a must win game even though it's so early in the season. - back to Saturday at 3.00 .
Blackheath 42 - 5 Coventry
Not quite what we were expecting, as Cov went down to a heavy defeat at Blackheath.
News: Northampton Saints vs Exeter Chiefs - Match Preview
With just the one success in four attempts in the fledgling Aviva Premiership, Northampton Saints welcome Exeter Chiefs to Franklin's Gardens under the lights on Friday evening. Regular COYSDC contributor HRSaints fan (David to his mates) takes a look ahead to the game...
SHIP SHAPE AGAIN
All good things come to an end. Free wifi, "War and Peace", six month unbeaten runs. It's a mark of Saracens' resilience, though, that I, as many others no doubt, saw that half time score, and, thought, yes, the comeback is still on, given the recoveries seen at various times last season. This time it didn't happen, as Harlequins profited from two very sharp pieces of attacking play in a smart intercept and a long accurate pass to the wing, and the South West London side demonstrated some powerful defence hitherto lacking from their game up to this point. What of Sarries then? Quite rightly, Mark McCall emphasised how they rallied to claim a losing bonus point, and kept their hosts scoreless after the break, which was encouraging. They also made more ground (Alex Goode alone making 136 metres) and line breaks in attack, retaining all of their lineout and scrum ball, as did Quins, but, in turn, knocked on more regularly than the home side.
Supporter Ratings from the Wasps game
Many thanks to BG01 for compiling the stats.
Is everybody happy?
The squad recorded it's fourth consecutive win on Sunday against a London Scottish side that has yet to start playing this season. The bonus point win has left us in second place in the league table between leaders London Irish and third placed Cornish Pirates. So is everybody happy?....
Bath’s first error on Saturday will be met by a cacophony of donkey impressions from the Shed. This reaction, the favourite taunt of Kingsholm supporters, is guaranteed. It also adds spice to a derby that needs no artificial incitement to enflame it. Always a testy encounter, this is the one players and supporters feel the most personally and one which has, in recent years, offered plenty of incident and controversy. The “Battle of Kingsholm”, a feisty affair of 7 cards which saw Gloucester finish with 11 men and concede defeat to a late penalty try, sticks in the craw for the men in cherry and white. Since then Bath have spoiled Gloucester’s Christmas the following season, but themselves harbour a grudge about the narrow home defeat Gloucester inflicted through controversial penalties last February. There are many other niggles and humiliations for both clubs –which only go to make the “eeyore, eeyore!” chant more delicious for Gloucester and more irritating for the men from The Rec.
Harlequins: The First 150 Years.
With a foreword by Will Carling, the most famous living Harlequin and former captain of England, this book is a comprehensive season by season account of a club side that is internationally renowned. Even if you don’t know the Harlequins at the start, you will by the end. It is an absolute must read for fans not only of the Quins, but of rugby in general.