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This season’s RFU Cups again littered with call-offs


Saturday saw the first round of this season’s RFU Intermediate Cup and the Senior and Junior Vase competitions take place.  I wrote last season about the number of clubs that call off having entered the competition and in the London & South East section there seem to have been more walkovers than ever.

In the Intermediate Cup, out of 12 scheduled matches five were called off, four by the away team.  With some of the distances involved perhaps it is not surprising with Chiswick in West London declining to travel to Lowestoft on the East Coast, and Ipswich making the same decision faced with a journey in the opposite direction to Grasshoppers in Osterley, Middlesex.  Knowing all the clubs pretty well I would reckon on the trip taking three to four hours each way.  Credit however to Aylesford who made the journey from Kent to Surrey to play Guildford and to UCS Old Boys who travelled from London to play Stowmarket in Suffolk, losing a very high scoring match 50-34.

The Senior Vase saw four of the 15 scheduled games called off, while in the Junior Vase, ten of the 29 ties were called off.  So out of 56 games that should have been played on Saturday, 19 didn’t take place, just over a third.  38 teams and around 600 players didn’t get a game expect for few that managed to reschedule.  Such a shame.

On a more positive and parochial note, 12 of the 16 Eastern Counties clubs taking part managed to get through to Round Two, four by a walkover. I hope they manage to get their games played when it comes to Round Two!  Results involving Eastern Counties clubs are below.

INTERMEDIATE CUP – ROUND ONE

GRASSHOPPERS W/O IPSWICH W/D
LOWESTOFT & YAR W/O CHISWICK W/D
STOWMARKET 50 U.C.S. OLD BOYS 34

SENIOR VASE –ROUND ONE

BECCLES W/O BARNET ELIZ W/D
DATCHWORTH 10 NORWICH 15
EAST LONDON 0 WISBECH 17
OLD BRENTWOODS 10 CANTABRIGIANS 34
CHESHUNT 15 SUDBURY 25 

JUNIOR VASE – ROUND ONE

ELY 43 MAY & BAKER 10
MALDON 56 SOUTHWOLD 12
NEWMARKET W/O PEGASUS PALMERIAN W/D
OLD COOPERIANS W/O MERSEA ISLAND W?D
THURSTON W/O CLACTON W/D
UPPER CLAPTON 12 IPSWICH YM 23
WEST NORFOLK 18 BILLERICAY 22
WYMONDHAM 56 WRITTLE WANDERERS 5

Related Post – 19 October 2011 How Popular are the RFU Cups?

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5 responses to “This season’s RFU Cups again littered with call-offs

  1. David Robinson 14 October 2012 at 11:20 am

    Does RFU make a travel contribution if the journey is over 150 miles?

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  2. Max Pocock 16 October 2012 at 9:27 am

    Not sure if your “headline” is fair. For sure, London & SE had plenty of w/o’s, but nothing like so many in Midlands. (only 4 out 30 junior vase fixtures were w/o). I am a great fan of these competitions – is there something that Midlands are doing right that our Division is doing wrong?

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    • Andrew 16 October 2012 at 11:35 am

      Max, you make a good point.

      As you know, I wrote a similar article last year and the other divisions in the Midlands, North and South-West have far fewer call-offs. It seems to be a problem in London & South-East and in fact there are even more call-offs this season compared to last.

      There was a debate at the London Competition committee a couple of years ago where cancelling the competition was proposed but it has survived. But for how much longer?

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