Are you sure that 'nearly all' serious incidents are missed? What are the figures?
But only for televised games. Even then it's no guarantee of accuracy, as we've seen with some video refereeing decisions over the past few years.
Salford started the season with a named first team squad of 30 players, which was pretty standard for SL. Forrest Gump was released to join Leigh, and it appears Tony Puletua is in some form of dispute with the club, leaving 28. Currently, 2 of these (Jon Ford and Brad England) are on loan and, by RFL rules, it seems they can't be recalled (I don't know how the loan system works, but this appears to be the reason for their unavailability), leaving 26. Of these, 3 are suspended, but if there were no other absentees they'd still have a squad of 23 to choose from. However, 12 of the 26 are injured (the 13th injured player is loanee Wayne Godwin) leaving just 14 (counting the suspended players as available) which, clearly, is not enough to make up a full squad. So, while the suspensions have exacerbated the situation, they haven't really caused it. If the 3 weren't suspended, Salford still wouldn't have enough players to make a team. Ergo, injuries are the reason Salford are struggling to field a team. Suspensions (and the vagaries of the loan system) play a much smaller part.
so why not do what widnes have done this season and give the youngsters a chance?
widnes were missing, mellor, flynn, tickle and cahill so that balances out the castleford absentees, kevin brown was on another level from everyone else on the pitch (hanbury apart) but fantastic to see local products gilmore, owens and gerrard all excel
Eddie is carrying on like someone's thrown a grenade on the pitch!.. And not a can with smoke in it (and judging by the TV pics, a can with very little smoke in it). Naturally it's the worst thing in the world that this has happened. Retirement can't come quick enough for him.
Glad the numpty responsible got slung out though.
mate it was a smoke bomb and the majority of wire fans pointed out the imbeciles who threw it, quite rightly people are appalled none more so than the wire fans in the stadium
shame that clubs east of the pennines never grasped the opportunity to redevelop/build new grounds like the lancashire clubs did, now that nigel has done away with licensingclubs are once again piling money into the first teams as opposed to the infrastructure
i have been a widnes fan all of my life but i admit that i go to watch crusaders when widnes aren't playing as i have adopted them as my second team, their fans are among the most passionate i have ever met in 50 years of watching the game and around 200 turned up at a pre season friendly away at thatto heath and sang all the way through the game in what was virtually a field in sthelens..........
saints put out a really strong team mainly first team regulars, we were winning 8-6 at half time and then magraff got binned for smacking wilkin and they scored two quick tries through roby and swift, but declan hulme scored two cracking tries in the last 10 minutes to win the game going through josh jones on both occasions. mellor was the stand out player on our side and roby for saints, decent turn out by the viking hordes as well.