Superb second half entertainment and a brilliant performance by Leigh. Ridyard is the player for me that makes Leigh tick closely followed by Beswick. Wakefield were incredibly poor in that 2nd half and deserve everything they got.
On a final note, I joked about Lobby earlier but I am no better with shifting my initial prediction. I'll shut up next time!
Well done Leigh and hope the likes of Lobby, Sweaty and Kryten enjoy the win.
Get Toulouse in the championship, have France play England every year in France and get the French juniors to tour down under to Australia and NZ every other year.
I've said it elsewhere but the integration of Catalan into SL is the model we should be using for Toulouse, not the Championship route which is a proven failure as demonstrated a few short years ago. Toulouse need to be playing clubs like Leeds and Wigan to build interest, not Featherstone and Sheffield.
If the rumours are true, we need to buy into this over here in the UK; reduce the length of the season, mirror the various international windows, play more international matches and get Toulouse in SL... Come on the RFL; show some leadership and backbone!!
This seems very negative given the result Geordie? I know we're far from perfect but I'm not sure this is the right week to bemoan it.
Not in my opinion. It was awful and having spent 6hrs travelling to see the game, I am pretty much fed up of the tripe being delivered by this Saints team at the moment made worse by Cunningham's audacity to say we looked good at times. It was rubbish and I was not the only one around me saying the same thing. We are boring to watch and a team of spoilers.
Well I wasn't wrong in my opinions about Wilkin being at scrum half this evening. Awful would be an understatement. Can't kick, can't pass, can't catch and at times can't tackle. He shouldn't be in the side, nevermind the scrum half and captain.
But he wasn't the only. Masoe is a waste of space. Amor is a shadow of his former self. Burns has been a poor signing. Flanagan is a poor player and Jones is already half out the door. Worst of all, our tactics are rubbish. 3/4 drives then a kick or a pass out the back. Percival is an exciting centre and rarely gets the ball in any space; you could see the frustration in his actions and Makinson was also visibly fed up, especially when substituted. On current showing, we won't make the top four.
On a more positive couple of notes, Savelio is going to be a cracker. He worked tirelessly all night when on the field with quadruple the work ethic of that waste of space Masoe. The other positive was the performance of York. They were superb all night. Loads of effort and commitment and I genuinely thought they were more expansive and entertaining than Saints all night thoroughly deserving the try towards the end of the game celebrating as if they had won the cup. I thought they were an absolute credit to their club and city. Well done York.
Could/would you have access to Toulouse's attendance's for say the last 5 years?
About the same as Catalan I believe prior to going into SL.
With the new system the logical entry point for Toulouse is at Championship level. Putting them straight into SL with a risk of immediate relegation.
The idea of relegation for a French club into a UK-based league is barking. Toulouse if they are to attract the investment and support they need to develop MUST be the premier RL competition. Neither Catalan or Toulouse if they were granted a place in SL should ever be at the risk of relegation. People really need to look at the big picture rather than their own backyard.
I could just about stomach the Championship with the current set-up but to ask a club which already spends £1m on salaries to drop into a part-time competition which is a lower standard than the one they are playing in and lose 70% of their playing budget to the C1 salary cap is as insane as it gets.
Championship 1 as entry point is barking but I'd argue the Championship is as well. Toulouse to be success needs to be advertising competition in the elite of northern hemisphere RL against the likes of Leeds and Wigan in order to generate interest, just as Catalan have been able to do so. Advertising against Dewsbury, Featherstone and Hunslet (absolutely no disrespect to those clubs as they are great clubs) will not achieve the interest required and I'd also argue Catalan would also severely struggle to survive in this scenario if relegated. We simply do not get the big picture or learn from our mistakes. The model which should use has been proven in Catalan and we are ignoring it due to parochialism, short-term interest and a real lack of leadership.
So I just hope that this is an end of union tournament/jolly boys or something like that and MK fulfil their remaining fixtures.
We all hope so but the Kings Lynn coach didn't sound to optimistic. Can only guess it is the RU season as Bletchley is not far from being around the corner from the old ground.
More positive news is the creation of Breckland Spartans who will be playing out of Watton Sports Ground in Norfolk. Not sure if they'll be playing in a league as yet but I believe did well in the East 9s last week.