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  1. So whose valour have I stolen and how have I done so?
  2. Meaning... That's a huge accusation to throw out there with zero knowledge of my age, background, occupation.
  3. It's a combination of Gen Z frailty and #itsoknottobeok culture. Its invading every workspace. Honest conversations about performance are actively discouraged because staff are too soft to participate. In my office they'll either take 6 months off full pay or throw themselves off a roof. Imagine if another D-Day was needed. Who on earth would step up? Kyle, 19, taking a break from Fortnite?
  4. Catalans are sat in third, 4 points behind today's victors Warrington. I think speculation around McNamara's position is premature in the extreme.
  5. Good game this. Huge hit by Moa on Davis. Austin and Tomkins engaged in foreplay.
  6. I agree, but backchat isn't black and white, it's shades of grey. Personal abuse should always be penalised but the more sensible referees realise that even pros might use the odd expletive in the heat of the moment. What I am about to say might peeve a few people on here, but sometimes it's best to wear the initial curse and then work with that player later on. Instantly pinging him leads to a breakdown of communication, yellow/red cards and ultimately a poorer spectacle. Whereas allowing him to vent and then getting next to him on the 10m next set with a "Johnny, I only give what I can see" can get him back onside and keeps the game 13 v 13. Player management is not about being a dictator. Those who think players will look at the sanctions being dished out and simply fall in line are living in Disneyland. This is rugby league, blokes are getting hit, they're going to go very close to or beyond the line sometimes. This is why the best referees are man managers. That sometimes means allowing players to let off steam.
  7. I hear this argument a lot, but it's a load of cobblers. Imagine Jackson Hastings drops the ball with the line at his mercy, he then gets binned for delaying a 20m restart and finally a wayward pass is intercepted for the winning score. Would he be dropped the following week? Really? Would Coote? Fifita? Austin? Or is the embarrassment of demotion reserved for only a handful of fringe players? Coaches know that these players are consistent top performers, having risen to the top of their field. The same goes for referees, except they're judged to a higher standard. Just one error can set them back a season in terms of big games, finals etc. Incidentally, in the last 3 seasons Ben Thaler, James Child, Robert Hicks, Chris Kendall, Liam Moore, Scott Mikalauskas have all been dropped to the Championship following such errors.
  8. Agree, an entertaining game which either side could have won, also very well controlled by referee Mr Bowmer.
  9. Shots fired by Wigan on Twitter. Both ties can legitimately claim to be 'true' derbies. Which do you prefer and why?
  10. Position-wise: - Evolution of full back into a second stand-off in attack. - Two hooker approach - although this may be changing now. - Ball handling loose forward - gone. Also - Most sides turning out 13 back rower body shapes. - Lining up before KO - I personally loathe this. Run out and get the game going. - Positive: ball offloaded when tackle called held is now a PTB - common sense. - VR live call.
  11. Yes. Bottom line is whoever is pratting about concedes the penalty. If both teams are pratting about then the team feeding the scrum gets the penalty.
  12. https://www.rugby-league.com/article/54240/independent-tribunal-verdict---salary-cap
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