Team Selection Headache for Grand Final
Rockets friendly puts pressure on selection due to injuries to key Jarrow players.
Initial assessment of half back rairing Graham Lupton and John Cotts does not look promising after both picked up injuries in the 54 - 12 victory against Cramlington.
Vikings took up the fixture after the late cancellation of the last Premier league game of the season. Wallsend unable to field a side.
Although Jarrow picked up a 24 - 0 victory, their 3rd of the season due to teams not fulfilling fixtures, the result was not important. It was more important to keep the players active and take time to prepare for the Premier Grand final next week against Gateshead Storm.
The default score line is even worse for teams like Sunderland who ended up below Wallsend due to points difference, Sunderland having fulfilled both their games against Jarrow conceeding a total of 132 points and scoring only 26, compaired to Wallsend, who having pulled out of both fixtures with Jarrow only conceeded 48 pionts by default.
Something that must be addressed for next season to ensure a level playing field and true competition.
The game against Cramlington was played a atraining game over 4 20 minute periods to allow plenty of time to adjust and work on specific areas.
the scoreline was a lot more competitive than the last time the 2 sides met last month, Jarrow 58 - 0 winners.
The Rockets were a lot more controlled and determined in defence, showing some real talent, flare and potential for next season when they take the step up into the Premier division.
By the 3rd quarter though, the difference in organisation and control began to show and the Vikings started to dictate the pace, having got the frustrations of a first half out of the way.
It was during the final quarter of the game that the Vikings injuries came thick and fast, Lupton with a bad ankle injury, Coutts hip, Newlands shin and Burnett with a knee injury. Even veteran George Taylor was forced to switch from the refree shirt into a Vikings shirt to play in the pivots. Obviously Sandra wasn't there at the game!!!!
Jarrow would like to thank Cramlington for a good hard test, just what they needed ahead of a tough Grand final in a week's time, only 5 5ays for players to rest and a late fitness test on Friday will determine whether Taylor must keep his boots handy for the final!!!!