1/ good signings and returning experienced players
2/ £4 million revamp of New River
3/ 800 at Capital Challenge and 700 at friendly against Broncod
4/ 400 people playing in all the various teams (it self a sign of community outreach)
5/ 20th year of competitive RL
Broncos looked sharp, although it's always difficult to tell how a team will go on from performances in pre-season friendlies. They'll also be a lot further on in their preparation than Skolars, whose season doesn't begin until March. Macani went the length of the field before drawing the last defender and passing for a try at the beginning of the second half; he looked dangerous every time he had the ball in hand.
Skolars disappointed after a spirited performance against Wigan under 19s although they picked up a couple of significant injuries, or so it seemed. They were never in the game: their first try came from an interception and the other two were in the last five minutes.
There was a decent crowd there. Broncos fans with the chanting and the drum gave more atmosphere than they did at any of the games I went to at the Hive last year.
To be fair the injuries hit Skolars first half and they really came together last 15mins with two back to back tries.
Based on other attendances I would say approx 700 there.
All over twitter (well, the band are kicking off, as you'd expect) about the track being used without the permission of the band or their label.
If this is the case, it just highlights again how amateur we can be at times.
Maybe the RFL used an external agency for the video and it's their fault and therefore the agency that could be in legal trouble, but if it is an internal campaign by the RFL the video soundtrack will have to be pulled, unless they licence the track from the label, which will probably cost them more now than it would have done initially.
Worst thing is, there are so many agencies out that that offer licenced music exactly for this type of thing. The 'extraordinary' campaign of a couple of seasons ago used exactly that.
A nice video that now just makes Superleague/RFL look stupid. Whether they are directly responsible or not. Anyone with any sense checks these things.
The comments on You Tube suggest its a bad cover/take of their song rather than an unauthorised use of the original. Could be just an unlucky coincidence or the ad agency have been very stupid. Unless you knew the song - you wouldn't realise the similarity. Probably not RFL fault but suggests they need to find a better ad agency. Don't think we have won any of their fans over.