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In Topic: The Sun report 3 game ban for Sinfield

20 July 2014 - 08:50 PM

Is this for real? Did you ever have the privilege to watch Les Boyd, Kevin Tamati, Kelvin Skerrett, Brendon Tuuta, Jim Mills, Kurt Sorensen, Terry Newton, Barrie McDermott et al take the field? Geez, talk about overreaction. This thread is going pretty much to type.

different era and nothing to do with King Kevs red card, what you quote would mean apart from Hock no one would be banned. If he has committed an offence within a graded area he should get the lower end because of the record and his get out of jail card can be used if possible. If the semi was not round the corner it would not raise as big a reaction.

In Topic: Should Marwen Koukash get his own section?

20 July 2014 - 08:42 PM

Gob on a stick

rich gob willing to back it up

In Topic: Should Marwen Koukash get his own section?

20 July 2014 - 06:44 PM

Would you create a forum for every stupid change of name some people insist of using when referring to him?

Why bother he is good for your club now on the field as well as off, and he generates more national coverage for the game so if a few want to play games with his name let them. I as a Wire fan think he's just what the game needs and another good side to expand the quality is welcome.

In Topic: 18/07/14 - Widnes Vikings v Warrington Wolves KO 8pm (TV)

17 July 2014 - 06:43 PM

If it stays dry Wire should nick it, will be closer than form suggests and Smith is using the last two games and Widnes and Wakey to rotate and rest players in prep for the play offs and this will always increase the odds of us losing.

In Topic: Dr K rips into Mcmanus

14 July 2014 - 07:08 PM

To flip that argument around, it doesn't belong to McManus et al either so to belittle MK if the other posts quote is correct is rather silly in my opinion. McManus has clearly done a great job off the field with Saints but there is the counter argument that he, like the rest of the powerbrokers, in the sport have gone stale and that is causing damage to the sport already. At times, it requires an outsider to develop a business or a sport in order to ensure it drives forward and remains competitive. Lewis whilst not everyone's cup of tea was an outsider and arguably the game grew under his tenure. Now, we are back under the control of more traditional minded RL folk and it is weaker in my opinion and facing real threats from the NRL and RU, which we are not combating. I'd argue MK is wrong in calling for the abolishment of the SC but arguably right about a marquee player.

We are treading water here in the UK at the moment and diverting extra TV monies to the SL clubs won't develop the game in the way it needs to. We are still left with the same issues of a diminishing player pool, bad corporate governance, a decreasing media profile and arguably as lack of commercial appeal. MK is certainly not the saviour for the game but he is bringing much drive, enthusiasm and challenges to the established order. We shouldn't waste it and ridicule him as the game would be a whole lot worse off without his presence.

The player pool coming through junior level is higher than previous decades were we lose the size of the pool is no players joining from  Ru which gave us a regular level of higher quality players to expand the pool and the drying up of Aus/kiwi and others coming over here. The reduction of teams at reserve/under 21s means that players get fed up and pack in.

The salary cap and marquee player are only parts of the problem with the game, the other problem is we don't sell the game to the people in the towns/cities playing the game so until we can promote and sell out these games we have not reached base one in promoting our game.