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#3000198 Sky Sports forced to apologise to St Helens and their fans

Posted by Padge on 21 September 2014 - 08:22 PM

So the Saints chairman was amazed that his fans behaved themselves.

#3000038 20/09/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons KO 5.15pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 21 September 2014 - 05:39 PM

B McD, who I used to have a lot of respect for, was like sulking 7 year old who hadn't got his own way post match, and its not the first time.

#2998987 Hardaker or Escare: Who is Super League’s best No.1?

Posted by Padge on 19 September 2014 - 05:20 PM

Hardaker is playing in a better team which makes his life easier, Ecsare at times is Catalans life line.


Escare is far more entertaining and isn't an utter and complete idiot.


Escare is the one I would have in my team, I wouldn't have Hardaker for free.

#2996852 New deal for Escaré

Posted by Padge on 16 September 2014 - 07:30 PM

Fantastic player, glad to see Catalan offer him a long deal.

#2996217 What can we do to increase attendances?

Posted by Padge on 15 September 2014 - 07:51 PM

One thing that would help increase attendances is if 'fans' of the game stopped slagging it off so much.


Anybody reading the RL forums who wasn't familiar with the game would only get the impression that its a crappy game dying on its backside.

#2994119 Ian Paisley dies

Posted by Padge on 12 September 2014 - 05:54 PM

I never got the man, but for his greatest advisory to say he saw him as a friend means he had something.


RIP, without his input peace may never have come to Ireland.

#2992481 Six of the Best: Man of Steel 2014 contenders

Posted by Padge on 10 September 2014 - 04:57 PM

Escare, but Peacock will get it. Won't complain if he does.

#2988645 Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban? (Merged threads)

Posted by Padge on 04 September 2014 - 10:14 PM

Is blowing a kiss what we are talking about here? I didnt think so.


No it isn't, but if ZH didn't want scrutinising then he shouldn't have done it. Without that open gesture what came next would not probably be under scrutiny. Immediately he did that, plus given his record, people (media) are going to look at what prompted it and what followed.


He hasn't the brains to keep his dead down when in the firing line.


I can see Leeds eventually regretting, as Wigan did with Hock, standing by their man.

#2988440 Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban? (Merged threads)

Posted by Padge on 04 September 2014 - 04:29 PM

Players to Eff all over the field in pro rugby, then they put mics on refs and you hardly ever here it.


Players learn not to react. I don't by the argument of impulsive because that's how it is.


Don't know if he's guilty or not, if guilty he's a bigger idiot than I already thought, if he's not guilty he's only got himself to blame for all the mud being slung his way as he definitely blew the kiss and if he doesn't want people to jump to conclusions then don't behave like a burke.

#2985736 The "rugby match" painting from 1893

Posted by Padge on 31 August 2014 - 12:14 AM

The game we play and others play is football.


Until someone tried to unify the rules there were many versions, depending usually on the school where the game was played.


Hacking was the big problem, that basically was the reason for the creation of The Football Association (Simplified any arguments another thread), that left the ball handlers and hackers as another group.


Some of the ball handlers then decided that they didn't want hacking and formed the RFU, leaving the hackers in the minority. 


Eventually the hackers fell in line with the non-hackers and you had two codes, Association (known quite early as soccer) and Union versions of football,


Football was the origin, played at all schools under different rules, including Rugby.


When the Association was born the differentiation was did you use the rules of Rugby School or the new Association of Football Clubs,


All none Association Clubs by default became Rugby Football Clubs,


The Rugby Football clubs where still playing under local school rules though, until the formation of the RFU, then all hell let loose a few years later.





#2985349 The "rugby match" painting from 1893

Posted by Padge on 30 August 2014 - 08:49 AM

Nothing changed though for a few years. It was nothing to do with fiddling with the rules.

Do you ever check anything.


Within a week of the first games of the NU proposals were on the table for 13 a side the abolition of line outs and playing with a round ball. These were trialed but not taken up immediately, The round ball was abandoned completely but the other two went to further trials and eventual were accepted .


On the 9th of December 1895 (weeks not years after the first games of the NU) the first rule changes were introduced, a deliberate knock-on was to be a penalty, a law that still stands. Two scrum changes were brought in at the same time, the ref had to stand on the side of the scrum from which the ball was fed to see what was going on, and a change that opened the game up immensely, when a scrum was formed the defending half-back had to retire to behind the last defending forward in the scrum's feet.


From then on the rules continually evolved to open the game up and make it entertaining.

#2979169 17/08/14 - London Broncos v Leeds Rhinos KO 3pm

Posted by Padge on 17 August 2014 - 07:49 PM

This one simple fact will annoy people even more than London winning, Phil Clarke was right.


Congratulations London. Your contribution to the talent pool of RL players is vital to the game.

#2979134 York - The Games Sleeping Giant?

Posted by Padge on 17 August 2014 - 07:19 PM

You are the one throwing the demographic spanner into the works so it's the onus is on you to explain what you mean. 


Go away, study the demographics, populations, transport links, etc. etc. and get back to me with your conclusions.


I'll respond to you on this when YOU have done some research to back up your ridiculous claims.


Back up some of the stupid claims you make with some facts for once.


I'll make a point of not holding my breath. 

#2979082 York - The Games Sleeping Giant?

Posted by Padge on 17 August 2014 - 06:46 PM

 Yada Yada Yada but it's just your considered opinion not backed up by much. Wrong place, what a decent sized city with some history in the game and on the edge of the heartlands. really, sounds perfect to me.


Demographics, what do you mean by that ? If you mean it's not working class enough then I thought the game was looking to expand it's demographic base. If you mean there are too many students, I thought the game was making serious headway in the groves of academia. Do you mean too many women, too many gays, too many blacks? Exactly what do you mean by the vague assertion that the demographics arn't right ?



"Not backed up by much" is far better than your backed up by absolutely nothing at all.


I suggest you do as I have done as far as the demographics go, do some research. I am not your researcher.

#2978559 York - The Games Sleeping Giant?

Posted by Padge on 16 August 2014 - 11:00 PM

 Do you think St Helens Recs will make a come back?


They don't need to make a come back, we are all being dragged towards them.