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Sounds like a good game and great effort by both sides,particularly Hemel.Hope things can now quieten down and both Clubs continue to grow rugby league in their areas.Good times ahead for both Clubs I believe.
I too can see both sides of the argument but essentially it is the problem of playing in a national league on basically amateur terms.I suppose Gateshead have won the right to play when they wish but I can see that the final decision should have been made earlier.Unfortunately,they are both amongst my favourite teams for what they have achieved against the odds.
Leeds Carnegie RU,sorry Yorkshire Carnegie,played Cornish Pirates last sunday afternoon with a 4.30pm finish.Yorkshire CCC often finish playing at Hove/Bristol one evening and start the next day at Headingley/Scarborough.Look at many of the Football Conference fixtures,with minor clubs travelling the length of the country on a tues/wed evening.
So refreshing to get away from the drab,predictable Hemmings commentary - Smith to Brown,tackled by Green,the Irish international! Now can we please get rid of Stevo,who looks even more lost without his mate for support.Stevo still just makes things up,to justify his position but is more often being told that he is totally wrong.
I'm sorry but there needs to be a little realism.I applaud the new Sky deal but there is still no where near enough money - or suitable players - to give £1 + /season to 16 Clubs.I agree that a 12:1 ratio is unfair but equally 2:1 is unviable,if you want the leading Clubs to thrive.Look at the facilities/catchment/crowds - one can't justify Sheffield,who I admire as a Club,on attendances of say 1,000,receiving half what Leeds/Warrington receive.
The RU salary cap has recently gone up to £5m/season,our leading Clubs need to increase their salary cap to something in excess of £2m/season,allowing for the difference in size of the respective squads.On the various figures rumoured,something like £2m+ for the top 8/12 and £200,000 ish for the next tier seems sensible - basically,if you spread the money too thinly,there will be little benefit.There is no benefit in Ryan Hall being able to go to Sheffield for the same money he gets at Leeds but he may go to Leicester,if he can get twice the money.