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05/09/13 - Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm (Sky Sports)


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Poll: Who will win? (17 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win?

  1. Wigan Warriors (3 votes [17.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.65%

  2. Leeds Rhinos (11 votes [64.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 64.71%

  3. Draw (3 votes [17.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.65%

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#161 fetlar

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:20 AM

I think fetlar means it's pointless criticising (see how I spelt that with an 's' and not a 'z' people) a team whose tactics win the competition but don't break the rules of the competition. I can't argue with him either. Basically the end justifies the means as long as the rules aren't broken.

 

Exactly. The rules might be wrong but the team who wins by them is not. To confuse the two is ... daft.



#162 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

Not quite true.  Pretty much all of Leeds' key players have had spells on the sidelines this season and even if injury hadn't gotten them then squad rotation would.  Leeds notoriously play large parts of the season in an unspectacular fashion and aim up towards the end.  That isn't stamina; that's just reserving energy, which is an entirely different beast.  Leeds were the first to play the system and subsequently Wire and Wigan have too.  Even Saints may have done to some degree (although hampered by no halfbacks and long term injuries to Robes) as Nathan Brown appeared to have free reign to do what his predecessors never could and mess around with squad rotation on pretty much a weekly basis, even when injuries didn't dictate, thus undermining our league performances but storing up energy for later in the season.

 

Hopefully, with this much talked about but as yet not confirmed league restructure, such tactics won't wash because (a ) there will be P&R to worry about and (b ) there will be fewer play off places relative to teams in the league thus discouraging clubs from adopting such tactics and making the season a bit more interesting and cost effective for the spectator.

As has been stated,Leeds don't do squad rotation.I would imagine that teams actually set out to top the table not to "reserve energy" as you put it.


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#163 Futtocks

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:27 AM

Wigan win a match = Rugby League fans moan about Wigan winning everything, we need new names on trophies etc.

 

Wigan lose a match = Rugby League fans moan and accuse them of throwing the game.

 

Wigan draw a match = Rugby League fans moan about the referee.


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#164 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:31 AM

Wigan win a match = Rugby League fans moan about Wigan winning everything, we need new names on trophies etc.

 

Wigan lose a match = Rugby League fans moan and accuse them of throwing the game.

 

Wigan draw a match = Rugby League fans moan about the referee.

This.


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