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#3246928 Radford proposes Super 8's change

Posted by BenGilesRL on 14 December 2015 - 04:34 PM

“I think there are some changes that could be made which would make it competitive right through to the Grand Final,” explained Radford.

“It’s a bit long-winded but I think if after 23 rounds you get the League Leaders’ Shield; second and third get the World Club Challenge and then the Super 8s all start on zero.

“The Grand Final winners and the runner-up are the two form teams of the year then, aren’t they? You get reward for winning the shield and winning the Grand Final, too. Everyone’s striving to be good in October and I think that’d work really – there’s reward there.”


I know what he's getting at, but if Hull win more games during the first stage, they get the benefit in the second. They didn't, so were up against it - but even then it wasn't insurmountable.

Personally I think they should just reduce the amount of fixtures in the first stage to improve quality and player welfare and provide more international windows. This would in turn reduce the amount of pts gap there would be for the super 8's. They won't do it but it's the best solution. 




#3152669 Germany Domestic Scene

Posted by BenGilesRL on 04 July 2015 - 10:30 PM

Danke! Du bist willkommen zu der Rugby League. Das du spricht ist wichtig. Entschuldigung, meine deutsche ist schlecht, lernt ich. Gesundheit zu Rugby League in Deutschland.

#3149397 Rugby League Riot

Posted by BenGilesRL on 29 June 2015 - 07:44 AM

Weekly chat on the latest in rugby league. Including topical chat in 'That's what I'm talking about' as well as a six tackle preview of the weekends games, and Ben Giles, Odds On Rob and Nick Sharratt compete to win the chance to offer a 40/20 idea of the week.




#3136154 Postivity!

Posted by BenGilesRL on 06 June 2015 - 12:56 PM

Great stuff - only down side? More indicators that people don't see the difference between our sport and union - 'when the oval ball returns for the Rugby World Cup'

So we are advertising their event by being successful.

The only thing we can do? Have Magic Weekend announced as there again in 2016 and hope for some inclusion in their press.

Which never happens. And so goes the viscous cycle.

The RFL marketing department must also start including large scale photos of players as their advertisements. A ball with headphones on means nothing - and doesn't appear to be taking itself seriously either.

I spoke to a Geordie lass in a pub and she said she hadn't been - but she couldn't wait for the World Cup, stating: I just like the buff players.

For one game of rugby union World Cup there will be 40 players features - many of them not considered buff (forwards).

For six games of super league there were 204 players if my maths are correct, mostly I'm sure women would find buff.

So why did this person who clearly knows nothing about either sport buy tickets to one but not the other? If the RFL realise why they will sell out the stadiums.

#3135476 Interchanges to be reduced

Posted by BenGilesRL on 05 June 2015 - 12:19 PM

I still think the banning of the shoulder charge has led to an increase in head clashes - so instead of one player having a head injury, two do instead due to the player tackling having to put themselves in a hugging position with both arms around the player - causing exposure to their head on the attacking players head.

It's an area that really needs looking at - and I wonder how long it will be before head gear is mandatory

It wouldn't effect the play so don't see why it would be a problem

#3049904 Not a must see sport in 2015?

Posted by BenGilesRL on 29 December 2014 - 10:14 AM

SKY have a sport in their portfolio that is not under threat from other providers
The price they are also paying for that sport is less than they have to for other sports with less viewers
SKY have a sport that gives them very good viewing figures across the UK already without promotion - therefore they don't do any
This isn't having a go at SKY - basic business economics are in play here

So why do they plug football all the time then?

They're guaranteed an audience for that too.

#3041686 The League 1 Cup - first round

Posted by BenGilesRL on 06 December 2014 - 03:51 AM

He's got a point:
"In addition, a League 1 Cup competition will be reintroduced in 2015 consisting of 16 teams – the 14 League 1 clubs plus the 2014 National Conference League Grand Final winners and the 2014 RFL Conference Challenge Cup winners. The competition will be a straight knockout with the early rounds played at the start of the season. The first round will be an open draw grouped by geography with a straight open draw thereafter."

So have the draw organisers botched it up at the first attempt or are we missing something?

#2987687 England to face New Zealand in 2015

Posted by BenGilesRL on 03 September 2014 - 01:53 PM

Make stadiums bid for hosting these games.

Galpharm did so and sold out for Ireland in the World Cup.

Wembley for the opener with three games worth of marketing - let the other two venues sort themselves out with marketing following winning bids.

#2921396 World Cup Interval

Posted by BenGilesRL on 26 April 2014 - 01:27 PM

I agree with every one else. 4 yrs is best for the world cup

However a solution for more international fixtures needs to happen.

#2906995 RL Coaches

Posted by BenGilesRL on 27 March 2014 - 11:36 PM

Why do people always have to pick holes or be sarcy? I think this is an interesting sentiment for a topic and it's also great they are British coaches too.

Maybe the next poster would like to pull the post up on grammar next? Or will they be brave and talk about the topic raised without worrying about ridicule?

It's bad enough in general conversation but sometimes this happens when there's a new person to the forum posting their first subject and they get ripped to shreds.

Personally I think it's unnecessary and poor form whether the poster is old or new.

Sorry. Just had to vent.

#2904859 DR K and Lenigan Interviews on Radio Manchester Now

Posted by BenGilesRL on 24 March 2014 - 09:59 AM

On Koukash -

The most controversial thing he could say is somerhing positive nowadays. He's becoming predictable and we've all heard it all before. As someone's said he doesn't expand with how and who. Also he mentioned Brian Barwick and he's very new Iin his post - which leads me to think Koukash doesn't really know what he is talking about. I think he is one track minded to get a grip on the game for his own gain and the only way to do that is to run down the RFL who are there for a whole game approach and control it with that in mind. It's hardly surprising people as powerful in the business world as Koukash and Lenagan don't like feeling controlled - but it is for the greater good in my opinion.
On Lenagan -

Again heard it before, and I personally think that the sky deal is good for these reasons:

1. All clubs will be spending the full cap next year I believe.
2. The viewing figures for BT are awful - the only other serious financial competitor to Sky at the moment. Going with them would be like joining Sky back when it started and a major step backwards as we woild have to wait for the channel to grow.
3. Sky are excited abiut rl again, we're already getting more gameshigher viewing figures, and more coverage, and this will increase next year too.

After the world cup success let's poout our faith in these people and back the changes - if they work as well as that did - which Nigel Wood was a major player in - then we'll all be pleased.fIf it doesnt change them then

#2904013 new structure idea

Posted by BenGilesRL on 23 March 2014 - 08:59 AM

Another quick point ,tho the proff will be in the eating ,if the top 8 play each other again to get into the top 4 there's a very good chance team 8 will be eliminated from a chance of the top 4 b4 it even starts

League table after Round 23 2013

Huddersfield 36
Wigan 35
Warrington 35
Leeds 31
St Helens 25
Catalan Dragons 24
Hull K R 24
Hull 22
Bradford 20
Wakefield 19
Castleford 14
Salford 11
London Broncos 8

Gap between 8th and 4th was 9pts - however this gap should be reduced due to a better standard comp with only 11 teams to play instead of 13.

I think based on this 8th will be a maximum of 3 wins (6pts) away from 4th in 2015