When painter and decorator Arthur Hoyle (Gary Olsen), an impassioned rugby league fan and former professional player, hears corrupt manager Reg Walsh (Tony Slattery) boasting about his team, the Cobblers, Arthur bets his life savings that he can train up a side to beat them. Unfortunately, the team Reg chooses for him are the Wheatsheaf Arms, who cannot even field a full side. Terrified of his wife Doreen discovering his gamble, Arthur asks gym owner Hazel Scott (Samantha Janus) to help him whip the Wheatsheafers into shape in time to beat Reg's team.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: John Godber scripted and made his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 1984 play about an amateur rugby team. Decorator and ex-Rugby League player Arthur (Gary Olsen) accepts a high-stakes bet from Reg Welch (Tony Slattery), manager of the tough Cobbler Arms team. Arthur must train a team to beat the Cobbler Arms, and he chooses the weak Wheatsheaf Arms losers, a motley crew who would rather quaff at the local pub. They're uncooperative -- until Arthur introduces them to their new fitness instructor, attractive gym-owner Hazel (Samantha Janus of the Game On comedy series). The training sessions get underway, with Arthur keeping his big bet a secret from all concerned. Set in West Yorkshire, the film was actually shot in Cardiff, Wales. ...Up 'n' Under ( Up and Under )