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Post by Luke on Mon 24 Mar 2014, 12:21 pm

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A thread we're we can discuss our sides, what's happening in RL, the future and everything else to do with Rugby League.

I really hope that Cas can keep up there early form and stay in the top 8.
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Post by Luke on Sun 09 Jun 2019, 2:24 pm

Totally agree.

This should have been the way for years.
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Post by Luke on Sat 15 Jun 2019, 3:08 pm

As a Rovers fan, the result in last night's Leeds/Wigan game was what I preferred.
But it was a god awful game, and how Clubb's try us given and not a double movement I don't know.
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Post by The Beast on Sat 15 Jun 2019, 8:20 pm

Admittedly I have not seen the Wigan/Leeds highlights but yes a good result for you eclipsed of course by your great win today particularly in light of the London game.

My question gentlemen is which is the biggest surprise today.

KR 16 Wire 14

Catalans 12 London 30

Toulouse 18 Swinton 20

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Post by Luke on Sun 16 Jun 2019, 1:53 pm

I know Toulouse had injuries. But to me the Swinton result is the best one.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Tue 25 Jun 2019, 8:28 pm

The Beast wrote:Looks like reserve grades will be mandatory soon.  This will have a big impact on some clubs e.g. Salford, Widnes.  

There are rules with not all clubs needing to have reserves, sorry I don't see the excuse, Bradford and Halifax can so all SL sides should be the absolute minimum and for me you can add academy sides to that too.
The sooner all clubs have reserve sides the better as far as I'm concerned

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Post by The Beast on Sun 30 Jun 2019, 6:59 pm

Widnes have announced that they will go part time for next season. I simply cannot understand the RFL, a club in financial difficulties, no you can't let them go into administration without sanction but they have a 12 point deduction don't keep kicking them by taking their funding away.

Widnes club statement, very honest https://www.widnesvikings.co.uk/news/article/56202/a-statement-from-the-board

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 12 Jul 2019, 8:24 am

The Beast wrote:Widnes have announced that they will go part time for next season.  I simply cannot understand the RFL, a club in financial difficulties, no you can't let them go into administration without sanction but they have a 12 point deduction don't keep kicking them by taking their funding away.

Widnes club statement, very honest https://www.widnesvikings.co.uk/news/article/56202/a-statement-from-the-board
All i can say is that Widnes have done the right thing in the circumstances if i have read this right, but i stand to be corrected if i haven't

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Post by Luke on Fri 12 Jul 2019, 2:15 pm

To be honest, I think SL and the championship need to go to 14 teams.

You could then have bottom down, top up. And a play off for the other promotion spot.
Plus get rid of the extra games against the same opposition, 26 game league.
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Post by The Beast on Sat 13 Jul 2019, 10:09 am

Just watched an interest Super League Back chat episode on You Tube with Michael Carter (Wakey CEO), James Ford (York Coach) and Damien Irvine (Bradford Commercial Director).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVgDl9vanvA

I appreciate there was some talk of Wigan/Saints not being shown on TV last night but for my money the rugby KR played was a breath of fresh air and I am enjoying the relegation battle rightly or wrongly more than the race for the top 5..

Interesting comments regarding the affect of reserve grade on Championship teams, no Fev are not breaking any rules but 20.....twenty dual reg players in a season....wow.

Finally some discussion on Private Equity firms looking at "investing" in Rugby League which I think is a potential banana skin, they would not do this for any other reason than to make money.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sat 13 Jul 2019, 4:10 pm

The Beast wrote:Just watched an interest Super League Back chat episode on You Tube with Michael Carter (Wakey CEO), James Ford (York Coach) and Damien Irvine (Bradford Commercial Director).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVgDl9vanvA

I appreciate there was some talk of Wigan/Saints not being shown on TV last night but for my money the rugby KR played was a breath of fresh air and I am enjoying the relegation battle rightly or wrongly more than the race for the top 5..

Interesting comments regarding the affect of reserve grade on Championship teams, no Fev are not breaking any rules but 20.....twenty dual reg players in a season....wow.

Finally some discussion on Private Equity firms looking at "investing" in Rugby League which I think is a potential banana skin, they would not do this for any other reason than to make money.
For the record I'm in favour of Reserve sides.

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Post by The Beast on Sun 14 Jul 2019, 10:03 am

Agreed and scrapping dual registration. No problem with loans where injuries occur or in the unfortunate situation where lower league sides cannot field 17 players as has happened a couple of times (Bradford in 2017 for example).

I can't see how it is particularly good for anyone when players end up being shoved around multiple clubs. I also think the Championship at times has been skewed and sides exposed in the middle 8's when they have to rely on their own players.

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Post by The Beast on Sat 20 Jul 2019, 10:07 am

Blake Austin is included in the England elite training squad. Whilst not 100% sure about this Australia & NZ have had similar situations and it appears to be a factor in most sports. Austin to his credit has given a strong interview outlining his commitment and approached the RFL (not the other way round). Thoughts?

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sat 20 Jul 2019, 11:24 am

The Beast wrote:Blake Austin is included in the England elite training squad.  Whilst not 100% sure about this Australia & NZ have had similar situations and it appears to be a factor in most sports.  Austin to his credit has given a strong interview outlining his commitment and approached the RFL (not the other way round).  Thoughts?
We are just using the rules the same as the Kiwis and Kangaroos do.

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Post by Luke on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 7:36 pm

Was at the Workington thrashing of Keighley today (never been before, plus in Cumbria), Workington looked really good, and could have scored a few more. Enjoyable game.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 26 Jul 2019, 7:17 pm

Big losses for the RFL
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/49106035

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Post by Luke on Sat 27 Jul 2019, 4:13 pm

So enjoyed the 1st semi, Warrington deserved the win as dominated field position,and were clinical. But fair play to Hull, gave it a decent crack, just fell short on the day.
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Post by Luke on Sat 27 Jul 2019, 8:33 pm

Halifax defensively excellent, and played very well, and were a great credit to the club and fans. But never really looked like, and Saints always we're going to win.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sun 28 Jul 2019, 6:42 pm

Luke wrote:So enjoyed the 1st semi, Warrington deserved the win as dominated field position,and were clinical. But fair play to Hull, gave it a decent crack, just fell short on the day.
After last seasons disappointment's for me Warrington have to win either or both the challenge cup and the grand final.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sun 28 Jul 2019, 6:43 pm

Luke wrote:Halifax defensively excellent, and played very well, and were a great credit to the club and fans. But never really looked like, and Saints always we're going to win.
I don't think Saints were at their best to be honest

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Post by The Beast on Sun 04 Aug 2019, 5:12 pm

Fantastic gesture from Patrick Ah Van, currently playing for free at Widnes (who are in special measures) and following an injury asks fans who have raised money to support him to give that to the club. Way way beyond the call.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Mon 05 Aug 2019, 7:53 pm

The Beast wrote:Fantastic gesture from Patrick Ah Van, currently playing for free at Widnes (who are in special measures) and following an injury asks fans who have raised money to support him to give that to the club.  Way way beyond the call.
Well done to him and the fans

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Post by Luke on Sat 24 Aug 2019, 5:08 pm

Congratulations to Warrington.
Challenge cup winners 2019.

Fully deserved, and given the teams recent form surprising win.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed 28 Aug 2019, 8:52 pm

Luke wrote:Congratulations to Warrington.
Challenge cup winners 2019.

Fully deserved, and given the teams recent form surprising win.
For me Saints were 2nd best all day

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Post by The Beast on Thu 29 Aug 2019, 8:14 pm

Congratulations also to Sheffield winners of the 1895 cup.

I note as I type Warrington are playing tonight, madness IMO to make them play so soon after the final. I doubt the players\staff have had much if any opportunity to enjoy their success and without that............what is the point?

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Fri 30 Aug 2019, 7:24 pm

The Beast wrote:Congratulations also to Sheffield winners of the 1895 cup.  

I note as I type Warrington are playing tonight, madness IMO to make them play so soon after the final.  I doubt the players\staff have had much if any opportunity to enjoy their success and without that............what is the point?
A bit cruel to ask the Wolves to back up again after Saturdays epic

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Post by The Beast on Sun 01 Sep 2019, 9:48 am

I will admit that I did not see the Challenge Cup final, however this is the rant of the year from Saints Chairman Eamonm McManus, dummy well and truly out!

Eaumonn McManus Post Game Comments

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Post by Luke on Mon 02 Sep 2019, 5:22 pm

Sorry Sheffield, but congratulations and we'll done.

Don't get the TV schedule, that's twice Warrington got. The Thursday night game after most other clubs got the weekend off. That to me us just no thought or care if players TV scheduling.
And as for McManus, he just comes across as a bitter, idiot.
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Post by Luke on Wed 04 Sep 2019, 4:21 pm

So confirmed this season already.

Super League league leaders shield winners- St Helens.

Championship league leaders shield winners- Toronto.

Challenge cup winners- Warrington
1895 cup winners - Sheffield.


Relegated from the championship - Rochdale, Barrow.
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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sat 07 Sep 2019, 7:26 pm

Luke wrote:So confirmed this season already.

Super League league leaders shield winners- St Helens.

Championship league leaders shield winners- Toronto.

Challenge cup winners- Warrington
1895 cup winners - Sheffield.


Relegated from the championship - Rochdale, Barrow.
Sad times for the fans of Rochdale and Barrow indeed

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Post by The Beast on Sun 08 Sep 2019, 4:02 pm

Happier times for Whitehaven, promoted to the Championship having finished top of League 1, hammering Coventry 0 - 72 on Saturday.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Mon 09 Sep 2019, 12:15 pm

The Beast wrote:Happier times for Whitehaven, promoted to the Championship having finished top of League 1, hammering Coventry 0 - 72 on Saturday.
Great news for Cumbrian Rugby League

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Post by The Beast on Tue 10 Sep 2019, 8:31 pm

The RFL do it again. HOW dare anyone appeal against a ban.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/49653441

AND here's an extra £500 fine, for the temerity of not immediately accepting their word, probably ruined their lunch.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sat 21 Sep 2019, 11:06 am

The Beast wrote:The RFL do it again.  HOW dare anyone appeal against a ban.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/49653441

AND here's an extra £500 fine, for the temerity of not immediately accepting their word, probably ruined their lunch.
I'm surprised that the RFL didn't ask him for a £500,000 bond so that he can play again with the way they act nowadays

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Post by Luke on Mon 30 Sep 2019, 6:53 pm

Brilliant performances by Saints. But in my opinion topped by Salford and especially Featherstone performances. Salford/Wigan should be a great game. Featherstone after there heroic performance's in the play offs I think will just run out of steam.
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Post by Luke on Sun 06 Oct 2019, 8:24 am

Congratulations to Toronto, who's sl top heavy side has finally gotten there. They may even pay off what they owe now.
. meanwhile judging by forums reactions. The rest if the championship is having a party now they've gone, and looking forward to a very interesting and close season. While wondering just how sl will react to Toronto.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 06 Oct 2019, 1:50 pm

Luke wrote:Congratulations to Toronto, who's sl top heavy side has finally gotten there. They may even pay off what they owe now.
. meanwhile judging by forums reactions. The rest if the championship is having a party now they've gone, and looking forward to a very interesting and close season. While wondering just how sl will react to Toronto.

Yes, congratulations to them. Very well played to Fev too, I saw the game last night (having also seen the incredible Men's Shot Put in Doha), they have been superb through the play-offs and defended for their lives last night, leading until just before the hour.

The Championship will be very tight next year, hopefully Bradford will be in it (see the Bulls thread, which might need a change of name).

Congrats to for Salford who after comfortably beating Wigan make their first Grand Final. Who would have put money on that in February? - Not me that is for sure.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Thu 17 Oct 2019, 1:40 pm

Luke wrote:Congratulations to Toronto, who's sl top heavy side has finally gotten there. They may even pay off what they owe now.
. meanwhile judging by forums reactions. The rest if the championship is having a party now they've gone, and looking forward to a very interesting and close season. While wondering just how sl will react to Toronto.
I would like to a few Super League clubs pay off what they owe, but it ain't going to happen any time soon

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