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#3107625 17 Apr: St Helens v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 17 April 2015 - 07:40 PM

Is this the first time you've ever used the internet? ;)

Leeds are cutting Saints up all over the park. Unless Walsh isn't really fit, he must get thrown into the match soon.

Clearly a balanced character; I do appreciate that isn't a normal characteristic in a Saints fan. ;)

They certainly are; Saints have been awful. Leeds have far too much pace and far too much skill so far for this laboured and I'll-disciplined Saints team. Saints are also following a strict game plan which revolves around 3/4 balls around the ruck before shifting in wide. Very disappointing.

#3107392 16 Apr: Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 17 April 2015 - 12:26 PM

I don't know where that would leave Williams who looks like Wigan's best young player to me. Maybe he could interchange at hooker with MM?


I have a problem with this. Clearly being a Saints fan, I don't want Wigan to win anything but Williams looks a genuine talent at halfback, who could very well go on to become a good stand off for his club and England if nurtured properly. Pigeon-holing him into a relatively new position to simple fit should not be how we develop young players in this country. We need to develop specialist halfbacks and stick with them in my opinion.

#3105009 12 Apr: Huddersfield Giants v St Helens KO 3pm

Posted by GeordieSaint on 12 April 2015 - 03:23 PM

Ray French thinks there is a al lack of creativity on show in Huddersfield today.

Masoe in the bin for flattening Ellis; our resident Catalan supporting poster will be pleased! ;)


#3104747 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 12 April 2015 - 08:21 AM

This is where wealfare should be getting cut: Supermarket workers have to claim £11bn benefits, charity says

What are the implicaions of businesses having to pay a living wage? Will they employ less people or continue to employ the same number but take a hit in profits etc?

To be fair though, I know people who work in a supermarket and only work a specific number of hours in order to qualify for certain benefits. I have even known people give up well paid jobs in order to get more Tax Credits (an idiotic thing to do but it happens). So its not necessarily clear cut.

Same here and in some cases, I know people who are simply a burden on society and avoid work like the plague; the other half's sister for example.

#3102577 Wales RL Board

Posted by GeordieSaint on 08 April 2015 - 08:44 AM

A bit more information on the changes in Wales:


#3102413 Leeds v New Zealand

Posted by GeordieSaint on 07 April 2015 - 10:08 PM

It's a massive shame in my opinion that NZ are not playing one of the home nations as their warm up for the test series. I do hope a game against France takes place post-series.

#3100915 Great Easter for London Rugby League players!

Posted by GeordieSaint on 05 April 2015 - 11:35 AM

Ricky Bailey from Telford Raiders is in the Saints squad for Monday and I am always refreshingly pleased to see a French/Welsh lads in RL squads no matter what team they play for. I do fear that the removal of the development officers across the country has stalled and removed these pathways developing any more and think that it is a strategic error from the RFL. Community game investment in developing and traditional areas is vital to our game developing in the future. I just hope the RFL realise the error of their ways in the near future and not simply rely in professional clubs to do it for them. From a non-traditional area perspective, there is plenty of talent waiting to be harnessed which without development officer support will be lost to the game.

Anyway, top effort by the London lads over Good Friday and long may it continue with a bit of foresight and hard work by all, not just voiunteers.

#3100025 2/3 Apr: The Super League Match Thread (Easter Part One)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 03 April 2015 - 07:04 PM

I don't think our production can really be knocked, but the integration of these players into permanent roles in our first team obviously hasn't gone particularly well.

That is what I was alluding to really rather than the production line itself. Probably badly explained!

#3099963 2/3 Apr: The Super League Match Thread (Easter Part One)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 03 April 2015 - 05:36 PM

I really don't want an Aussie or Wigan like system in our team if that's ok with you.  How dull.

It has nothing to do with style of play but how people slot into the first team style. The Aussies are adept at this and Wigan have been good at bringing through players in recent years after McGuire's intervention. I would suggest it is a professional approach and whilst Saints have been good at bringing through forwards and outside backs, we haven't done this for any halves or a decent hooker for years post-Roby. To me that needs rectifying.

As for our playing style, it has been a forward-dominating style for years now with very little flare. Saints as entertainers is a wrong description of the side in my opinion.

#3099911 3 Apr: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread (Good Friday)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 03 April 2015 - 04:35 PM

MATCH REPORT: Newcastle Thunder 34 Barrow Raiders 22 http://www.chronicle...raiders-8979428

1522 in attendance too. Well done Newcastle!

#3098902 The BBC and Rugby League

Posted by GeordieSaint on 02 April 2015 - 09:24 AM

We have enough to worry about with Sky and Eddie Hemmings. On Good Friday Hunslet play Leigh at 2pm and at 3pm the Cumbrian derby match kicks-off. At the end of Boots 'n' All yesterday Hemmings was giving information that Cas v Wakefield was being shown at 12.45pm and then followed by the Wigan - Saints match and then he added - "so if you were thinking of doing something else give it a miss and stay with us throughout the day" - or words to that effect. Sometimes I wonder if he knows we all play the same sport?

Considering their employers are SKY TV and their intent is to get as many people to watch RL on SKY, are the comments not expected? They are not employed by the RFL.

#3097635 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 30 March 2015 - 09:18 PM

Also thought the budget deficit had reduced

I tend to take comments by politicians with a pinch of salt as their primary focus is to get re-elected. Civil servants I find are a lot more foreright and truthful. I was briefed by the Treasury recently. Deficit is reducing and National debt predicting to start to fall around 2017-2019 period if they have their predictions right of course. :)

#3097598 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 30 March 2015 - 08:13 PM

I'll be voting Conservative and for my local MP (Rory Stewart) to retain his seat as in my short time living up here in the North Pennines and his actions as Chairman of the Defence Committee, he is doing an excellent job.

On a national perspective, whilst I am worried about what will come out of the next Defence Review and the impact it will have on my job, under Cameron, the UK has made a huge step in the right direction in developing a pan-government approach to security. It isn't perfect but it is a massive improvement. I am also a firm believer in operating within your means and I think economically we are moving in that direction under Cameron; I do not trust a Labour government to achieve this.

#3096937 27-29 Mar: Kingstone Press Championship Round 6 Match Thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 29 March 2015 - 12:44 PM

Not bad for French lad Remi Marginet at Dewsbury too. 18 point haul including a hat trick of tries for the Catalan raised half back..

Completely wrong thread but ties into this post. Good seeing two French lads in the Hull KR team on Friday night too; the more the better for France in my opinion.

#3095683 26 Mar: Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 26 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

Good solid performance from Salford. Far too good for an industrious Widnes side this evening. Hood and Griffin the pick for Salford tonight. Solid platform set by the forwards and liked how the backs did plenty of work relieving the pressure in their own half. Kicking game was decent from Dobson and Chase but it was their defence which was impressive. Sheens and Harris have done a good job recently. Well done the Reds.