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#3044572 glasgow v toulouse

Posted by johnh1 on 13 December 2014 - 03:27 PM

Well I managed the first 7 minutes. There were 4 line outs, each taking over 30 seconds. Let's call that 2 minutes. There was one scrum. That took 3 minutes and 10 seconds. Yes, I timed them out of curiosity. So 5 out of the first 7 minutes was taken up by line outs and scrums. That doesn't include rucks and mauls, and thankfully, there were no attempts at kicking goals. After the scrum was won, the scrum half kicked it straight back in to touch. And this is supposed to be a game that Sam Burgess is struggling to cope with. Give me strength.

#3043520 Hooker, a misomer?

Posted by johnh1 on 10 December 2014 - 09:08 PM

The rah rah game being a six nations game played at Twickenham in front of 80,000 fans the league game the 4 nations final played in front of 25,000 people (in a stadium that will hold 36,000).
I guess people prefer to watch proper scrums with pushing despite the hyperbole around league being more spectator friendly  :tongue:

So, Tiny Tim's response in all of this is to say that more people watched a Union game than a League game. No attempt to justify the three collapsed scrums then a penalty, against the running rugby that we see in our game. If more people prefer watching collapsed scrum, followed by collapsed scrum, followed by collapsed scrum, then penalty, then good luck to them. Certainly not something that I can watch for any length of time.

#3043309 Huddersfield Great, Challenge Cup Winner, Wanganui Man, All Black, Athlete, R...

Posted by johnh1 on 10 December 2014 - 11:13 AM

Explain why there was a ban on players professionalising themselves  then? What was the reason for it? Please note that it included making money from the game via sources such as books and/or other media and not just being involved with Rugby League. They must have had some rationalisation for the ban. What was it?

I don't recall any players being banned for appearing on A Question Of Sport. Please don't try and tell us that they did for free and paid their own train fares and hotel rooms. And are you trying to say that Union players and officials never wrote autobiographies? Do you want a list? So who did get banned for things such as this? Come on, Gosman. Back up your outrageous claims with some facts for once.

#3035626 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by johnh1 on 20 November 2014 - 09:43 PM

The RWC is a bit of a bigger deal than the 4N :P
However, I agree with you, the BBC really didn't trail the 4N very well at all. I was fortunate that I saw the highlights of the 4N final as I was waiting for the RU internationals. Glad I did, cracking final.

Bigger than a new fangled, hybrid game of netball that is being tried out in schools? That got a full 5 minutes of coverage, yet the 4 nations final, about to be kicking off and covered live on another channel of the BBC got zilch. Absolutely nothing. If you think that that is ok, then fine. I don't.

#3035226 Another idea taken from Rugby League

Posted by johnh1 on 19 November 2014 - 10:33 PM

Bless, you are new on here so will have missed a lot of the more outrageous stories. There's been some cracking claims over the years.

Bless you too. I've been on here for quite a while actually. Certainly long enough to know that you are a troll and talk absolute nonsense.

#3034393 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by johnh1 on 17 November 2014 - 07:38 PM

In an attempt to answer your point on the ball in play time, TBH this isn't something that bothers me that much. I do get annoyed when there are a constant stream of reset scrums as the front rows puff their chests out and point out their oppositions transgressions to the officials but I can't say I clock watch all that much. Saying that I am in favour of stopping the clock at scrum time and restarting it at the put in.

The game would take all day if you did that!

#3034012 5 Drives and a kick

Posted by johnh1 on 16 November 2014 - 10:27 PM

And no reply from the likes of Tiny Tim and his ilk. Are these people embarrassed about how superior our game is to theirs?

#3033242 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by johnh1 on 15 November 2014 - 04:20 PM

If anyone has watched the New Zealand v Australia Four Nations final, and then watched the Wales v Fiji union borefest, and can seriously say that they prefer Union over Rugby, I'd love them to explain why.

#3031458 Letting the side down

Posted by johnh1 on 11 November 2014 - 07:53 PM

He's trolling. Best to ignore that kind of nonsense.

You would know all about trolling wouldn't you, Tiny Tim?

#3026773 09/11/14 - Australia v Samoa KO 5am GMT (Wollongong)

Posted by johnh1 on 03 November 2014 - 10:45 PM

There is no more chance of Australia failing to get the required victory margin, than there is of Boxhead admitting he is wrong about that no try. An Aussie ref will make sure the victory margin is sufficient.

#3025596 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by johnh1 on 02 November 2014 - 02:50 PM

Two utterly outrageous VR descisions, no way did Jennings ground that ball

Agreed. I stand corrected.

#3025380 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by johnh1 on 02 November 2014 - 10:31 AM

come on mate thats nonsense. We made errors, the Aussies made errors. They happen in literally every game. The difference between the two teams was a bloke not even playing.

We don't even mind if a referee makes a mistake. It's human nature. But the video ref did not make a mistake. He deliberately cheated. There is a whole world of difference.

#3025021 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by johnh1 on 02 November 2014 - 07:18 AM

Did we get a penalty in the second half?!

No. Absolutely nothing. Our kicker was put out of the game every time. And no penalties against Australia for lying on. That no try at the end should be blown up and put everywhere. Cheats. Pure and simple.

#3020957 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by johnh1 on 26 October 2014 - 10:52 PM

I'd agree but my original post [although it was not abudantly clear] was talking about current options and particularly aimed at a Zak Hardaker vs Joe Burgess debate.

My view is that given the squad, Charnley and Hall should be the wingers. I think that Hardaker would be great on the bench to cover a variety of positions.

#3020766 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by johnh1 on 26 October 2014 - 03:38 PM

If there was anyone to take Charnley's position it would be Joe Burgess, surely? A guy who has played wing all year and has come up big in some of Wigan's most important games...not that I particularly think Charnley needs replacing...

But surely Burgess plays on the left wing and Charnley on the right. Keep them on their respective wings. For me, on the right, it is Makinson ahead of Charnley, and on the left, Hall over Burgess. But isn't it great to have these options?