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Tonka

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#3149949 Pat Richards to...

Posted by Tonka on 30 June 2015 - 08:44 AM

Surely Catalan can do better than signing a player who is going to be 34 before the season starts. I watched Richards for many years at Wigan and have some great memories of him playing but I just don't see how signing a 34 year old winger for a season is going to help Catalan. Surely they should be looking for younger French players!!

Yes but he and his family fancy a year in the south of France so you have to factor that in...




#3146419 Koukash plans more signings and says 'Will reveal all next Tuesday'

Posted by Tonka on 24 June 2015 - 11:28 AM

I presume you're referring to the Gareth Hock debacle (I can't think of any other time he's threatened legal action). To be fair, we don't actually know what happened there. Prior to the Salford - Leigh match, Derek Beaumont was trying to broker some sort of compromise deal, so it's not necessarily the case that nothing happened.

 

 

It's about reputational damage, not financial harm.

  Section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 1Serious harm

(1)A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant.

(2)For the purposes of this section, harm to the reputation of a body that trades for profit is not “serious harm” unless it has caused or is likely to cause the body serious financial loss.

 

Koukash would need to show serious harm.

 

Salford would need to show serious financial loss.

 

Both unlikely. 

 

KL's comments are more likely to relate to Salford not MK personally.




#3135609 Interchanges to be reduced

Posted by Tonka on 05 June 2015 - 03:37 PM

Back on the original topic of interchanges I think the issue is more one of what makes the game better to watch without compromising safety.

 

I don't think if you reduce the number of interchanges it will make the game any less safe.

 

I do, however, think that the game (and union suffers from this too) is much diminished by there being too many interchanges.  One of the things I used to pride myself on as a forward was being able to grind opponents down so that even if they got the better of you once or twice early on you'd grit your teeth and get the win.  If they bloody replace them after 60 minutes you lose that opportunity.




#3108280 Gareth Hock, Challenge Cup

Posted by Tonka on 19 April 2015 - 07:43 AM

Based solely on Paul Rowley's statement as to what the contract says, if I were Salford I would feel reasonably comfortable bringing an action that says the agreement clearly states that GH was not to play against Salford. The reference to playing "for Salford City Reds" is a clear mistake. The very interesting (I think) question is what the damages are. Damages are losses arising from the breach and aren't necessarily confined to the amounts GH was due to be paid (unless the contract contains a limitation of liability). Leigh could be liable as well under the tort of inducing GH to breah his agreement.


#3106357 Ben Flower interview in the Grauniad

Posted by Tonka on 15 April 2015 - 10:40 AM

"In the second minute of a clash between bitter local rivals, Wigan’s powerful prop spilled a pass near the opposition try line and was clipped by the forearm of St Helens’ Lance Hohaia. Flower reacted with clinical savagery."

 

This miscasts the incident, reflected in the fact that LH got a ban as well.

 

"Ben Flower’s brutal punch raises questions over state of rugby league"

 

I strongly disagree with this too.  It raises questions over the state of Ben Flower! 

 

It's a pretty poorly written article to be honest, but hey ho.




#3097833 Kevin Sinfield to leave Rhinos at end of 2015

Posted by Tonka on 31 March 2015 - 11:23 AM

Well that's England's inside centre problem sorted then...

 

BOOOMMMM!




#3097333 Salford : Are they locked in contractually to use AJ Bell?

Posted by Tonka on 30 March 2015 - 12:18 PM

What about Colin Welland get him in...




#3077809 Hock to Leigh

Posted by Tonka on 24 February 2015 - 10:32 AM

Fly half or winger for England RU?




#3057919 Newcastle Thunder

Posted by Tonka on 20 January 2015 - 01:47 PM

And Saints to Liverpool

And Leigh to Wigan




#3040122 Interchange shake up idea by Andrew Johns

Posted by Tonka on 02 December 2014 - 11:47 AM

And when they were only halfway off,
They were neither on nor off
Oh...


#3028019 Brian Barwick's other job

Posted by Tonka on 06 November 2014 - 12:45 PM

Wow.... Which (un?)lucky club has lost your support?

 

I was only joking




#2996452 James Roby's stats

Posted by Tonka on 16 September 2014 - 08:29 AM

Yep - you can't just credit one-on-one tackles if you think about it.

 

But I think being "involved in" 65 tackles speaks for itself.




#2996443 James Roby's stats

Posted by Tonka on 16 September 2014 - 08:20 AM

I have just read James Roby's stats for the Huddersfield game (and his ranking in the team). 

 

Tackles - 65 (1st)

Carries - 27 (1st)

Metres - 184 (1st)

Offloads - 2 (joint 1st)

Kicks - 5 (2nd)

Passes - 105 (1st)

 

Only negatives are 2 missed tackles and 1 penalty conceded (shame on him). 

 

I think the tackles equal Steele Retchless's efforts from (1997?), which I believe are still the record.

 

You might argue that he of course gets more passes away as hooker - and indeed that stats aren't everything - but has anyone seen these beaten?

 

 

 




#2976355 Today's Evening Standard - Dig at RL?

Posted by Tonka on 13 August 2014 - 09:42 AM

How dare someone satirise our sport for being M62 corridor WHICH IT CLEARLY ISN'T.




#2935616 English Origin

Posted by Tonka on 27 May 2014 - 11:57 AM

Oh god not all this again