Category Archives: First Team

Leicester Lions vs Hoppers


Leicester Lions 26-24 Preston Grasshoppers “Deja-vu” was Head Coach Arnold’s comment after the match and the pain in his voice reflected yet another last minute defeat in a match that was all but secured. Hoppers started well, matching the Lions in the forwards exchanges and could have been three points up if the penalty awarded […]

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Hoppers vs Macclesfield


HOPPERS 19-11 MACCLESFIELD “Back to winning ways after four frustrating losses – a good win against a good side” was Coach Paul Arnold’s verdict after a hard-fought victory. “I was pleased that, after Macc scored their try, we didn’t panic and controlled the final quarter of the game, although it was disappointing that we didn’t […]

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Wharfedale vs Hoppers


Wharfedale 39-22 Preston Grasshoppers A large crowd at the Avenue enjoyed the Autumnal sunshine and an afternoon of end-to-end rugby. Neither side was very good at protecting its own ball and counter attack was the order of the day. Perhaps the difference was that the home side’s backs often found holes in Hoppers defence whereas […]

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Otley vs Hoppers


Hoppers’ second consecutive trip over the Pennines produced the same outcome – a last play loss in a game that they could and probably should have won. They completely dominated in the first half but failed again to close the game out. The away side were quick to put the pressure on with some forward […]

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Hoppers vs Sedgley Park


Preston Grasshoppers 31 – 36 Sedgley Park A fast-paced, physical and entertaining game saw Hoppers facing their first really stern opposition of the season in Sedgley Park who finished second in the league last year. The team were led onto the field by the hugely popular Oga Mabaya who was given a deserved round of […]

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Huddersfield vs Hoppers


Huddersfield 28 – 27 Preston Grasshoppers In a fast-paced game which saw some dogged defending by both packs, an almost certain Hoppers victory turned into a disappointing defeat at Lockwood Park. From the kick off Hoppers looked lively, shrugging off the sluggish start to their last away match with early penetrating runs by Altham and […]

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Hoppers vs Fylde


PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS 18-15 FYLDE In terms of commitment and intensity, this game lived up to the pre-match hype – the first league meeting between these two local rivals for 7 years and, before comfortably the biggest crowd for some time, Hoppers took the spoils in a tight contest. The home pack put the pressure on […]

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Chester vs Hoppers


Chester 48 – 37 Preston Grasshoppers In an entertaining game at Chester’s Hare Lane, Hoppers’ return to League 2 North started with a sharp wake-up call. A penalty from the home side’s Tom Holloway who then converted Andrew Oakden’s try, saw them  10 – 0 down inside three minutes of the kick off. Chester continued […]

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Hoppers vs Chester

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Hoppers vs Huddersfield


Preston Grasshoppers 22 – 27 Huddersfield Hoppers looked to start the New Year with a return to winning ways after the disappointment at Fylde and having dominated the match at Huddersfield, only to lose it in the last ten minutes they had a point to prove. Before their warm-up it was a slightly intrigued set […]

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