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  1. I'm not saying it is a conspiracy, but I find it amazing how incorrect decisions happen against certain teams with such regularity. If it was just Batley on the wrong side of the officials each week, it could well be biased viewing on my part. I am in no way a Huddersfield, Salford or Wakefield fan though, but every time I see games involving them on TV, they are always on the thin end of 50/50 decisions too, especially when they are playing one of the bigger more fancied teams. I have a warning point for my opinions of the officials, the edit to my original post was to ensure I am being less inflammatory and hopefully safe from further warnings. Whichever way you cut it though, 2 out of the last 14 disciplinary incidents have resulted in a "no charge" decision by the panel. To me, an undisciplined side would have a charge rate much higher than 15%. However, I totally agree with you regarding being smarter. We are a pretty dumb side, in many ways. I admire the fact when we play the better sides, that we do not resort to the tactics of Rochdale and Swinton of a couple of seasons ago. As we found against them, resorting to laying down at every verse end is a very effective way of negating an a opponents superior fitness. I have seen the changes below on the ourleague app, let's hope it helps the officials to make more correct decisions. However, I would be very surprised if these new interpretations, do not mirror those of ball stealing, in other words a complete lottery and very easy to interpret incorrectly. The following additions / amendments to 2019 referee policy have been introduced with immediate effect: Placing the ball on the defender lying on the ground – It is the responsibility of the player playing the ball to place the ball on the ground at their feet. If necessary the player should step backwards to ensure this can be done. OUTCOME – If the ball is placed on the tackler, this will be ruled a knock-on. Moving off the mark / stepping over to deliberately place the defender in the ruck - It is the responsibility of the player playing the ball to place the ball on the ground at their feet, and not to advance off the mark - if necessary the player should step backwards. OUTCOME – The player in possession will be penalised for moving off the mark if deliberately stepping over a defender to place them in the ruck. Playing the ball into a defender in the ruck – The player playing the ball should maintain balance and control when heeling the ball to the acting half-back.OUTCOME - In this situation the player in the ruck will be penalised if hit by the ball - or if in the opinion of the referee the half-back is prevented from picking the ball up. EXCEPTION – A penalty will be awarded against the player playing the ball if the ball is forcibly heeled back with the intention of contacting the defending player with the ball. Passing into an opposing player – Any ball passed into an opposing player in and around the ruck, in any direction, will be deemed to be acting against the spirit of the game. OUTCOME - The passer will be immediately penalised. Steve Ganson, the RFL’s Head of Match Officials, explained: “A number of high-profile incidents during and before the Easter weekend have shown certain teams or players acting contrary to the spirit of the game, in a manner that has infuriated fellow professionals, broadcasters and, crucially, supporters. “After internal consultation, we have therefore decided to make these changes to referee policy with immediate effect, applying throughout the game. This is an unusual step, but not unprecedented – and we hope it will be welcomed by coaches, players and supporters. “There is a meeting of head coaches next week, followed by the regular meeting of the RFL Laws Committee, at which these matters will be discussed, along with the situation regarding obstruction which has also been provoking a lot of discussion.”
  2. Are we an undisciplined side though SJS? Here are the details of the last 12 disciplinary incidents (not including the 2 dreadful decisions by Crashley in the Toulouse match, that were so bad he didn't even file them to the RFL). If, as you point out, we are an undisciplined team, why have so many incidents resulted in a "no charge" decision? Toby Everett Batley 07/04/2019 No charge ON/489/19 VIEW DETAILS Tom Lillycrop Batley 10/03/2019 No charge ON/294/19 VIEW DETAILS Dane Manning Batley 01/03/2019 No charge ON/236/19 VIEW DETAILS Dane Manning Batley 01/03/2019 No charge ON/238/19 VIEW DETAILS Louis Jouffret Batley 03/02/2019 Charge ON/078/19 VIEW DETAILS James Brown Batley 20/01/2019 No charge ON/030/19 VIEW DETAILS Lewis Galbraith Batley 20/01/2019 No charge ON/032/19 VIEW DETAILS Toby Everett Batley 20/01/2019 No charge ON/033/19 VIEW DETAILS Lewis Galbraith Batley 20/01/2019 No charge ON/035/19 VIEW DETAILS Jovilisi Taira Batley 06/01/2019 Charge ON/010/19 VIEW DETAILS Louis Jouffret Batley 26/12/2018 No charge ON/003/19 VIEW DETAILS Lewis Galbriath Batley 23/09/2018 No charge ON/1228/18
  3. What a try. There were plenty of people raving about the one York scored in the YC, the one in the video above was every bit as good IMO. It beggars belief that some still think we don't play any football.
  4. It isn't really fair though is it? The teams travelling to Toronto, have the issue of jet lag as well as several hours travelling for away games. This will not affect Toronto, if they are allowed to play all of there home games in a block at the end of the season. It must be a big advantage. I know they are paying for the flights for opposing teams, but lots of teams last season were flown to Edinburgh or Glasgow, where the flights were cheapest. Whichever way you cut it, it is a hell of journey to get to Scotland for most teams, especially when there is 10 hour flight to contend with before, or after it.
  5. I'm not an anti-expansionist and I can see many positives that TWP have brought to the game in terms of exposure. But as stated in an earlier post, I'm not sure how the problem of being unable to play league games at home for half of the season is going to be resolved in the short/medium term, or if indeed it could be resolved, nor whether the current scenario would be tolerated in SL. It is not just a problem for the league games either, surely it will not help them to produce homegrown players. Any potential homegrown player with a young family, with aspirations of playing the game professionally is going to have a tough choice to make, as they will be required to live abroad for half a season every year. It isn't even like they could just find a covered ground/Dome stadium to resolve the issue either. Even if they could find one for TWP, I would be very surprised if it could be done for every team in a Canadian league, especially at an junior/amateur/feeder level which would be required to produce home grown talent. Also how do the season tickets work for TWP given half of the home fixtures are played on the other side of the Atlantic? I realise most sports now get the majority of their income from TV deals, but it is still a lot of lost revenue, there is a reason gate increases are being targeted by the RFL and SL regarding future funding.
  6. Pardon my skepticism, but I know the RFL/SL have introduced targets for all clubs to increase attendances and online presence, together with incentives in terms of central funding in coming years depending on how clubs have done. Therefore, it begs the question, just how accurate are the attendance figures with such an incentive in place? For example, I went to our Sheffield away game on a Friday night, where the official attendance was over 1200. There was around 600 in the ground at a push watching the match, I guess the other 600 must have been queuing for the port-a-loo's if the figure was accurate, this is not an isolated incident either. It is also amazing how Toronto have played their home games as double headers this season with SL clubs, could this be a ploy to hide attendance figures for home games played in the UK/increase SL attendances to ensure they help to inflate the attendance figures? I don't believe the hype and cannot believe Sky would be so naive to buy it either, as it is very likely to be a negotiating tactic for the next TV deal.
  7. I could be wrong but I thought they were dual registered with Wigan, as part of the Hankinson deal? Saints are with Leigh.
  8. I don't doubt the sending off was justified, but what infuriates me is, more often than not players are put on report for such incidents, (McShane's for Castleford is a very recent example). When it is us though, the ref's brandish cards like confetti. We seem to have had less than a full complement of players, for at least part of every game this season. There was nothing malicious in Ward's tackle last night, and you see tackles like them every week, punished with just a penalty, certainly not a sin binning. Taira's sin binning last week for a late tackle, in which the player he allegedly hit late somehow lost the ball forwards in tackle, go figure?! Yates was taken out late on 5 occasions against Widnes, yet we only got one penalty, and they didn't have anyone sent to the bin, not even Hanson, who hit him with a shoulder charge that was so late, the ball had gone through two pairs of hands by the time he made contact with him. Lillicrop and Galbraith against Toulouse, yet neither were sanctioned. It isn't an easy job, being a ref, but we have been on the rough end of the officials so often this season, that it cannot be coincidental. They say these things balance themselves out, I can't wait for that season, we will be unstoppable.
  9. In fairness to Finn, it is difficult for halfbacks to shine if he is playing behind a beaten pack. It was a shame Andrade was injured, I really liked the look of him, I hope he is back for you soon, but has booked a holiday for the return fixture and the Bash.
  10. Congratulations Sam. I thought he had a great game last night too.
  11. For all either of us know then, we might be practising nothing but core skills in training. If we are, then I'm not sure what more a coach can do - other than drop players. However, when he does that, he is criticised for messing around with the team. Which leaves him in a no win situation, damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't. To be honest though, I really can't see him turning this around now, for whatever the reason, (players not following instructions, or maybe they are, but following a poorly conceived plan). We really needed to kick on from the last few performances. It was noticeable that we played to a very different game plan against Widnes, based upon field position, pressuring the opposition and doing the basics. Was that down to the coach, or the players? Last week, we seemed to revert back to trying to score off every play, so was this Diskin's plan, or the players thinking all they had to do was throw the ball around and they would win easily? I guess nobody will ever know for certain. However, I would expect decent amateurs, never mind professionals, to recognise a plan isn't working during a game and change it accordingly.
  12. I haven't seen international players train, but I can see it would make sense. As a former player, I know we practiced the core skills in training as well as patterns of play, with scenarios dependent on where we were on the field in terms of attacking and defensive structures. However, those structures didn't always materialise on game day. I have very little knowledge of what Batley do in training currently, are saying that we do not practice them?
  13. I'm not debating fault. You stated:- I merely pointed out that he hadn't messed with the team on Sunday. He had kept to the same 17 that had played Widnes, (except for the injured Tomlinson). I come back to the point, that DIskin didn't lose the ball, throw shocking passes out or miss tackles.Could you advise me, what he should have done to ensure that the players didn't make these basic errors? Also, could you tell me what he should have done in terms of team selection on Sunday? In my opinion, he did the right thing in picking the same team that had beaten Widnes. Are you saying he should have made wholesale changes after such a performance? If he had made lots of changes, and we had put in that performance, I would totally agree with your point about him "messing with the team". But he didn't. In your opinion, after the display we put up on Sunday, should he stick with the same 17 to face Dewsbury, or make changes? Personally, I'm not sure what the best thing to do would be, but I would be inclined to drop a few, otherwise, what message does it send to the players who were not selected to play against Doncaster? Therefore, would this constitute "messing with the team"? When the team isn't winning, it is easy for the world and his dog to criticise. If we had lost to Widnes, I dare say you and the rest of the "Taxi for Diskin Crew" would have been jumping up and down that we lost because he had left Brambani and Brown out of the 17. However, I will concede, tactically he is either extremely naive, or the team are not following instructions. Ultimately, his job is to win games, nothing more, nothing less. Stats do not tell you the whole truth, but, they do offer a compelling argument that things definitely aren't working out and a change is needed.
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