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22/03/13 - St Helens v Salford City Reds - KO 8pm

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Poll: Who will win? (10 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win?

  1. Voted St Helens (8 votes [80.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 80.00%

  2. Salford City Reds (2 votes [20.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

  3. Draw (0 votes [0.00%])

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#61 Saintslass

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:10 PM

Isn't that a bit naughty?

I guess it serves Rhino right for not being up to speed on snowy balls.

#62 Dave T

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:24 PM

I guess it serves Rhino right for not being up to speed on snowy balls.

Suppose it depends whether we ordered any, summer sport and all that!

#63 TheChief

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:00 AM

Under the deal with Rhino, I'm led to believe that the clubs have to purchase their balls rather than receive a certain number of complimentary ones. They aren't going to spend money on fluorescent balls at the start of the season.

On the subject of balls, there was also an issue pre-season. The clubs received the training balls and spent a few months practicing with kicking specialists. They they took delivery of the match balls which were a completely different size and shape. The kickers found the flight of the ball to be totally alien to what they had gotten used to, so had to start all over again.

It's crazy to think that Steeden hold the contact for international games, and as such during the WC the England size will be playing with a different ball to that we have used in our domestic game, once again handing Aus and NZ an advantage before we've even taken to the field. It may sound OTT but moreso at international level, the importance of the kicking game can't be underestimated.

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#64 Saint Toppy

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

Having watched the replay, poor decision to award the 1st Salford try, there were 2 players well in front of the kicker who were only around 1m in front of Wellens when Jordan James caught the ball. Try should have been disallowed for offside.
Makes you wonnder exactly what the linesmen actually look at and do !

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