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Railway End

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#2966841 Potter Dumped? Maybe, maybe not

Posted by Railway End on Yesterday, 07:21 AM

It would be an absolutely crazy decision to get rid of Potter IMO.

Last season he had an horrific injury list to deal with and was forced to blood many youngsters. He also had the Benji Marshall circus to control as well. The signs were there at the end of the season that he was turning things around.

This season they have performed well above expectations. Last year's youngsters are now established first graders. Simona, Noafaluma, Sue, Seumanufaigai (sp?), Gavet, Brooks, Tedesco and Moses fit that bill. Good signings such as Taupau, Austin and Richards have proved a success as well.

This squad is going in the right direction and could be world beaters in 2 or 3 years. Brooks in particular looks like a future origin and kangaroo player and he's only 19.

Farah needs to wind his neck in. He comes across as someone who's only happy if he is centre of attention. The board should be backing the coach, especially when he is doing well, and not star players. It's Tim Sheens all over again.

#2964972 24/07/14 - Hull FC v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 24 July 2014 - 09:27 PM

Not sure we will ever know if he meant it but if he did he should miss the rest if the season

Whether he meant it or not I think he could be on the sidelines for a few weeks.

As one of the commentators said, he new Abdull was underneath and he therefore had a duty of care for the players safety.

#2964486 back chat

Posted by Railway End on 24 July 2014 - 06:40 AM

How have Cas benefitted?

Taking Rangi off your hands therefore allowing Cas to become a team.

#2964479 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competition 2014 Round 20 Results Posted

Posted by Railway End on 24 July 2014 - 06:04 AM

Poll - Warriors v Sea Eagles



Points - 364

Aways - 3

#2964142 17/07/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 23 July 2014 - 03:11 PM

Theres 6 potentially career ending incidents listed here in round 21 of the SL :-

Crossing the road has the potential for life ending consequences, should that be banned as well?

I'm coming into line with other posters who think you are a wind up merchant.

#2963803 17/07/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 22 July 2014 - 09:34 PM

David, are you looking for the game to become like the opening credits on Sky's RL coverage?

#2963061 17/07/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 21 July 2014 - 04:30 PM

Obviously its not also hurting the manager and players enough then.

Don't take this the wrong way be it is obvious you have not played the game before.

Off the field I was one of the most placid, unconfrontational blokes there was, but in certain situations during a game if I thought there had been an injustice (especially foul play), the red mist can come down and I acted out of character.

You seem determined to blame everyone for the Sinfield " butt" including the crowd, the coach even the Leeds club. The reality is it was a moment when Sinfield lost his composure. The shots of him in the changing rooms showed no one understood this more than Kevin himself.

While ever we have human beings playing the game this kind of incident will occur. As I've said before Sinfield's actions were not premeditated. No amount of fines or warnings will stop such actions happening.

At the end of the day we have a contact, gladitorial sport. Accept that and move on.

#2961942 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by Railway End on 20 July 2014 - 06:14 AM

Good luck to him, I hope he can buy an NRL club.

I"m not sure he would be a good fit at Newcastle though. Looking in from afar, Newcastle have always struck me as a real community club where the voice of the fans counts for a lot. I'm not sure Marwans style would sit well with them.

#2961836 Rise for Alex

Posted by Railway End on 19 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

The Footy Show on Thursday night was excellent.

The interviews with Wayne Bennett and especially Korbin Simms, about their emotions whilst dealing with the aftermath of Alex's injuries brought tears to my eyes.

I hope the money raised will give Alex the best possible chance to aid his recovery.

#2961522 18/07/14 - Widnes Vikings v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 19 July 2014 - 07:27 AM

Sky are not helping the game at the moment. With every try referred to the VR you get the following;

Eddie Hemmings - Oooh it's been referred upstairs, what say you Stuart.

Stuart Cummings (armed with a 2012 copy of the rule book) - I heard the ref mention offside and a knock on Eddie, I think they are looking at offside and a knock on.

Phil Clarke - But wasn't somebody killed in back play Stuart?

Brian Carney - But his death had no bearing on the play Phil!

* John Kear/Paul Cullen/Tony Rea/Barrie Mcdermott/Spit the Dog *(delete as appropriate) - You can't take that away from him, it deserves a try!

Stevo - It's definitely a try, it has to be, no wait he had a fingertip on the white wash, no T R Y. No it has to be a try for mine.....what day is it?

Eddie - We've seen these given before, I haven't got a Scooby Doo but as there's an R in the month I'll say no try.

It's become comical. Why can we not have a situation where when a VR decision is needed instantly the mike's of all twenty commentators are switched off. Their opinions are not needed especially before a decision has been given. We could then listen to clear concise decision making from one video ref.

We may not all agree with the final outcome but you can at least understand the process of how the decision was made.

#2961402 18/07/14 - Widnes Vikings v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 18 July 2014 - 08:39 PM

Asotasi is stealing a living

He's been poor for about 4 years. Great in his prime but there's more dynamic props running around in the Championship at the moment.

#2960597 Israel Folau to switch

Posted by Railway End on 17 July 2014 - 05:41 PM

I think a lot of Aussie RU players are looking for big money moves (French RU or NRL) after the RWC next year. Shame to see them go but can't blame them.

I doubt many of the current Wallabies team would interest NRL clubs with Folau being the obvious exception. I'm not saying they are not good enough, but the money they would want would be too much of a gamble.

One area where a financially struggling ARU may see a drain to league though, is with its junior players. NRL clubs may be in a position to cherry pick the best prospects and players deciding a more lucrative career is possible in the NRL.

#2960477 Four nations and premier sports

Posted by Railway End on 17 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

Will Vossy be commentating for Premier Sports or will we be getting the biased view of Warren, Gould etc?

#2960232 Why shout SET before running forwards/backwards in a line

Posted by Railway End on 17 July 2014 - 06:32 AM

That sounds quite worrying. I won't volunteer to take a session on my own ever again - forget it!!! I'm gonna join another club next season - this is the last straw.

Cheers for making me fully aware

Dave, this sounds like the best idea you have had.

I admire your enthusiasm and desire for your son to receive the best possible coaching, but I would take a step back at this stage.

To be honest the club you are at sounds like a bit of a joke. As Lord Charles has said there are serious insurance implications with an unqualified coach taking a session on his/her own. Another child welfare issue would be whether the club had a CRB check for you (not that I am saying you have a chequered past, but the club should be looking to protect all its kids at all times).

I coached juniors a few years back but had to stop when we started a family, I simply couldn't dedicate the time necessary to provide good coaching. Now my young ones are older and getting into rugby themselves, I will look to get back into coaching myself. Even though I have years of coaching experience I will look to find a well structured club where I can be an assistant coach, update my qualifications and ease myself back into the game.

I suppose my message to you is don't run before you can walk. If you are serious about coaching find a good club, get your qualifications, where possible act as assistant to a good coach for a while before becoming "head coach".

Best of luck to you, I hope your recent bad experiences don't put you or your son off the game.

As an aside, have these recent threads about coaching highlighted the need for a Coaching sub-forum?

It could be a good meeting place for people to swap ideas, drills, reading material, clips, course information etc etc

#2959916 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competition 2014 Round 19 Results Posted; Awards Presented

Posted by Railway End on 16 July 2014 - 12:17 PM

Poll - 3 teams


Sea Eagles

Points - 338

Homes. - 4