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Can't wait for Sunday's WCC. Do people agree that this game doesn't maximize it's potential? It should be the ultimate club prize played 2 weeks after the respective Grand Finals. I'll still enjoy it though. Good luck Leeds.
Posted 14:18 24th February 2010
With the news that the rugby league disciplinary panel have only handed out fines and warnings what kind of a message do you believes this gives to the younger generation of players? Carvell and Ferriol receiving fines for use of the forearm and punching respectively or in the case of Morley nothing for the late tackle on Sherwin is this not rewarding thuggish behaviour. All fans like to see the athleticism and explosive strength of the players and that is one of the reasons they go to watch, but I feel with the weakness of the disciplinary board the skill and flair maybe replaced with brutish strength and this would rob the game of in my opinion its greatest feature.
Posted 13:55 19th February 2010
What were the disciplinary committee watching when they let Morley off. Shocking decision and Carvells appeal as well Not good for the image of the game
Posted 12:41 19th February 2010
Hi Phil, In my opinion I feel that it is unfair to ask the likes of Castleford, Wakefield, Salford and St.Helens to build new stadiums if they are to win a place in SL after the next round of franchises. With the exception of Warrington in SL along with Widnes and Leigh in the Championship no other team in any of the leagues have built new stadiums whatsoever. With the exceptions of Bradford and Hull KR (who are in the process of redeveloping their current stadiums) all other SL teams have either hitched a ride on the back's of their more successfull football neighbours or their wealthy Union countrparts. Let's be honest even Leeds have only been able to develop Headingley through Sky money that has been paid to their groundsharing neighbours the Leeds Tykes. Surley the current situation merely rewards teams that have been fortunate to have stadiums, that have been built for other sports, within their geographical area. Do you think that this is fair? Lets be honest would the likes of Hull, Wigan, Huddersfield, Crusaders, Catalans or Harlequins have been able to build their own stadiums from scratch (like we are expecting Castleford, Wakefield, Salford and Saints to do) I very much doubt it.
Posted 12:30 19th February 2010
What is happening to the administration of the game? We saw this week Carvell getting off with just a fine after The Wire gained a significant material advantage from dangerous play. We saw Morley straight arm a player off the ball (can anyone name a year when he has not straight armed a player? there are rumours he straight armed the midwife at his birth), gets off scot free. Newton gets to play for 3 games despite (alleged) knowledge of drug abuse prior to season start. Everyone wants to see the best players in your team play but the rules are the rules and they seem to be ignored by the very body that is supposed to uphold those rules. What would the insurance industry say if a player that should have been suspended was allowed to play and then injured a player or got injured in the next game such that he had to retire. Say Morley straight armed or even took part in a tackle on Sam Tomkins that resulted in Tomkins to retire from the game immediately. The payout would be millions. Don't you think it would be contested. Thus are people playing uninsured if they should have been suspended under the rules.
Posted 23:12 18th February 2010
Just heard paul cullens comments on drugs in rugby league. I played amateur rugby league for ten years, i have noticed the change in body type. I was a real gym monkey and really strong my arms and chest did not pump up they became more cut. If people are using supplements to boost there size at amateur level i cannot imagine what is happening at professional level. Towards the end of my career i noticed recreational drugs been used a lot more, over 50% of my team took drugs and where taking a speed like substance before matches to boost them up. This will make the smaller players like myself leave the sport do you know if there is any testing in amateur rugby league and if not do you know why there isnt.
Posted 17:15 18th February 2010
You make a comments and statsabout the four man tackle. I was at the match and what wigan did in that first 20 minutes took Hull KR big pack out of the game, i have never seen dobson so quiet and cooke never got a look in. I feel that tho you risk a over lap the defensive message from wigan is out they did it against celtic and KR , if come at us be prephare to be hurt. I have What Hull Kr down at wigan a few times and vella has always held his own but friday they hurt him and you could see that as KR players were walking wounded after 20 minutes , great to wigan show some fire.
Posted 12:44 18th February 2010
Personally i think the possible signing of Gareth Thomas will only be for a marketing boost to get more Welsh peolple interested in the crusaders as it is mainly Union in Wales. It can be a good thing if more people turn up to watch because of this but i doubt he would make much impact on the pitch. If we can bring more people to watch our fantastic game then good on them.
Posted 11:00 18th February 2010
After enjoying the Wigan/Hull KR game last weekend one thing stood out for me more than any other. Micheal McGuire's arrival seems to have benefited Stuart Fielden as much as anyone. He looked confident again in collisions and at last resembled something like the player that destroyed Wests Tigers in the 2005 WCC. He looked in superb physical condition but above all it was his technique which was the most obvious 'upgrade'. When carrying the ball he was starting from at least 3 metres deeper than usual before crashing onto the ball. He was hitting the defensive line at such a speed that he was literally putting his opponents on the back foot before twisting and turning at will for either extra yardage or a quality offload. His defense was excellent too, using footwork and agility to wrestle the ball carrier to the ground, almost always in a dominant fashion. He looked like an accomplished top level forward. With Jamie Peacock and Adrian Morley coming to the end of their Test careers could the door be re-opened to Stuart Fielden's England future?
Posted 08:32 18th February 2010
How do you feel about the potential signing of Gareth Thomas by Crusaders in terms of on the field impact? Personally, I feel people can talk about the off the field impact all day long but with young Kear already breaking through, the fact Thomas is 36 and current WRU fullback Lee Byrne not even standing out in amatuer RL I feel that it would have a negative impact on the squad. The only way I can see that it would be positive is if he would be cheap which I can't believe he would be. If Crusaders are looking for a marketing boost, they should try and sign someone who has a shot of actually having an impact on the field like Henson
Posted 15:16 17th February 2010