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  1. Depends on where they finish. going to Toulouse is tough so if thery get into the top two with normally three wins getting you to the MPG. They should be there or therabouts. Well beaten by the Broncos though so not so good away from home. and of course cue the inevitable "they don't bring any away fans" jibes from t'cappers. On to Swinton having met some of their hard core fans at the New Zealand v PNG game in the world cup. Its good to see the clubs day in the sun and the reward of Wigan in the next round of the cup to fill the coffers. It's much harder to follow a heartlabnd club languishing in the championship when you have nearby Super League clubs, so if I had a metaphorical hat I would be taking it off to their fans and those who also march to a different drumbeat following their local club in the lower leagues. The game is one that London need to win and any club beating a super league teams deserves respect - Good London performance at Batley but that was then this is now, the players need to focus on the game in hand. Going to be interesting to see if Swinton get a reaction from an emotional high last week in the cup or if it is London showing signs of ring-rust after a week off. All to play for.
  2. The gap between the top championship clubs and the bottom half of Super League has narrowed but unfortunately it is more as a result of standards levelling down rather than standards levelling up. The game itself is not as good as it was 10 years ago, and that's not just my opinion by spme of the postings on this and other forums in the last 12 months. So wth the level of mediocrity in the game, the lack of genuine stars who fans would pay to watch, even at the big clubs, and certain Super League clubs allegedly not spending up to the cap limit. Yes the gap has narrowed but perhaps not in a good way. I still favour one up and one down P&R.
  3. Depends on the money men. If a group of jilted Force backers decided not to pursue legal action against the ARU but to seek to join an expanded NRL then given that they have a ready made stadium holding 20,000. and a pre-existing brand, Plus mre juniors in the other code than Melbourne rebels. The idea does have legs. Remember Perth is isolated from the rest of Australia so there a craving for top level sport in the city, almost any sport can be a success in the West. However given the insular attitudes amongst the Sydney clubs then I am afraid there is more chance of Newtown returning if it ever came to a vote.
  4. Well played Hull
  5. So don't go thinking there's a lot in the kitty for other sports including RL when the rights negotiations begin again
  6. Please try not to post anything sensible and rational about the long term prospects in Toronto
  7. Well Done St Helens beating the full strength Castleford Tigers.
  8. London getting back in the race with an impressive result at Batley. Not surprised by the Toulouse result not many sides will come away with the points down there this season and KR had a few injuries.
  9. Tough ask for London to go to Batley , IMO best result of the ill starred Rob Powell era was the challenge cup win there in the wind and rain which with the slope makes the difference. Not a ground to be forward lite. Hendo said they needed a win to turn things around. They got the big win but that was then this is now. I hope this Janet Jackson number is on the team bus going up
  10. Cracking game at Trailfinders probably watched by the Broncos lowest ever crowd. London dominated the first 30 minutes of the game buliding up a 12-0 lead. This dropped to 12-10 at the interval partly down to Lolndon clocking off and partly down to erratic and inconsistent refereeing. Within a minute of the second half the French team claimed a 12-16 lead with the best try of the game a break up the middle by the forwards and offload. I had to say I feared the worst at that point but London replied in the corner soon afte,r though there was a rocky 20 minutes until London closed the game out with Toulouse falling apart chasing the game in the last 10 minutes. Total team effort from London justifying the changes made in the squad. I would say Alex Walker,,Mark Ioane and William Bartheu (the best frenchman on the field) stood out but you could not say anyone had a bad game and its been a while since that was posted.... Toulouse are a proper French team who play with gallic flair. I think people forget that they are not an expansion team but very much in the French Heartland so as som one who supports the idea of French RL teams with French players, I wish them well (except against London) and they are definately top four material A welcome return to the Broncos of last year but this win amounts for nothing unless the points are secured at Batley on Monday.
  11. St Helens to cause an upset win. It reminds me of when the full strength St Helens under Ian Millward travelled to take on a Wigan side comprised of the Under 20's captained by Terry O'Connor a few years ago on Good Friday in reverse...
  12. Charlie Sale in todays Daily Mail
  13. Contenders or Pretenders time for the Broncos. With the axe being shown to four profile signings. The club decided not to offer a Contract to Jamie Soward at the end of the last season as paying him would both blow a hole in cap space and run the risk of him breaking his leg in the first game and equally to avoid being a club where there was the one main playmaker. Then they sign Jarred Sammut the poor mans Jamie Soward, and his erratic performances have undermined the team performance. The four profile signings dropped have been busts this year. The London Phantom especialy disappointing on his return. What escapes some people is that when London began their under the radar run last year it was as a workmanlike team unit and curiously I am much more chipper about London's chances this Friday than would have been the case before the squad was named. Truly there is no I in in the spelling of team. You want the shirt you earn it on performance not on reputation. Now all to play for.
  14. My prediction sadly spot on
  15. Contenders or pretenders, London have failed to cope with raised expectations this season and are mere pretenders thus far who may struggle to make the top four. It's frustrating for the Coach and the fans to be out-enthused and without showing "diss" towards Halifax and Sheffield London were pants in both and the part-timers wanted it more and got their just reward.. Fev Rhinos by 20 today and a London crisis thread starting soon on TRL....