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Steve Slater

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#3269298 Statement from the club re social media

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 February 2016 - 11:42 AM

If another 4 Aussies had arrived last week and all were included in todays squad would they still be moaning? I can't see much difference myself. They need to ask themselves will they be happy to settle to play nearly every game and finish mid-table or buckle down and be part of a very strong squad that might get them playing on telly in the middle 8's,even in the million pound game?
If the club had spent money they didn't have and increased the squad size, would they still be in the team? Some of the youngsters have had opportunities under Jon Sharp beyond their wildest dreams, if they stick by him and tell their loved ones to do the same they won't go far wrong.

I speak from personal experience with a family member.

#3268711 ffs DR

Posted by Steve Slater on 06 February 2016 - 09:13 AM

Week 1 and straight away you cant wait to bring 3 rhinos in, whatever happened to the Fev mantra, we will use our own players first and only DR when injuries dictate. You lot have changed your tune over the last 12 month, I can remember Hunslet getting plenty of stick on here when the same thing happened at ours....

It's morally wrong, but so is the distribution of funding amongst the Championship clubs, as it was last season. A £250K differential  between League placings that could be decided by points difference or a disadvantageous pairing in the Summer Bash hardly leads to a fair and even competition the following year. In boxing terms, when you are stuck in the corner getting battered you use whatever means you can to get out, be it fair or foul, or buy some time by deliberately splitting a glove. Last year Fev had a £250K advantage over Fax, now they have a £500K shortfall, which means a reversal of fortune of £750K. Should they just accept it without such as a whimper and settle for 5th before the season starts, or use the best way they can think of to compete with them?

#3268145 Match Thread. Bradford v Featherstone Rovers Sunday 7th February 2016

Posted by Steve Slater on 05 February 2016 - 04:17 PM

Assuming Baldwinson and Achurch will be in the 17, the front row (starting and bench) looks awesome. No recognised hooker but Leeds won everything last year without one, and having Davies at 9 will strengthen the pack, and the defence. Kyran unlucky to miss out over Turner, though I wonder if he will play Channing on on the opposite wing to Handley, with Hardman and Misi in the centres?

Overall it will be a very strong 17

My line up would be: Craven, Channing/Turner, Hardman, Taulapapa, Handley, Briggs, Thackery, Griffin, Davies, Baldwinson, Cording, Spears, Ormondroyd. Subs: Bostock, Achurch, Milner, Cooper/Tagg.

#3267662 ffs DR

Posted by Steve Slater on 04 February 2016 - 08:56 PM

If they don't apply common sense and make it work for both clubs then Rhinos will have some very good fringe players that won't be match fit. They would have to send some out on loan which would leave them vulnerable, so I don't think they'll try to dictate to Sharp and Campbell, it just wouldn't work with them.

#3265329 M.O.M v Leeds.

Posted by Steve Slater on 31 January 2016 - 09:01 PM


and Thackeray running them close too.

Thanks Ponteblue for starting the thread off. Voting proper starts next week.

#3260258 2016 Season Preview

Posted by Steve Slater on 21 January 2016 - 09:21 AM

I didn't say we would be in middle 8's in fact if I'm honest I don't think we'll even threaten the top 4.Talking to our chairman Mark Sawyer I know where we've budgeted to hopefully finish in the league, unlike some clubs we've not put all our eggs in one basket in chasing the dream of super league.

I think the Rams' squad looks pretty good Graham, although a lot could depend upon the fitness of Andy Kain and the progress of Reynolds at half-back. I covered one or two Hunslet games for League Express last season besides the times they played against Fev, and Kainy was outstanding for them before his injury, which many at the South Leeds feel was the major factor in their relegation. Sykes is a very good centre but was disappointing in the halves for Fev, so as long as he's played in the right position you should do very well barring injuries.

I think that some of the predictions are based on lazy assumptions, especially with regard to Dewsbury and Fev, but I'm sure that both clubs would prefer to play without the yoke of expectation.

#3257339 Match Thread. Featherstone Rovers v Wakefield Trinity Sunday 10th January 2016

Posted by Steve Slater on 12 January 2016 - 08:10 PM

As what I said in the above post, I think this is a great response, its just banter. My retort would be that Fev were so bad last season that bringing some players in that didnt know what they were doing was probably an improvement.

Yet they would probably have still made the Top 4 if they'd kicked all their goals against Dewsbury in Andy Hay's last match. I think I'd rather have Jon Sharp without the extra £250K though. 

#3256938 Match Thread. Featherstone Rovers v Wakefield Trinity Sunday 10th January 2016

Posted by Steve Slater on 11 January 2016 - 07:23 PM

Davies was always a good player, and I would have preferred him above all the others when Bastian raided the Batley squad. But the performance that pleased me most was Ormondroyd's. Maybe the pack that many have been deriding will turn out to be better than last year's after all?

#3256296 Kyle

Posted by Steve Slater on 10 January 2016 - 09:28 AM

Fev will benefit for the link up with Leeds and have 3 decent half backs at this level but they have a pack that will struggle to hold its own and no matter how good a half back is they cant play behind beaten packs. Again tongue in cheek but as good as all 3 half backs are going forward, to a man all of them are pretty poor defensively and for a team that shipped in points so easily it will be interesting to see how that works out this season.

You've lost all credibility with that quote: suggesting Briggs is poor defensively. I've not seen too may of his games at Sheffield but at Fev he was the best defensive half back in the Championship, ask Rangi Chase.
Regarding a beaten pack, they were hardly anywhere near full strength last season, but those that were left and came in from the reserves got progressively better under Jon Sharp as did the defence. Steve Snitch got better game by game, and whilst not having Maitua's attacking qualities had massive influence in reducing the points against. From the pack that demolished London in the GF, James, Bussey and Foster have moved on while Griffin, Roche & Davies have come in and Bostock and Cording have returned from injury. If he stays fit Bostock will be huge for Fev, but you never seem to comment on him- have you ever seen him play? Baldwinson moved back to Leeds but could be back? Add the youngsters Ormondroyd, Coventry, Cooper and Tagg, and it's not a bad pack when all available.

#3255599 Kyle

Posted by Steve Slater on 08 January 2016 - 10:38 AM

Delighted he's back, it's fairly obvious he's wanted this time which should boost his confidence. Andy Hay messed him about last time and wasn't prepared to wait for his inevitable return to form- or was it Feisal who wanted him off the wage bill so he could sign Danny Brough, Ferres and Crabtree? I still cringe at some of the statements made around that time

#3254031 Match Thread. Featherstone Rovers v Featherstone Lions Sunday 3rd January 2016

Posted by Steve Slater on 03 January 2016 - 09:32 PM

Jake Joynt showed up well for Rovers, but where's he been for the last couple of years?

#3251754 Sunday then

Posted by Steve Slater on 27 December 2015 - 10:40 PM

Well thats Andy "chocolate body" bostock injured again - time to cut our losses? Great forward yes but far too injury prone

Wildie also taken off injured

We were miles the better team second half, cas made wholesale changes though and put the cue on the rack after 50 mins but we did really well to show up their unprofessionalism

Just a shame it took us 50 mins to get going

Thought Jon Davies and Thackeray were our best players today but thought they all put a shift in today and last 30 mins were great to watch

If it was Bostock's groin again I might agree with you, but his last two injuries, a broken forearm and now a suspected broken jaw have been unrelated to previous injuries and down to pure bad luck. Briggs, Cording, and possibly one or two others have suspect knees and the club pins their hopes on them, so why not Bozzy? We do miss him though when he's out!

#3248799 Updated: The 2016 Squad

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 December 2015 - 09:23 AM

He's always been the type of coach/manager  to use every trick in the book, be it fair or foul. Fev are his major rivals for a top 4 spot and delaying these moves will hinder pre-season preparation, and could also affect things like shirt and season ticket sales. It's quite ironic that when Andy Hay had a brain furt and decided to let Kyle go everyone at Fev was happy for him that he'd got his career back on track. I hope all these delaying tactics only have a motivating effect so that he has an absolute stormer when he plays against Aston's boys. 

#3248794 Joe Mullaney RIP

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 December 2015 - 09:09 AM

Joe was my first sporting idol, ever since he brought the Yorkshire Cup into Sharlston school just after they'd beaten Hull in 1959. I was 7 at the time and it was that which prompted me to ask my Dad to take me to watch Rovers. My first game was against Workington in 1960. Joe was my favourite player until he retired, then it became Ivor Lingard, Don Fox and Carl Dooler, all Sharlston lads, and Neil Fox was Darth Vader. Great times from when Sharlston seemed to all us youngsters as if it was the centre of the Rugby League world.
RIP Joe, thanks for the memories.
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#3239882 Chase and new salary cap

Posted by Steve Slater on 26 November 2015 - 09:18 PM

Good luck to Leigh if they can afford to pay these players let them get on with it We need to worry what happens at Fev and get people through to gates to compete with the top four Regarding Chase he is one player I am glad is not playing in a Fev shirt next season but there is a few players at Leigh I'd Luke to see in blue and White

Three into two won't go, so I can't see why they've signed Chase when they've already got the best half back pairing in the Championship? Could lead to unrest.