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#1 no13benny

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:03 AM

For the Magic Weekend on the opening day of the season, the fixtures will be handpicked.

In my opinion there needs to be an element of spice, and evenly matched sides, both for fans to go believing they any side can win, as well as for the fairness of competing for 2 pts for all sides in this extra fixture.

It being the opening weekend also throws in the ripped up form book, the renewed optimism for a new season, and the first SL appearances of new signings for their clubs.

With all of these in mind, I would go with the following:

Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
St Helens v Warrington Wolves
Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers
Wakefield Wildcats v Castleford Tigers
Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls
Crusaders RL v Salford City Reds
Harlequins RL v Catalans Dragons

In this order:

Saturday:

Hull FC v Hull KR
Harlequins v Catalans
St Helens v Warrington

Sunday:

Huddersfield v Bradford
Wakefield v Castleford
Crusaders v Salford
Leeds v Wigan

Personally I'd try sandwiching the smaller games getting some from the previous games, and some turning up for the last game, as well as those there for all games, like me.

Edited by no13benny, 19 August 2010 - 11:04 AM.

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#2 Wendall

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:05 AM

Keep it simple, derby matches and give the Crusaders a glam fixture (Wire perhaps?). rolleyes.gif



#3 1976PMJwires

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:36 AM

If its going to be a season opener


CC Winners v's GF Winners
CC RU v's GF RU


Then try to get as many derby games as poss.

I believe this would promote a level of fairness with 2 SL points up for grabs.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (1976PMJwires @ Aug 19 2010, 12:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If its going to be a season opener


CC Winners v's GF Winners
CC RU v's GF RU


I may be wrong, but I suspect most seasons that won't give you 4 unique teams.

#5 1976PMJwires

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:15 PM

QUOTE (PTB @ Aug 19 2010, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I may be wrong, but I suspect most seasons that won't give you 4 unique teams.


Big chance this year wink.gif

#6 MrPosh

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:31 PM

QUOTE (1976PMJwires @ Aug 19 2010, 02:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Big chance this year wink.gif

Saints v Wigan
Wire v Saints

Not going to work tongue.gif
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#7 1976PMJwires

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:37 PM

QUOTE (MrPosh @ Aug 19 2010, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Saints v Wigan
Wire v Saints

Not going to work tongue.gif



Lets bookmark this one wink.gif

#8 jackknife

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:51 PM

you should play the club you finish next to in the league

1st v 2nd
3rd v 4th
5th v 6th
7th v 8th
9th v 10th
11th v 12th
13th v 14th

should be some close hard matches there with fairness
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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:03 PM

QUOTE (jackknife @ Aug 19 2010, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you should play the club you finish next to in the league

1st v 2nd
3rd v 4th
5th v 6th
7th v 8th
9th v 10th
11th v 12th
13th v 14th

should be some close hard matches there with fairness


Not really as teams improve over a season, Catalans may be red hot next year playing someone like Quins who look like they will be in turmoil next year.



#10 1976PMJwires

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:03 PM

QUOTE (jackknife @ Aug 19 2010, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you should play the club you finish next to in the league

1st v 2nd
3rd v 4th
5th v 6th
7th v 8th
9th v 10th
11th v 12th
13th v 14th

should be some close hard matches there with fairness



Ask Salford and HKR fans after this year.

#11 Wendall

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:06 PM

QUOTE (jackknife @ Aug 19 2010, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you should play the club you finish next to in the league

1st v 2nd
3rd v 4th
5th v 6th
7th v 8th
9th v 10th
11th v 12th
13th v 14th

should be some close hard matches there with fairness


Not really as teams improve over a season, Catalans may be red hot next year playing someone like Quins who look like they will be in turmoil next year.



#12 jackknife

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:10 PM

QUOTE (1976PMJwires @ Aug 19 2010, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ask Salford and HKR fans after this year.

??????????? huh.gif
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#13 1976PMJwires

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 06:02 PM

QUOTE (jackknife @ Aug 19 2010, 03:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
??????????? huh.gif


You mentioned playing against a team where you finished next to the previous season.

This year drew the 1 -8 out of the hat and then 9- 14


Saints finished 3 places above KR
Wires finished 2 places above Salford


both teams got snotted, by a big big margin.


To be honest there is no easy answer.

#14 bobbruce

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (jackknife @ Aug 19 2010, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you should play the club you finish next to in the league

1st v 2nd
3rd v 4th
5th v 6th
7th v 8th
9th v 10th
11th v 12th
13th v 14th

should be some close hard matches there with fairness


That for me is the fairest way to get the best games on the weekend rather than cherry picking derby matches.If you took the league as things stand now the fixtures for next year would be.
Wigan v Wire
Saints v Hull
Leeds v Hudds
HKR v Crusaders
Cas v Wakey
Bradford v Quins
Salford v Catalan

That fixture list isnt bad and the same system could be followed every year to prevent the same teams playing each other each year.


#15 thirteenthman

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:27 PM

Whichever system you choose you're always going to get some fixtures that are, er, not as attractive as the others. That's the problem with having the whole round of matches played in one stadium. The RFL should cherry pick a couple of games for Cardiff and leave the rest at home.



#16 Cherry and White

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:46 PM

QUOTE (jackknife @ Aug 19 2010, 02:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you should play the club you finish next to in the league

1st v 2nd
3rd v 4th
5th v 6th
7th v 8th
9th v 10th
11th v 12th
13th v 14th

should be some close hard matches there with fairness



it should be this or nothing at all
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#17 Cherry and White

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:49 PM

QUOTE (Wendall @ Aug 19 2010, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not really as teams improve over a season, Catalans may be red hot next year playing someone like Quins who look like they will be in turmoil next year.



first game of the season.

just admit you want salford.
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#18 brooza

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:04 AM

QUOTE (1976PMJwires @ Aug 19 2010, 12:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If its going to be a season opener


CC Winners v's GF Winners - Leeds Rhinos Vs Leeds Rhinos
CC RU v's GF RU - Warrington Wolves Vs Crusaders


Then try to get as many derby games as poss.

I believe this would promote a level of fairness with 2 SL points up for grabs.

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#19 brooza

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:09 AM

QUOTE (MrPosh @ Aug 19 2010, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Saints v Wigan
Wire v Saints

Not going to work tongue.gif

Sorry to break it to you, but there's absolutely no chance of this happening, as I realluy can't see Saints winning the Challenge Cup this year
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#20 Lobbygobbler

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:45 AM

Hull V Hull KR
Saints V Wigan
Wakey V Cas
Cru V Wire (this is more or less a derby and would have a great atmos)
Quins V Les Cats
Leeds V Salford (The city game)
Bradford V Shudds






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