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Railway End

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#3020370 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by Railway End on Yesterday, 08:01 PM

One thing I wasn't sure about was the extent to which the Samoans play in the NRL/SL every week, as opposed to being semi pro/fringe players.


I'd say everyone of the Samoan players who turned out today are nailed on first teamers with their respective NRL/SL clubs. It is good to see the likes of Samoa and Fiji becoming more competitive over recent years. Now all we have to do is give them regular test matches to play.

Only just had chance to watch the game tonight. Thought England's lack of ball control in the first half had a big impact on the game. Samoa looked the fitter at the end but had less defensive work to do due to England's first half dropsies.

Widdop and Smith looked promising, the props went well, Sam had a big influence at the back and Watkins looked dangerous on the scraps he was fed.

I am a real big fan of Daz Clark, but his distribution from dummy half worries me. If a long pass is needed from dummy half he has a tendency to stand upright, then pass, rather than a quick ball from the deck. Against Aus and Nz this could make life for our halves very tough. Hopefully our pack will be on the front foot so much that this doesn't become a factor.

I'm a bit surprised that people seem to think England should have dominated the Samoan pack. In the past Samoan teams have had many aspects of play that weren't brilliant, but one thing is never in doubt, they don't get physically out muscled. Under Matt Parrish they have come on in leaps and bounds and NRL coaching has made them a serious opponent for anybody.

With the Aussies being beaten this competition has really opened up and England surely have a good chance of going all the way.


#3012095 Ben Flower Sending Off / Reaction / Apology (merged threads)

Posted by Railway End on 12 October 2014 - 09:14 AM

Ah.

For a minute I thought he had mistakenly identified Lance as a cockney.

No, I think you will find Lance O'Higher is Irish :D


#3010286 Daryl Clark wins 2014 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award

Posted by Railway End on 09 October 2014 - 08:14 AM

Powell winning COTY was a no-brainer. No one came anywhere near matching his achievements this year.

Clark winning YPOTY was nailed on.

Clark winning MOS is more of a surprise. In reality it could have easily gone to any of the 4 nominees, there was no real standout this year (Chris Hill would have been my call).

The players collectively have made the choice. They are the ones at the coalface every week. Their decision is fine by me.


#3010107 Super League a Grand Final rings on ebay

Posted by Railway End on 08 October 2014 - 08:53 PM

However, maybe additional rings are given out beyond the seventeen who play on the night?


The description states the ring belonged to Chris Smith so it looks like squad members did get rings ad well.

The blurb also states the ring was bought at a Steve Prescott charity auction, so it looks like Chris generously donated to a great cause.


#3010050 Leigh Centurions sign Greg Worthington

Posted by Railway End on 08 October 2014 - 07:41 PM

I disagree there Gaz.

At first I struggled to see what Powell saw in Worthington. He looked too small and was a bit greedy with the ball. I thought he was a better winger than centre.

As time went by though Greg grew into the Rovers style of play and proved me wrong. A strong defender (tackles well above his weight) who reads the game well. He finishes strongly and also knows how to create opportunities for his winger.

You only have to look at how Fev missed him in the centres on Sunday to realise his worth to the team. I don't think finding a replacement will be easy at all.

Good luck to the lad, I hope he makes a success of becoming a full time player.


#3009581 Four Nations: New Zealand squad discussion thread

Posted by Railway End on 08 October 2014 - 08:32 AM

Tuivasa Sheck made himself unavailable for the same reasons Hagreaves did.

'Burnout'......the decision was reached in consultation with staff at the Roosters club.


Yeah right... but would they have had "burnout" if Kearney had have welcomed them into the squad?

It's strange that these 2 are the only Roosters who are burnt out.


#3009345 Four Nations: Samoa squad discussion thread

Posted by Railway End on 07 October 2014 - 07:34 PM

So who is Matagi going to play for, NZ or Samoa?

Why can't player allegiance be sorted out well in advance of squads being announced? It just makes the game look amateurish.


#3008749 Thank you G Las D

Posted by Railway End on 06 October 2014 - 08:26 PM

+1

Cheers G :D


#3008748 TotalRL Forum NRL Tipping Competition Ladder 2014 - Final Positions for the 2...

Posted by Railway End on 06 October 2014 - 08:24 PM

Congratulations Southstander13, an easy win in the end!

A big thanks to G as well, your time and effort is much appreciated.


#3006143 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competition 2014 GRAND FINAL - Results Posted; Awards Pre...

Posted by Railway End on 02 October 2014 - 10:57 AM

1 - Winners - Rabbits
2 - First try - Auva'a (sp?)
3 - Half time - Rabbits 8 Dogs 2
4 - Full time - Rabbits 22 Dogs 14
5 - Points - 36
6 - Tries - 5


#3002639 League Leaders Shield: Increase the prestige.

Posted by Railway End on 25 September 2014 - 09:12 PM

An automatic place in the World Club Series for the league leaders will certainly focus minds next year.

I agree that players should receive a medal as league winners


#3001829 Leeds Rhinos have had successful season, says Hetherington

Posted by Railway End on 24 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

This man doesn't need the oxygen of publicity at the moment. Pipe down Gary.


Yeah, but he's got season tickets to shift off the back of a poor end to the year. :)


#3001531 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competition 2014 FINALS WEEK 3 Results Posted; Awards Pre...

Posted by Railway End on 24 September 2014 - 06:27 AM

Poll - Panthers v Bulldogs

Winners

Rabbits
Panthers

Points 68


#2999554 20/09/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons KO 5.15pm (TV)

Posted by Railway End on 20 September 2014 - 06:38 PM

So Leeds haven't qualified for the World Club Series.

Watch out for Uncle Gary's rule amendment that the Challenge Cup winners will now get a place ;)


#2997699 TotalRL NRL Tipping Competition 2014 FINALS WEEK 2 Results Posted; Awards Pre...

Posted by Railway End on 18 September 2014 - 06:00 AM

Poll - Bulldogs

Winners

Roosters
Bulldogs

Points - 98