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#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.

#2889127 Dr Koukash's Golden Ticket (merged threads)

Posted by giwildgo on 26 February 2014 - 06:38 PM

I'd have quite liked the marquee player rule to have passed, but I would have restricted it as one per team. No 'golden ticket' - instead the marquee salary should be subject to a 'super tax' of 100% of the net salary, to be distributed between clubs that choose not to have a marquee player. That way, the marquee player would have to be special to even consider forking out and if someone did, the rest of the league are compensated.

#2886226 World Club Challenge: Sydney Roosters v Wigan Warriors (Sky Sports)

Posted by giwildgo on 22 February 2014 - 05:59 PM

Agree with that, but I'm not sure it's quite right to say expectations are low. I know what you mean as it's not like he has to live up to any standards set by anyone in the last couple of years, but I think people are counting on him to be the key component in a rise back to the top, so there's plenty of pressure on him.

Sorry, my poor phrasing. I meant Saints fans benchmark against recent halves are set low and fairly easily met, rather than Walsh being not expected to be any good.

Not sure there is a great amount of pressure on him this year. Just being a fairly average scrum half would be a big improvement and likely help Saints finish higher. He's hardly got the burden of expectation to deliver trophies or be classed as a failure by not doing, given Saints recent fallow period.

#2886130 World Club Challenge: Sydney Roosters v Wigan Warriors (Sky Sports)

Posted by giwildgo on 22 February 2014 - 01:54 PM

You could say exactly the same about Luke Walsh but he made an outstanding start with us last week and wasn't that bad last night either. Luke Walsh had never been to this country before he moved to Saints.

I'd never judge any player, good or bad on two performances. Even Hohaia and Perry managed two good games in Saints shirts, and expectations of Walsh are low given what he replaced - not much. Certainly good early signs nonetheless. What might have helped Walsh adapt is that he has been given free reign - Saints lacked any real structure in the halves or consequently as an attack, so he can mold the team around his strengths.

In terms of Bowen, I'm confident in the statement that form is temporary, class is permanent. Wigan are different to Saints, in that the player has to fit into the established system. It may take time, but even if his talents are fading I expect there to be enough left to be a top player in SL. Just needs to work on his conditioning and learning the structure.

#2880203 13/02/14 - Warrington Wolves v St Helens KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

Posted by giwildgo on 13 February 2014 - 08:57 PM

Maybe Warrington enjoyed playing like Wigan so much for Sydney, that they are now copying Wigan's lethargy and cluelessness from last Friday.