Yorkshire Carnegie has a weekend off. The lads will either be chilling or watching the climax to the 6-Nations competition. Last weekend the squad gave the runaway league leaders a bloody nose. What is in store for us next?
Well the club is still in 10th position in the league table. However the last 5 fixtures are all winnable, especially after the squad got close to reaching it's potential in the win against the Irish Exiles. If we win all 5 remaining fixtures without any bonus points we will finish with 55 points.
The four teams immediately above us all have a tough run in:
Nottingham: Could lose v Irish, Coventry and Ealing picking up 8 points in their last 5 games and will finish with 51 points.
Donny: Could lose against Irish and Carnegie picking up 14 points and ending the season with 50 points.
Coventry: Could lose against Ealing, Carnegie, Irish and Jersey, picking up 5 points and totalling 44 points.
Scottish: Could lose against Carnegie, Donny & Pirates gaining 6 points and finishing with 42 points.
We can even afford to lose a game and still finish above Donny providing that we pick up some bonus points along the way. If we lose 2 out of 5 then the most we can get is 52 points which could still get us home in 6th place.
Obviously our form has been patchy with recent defeats at home against Ealing and Jersey but we have shown that on our day we are as good as anyone. The players, I am sure, will want to end the season on a high. Sixth place is up for grabs in my opinion. Carpe diem!
Top half finish is do-able
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Date: 17/03/2019 08:38
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If we can lift ourselves as we did for Irish most teams in the champ would struggle against us. Mid table and preferably above donny is definitely do able.
It's the aggression and intensity we played with that I liked the best.
I am gonna try my best to drag a few others along to the remaining games.
One feature of the team room at Kirkstall is a shot of a mountain overprinted with target League points to be aimed for starting from the New Year. To be on target with three games remaining Carnegie need only two points from next two games!
The team performance in 2019 shows the remarkable progress this group have made in since the end of 2018.
Knavesmire Having not seen Carnegie for awhile I was pleasantly surprised to see a few things I haven't seen for while:
- A strong defence. Until the last 15 Scots were not getting over the gainline (though their 15 was a useful player who broke first tackle several times)
- A 9 and 10 who could orchestrate a game plan
- A set of decent forwards
Given what is going on in the background someone or someones must be doing something right at long last.
I almost felt.....what was....it has been awhile....proud.
The someone is Chris Stirling the someoneís is the coaching staff heís assembled.
Lose them we are .............insert your own expletive.
Goís without saying lose the players and you can insert more expletives.
Looks like we will only be 3 points behind Nottingham at close of play today.(losing heavily at home to Richmond!). Top six even more of a proposition now although we do not need others help to achieve it.
Lads clearly have bit between the teeth and have clearly set a goal of finishing as high as possible, the form they are showing all remaining 4 games are winnable with BP as with exception of Hartpury all other 3 form isnít great
Driven past the Richmond ground a few times. I like some of the more club feel grounds. It does bring it home the gap between the champ and prem though. Some champ grounds are on par or worse that some Yorkshire league grounds.
I love when visiting some of the grounds in the championship, trips to Old Deer Park on a early or late season game in the sun...If anyone wants to know what it's like - think West Park with the clubhouse further away from the pitch
Unfortunately it does make a very convenient criteria for the premiership to ALREADY be ring fenced by things like this! I think I read somewhere that the Bedford chairmen looked at what it would cost to get their ground up to premiership standard, stopped counting at several million pounds and that's before they worked out how to solve the leveling of their pitch (6ft drop diagonally)
Back on the topic of the thread, having seen the game on TV this weekend, our current form is much better than either team I know there is a lot of what and ifs - the nature of sport - but if we had this team at the start of the year, I honestly don't think we would be talking about top half I think we would be talking about our results vs Irish and could we go up!
WPL Back on the topic of the thread, having seen the game on TV this weekend, our current form is much better than either team I know there is a lot of what and ifs - the nature of sport - but if we had this team at the start of the year, I honestly don't think we would be talking about top half I think we would be talking about our results vs Irish and could we go up!
I am not going to criticise the board, itís their money and Iím not convinced rugby is an investment itís more of a tax write off, but I agree with WPL, if CS had been backed at the start of the season I think the results from the last half show we could have been real contenders for top flight rugby next season. If only.....
Agreed Grybz but coming second to LI or running Ealing close for third does not actually achieve a lot.
However I suppose our personal grief at watching the poor performances at the start of the season would have been avoided.
Also agreed lets not criticise board members who have all put their hand in their pocket to pay our players' salaries. OK we wish it was more but as I haven't contributed any cash at all, I feel it rude to criticise those who have.
On the other hand, and trying to retain a positive note, having stood freezing my nuts off watching some real dross in the first half of the season makes recent events on the pitch seem all the more sweet!
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We have had a lot of false dawns. Quite often, promises have been half-kept, at best.
We have had highly respected coaches in Brian Redpath and Jimmy Lowes.
But Stirlo has been the only one to say what is going to happen and then deliver 100%. Even when things were going awry and we were losing to pretty poor teams.
For the first time I am watching a team playing a type of rugby that you might watch in the Premiership or the 6Nations. OK we are not at that level but at least we are playing in a style that can take us forward.
The transformation since Christmas is astounding and CS always said it would happen. The recent form and confidence the team is showing has totally changed the experience on match days to a pleasurable one and it is such a shame that more people have not turned up to watch. It'll be gutting if the whole thing goes pear shaped at the end of the season at a time when we are obviously on a steep upward curve. I heard yesterday that CS is already talking about returning to New Zealand in the Rugby Paper so there doesn't seem to be much hope left and one wonders if there will be a club left to support next season?
Scuffer I heard yesterday that CS is already talking about returning to New Zealand in the Rugby Paper so there doesn't seem to be much hope left and one wonders if there will be a club left to support next season?
The words used were 'who could be heading home to New Zealand once the season ends'. Not a quote from Chris - speculation from the journo.
I sincerely hope it is merely speculation Gelbel because he is such an asset and seems to have breathed new life into the club with his outlook, general demeanour and the way he has galvanised the team. I am generally a ďglass half fullĒ person but I canít help thinking that things are about to go pear shaped in the absence of any updates to the contrary from the clubís senior management.
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