Droitwich 23 Worcester 22: I picked Droitwich so I get 4 points, while Neil gets 1 point for Worcester.
Down to the events of the week, it is the first week and you expect surprises with form uncertain at the start of the season. With snippets of information gathered in the bar and the results from week 1 we would both hope to be on the ball next week.
To the games, first the two we disagreed on.
Droitwich 23 Worcester 22: A good start for me picking Droitwich, but the margin of victory meant that I was three points in front of Neil on this one. Though the closeness of the scores suggests that they will end close together at the end of the season.
Kenilworth 31 Stourbridge Lions 7: Again I stole the march on Neil, but this time it was a 5 point difference, with Kenilworth getting the try bonus point. The Lions result is always of interest at Heathbrook, but we suspect that not many teams will leave Kenilworth with points this season.
There was a draw in the opening round of games.
Ludlow 24 Newbold on Avon 24: We had both gone for the away win, but it was a draw and 2points all round. If reports are to be believed this was more about NoA than Ludlow.
We got the next game wrong:
Lichfield 52 Old Halesonians 60: An interesting result, which will resonate around the league.
Then two games that we agreed on:
Hereford 23 Sutton Coldfield 8: A result that very much goes with long standing form lines. Hereford maintaining their fine home record and Sutton not so good on their travels of late.
Kidderminster 19 Stoke on Trent 59: SoT are a strong side and this will be an indication of the task facing Kiddy this year.
That leaves the Constable Dai game:
DK 52 Whitchurch 24: A good game to watch, but time will tell for both clubs.
Here’s the prediction race in table form.