Jump to content

Rugby League World Cup 2017 Tours – Register Your Interest Now!
Join TotalRL.com, League Express & Rugby League World at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea! Click here for more info

Rugby League World
FREE 2016 Fixture Guide
League Express

Rugby League Yearbook 2015-2016


Member Since 08 Jan 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 09 2014 01:04 PM

#3030038 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by giwildgo on 09 November 2014 - 09:30 AM

I don't get this constant criticism of Charnley. He had one chance to score and he took it, looked solid receiving kicks, never dropped a ball and made more yards than Hall. Everyone has been saying Watkins wasn't great attacking and therefore creating nothing for his wing man. Just what is Charnley supposed to do if he is rarely given an opportunity? If the centre isn't performing it doesn't matter who you have outside him, he is going to struggle to make an impact.

This - I fail to see what Charnley did so wrong. He wasn't the winger that dropped the first bomb for a NZ try, didn't knock on with the line begging and had far less service than Hall, whilst competently defending a big threat in Vatuvai. Sometimes I think there is an agenda on this forum.

Don't get me started on the comments relating to Wane in this thread and the revisionist view of his coaching based upon Wigan underachieving. I remember Wigan being written off a year ago after Tomkins left and then being only a moment of madness away from a very real chance of retaining the SL trophy. To suggest McNamara is a better coach than either Wane or McDermott, based on a coaching career of heroic failure at best, as opposed to the success of the other two is ludicrous.

#3025456 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by giwildgo on 02 November 2014 - 11:19 AM

In the eyes of the Australian Rugby League, the strategy has been vindicated yet again, so there's no need to change anything. And if anyone does suggest changing it, they will stamp their little feet and hold their breath 'til they get their own way.

To be fair I didn't think that Sutton was anywhere near as biased as some of the performances of Harrigan, Mander and Hayne is the past. But his very presence as an Aussie creates that unnecessary scrutiny of 50/50 decisions. There were certainly a few occasions where there were noticeable flops and obstructions on kickers ignored where we have a legitimate complaint, but he also allowed a lot to go both ways.

#3025426 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by giwildgo on 02 November 2014 - 11:05 AM

Although I think that England should've killed the game off well before the vid ref decision. The big question in my mind is whether if the roles were reversed whether a try would've been awarded to Australia. Based on historical precedent of Aussie officials in these games, I have to think it would've been. The international game will always lose credibility, when one nation is most focused upon their own interests rather than a level playing field. In the last 10 meetings we've had 5 Aussie refs, 4 neutral refs and 1 English ref, yet we still keep letting them get their own way.

#3025406 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by giwildgo on 02 November 2014 - 10:46 AM


England props
Excellent Dan Sarginson debut
Genuine attacking threat when playing expansive
Kicking game
Dominant first half performance


Conservative tactics for 35 mins of second half inviting pressure
Josh Hodgson's lateral defence
Joel Tomkins rustiness
Failure of right edge to deal with the same switch back / angled run on three occasions
Appointment of Australian officials creating an excuse to focus on any 50 / 50 call rather than the quality of the game

Proud of England today, but just not clinical enough.

#2933535 22/05/14 - Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

Posted by giwildgo on 22 May 2014 - 08:08 PM

The whole rule should be looked at. The amount of times a televised game is stopped to check an obstruction claim is ridiculous. Today is a great example.

Jon Wells spoke complete sense on it - I'd have three considerations though;
- was the pass on the outside shoulder? If yes, try, if no, then next;
- was a defender impeded? if no, try, if yes, then next;
- did it directly prevent a tackle being made? If yes, no try, if no - try.

#2933522 22/05/14 - Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

Posted by giwildgo on 22 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

The obstruction / video ref issue also raises a big issue of consistency compared to matches that aren't on tv.

#2931191 The Magic Weekend Match Thread

Posted by giwildgo on 17 May 2014 - 10:29 PM

The honest appreciation of the try was that both players competed for the ball in mid air, it was not propelled forward on purpose, it was recovered before it touched the ground and was then touched down over the line. TRY! No knock on, skill and endeavour was shown in the recovery and should be acknowledged before a poorly considered technicality. If it doesn't touch the ground then as far as I am concerned it ain't a knock on.

Read the papers tomorrow and after that read the rulebook as to what constitutes a knock on. The laws of the game are the same for all clubs - can't change them just so that Leeds win. The call was 100% right. Epic game, great effort from both sides - better team over 80 mins shaded it by the closest of margins.

#2921260 "Pom" watch

Posted by giwildgo on 26 April 2014 - 07:02 AM

I didn't think Tomkins was particularly sparkling yesterday and I certainly wouldn't have given him MOM over Shaun Johnson.

#2919577 21/4/14 - Wigan Warriors v Bradford Bulls KO 3pm

Posted by giwildgo on 21 April 2014 - 04:51 PM

Sad to see a proud club like Bradford take a beating like that. Brings back horrible memories of 05/06 for a Wigan fan.

Looking on the brighter side, some excellent performances from Wigan's squad members given a chance. There sure is some depth in the creative roles when the likes of Hampshire, Williams and Powell can come in and perform like that. Eight missing from Wigan's first choice 17, but the team didn't suffer at all.

#2918626 18/04/14 - St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 12:15pm

Posted by giwildgo on 19 April 2014 - 09:57 AM

A Saints pal of mine has just pointed out to me that Saints have played recently

Leeds home(incredible win)considering injuries and suspensions
Hudds Cup (lucky win)Sending off and Broughs DG
Castleford(lucky win)Back from the dead
Wigan(Hammered)But missing 4/5 Players
To come
Widnes certainly after todays performance from both teams pressure is really on
Leeds Cup (lose and 1/2 the trophies on offer have gone also Leeds will not underestimate whatever team they put out this time)

Whereas Wigans games in that period have had
Catalans Home
Dewsbury Cup
London Home
St.Helens (Away)
And to come
Bradford Home
Hunslet Cup Home

No wonder Wane said they'd been targeting this game for weeks the other games are hardly difficult more like training sessions

People will always find an excuse for a defeat. If we had lost I could just as easily say that Wigan's recent fixtures lacked sufficient intensity to prepare for a big game, whereas Saints were battle hardened.

#2918556 Phil Clarke, when are people going to realize

Posted by giwildgo on 19 April 2014 - 06:55 AM

The only issue I have with the outrage at Clarke, is we don't hear the same criticism of Stevo's blatant Yorkshire cheerleading and Eddie's persistent anti Wigan stance. All three troll in their own way and always have.

#2918168 18/04/14 - St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 12:15pm

Posted by giwildgo on 18 April 2014 - 02:34 PM

And with two men off injured!!

Congratulations on your win. I hope the moaning about our own performance hasn't come across as disrespectful to your effort today.

Not at all, I can be the biggest critic when we don't perform.

#2890620 Luke Walsh

Posted by giwildgo on 01 March 2014 - 07:46 AM

I'm torn with Luke Walsh - one of my favourite things about RL is the art of half back play executed well - he seems to be able to do that. On the other hand, he plays for the hated red vee, so I want him to ultimately fail.

#2890618 NRL experts launches Criticism of Tomkins game before season starts

Posted by giwildgo on 01 March 2014 - 07:39 AM

"Rugby league great Brad Fittler says the New Zealand Warriors are taking a massive risk forking out a reported $750,000 a season on English fullback Sam Tomkins for the next three years.
Fittler told SportsFan's Clubhouse that the Warriors' style of play may suit Tomkins, but that he was unproven in big games and may not have the size to perform in the NRL.
"I have seen him (Tomkins) in some internationals and he has had no impact," Fittler said. "He looks light."

Fittler's basic premise is that because Tomkins has yet to play in the NRL, then he is unproven. I can accept that, but to suggest he isn't proven in big games is a joke. He's contested five games where trophies were on offer in his career to date and won four of them, including being unbeaten in domestic competition finals. To ignore that evidence and instead judge him on a couple of performances against Australia and NZ, where England have always been underdogs is extremely selective.

Sam will be fine, he's been overcoming the 'light' tag since his career began and has been a star pretty much from that first game against Whitehaven which he scored five tries on debut. It was a privilege to be there that day and also see his talents develop, I'll watch now from further afield and fully expect his success to continue.

#2890051 NRL experts launches Criticism of Tomkins game before season starts

Posted by giwildgo on 28 February 2014 - 07:21 AM

So many players take a year or more to recover from a decent injury ( probably the mental bit takes the longest ) , you could well imagine Tomkins taking a while to work out what the Knee can handle.
I heard Sam was burnt by the speedster at the Warriors ( Fis'iahi ) in sprint training , no disgrace , the coaching staff claim the Flying fish is the most naturally gifted sprinter they have seen blah blah ( must be quick those coaches have been exposed to ESL and NRL sprinters ).

Tomkins has never been known for elite top speed, it's his acceleration and elusiveness that is superb. At Wigan, I wouldn't expect he was in the top 5 in a 100m sprint.