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  1. How do mean it's being bent now? Players feigning head injuries? I honestly don't think that's the case, and I totally agree that player welfare has to be top priority. But I also think that teams will always try to exploit new interpretations of rulings (as always) and that the biggest gain to be had currently is probably by a team willing to employ less than honest tactics. Maybe we should see a crackdown on high shots instead? There seems to be a reluctance to use cards for high tackles (my team, Widnes are worse than most this year) as it doesn't have to be a malicious swinging arm to get an influential opposition player taken off for at least 15 minutes any more. If we're going to treat head injuries more seriously (as we should) then why aren't we putting the same effort into prevention?
  2. Sorry, I hadn't read the 'NRL considers 18th man thread'! Embarrassing...
  3. Listened to the Leigh V Widnes match today (due to being in work) and for large parts of the game Widnes had to play with no subs due to players going off with concussions. Now, a couple of disclaimers first, I'm not suggesting this was anything to do with any foul play on Leigh's behalf (as I said, I wasn't there) and I fully agree with player welfare being top priority particularly regarding head injuries. However, as these incidents are being spotted and dealt with better, do we think that something needs to be done to avoid situations where the outcome of games can be hugely affected by bad luck or foul play? Certainly, head shots don't often result in red cards but the recipient is now far more likely to miss the rest of a game so it could reward foul play, even if the offending player is sin-binned. I'd maybe like to see the two remaining players from the 19 man squad as emergency replacement players, who can step up to the bench in the event of a head injury which prevents a player returning, possibly with the caveat that said player can't play for the next 7 days to prevent abusing it to use fresh interchange players. Thoughts?
  4. You can't really link the ball entering play to the ball hitting the ground or every time a player caught the ball on the full from a kick off it would be a penalty. Therefore there has to be an imaginary 'plane' 10m from halfway and once the ball passes through it, the ball is in play and what happens after that is immaterial (similar to the legal pass being blown off course as mentioned by Dave). That is fairly difficult to officiate though whereas, when the ball is leaving play the much easier option is to link 'out of play' to hitting the ground (or a player stood outside the pitch) as it has to eventually.
  5. I'd be more confident if it were just Brown and Runciman, but there is also Bridge, Marsh and White on the list of absentees. That's 3/4 of our starting outside backs out, plus the obviously important Brown and they've been huge in enabling us to play the game we have this season. In particular, having 2 centres with a good attacking game has been a revelation and the threat out wide opens teams out defensively. I'm hoping we can get a couple back soon as we seem to have great confidence and belief in the squad and a few defeats could kill that. Having said that, the Wire game wasn't a disaster considering the absentees and disruption to the bench, so hopefully the youngsters can step up again. Plus Saints aren't in the form that Wire are so keeping it competitive going into the last 10 would be a good result and then you never know...
  6. I haven't seen it no, it was something I'd seen in tennis that seemed to work well. The restrictions you mentioned were exactly what I was thinking, take the whole process (and the associated pressure of over/under use) away from the ref and let him get on with refereeing the game.
  7. This is why I'd like to see the referral of decisions taken away from the referee, because as someone has mentioned, they're slated for using it too much and lambasted if they back themselves and get a decision wrong. More often than not the players from the defending team involved know whether a try is good or not, but currently they surround the ref trying to pressure him into referring it upstairs in the hope of the (often pedantic/puzzling) video ref finding fault. I don't think the refs call deals with this satisfactorily because now he's forced to guess if he's not certain and he can still over/under use the system regardless. I'd love to see something like 'captain's challenge', 2 referrals per team, and let the ref just concentrate on refereeing the game and giving decisions in real time, which can be challenged if the defending teams captain think it's worth it.
  8. Is Kevin Locke such a crock that he has to go on that list twice?
  9. You expect to hear stuff like this from partisan fans on a debate forum, but I was genuinely surprised to hear Shaun Wane on Boots n All say that Flower had cost his team mates a GF win, the surprising bit being that he added 'we'd have won by 30 (with 13 men)...everybody knows that'(!) Not sure why I was surprised tbh, he's always come across as a classless oaf so it was true to form.
  10. Having seen our squad for this one, I'm just hoping we can be competitive really. We've a few players out who, whilst not individually massive losses to the team, collectively when added to Brown missing, our structure may struggle to deal with their absence. Our squad is quite loaded with backrowers and utility forwards and light on wingers and backs outside the first choice 17. The only winger in the 19 is Owens and I hope we see Denis try Marsh on the other wing rather than Craven or, as I've seen suggested on another forum, Isa (did they never see his edge defence!) IMO one of the biggest improvements the vikings have made in our time in SL has been our edge defence, Flynn in particular now makes great choices regarding coming in to cut out the play or hold his position, and against Leeds' stellar backline, this is where I suspect we'll struggle tonight.
  11. Widnes away kit, video not quite as good as the home launch but still a good effort and another good looking kit IMO http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ilfRVU60bL0
  12. Widnes Vikings 2015 Shirt Launch sponsored by Par…: Very professional launch video and nice kit to boot!
  13. oi get back to work u!

  14. Matt and Jay will be extremely disappointed that the 'Dogs didn't even register on your radar -_-
  15. I'll take your BOAB and raise you 3owls! I'll be cheering the pies, as much for a different final as anything else