THE BIG GAME PREVIEW AT PARK LANE: OTLEY RUFC
A fine old traditional club comes a calling this weekend in the shape of Otley RUFC.
Yes this game brings also the extra added spice of it being not only a bottom of the table dog fight but also a battle of the roses game to boot.
Otley will be travelling over the Pennines tomorrow with a big Tyke support behind them; some have suggested it will be near to 200 spectators making the trip, a fantastic effort on their part all of whom are most welcome at Park Lane.
The worrying aspect for Sedge is that they have a very good record against us especially so at Park Lane see the stats below. Last season we did get a good home win under the lights at Park Lane, a result that all but assured our safety in the relegation dog fight as we created a platform to pull clear.
Otley from that game also found a fighting spirit that saw them in great form to pull out of the bottom three to safety. That spirit is still very much alive and ingrained within the Otley camp, especially if you look at the bonus points they have amassed in the games this season both in try scoring and losing point categories. The team is close to turning those close defeats into the all important wins.
This game will be a cracker and could go anyway. Don’t miss it
Not much to say on team related matters this week other than Mike Dutton just failed a fitness test last night and will not play this weekend so it is the same team that beat Redruth in the Duchy last weekend.
Tomorrow marks a last game and the departure of second row forward Tom Holmes who came to us in the summer from Sale Sharks. Tom has not just been an important addition to the on-field struggle this season but he has also been an important contributor to the team spirit after the game too. In the injury littered carnage that was our preseason, Tom was one of the ones caught in mayhem as he injured himself and was out for the first few games.
His determination to get back into the Tigers cause saw him make a speedy and very welcome return to the row with his performances being top class. In the last few weeks whether in combination with Louis McGowan or Alistair Atkinson he has gone on to play a significant part in the current change of form.
Tom is leaving us for sunnier climes and to that end we wish him the best of luck in the future.
The game tomorrow will be covered by the LIVE MATCH UPDATE service that can be found on the forum part of the website. So if you cannot get to the game you can see it all unfold blow by blow and then read the Sunday morning match report all on the website.
All the best
THIS IS THE FIRST XV SELECTION TO FACE OTLEY RUFC
This is the first team selection to face Otley RUFC at Park Lane Whitefield, Saturday 13th of November 2010. Kick off 14.30
15 MATT RILEY
14 STEVE NUTT
13 ALEX HURST
12 RICHARD WAINWRIGHT
11 SIMON PARROTT
10 PHIL JONES
9 CHRIS WILKINSON (CAPTAIN)
1 DANNY BIRCHALL
2 GARETH ROBERTS
3 NICK FLYNN
4 TOM HOLMES
5 LOUIS McGOWAN
6 RICHARD OXLEY
7 GARH DEW
8 JUAN CROUS
16 ADAM LEWIS
17 MATT SMITH
18 ALISTAIR ATKINSON19 WILL MATTHEWS
20 ADAM BIRCHALL
These are the players that Otley have brought into the club this season.
Adam Kemsley: Prop, Bracknell RFC
Peter Tennet: Prop, Westoe RFC
Dallas Pawley: Dallas Pawley, Randwick, (Australia)
Brian Parsons: Full back, Kaikoura, (New Zealand)
Robert Afoa-Peterson: Back row, Cergy-Pontoise, (France)
Jamie Sutton: Back Row, Stade Domontois, (France)
Matthew Birch: Scrum half, Old Otliensians RUFC
Ben Collins: Fly Half, Doncaster RLFC
Jervis Manupenu: Fly half, Bracknell RFC
Toby Querendon: Centre, Leeds Carnegie Academy (on loan)
Oli Richards: Centre, Leeds Academy Carnegie (on loan)
Gareth Denman: Back row, Leeds Academy Carnegie (on loan)
Richard Beck: Back row, Leeds Academy Carnegie (on loan)
Joe Barker: Scrum half, Leeds Academy Carnegie (on loan)
Cameron Zeiss: Prop, Leeds Academy Carnegie (on loan)
Curtis Wilson: Centre, Leeds Academy Carnegie (on loan)
Eddie Peglau: Prop
Harry Hannan: Hooker
Nazim Karim: Wing
THE SEASON SO FAR
Like ourselves this season has been a very tough one. The league is highly competitive with teams beating each other on a home and away basis upsetting the form books in some cases. Otley have played 10 won 2 lost 8. At first glance the scoreline may suggest a story of struggle and toil.
That is not the case a quick look at the bonus points suggest Otley have competed throughout all the games so far and may have been unlucky as they entered the final quarter of play. With 9 bonus points, 4 try scoring points and 5 losing bonus points, this statistic clearly cry’s out not to underestimate the Tykes as in time these narrow defeats will quickly turn to wins and with bonus point haul they have you could see Otley vacate the bottom reaches of the league.
07/08/2010: Otley 0 - 55 Doncaster: Lose (Friendly)
28/08/2010: Otley 26 - 17 Hull Ionians: (Friendly)
04/09/2010: Otley, 25 – 14 Redruth: Won (NL1)
11/09/2010: Wharfedale 17 – 13 Otley: Lose (NL1)
18/09/2010: Otley 28 – 25 Launceston: Won (NL1)
25/09/2010: Blackheath 55 – 26 Otley: Lose (NL1)
02/10/2010: Otley 22 – 34 London Scottish: Lose (NL1)
09/10/2010: Rosslyn Park, 17 – 15 Otley: Lose (NL1)
16/10/2010: Otley 25 – 14 Redruth: Won (NL1)
23/10/2010: Otley 24 – 41 Barking: Lose (NL1)
30/10/2010: Tynedale 25 – 18 Otley: Lose (NL1)
06/11/2010: Otley 16 – 21 Stourbridge: Lose (NL1)
We have played 10 times in league history with 5 at home and 5 away, with 8 games in the now Championship and two in National One. We have won three all told, two at home and one away.
Yes we have won only twice at home before against Otley and the second time was only last season under the lights 44 -18. So that is the complete history all of our meetings from the very first meeting on the 25th of September 2004, in national league one, level 2,(Championship) which we lost.
The total points in games played:
Home: Tigers 108: Otley: 144
Away: Otley 133: Tigers: 91
The aggregate point’s comparisons for all the league meetings have been:
Home: Tigers 22: Otley: 29
Away: Otley 27: Tigers 18
Should be a very interesting game, let’s hope the Tigers can break the hold the Tykes have on us and make it three in a row this weekend. It is very tight game indeed and it is a happy hunting ground for the Tykes so it really is touch and go. Not a game to miss for the spectator with safety points on offer and county pride at stake wow should be a cracker.
Prediction, here goes, well I will go with a Sedge win (no surprise there then). I hope my lucky London Scottish pin keeps working its magic again this weekend.
Sedgley Park 24 (4) Otley 18 (1)
All the best