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In Topic: Wellens planning to carry on playing

20 October 2014 - 08:45 AM

He should be on some sort of combined playing/coaching contract, with a view to filling in when the annual injury crisis occurs. He needs to retire at some point, and this would have been a good time, but he deserves a crack at the WCC, and the luxury of making his own choice, after playing a big part in Saints success this year.

In Topic: Four Nations: England squad discussion thread

13 October 2014 - 03:43 PM

keighley, on 13 Oct 2014 - 2:20 PM, said:

I agree. Smith is a poor goalkicker and his overall game is that of an average SL scrum half. I think he's lucky to be in the squad or if he's not then we have a serious talent problem with scrum halves who are English.

I think Tomkins, Smith and to a lesser extent Farrell are given the nod for England because they play for big club Wigan rather than any outstanding performances. With Farrell. it's his lack of size that is the problem.

It'd be unfair to hold Smith's performance in the GF against him given the personnel imbalance, but having said that I'd still prefer to see Sam in at 7 and Hardaker at full back. I agree regarding Joel though, we've better 2nd rowers than him. He wasn't good enough when he went to union, and he's no better at the moment, although he's still one for the future.

In Topic: Congratulations St.Helens

13 October 2014 - 03:37 PM

Yes, great win for Saints after all those years of pain. You could see what it meant to Paul Wellens, in what could turn out to be his last GF. Nice also for all those players who weren't considered good enough for international recognition - I think Makinson,especially, made his omission from the England team look like a major blunder.

I'm sure that the dress rehearsal Saints had a few weeks ago in beating a 12 man Leeds team would have helped enormously, and 2nd half (after an appalling first half performance) they really did more than enough to win.

It's of no concern really that the last 5 losing sides probably played a whole lot better than this year's victors. To win, even against 12 men, without any proper halfbacks (and there were a few occasions when even a journeyman half would have engineered an easy score) was a huge achievement, and one of which all thise who took part should be very proud indeed.


As for pre-season derbies, I'd caution any team against a friendly v Wigan!

In Topic: Kevin Brown to Cronulla Sharks back on, say reports

09 October 2014 - 01:32 PM

I always think of Kevin Brown as our version of Daley Cherry Evans. His performances last year were better than I thought he was capable of, good enough to go OK in the NRL, I'd have thought, as long as his head's screwed on.

In Topic: Daryl Clark wins 2014 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award

09 October 2014 - 08:26 AM

Can't really see why Clark got it. I felt that it was Shenton's superb form which was at the heart of most of Cas' achievements thsi year (not that Clark didn't play his part). This is on a par with Roby's win all those years ago. Well done all the same.

At least Peacock didn't win.