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  1. 10 points
    Toronto are good news. Full stop. The crowds are fantastic. You can easily imagine them growing another 5,000 or so if they get into SL. Sounds like a there is a great buzz and atmosphere around the club too. The thing is, we have taken the internationalisation of the game in our stride. People like going to Catalan and Toulouse and those Rochdale fans seemed to have a fab time on Saturday. Someone made a good point on Twitter (I think), which was that SL needs refreshing and clubs like Toronto now and maybe in the future clubs like Coventry (and I hope London) bring a breath of fresh air and media interest in the game, so Toronto and their fans are great news.
  2. 10 points
    Blimey - there must be some right wrong 'uns in that Rhinos squad to get this pushed through just in time
  3. 10 points
    Injuries, small squad, part time players. Featherstone haven’t been good enough, they have lost against all the top teams, 2 against fellow part timers Halifax. I’ll be honest, if Mark Campbell turned his attention to York then who could blame him as a businessman? We have had some fantastic seasons over the last 10 years and still attendances aren’t great really. Then, if we were to make SL, they would increase due to away followings but then drop off with the Home following due to losing a majority of games. I love sitting in that stand and minding my own business watching Rovers but aside from the 2,000 (ish) who turn up every week I’m starting to wonder if we’re at our limit. The sport has slowly fallen away in our little town and days like yesterday won’t help. Aside from all that, it was good to see a close game again, there has been too many 60, 70, 80 point score lines. We win, yay, everyone is happy but does it get your heart going? Do you have any fingernails left? Yesterday was a shame but we’ll move on and keep trying to get up there. I know that in the coming weeks I will be cheering on Toronto, Toulouse, London & Fax (if they are the 4) in the hope that they do our league proud. Hell, ad absolutely love if all 4 went up, what a spanner that would be. Good luck to all those teams, they deserve their place and deserve to represent our league.
  4. 7 points
    I don’t go on Facebook or Twitter but obviously view this forum. I can see the bad reaction to our poor performance in a local derby and it is not easy to defend. It is also on back of a string of defeats which does not help.After having to play full timers London,Leigh and Toronto I personally was hoping for something better. I know the Board and Matt are very disappointed with the result and performance and on Tuesday I will check that the players feel the same. I hope they do. Then we need to stick together and rectify it against Swinton who will be as desperate as us to get a win. Thereafter we need to rectify it in the 7 games of the Championship Shield to set a platform to improve for next season and give us all something to cheer about. We have on occasions regrettably been in this situation before and turned it round. I know this reply will make no impression on some on this forum but it is a statement of what we will do. A person who was unhappy I understand referred to Matt and the Board as “ Dicks” which we are not and I do not see what right he thinks he has to resort to that abuse because a game of rugby league was lost. Anybody who criticises I am happy to speak to face to face. Perhaps the easiest thing is to see if we do turn it round and if we don’t then we know what is coming. The other option as a supporter is to try to get behind the team. I know those who went to Dewsbury did try to get behind the team when we didn’t succeed but as they say if you don’t succeed you need to try, try again and that is what I am hoping we do.
  5. 7 points
    I've nothing but good things to say about Toronto. As long as clubs start at the bottom and earn their way to the top on the field playing to the same rules as everyone else then the more expansion the better as far as i'm concerned. The size of their crowds has been enormously encouraging, i hope they go from strength to strength and continue to help the sport grow in Canada, the thought of rugby league becoming a major sport in places it currently isn't, is always the biggest prize that for me, as a heartlander, any expansion club can help deliver. We're a long way from that of course but every journey starts with one small step. I'm excited to see what impact playing in Super League has on the local interest if and when Toronto win another promotion. How far along are Toronto with developing a youth set up, does anyone know? Getting more Canadians playing the game and in the long run, eventually seeing some emerge good enough to play at pro/semi-pro level along with the impact that has on the Canadian national team and the international game, is another potential major benefit you hope to get from an expansion team and i'm sure it's something the Wolfpack have an eye on in due course.
  6. 6 points
    We weren't on the brink of dropping out due to overspending and money troubles. It was purely down to the old owners behaviour with the council causing us to be made homeless. The club now is so far removed from that it's like comparing (K)night and day. Do you suggest we go for an average squad, let other clubs poach our coach and keep the money in the bank? Or do what any ambitious club who is moving into a £50m stadium complex would do and ensure we're playing the likes of Featherstone and Halifax in there instead of Hemel and West Wales.
  7. 6 points
    For some, it’s just enjoyable and intriguing to see how the TWP progress and develop. For others, breaking all records in SL will never be enough. Tant pis. We’re never going to see massed hoards of fans crossing the Atlantic, but we’re certainly seeing a different, seemingly more engaged approach from the club. Bit of a learning experience all round imo.
  8. 5 points
    Lets be totally honest the game could have gone either way yesterday. Dropped balls, Silly penalties, Forward passes etc. On another day Batley could have easily taken the spoils. Nothing between the 2 teams. At the start of the season it was pretty obvious that the teams that currently occupy positions 1 - 6 in the table would be there. Batley are currently in 7th. You can't realistically ask for more than that looking at the squads of the top 6. Four of the top 6 are full time and Fax and Fev have better squads than the likes of Batley, Dewsbury etc.
  9. 5 points
  10. 5 points
    I haven't a microcosm of sympathy towards Isis but the minute you start changing the rules because of their behaviour they've won. They should be tried here and jailed for life. The Home Secretary doesn't remake Government policy. He's more interested in throwing his hat in the ring when May gets the black spot. Another one who exists in a moral vacuum.
  11. 4 points
    As reported in League Express, because of the Wolfpacks close links to the Canadian high commission they will be stepping in and ensuring that no players are blocked from entering the country because of criminal records or any other reason. That's real positive news for the Wolfpack project and the 8s.
  12. 4 points
    I'm so glad that AB had the humility and honesty to ask. he wasn't alone...!
  13. 4 points
    How he's not classed as a troll is behond me say something positive about town and a laughing emoji appears! A life hes lacking me thinks..
  14. 4 points
    Rhinos?? Fev's trip's next week. We pull the strings.
  15. 4 points
    No excuses for yesterday, we had a decent team out on the park, I thought we won the forward battle and I thought Campbell and Smeaton played well, but this total football approach is simply not working. You will never win games coughing up so much possession. The most frighteningly annoying part of yesterday was, we managed once again to limbo underneath the appalling standards set by our opponents. I can take being beaten by better sides, but Dewsbury were dreadful and we were even worse. In all honesty, even if we had managed a third try to win the game near the end, my outlook would be no different. It was an error strewn knock-on-a-thon with so many stoppages that it resembled an American Football game rather than a game of rugby league. The standard of the handling displayed by both sides would have been an embarrassment to an under 11's team. I'm all for this total football approach, but only after the game is won. Get the game out of sight and then try to entertain, surely a guy who has spent as long in the game as Diskin must realise this? Do not under any circumstances try it before the game is won though, we do not seem to know, or to be learning this basic of the game. The errors yesterday cost us, as they have so often over the last couple of seasons. I do not know what Diskin's half time team talk comprised of, but a simple message of whoever controls the ball better after the break, will win the game, was all that was needed. We came out in the second half, in just the same Cavalier fashion as the first, forcing passes, not playing the percentages and our kicking game was absolutely abysmal. I still maintain we were robbed at the Bash by a poor decision, we were robbed again yesterday, but not by a poor decision, I couldn't blame the ref for yesterday, we robbed ourselves, by either an inept coach, or a group of players who ignored the instruction to settle it down, either way, the coach is accountable for it. I am all for giving the guy a chance and the time to make changes and put his mark on the team. But after almost 2 seasons of quite frankly, abject failure, how long are we going to keep up this charade that he is ever going to make a coach? What worries me more is, how many more chances are we going to give him before we prove beyond doubt that he is simply out of his depth?
  16. 4 points
    All York can do is win their remaining games. There's a decent chance Bradford might drop points somewhere. I usually enjoy the play offs but with there being such a gap between the top two and the rest this season neither of them really deserve to miss out. For the good of the sport I think we need Bradford in the Super League and York in the championship with the potential for growth.
  17. 3 points
    Oh dear AB "F"eatherstone and Y "ork" = 🤨
  18. 3 points
    Not the point... we don't hand over evidence that could see someone have the death penalty applied. Don't like it? Get Parliament to change it, not a thick-as-mince new minister who hasn't even had his new business cards printed yet.
  19. 3 points
    Loved seeing Kear's tantrum in the post match interview regarding that. Great stuff.
  20. 3 points
    Good news and things like this just show yet again what a proactive organisation the Wolfpack are.
  21. 3 points
    That's the problem though, they use the hard edge to change the rules then it becomes the norm. Much like most anti-terrorism stuff. For example, the surveillance laws brought in with "safeguards" that it will only be used for anti-terrorism operations now gets used to prosecute those who litter or don't clear up after their dogs. On this one, the next time a young kid with Asperger's hacks the US military then we'll happily send them along even though the ultimate penalty is death.
  22. 3 points
    Our discipline has been rank all year Steve. Getting sent off for gobbing at the ref really is inexcusable.....
  23. 3 points
    I never thought I'd see the day 7,000 fans would turn up in Toronto for a club RL game. Yet it's happened often already. As for expansion to other cities, unless SL can clearly spell out what pathways are open to teams wanting to work their way up to SL, I'd say there will be no further expansion. No one is going to invest in a sport with so much uncertainty or little chance of progress. Toronto may be it for a while, so let's make the most of it.
  24. 3 points
    In case we're keeping count, I just had another hot dinner after coming home from another Oldham game.
  25. 3 points
    By OUR do you mean YOUR great game?. Do you want a game the whole world enjoys or or just those clubs in the heartlands? What do Rochdale thenselves actually do to promote the game in Rochdale? I have seen the crowd fugures and it doesn't appear they do much. If you believe the future lies in the M62 corridor I would urge you at the next home game to look at the faces in the crowd and ask yourself how many look to be under 40 years of age.

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