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Stourbridge vs Hoppers


STOURBRIDGE  32-38 PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS Hoppers kept the momentum going after last week’s win over league leaders Hull Ionians with a hard-fought win at Stourbridge, on this occasion managing to close the game out. Assistant Coach, Donny Sutherland, praised a good, smart team performance: “An important result today. Our first win on the road and first […]

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Hoppers vs Hull Ionians


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


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


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


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


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


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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