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#3169867 Alex Walmsley - Beast!

Posted by Saintslass on Yesterday, 05:42 PM

Yes he's a good player , but completeley overshadowed by Cuthbertson , easily MOM for me his offloading killed Saints , we need him to be playing for England

I'll take that as a joke.


An offloading game doesn't make a prop a good prop.  Walmsley is superleague's top metre maker and has been all season.  I'd rather have a prop who makes good ground than one who offloads every play.


I seem to remember it was Walmsley's offload to Quinlan that led to Percy scoring against Leeds in the first half.  No good offloading just for the sake of it.  Better to pick your time.

#3169326 1 Aug: CCSF2 - Hull Kingston Rovers v Warrington Wolves KO 12.45pm

Posted by Saintslass on 01 August 2015 - 02:47 PM

Two terrific games,well done the RFL,the BBC,the players,refs and supporters.

How good is rugby league,when it's not ruined by Hemmings and Stevo.

The BBC coverage has improved out of sight over the last few years.  It's excellent.  If only there was some way of them taking on more rugby league.  How good would that be.

#3169322 31 Jul: CCSF1 - Leeds Rhinos v St Helens KO 8pm

Posted by Saintslass on 01 August 2015 - 02:43 PM

Chris Irvine @Chrisirvine 6m6 minutes ago

Last night's semi on BBC started at 500k viewers and rose to 1.3million - around 400k more than usual.

Gareth Walker said the TV ratings were 1.3 million for last night's game, a 69% increase on the semi final last year.

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#3167764 Reserve league to return

Posted by Saintslass on 30 July 2015 - 08:58 AM

it's very expensive. The standard is pretty low. It takes players out of the lower leagues, nobody watches it, it requires clubs to keep on players who aren't of sufficient quality just to put out a side.

I'm sure I saw somewhere that the cost is around £125,000 per year?  Given that the cost of the cap is now covered by Sky money then for Superleague clubs that would be affordable. 


Since we haven't run reserve teams for years how do you know the standard would be low?


How does running a reserve team take players out of the lower leagues?


Nobody watches youth teams.  Should we abandon them because nobody watches them?


Lots of players in the youth teams aren't "of sufficient quality" yet they continue to play in the youth teams.  Do we abandon youth teams because some players in those teams are not "of sufficient quality"?

#3165389 When you need a spead sheet to explain its time to rethink

Posted by Saintslass on 26 July 2015 - 06:58 PM

The basic structure to this system is very easy to explain: after 23 rounds the top two divisions split into three mini leagues of eight.  The top league compete to get to the grand final, the middle eight compete to stay in or get promoted to superleague and the bottom eight compete for a shield and to avoid relegation.  What's not simple about that?  I'm quite sure any non-rugby league fan could easily get their head around that.  Whether they think it's a good system or not is another matter.


Remembering the finer details can be tricky not least because as regular fans we have all been caught up in 23 rounds of rugby league and it seems like a long time since it was all first explained to us.  I know I forgot when the Superleague league leaders shield was awarded and had to be reminded by an RFL tweet. (They have been answering a lot of questions on Twitter over the last few weeks but obviously those only reach a limited number of fans)

#3164257 Bad news: Shaun Johnson's season over

Posted by Saintslass on 25 July 2015 - 09:58 AM

What a shame.  Even though he ended England's hopes of a world cup final I was really looking forward to watching him play at the Olympic Stadium.  I hope he recovers well.  Ankles can be tricky things.

#3163238 23 Jul: Hull FC v Wigan Warriors KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Saintslass on 23 July 2015 - 08:13 PM

It won't be a popular comment, but Hull look like a side who won their big game last week.

They look like that quite a lot though don't they?

#3160939 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Saintslass on 19 July 2015 - 08:57 PM

What neither Labour nor Ed Miliband did was get rid of the economic millstone  hung around its neck by the Tories in the leaderless summer of 2010.  The recession caused the deficit not the other way around. Miliband and all of them should have been saying this. They should have countered Osborne's "they didn't fix the roof etc" sound bite with "no we were too busy fixing the foundations."  Because that's what they did.  On every front: infra structure, schools, education, NHS, child poverty,  the country was in a mess when Labour came to power in 1997 and to a large extent they fixed many of the problems, and they also prevented the recession from becoming a depression, plus of course they left a growing economy for their successors.  But between 2010 and 2015 no one said this.  Especially Miliband.  That's the reason Labour lost. That's the reason why on Question Time in Leeds Town Hall, when asked about the economy he stumbled over this words and then stumbled from the stage to defeat.

On the point about the deficit, it was a bit of a gift by the outgoing Labour party to leave a little note telling everyone there was no money left.

#3160909 18-19 Jul: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by Saintslass on 19 July 2015 - 08:20 PM

I was surprised by the Thunder score.  I didn't expect them to lose like that.  Are they having a bit of a wobble?


What's happened to Skolars as well?  They were competitive until the last year or so.  Is it that there isn't the available talent or are they suffering on the coaching front?

#3160268 10% pay rise for MPs

Posted by Saintslass on 18 July 2015 - 07:35 PM

MPs are indeed public servants but they also have the highest responsibility in the country given that they are responsible for governing the country.  Their pay should reflect that.  I would much prefer MPs to be paid a fixed salary at a higher rate, reflecting the responsibility of their job (not to mention the highly public nature of it and all the attendant pressure that brings), than at a lower rate topped up by multiple benefits that are hard to keep track of and/or easily manipulated by the less scrupulous among them.

#3160022 17 Jul: Leeds Rhinos v Salford Red Devils KO 8pm

Posted by Saintslass on 18 July 2015 - 09:49 AM

I'd like to know who was to blame for Salford's previous two wins?  Is McDermott commenting on that?  Oh no.  How strange.


This is McDermott who went to the press just before a disciplinary panel with a report that Mcguire had broken his ankle after a crocodile roll tackle made by Sneyd.  Oh look!  No broken ankle.  Just lies in an attempt to protect one of his boys.


This is McDermott who went to the press just before a disciplinary panel on Hardaker making homophobic comments to a referee known to be gay in an attempt to excuse one of his precious boys.


And of course Kevin Sinfield would never headbutt anyone!


McDermott is no longer in the armed forces.  He's a rugby league coach.  It isn't his place to comment to the media about how any other club is managed, especially when his own is quite happy to defend less than professional behaviour within its own ranks.  I say he should just take care of what he is paid to take care of and realise that while he thinks he's God's gift to the rugby league world, by commenting as he has he has just embarrassed the game in full public view, the very thing he was claiming Dr K is doing. 

#3159357 16 Jul: Warrington Wolves v St Helens KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Saintslass on 16 July 2015 - 10:45 PM

Well, what a way to end a game.  We play dull rugby for most of it and then come up with one hell of a try with two minutes left on the clock!  Genius. 


I spent most of the match behind the sofa and feared the worst when Walsh made that dumb pass to provide Wire's interception try.  I was very relieved to see our goal line defence was back to normal and that we worked hard as a team, being down by one as we were from about 15 minutes in. 


James Roby is immense.  His kicking game was fantastic, his passing, his tackling, his awareness ... I have no idea what we will do when that man retires.  What a joy he is to watch in this form.  And well done Quinlan for being on his shoulder at just the right time. 


I think my blood pressure has just about returned to normal ...

#3159143 16 Jul: Warrington Wolves v St Helens KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Saintslass on 16 July 2015 - 06:21 PM

You get used to it after a while believe me! :biggrin:


I'm going to predict that these Wolves couldn't even trouble Little Red Riding Hood and that the mighty Saints will destroy them by 30-40 points. Look for Luke 'The Woodcutter' Walsh to have a big game in this one, and the outstanding Adam Quinlan to bag another hat-trick of tries!

What have you been putting in your tea? :O

#3159077 16 Jul: Warrington Wolves v St Helens KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Saintslass on 16 July 2015 - 04:23 PM

Under normal circumstances I would say that since it's Saints away at Wire, Saints by a gazillion.  However, given our poor form over the last three weeks, especially in defence and particularly within the first ten minutes, I am now sitting uncomfortably on the fence.  I am sure within the first five minutes I'll be hiding behind the sofa, if the last three games are anything to go by.

#3158406 Labour leadership contest

Posted by Saintslass on 14 July 2015 - 09:47 PM

I had the displeasure of meeting Corbyn when I was working in Islington in ther late 90's.

He was one of the most arrogant, odious little men i've ever met, only interested in the sound of his own voice and not interested in anyone elses views.


If the party votes him in as their next leader they can kiss goodbye to all hope of winning the next election

Sounds like Derek Hatton (who has recently crawled out of the woodwork again, wanting to reinstate himself in the labour party in scouseland, no doubt in the belief that the tide is turning left again!)