Marty Funkhouser

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  1. Hull KR will walk it by a margin...
  2. That's not the point at all...and i agree with some of your sentiment but it does not hide that fact that i could probably write a close enough script of the game and the plays contained within , before its played...from tackle 1 of set 1 to tackle 6 of set 40 the formula is pretty much the same game wide. If on Sunday evening you can point out a dozen moments of individuality or flair i will be amazed.
  3. Have you see any RL in the last few years?? The days of risk, flair , creativity and playing what you see are long gone ...
  4. If Huddersfield lose next week the game against Hull KR will probably be an anti climax as they would have to win by about 50 points or more in East Hull , assuming Fev carry on as they have. Huddersfields only hope of avoiding the MPG is to win next week... If Salford can knock up two massive scores however then Hull KR might need to win...
  5. If only the ground WAS in the middle of the council owned East Park...would only be 20 billion percent better than its current site!!!
  6. Watts was the best player on the field by a lengthy margin then double it... Hull KR must be so glad they got all of £50 grand for him...they used it so wisely...
  7. Taking last years 23 game season as a guide Leeds have little/no chance of the four, would entail winning 12 out of their last 15...not gonna happen if you cannot beat Wakefield.. Making the 8 is going to require winning more than half the remaining games so they need to get on with it very quickly. I would say one of , if not both of , Huddersfield and Leeds , are likely to finish bottom 4 unless they go on a "run"...and soon. And then they still need the Salfords and Castlefords to lose plenty.
  8. What is in fact astonishing and the real kick in the teeth for young (or old) British players is that both St Helens and Salford thought that an average to reasonable, overseas forward with his best days well behind him was worth 7% of their total salary cap... In a salary capped/glass ceiling competiton then that is real mis-management of your resources.
  9. Agreed and agreed. Perhaps the best outcome would be a challenge to the cap and the RFL and self interested status quo...
  10. When Leeds/Bradford , Saints/Wigan and Wire/Widnes have taken the lead in this then i am sure others will follow without argument...
  11. That would be be because there are few if any "high-profile" players left worth signing... 20 years in , SL under the salary cap , for those outside the top 3 or 4 , has become a real life game of Rugby League manager , basically the same pool of players passed around different clubs every season or two in the hope that a Darryl Powell or a Paul Anderson can weave them together into a coherent bunch to challenge the top 4, but nothing changes in reality... If Koukash e.g were allowed to spend £6 million of HIS money then it would give a very interesting competition and is the lower clubs only chance of breaking into the monopoly... I honestly do not see that this new rule will make a jot of difference aside from release salary cap pressure on the Wigans and Leeds of this world...like the new format it is more about keeping the status quo then beathing any new life into the comp...
  12. Totally agree... the double act of Carney and Wells are a welcome relief from the top of the bill performers... Whilst very thankful and appreciative of all that Stevo and Eddie have done for the game i think they are just a little over the brow of that hill now . They should really think about going out whilst still in reasonable charge of their faculties and before they diminish their contributions.
  13. I think Mr Wane can't have recovered from Chris Burtons elbow in '86... The succesul Wigan teams of the 80s and 90s were mainly bought in players and overseas... E.g...Picking 2 trophy winning teams at random....86 John Player Final as mentioned above...3 of the 15 were from Wigan (Hampson, Wane , Edwards) the rest bought in and overseas... 10 years on 1995 Regal Trophy final...4 of the 15 (Edwards, Hall , Cassidy and Clarke) were from Wigan and Hall was bought in...of course Robinson and Betts played junior Rugby at Wigan but were from Leeds and Salford... I think what Mr Wane is missing is that these great Wigan teams of all stars led to even more kids playing the game in the Wigan area than already did hence the richness of players he has availble to him today...that is the real food for thought in these salary capped , glass ceiling times...
  14. Parky, on the contrary, what i am saying is that there IS an acknowledgement, by Rovers at least, that was for whatever reason , despite the vast amount of young people playing the game within the city of Hull, there are not enough players of sufficent quality making it at EITHER club from WITHIN the area to make a major dent on the Wigans and Saints of this world within a restricted, salary capped sport. This despite the fact there are over 30 players from the city with full time professional contracts spread around SL clubs and 1 in the NRL. There is no major fault here by the way, subject Leeds or Saints to the same restrictions and see what you have left... Therefore it is the intention to fully compete with the Leeds of this world for the young players they currently enjoy autonomy over wether it be from Bradford, Barrow , Pontefract or London and Mr Peacock will be worth his wage here in every respect. As shown by the success of his various camps and activities over the last few years he has enormous kudos and respect within the junior as well as senior world. The Rovers aim is to end the days of the top young players from any region automatically been indentified first by, and ending up at ,Leeds, Saints or wherever. This is a tough job and a big step change as Rovers have more or less previously limited themselves to the Hull area but have still managed to find 12 kids worthy of full time contracts in the current squad within a short space of time. The current state of the Hull club and that fact that the best young players in Hull will be getting their choice of two after a visit from Jamie Peacock or Steve Crooks should ensure Rovers mop up the best within Hull at the same time. Big ambitions sure but why not and whats the point otherwise? Money is not an issue at Rovers certainly in the medium term. And is it not reasonable to suggest that perhaps Leeds and most certainly Warrington are likely to suffer a wobble or two shortly leaving a gap or two to sneak into.?? Golden eras of any sort do not last forever just ask Bradford...and Rovers have much first hand knowledge of this... You of course are correct in that the state of the first team has a direct effect on this therefore the need to maintain as competitive a team as possible within the rules of the competition. I fail to see issue with this. Again i revert to the original point that the criticism of the club is totally uninformed and based on a fallacy...
  15. Just to put it one last way as you Leeds (and plenty other "top club") fans seem to be in a permenant state of denial or smugness , not sure which... If Hull KR had had another £12million plus in funding , and an annual turnover of £10million with profits of £600,000 plus they would be as succesful as Leeds at least and would most likely have less than six southern hemisphere players... Without this and 11 years less competition Hull KRs academy finished 2 point behind the wonder Leeds academy last year... Wether you like it or not the real failures of Super League are the "model" clubs of the competition...everything going for them for years and years on end and still signing journeymen Aussies and other clubs products whilst professing the greatness of their academy set up... Give it 11 years and see whats what...