Bearman is spot on. I turned over briefly last night to how the Union was going. Not surprisingly, they were having a scrum. Near the England line. England seemed to be winning the push, but a Welsh forward leaned into the middle of the scrum, picked the ball up, passed it to the winger and he scored a try. The commentator said 'if that isn't handling in the scrum, I don't know what is.' The co commentator said 'It doesn't matter. The referee has awarded the try, so it's alright'. It was never mentioned again as far as I could see.
1. We have a cracking squad with plenty of exciting players.
2. We have an owner who demands success.
3. There is a definite feeling of positivity after the club nearly went out of business a couple of years ago.
4. We have had so many false dawns over the last 30 odd years that we cannot surely have another one (can we?)
5. Fans of other clubs hate us for splashing the cash. Will create great atmospheres wherever we go.
Record crowd...honestly your only fooling yourself.
With all due respect, I'm Irish, I live in Ireland, I was here when the RLWC was taking place, and you would have had no idea it was happening. An equally low profile sport, the cricket world cup, did manage to get some publicity (granted not much), because we had IRISH players playing and their performance was followed. A team of foreigners got precisely zero coverage.
I should add, I enjoyed watching Australia, England and NZ....Thurston, Burgess and Johnson were new names to me and they excited me to no end. The blokes that wore green I couldn't have cared less about.
So we should just give up on international Rugby League? Is that what you are saying? Or should we build on a fantastic World Cup followed by a wonderful 4 Nations? Just because you couldn't care less about your own nations national team is not a reason to give up in my book.
Well, as a Salford fan, but living in sunny Gran Canaria, I know that if I was still living in the Manchester area, I would be attending all three games and supporting the British teams. Beating the Aussies. There is nothing better than that feeling.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.