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Hoppers vs Hull Ionians

01-12-2018

Preston Grasshoppers 29 – 7 Hull Ionians What a difference a week makes! If last Saturday was a ‘bad day at the office’, today was the ‘champagne office party’ against the established league leaders. In wet, murky conditions, Hull kicked off and were soon under attack as the Hoppers’ forwards moved the ball through phases […]

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Hinckley vs Hoppers

24-11-2018

Hinckley Hornets 49 – 5 Preston Grasshoppers “A bad day at the office” was Coach Arnold’s summary of the match. Hoppers travelled to Leicester Road knowing they had a hard game in front of them. Their hosts had occupied the upper reaches of the league throughout the season and despite some inconsistent form over the […]

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Hoppers vs Peterborough Lions

17-11-2018

Preston Grasshoppers 27 – 7 Peterborough Lions On a bright November afternoon, Hoppers kicked off into the breeze and the sun and were quickly attacking the Lions on their own 22m line earning a penalty in front of the posts. Davidson stepped up and the hosts were 3 – 0 up after 3 minutes. Peterborough […]

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Tynedale vs Hoppers

03-11-2018

Tynedale 31 – 29 Preston Grasshoppers After their victory at home last week, Hoppers travelled north east to Tynedale aiming to build a winning run and from the start it looked as though they had finally put the frustrating losses of the early season behind them. Hoppers kicked off and within four minutes a series […]

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Hoppers vs Sheffield Tigers

27-10-2018

Preston Grasshoppers 38 – 33 Sheffield Tigers After their expedition to Leicester Lions last week, Hoppers continued their ‘Big Game Safari’ hosting Sheffield Tigers at Lightfoot Green. Head Coach Paul Arnold commented after the last match, “We need to put this behind us and move on”. And they did. Hoppers kicked off deep into the […]

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Leicester Lions vs Hoppers

21-10-2018

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

13-10-2018

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

05-10-2018

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

29-09-2018

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 4ths too good for Fylde

27-09-2018

Fylde 4th XV 10-29 Hoppers 4th XV Hoppers 4th travelled to Flyde with a strong squad available to Mick Mortimer and straight from the off they made it count! The game got off to a fast start with Flyde pilling on the pressure inside the hoppers 22 but some big hits from Stephen ‘Copper’ Lightfoot […]

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