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Post by LordDowlais Mon 18 Jan 2016, 9:49 am

Well Peter Jackson is ripping into the scheduling for the 6N, and particularly the WRU for in his words " the WRU embraced the concept with enthusiasm but without appearing to worry unduly about the congestion around the biggest bottleneck on the M4, the Brynglas Tunnel"

Yes he is right, but it looks to me as though it is the Welsh who are constantly crapped on, why ? It is because everyone and their dog knows us Welsh will travel en mass to watch our country no matter what time or what venue. Anyway, I was very surprised by the viewing figures for these Friday night games, the Wales and England game from the last world cup got more viewing figures than the world cup final in 2007.

http://www.therugbypaper.co.uk/features/columnists/peter-jackson/24887/peter-jackson-column-friday-fun-and-games-is-strictly-for-wales/

Do you agree with Peter Jackson ?

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Post by No 7&1/2 Mon 18 Jan 2016, 10:02 am

Money is the main driver in professional sport so if they feel they can get a bigger interest tehy'll generally go for it. The evening kick offs on a Friday and Saturday for Wales England game in the world cup are going to get bigger audiences for tv but do tend to put fans at the game as a secondary concern.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian Mon 18 Jan 2016, 5:31 pm

I'm sure I read a while ago that a country would get more money if it agreed to host a Friday night game. It's no surprise that Roger Lewis leapt at the opportunity, regardless of the travel problems they cause, including for commuters who either live or work in Cardiff.

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Post by bedfordwelsh Mon 18 Jan 2016, 7:41 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:I'm sure I read a while ago that a country would get more money if it agreed to host a Friday night game. It's no surprise that Roger Lewis leapt at the opportunity, regardless of the travel problems they cause, including for commuters who either live or work in Cardiff.

LP,

Correct mate the wru get a bigger %.revenue wise by agreeing to.friday night games.
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Post by glamorganalun Mon 18 Jan 2016, 10:27 pm

Cardiff City Council and SW Police should charge the WRU extra for the clean up and policing wth the extending the weekend with additional overtime for a late game etc. Evening games are not great for the players hanging around all day knowing they have a big game ahead of them and the possble travel late at night.

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Post by Cyril Mon 18 Jan 2016, 11:01 pm

WRU want it and others unions don't. Open and shut case.

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Post by offload Tue 19 Jan 2016, 8:12 am

Friday night games in Cardiff are a nightmare for anyone not staying in the city. Transport is a joke and spoils any enjoyment. I hate them and will never attend another. It took me 4 and a half hours to struggle home last time and I'm less than 25 miles from Cardiff. The WRU don't give a s*it about fans.
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Post by Cardiff Dave Tue 19 Jan 2016, 8:12 pm

LordDowlais wrote:Well Peter Jackson is ripping into the scheduling for the 6N, and particularly the WRU for in his words " the WRU embraced the concept with enthusiasm but without appearing to worry unduly about the congestion around the biggest bottleneck on the M4, the Brynglas Tunnel"  

Yes he is right, but it looks to me as though it is the Welsh who are constantly crapped on, why ? It is because everyone and their dog knows us Welsh will travel en mass to watch our country no matter what time or what venue. Anyway, I was very surprised by the viewing figures for these Friday night games, the Wales and England game from the last world cup got more viewing figures than the world cup final in 2007.

http://www.therugbypaper.co.uk/features/columnists/peter-jackson/24887/peter-jackson-column-friday-fun-and-games-is-strictly-for-wales/

Do you agree with Peter Jackson ?

Valleys folk have always travelled to Cardiff en masse, every Friday and Saturday anyway whether there's a Wales game or not. Great for businesses in the capital.

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Post by Cardiff Dave Tue 19 Jan 2016, 8:26 pm

offload wrote:Friday night games in Cardiff are a nightmare for anyone not staying in the city.  Transport is a joke and spoils any enjoyment. I hate them and will never attend another.  It took me 4 and a half hours to struggle home last time and I'm less than 25 miles from Cardiff.  The WRU don't give a s*it about fans.

Saturday afternoon Wales games also prove a struggle to get out of Cardiff btw. Tiz what happens when 100k+ people swamp the capital.

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Post by PenfroPete Tue 19 Jan 2016, 10:53 pm

Hate the Friday night games furious Went once

20:00 - kick off
22:00 - out of ground
23:15 - this was the time the taxi from my home village (13 miles outside of Cardiff) was booked to arrive
00:15 - this is the time the taxi got through the 'gridlock' and arrived (Fair play they rang several times to give us an update on progress)
01:15 - got home

With afternoon games, although just as busy, there is a staggering (see what I did there  Wink  ) as there's plenty of buses leaving throughout the afternoon/evening ..etc and plenty of time until the last one. Friday night games, it's either dash from ground for bus/train, get a taxi or stay in a hotel **

** that'll be a minimum of 2 nights stay sir Rolling Eyes

No WRU - you can stick Friday night games  mad

Half day for me. Finish at 12 noon and head for home Run
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Post by offload Wed 20 Jan 2016, 7:04 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
offload wrote:Friday night games in Cardiff are a nightmare for anyone not staying in the city.  Transport is a joke and spoils any enjoyment. I hate them and will never attend another.  It took me 4 and a half hours to struggle home last time and I'm less than 25 miles from Cardiff.  The WRU don't give a s*it about fans.

Saturday afternoon Wales games also prove a struggle to get out of Cardiff btw. Tiz what happens when 100k+ people swamp the capital.

I've been attending rugby matches in Cardiff for 40 years and afternoon matches are nothing like Friday nights - for the reasons Pete mentions. No, the WRU can stuff it, selfish barstewards.
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Post by Shifty Wed 20 Jan 2016, 1:51 pm

Why are people complaining?
Friiday night games are STANDARD in the Pro12, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland are used to them. If the players aren't used to hanging around all day for an evening game at this point then god help them. Shocked
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Post by Cyril Wed 20 Jan 2016, 2:09 pm

It'll only be scrapped if people stop going. That seems to be working with the regions...

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Post by Cardiff Dave Wed 20 Jan 2016, 9:01 pm

offload wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
offload wrote:Friday night games in Cardiff are a nightmare for anyone not staying in the city.  Transport is a joke and spoils any enjoyment. I hate them and will never attend another.  It took me 4 and a half hours to struggle home last time and I'm less than 25 miles from Cardiff.  The WRU don't give a s*it about fans.

Saturday afternoon Wales games also prove a struggle to get out of Cardiff btw. Tiz what happens when 100k+ people swamp the capital.

I've been attending rugby matches in Cardiff for 40 years and afternoon matches are nothing like Friday nights - for the reasons Pete mentions.  No, the WRU can stuff it, selfish barstewards.

Agreed and as Pete has alluded to, more people wanting to leave the city at relatively the same time is a mare.

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Post by Cardiff Dave Wed 20 Jan 2016, 9:07 pm

Shifty wrote:Why are people complaining?
Friiday night games are STANDARD in the Pro12, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland are used to them.  If the players aren't used to hanging around all day for an evening game at this point then god help them.  Shocked

Easy peasy to catch a train at Cardiff central after a pro12 game mun especially if you delay your departure with a couple of pints and a trip to Caroline street. Carriages mostly half empty.

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Post by Cardiff Dave Wed 20 Jan 2016, 9:32 pm

Cyril wrote:It'll only be scrapped if people stop going. That seems to be working with the regions...

Worked for CCS, but that's another thing altogether.

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Post by Pot Hale Wed 20 Jan 2016, 10:01 pm

Can't imagine what it's going to be like for French fans this year and then Irish fans the following year. Getting the bus home afterwards is going to be difficult....
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Post by Cardiff Dave Wed 20 Jan 2016, 10:18 pm

Pot Hale wrote:Can't imagine what it's going to be like for French fans this year and then Irish fans the following year.  Getting the bus home afterwards is going to be difficult....

A short walk to an outrageously priced hotel room perhaps?

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Post by Pot Hale Wed 20 Jan 2016, 10:19 pm

Cardiff Dave wrote:
Pot Hale wrote:Can't imagine what it's going to be like for French fans this year and then Irish fans the following year.  Getting the bus home afterwards is going to be difficult....

A short walk to an outrageously priced hotel room perhaps?


Hmmm...aaahh...umm... nah, I'll get the bus thanks.
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Post by johnrgby Thu 21 Jan 2016, 8:51 am

[quote="Cyril"]It'll only be scrapped if people stop going. That seems to be working with the regions...[/

People have not only stopped going to Regional friday night games, its games in general, and more to do with the dross served up than the time of kick off
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