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Human Punk

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In Topic: Six of the Best: Man of Steel 2014 contenders

11 September 2014 - 08:37 AM

I've no doubt that Peacock will win it, but I'd have given it to Shenton, who, even more than Clark, has been at the heart of everything good about Cas this year.


In Topic: I can't believe Warrington would let O'Brien go to Bradford

05 September 2014 - 08:52 AM

I'm not sure that the Aussies have such a stunning array of halbacks either at the moment. There's no-one of the calibre of Lockyer, Johns or Langer. Our NRL halbacks Widdop (especially) and Hodkinson are pretty much as good as any.

 

I'd agree that there's no-one English in SL who meets the standard, our only contender, Brough, now being Scottish.


In Topic: 04/09/14 - St Helens v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

05 September 2014 - 08:35 AM

I'd like to see Cas win the LLS now. Saints have had plenty silverware in the SL era, and while it would be cruel for Saints to lose it on points difference, it would be a huge achievement for Cas. It's not going to be easy for Cas though.

Saints, sadly, have lost too many players through injury to compete at the highest level. Unless they have some sort of a plan to bring in Travis Burns for the playoffs then I can't see them getting to the GF, whether they finish top or not.

As for Wire, a good win last night, but Saints were only in the Wire half of the pitch 3 or 4 times and scored 2 easy tries. I can see Wire taking a hiding from any of the other top 6 sides.


In Topic: O’Loughlin for England captain, says Wigan boss

03 September 2014 - 08:05 AM

It's a no-brainer for me too, the only question being his injury record.


In Topic: Sinfield Quits International Rugby (Merged threads)

03 September 2014 - 08:02 AM

 

(Slightly off topic and not wanting to derail, but this sort of decision making also applied for several years to the ridiculous selection of Keiron Cunningham over Jimmy Lowes in the 9 shirt )

 

Yes, that'll be the Jimmy Lowes who, when given his chance, cost us the game (against the Kiwis, wasn't it?) by going for personal glory in the last seconds instead of passing for a stroll in. Not in the same class as Cunningham.

 

Back to Sinfield though - a fantastic servant to the game, and doesn't deserve to retire with his last memories of playing for England being the series of mistakes that cost us a place in the final. I'm sure that if he played that game again, he'd have put the ball out of play every time, but sometimes players just make mistakes. In any case, if McNamara hadn't decided to pay the game with 16 players, George Burgess probably wouldn't have made that tired tacke attempt that ended up as a high shot (he was so tired he shouldn't have been on the park).

I'd have loved to have seen Sinfield win some international success, there are few players who deserve it more. Although I don't want to see him having a whole load more years of success with Leeds, I suspect that his decision will make that more likely.