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One of the major problems of being in the lower leagues, for this website, is that fewer people attend games. This means there are fewer people who could write us a match report. For a trip away this is amplified, for an away trip in a cup-competition that no-one really cares about? One man and his dog. Fortunately, for The Craic, that man (or his dog, we're not judging) posts here and, in the absence of anything else, that will have to stand for out match report. Many thanks to Ecksile for the comments, it's good to know someone was watching.
Never attempt to win by force...
Firstly, a massive thanks to Jersey RFC and the people of Jersey for what was another great weekend spoilt, once more, only by the rugby. Fortunately, that is not the overwhelming driver otherwise I would watch neither London Irish nor England.
Winter is Here…
Saturday saw us host the Cornish Pirates and it’s fair to say, most of us were in a pretty confident mood that we could get the job done and bag five points before the away day to Jersey. It was bitterly cold in the bowl and I must confess that I took very few notes in the second half as my fingers felt like they were dropping off, but here’s my observations for what it’s worth.
A Tale of One Half
My mate picked me up outside my house and then we gunned it up the M1 to Donny. On arrival we were shown our way to parking next to the main stand, (£3 parking). Picked up our tickets (£22 each), Match day Programme (£2.50), two drinks (£3.50 each) and Pie, Chips, Mushy Peas with Gravy (£5.50 each), all this thrift put me in a good mood.
A Tale of Two Budgets?
For the try-soaked London Irish fans it was the best of times. But for the few brave Yorkies at the Madstad it was the worst of times, when their team was pretty much dismantled in every facet of the game by an impressive Irish team displaying a ruthlessness that was seldom evident in our last visit to the Championship two seasons ago.
Richmond Athletic Ground is another great venue to watch club rugby and the sunny conditions belied the time of year. Scottish made all our travelling supporters feel welcome on a barmy Sunday afternoon – Irish turned out in significant numbers even though the game was on Sky and we were the majority support on the day (certainly sounded like it). Going into the match, Scottish were touted as serious competition who could take a scalp, Nic Rouse has obviously been working his magic as results up until yesterday had been impressive.
Coventry Rugby Club are my closest pro Rugby team, geographically, it is easy to get to by train and a short walk from the station. I arrived at the ground just before kick off, as I had left it until the last possible train to get there.
My Lucky Seat
Sundays match was the first home game I’ve attended this season, it did feel like a season opener as the game last week had been rescheduled giving Irish a week off, this seemed to make Irish a bit rusty, something that persisted for most of the match. Bedford on the other hand were not the team that I remember when Irish played them two seasons ago they seemed to lack ambition although they had plenty pace in their backs they repeatedly kicked away possession and rarely gave chase.
The Novelty Has Gone
The first home game of the season usually brings an opportunity to get the winter routine down to a tee. Parkrun or the lad's football match before a quick lunch and a dash to the Madjeski, a swift pint and then to our seats, chew the fat with friends not seen for a few months and then the rugby. Win or lose, rain or shine, come on you Irish.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Now then, the new season has finally arrived, after the tough campaign last time round and loss of more top players, we went into this season with mixed feelings on our prospects of a bounce back into the Gallagher Premiership. The opposition have been touted as a serious candidate for winning the league, and on last night’s performance, it’s easy to see why.
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