It’s That Time of Year Again

Update: We are funded! Thank you all!

Hello one, hello all. I’m afraid it’s time to talk money. As you know, the site costs money to run, and those fees come exclusively out of my bank account!

So far we have spent, this on Disqus:

At the time I estimated £880 in GBP, it was actually £881.83

This is our recurring monthly hosting cost:

In total we’ve run up $560.99 USD in hosting costs, or, according to my bank statements, £429.07

So, to date, the site outlay has been £1310.90. I’m ignoring the domain name fees etc.

In keeping with transparency, these were the donations I received last year, for a total of £1165, or £1119.8 after Paypal took their fee. I covered the gap to take the sidebar to £1215, which was to take the site from late August 2019 to late August 2020.

So in short, the donations from last year have run out (and then some).

At the moment we’re at -£95.90 against the funded amount.

Site Costs for the next year will be 12 x 36 = $432 USD or £338.74 – it’s gotten a bit cheaper as I’ve been able to optimize the hosting package that we’re using.

Disqus costs for next year… well, a bit of a curious one. Technically our subscription ran out on the 17th September and we’re now on the free plan. I could ask for another approx £880. However, everything still seems to be working… for now, lets work on the basis that the free plan will continue to work. Start sending me panicked emails if it breaks, and i’ll start asking for more money to fund the yearly subscription.

Therefore, I am reopening donations to fund till October-ish next year, for the £338.74 + £95.90, for a total of £434.64. I’ll round it up to £435… the cheek of it!

Please see the donation link top right … since it’s approx £28 a month at the moment, there’s no great rush to hit the yearly goal instantly. But any help with paying the site costs much appreciated.

Cheers

CMJS

T&D DTRR Cup Update

Well after a rather mad round in which positions from 2 to 5 got shaken up a lot the table looks quite different. Wasps almost back to their old selves with the idea of no matter how many you score we’ll score more although the lad Malins looks to be some player. Not quite as free scoring with Bath and Sale but Bath very good value for their win think they managed to stop Sale playing. The old adage about forwards win matches and backs decide by how much couldn’t have been truer in that match.

The Sarries U11 vs the Chiefs U9s was at least interesting to see some of the talent coming through. I have just a small suspicion that neither Leinster or saints will be facing quite the same line up. Will own up to not watching the Wuss / Exiles game but neither are going to be challenging for anything serious anytime soon. I did watch probably the most passionless East Midlands derby I’ve seen ever. I know crowds aren’t allowed but neither team were that great and it was hardly a great advert for rugby. I doubt the tigers fans care that much though as it;’s a small ray of hope after rather a dismal season. I realise there is still a fixture to go so may have to do an edit later.

At least the positions 2 to 5 offer some excitement with Chiefs guaranteed top spot and relegation decided. In our table Monty retains his clear lead

1Monty2.00
2Travel Exec2.67
3Exlock2.75
4Mani2.83
5Anonymouse3.00
5D Hanley3.00
5George3.00
5Gladders3.00
5Grump3.00
5Novo3.00
11Bigger Picture3.08
12B2P3.17
12Bart3.17
12JD Kiwi3.17
12Slamma3.17
12Tanker3.17
17Adrian3.33
17CMJS3.33
17Firepies3.33
17Global Fan3.33
17Ruck3.33
22Dalton Lad3.50
22GEPC3.50
22Hugh3.50
256mph3.67
25Tomski3.67
27Bris3.83
27Coshie3.83
27Mr Wu3.83

Round 20 – team news

 

CHIEFS SIDE TO FACE SARACENS

15 Phil Dollman
14 Josh Hodge
13 Corey Baldwin
12 Tom Wyatt
11 Facundo Cordero
10 Harvey Skinner
9 Joe Snow
1 Billy Keast
2 Jack Innard
3 Alfie Petch
4 Will Witty
5 Tom Price
6 Sean Lonsdale
7 Richard Capstick
8 Don Armand (capt)

16 Jordon Poole
17 James Kenny
18 Matt Johnson
19 Dave Dennis
20 Aaron Hinkley
21 Will Yarnell
22 Jack Walsh
23 Luke Mehson

Sarries to face Chiefs:

15 Will Hooley (2)
14 Rotimi Segun (32)
13 Dom Morris (23)
12 Harry Sloan (2)
11 Elliott Obatoyinbo (14)
10 Manu Vunipola (25)
9 Tom Whiteley (47)
1 Sam Crean (11)
2 Kapeli Pifeleti (11)
3 Alec Clarey (4)
4 Joel Kpoku (34)
5 Callum Hunter-Hill (20)
6 Calum Clark (53)
7 Sean Reffell (24)
8 Janco Venter (2)

Replacements

16 Tom Woolstencroft (39)
17 Robin Hislop (1)
18 Josh Ibuanokpe (15)
19 Cameron Boon (2)
20 Andy Christie (12)
21 Alex Day (5)
22 Juan Pablo Socino (5)
23 Josh Hallett (0)

Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, Welford Road, Sunday 2.00pm)

15 Freddie Steward

14 Kini Murimurivalu

13 Guy Porter

12 Matt Scott

11 Nemani Nadolo

10 Zack Henry

9 Ben Youngs (vc)

1 Facundo Gigena

2 Tom Youngs (c)

3 Dan Cole (vc)

4 Tomás Lavanini

5 Calum Green

6 Harry Wells

7 Luke Wallace

8 Hanro Liebenberg

Replacements:

16 Charlie Clare

17 Ellis Genge

18 Nephi Leatigaga

19 Thom Smith

20 Jordan Taufua

21 Ben White

22 Johnny McPhillips

23 Harry Potter

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 20
Sunday 13 September 2020
Welford Road
Kick-off: 2pm

15 George Furbank
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Matt Proctor
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Francois van Wyk
2 James Fish
3 Owen Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison (c)

Replacements:
16 Mike Haywood
17 Emmanuel Iyogun
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Nick Isiekwe
21 JJ Tonks
22 Henry Taylor
23 Fraser Dingwall

Not available due to injury:
Nick Auterac (groin), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (achilles), Alex Coles (ankle), Tom Collins (foot), Harry Mallinder (knee), Ollie Sleightholme (hamstring), Connor Tupai (wrist), Alex Waller (achilles), and Tom Wood (illness).

London Irish:
15 Tom Homer, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Matt Williams, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 James Stokes, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 1 Harry Elrington, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 4 George Nott, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 7 Isaac Curtis-Harris, 8 Albert Tuisue

Replacements:
16 Ben Atkins, 17 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Ben Donnell, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Ollie Hassell-Collins

Warriors | 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Noah Heward, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Anton Bresler, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Cornell du Preez.

Replacements | 16 Beck Cutting, 17 Callum Black, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Tom Dodd, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Ollie Lawrence.

Unavailable | Joe Batley, Will Butler, Conor Carey, Perry Humphreys, Andrew Kitchener, Marco Mama, Morgan Monks, Caleb Montgomery, Matt  Moulds, Chris Pennell, Jamie Shillcock, GJ van Velze.

T&D DTRR Cup Update

Still decidedly tight at the top from 2 to 5. The race for the last semi final sport couldn’t be any tighter with Barf and the pests both handing out pastings. Glaws were rather halted in their tracks by the rampant Exeter and for the rest results pretty much all as expected. Slight change at the top of our table Monty back on top on his own. Get your rum drinking boots on Monty.

1Monty2.33
2Mani2.50
3Anonymouse2.83
3B2P2.83
3Bigger Picture2.83
3Exlock2.83
7D Hanley3.00
7Novo3.00
7Travel Exec3.00
10Adrian3.17
10Bart3.17
10Grump3.17
10JD Kiwi3.17
10Slamma3.17
10Tanker3.17
16Firepies3.33
16George3.33
16Gladders3.33
16Global Fan3.33
16Hugh3.33
16Ruck3.33
22Dalton Lad3.50
22GEPC3.50
24CMJS3.67
24Tomski3.67
266mph3.83
26Bris3.83
26Mr Wu3.83
29Coshie4.00

D&T DTRR Cup Update

Looking at the table looking very much like trying to squeeze 5 teams into 4 places for the semi finals. I know it was discussed endlessly over the weekend and watching it live had me out of my seat in anger but actually hope that Farrell can play against Leinster. Mind you if sarries play like they did against wasps they’ll get their arses handed to them. Even as a wasps fan I wouldn’t say wasps are the strongest team but they got under sarries skin and sarries were well out of sorts before the card.

Elsewhere round the table results were probably much as expected Quins not looking that clever for Robshaws’s last home game. Glaws swapping places with them but it’s Glaws so their obvious consistency will have them loosing next week. Quins might need more than Gussie who doesn’t seem to be the messiah they hoped for.

Saint’s were not too bad but Chiefs just know how to win. That was certainly far from their gun squad and come the ERCC quarters with the same match up at SP I can only see one winner. Bris did the expected against Wuss and I haven’t seen anything from Wuss that makes me want to watch them.

Tiggers are looking a little better (admittedly not a high hurdle) but Sale way too strong I can actually see the East Midlands derby in week’s time being worthy of a view. Not sure if they will have spectators the few that were allowed in this weekend added a bit to the atmosphere.

Oh and we have a new leader on the table must be glaws coming up the table so we know that won’t last.

1Exlock2.50
2Mani2.67
2Monty2.67
4B2P2.83
4Travel Exec2.83
6Anonymouse3.00
6Bigger Picture3.00
6George3.00
6Global Fan3.00
6Novo3.00
11Adrian3.17
11Bart3.17
11D Hanley3.17
11Grump3.17
11JD Kiwi3.17
11Slamma3.17
17Firepies3.33
17Hugh3.33
17Ruck3.33
17Tanker3.33
21CMJS3.50
21Dalton Lad3.50
21GEPC3.50
21Gladders3.50
256mph3.67
25Tomski3.67
27Bris3.83
27Mr Wu3.83
29Coshie4.00

Team News: Round 18

15 George Furbank 14 Ahsee Tuala 13 Matt Proctor 12 Rory Hutchinson 11 Tom Collins 10 Dan Biggar 9 Henry Taylor

1 Francois van Wyk 2 James Fish 3 Owen Franks 4 David Ribbans 5 Api Ratuniyarawa 6 Courtney Lawes 7 JJ Tonks 8 Teimana Harrison

(c)Replacements:16 Sam Matavesi17 Nick Auterac18 Paul Hill19 Nick Isiekwe20 Shaun Adendorff21 Alex Mitchell22 Piers Francis23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

Bath

15. Anthony Watson, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Cameron Redpath, 11. Ruaridh McConnochie, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Beno Obano, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Elliott Stooke, 5. Charlie Ewels, 6. Josh Bayliss, 7. Miles Reid 8. Taulupe Faletau

16. Jack Walker, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Josh McNally, 20. Tom Ellis, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Josh Matavesi, 23. Tom de Glanville

Quins

1. Joe Marler (205)2. Scott Baldwin (15)3. Simon Kerrod (24)4. Matt Symons (45)5. Glen Young (15)6. Chris Robshaw (296) – Captain7. Will Evans (17)8. Alex Dombrandt (48)9. Danny Care (279)10. Brett Herron (18)11. Nathan Earle (27)12. Ben Tapuai (28)13. Joe Marchant (89)14. Chris Ashton (4)15. Mike Brown (331)

Game Changers:16. Joe Gray (158)17. Santiago Garcia Botta (19)18. Will Collier (173)19. Stephan Lewies (17)20. Tom Lawday (15)21. Martin Landajo (17)22. James Lang (64)23. Paul Lasike (26)

Sarries

15 Alex Goode (299)14 Alex Lewington (50)13 Elliot Daly (9)12 Brad Barritt (259)11 Sean Maitland (76)10 Owen Farrell (200)9 Aled Davies (3)1 Richard Barrington (191)2 Jamie George (229)3 Vincent Koch (84)4 Maro Itoje (122)5 Tim Swinson (2)6 Mike Rhodes (96)7 Jackson Wray (248)8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements 16 Kapeli Pifeleti (9)17 Sam Crean (9)18 Alec Clarey (2)19 Callum Hunter-Hill (18)20 Sean Reffell (22)21 Tom Whiteley (45)22 Dom Morris (21)23 Elliott Obatoyinbo (12)

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

15. Jason Woodward
14. Ollie Thorley
13. Chris Harris
12. Mark Atkinson
11. Jonny May
10. Lloyd Evans
9. Stephen Varney

1. Val Rapava-Ruskin
2. Franco Marais
3. Fraser Balmain
4. Ed Slater
5. Matt Garvey
6. Jack Clement
7. Lewis Ludlow ©
8. Jake Polledri

REPLACEMENTS

16. Jack Singleton
17. Corne Fourie
18. Jack Stanley
19. Ruan Ackermann
20. Jordy Reid
21. Joe Simpson
22. Billy Twelvetrees
23. Louis Rees-Zammit

London Irish:
15 Tom Homer, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Matt Williams, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps. 1 Harry Elrington, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 George Nott, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Matt Rogerson, 7 Blair Cowan ©, 8 Albert Tuisue

Replacements:
16 Matt Cornish, 17 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Jack Cooke, 20 Ben Donnell, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Ross Neal, 23 James Stokes

D&T DTRR Cup Update

Sorry not been as frequent as it should have been. I occasionally have to do some work.

The whole restart of the rugby has been somewhat surreal with a lot of mis-matched encounters. Despite that the table hasn’t actually changed that much some shuffling around in the positions 2 to 6 but that’s about the lot.

Of the games on the weekend only one was truly competitive. I am biased as a waspist but I’d much rather watch that than the other one sided blowouts we’ve been getting.

As for the table we now actually have a clear leader. Chapeau Monty.

1Monty2.50
2Exlock2.67
2Mani2.67
4B2P2.83
5Anonymouse3.00
5Bigger Picture3.00
5Novo3.00
5Travel Exec3.00
9Adrian3.17
9Bart3.17
9D Hanley3.17
9George3.17
9Global Fan3.17
9Grump3.17
9JD Kiwi3.17
9Slamma3.17
17Firepies3.33
17Gladders3.33
17Hugh3.33
17Ruck3.33
17Tanker3.33
22Dalton Lad3.50
22GEPC3.50
246mph3.67
24CMJS3.67
24Tomski3.67
27Bris3.83
27Mr Wu3.83
29Coshie4.00

Team News: Round 17

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Jason Woodward, 14. Ollie Thorley, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Jonny May, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Joe Simpson; 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Jack Singleton, 3. Fraser Balmain, 4. Ed Slater, 5. Matt Garvey, 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Lewis Ludlow ©, 8. Jake Polledri

REPLACEMENTSFranco Marais, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Jack Stanley, 19. Jordy Reid, 20. Jack Clement, 21. Stephen Varney, 22. Tom Seabrook, 23. Lloyd Evans

The Fast and Furious Premiership – Round 16

Round 16 team announcements are already upon us. Thread for team news etc.

Wasps:

CHIEFS SIDE TO FACE BRISTOL BEARS

15 Josh Hodge
14 Tom O’Flaherty
13 Phil Dollman
12 Tom Hendrickson
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Gareth Steenson
9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Tomas Francis
4 Dave Dennis
5 Sam Skinner
6 Jannes Kirsten
7 Don Armand
8 Sean Lonsdale

16 Jack Innard
17 Billy Keast
18 Marcus Street
19 Will Witty
20 Richard Capstick
21 Joe Snow
22 Harvey Skinner
23 Tom Wyatt

T&D DTRR Cup

Delighted to see rugby back and normal service resumed on DTRR games got better as the weekend progressed and players got used to breakdown interpretations. Not there yet and neither is referee’s consistency but I was actually very hopeful and pleased. Now sort out offside and the bloody age it takes to do a scrum. Once again no need to fiddle with the laws just apply the ones that exist.

So below is the scores on the doors. Despite their loss thought tigers looked a considerable amount improved. Bristol are looking scary they worked out how to play against the stifling game and their running game if unleashed will be another level. Nice to see Gorgeous George doing well at glaws, seeing if there will be any consistency is of course the thing for them. Neither Sale or Quins setting the world alight. Sarries will be hard for other teams and even their youngsters looked OK. The championship is going to be a one horse race next year. Bath in full flow they’ll face tougher opposition. Irish and Wuss will round out the basement with Sarries, it’s too late for much of a move by tigers. Saints will have better days or they are in trouble they looked mainly like they were still onm the bus despite being at their home ground. Wasps added some defence to the attack. Actually looking like top 4 is not beyond them.

The big question for all teams are who can you keep fit and how you are going to manage rotation with the punishing schedule. The main good thing is we have rugby.

1Mani2.50
1Monty2.50
3Exlock2.67
4B2P2.83
5Anonymouse3.00
5Bigger Picture3.00
5Novo3.00
5Travel Exec3.00
9Adrian3.17
9Bart3.17
9D Hanley3.17
9George3.17
9Global Fan3.17
9Grump3.17
9JD Kiwi3.17
9Slamma3.17
17Firepies3.33
17Gladders3.33
17Hugh3.33
17Ruck3.33
17Tanker3.33
22Dalton Lad3.50
22GEPC3.50
246mph3.67
24CMJS3.67
24Tomski3.67
27Bris3.83
27Mr Wu3.83
29Coshie4.00