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Steve Slater

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#3182545 Laughing Stock of Rugby

Posted by Steve Slater on 25 August 2015 - 07:29 PM

Everyone needs to get a grip! Top4 was lost due to poor goalkicking in the home defeat to Dewsbury, a game in which Fev scored more tries than the opposition.

Goalkicking again played a major part against Sheffield, with an interception conceded at the depth because they were chasing the game due to missed conversions.  Does anyone actually believe they would have still lost to Whitehaven if top4 was still on? The defeat against Halifax was also more to do with suspensions and stomach bugs than anything else.

If top 4 had been achieved AH would still be coach though, and whether that would have been a good or a bad thing remains to be seen? JS will be handicapped without the extra prize money, but the manner of Sunday's win at Workington suggests he is bringing some fight into the team when things are getting tough, something that has been sadly lacking for most of the season.

#3169742 Fans forum

Posted by Steve Slater on 02 August 2015 - 01:36 PM

I just love reading the debate and Ox is talking from a position of strength, but he does need to concede that Fax made the top 4 because they had he best coach, probably in the division. That doesn't make other clubs' players rubbish. Marshall would probably have made the top 2 with the Fev squad.

#3168150 The 2016 Squad

Posted by Steve Slater on 30 July 2015 - 09:15 PM

The guy who masterminded our downfall last Saturday, Grant Gore, is on D/R but being released by Widnes at end of season. He would be a good addition to any club that needs a good tactition and kicker.  Would need a pacey stand off alongside him though.

#3162347 Bottom 8,

Posted by Steve Slater on 22 July 2015 - 09:20 AM

If we want to stand a chance of getting into Superleague, we have to go full time. It's simple as that.

Not much chance of making Super League this season with the money Leigh and Bradford were spending, so if the club had gone full-time, finished in the top 4 but remained in the Championship for next season, the extra money won this season would have been cancelled out by higher wages. If Leigh or Bradford don't make it they will be much worse off for next season.

So the club can put it behind them, dust themselves down, and look forward to next season. Either full or part-time, I still fancy them for top 4 next season.  

#3162092 Players gone

Posted by Steve Slater on 21 July 2015 - 07:19 PM

Most of them?


The worst thing about getting a new coach when you did is that you will once again have a massive turnover of players before next season so once again you will have a group of players that do not know each other and will take time to get to know each other.

Richard Marshall didn't do too bad with less time to plan for next season, and less money.

#3157843 Leigh game

Posted by Steve Slater on 13 July 2015 - 09:47 PM

Massive loss to us, always gives 100% originally first stated that he'd be out for a least 6 weeks, but I noticed whilst he was in the dugout before the game at Leigh that he'd no longer got a sling etc on his arm

I hope Bozzy doesn't get forgotten with the change of coaches. Sometimes players retuning from long injuries struggle to get a game and play their way back to form. It happened with Briggs, Etu and Mendeika. Jon Bastion didn't rate Bozzy and AH wasn't giving him much game time early on due to missing pre-season training. We can't afford for him to have to take ages to impress Jon Sharp because he doesn't fit the mould with work rate and tackle count etc (Bastian's stats man almost ruined his career). Sharpy needs to be aware that Bozzy was our most consistent and influential player before his injury.

#3156903 Leigh game

Posted by Steve Slater on 12 July 2015 - 03:58 PM

52-18 Full-time score, and it looks like Fax have just scraped home against Batley, but there is some consolation in Dewsbury beating London.


Sheffield leading Bradford 18-6 though, just before half-time.

#3156693 Leigh game

Posted by Steve Slater on 12 July 2015 - 09:02 AM

Just looking for a good performance today, with no injuries and suspensions so that the side can go into next week's crucial game on a positive note. Even if Rovers win today they will still have to win next week.
I hope Jon Sharp doesn't change too much at first and work with Danny like before, for the next 3 games at least, although his experience as controller of referees might help them tighten up on discipline. There have been some good signs of late and Wood, and maybe Moore and Cooke will return. But above all I think we missed Minns the most last week, Hitchcox looked out of place in the centre last week, and the left sided trio of Maitua, Hitchcox and Sharp just didn't function. So I hope it's Jy back at 5 and either Will or Ben on the other wing.

#3154047 Wakefield Stadium

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 July 2015 - 09:05 AM

If ground share is a must for next season, it would be sensible to wait to see which division they would be playing in. Surely Rams Stadium would be the best championship venue, as its nearer than Fev, Cas or Barnsley, and its barely 100 metres over the boundary between Wakefield and Kirklees. A long term arrangement could see further development to the stadium at a much reduced cost in similar ways that Fev developed theirs, and would benefit both clubs.

#3154019 Now Hay goes

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 July 2015 - 08:27 AM

I can't see how sacking the coach just before the business end with massive games around the corner is going to solve anything. In fact, the chairman may have consigned his club to the lower 8s by doing what he has done.

I'm not sure he was sacked? Mark Campbell is a very passionate character who loves the club just as much as the most ardent fans. He deserved better from his coaches and players over the last few years, but time and again they have lost important games against sides with half of Rovers' playing budget. I can understand his frustration and a heated argument probably went too far.

What's done is done though, but I don't think it will scupper Rovers' chances of a Top 4 finish while they still have Danny Evans at the club. He has steadied the fort before and can do so again, at least for the next 3 games.

#3153957 Andy Hay parts company with Fev

Posted by Steve Slater on 06 July 2015 - 11:02 PM

Whoever the coach will be for next season can wait. There's only one man for the next three games and that's Danny. He's picked up the pieces twice before and done a sterling job, and whether he can do it long term is irrelevant right now. What short memories a lot of folk have; who could ever forget the performance the team put in for him at Owlerton last year the week after Bastian departed, the spirit within the team was similar to that at Odsal last Wednesday. Even with Andy in charge I was confident of us beating Sheffield, the team has turned a corner and yesterday was unfortunate. Let's get behind Danny at Leigh and Sheffield and watch him steer us home into the Top 4 and the extra £250K which will be vital for next season. Whatever happens in the next group of fixtures is irrelevant compared to the prize money. Let's win it first then think about the next step.

#3151454 Oops the Bulls slip up tonight

Posted by Steve Slater on 02 July 2015 - 08:14 PM

Bulls turned it in WELL before then

I don't think they were up for it from the start. Freak heat waves like last night make it difficult to play in and you have to push your body through the pain barrier. This is not tig and pass we're talking about, its a game of extreme physicality and endurance. I've a feeling that when Bulls saw the Fev team sheet with so many faces missing they thought it would be a walk over. Fev needed it the most, and were still smarting from the Fax defeat. When they hit them with those early tries and made it obvious they were willing to put their bodies on the line, especially those youngsters who came in, the higher paid, full-time outfit of supposedly superior players thought "shove this for a game of soldiers."  

The history books are littered with shocks like this in big games in extreme heat, such as the '83 Challenge Cup Final.

#3150926 Can we Still Make the Top 4?

Posted by Steve Slater on 02 July 2015 - 08:50 AM

Alternatively you could just come and play rugby and try and beat us that way. London did, Warrington did.

They can only play rugby if allowed to. Tactics designed to provoke and intimidate might work in the middle of the season, but it would be risky to employ those tactic with the Middle Eights looming and Top Two qualification already assured. They will be keen to avoid injuries and suspension. A side that still has to qualify, however, will have a different slant on the game because they will be solely focused on a Top 4 finish which has not yet been guaranteed.For them, the middle 8's can take care of themselves once the club has got there.

#3145259 Can we Still Make the Top 4?

Posted by Steve Slater on 22 June 2015 - 01:57 PM

A bit of a bold statement in saying that Fax will beat Sheffield yet Fev won't. The Fev team that should be on the field that day should be much stronger than the one that lost to Fax- injuries and suspensions permitting.

#3144452 Doncaster

Posted by Steve Slater on 21 June 2015 - 12:29 PM

I'm gutted for Bozzy. He was in the middle of his best ever season, and was really excited about leading the Man of the Match league table. Sadly it looks like he won't win it now.

I'm a bit worried because we always seem to miss him, no more so than last year when he had two long spells out. I remember last years cup game at Leigh when we came back at them when he came off the bench, and we had them on the back foot until he picked up his injury which kept him out most of the season.

I hope we don't miss him as much this time.

Here's wishing you a speedy recovery Andy.