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#3020020 25/10/14 - 4N - Australia v New Zealand (TV: Premier Sports 9.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 10:54 AM

If the Aussies play like that against Samoa and boxhead will understand why England struggled against a vey big Samoan pack.

Awesome morning with the Aussies bottom! Really tough game next week for us in Melbourne but if we can raise our game in defence, we can very realistically dump the Aussies out of the tournament.

#3019969 25/10/14 - 4N - Australia v New Zealand (TV: Premier Sports 9.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 10:36 AM

Boom!!!! T-R-Y.... What a belting morning this is turning out to be... :)

#3019718 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 08:09 AM

Phew...! A win is a win but despite England being poor, it was a great test match. Samoa were phenenomal in both attack and defence and if that wasn't an example why these nations need to play more international rugby league against the big boys, I don't know what is...

Some positives for us were our halves who interacted well when given the opportunity and both kicked very very well. I thought Clark and Hodgson had good debuts plus our right edge defence with Watkins was very good. Our forwards however, need to massively improve next week, especially in their intensity in defence where the line speed and aggression was non-existent.

We'll be better next week and desperately hope O'Loughlin is back as we need him.

#3019635 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 07:17 AM

Really liked that try simply as we shifted the ball very quickly from the ball the ball to Farrell. I don't we've done that for years and is what you get for having 2 x genuine halfbacks in play.

#3019589 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 06:47 AM

Very good England try that simply as thy held onto the ball for 6 tackles... Amazing what ball retention can do!

#3019582 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 06:44 AM

England have been awful so far and the much vaunted pack is being dominated by Samoa. Ball retention is killing us...

#3019158 25/10/14 - 4N - Australia v New Zealand (TV: Premier Sports 9.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 24 October 2014 - 12:37 PM

Boxhead, I disagree; I hope it is a NZ vs England final and you lot get stuffed in every game! ;)

#3019150 "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

Posted by GeordieSaint on 24 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

6 months is nowhere near long enough; these events need to be planned 2/3yrs in advanced including potential venues to give supporters a chance of saving, buying flights, tickets etc. I am case in support of this and could have organised my trip to NZ next month around the 4 nations if given enough time to do so. It's this lack of direction,thought and most importantly governance which needs to change if we are to develop the game internationally into its true potential.

#3018558 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 23 October 2014 - 12:03 PM

A couple days early aren't you, spud?

Back in your seat.


Never too early! Come on England! :)



#3017753 Keiron Cunningham- the player

Posted by GeordieSaint on 21 October 2014 - 08:07 PM

The Cunningham of the 1996/97 era was probably the best hooker I have ever seen play the game. I'd argue Cameron Smith has been better across the duration of his whole playing career but never seen a hooker as good as Cunningham in the UK.


Should add that Buduerus was quality as well... the named three are the best I have seen.

#3015605 Four Nations: England squad discussion thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 17 October 2014 - 03:20 PM

For England and NZ it comes down to maintaining possession and completing sets. That is where Australia are in another stratosphere to the others.


It is as simple as that. Both England and NZ need to develop this ruthlessness as on the back of this, Australia build pressure and eventually dismantle us. England certainly have an inability to perform at these high levels for 80mins and until we develop that ruthlessness, we'll also fall short. Looking forward to see if we can develop those high standards in this tournament; if we do, we have a real chance.

#3015588 Wellens planning to carry on playing

Posted by GeordieSaint on 17 October 2014 - 02:40 PM

Entirely up to Wellens and the club but from my point of view, this season would be the perfect point to call time on a wonderful career having finally banished the demons Wellens clearly stated he had at OT.

#3014471 Barcelona in November

Posted by GeordieSaint on 15 October 2014 - 02:44 PM

I lived there for a year in 2003 - brilliant city! Plenty of suggestions already but I really like Montjuic where the 1992 Olympics took place. Tibidabo (the hill to the west!) gives some awesome views of the whole city on a clear day. As for WR's suggestions about Catalan phrases (spelt phonetically): 


Bon dia - Good day

Bona tarda - Good afternoon

Bona neet - Good night


Gracies - Thank you (same as spanish but pronounce the 'c' like a 'c' and not 'th' if that makes sense?)

Sees Plau - Please


A-day-oo - Bye


Ho sento, no habs Catala - I am sorry, I don't speak Catalan


Soc Angles - I am English!


Can't remember anything else but enjoy!

#3014263 Four Nations: Australia squad discussion thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 15 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

They will still play the kiwis in the final. Whether they will win it is debatable as you would guess the kiwis should have a better chance with so many Aussies missing. If the Aussies do actually win it though with this very under strength squad it doesn't say much for the rest of the 4 nation teams does it?


England are up against it just as we would be with a full strength Australian side. We never travel well (or haven't for a long time!) to the Southern hemisphere so it is up to this group of players (who are very talented) to step up to the plate and beat both the Aussies and Kiwis. It is going to take that for Australia to start taking the international game seriously.


But we ourselves mustn't forget that whils this isn't a full strength Australian side, the sheer depth they can call upon is far greater than ours so they will still be strong as you correctly highlight. They will still have Inglis, Cronk and Smith at the heart of their spine. So it is up to England, New Zealand and Samoa to step up to the plate and knock the Aussies off their perch. There should be no excuses from us if we don't - we need to step up to and perform to our potential by giving the Aussies an almightly game in Melbourne!

#3013348 Ben Flower Sending Off / Reaction / Apology (merged threads)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 13 October 2014 - 07:49 PM

Did you watch the clip I posted a link to. Hohaia may have felt aggrieved at being uncermonaly dumped for trying to obstruct Flower, but he went in to cause serious damage in my opinion.




Watching the video between 1min 15secs and 1min 20 secs seems to highlight to me (and I am sure others) that Hohaia wasn't uncermonously dumped by Flower but smacked from behind in the head, which again can be intepreted as an attempt to cause serious damage.


Both players were in the wrong and will be banned for it. Flower will get the far bigger ban for his disgraceful second punch.