Outstanding attacking rugby with stout defence. Regarding the bounce of the ball- it wouldn't have happened unless we tried it. Inventive rugby instead of 5 tackles and a kick. More please.
The Blackmore-Cording combination looks well rehearsed, it was a carbon copy of last week at Whitehaven, and if Cording's expecting it he will always be favourite to win the race because the opposition has to turn, and Blackmore has already drawn the full-back in. The area he kicks the ball into is perfect and extremely difficult to defend against.
The first league table for the Social Media Consistency Award is now ready, and includes points awarded for the first 11 competitive games of the season, up to and including the Challenge Cup game at North Wales Crusaders.
Andy Hay kept faith in the players who did a good job last week and they let him down badly, too busy patting themselves on the back. I've feeling there will be changes on Monday, likely Moore, Ellis and Bussey all coming back, Mendeika an outside chance, although the club were trying to arrange a reserve game for him next week. He might play on Monday instead after that show.
Never been a fan of Blackmore but it seems he had a good game tonight well done every one #UTR
Prior to Friday night, comparing Ben Blackmore to Tommy Saxton was nigh on impossible- Tommy had the best all-round game we'd ever seen in a winger, but his finishing wasn't the best and Ben was undoubtedly better at that, but also made daft mistakes. Andy Hay seems to have pulled off a master stroke though by dropping him for the Wakey D/R players, because since he came back he's been brilliant in the last two games. True, he made another mistake at Rams but made up for it ten fold with his play from dummy half and first receiver from our own half. He was giving the props a rest and making vital yards in abundance. He also broke through several times creating try scoring opportunities, a couple of which were converted.
The support play was excellent and is getting better every week, and I feel he will create more tries in weeks to come once his team mates learn to back him up more.
After the game Andy Hay said pre-season training had been focused more on defence, but the last few weeks have been centred around ball handling and support play, hence the improvement, although he might have to re-address the defence again. The full-time squads will have had time to practice all these aspects from the off and in close season.
Really good result but the only thing that concerns me is that we have conceded well over 20 points again. I think we need to tighten our defence if we want to be successful this season.
10-2 penalty count against them before the ref must have realised and decided to give Fev one or two, then I think he gave them 4 in succession from which they opened up a match winning gap before he had another brain furt and reverted back to previous inefficiency, from which they scored their 2nd half try. Half the penalties awarded to either side were totally unnecessary. It's about time we had differential tap where you couldn't kick to touch for minor offences to stop side being piggy-backed upfield when they don't really deserve it.
Refs don't win or lose matches. Players do that.
Refs don't win or lose matches. Players do that.
Don't they indeed?. Refs have more influence regarding results than the players have.
There was a 5-1 penalty count against Featherstone in the second half until Fev got a few back at the very end. This was probably because Leigh were getting on top and forcing offences against them, but some refs let them go and some don't. I also noticed a couple of repeat sets from kicks that collided with a Fev player within a couple of feet and it can be argued they didn't play the ball. Maybe similar things went against Leigh but the fans who gain from it don't notice them as much. It was the repeat sets that killed Fev off in the second half and never let them get back in the game after the early try from the kick, and you can't say that every ref would have called every offence the same.
I know that Leigh dominated the All-Stars 13 last season, but to suggest that some of those were better than ours was rubbish. What they are, is a TEAM, they play like a team, and back up like a team, and they have an outstanding pair of half-backs. I thought it was phenomenal the way they broke from their own half with support on either side in numbers, yet when we break there is hardly anyone up in support to pass to. I don't know how we can stop their support play other than using football tactics as soon as the break starts, maybe by running across their support runners to delay them?
We did have our moments against them though and showed signs of dominating them in the forwards, like the cup game at their place before Dale & Bostock got injured, and when we came back at them at Headingley.
The pack have been very good so far, and Bozzy, who missed most of last season, is every bit as good as Barlow. So if Fev can keep it tight, and try to make it a forward battle we have a good chance, if we try to match them in the backs we can forget it.
Gaskell's display was one of the finest I've seen in years, he was Ridyard and Brierley combined. After his first try our defence was watching him too much and gave them space out wide, especially for their 2nd & 3rd tries. Their opening try of the 2nd half inside barely a minute was a real killer, and Glaskell's 60 yard effort was out of this world. We matched them up front though, but the second rowers and centres have no penetration out wide, so the passing needs to be smarter and more fluid. Forget it and move on, it would have been a far more even contest without Gaskell, and we won't be facing him next week.
The intensity of the competition is not conducive for bringing on youngsters, every game this year is a must win and the bar has been raised regarding quality. Also there's no easy NRC fixtures that gave Zac his chance. Last years injury crisis worked out well for Pick and Teasdale, but we're not likely to be so unlucky with injuries again. I'm sure Teasdale will get his chance, but with the front row performing well and two more props still to come in how will Nicholson, Cooper and Ormondroyd get a game? What Rovers need is a DR arrangement with a Championship 1 club, other than that one or two will need to go out on loan.
Wakefield got into Super League in 1998 on the promise that they would upgrade thier ground to a decent standard. We are still waiting.
And they got into Super League in 1998 by spending the money they should have used to upgrade their facilities, to meet the minimum SL standards of the day, on their playing budget instead. If they wanted to do this and just win the GF without applying for promotion to SL that was up to them, but to blatantly ignore Stadium minimum standards in order to pay for the strongest squad and then apply for SL was surely equivalent to a breach of Salary Cap? Other clubs they were competing with were playing by the rules and upgrading their stadium.
If I'm honest I personally don't think your a top 4 team this season top 6 is more realistic
I don't know where you got that from in view of the fact that Fev still finished 2nd last year despite what was probably the biggest injury crisis in the history of the club? They appear to have recruited well and 4 players that could well be top class in this division are still to come in, to go with half a dozen still bedding in. They will nicely compliment the bulk of last year's squad. Every position seems adequately covered, while I don't know whether some other clubs will struggle should they lose one or two stars.
I think the table will be won by the best team though and not the best assembly of stars. Leigh will get a flying start out of the blocks because they play well together and their support play is phenomenal, with outstanding half backs (unless of course they get injured).
The key thing for us will be keeping relatively injury free. If we have a nightmare like last season we will struggle for top 4 if we stay fit we will be able to rotate the squad a little and I reckon we can pinch 3rd.
I think Dewsbury showed last night it will be a very tough league again this year.
If we don't get any injuries it will be difficult to hold on to everyone. The 19 man squad looks good for the Hunslet game, and that's without Minns, Ormondroyd, Cooper, Nicholson and Walmsley. But expected first teamers Carvell, Verlinden and Maitua will hopefuly feature in the near future, and Mendeika not long after that. Competition for places will be tight, and some might have to go out on loan.
I think Rovers might find it tough early on, but once the new faces gel and everyone is available they will climb into the top 4 by the end.