Good game in prospect this weekend.
Two sides in Fiji and Samoa with lots of talent and potential face each other
The headlines this morning are concerning Paul Kent (Australian RL Talk Show presenter).
His views have been branded racist.
Not sure that's the case, but there again I may not have read or heard all he's said and twittered.
He appears to have treated the Fiji/Samoa game with disrespect.
He reckons it's not a game that makes up for losing a full round of NRL.
The point he seems to have wanted to put over is that the NRL season had just gathered momentum with a couple of massive crowd rounds for it all to come to a grinding halt for this rep weekend.
Now I'm sure he could have made his point on straightforward grounds.
Instead, to back his views he's cited the City vs Country and Fiji vs Samoa as games not as worthy of attention.
He's had a dig at these two rep games while appearing to leave the Aus v NZ ANZAC Test alone.
Some of his views:
“We put a halt on things for rep weekend.
“I couldn’t care two hoots about Samoa and Fiji. Who wants to really sit down and watch that game?”
“I was asked about the Fiji-Samoa Test, and I don’t really care for this game. There’s been a backlash, people have said I’m racist because I don’t like Samoa and Fiji, which is complete rubbish.
“My point is this. I don’t want to have to stop watching NRL and be told I have to watch this game - this Fiji-Samoa Test.
“Of the 34 players who will run around, on Saturday evening, 11 of them - just one third of them - played NRL last week.
“All the rest are either playing NSW Cup or got pulled out of even lower than that. It’s not a high quality football game.
...But there are 34 players in this Test and of those only 11 of them were considered good enough by their NRL coaches to be picked in their NRL team the week before.
“My whole point’s the scheduling. I don’t think the NRL should have to halt its competition to have to put on a rep weekend.
If his whole point had been scheduling - maybe he should have stuck to that. There is a point there for discussion. He ought not to seem to be undermining the efforts and dignity of people playing, watching and organising rep footy that's not just Australia and their opponents.
Edited by G Las D, 01 May 2014 - 08:46 AM.