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#1 Kiddzyy69

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:12 AM

Well im abroad on holiday and no bars can get bbc channels,so does anyone know where i could find it on the internet?

#2 silverback

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 04:38 PM

you dident miss anything,load a tosh to be honest and glad i stayed at home.more entertainment in 5 minutes of our last 2 games than that 80. hull should a took the 2 on offer to save the dry rub. rabbits in the headlights day yet again for hull.



#3 Gary Coyle

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:07 PM

Worst cup final ive seen in 30 years



#4 mountieman21

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:24 PM

Worst cup final ive seen in 30 years

Make that 50 yrs



#5 Phil Loxton

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:35 PM

Championship games put that to shame; That's why they won't allow the Northern Rail Final as a curtain raiser; One dimensional;

#6 dog80

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:40 PM

Yeah not a great advert for rugby league. Dont think iv ever seen the ball dropped as much.

#7 Piggy's mate

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:45 PM

Don't understand why the roof was'nt shut? I thought that was the whole point of having a roof?

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#8 bromleybulldog

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:50 PM

Think I can extend that to worst for 55 years!

Left after 75 minutes ( and I never leave early-usually)

At least beat the rush to Wembley Park tube.



#9 beestondog

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:20 PM

Who was the Batley rep at the final?

#10 DavidM

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:19 PM

Agree with above comments . Worse final I've ever seen . Bit sad when you consider they spent so much time in the build up comparing it to the 85 classic ... Sublime to the ridiculous !! Hull were beyond awful and Wigan didn't have to be much better to prevail .

#11 Gary Coyle

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:01 PM

Don't understand why the roof was'nt shut? I thought that was the whole point of having a roof?

Doesn't have a roof that will actually stop the rain, it only closes as far as to cover all the seats

 

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#12 M Hopkins

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:12 PM

To be fair Hulls defence kept them in it until the last 5 but I have never seen so many handling errors from a team. Hull were shocking with ball in hand and/or catching any sort of kick from Wigan. Worst cup final I've ever watched.



#13 phildog

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

With the amount of dropped ball by Hull, Keegan Hirst's ball juggling skills have to be admired lol!



#14 silverback

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:57 PM

To be fair Hulls defence kept them in it until the last 5 but I have never seen so many handling errors from a team. Hull were shocking with ball in hand and/or catching any sort of kick from Wigan. Worst cup final I've ever watched.

shocking with ball in hand for sure, but why dident they try keep the ball in the last 15 or so,even if they dident drop it they chose to kick it back to wigan when it was hull who needed to score, it was as thou they just wanted to get it over with when they could have tried to play a full set towards the sticks but thought cobblers here you are have the ball back cos we aint a clue what to do.

  strange game. wouldent want to be the next team to play hull like :sclerosis:



#15 TheTerminator

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 10:13 PM

What the game did highlight is that dearth of real RUGBY ability at the highest level of the game. There are so few players with genuine class and an ability to create something from nothing. So many of today's players are just great athletes who offer little more than up and down yardage and hard graft. There wasn't a forward on the pitch who was remotely capable of fantastic ball-handling like Lee Crooks who was sat up in the stands - or for that matter a halfback capable of breathtaking running like Brett Kenny. What a shame. The game has become so unattractive as a spectacle over the last 20 years, and the trend looks set to continue. We've sacrificed skill and class for fitness, size and conditioning, and in terms of entertainment value the game is seriously struggling as a result.

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#16 grumpyoldram

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:46 AM

What the game did highlight is that dearth of real RUGBY ability at the highest level of the game. There are so few players with genuine class and an ability to create something from nothing. So many of today's players are just great athletes who offer little more than up and down yardage and hard graft. There wasn't a forward on the pitch who was remotely capable of fantastic ball-handling like Lee Crooks who was sat up in the stands - or for that matter a halfback capable of breathtaking running like Brett Kenny. What a shame. The game has become so unattractive as a spectacle over the last 20 years, and the trend looks set to continue. We've sacrificed skill and class for fitness, size and conditioning, and in terms of entertainment value the game is seriously struggling as a result.

 

Good post terminator - my opinions exactly. That's why I wouldn't go to watch SL with free tickets, a meal and an exotic massage thrown in.



#17 greavesy

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:38 AM

I will take the exotic massage and watch the highlights . If there are any highlights would have been hard to come up with on Saturday . Very poor final.



#18 TheTerminator

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Good post terminator - my opinions exactly. That's why I wouldn't go to watch SL with free tickets, a meal and an exotic massage thrown in.

If I were to post those sentiments on the 'General' forum, I'd probably get shouted down as a 'Flat Capper'. IMO anyone who denies that our game has lost a great deal of entertainment value by encouraging a robotic structure and type of player is living in cloud cuckoo land. There are quite a few legendary players from the past who wouldn't even get a look in these days at top flight level due to not meeting the physical criteria deemed necessary to 'making the grade'. This isn't just a knee-jerk reaction to yesterdays dire final, but a concern that has been building for years.

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#19 DavidM

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 11:04 AM

We have a robotic game built on statistics . I cringe when I hear endless talk about a player having a good game because he's had 20 carries and made 65 yards blah blah blah . It's all about completion rates , and executing the plans ( hate that phrase ) and having a good structure ( eh ? ) . What happened to entertainment , skills and playing what you see ? . Watch rugby from the 80s on YouTube ... It's a different game . So much more movement , off loads and ball skills . Forwards had real ball playing ability . Now they get measured on grunt . State of Origin sums it up perfectly . Very hard but very very formulaic . Five drives and a kick , take no risks , then in the opposition area just go through a conservative set before trying to score off a kick sums up most matches now . In the NRL matches just merge into each other ... We're building robots computed to do a certain job . No mistakes and formulas are great , but not if they are squeezing the game of entertainment and ultimately fans ?

#20 phildog

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:53 PM

Agree totally about the lack of flair sacrificed for regimentation. Don't know about you, but I struggle with understanding current terminology. I haven't a clue what Robbie Paul talks about, thought Offence and DEEfence were attack and defending, drop offs, etc etc...??? Not only have we surrendered the rules to the Aussies we now have to talk like them too. (Before any smart Alec comes on, I know he's a New Zealander!) No contested scrums, no shoulder charges, rarely a forward pass given, video refs who still get it wrong, no this, no that... the whole game has disappeared, and specialist positions are now obsolete. all SL needs is 17 big fit 2nd row types, throw the names at the wall and up comes a team. Hookers. loose forwards, all gone. Can't think of another contact sport which is non-contact! that said, having watched a bit if NRL, they're no better, it's all about formations, big hits, but no ball skills to speak of either, even they have lost the Langers and Fittlers, just as we have no more Gregorys and ...well I'm struggling!! 






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