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Last evening a far less experienced Welsh team; mainly Championship level, defeated a French side with a number of Super League players. The Welsh were a team of commited terriers playing with passion and desire. john Kear is a master at motivating players. Agar is not.
Most of the Welsh team play at Championship level. A team of Welsh terriers coached by the grand wizard, John Kear. defeated a much more experienced French side. Well done Wales. One more win and we are European Champions.
The crowd was enthusiastic but small because the was NO publicity in Cardiff. Unless you are a keen RL supporter like me you had no idea that the game was being played.
I discovered Rugby League in my fifties when I saw Widnes v. Wigan in the Vetch Field in Swansea. I am now an enthusiastic supporter and was overjoyed when the Celtic Crusaders began in Bridgend in 2006. Sadly no Welsh Marvan Koukash appeared from the valleys.
I attend the Grand Final each year and will be at the England v. New Zealand game in Wigan
I went to the match. I was so cold by the end of the match that I was shivering and that's with three layers of almost everything on. I then came home from the match, about half an hour later than I usually get home from a match because that must have been the longest rugby league match I have been to.
It was a typical first game really, with some potentially great plays not coming off due to misreads or handling errors showing ring rustiness. There was some feisty stuff and some frustration with the ref who got a little bit carried away with himself just before halftime. But that helped the fans to become involved, which is always a challenge when the Dragons visit because not having opposition fans doesn't really help with the atmosphere.
The crowd was decent for a freezing night in February at just over 12,000 and the build up to the game was great. Pity about the injury in the first minute. That threw everything out of sync really. I'm pleased that the player is ok.
From a Saints POV we have to get a handle on our emotions and play our way into the season. I was very very impressed with our defence. Our attack needs work.
As I predicted, if we won this game then it would be close, and it was. It would have been a lot closer if the Dragons had had both their halfbacks playing.
Not a particularly enjoyable game due to all the stoppages and the frustrating errors but it was good to be back at Langtree Park again, and it's great that the new season has started.
At last. A sensible review of the game. Instead of all the tedious critism of the referee.
Dear O dear I'm regretting buying tickets and travelling around the world for a game of such little importance after reading some of these posts, Maybe i'm i'm missing something hear I thought the game was a big deal.
One thing you need to understand is ticket sales indicate interest so i'd say its very important to the game in both country's that this event is well supported.
Please ignore the negativity on this forum. Welcome to the UK. I am glad that you chose to travel this distance..