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#1 hindle xiii

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:32 PM

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Captain Keiron Cunningham says St Helens will take out their Carnegie Challenge Cup frustration on their Engage Super League rivals.
Yesterday’s agonising 32-28 semi-final defeat by old foes Leeds Rhinos means Saints have fallen at the penultimate hurdle for the last two years and need to win the Grand Final if they are to avoid a second successive trophy-less season.
Cunningham’s men are level on points with second-placed Warrington Wolves going into their next game against Mick Potter’s future employers Bradford Bulls, but the coach has just five days to pick his players up from their shattering defeat at Huddersfield Giants’ Galpharm Stadium.
Saints led 18-8 at half-time and were also 22-14 and 28-26 in front in a dramatic second half before Leeds stand-off Danny McGuire settled the pulsating encounter with his second try seven minutes from the end.
“It was good to be part of it,” said Cunningham, who managed to put on a brave face after missing the chance to end his Saints career with a ninth cup final appearance.
“It was pretty intense and very nerve-wracking. It was a very hot day so it was tough to get around the field for everyone and defences weren’t on top.
“Neither side got control of it. Leeds just got up at the right time but we still had our chances. Although we had a 10-point cushion, you’re never safe against Leeds.”
Already resigned to being without England scrum half Kyle Eastmond, Saints were dealt a bitter blow before kick-off when his half-back partner Leon Pryce was also ruled out through injury.
The influential stand-off, who by his own admission was playing his best rugby for Saints, picked up a neck injury in training that could yet end his season.
He is to rest for three weeks before undergoing a second scan and, if there is no improvement, he may need an operation.
“It was a big blow losing Leon and we had half-backs who hadn’t run together all week but you deal with adversity,” said Cunningham.
“You just get on with it and I thought we made a real good job of doing that.”
Saints conceded the first try to Ryan Hall but the magnificent Paul Wellens, Cunningham and Francis Meli all hit back with tries before half-time to put their side in control.
They stayed ahead thanks to Matt Gidley’s effort and James Graham’s 70th-minute try looked to have sealed a trip to Wembley before McGuire broke their hearts.
“Everyone is dejected,” admitted Cunningham. “We’ve been building all week for this and everyone was confident.
“But it will be easy to pick ourselves up. There is only one competition left and, if don’t make a crack of this, then our season is over.
“We’re in a good play-off spot and we’ve got three games to cement position in the league.”
*gulp* sad.gif We're gonna get dicked!

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#2 Padge

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:11 PM

What else could he say, "we are still going for the Challenge Cup" or "Wel'll concentrate on the Regal Trophy".

Talk about stating the bleeding obvious.

I wouldn't worry too much hindle, its like the kid in the playground who's just been battered shouting "I'll get you next time" as he runs home to mummy.


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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:46 PM

QUOTE (Padge @ Aug 8 2010, 11:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What else could he say, "we are still going for the Challenge Cup" or "Wel'll concentrate on the Regal Trophy".

Talk about stating the bleeding obvious.

I wouldn't worry too much hindle, its like the kid in the playground who's just been battered shouting "I'll get you next time" as he runs home to mummy.


True and well put.

However, Saints will dick them.

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#4 Padge

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (Bob8 @ Aug 8 2010, 10:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
True and well put.

However, Saints will dick them.

Oh yes, Saints will dick them.

But because they are absolutely garbage.


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#5 goldcard

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 10:13 PM

QUOTE (hindle xiii @ Aug 8 2010, 09:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
(if Wendy can do it!) from www.superleague.co.uk
*gulp* sad.gif We're gonna get dicked!

Maybe, erm who beat you last time out?
They went well in the semis too.

TBH, Padge is right, it would be more of a story if the Legend© said he want to score from more than 3 yards out next time.....
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#6 hindle xiii

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:56 AM

I was taking the 'this is a non-story but it makes a passing comment about my club' angle! wink.gif

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#7 bewareshadows

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:11 PM

QUOTE (Padge @ Aug 8 2010, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What else could he say, "we are still going for the Challenge Cup" or "Wel'll concentrate on the Regal Trophy".

Talk about stating the bleeding obvious.

I wouldn't worry too much hindle, its like the kid in the playground who's just been battered shouting "I'll get you next time" as he runs home to mummy.



What do you expect a reporter asks questions he answers them.

If he didn't answer them it would be typical arrogance shown from Saints refusing to answer questions, he does answer so it's stating the obvious.

Of course maybe the reporter should not have asked the questions, but then we'd all be complaining that RL does not get it's fair share of media attention.

It's no win which ever way you play it with some people, in football they spend days stating the bleeding obvious as it gets them media coverage. Have a read through the comments after the Charity shield about chelsea not panic buying after getting wumped in the pre season friendly. Of course they are not going to panic buy from a one off game , but it's coverage and so it's worth putting out there. Come to think of it. 99% of all news is bleeding obvious but they still bother to publish it. Keeps people in jobs I suppose.
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Even the Chinese and the Cubans gave up on these marxist principles years ago.


SL with a reduced number of competitors and a closed market = North Korea.

#8 bewareshadows

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:16 PM

And just to prove my point.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A72759748

link to Times cutting coverage of RL.
Super League the only place in the world where people still believe that less competitors and a closed market to new competition will improve the quality of the product.

Even the Chinese and the Cubans gave up on these marxist principles years ago.


SL with a reduced number of competitors and a closed market = North Korea.

#9 foozler

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:05 PM

QUOTE (bewareshadows @ Aug 9 2010, 05:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And just to prove my point.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A72759748

link to Times cutting coverage of RL.


Does that mean there will be no more, albeit infrequent, match reports in the Sunday Times? The one this Sunday was almost half a page and for once was considerably bigger than any RU coverage.




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