After another early morning Sunday its now all over for another four years and New Zealand laid the ghost of 24 years by beating a revitalized France who certainly did not get the rub of the green with the officials decisions in a tense and gripping World Cup Final at Eden Park and the whole of the country will wake up with an enormous headache come the morrow.
Headaches of a more local kind for the Blues who went down to their third successive National One defeat at the Butts Park Arena to a determined Coventry side who held off a late Macclesfield challenge to take the spoils 36-25 in another high scoring encounter.
Despite another bonus point the Blues drop from second to sixth in the table and need to regain their composure for Saturday when newly promoted and old rivals Fylde come to town and they arrive on the back of a 39-28 victory over Tynedale at the Woodlands with former Blue Evan Stewart scoring no less than four of their six tries in a man of the match display.
I cannot recall three successive defeats for quite some time and looking at my records it happened several times during the 2007/08 campaigns in Three North as we struggled to retain our spot in that league, which we eventually did after a tense 11-11 draw against Leicester Lions at Priory Park in the final game of that season. Let’s hope we don’t have to leave so late this time round!!
Around National One Ealing continued their uninterrupted progress with another convincing victory, this time 46-15 over Blaydon, and they now have a nine point cushion at the top after nine games.
Cambridge won 49-20 at Birmingham, Blackheath beat Barking 35-18, Cinderford triumphed 32-30 in the basement battle, Jersey beat Sedgley Park 31-10 and Rosslyn Park continued their winning ways 21-17 at home to Wharfedale.
Just 7 points separate second (Fylde) from Tynedale in ninth spot which, once more, just goes to prove what a competitive league this is we are playing in and it never ceases to amaze me that more folk do not come to Priory Park to witness rugby at this level.
Prove me wrong by turning up in numbers for Fylde this Saturday as the Lancashire side will certainly be bringing plenty of support here………………………..
Talking crowds there were almost 850 watching Macc play Coventry but this was put to shame by the 1800 plus who watched Jersey beat Sedgley Park. Treasurers there must be pleased.
Away from the 1st XV results all round favoured Priory Park sides on Saturday with the Lions maintaining their recent progress in the Bateman BMW Premier League with a convincing32-13 five try performance against Altrincham Kersal with Ed Stobart scoring one excellent try to please the home support.
The Thirds won 41-5 against Stockport Thirds and the Fourths 33-10 at Wilmslow meaning all three sides maintained their high standing in their respective leagues.
The Vets beat a young Shrewsbury 4th XV at Priory Park to get back to winning ways after three defeats.
Away from Priory Park it was interesting to hear on Sunday that Shaun Edwards is likely to be a free agent very soon and I will be very surprised if his talents are not taken on by other suitors very quickly as both Wales (who have) and Wasps (who may be about to) lose his services. This former RL International has brought much to Wales’s game over the past seasons. Let’s hope that the beleaguered RFU do not miss out this time!!
Just a quick word now about the Blues League game against Birmingham & Solihull originally scheduled for Saturday 5 November (a week Saturday). This game will now be played on SUNDAY 6 November at Damson Parkway, Solihull – kick off 2.pm. Directions to ground next week.
1st v. Fylde – League – Home – 3.pm.
2nd v. Birkenhead Park – League – Away
3rd v. Waterloo – League – Away
Vets v. Brodlians Beavers – Home
Enjoy your Rugby – I do.