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Watch Out for Six Again No Scrums Etc

AHEAD of this weekend’ big 2021 kick-off with the return of the Betfred Challenge Cup, the RFL has asked us to draw the attention of fans, and especially to those who will be watching all the action on Our League, to the new laws of the game.

The suspension of scrums, to reduce contact because of Covid, may only be temporary and will be reviewed at a later date.

Inevitably, there will be more hand-overs and play-the-balls and more flexibility for the attacking side in the lateral positioning of re-starts. ‘Six again’ will be ruled for any defensive ruck infringement that in the past would have resulted in a penalty; e.g, holding down, hand on the ball, crowding, leg pulls, markers not square etc.

The referee will signal ‘six again’ in the usual way for restarting the tackle count, raising a clenched fist above his head and waving from side to side.

York City Knights beat Sheffield Eagles 30-6 last night to be the first club through to round two. The other seven first-round ties take place today and tomorrow as follows:

SATURDAY: OLDHAM v Barrow Raiders (12.45pm); London Broncos v Keighley Cougars (3pm); Whitehaven v Dewsbury Rams (5.15pm); Halifax Panthers v Batley Bulldogs (7.30pm), all shown live on Our League.

SUNDAY: West Wales Raiders (with Gavin Henson and Rangi Chase) v Widnes Vikings (12.45pm); Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls (3pm); Swinton Lions v Newcastle Thunder (5.15pm).

The West Wales v Widnes and the Featherstone v Bradford ties will be shown live on BBC Sport, while the Swinton v Newcastle showdown will be streamed on Our League.

Second-round ties, to be played next weekend, will be Swinton or Newcastle v OLDHAM or Barrow; Featherstone or Bradford v Halifax or Batley; London Broncos or Keighley Cougars v York City Knights; West Wales or Widnes v Whitehaven or Dewsbury.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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