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Absolutely right and I never say this but something we nicked from funny onion , gasp!
Like most things on posts and themes within posts it's hard to get a real discussion about the actual issue because people bring their upset to the tablerather than a cogent argument. The question remains about the bonus point and would it help the every minute matters marketing strategy as much as would it keep games in themselves more interesting?
Like most debates it has involved a side with a bias such as " I don't like the idea of rewarding losing!" but is there any evidence that games within a bonus system are more keenly contested than when win loss draw are the options? If there is it would be good to see it and make a decision based on something more than a bit of prejudice.
Amen. There's about five (six?) years of evidence that can be examined from the championship. Ive seen no stats on how it's affected scores, league tables, etc. and I suspect no such study has been done. It's just been dropped. It's a waste of time introducing such things if they're not going to be studied
The Rhino bows out on a high note from the Newtown Jets.
The front-rower colossus and Henson Park cult figure Ryan Verlinden ended his five-year association with the Newtown Jets in fine style at the club’s 2014 Presentation Night.
Popularly known as “The Rhino”, the affable giant won the prized Fred Daly Memorial Shield, awarded each year to the Jets player deemed to have made the greatest all-round contribution to the club in that season. Verlinden not only played the most NSW Cup games for Newtown in the recently completed season, but he was noted for his positive contribution to the club’s activities off the field as well. He scored some memorable tries in 2014 and was a great favourite with the denizens of the Henson Park Hill, who took a great liking to his buffalo-like charges and his ability to scatter opposition defences. Henson Park’s loss is West Yorkshire’s gain as Verlinden has recently signed a two-year deal with the English Rugby League club Featherstone Rovers. Those flint-hard characters who follow the famous Rovers are sure to become fans of the big fellow and his midfield surges with the ball.
Yes and no. If he's not good enough now, he may still be at some point.
In a selfish way, to have lads like him, Johnny B, Brezza, etc. on the fringe of the test side but not quite there is perfect for Yorkshire. And as I said previously, they more than pull their weight when it comes to producing international players.
Yes, as NS says, you just sit there for hours waiting. Impossible to warm up, apart from walking to the middle. In an extraordinarily long stand, the next man in might get switched just to give him a break. But there has to be someone padded up watching and waiting.