you quote games against other top 8 sides as if leeds should be knocking them over regular but surely if we have an even half decent league then theres no disgrace loseing to any other top 8 team .
I'm not saying they should be beating everyone. That wasn't my point at all. My point was clearly that a champion side doesn't get embarrassed 6 times in the season as well as put in other abject performances. It's not that they lost those games, it was the manner of the defeats.
by the way all the teams you quote have also had bad defeats this season .
How many bad defeats have Wigan had this year that weren't circumstantial? They lost by one point to Widnes with a second team playing, and were convincingly beaten by Wire away in the league but were hardly embarrassed.
Wire suffered heavy defeats by Salford and London away after resting most of their team. They were embarrassed away from home by Catalans though.
The rest don't really matter as I wouldn't consider them champion sides. If anything, the fact that three of the five defeats above involved fielding extremely weakened teams goes with my point that not every game matters in the regular season.
now if you want a more even comp then there are 2 things that need to be mandertory
1 every team MUST have at least 7 of there academy produced payers in the 19 each week although i would prefer the number to be higher
I don't see how this would make it more even. The academy products might be poor, resulting in a less even competition. I aren't saying we shouldn't have academy products, but they need to be of quality, not of quantity.
2 every team must spend to within 5% of the salary cap max each season no excuses for not doing so
Agree with this. Whilst paying players doesn't make them better, you need to be able to show you can afford to pay for quality to compete.
teams unable to meet these standards should be removed from the league as they would have no real chance of completing to the required standard
There has been a real lowering of the bar in order to have more teams, which is entirely my point. There needs to be a line in the sand moment with the next administration I feel.