Tuesday Game


Paul Tupai
By Blues Brother
April 23 2018

It's off to Lady Bay tomorrow night to take on Nottingham in the Championship .. a quick opportunity to put the B&I semi behind us.

Trailfinders were good value for the 36-16 win on their own patch with their backs quick to seize on any opportunity.

It all fell to pieces in the first half with three tries in eight minutes - the first from a driving maul followed by a Luke Carter  try then the killer from Harry Casson. Daniels. All of a sudden we were  26-6 down and never recovered.

Amazingly only one of Saturday's starting line-up will also start at Lady Park. Josh Buggea will be in the back row.

In the backs Elliot Clements-Hill, Chris Czekaj, Ryan Hutler, Harry Sheppard and Jordan Burns all start .There's a new front row in  Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, George Edgson and Alex Penny , Ed Taylor and Paul Tupai are in the second row ( and Ben Adams at Number 8. The Blues welcome dual-registered Saracens players Matt Gallagher, Rotimi Segun and Jack Nay all figure.

Blues: 15. Matt Gallagher 14. Elliot Clement-Hill 13. Rotimi Segun 12. Chris Czekaj 11. Ryan Hutler 10. Harry Sheppard 9. Jordan Burns 1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
2. George Edgson 3. Alex Penny 4. Ed Taylor 5. Paul Tupai 6. Jack Nay 7. Josh Buggea 8. Ben Adams

Reps: Jacob Fields, Ralph Adams-Hales, Dave Spelman, Jordan Onojaife, Alex Rae, Lee Dickson, Rory Hutchinson.

 

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Tuesday Game
Posted by: Blues Brothers (IP Logged)
Date: 23/04/2018 11:21

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Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 23/04/2018 19:55

All change all change

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: compo simonite (IP Logged)
Date: 23/04/2018 21:52

Letís call it .......Ďcrop rotation' JW

Perhaps we can hope the guys will come home with a five point win........not easy at Nottingham.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: dunc999 (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 07:39

Normally a close game at Notts - hard to see how a back line that presumably hasn't even trained together is going to compete. You never know though!

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 12:04

Need to hold onto that 3rd place if we can

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: dunc999 (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 15:03

Think we only need 5 points from the 2 remaining games for third so should manage that!

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 19:35

Far too many changes, are we taking these last couple of games seriously.......,

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 19:49

29-0 not even half time, shambles

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 21:12

Dear Mr Rayer, please put out s strong team for Saturdays game! Message ends.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: 2Harbourview (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 21:45

Pirates fan in peace. Wow guys, we didn't see that coming and had heard you were all guns blazing for 3rd spot and the prize money. Still good of you to make it an interesting final afternoon. We have the small matter of Ealing to get past if we are to overhaul you and are hoping they are thinking about the cup final. In any event I think we will win, we should have done twice already, and the history suggests a high scoring game so a chance of 5pts.
Actually I don't think it will matter and you are too good to slip up again and against Richmond. They looked like they had had enough after an hour at our place the other week. Got punchy - sure sign.
The one thing we might not want to say too loudly is if we both make a mess of it Yorks and Jersey could yet get past us.
We kick off at 230 so you will know that much before the end, otherwise calculators out.
Best of luck guys and see you next season

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: compo simonite (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 21:50

Nottingham 41 Blues 21 FT

Once again a team at the bottom of the league .....a club we would perceive we should have beaten.....beats us by a clear twenty points.....

Now the loyal Blues fans who have followed the team week in and out will now not know until the final whistle if we are to finish third or even sixth......

Odd game rugby......

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: TryBlues (IP Logged)
Date: 24/04/2018 23:30

Right... we had to put a weakened team out as you can't expect the best team to play 3 matches in 7 days!

I believe players are actually capped at how many minutes they are allowed to play in a week or certainly a few days as well.

If you look at the team some haven't played much rugby, some haven't even played for us for a long time or if at all.

That back line was a total mishmash and Sheppard had to come off injured on a stretcher after 35 mins for Hutchinson a centre. A full back playing at 12, an academy player on the wing and 2 dual registered players.



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Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 07:33

We need a much improved performance on Saturday at GR. Hopefully a big home crowd to cheer the boys home to a 3rd place finish!

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: dunc999 (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 08:01

Shame we couldn't have nicked the fourth try bonus at the end, but have to go all out for a 5 pointer Saturday now.
Must have been tough for the boys playing as they probably hadn't even trained together, but what else could we do 3 days after a tough semi-final. Sounds like Clements-Hill has made a case for starting on Saturday at least?
Hopefully Richmond already on the beach as our Cornish visitor suggests!

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: compo simonite (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 08:08

TryBlues your description of the last nightís team reminded me of the Ďone man and a dog era'.......

JW indeed letís hope for a better performance on Saturday.......last nights performance was not the best way to aid ones recovery.......

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: TryBlues (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 12:07

One of the problems with no rotating which was being called for by most on the site is that when you do have to rotate you get a group of individuals.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Ginger Blueboy (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 12:26

Rotation was justified, although I don't know what's happened to Ollie Dodge, is he injured?

Thought we'd lose due to hashed-together team, especially the back-line, disappointing to come away with nothing.

On the plus side, have something to play for with position far from confirmed and £15,000 difference between 6th and 3rd, so not a dead rubber on Saturday.

Can't take win for granted, think Richmond have improved considerably since we played them back in September (looked relegation material back then).

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: ping pong blue (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 14:08

Why rotate this late in the season?

Take the money from 3rd to 4th place out of Mr. Rayer's wage packet if we do not finish 3rd

There are time when you can rotate and this was not one of them

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 17:05

Mr Rayer was wrong to make so many changes for a crucial match. If that was always the plan then the club should have made a formal announcement as some may have saved their hard earned cash and stayed at home.

Richmond will be gunning for us on Saturday thatís for sure.



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Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Rollingrock (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 17:59

The Performance last night was expected as I felt that to many changes were made to the team and with loan players coming in too; we were never going to have time to gel re moves, calls understanding. Changes had to be made though, due to the short turn around in games this week. Under rfu rules no player is allowed to play more then 80 minutes in a week. So those that played the 80 against Ealing, couldnít play on Tuesday, hence the changes. So not really mikes fault, but more a management issue of players minutes in the previous games. Re last nights game it wasnít great as we know & in all honesty we did actually build ourselves into the game by the end, but it was put out of our reach with the pathetic first half performance. Plus it didnít help that one of our best tacklers was laid out & left the field on a stretcher. Happy to see from his tweet that he is ok today and nothing serious happened.
Last nights game was always going to be hard with a makeshift team, so letís put it to bed and look forward to saturdays big match where we know that that team will hopefully be at full strength baring young Sheppard who I assume will now miss it. Cmon you blues !!!!!

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: TryBlues (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 18:32

I actually thought it was 120 mins as when we've had DRs they have played halfs either for us or A leagues. However, at least someone else is aware of this rule too.

It seems like most of the fans wanted us to weaken the team against Ealing or perhaps see us lose at home to Richmond (could still happen) but win in Nottingham.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 20:07

Tryblues I was talking to a former Blues player at the gym today, there is no such rule. Did you waste your money and travel..,,,

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 25/04/2018 20:13

Then again he hardly ever played in the first team lol

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Magoo (IP Logged)
Date: 26/04/2018 11:46

Is it games won, points difference or bonus points that decides the table? Pirates are home to Trailfinders with 1 point separating 3rd spot. Jersey 5th on 60 points at Doncaster are stil in the hunt. Blues need a 5 point win to guarantee 3rd.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Jonathan Wilcox (IP Logged)
Date: 26/04/2018 12:10

No pressure then lol. They need to be full on for 80 minutes and put in a performance worthy of finishing 3rd in the league. Iím expecting a big score Saturday from the Blues

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Hans Brixit (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2018 05:58

I see Nottingham had a big win again last night , I guess they have a much bigger and stronger squad than us.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: TryBlues (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2018 11:15

Or they were playing Rotherham and only had 2 games to play in 2 weeks and not 4?

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: Hans Brixit (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2018 11:28

Rotherham have improved in recent weeks and it's still 2 games in 3 days , just an observation.

Re: Tuesday Game
Posted by: mellsblue (IP Logged)
Date: 28/04/2018 23:29

Anyone on here tried to play three games in eight days at Champ level? No. Thought not. Max mins or no max mins law, it's not feasible or safe. Fatigued bodies playing rugby is a recipe for injury.

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