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Railway End

Member Since 02 Jun 2008
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#3045913 most physical sport

Posted by Railway End on 16 December 2014 - 12:59 PM

Surfing is one of the most physically knackering sports I've done.

Maybe because I spent all my time falling off. :D

#3044567 Who should be in Super League's top 50?

Posted by Railway End on 13 December 2014 - 03:18 PM

Apart from the obvious ones already mentioned and avoiding England or Dream Team players, I'll add one or two quiet achievers who might just sneak in the top 50.

Lama Tasi
Junior Sa'u
Brett Kearney
Aaron Murphy
Akuma Ta'ai
Tommy Makinson
Anthony Gelling
Oliver Holmes
Liam Finn
Matty Russell
Vincent Duport
Zeb Taia
Jamie Shaul
Joe Mellor
Rhys Hanbury.

#3044558 What does it mean for both codes if Eng dont get out of their group in the RUWC.

Posted by Railway End on 13 December 2014 - 02:56 PM

Not sure of the timings, but maybe if England RU don't make it out of the group stages and England RL beat NZ at a packed Wembley, live on BBC to wrap up a series win, it may benefit league slightly.

Floating sports fans could compare and contrast and if they are looking for entertainment would probably side with League.

I agree though, England RL could be the best sports team ever to step on a pitch and they would still be largely ignored by the British media.

#3042108 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by Railway End on 07 December 2014 - 02:58 PM

Although I grew up in a League heartland we were forced to play Union at school, however come the weekend we all played League.

Exactly the same with me. I played Stand Off for the local RL team on a Sunday and Fly Half for school, it was frustrating as hell. On numerous occasions I was dropped from the school team for "not kicking the ball" when in possession in our own half (even though we were making more ground moving the ball about???).

In our last ever game for school we decided as a team to try and play as much rugby league as possible. We kept the ball in play at every opportunity, didn't commit forwards to rucks, had shortened lineouts, attacked from every part of the pitch etc etc. We won the game by about 70 points. We did however get the mother of all rollickings from the PE teacher and Headmaster for not playing the game "in the right spirit" :D

I was exposed to both codes in equal measure as a youngster. I was won over to League due to its physicality, speed and skill as well as an extremely good coach who emphasised fun and enjoyment. The latter point is the major factor that relates to all junior sport IMO and is often overlooked in pursuit of winning.

#3038798 Burgess already bored, says Bath coach

Posted by Railway End on 28 November 2014 - 10:07 PM

Well he must be bored now ! What a load of drivel that was 80 minutes of very little ! He is on for 18 minutes touches the ball twice and zero tackles, welcome to retirement Sam!

Sounds like his plan is working perfectly to me.

Cash in for a year or too playing Union, raise his profile (as hard as that is for us Leaguies to swallow), give his body a bit of a rest to extend his playing career then return to South's on an increased salary.

Jobs a good 'un!

#3038769 Should S Burgess have been included in BBC SPOTH shortlist?

Posted by Railway End on 28 November 2014 - 09:10 PM

One "Union" man who agrees that Sam Burgess should have been nominated for SPOTY is Brian Moore.

I heard him on Talksport earlier this week singing his praises on what an outstanding year he had just had at the Rabbitohs.

I used to think Moore was really up himself, but recently he has gone up in my estimation. Apart from Jiffy, he is the only commentator of either code who appears to genuinely enjoy both games and does not envolved himself in sly digs or patronising sounding faux appreciation of their rival sport.

#3036200 Wellington NRL bid launched!

Posted by Railway End on 22 November 2014 - 10:46 PM

I would love to see another NZ NRL team.

The country seems to be producing more top players than ever before. Why should the majority have to play in Australia to make a good living?

Sadly I fear that Perth and another Queensland team would be more favourably looked upon by the NRL. Maybe if they look at a 2 division structure or 2 geographical conferences whereby they need another 4 or more teams, they may get a shot.

#3034925 Samoa RU threatened with World Cup removal

Posted by Railway End on 19 November 2014 - 10:31 AM

Is this the same Samoan Prime Minister who labelled Toa Samoa "embarrassing" (or words to that effect) last year?

He sounds like a bit of a glory chaser to me! Maybe he should be proud of the fact that Samoa compete well in both codes in relation to the population they can draw from.

#3032922 More Desperate by the Day

Posted by Railway End on 15 November 2014 - 09:23 AM

That's not the issue. There are schoolboys in the Australian system who are not 100% Australian. The rep side is for boys who attend an Australian school. The likes of Benji Marshall played because that's what he was. His national allegiance didn't come into it because it's not a national rep side. What next? The Australians really are becoming paranoid.

Ahh, I didn't realise it wasn't a national rep side. I fully agree with your comments. The Aussies need reigning in.

#3032740 More Desperate by the Day

Posted by Railway End on 15 November 2014 - 07:19 AM

Perhaps if NZRL had regular NZ schoolboy tours this may be less of a problem.

How many kiwi born players are happy to pull on the Green and Gold simply because it is their first opportunity to play rugby at the other side of the world?

#3023983 Fairy Tales

Posted by Railway End on 01 November 2014 - 09:14 AM

Watching the game of NZ v Samoa when it looked like an unlikely win got me thinking about fairy tale results and how rare they seem to be in RL.
It seems to be the one element that is genuinely missing from our sport.
Does our sport need more of these kind of endings?
Do you have a favourite fairy tale result?
Are they as rare as I think?

Results where big underdogs topple the heavily fancied team are relatively rare in Rugby League in my opinion.

The physical nature of the game dictates that it is likely you will concede points if you are under a sustained barrage of pressure. In football say, a flukey goal scored in a teams only attack of the match could be the winner. I would say it is less physically demanding to defend for large periods in football than League.

Looking at Union, if it's a scrappy, penalty ridden affair in the middle of the pitch (most games ;)) then it can become a case of who has the best kicker. As there are so many technical infringements that can be called at set pieces, penalties and goal kicking opportunities can be readily won to upset the rhythm of the favourites.

The secret of good Rugby League is to have two evenly matched sides going head to head. for that reason Samoa's performances over the last 12 months are great for the international game.

#3023913 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by Railway End on 01 November 2014 - 06:34 AM

So are England still a disgrace after this morning's Samoa v NZ game? Or was it a rusty performance which will get better tomorrow?

The latter.

Samoa have to be considered a top tier nation. I just hope they are given plenty of meaningful fixtures next year so their players remain loyal to them. A game or two in Apia can only be a good thing for the development of RL there.

#3023529 Rugby pitch (both RL and RU) shoud be 106m by 68m

Posted by Railway End on 31 October 2014 - 04:35 PM

Ideally, because of the effect from whether. But in practice it is impossible to build many Rugby, Football, Hockey, Cricket stadiums with roof. (My hometown Football/Rugby stadium has movable roof) So in practice most games will be played outdoors in the foreseeable future.

Why not just play matches on a computer?

The playing area size, weather conditions, player size, slope of the ground, softness of the pitch, difference in goalpost height, proximity of the fans, loudness of the refs whistle etc etc all are part of the cocktail of ingredients that make all sport interesting and unpredictable.

Why this desire to have everything the same?

#3023079 Souths sign rising RU star

Posted by Railway End on 30 October 2014 - 07:08 PM

One look at Mike Tindall's face should tell you something about the centres.

Or maybe that his one and only tactic was to run straight at people with no footwork and rarely looking to offload to his winger. He made it easy for opponents to line him up and get a good shot on him. ;)

#3022204 England to wear special hooped kit for Australia clash

Posted by Railway End on 29 October 2014 - 07:35 AM

i would never wear anything which resembled a w***n shirt

Maybe for all future games England should wear a lime green shirt with purple spots and orange swirls so it doesn't resemble any clubs kit.

It is an ENGLAND shirt that represents one of the most historic matches in our sport.

Thank God the 17 who turn out on Sunday and the 13 who played in 1914 could get past this horrific dilemma!