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#3124623 Round 10 Match Threads - Spoilers Likely

Posted by thirteenthman on 18 May 2015 - 11:17 AM

Panthers win 11-10. Poor game.


Poor indeed. The only saving grace was that it was close at the end.


Still, there's been some really good games this weekend, and the whole comp is anyones for the taking. 

#3115448 Samoa v Tonga 2 May 2015

Posted by thirteenthman on 02 May 2015 - 01:01 PM

Fantastic tackle to save that try at the end, and from the biggest blokes on the field as well. Great game (even if we did miss a bit either side of half time and were treated to Broncos Insider for the millionth time), and a pretty decent crowd as well. This game should surely be made a permanent fixture on the rep weekend. 

#3114807 ANZAC Test Postponed!

Posted by thirteenthman on 01 May 2015 - 11:28 AM

Shame the QLD V NSW Residents game doesn't get shown in the UK. Quality players from quality 2nd tier competitions from the respective states. 


I've always thought it would be nice if Premier Sports could pick up the Qld Cup and NSW Cup coverage from Aus throughout the season. I know they showed the State Championship match on GF day last year, and it was a really good match. 

#3113987 Brit RLers in OZ/NZ 2015

Posted by thirteenthman on 29 April 2015 - 07:30 PM

Just to confirm about Mike Bishay, he's signed for the London Skolars.






Bishay grew frustrated at seeing his appearances at first grade restricted, though this was through no fault of his own or any slight on his ability- the Devils are the feeder club to the Brisbane Broncos of the NRL, whose players are prioritised when provided weekly.


BTW, thanks for the updates every week Farmduck. 

#3106953 Thursday Nights Crowd Killers

Posted by thirteenthman on 16 April 2015 - 05:31 PM

Is that any better than the former Sat night average ratings?


Looking at a couple of Saturday night games from 2013 show lower figures (under 100k) than the Thursday night games get. It's very difficult to compare like with like though. You have to bear in mind that the old Saturday games tended to get shunted off to Sky Sports 3, and were invariably up against Championship football, and a host of other live sports. 


What is apparent is that the darts has grown quite dramatically even from a couple of years back, and is outrating the Thursday night SL games by some margin now. The figures for tonights game will be interesting as Wigan v Warrington should be one of the big audience pullers of the season. 

#3101022 james graham

Posted by thirteenthman on 05 April 2015 - 04:30 PM

The rules are irrelevant. How Graham reacted was as bad as it gets. Let's also not forget that he was at it earlier in the game when Luke scored and also when he had to change his shirt through blood.

Wonderful player but, foul play aside, probably the worst behaved player I've seen on a rugby pitch. He's an embarrassment.

I'd be surprised, if you've seen the whole game, that anyone would want to defend or condone how he conducted himself in that match.


Well, I did watch the match and I'd say that 'worst behaved player' is perhaps a little OTT. I would say though that the Bulldogs would be wise to reassess Graham's captaincy. David Klemmer's outburst was probably on the back of how his captain was reacting, and although you could make an excuse that they weren't aware of the rules, it doesn't excuse how they went off at the ref. Unfortunately, it's something that does seem to go unchecked in the NRL, where the refs seem to let all sorts of things go. 

#3097187 NRL Round 4 Match ThreadsThreads - spoilers likely

Posted by thirteenthman on 30 March 2015 - 07:01 AM

Not sure whether Channel 9 are calling this Warriors game or just running a 2-hour ad for the cricket.


Thankfully, on Premier Sports we got the Sky NZ coverage with Vossy on commentary. 


Just a couple of thoughts on the Roosters v Canberra game - who decided that playing it at the same time as the WC Final was a good idea, and who the hell designed that yellow and white Canberra shirt? 

#3081656 Question about a Welsh RL player from the 90's

Posted by thirteenthman on 02 March 2015 - 02:46 PM

Mark Jones made his debut for Warrington on 20th August 1995 and played his final game on 26th August 1996.


He made 20 starts, 18 sub appearances and scored two tries.


I remember him as being somewhere between decent and average.


I never realised that was his debut - I was at that game and I've still got the programme. Warrington v London at Wilderspool. It was London Broncos first game after their elevation to the top division for Super League in what was the Centenary Championship. Alan Langers brother Kevin was playing for the Broncos. I seem to remember Warrington won pretty easily. 


I'll quote the editor of the match programme from that game who was talking about the pre season Locker Cup match against Wigan - "Pack dominance has very much been a feature of the modern game and Wire fans have long awaited more power in this area. The buzzes created by Mark Jones and Dave King when making some surging runs give an early indication that much needed support in the boiler house has well and truly arrived." Ever the optimists, programme writers...

#3080448 NRL consider reducing games to develop international footy and it's time...

Posted by thirteenthman on 28 February 2015 - 06:11 PM

as some one said before which i reposted only a few days ago..


we may have a long season but we forfill all our international obigations....


australia has a shorter season and doesn't forfill all their international obligations...2007,2012,2015 they ducked out of playing


but yeah..we're the problem


This year, as in the other 2 years you mention, Australia are playing, just not at the end of the season. 


I guess it depends on what you consider Australia's international obligations to be. I wouldn't argue that the Aussies could do a whole heap more, but you could argue that the RFL ducked out of its obligations after the 2013 World Cup by not arranging a single home international for England in 2013 to take advantage of any post World Cup good will.


The whole ad hoc way the international programme is arranged, largely to suit the whims of basically two countries, reflects well on nobody.

#3028715 France should be in four nations

Posted by thirteenthman on 07 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

The fact that Catalans are in France, Catalonian national aspirations notwithstanding, means that in spite of SL membership they are still subject to the French RL and should be releasing their players for France and, indeed , it should be compulsory for them to do so just as English clubs must release their players for England. 



And Catalans Dragons do release players for international duty. But if those players decline to make themselves available for selection due to injury, surgery or simply because they feel they need a long off season, there's precious little the French Federation can do about it. In just the same way the Welsh team are without several SL players who for whatever reason are not available. You could then shift the blame onto the players themselves, but perhaps they might ask more of the games authorities who seem happy to have players playing an ever more demanding game for 10 months of the year. 

#3019288 "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

Posted by thirteenthman on 24 October 2014 - 04:20 PM

There is one vital thing that our administrators could do, however.

Nigel Wood was appointed as the Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation earlier this year, and he has said that he wants to develop the international game far beyond where it currently finds itself.
More power to his elbow.
I hope he will be able to somehow persuade the Australians that international Rugby League is indeed performing way below its potential. That is partly because the Australians are so dominant, but also because our international game is viewed as an add-on at the end of the season that burnt-out players often have to miss as they undergo repairs to various injuries.
And we can hardly blame club coaches for taking that attitude. We have already seen how players who pull out of the international game, like Jamie Peacock, are able to extend their careers by doing so.
The only long term solution to the problem is to shorten the club season and to insert the international season into the regular club season.
That is what every other sport does, and it seems to work for them.
What’s so different about Rugby League?
The Australians already do it with State of Origin.
We simply need to persuade them to treat the international game in the same way, so that it can be seen as an integral part of the season, so gaining the attention, the audiences and the commercial support that it surely deserves.



Obviously I'd agree with the point about shortening the club season to make room for internationals, but this piece seems to infer that it's only the Aussies that need convincing. Considering we haven't got any mid season Internationals planned anymore (unlike the Aussies who still have the Anzac test, for now at least), I'd suggest Nigel Wood should start a little nearer to home in trying to persuade the great and good of our game that internationals shouldn't just be an end of season after thought. 

#3018929 "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

Posted by thirteenthman on 24 October 2014 - 07:41 AM

People blaming Origin are missing the point. Even if Origin were removed from the calendar, we would still only be able to play Internationals at the end of the season because of how many club games get played. In this country, we couldn't even find room for one mid season International this year, and still the clubs would happily play yet more matches. And it's the clubs who insist on players pulling out of end of season tournaments. We'll end up with some players only international appearances being every 4 years at the World Cup. 


It's that club v country balance which has tilted massively in favour of the clubs, and I genuinely don't know if the will is there to try and push it back even just a little bit in the direction of the International game. 

#3016960 International game needs long-term strategy: Wood

Posted by thirteenthman on 20 October 2014 - 04:09 PM

Yep, absolutely. That said, RU and Football have strong club games and still support their International game.


This is where strong leadership is needed - if England were on tour mid-season, I see no reason why crowds would drop off at regular home games if some teams had to rely on two or three youth players for a few weekends. Of course relegation adds a slight complication into this, but it was no better under licensing.


We either want the game to grow or we don't - at the moment it is quite easy to say that we don't.


I guess it comes down to what football and Union both have that we don't - a strong world governing body. Whether the RLIF can ever become that seems unlikely. There's too much power in the two main club competitions for things to change.

#3011589 "International Rugby League makes me angry!"

Posted by thirteenthman on 11 October 2014 - 03:22 PM

Pardon my cynicism for a moment, but I assume Mr Richardson and his fellow 'like-minded big thinkers' at the NRL and SL clubs will be happy for their clubs to play less matches so we can make some room in the season to actually play some International matches and tournaments mid season. The kind of big events that could showcase the game on the global stage, preferably played at a time when players aren't pulling out because said clubs want them to have surgery done so as to be fit in time for the start of the new club season. Or is Mr Richardson referring simply to more of the big events that might include, and financially benefit his own club?

#3009127 Thank you G Las D

Posted by thirteenthman on 07 October 2014 - 12:50 PM

Well said RF - Thanks G  :)