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South Wakefield Sharks

Member Since 07 May 2005
Offline Last Active Mar 27 2015 07:09 PM
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In Topic: Locke on his way out of Salford?

26 February 2015 - 07:08 PM

Where have you got this from? The latest in the Manchester Evening News is the shock revelation that Scottish RU will insist he undergoes a medical before they sign him (if they do).


Shame Salford didn't bother with one. Looks like they might be lumbered with him then, although his body might be up to union?

In Topic: WCS: Overall impressions, conclusions and bonkers theorising

25 February 2015 - 05:35 PM

I don't think there is a massive gulf between the NRL & SL. The margin is quite small, but crucial. We play different styles. The NRL is much more conservative to my mind and SL is more exciting and risky, and our players aren't good enough for long enough under pressure to execute the required skills to play that level. The Aussies defended well and seized on our errors to score.

Souths were a bit difference. They are the best side in the world by a margin, but that's just a one off. They beat most NRL sides quite easily.

In SL players for our better clubs can often get away with errors, in the WCS they got punished. When the Aussies made errors, they often didn't get punished.

In Topic: Eng v NZ - What The Hell is Going On?

25 February 2015 - 05:02 PM

Really pleased with these stadia and the order. Should all be afternoon kick-offs too. I'll be at all three as usual.

In Topic: Salford - Tim Sheens to the rescue?

16 February 2015 - 10:51 PM

I hope you are right about Iestyn. I'd love it if he could turn Salford into a top competitive club. I just see him as a Richard Agar type. Top coach in the classroom, but not the sort of bloke who is going to turn a bunch of good players into winners. Tony Smith is the example. Look what he did at both Leeds and Wire. Two teams with lots of quality, but couldn't win a game of patience before he took charge.

In Topic: Struggling to watch Sky games with every ref decision being analysed and deba...

16 February 2015 - 10:46 PM

The opening post was about the focus on refs and it has turned into a thread on Sky (I watch the pictures, but listen to commentary by Dave Woods on 5Live Xtra).

On the subject of focussing on refs, it is not just Eddie & Stevo. Trevor Hunt and Jack Dearden on BBC Radio Manchester this week went on and on and on about inconsistencies by refs, focussing on the Ah Van and Westwood high shots. Even when Robert Hicks came on the radio to explain why Ah Van was a red (direct contact to the head) and Westwood was yellow (indirect contact to the head), the response was "Well at the ground, it didn't look like that to me, so surely the refs are being inconsistent"!

What it says to me, is that the ref got it right, when they reviewed it on tape later, they confirmed the ref got it right, and most speccies and commentators who saw it live, got it wrong. That doesn't make the refs inconsistent, it just shows they get more things right than speccies would.

We do have a real problem with the media stoking the fans up to bang on and on about ref decisions. It is boring, detracts from the players and the spectacle and is totally unnecessary.

"We're only two rounds in, and everyone is focussing on the referees, and not the players. Get in touch, and tell us why you think refs are ######".