Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by Lisa Smit » Mon, 02 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Northampton 17 - Newcastle 7

That was truly the loudest game I have had the pleasure of being at (except
for an international).

Northampton are the first British team this season the defeat Newcastle,
and they did it with some style!

We went 20 odd minutes without any points on the board as both teams were
intent on going for the full 7. Eventually Northampton after much pounding
of the Newcastle line decided to settle for 3. 3-0

Newcastle responded through Dean Ryan (the most boooed man), slicing
through and going under the posts. Both teams were playing so close to
offside that if a breakthrough was made it took a sterling effort to stop
them.
3-7

Possession in the first half was about 50-50, but Newcastle were giving
penalties away frequently, and compounded a few of them with some chat to
the ref - Grayson and Dawson varied the options brilliantly, always aware
of what Newcastle were up to, if they thought they were off guard off
Dawson would go with a tap, otherwise Grayson would drill it into touch and
the Northampton line-out worked very well for a nice change! Clarke,
Chandler and Philips outshining Nesdale, Weir and Archer. Clarke tried
every lineout trick in the book.

Grayson kicked one more penalty to stay in touch - first half ended 6-7.

Second half - saw the game flowing one way then the next, and some of the
hardest hits this season, one particular hit Rodber on Tuigamala who he'd
missed about a minute earlier and they both bounced, the thing that the
Saints got so right this time was that Tuigamala, Tait and Lam didn't
really feature. There was alot of interceptions as both teams were playing
very flat. Alot of heart stopping moments!

Grayson delivered a drop goal after one wave of attack - he had moments
before been late tackled (the kind that had a punch contained in it), the
touch judge had seen this and advised after the drop goal a penalty
re-start, Grayson went for the posts from the centre but it was too
blustery to be a perfect kicking day.  9-7

The play that led to the Allen try was truely awsome, the intial break by
Allen, Rodber taking it and driving on supported by that great forward
HarveyThorneycroft:-), Gregor Townsend just pounding into three of four
Newcastle players and driving them backwards, then *the* quickest hands
from Dawson and Grayson, and Hunters intellegent drawing of the two
opposition props and sweet pass to the birthday boy (Matt Allen) -
completely brilliant! Helped partially by Dean Ryan deciding he was going
to rain a few punches in on (I think Harvey) in midfield while the Saints
were busy scoring. Grayson's conversion attempt came off the posts. 14-7

After the try, Newcastle again came back and Tony Underwood ran a beautiful
line from halfway and was inches short of the line when Matt Allen hauled
him down. In another attack by Newcastle Gary Armstrong got to within
inches again but Dawson this time brought him down.

The deciding score in the 80 something minute was another long range drop
goal by Grayson. Newcastle came back again and even though it then wouldn't
have mattered if a try in convertable distance had been conceeded
Northampton defended brilliantly. Newcastle were running it out of their
half,  they passed it 4 times and each time Matt Allen was there checking
or tackling the player with the ball till eventually he decked the fourth
player, that for me epitomised the Saints performance - never giving up.

It a refreshing prospect that the draw for the semi-final's tommorow
contains 4 teams who've never won the cup - Wasps have been losing finalist
3 times, Sale and Northampton losing finalists once, and I don't think
Sarries have ever made it to the final. I don't care who we get just make
it a home tie please!

Lisa

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"Harvey"
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Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by Phil » Tue, 03 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>...Dean Ryan (the most boooed man), ...

I noticed this. But why?

 
 
 

Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by Terry Fitzpatri » Thu, 05 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>>...Dean Ryan (the most boooed man), ...
>I noticed this. But why?

Newcastle have instantly become the team that everyone loves to hate.
Dean Ryan has become the main target by the fans of this campaign
whenever Newcastle take to the field with suggestions that he has even
been targeted by referees - clearly this is nothing to do with the
fact that he is a dirty bastard who gets caught at it!

So there we have it, Newcastle Falcons, the "Manchester United" of
English Rugby.

Regards

Terry

 
 
 

Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by Terry Fitzpatri » Thu, 05 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Northampton 17 - Newcastle 7

>That was truly the loudest game I have had the pleasure of being at (except
>for an international).

Lisa, how could this game have given you any pleasure? It only had 2
tries and a total of 24 points - my God, we would expect to see that
in the first 5 minutes of the average S12 match. A match dominated by
penalties and drop goals, typical stodgy NH fare ;-)

Regards

Terry

 
 
 

Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by Phil » Thu, 05 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Newcastle have instantly become the team that everyone loves to hate.
>Dean Ryan has become the main target by the fans of this campaign
>whenever Newcastle take to the field with suggestions that he has even
>been targeted by referees - clearly this is nothing to do with the
>fact that he is a dirty bastard who gets caught at it!

I should have guessed. I haven't seen him live since the last season he
played for wasps.

Quote:
>So there we have it, Newcastle Falcons, the "Manchester United" of
>English Rugby.

Does this mean they will start losing games to L.Irish & Bristol???
 
 
 

Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by di.. » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:



> >Northampton 17 - Newcastle 7

> >That was truly the loudest game I have had the pleasure of being at (except
> >for an international).

> Lisa, how could this game have given you any pleasure? It only had 2
> tries and a total of 24 points - my God, we would expect to see that
> in the first 5 minutes of the average S12 match. A match dominated by
> penalties and drop goals, typical stodgy NH fare ;-)

Yes .. and not one team with a dangerous and exciting animal in it's name to
entice the public and convince them it will be fought to the death in a
gladitorial manner, as befits teams with nomenclature featuring beasts that
can tear flesh asunder.

Ooops.  Forgot.  Newcastle Falcons.

Shucks.  Must have been dead exciting then.
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Post by Booni » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Newcastle have instantly become the team that everyone loves to hate.

And Saracens the team all the refs love to hate?
(only joking, or am I?)
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Post by CGleade » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Dean Ryan has become the main target by the fans of this campaign
>whenever Newcastle take to the field with suggestions that he has even
>been targeted by referees - clearly this is nothing to do with the
>fact that he is a dirty bastard who gets caught at it!

The fact that he is not flavour of the month at Northampton is due to his
antics in the league game.As a local reporter put it there has been a lot of
fuss recently about a bit of ear nibbling, however Ryan at one stage took the
legs from under Jason Chandler when he was about ten feet in the air. Chandler
fell head first and if it hadn't been for Matt Stewart being in the right place
to catch the player Chandler beleives
he would have landed on his neck and would maybe not be here to tell the tale.
Yates gets a six month ban, Ryan gets a yellow card and proceeds to carry on in
the same manner.  Justice ?

Chris
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Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by CGleade » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>>Newcastle have instantly become the team that everyone loves to hate.
>And Saracens the team all the refs love to hate?
>(only joking, or am I?)

Welcome to the one eyed club Boonie. Don't all refs hate all clubs ?

Chris

.
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Northampton v Newcastle Tetley Bitter Cup 1/4 final <spoiler>

Post by Booni » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>>>Newcastle have instantly become the team that everyone loves to hate.
>>And Saracens the team all the refs love to hate?
>>(only joking, or am I?)

>Welcome to the one eyed club Boonie. Don't all refs hate all clubs ?

No. They just all like the opposition.
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Darts,Beer,Saracens Fez Boys - The Official Sponsors of Tony Copsey.