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THE RED ROOSTER

Member Since 06 Dec 2005
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In Topic: who is the best import ever to play in super league?

25 January 2015 - 08:18 PM

London's Best Import - Richie Barnett - 2001 season. The man with wings on his heels who in Frank Endacott's opinion got him thev sack at Wigan.

 

Other Teams - Jamie Lyon - St Helens 2005-06

 

Best Player never to come to the Super League - Benji Marshall


In Topic: Skolars v Broncos 25th Jan - London Clash & Cap Cha 16th Jan

25 January 2015 - 08:14 PM

Even in the good years one of the things you could expect as a London Broncos fans was a raft of departures from the previous season and plenty of new faces. This season the churn was greater than ever and it was with a degree of trepidation that I braved the badlands of Rottenham to get to New River.

 

But I am pleased to report that my fears were unfounded 36-14 the final score to the Broncos. In truth there was a chasm between the speed of attack from the Broncos mixture of reserve grade and under 19 players and the more pedestrian one out bash n' barge of the Skoiars. Illness Macani making a welcome return to form in the game by scoring the first try before Agboke their winger got an interception try. From then on Broncos had the first half much their own way, looking impressive both in attack and defence and believe me it's been a while since I could post that. I thought the defensive line was solid, tackling thechnique was good and line breaks well supported 22-4 at the half with a brace for Alex Walker either side of a plunge under the sticks from Jonathan Wallace.

 

The second stanza began with Skolars bombing a certain try in the corner before Illness Macani raced the length of the field from the tap restart to send the equaly impressive Oscar Thomas over the line. From that point onwards, with the game won, it became a bity of a knockonathon until Alex Walker completed his hat-trick and then the final Bronco try scored by an Under 19 player. At that point it was an Under 19 Broncos side making a few errors in their enthusiam and after four successive penalties the Skolars barged over the line as they were to do again before the final hooter giving them a semblance of respectability making a final score 14-36

 

If you think I am being harsh on the Skolars well I accept as Joe Mbu pointed out in the programme they are earlier in the pre-season than they would like to be however this was an easier win for London Broncos than the Wigan Under 19's had at the HAC. There is a gulf in class not just between the Super League and Championship but also between the Championship and Championship 1.

 

All in all a good hit out for the Broncos and though I was njot a fan of Joey Grima last season if they can repeat this performance against Leigh and Featherstone then the diminutive malteser will be winning me over in the same way he appears to have endeared himself to the Loyal and Loud .

 

PS - Gutterfax you wer right it was last years away shirt...


In Topic: Skolars v Broncos 25th Jan - London Clash & Cap Cha 16th Jan

21 January 2015 - 07:31 PM

I have received some e-mails from James Anthony that may be of interest to some.

 

If you wondering where your prepaid ticket went

 

Just a quick one to inform you that if your tickets do not arrive in time for Sundays game there will be a print out of everyone’s name on the gate so you will be allowed in!

 

 

and for Skolars fans.

 

Replica 20th anniversary shirts have arrived and will be available to purchase on Sunday

 

 

Bronco Beat

 

Our squad is named

http://www.londonbro...london-skolars/

 

Interestingly the away kit will be on display at New River. It was planned to be unveiled on 8th February with a sneak peek at the Season Launch which was to have been on saturday 7th February. The landlord is home that day so this has now converted itself from a season launch to an open training session and Q&A at Bushey Sports Club

 

http://www.londonbro...aining-session/

 

https://maps.google....=classic&dg=brw

 

In true Broncos style knowing the disparate location of what remains of the fan base it''s a 9.00am start meaning a 6.00am departure for this poster..

 

And of course the press release in the website failed to mention its the Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club. Perhaps it means the club is less confident about arresting it's decline....

 

I'll get my coat... :bye:


In Topic: Capital Challenge - Skolars v Wigan

16 January 2015 - 07:11 PM

I thought you were being a bit sensitive about this and that it was probably an in joke between club members, but as the person from whom I bought tickets for the Broncos game was a schoolgirl doing voluntary work for her Duke of Edinburgh award (and was stood freezing in her school uniform), I think you were probably right to mention it.

 

Yes the £ 3 commemorative Programmes, were also being sold by schoolgirls in green school uniforms out of a plastic bucket. Not sure any of them had ever been to a Rugby League game before in their life or will ever do so in future after today.

 

The programme itself was a disappointment with no team sheets so you actually had little idea of who was who on the Wigan side. Those in the know can correct me in the following text.

 

This game was played in four 20 minute quarters, unilke NRL trials this was less a heat break than a Bovril break. Wigan opened the scoring when number 12 sliced through the Skolars defence, closely followed by a try from Wigans' no 8 in the left hand corner an excellent conversion from the touchline saw the score widen to 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw the sides change ends and Wigan's no 3 score the try of the match an individual effort down the touchline which he converted making the score 18-0 at the half.

 

Now in previous years the Skolars after a bright start fade as the game goers on - not so ion this match maybe the Wigan under 20's tired but the third quarter saw the Skolars finally mount some preessure on the Wigan line before no 22 burrowed over from close range. Wigan replied with no 12 gain on the left hand flank this time the conversaion being missed for 22-6 which became 22-10  in the final play of the Third quarter when Wigan failed to deal with a high kick in their left hand corner for a easy Skolar score too far away for me to get who scored it. 

 

The Fourth quarter was largely uneventful with No 12 completing a hat trick for a final score of 28-10. There were somne big hits handed out by both sides in the game and the Skolars showed some good touches from time to time. However you cannot make much of a judgement based on a championship one side taking on an under 20 XIII about either sides prospects save that for Skolars to be on the end of a tonking from Wigan's First grade or even fringe first graders would ulitmately do neither club any good. 

 

Mr Barwick was there as mentioned on another thread as was IFL walking the touchline as befits a man of the people, I actually thought the crowd was down on previous years and predominately made up of northern exiles with few London "faces" i recognised.. Which probably reflects the state of the game down south.


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

16 January 2015 - 06:38 PM

Brian Barwick was at todays game at the HAC between Skolars and Wigan. He was asked by some fans about England v New Zealand and from what I overheard his reply was along the lines of it is the RFL's intention to play the second test in London but there has been no agreement as to the venue and until that has been sorted there will be no further announcement about this series.