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#3074734 Town V Rams predictions.

Posted by thundergaz on 19 February 2015 - 01:31 PM

ok then we haven't got a chance.

I for one wouldn't be surprised if you won. On that note theirs only 2 teams this weekend that if they won I would be surprised and that's haven and fax I think the rest are up for grabs.

#3072683 15 Feb: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Hull KR KO 3pm

Posted by thundergaz on 15 February 2015 - 06:56 PM

Its great to see wakey doing well. Hope it continues through out the season and they make the top 8.

#3065649 5 Feb: Widnes Vikings v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by thundergaz on 03 February 2015 - 02:05 PM

Wigan by 22

#3065310 Stefan Ratchford

Posted by thundergaz on 02 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

I think this guys the real deal and an outside bet for man of steel.

Extremely talented player who's a victim of his own talent by being able to play most positions and end up almost a utility player.

I've got to say I disagree I think he falls into the category of over hyped player. I watched him every game he played on sky last season and I was expecting more from a big name like him but he never delivered really he had a couple of good games but nothing that would put him in the england team. Maybe this season he will kick on but who knows just saying as I see it that's all.For what its worth I think a certain saints player will get the man of steel if he stays injury free.

#3063608 carvel

Posted by thundergaz on 30 January 2015 - 08:15 PM

Now you are getting carried away Gaz,you don't think you'll lose to a semi pro team this season,now that is a bold prediction,I think my team Rams,Halifax,batley,Sheffield & rest of the teams will have something to say about that!!!

Yes very true graham and I would be worried if fans of those clubs didn't think that too. I just feel our class players will shine especially our pack (that's where we will win most games IMO) as I don't think any club even the FT teams will dominate our pack when all are on board. Yes I agree its a very bold statement graham but after our squad got 2nd last season with an average side probably our worst in a few years. I just feel this squad is probably the best we've had in a very long long time albeit on paper at the moment. I'm just very confident more so than any other season even when DP was with us. Its just the FT teams I think might cause us the problems but for the sake of our league I hope I'm wrong because their will be 2 leagues in one if I'm right.

#3062698 Toulouse news

Posted by thundergaz on 29 January 2015 - 12:36 PM

here we go again, i want expansion BUT ,

how can Toulouse being in super league not be good for the game,

Like I've said previously I'm not against expansion.. But doesn't your post above apply to bulls London crusaders Hemel Madrid Barcelona Rome etc etc you get my point. If we want a European top flight then make one and get one team from Yorkshire one team from Lancashire one from London etc etc. not this well they are good keep em in etc. you want a European SL how about this.

1. London
2. Leeds
3. Wigan
4. Crusaders
5. Catalans
6. Toulouse
7. Madrid
8. Barcelona
9 Hemel
10 Newcastle
11. Rome
12 Dublin
13 Cardiff
14 Edinburgh

How many of those above will fail? I would say at least 9. I'm not saying dont bring teams in I'm all for it don't get me wrong but are you willing to lose clubs like saints bulls wire hudds etc for this fantasy dream league? Under this new system you've already lost one of the big boys in the bulls are you happy they've been excluded? I would put bulls in SL over Toulouse any day of the week.

#3062395 carvel

Posted by thundergaz on 28 January 2015 - 05:25 PM

Im expecting Fev's over the hill pack to get shown up a little bit this season probably not helped with the over hype of a couple of their overseas players who didnt really stand out in the competitions they played in. Wont be long in to their season we hear their fans moaning about the rhino not running his weight.

Lol you obviously know nothing about our overseas players with the comment you made above. Reni maitua speaks for itself I have no need to comment on him. Verlinden I'm sure will put alot of fax forwards on their backs and carvell and wood maybe a bit old but as the saying goes class is permanent form is temporary. Put it this way I bet we beat you twice this season and I know nowt.By the way is 2015 the year of the fax? Or no sorry that was 2010, 2011, 2012 ,2013 and 2014 do you want to get in early and say no its 2016 lol.

#3062394 Toulouse news

Posted by thundergaz on 28 January 2015 - 05:18 PM

Oh the irony Gaz,

Bet you were Ok Cas going down to accommodate Les Catalans!!

No I wasn't parky. I've never been in favour of a new expansion club taking the place of an established club no matter who the club is that losers out. It could be very damaging to an existing club to make way for a club that will probably fail anyway. It shouldn't happen no matter what established club may be effected that's my view on it and all expansion clubs not just Toulouse. If they want to bring them in that's fine by me but don't hurt another club by doing so.

#3062247 Toulouse news

Posted by thundergaz on 28 January 2015 - 11:42 AM

The question I have is who's going to lose their place in the championship to let these in? Surely not a 13 team league. Clubs last season suffered because of this new system in the championship with 5 going down. I'm all for letting them in the championship but not to replace an existing champ club like Workington batley dews etc as they don't deserve to go down to accommodate Toulouse IMO.

#3059062 cas ground

Posted by thundergaz on 22 January 2015 - 12:12 PM

Cheers Gaz always a pleasure.

A crowd is a crowd and as for away fans they too may be more likely to turn up if the stadium is easier to get to and more comfortable with better amenities. Those 10K moments against Leeds may have included 2,000 Leeds fans but what price both more Cas and Leeds fans attending a decent stadium.

Sure the purists say don't rely on "away" fans but the reality is they count, and the Hull clubs are literally "down the road"

Now not sure how often you posted when Newmarket was given the go ahead, but I posted plenty about this being the big club the region needed. I also feel that if Cas and Wakey get the grounds they will restrict each other, but the harsh reality could be Cas get the ground and Wakey get relegated.

You should perhaps revise "No way on this earth" and take into account the scenario above. L'Ange predicts no calder club in SL in time, but one in a new stadium has to have the potential to grow big.

As for dreaming and hoping I dream of a 20,000 stadium and a rally of fans of all three clubs coming together under one banner with the aim of putting the crumbling past behind them and joining forces to smash the Hull's Leeds and Wigan's.

But the site is for lively debate on the realities, so I will leave the fantasy stuff to others.

Finally you blew it at the end with the admission you would "worry" if Wakefield were revived with a smart new ground. care to share the worries with me?

Yeah no problem parky. My worries about wakey getting a new stadium are obvious really. Wakey as massive potential to be a super club in our game alot more than Cas and Fev. I just feel if wakey get Newmarket it will destroy Fev and Cas (obviously not make them disappear Etc) but I just feel this new ground could be the kick start wakey need to become the super power they should really be. Wakey as been a sleeping giant for far too long now and I just feel it will only take a little thing like getting a new stadium to put this sleeping giant back on the right track. I like ange believe if wakey don't get their ground all 3 could be in the same league soon as Cas rely on Fulton too much and he won't be around forever. Wakey getting a new stadium really fears me for my club. But for the game it will be tremendous. Cas getting a ground won't make me worry as they haven't got the potential wakey have with them just being down the road from Leeds. I honestly do think in the next 5 years Cas will get relegated with or without a new stadium. But I feel wakey could go 2 ways one where they get their new stadium which I believe over time will make them a super club. Or secondly not getting their stadium and all 3 will be in the same division. Like I've said wakey are the sleeping giants of the area not Cas or Fev and the day wakey turn it on is the day Fev and Cas need to be very scared.

#3056096 Ben Flower on SKY NZ news

Posted by thundergaz on 15 January 2015 - 08:19 PM

I'm fed up that RL only becomes a 'big' story when somebody does something wrong!!

Yes very true it does seem like that doesn't it. The problem is though is that RL isn't a major sport (which to me it is) but the majority don't think it is. So they cover a story which might attract attention. A headline like Leeds win the CC doesn't have the same ring to it to people that don't follow the sport does it. But if they see an headline like peacock goes on a bender etc ( obviously made up) they will take more notice of it. Not good for the sport I agree but its good for the news. News always wants a major story not a routine one which will always happen I'm afraid.

#3055529 cas ground

Posted by thundergaz on 14 January 2015 - 12:34 PM

oooo I can feel the keyboards rattling now Gaz lad!! :tongue: :tongue:
You do realise you've almost quoted what suggy has posted.... be scared!!! :sungum:

Yes I've just noticed robin lol. I came in here first then looked at our forum lol. Hope I'm not getting like suggy a ban will be forth coming lol.But back on the topic It just gets my back up that our volunteers are working their rocks off for nothing in all kinds of weathers and these are wanting it given for nothing. Its just unbelievable if I'm being honest lol.

#3055527 cas ground

Posted by thundergaz on 14 January 2015 - 12:26 PM

Rugby League - the family sport

Some of the bile posted on this thread is almost comical - "Steve Gill needs to get off his **** " is the bit that's made me laugh the most

Happoy New Year everyone

Right here goes. Clubs in the championship have been cut adrift because of their facilities yet you still play in a dump and are still in SL. Also clubs in the championship can ill afford to spend money on their grounds yet you get millions of sky money and spend it on 2nd rate Aussies just to try and stay in SL instead of using the money to either upgrade your dump or put it towards a new stadium. You won't get any sympathy from me I'm afraid and I really do hope it doesn't get the go ahead. All the millions you got from sky yet you are going cap in hand and teams like Fev dews and batley haven't got a penny but yet manage to upgrade their grounds. Its your post that's laughable I'm afraid no one else's.

#3055191 cas ground

Posted by thundergaz on 13 January 2015 - 11:35 AM

they sold it back at a favourable price to the clubs: it was a figure of speech. Also they charged a how can I put it, highly favourable rent, which also included stadium and pitch maintenance.

does 'favourable price' do it? It was a good piece of social policy by the council. The council didn't have to buy PO ROAD.
Castleford RLFC didn't benefit from this largesse.

Do you not find it odd that this doesn't get mentioned by those currently slagging of the Tigers and Wakefield MDC including the original poster?

Ange to be fair I don't think the Fev posters are slagging it off because its Cas etc. I think they are a bit aggrieved that Steve gill is asking the council for an handout when clubs like Fev batley dews etc have worked their butts off themselves alately to get building done in their own grounds with volunteers etc etc. I think its more to do with Steve gill not actually trying to help himself rather more of getting the begging bucket out that's why Fev fans are in uproar I think. Which is understandable to be honest. If Steve gill got a grant etc but got volunteers etc to help build or upgrade their stadium I doubt anyone would be aggrieved its the fact he's asking for a handout rather than trying to do something himself which is getting Fev fans backs up I think. Like I say I could be wrong but I think that's why their aggrieved.

#3052023 Super eight or relegate?

Posted by thundergaz on 05 January 2015 - 09:23 AM

I have been waiting for someone to mention expansion clubs in this new system. Right I personally think expansion clubs will have it a hell of a lot harder to get into SL now. I know people say well if they've got a money man etc it will work I personally don't think it will. Look at koukash he's loaded but the salary cap stops him from making Salford the dominate force in our sport. So lets says Gateshead for example have a koukash type of person at the head of their affairs they can only spend the same amount as the bulls leigh etc every season and I personally don't think either of those will go up and its not for the lack of trying on either of their parts its the salary cap gulf that shouldn't allow it to happen. The only way I see a club or a expansion club breaking into the elite 12 is if say a team like wakey scrimp and scrape and don't spend the full cap. Even if wakey say spend the same cap as the champ clubs they should realistically stay up because they should attract the better players. Like parky as said the cap should be the same for both leagues but I think the RFL have handed clubs an apple in one hand by saying here you go P&R is back stop ya whining. Then taken the apple away with the other hand by saying well you can have a go to get into the elite 12 but we really don't want you in their so we will make it as hard as we can for you to get into the elite 12. It will be very hard that's for sure so if one club does so happen to break the mould good luck to them but then becomes reality that the middle 8 will be the same teams constantly for the entire length the system lasts for. I am looking forward to the new system but also believe it could get very repetitive and boring after a few seasons in but we will see.