England v N.Z.
Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:28 PM
In Super League there are too many 'GIMMEE' games were the top sides like Wigan, Wire, Leeds and Saints can just trot out and win at a canter and the intensity isn't there and consequently when we go out against the Aussies and New Zealand we have a slack period which puts them back on top and it happened again today. The same thing happened against the Australians in the first match. Set our stall out got a decent lead and let it slip, come back was too little too late. Again today, we looked like we'd fought our way on top only to let the foot off the gas and WHAMM, they were on us like rottweilers. We got back in front but then again inexplicably slackened off, gave an unnecessary penalty away and again the players used to 80 minutes of rugby took the spoils.
I know the players were doing their best but until we get a better domestic competition and stop chucking money at London etc, we'll not get the intensity into our game as they have. Over in Australia they try their best to get in the Origin sides but when we had the 'Roses' games all our big names cried off with knocks and scrapes and then reclaimed their places when the internationals came around.
Final point, McNamara really does give me the pip. Ever since he marched out of that press conference he's been interviewed and there hasn't been a trace of emotion in his voice or mannerisms. His game comments sound like he's reading a shopping list, no emotion, no stressing points just his monotone delivery of what sounded rehearsed thoughts.
The sad part is that we could and should have been playing the Australians next week at Old Trafford.
"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future".
War doesn't decide who is right, just who is left!
Andrew Birch is Pugwash.
Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:40 PM
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Posted 25 November 2013 - 02:10 PM
What was Burgess thinking? He obviously cannot tell the time, a matter of 30 seconds left and he does what they practice on road signs in the Gold Coast.
It also exposed the myth of Kevin Sinfield - his miss from not far from injfront earlier in the game was the difference in the score, and his feeble attempt to tackle Johnson on the 'winning' try made a mockery of the RLW worlds best player. No wonder the aussies scoffed at it.
No noubt the RL will continue the propaganda about the best ever world cup. One semi final ended 64-0 (happened in any other sport before including our own) and the average winning margin for England, Australia and NZ in games not playing each other was 40 points. It has been a qualifying tournament to see who will join (and be murdered by) Australia, NZ and England in the semi finals. The only team without an NRL player in the team lost all three games (Wales). The final is the same as in the last two world cups (again any precedent in other sports).
It was disturbing to read in RLW that some teams couldnt play their best players because they couldnt afford unpaid time off work. Why wasnt the organisation paying handsomly the participating teams to avoid this being a problem? Where are the profits going - propping up London.
Lets hop[e we get a great final.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 04:43 AM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:06 PM
Better Bentham, than Silverwood, talk about past the 'sell by,' far too many referrals to video in the Fiji game. He should bypass Specsavers, and go straight to the LASIK surgery.
Allso known as Teodozjusz Matuschanskavasky