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#3076449 golden point

Posted by RidingPie on 22 February 2015 - 11:07 AM

I also disagree. Nearly every time I watch golden point (obviously I've got premiersports) I'm disappointed by the unionesque drop goal-athon the games become.

IMHO there's nothing wrong with a draw and a share of the spoils.

#3074078 NZ and French teams in expanded World Club Series

Posted by RidingPie on 18 February 2015 - 08:32 AM

Interestingly though don't Catalan's and NZ Warriors already have access to the world club challenge? All they have to do is finish in a position to qualify.

#3062993 The Great 100 (nearly) days to go poll!

Posted by RidingPie on 29 January 2015 - 06:50 PM

TBH given our current voting system, only a vote for one of the big two parties is going to produce a decisive result. Vote UKIP get Labour (perhaps) vote Green get the Tories,(the last party someone with Green view would want IMO) vote Lib/Dem, get the Tories. Same in Scotland, it may be very tempting to vote SNP but they are never going to form the government of the UK, it's horses for courses, the SNP claim to be a social democratic, left o centre party, so you've more chance , it these are your views by sticking with Labour.

Here's an article which sums up my feelings towards comment like yours Trojan.


While I'm not likely to vote green I'm certainly tired of being told who not to vote for by people I essentially don't trust.

Each to their own, but this time I'm going to vote for the closest party to my opinions and not the least bad major option. Don't know who that is yet though.

#3050223 Pettybourne leaves Wigan

Posted by RidingPie on 30 December 2014 - 08:23 AM

i have a feeling that the pies will announce a new prop at the end of the season from bath RU

Can't see him going anywhere but the NRL when he returns.

#3030917 Shaun Wane next England coach?

Posted by RidingPie on 10 November 2014 - 08:39 PM

Put it this way if your calling for McNamara's head you should be calling for wanes head because McNamara as done more for england than wane as for Wigan and probably ever will do for Wigan.

Interestingly, if you read the other thread I'm not calling for McNamara's head

And to say McNamara has done for for England than Wane has for wigan is a joke right. Wane has won the league, the challenge cup, the grand final. Had McNamara won three trophies for England I might say you had a point. But barring this 4 nations I haven't really felt England have moved forward. I mean Italy beat us last only last year. That's hardly progress.

#3027568 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by RidingPie on 05 November 2014 - 12:36 PM

At the end of the day had the ref been from a neutral country, even had he made every single decision the same, there wouldn't be calls of bias here. Incompetence, probably, but that isn't as bad.

#3018922 George Burgess (merged threads)

Posted by RidingPie on 24 October 2014 - 07:28 AM

We're told it's good our players head to the NRL because we'll have a stronger national team, in spite of our almost nonexistent international schedule. Yet union still seem to tempt them from the NRL.

this morning the glass is definitely half empty.

#3008922 The Lib Dem conference

Posted by RidingPie on 07 October 2014 - 09:08 AM

Not at all. It just marks you out as a stereotypical rugby league fan......nowt's any good!

Possibly! ;)

that said I think I've got tired, as I've got older of voting for the least bad option.

#3008910 The Lib Dem conference

Posted by RidingPie on 07 October 2014 - 08:52 AM

They've done a lot that they shouldn't. True! But they have got some stuff done for sure.

My humble take on the current parties
Labour - fiscally incompetent
Conservative - socially incompetent
Lib dems - politically incompetent
Greens - scientifically incompetent
UKIP - polar opposite of me on just about every issue.

Now that's depressing!

#2975663 Junior draft system

Posted by RidingPie on 12 August 2014 - 05:26 AM

that is correct. Youth development would need to be entirely removed from the pro game.

I think that there would be benefits of this, but it would require a commitment from clubs to fund it.

Yes and all clubs would have to fund it equally. Sadly that's where the problem lies. Some clubs can't or won't make the commitment.

#2975630 Junior draft system

Posted by RidingPie on 11 August 2014 - 09:45 PM

The biggest problem with any proposed draft system is the it penalises the clubs the put the most money in to junior development and rewards those who don't.

Why should Leeds, Wigan, Warrington and Saints who currently spend a lot on junior development continue to do so if the best players coming through are then drafted.

If the RFL funded and drove all youth development then it might be workable, however I don't think they have the funds to do so.

I also don't go for the trading registration so the players can sign for the team they want to argument. This just sounds like a way for clubs who haven't spent money on developing players to get money out of the teams who have.

At the end of the day, if you attract and develop good juniors you are rewarded for doing so. Maybe we should reward the clubs who do to encourage more clubs to invest this way, possibly with further cap exemptions especially if the player is from the local catchment area.

#2963392 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by RidingPie on 22 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

I've had a pop or two and made hilarious witticisms ever since he stepped foot in the game as I'd admire him more if he just knuckled down and got on with it, which he seems to be doing now after 12/18 months of bluster.


It really is a case of actions speaking louder than words IMO.


I disagree and think he has been delivering! The signings of Morely, Chase (both about 12 months ago now) and more recently Locke et al have all been steps forward for the club, and only now Harris has managed to start getting the structure in the team working are some people taking notice.


I don't mind the bluster and bravado either, it gets us column inches in the papers, and though some people would argue it isn't good publicity again I disagree, it isn't a drugs/bubbling/violence scandle its someone arguing about the future of the game who is passionate about it. OK he's trying to get his own way, but again we don't have to see that as a bad thing.

#2956326 Terrible news for Gingerjon

Posted by RidingPie on 08 July 2014 - 11:24 AM

Seeing as giraffe and lions are both ginger, I doubt it would be an issue.


also its got to be better than some of the greasy fried pork in Copenhagen! ;)

#2956304 Terrible news for Gingerjon

Posted by RidingPie on 08 July 2014 - 10:15 AM

We will need to set up a Ginger sanctuary somewhere in Scotland where a number of specimens can live in captivity and have them take part in breeding programs or loan them out to foreign zoos as a govt positive PR message to other nations like China does with Pandas. 


Just not Copenhagen zoo, or they might shoot them and feed them to the lions.

#2952388 The RFL needs to do the same

Posted by RidingPie on 30 June 2014 - 01:51 PM

One of the things that disappoints me about RL (ok disappoints might be the wrong word but its not far off) is its lack of infrastructure. For example, my brother has twin boys they're 11 now. They are mad about Wigan RL but they play for a local junior RU club, because there IS a very local one, with a small club building and playing field and at least one team in every age group. The local RL one, isn't quite as local and plays on council fields and trains when it can fit things in and only have an under 7's and senior team!


OK my dad takes them to the summer camps at Wigan RL but that lack of amateur infrastructure is a real problem for mine!