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Railway End

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#3127382 An Englishman’s view of Origin

Posted by Railway End on Yesterday, 10:09 PM

I would agree that there is no player these days - except Thurston, Inglis, Smith, Slater - who can pull of the magic 79th-minute play on demand like Lewis, Johns or Langer or others in the past but I think that is because defence has improved faster than attack over the last 25 years.


Possibly so Fd, but I think there is a lot more negative coaching in Origin in recent years as well.

It looks to me like Daley has picked a team on the same basis as last year. A big pack to try and stifle the Queenslanders, tall wingers for an ariel contest (as they are unlikely to get quality ball through the backline) and a halfback who is good defensively but never runs the ball at the line.

Unfortunately for Laurie, this year he does not have the individual brilliance of Jarryd Hayne to dig them out of a hole and he can't rely on Cooper Cronk breaking his arm early in game one again.

I heard an interview with Mal Meninga the other day where he stated he wanted his team to play footy this year. I personally hope Queensland cut loose and force NSW into looking at creativity as an option.


#3126629 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 11 - Everyone Welcome

Posted by Railway End on 21 May 2015 - 07:35 PM

Poll - Tigers v Cowboys

Winners

Bunnies
Tigers
Raiders
Knights

Homes - 4

Points - 176


#3122520 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 10 - RESULTS POSTED; Awards Presented

Posted by Railway End on 14 May 2015 - 07:22 PM

Poll - 2

Winners

Roosters
Cowboys
Warriors
Titans
Storm
Raiders
Tigers
Sea Eagles

Aways - 4

Points - 348


#3121656 SUPERCOACH 2015 LEAGUE Forum; Round 11 Tricky to say the least! - - JOIN...

Posted by Railway End on 12 May 2015 - 12:33 PM

Was Sandow involved in a car crash prior to the Storm game?


He's certainly been a car crash for my SC team. :D


#3121313 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 9 Results Posted; Awards Presented...

Posted by Railway End on 11 May 2015 - 06:02 PM

Odds for last round were;

Broncos 1.32
Roosters 1.36
Raiders 1.6
Warriors 2.12
Cowboys 1.42
Sea Eagles 1.7
Storm 1.66
Rabbitohs 1.54

A £10 accumulater would only have paid £375 as 7 of the winners were favourites.

Maybe a weekend in a Cleethorpes B&B rather than an all inclusive fortnight in Barbados!


#3119326 SUPERCOACH 2015 LEAGUE Forum; Round 11 Tricky to say the least! - - JOIN...

Posted by Railway End on 08 May 2015 - 04:09 PM

I wouldn't go for Sandow - I've found him too inconsistent.


I was going to pick Sandow at the start of the season but decided not to after reading similar opinions to your own on his inconsistency.

I have kept an eye on him since and he seems to be going well with a last 5 game average of 63. Maybe the absence of Hayne has made him a more consistent SC player?

Anyway, he's in my side now so expect a bid decline in form. :D


#3118287 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 9 Results Posted; Awards Presented...

Posted by Railway End on 07 May 2015 - 09:51 AM

Poll - 2 teams

Winners

Broncos
Roosters
Raiders
Warriors
Cowboys
Sea Eagles
Eels
Dragons

6 homes

300 points


#3116948 Pritchard: players may have to take a stand

Posted by Railway End on 04 May 2015 - 04:42 PM

There's nothing stopping the National RLs in Pacific Island countries from setting up games between each other. Once they've scheduled games they can apply to RLIF for funds to cover air fares and such.


Is this actually the case? I thought the RLIF had limited resources and what they do have is probably being directed towards the 2017 World Cup.

The NRL are the only Rugby League organisation with any financial clout. Last year we saw Dave Smith, Tim Sheens, SBW, St George Illawarra, Jarryd Hayne and others all fly out to the islands for varying reasons. That's all well and good but what would really help is a test or two on the islands themselves.

A local event would have the potential for local sponsors to be brought into the game and to become associated with the governing bodies of each nation. A regular calendar of games, properly managed, could see each nation becoming self sufficient and expanding their local competition and player numbers. A position the NRL could benefit from enormously for a relatively low initial outlay.


#3114899 ANZAC Test Postponed!

Posted by Railway End on 01 May 2015 - 01:47 PM

I've always thought it would be nice if Premier Sports could pick up the Qld Cup and NSW Cup coverage from Aus throughout the season. I know they showed the State Championship match on GF day last year, and it was a really good match.


I wouldn't mind some of the Holden Cup U20's Fox coverage as well. Would be good to get too see a few stars of the future.


#3114444 Kiwi resurgence is good for the game.

Posted by Railway End on 30 April 2015 - 03:11 PM

The kiwi public need to see this team on nz soil as often as possible, this is the best NZ team I've ever known in watching RL for 25 years and apart from last years 4nations they never play in NZ!!


The same sentiment could be applied to every RL playing nation on the planet. More internationals are needed, not more club games.


#3113897 Representative Weekend Fixtures on TV in the UK

Posted by Railway End on 29 April 2015 - 04:56 PM

*Pedant mode*

Isn't the Aus v NZ Test at Suncorp, Brisbane?

Looking forward to all the rep games this weekend.


#3112810 SUPERCOACH 2015 LEAGUE Forum; Round 11 Tricky to say the least! - - JOIN...

Posted by Railway End on 27 April 2015 - 03:02 PM

Southstander13, have you discovered nrlsupercoachtalk.com? It's my first year doing supercoach as well and this site has provided lots of good pointers for me.

As you say, the origin period is going to be hard, especially having 17 players who can play on certain weekends.


#3106967 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 7 - Results Posted; Awards Presente...

Posted by Railway End on 16 April 2015 - 06:14 PM

Poll - Tigers v Raiders

Winners

Dragons
Bulldogs
Titans
Cowboys
Roosters
Tigers
Knights
Sharks

Homes - 7

Points - 308


#3103109 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competiton 2015 Round 6 Results updated; Awards Presented

Posted by Railway End on 09 April 2015 - 06:13 AM

Poll - Warriors v Tigers

Winners

Sharks
Roosters
Eels
Warriors
Panthers
Raiders
Dragons
Rabbits

Points - 340

Aways - 1


#3102855 SUPERCOACH 2015 LEAGUE Forum; Round 11 Tricky to say the least! - - JOIN...

Posted by Railway End on 08 April 2015 - 03:41 PM

I seem to have avoided the worst of the carnage with only Reynolds and Guerra in my team (assuming Isaac Luke is Ok to play on Monday) on the treatment table.

Have decided to bench Adam Reynolds until we know the extent of the injury. If it's not as bad as first feared and he's back in weeks rather than months I may hold him.

So this week my trades are Guerra to Bird and Randell to Thurston.

How does everybody play the bye rounds? Do I need to start offloading origin players or hold on as long as possible?