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#3092783 Well you said you wanted tries...

Posted by johnh1 on 21 March 2015 - 06:41 PM

They are scoring tries because they have to. How often do they normally refuse kicks at goal? What it does show, in total clarity, is that they haven't got the faintest idea how to defend.

#3089105 15 Mar: Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats KO 3pm

Posted by johnh1 on 15 March 2015 - 04:15 PM

Try by S'au after a 60 meter run by Morley. That's further than all of the forwards put together in the whole match yesterday in Cardiff

#3088616 Will Rugby Union ever have any popularity in the north of England?

Posted by johnh1 on 14 March 2015 - 09:57 AM

Why is anyone commenting on what this buffoon has written. He isn't worth the time or the effort.

#3083996 Free play rule

Posted by johnh1 on 06 March 2015 - 06:18 PM

I quite like it and reckon we'd have a lot more fun if - as noted above - teams practised some decent plays. Even an organised kick and chase could be entertaining if done well, and Offiah would have scored plenty tried that way.
Digressing a little but I'd also have a few related rules amended:
Team with the ball gets to finish their set once the hooter goes (knock on is end of game, but it can't end on a penalty award as currently).
And I don't like the 6 again charge down rule - poor kick and great pressure = more ball for the attacking team invariably, or the chaser trying to hit the kicker rather than go for the ball.
And when someone is held up over the line I'd give them an extra tackle back as a reward - currently if you nearly score, you get marched back several metres and the play comes to a halt, whereas at least my way you'd get something out of it.
I am prepared to be in a small minority on all of these of course.

I like those Mushy. Include me into your small minority.

#3083449 5 Mar: Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by johnh1 on 05 March 2015 - 08:42 PM

I have to say, what a great game. How does this compare to the six nations borefest!

#3081286 Rugby Union's rapidly decreasing try scoring, line breaks and general ent...

Posted by johnh1 on 01 March 2015 - 09:35 PM

It has always been a poor game to watch. But it is now unwatchable. It is a dire, borefest of a game where anyone with any skill gets nullified.

#3075840 Swinging arm tackles

Posted by johnh1 on 21 February 2015 - 11:21 AM

I'm sure as soon as Gareth Hock throws one of those awful swinging arms, he will be banned for the rest of the season.

#3067956 Rugby League Ruined By Refs

Posted by johnh1 on 07 February 2015 - 09:39 AM

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.

#3062935 5 Positives from your club

Posted by johnh1 on 29 January 2015 - 05:17 PM

Salford Red Devils

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.

#3059831 Visit England Ad

Posted by johnh1 on 23 January 2015 - 08:37 PM

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.

#3057991 Visit England Ad

Posted by johnh1 on 20 January 2015 - 04:28 PM

Perhaps more companies would be willing to associate with our world cup it it weren't such a farcical competition.

You talk about 'our' World Cup. I've never associated you with being a League fan. It was a wonderful competition by the way. Much better than the kickathon and scrumathon that is to follow shortly.

#3057856 Newcastle Thunder

Posted by johnh1 on 20 January 2015 - 12:03 PM

Great news. No disrespect to Gateshead, but the name Newcastle just has something about it. Wouldn't it be great if, one day, Newcastle played Newcastle for the World Club challenge?

#3056975 WCC - sell outs?

Posted by johnh1 on 18 January 2015 - 12:38 PM

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.

#3055661 Leigh Fans Welcome FuiFui

Posted by johnh1 on 14 January 2015 - 05:21 PM

It is very unlikely that Leigh or anyone else will be promoted under this system. Don't get your hopes up too much.

Well Leigh have got more chance of promotion than they had previously. I'm not a Leigh fan, I'm a Salford and RL fan, and would love to see them up there again.

#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.