I enjoyed the game and thought Bentham had a good performance. The odd thing that was wrong but nothing to change the course of the outcome. Thought Leeds were poor after the first 25 minutes, they should've wrapped it up but lost their focus. Huddersfield came back well though to be fair and should have won it themselves.
Whilst i like McDermott and think he speaks a lot of sense, i thought his post match interview was tosh. Both teams were trying all they could to slow down the play the ball, probably Leeds more than Huddersfield when they got on a roll in the 2nd half. Peacock got penalised at least twice for flopping.
Although i enjoyed the game, it wasn't a high quality one. Too many poor errors and needless penalties - should've taken note of how South Sydney played
To say one is captain and one is vice captain I thought Brough's and Ferres's discipline was appalling.
Lack of discipline and composure, ###### defensive line speed, bad starts (to both halves), only playing for 40-50 mins. It was all there from last season from the Giants.
Positives were coming back from 18 down to lead at Leeds, Lawrence as solid as ever in his first game after coming back from injury, thought Ellis took the line on well and Wood looked decent (needs to start instead of Lunt who looked like he wanted to play for the opposition).
Need to up the ante pronto.
Leeds weren't much better - a draw probably what both teams deserved.
I did like the way Brian McDermott said it wasn't the time to mention it but then proceeded to spend the rest of his interview mentioning it.
It was a rubbish crowd, I was there wishing I was at Cas.
2009 Huddersfield.v.Hull 10,459.
I wish I'd have been at Cas too.
For season ticket holders it was a 'Bring a Buddy' for £15 game. Then all we see from the Giants is tripe. Ken Davy must be pulling what hair he has left out. The poor Buddies didn't even see the Giants score a point never mind a try.
Hull's line speed was way better that ours and it makes a huge difference. Hull were making yards before any contact - Hull were in our faces and forced errors out of us.
I said at half time we hadn't woken up and that we'd take it up a gear in the second. How wrong I was - in the end we seemed in reverse and could catch a cold. Some of the passing was shocking. Talk about being rusty, more like corroded. Hope it's just a blip.
Try being a care assistant for people with learning difficulties. Not saying it's wierd job as my wife is one. But she is physically hit on many occaisions and is obviously not allowed to lose her rag.
I'm pretty sure that PA's gameplans don't involve stupid penalties, knocking on, and stepping politely aside to admire the run of an opposition player!
True. But sides have sussed little things like Danny Broughs show and go and the kicks over the top. We're not completing our sets and the last play options are dire. Wire must have started most of their sets on the half way line yesterday. Consequently we had to do more defending than we should and the errors came and we ran out of juice. We need to get back to simple basics and stop trying to score from anywhere. Another month of this inconsistent rubbish and we'll be looking at no trophies and talking about relegation - time to stop talking b0ll0x and starting to play.
Huddersfield have been doing absolutely the right thing, along with Warrington, its an incremental path to success. NOw they have their first Silverware under their belt it will be easier. ut They need to ensure that they maintain their steady momentum.
I agree the Giants have been incrementally doing the right thing for many years under Ken Davy. It's been a long slog with one or two blips along the way but the long term progress has been upwards step by step. Whether we make that last step to glory time will tell but I believe we are now in the best position to do that for over 50 years. I'm a relatively new 'Fartown' fan having started in the early 90's but if we won one of the top two trophies I would be delighted for those long suffering fans that supported the club in the dark days of the 80's (all 200 plus of them).
Must admit I don't understand why people would look at Twitter (not criticising those that do). It seems to me to be a fertile breeding ground for the worst kind of negative, navel-gazing idiots with nothing better to do (cf. Chris Irvine).
Now I've thought it through, I can see that TRL might be seem a lot more uplifting by comparison after half an hour's Twitter browsing.
I tend to think of Twitter as Twatter. It works a tweet.
For RL aficionados, take a look at the 51st minute of the final. Johnson gets running at the broken Australian defence, around 10 metres out and there is an overlap of the Australian right side defence.
Watch the defence, swarm up, then reassemble and fix up the numbers. It was complete poetry and a sign of a well drilled side. Over a week and a half later, this still sticks in my mind. Those than can't see the small things in RL probably wouldn't see exciting play. I found it breath taking.
I remember something similar near the end of the game when it was already won. They were determined to defend their line irrespective of the score. Their defensive line speed was way better than NZ's which comes from the confidence they have in each other. I also noticed that when they are getting back into their defensive line they sometimes don't run back and turn 180 degrees - they take a kind of arcing run up and are actually moving forward both when they hit the 10 metre mark and when the opposition play the ball. That takes some skill / timing and as you say is poetic.
BOC gives 50% off the Tonga v Italy game at Halifax so may work for all games. I know as I paid a tenner and if I'd seen this post earlier I could have had a extra couple of pints. Hope Big Nige spends my extra fiver wisely.
I thought IR was quite good. First time I've heard him after seeing a few on here say he's not very good. Jon Wilkin didn't half like to ramble on though!
I've enjoyed the PS coverage so far (I really fancied a pork roll in the Rodney) but as you say John Wilkin says too much and ends up droning on and on. He needs to learn from BN and say less and be more enthusiastic when he says something. He still talks like he's a post game analyser.