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..
I really, really fail to understand why some folk insist on being negative about this and persevere in devaluing what is going to be a great sporting spectacle. We should be shouting from the rooftops in celebration of this event. Once again it is RL that is going the extra yard to provide it's players greater challenges and it's fans a fantastic opportunity to see some of the worlds best players gathered together in close proximity for one weekend. I'd like to see a lot more advertising of the event admittedly, however, it is time to start being positive everyone.....please.
I am with you all the way. IMO Rugby League's biggest handicap is it's fans. I live in Union land where I do not see this negativity.
this forum goes on and on about the referee and the last minute decision. Which in my opinion was a very difficult decision to make at the time. We could have won that game. Daryl Clark was rightly voted the Man Of Steel but in this game his inexperience at this level told. In the fast half in the left corner he chose to retain the ball with two men outside him In the final minutes he tried to offload under the posts instead of tacking the tackle and a quick play the ball. At International level you MUST take your chances. He will learn
I thought that was a great gf. So tense until the second saints try. Even drama after that
My wife and I really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere. The idea of providing the fans with free flags added to the colour and atmosphere. I criticise the RFL for lack of marketing but this was a good idea.