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Eldujo

Member Since 09 Nov 2013
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In Topic: Superleague V NRL

11 October 2014 - 10:08 PM

you can only compare based on players who have played in both comps..

NrL have better backs
SL has better forwards

I agree there's less of a gap in the forwards but George Burgess, Sam Burgess (prop in a LF's jumper) Warea-Hargreaves, Matt Scott, James Graham are probably the top 5 props in the world right now and all were in the NRL last year. I like Chris Hill but he's probably not at that level just yet, hopefully 4 Nations gives him a chance to prove he belongs there.

 

SL definitely produces some great talent, particularly forwards, but if the cream ends up in the NRL, it's another reason reason to rate that league above SL. This season they've had the best forwards and backs, even if a fair percentage are ex-SL players.


In Topic: Superleague V NRL

11 October 2014 - 09:47 PM

Mike cooper was a nobody in SL....
he has ripped it up in the Nrl....

if the SL was far inferior why would this happen?

Another version of that would be -

 

Mike Cooper was a good squad player in one of the top two sides in SL for a few years

He's now had a good season in an NRL side that missed the playoffs but has not necessarily cemented a place in the starting line up just yet

 

It's not the first time Mike Cooper's been brought up to denigrate the NRL. Is it not possible he's stepped his game up or he's a slightly better fit at St George than Wire? It'll be time for the 'Luke Burgess is a superstar in the NRL' comment no doubt shortly.


In Topic: Superleague V NRL

11 October 2014 - 09:18 PM

NRL has most of the best players in the world so the standard is higher there. So when you are talking about which is best, NRL comes up trumps on that standard.

 

If you are asking which is best in terms of entertainment, that's down to personal preference. For me, I'd still go with the NRL over SL but that doesn't stop me having a season ticket in SL plus attending plenty of CC games. They all have their charms.

 

One other plus point for NRL is the spread of talent is a little more even. Cronulla finished bottom but still have a few Kangaroos in their ranks (Gallen, Lewis, Fifita). Unfortunately you can't say the same for SL. London, Bradford, Hull x 2, Wakey, Salford, Widnes just don't have that kind of star power. Same may well go for Cas next year.


In Topic: 05/10/14 - Oldham v Hunslet Hawks KO 4.05pm (TV)

05 October 2014 - 10:05 PM

Really enjoyed the game. Roughyeds made a great noise throughout and the Hunslet fans also contributed to a great atmosphere.

 

Thought Oldham did really well to cling on but Hunslet deserved it on the day. The little bit of extra pace seemed to trouble Oldham but you had to admire their grit in getting as close as they did.

 

Better luck next year but I'm looking forward to the derbies with Hornets if nothing else.


In Topic: 05/10/14 - Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers KO 7pm (TV)

05 October 2014 - 09:57 PM

Will Sharpe has played in SL but seemed very error prone.I doubt any SL clubs will look again.

I know, his time at Hull was a bit hit and miss, never saw much of him at London. His improved reliability (from what I've seen) along with his unquestionable athleticism should be enough for someone to give him another go though if Fev can't make the step up.

 

I've heard enough people on here asking for SL teams to look at the Championship instead of past it Aussies when recruiting. I can't remember seeing many more impressive players this year at this level. He wouldn't be the first player to under perform at Hull either. A change of scenery seems to have done him the world of good, maybe he's ready for another crack at the top level now he's matured.