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The Daddy_merged

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#3112003 Catalans Dragons v Hull Kingston Rovers 25/4/2015 K.O. 1700 GMT SKY TV

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 26 April 2015 - 09:47 AM

Massive game by Springer and decent debut for Yaha. Bousquet starting to look like a prop. Garcia still a huge asset to the team. Pelissier just the man, we need to play more Eloi and less Henderson.

At one time, Burke got a hit by Springer and Bousquet with Garcia coming in third. That might hurt a lot.

However, Carney, pure class.

Cardace and Pala need to sort out their defense, they put the wingers in a hard time everytime. Unimpressed by Tilse, busy in defense but very very average in attack, got little meters. Walker looked the best prop in KR.

Highlights :

Interesting thing about the game was the potential French pack, if you add the Cats players with the two who featured for Hull KR. They've potentially got a solid pack.

What's also great is France have got two really good hookers with complementing styles. Pellisier is physical and athletic, whilst Boudebza has quick, clean distribution from the ruck. Add to that Springer, Garcia, Bousquet that's the spine of a very good pack. The next guy who I'd like to see get more game time is Margalet, he looks like being the type of back rower France need.

#3110185 A government drive to boost participation in rugby in English schools

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 22 April 2015 - 04:19 PM

But outrage at the use of 'rugby'

Outrage seconded.

#3107986 UAE, Spain & South Africa bid for 2021 World Cup

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 18 April 2015 - 01:34 PM

Yes i am!

Sorry to hear that.

#3100361 Well done Salford!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 04 April 2015 - 09:47 AM

Looks like they've turned a corner, let's hope they can keep it up.


#3100293 Great Easter for London Rugby League players!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 04 April 2015 - 08:26 AM

Been a great past few days for London produced players.

Kieran Dixon played a blinder in the Hull derby, scoring a try. He looks to be getting back to form after returning from his long term injury last year.

Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook played a blinder in the Saints-Wigan derby, scoring a try.

Dan Sarginson played well in the derby also and looks to be slowly coming back to form after a few weeks out with injury.

Tony Clubb for me had his best game for Wigan and was one of the outstanding players on the pitch. He really seems to be growing in his front row role at Wigan.

London Broncos with team full of young local players go to Featherstone and get a convincing win bringing the team up to 5th.

Would love to see all these players back at London in Super League, Hendo has stated it's an aim of the club so let's see if this can happen.

#3096883 28 Mar: Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos KO 6pm (CET)

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 29 March 2015 - 11:22 AM

Garcia (who is a prop, who played centre yesterday) was clocked at 34km/h by the GPS... which is as fast as Gareth Bale while weighting 100kg.

If this is true, is this GPS is right then we have a serious monster in this squad.

He's a beast that guy is and an extremely good player. The next generation of France players along with Fages, Bousquet, Escare and Cardace. Although the Dragons lost I thought the French lads played well, Cardace apart from one error looks to be getting better as does Bousquet who's starting to fulfil his early promise and impose himself on games.
It was the foreign players who I found disappointing Dureau and Tonga especially. Tonga had a nightmare and needs to step his game up, Dureau is living off his past reputation.
I'd like to see the young lads Springer, Margalet, Milhoudi get a run of games in the team.

#3095207 Manchester Rangers

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 25 March 2015 - 11:54 PM

Hearing some positive things about this club, when are they applying for entry to the Championship?

#3087389 RLIF CEO

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 12 March 2015 - 09:07 AM

Well he's got the experience and he butted heads with the county cricket clubs in order to further fund international cricket so he has the credentials.


#3081532 Grima leaves Broncos

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 02 March 2015 - 12:12 PM

If they're smart they'll hire Brian Noble, yes he does play one up football but he'll get results and make them extremely difficult to play against at this level. 

#3081516 Grima leaves Broncos

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 02 March 2015 - 11:52 AM

Bombshell, but can't say I'm disappointed. Now can we please bring in an authority figure no more nice guys we need a coach who's gonna scare the sh*t out of the players and get some performances.

#3075479 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 20 February 2015 - 08:35 PM

Referee bottled it

#3071890 Struggling to watch Sky games with every ref decision being analysed and deba...

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 14 February 2015 - 01:08 PM

Dave Woods and Brian Noble are a great combo, they would be my two to replace Eddie and Stevo.

#3071564 Struggling to watch Sky games with every ref decision being analysed and deba...

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 13 February 2015 - 08:52 PM

It seems to be getting worse, yes the ref decisions are important but at the beginning of Super League it was always about the players, the skill they had, the excitement of the game etc. 


I'm finding that that fans and SKY especially are placing a disturbing emphasis on every single referee decision, querying every call made whether it's right or wrong, call forward passes that never happened. 



This is a worrying trend, I'm not enjoying the Sky broadcasts this season, I want to watch a sport not Stuart Cummings giving us his opinions on refereeing calls. Add to the fact that all the games on TV this year have been dull. 


Time to get a grip!!

#3069941 If the Premier League is worth £5.1 Billion, how much is Super League worth?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 10 February 2015 - 07:38 PM



Makes the Super League deal look like a very small drop in the ocean. Quite surprised that SL which has the audience share it does can only command the fee it does in comparison to Soccer. 

#3068445 French league article

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 08 February 2015 - 10:14 AM

OK in theory hypothetically say this actually occurred and a French TV network mad it didn't get the French union top 14 rights and could see rugby league was the better TV product worth investing in, The network wanted a comp which included a side in Paris (maybe Paris St Germain was keen to be involved again?).Both the network, French Federation & sponsors wanted 8 sides in competition were prepared to fully fund a Paris side including a development officer or 2 and academy side (similar to how the Melbourne storm are centrally funded by NRL) in an 8 team fully professional Elite One.

So in this hypothetical scenario a TV contract is secured for the French Elite One and a grant given to all 8 sides to cover there salary cap say 2.5 million euro making cap roughly equal to current super league cap, plus paris side recieved extra to fund development and promotion of the sport in Paris. Catalan dragons were convinced to join the new league... heres were reality kicks in. What cities, big towns or regional selection have a strong enough rugby league culture to potentially create such a league?

Huge potential in France, it would have to be the following 8 teams. I would also for the future look at a strategy incorporating the Northern French teams.

Catalan Dragons
Toulouse Olympique
Aude Cathars
Avignon Bisons
Aquitaine Leopards
Lyon-Villebaune- Rhone XIII