After the very wet evening in Keswick for the Final in May last season, this time the forecast is for a warm (17C) afternoon (sadly it currently suggests cloudy rather than the earlier suggestions of a sunny afternoon) for the game against Penrith, which according to their website is a 3.30pm Kick off.
Penrith have had a slightly better season than we have, finishing 10th in a very tight league with 66 points, just 4 points clear of relegated Manchester, partly due to a massive 18 try scoring bonus points from 26 games (which only second placed Blackburn matched), but conceded the third highest number of points (755).
Nathan Wooff (20 games) has been playing full-back, whilst Dan Greenwood (22 games) has been in their back row, so there may be some faces we recognise in their team.
On the touchline Dave Preston, Ian Voortman and Keith Robinson are all in their coaching team.
If you have not been to Carlisle Rugby Club’s Warwick Road Ground before, it is easy to get to:
- Leave the M6 at junction 43 (the second Carlisle turn off, northbound)
- Take the first turn off onto the slip road towards the city centre
- Get in lane to go straight ahead at the first set of traffic lights (adjacent to Tesco)
- Straight ahead at the next set of lights (Eastern Way), where there is an odd new road layout, as you now need to take a right filter to avoid being forced down Eastern Way
- Keep going straight ahead through a further set of traffic lights (Greystone Road)
- The turning for the ground is on your right, just after Carlisle United’s Brunton Park ground
There is a signpost (on the left) but it is easy to miss the entry to the ground, as it is just a gap in the row of houses.
If you get to the next set of lights and the church (right), you have missed the ground! Just take any side road and keep turning the same way, until you are back on Warwick Road and re-trace you steps (the turn for the ground is now on your left).
Incidentally, Carlisle United
has no game on Saturday, having played Champions elect Lincoln
there on Friday, then preparing for an away trip to Grimsby
Alternatively, why not have a day out, and bring the family?
Carlisle has all the normal big city stores, including Primark, House of Fraser and Wilkos, which have yet to reach Kendal, plus a number of smaller shops, found in The Lanes shopping centre, or on the side roads off the main streets.
Alternatively for a bit of culture, there is the Tullie House Museum on Castle Street, with a large Roman gallery, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle, or Bitts Park, all in easy walking distance of the City Centre, plus a wide selection of places to eat.
Or you could just come for the rugby – Give the team some extra support, to hopefully see a positive end to a tough season.
Carlisle Rugby Club: Warwick Rd, Carlisle CA1 1LW
Updated 17:00 - 22 Apr 2019 by Sarah Keast