Bulliac

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  1. Bulliac

    Featherstone Rhinos

    SL reserve sides would muller the bottom half dozen in League1, I'd back our academy to beat some of those teams. RL has a problem with clubs though. As a minority sport we aren't blessed with dozens of sides with the ability and desire to take the step up, so we have what we have. I complain about the RFL but, in all honesty, I haven't got an answer either.
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    Featherstone Rhinos

    Probably the wrong thread but, yes, League 1 is a diabolical mish mash of a division anyway with a massive difference between the clubs at the top and the bottom. I do wonder if the authorities really do want those new clubs to prosper or just be cannon fodder.
  3. Bulliac

    Featherstone Rhinos

    Checking through my records you're correct mate, I certainly wasn't definitive on it (hence my disclaimer) and Widnes is the club from 2017. There were three players who played a total of 11 games on DR. Any players from Toronto were on loan though. It's also true to say that we've sent out a number of players on DR over time. The point is still valid though as the overwhelming majority have been on loan deals. There were a hell of a lot though in the year after we went bust, but we had to get a side, any side, out on the field back then.
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    Featherstone Rhinos

    I think the use by clubs in the same position as Keighley is its only real 'need'. You are obviously correct though, it is legal under the laws of the game and all clubs are free to use it as they wish. It's this legality which is actually in question, not the fact that clubs use it. To clear up some misinformation from further up the thread, the Bulls haven't had DR players at any point (so far as I can remember) and all the 'extra' players over recent seasons have actually all been on loan, even in the darkest periods.
  5. You can't really use it in our division though. Firstly you'd need to pay another ref, and secondly there is generally only one camera, so the odds on any given incident being covered adequately are going to be pretty small. Added to the extra cost of the technology to actually do replays being in place at all grounds. As for the 'incident' at Odsal, the ref didn't consult the touchies as it occurred under his nose. Did he touch it down? I dunno, but the ref was much nearer than me.
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    The shot clock.

    It is true that most scrums are seemingly made up of those who got there first, but Irrespective of which particular players are, or are not, in the scrum it still leaves more space for the acting backs. For a couple of seconds at least..
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    The shot clock.

    Well, yes that is a point but it still gets12 (hopefully, mostly bigger, heavier and slower...) players out of the way and opens up space for the rest, so I feel the point remains valid.
  8. Bulliac

    The shot clock.

    They open up the game for a few seconds by getting the forwards in a big bunch. If the ball can be cleared quickly it gives the backs a bit of an edge.
  9. Bulliac

    Keighley

    Personally, I feel that bonds would just create another reason why investors don't want to get into RL. The RFL do what they refer to as "fit and proper person checks" and they don't work either as a quick check on our last few owners should prove. There are proper legal constraints on people wo don't run businesses properly, so for my money I'd just let that apply to RL in the same way it does to other businesses.
  10. Bulliac

    Keighley

    That was the reason given, but I'm not going to argue the point in a thread about Keighley. The point is they don't have to, and sometimes don't, follow their own rules.
  11. Bulliac

    Keighley

    t The RFL can, and do, just as they like with their own rules though. Under RFL rules the Bulls should have been relegated after the 2017 season, but instead were made to play-on for another pointless season in a higher division, with no team and on `-12. They don't have to follow their own rules. Perhaps being fair to the new Keighley club should trump the rules?
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    Keighley

    Just as important as new supporters is to re-connect with older ones. Promotion would have been an extremely hard task with just the hiatus of changing owners and all the problems which ensued, so whilst the -12 is yet another kick in the teeth I don't think it makes much difference to the overall picture. In fact, the element of 'kicking a dog when it's down' could galvanise support for the club and be a focus for bringing together fans, both old and new. When we suffered that fate it certainly galvanised a great deal of 'gallows humour' at the Bulls. Best of luck.
  13. Bulliac

    Keighley

    That's great to hear. Best of luck Cougars hope you bounce back quickly, though, as we found our two years back -12 points is a bit of a season killer.
  14. Bulliac

    “New Yorkshire cup”

    No, it's not the old competition, that's true. But it has been built upon the name, and long lasting goodwill, which still surrounds the old Yorkshire Cup so it can't be called unconnected. In exactly the same way that clubs, like ours, which have 'gone under', sometimes on numerous occasions, still feel a genuine connection with 1863. For what it's worth, I think it's worked well this year. That said, I'm quite not sure how a wider competition, with more clubs, can still work to provide an effective pre-season workout. It might actually be interesting to ask the coaches how they feel the competition has affected their preparations? We'd perhaps have to arrange some pre-Yks Cup warm-ups for coaches and players to do their usual assessments and trials. If it is to become much expanded It might work better as a separate competition after the season has started, maybe timed for after the majority of Champ/Champ1 clubs are out of the Challenge Cup?
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    “New Yorkshire cup”

    Does anyone actually know the whereabouts of the old cup? It hasn't been played for for years, so is it in a vault in Red Hall or still with the last winners? or sold off for scrap.....