BenGilesRL

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  1. Used to be my friend. Maybe again one day - but the commentary was my first love. These days I just work my butt off and then hope people back up their info so it's easy for me - that's not a dig either
  2. Still accepting entries - What you can expect: You will predict the winner and the margin of victory for a televised game every week - meaning you will have something to cheer for even if your team is not involved! You will have your own fixture list, mirroring the Super League/Championship format, including Super 8's, and play-offs, and compete in the Challenge Cup. A friendly enjoyable competition that's run by a fan for fans, and the opportunity to win a mug or two if successful. Go to http://www.sltipping.wordpress.com/join-2017 to join, have a look around, and/or watch the promo vid that was made... All the best
  3. And I also hope I get a million pounds...
  4. I will be disappointed if there is no positive announcement today or tomorrow. The RFL said end of this week - and thousands of Bradford RL supporters will be hanging on their words and desperate for an outcome. Considering they kept saying they were positive there wouldn't be liquidation and that's been proved wrong, they need to get this right and start delivering - and in good time because there really isn't any.
  5. As I said before - if they introduce a top 5 play off system to end the current set up - it will close the gap between 8th and making the playoffs, and reintroduce a most popular knockout stage at the end.
  6. To be fair it's not included in the season tickets like the old relegation decider was between cas and Wakefield. Therefore it's a challenge cup semi final sized crowd equivalent between two sides at the bottom of the table.
  7. Ah forgot about them haha no
  8. IMMENSELY looking forward to the 2017 season, mainly as the Super League looks a lot tougher competition for some more traditionally high flying clubs at the moment - and that opens up possibilities. The main boost for me has been the rule changes - particularly the change to knocking the kicks dead, and the subsequent zero tackle if they do roll dead. This is a massive u-turn and will have a great effect on all matches. Teams will absolutely have to get their kicking game right - I can't wait. IT will be fascinating to see how tough Leeds find it this season - and I hope whilst there is improvement they don't automatically find themselves back near the top. We need indications it's not a one off and teams have to play well to win it. Wigan were not at their best last season whilst holding other sides' creative flair back. That's not wholly as a criticism, as I admired the way they found a way to win through hard work, grit and determination - but our champions need to be better than that in 2017. I'm hoping for (and predicting) a new champion in Castleford Tigers, and hoping for (but not expecting) Wigan to drop down the table. Sixth or below would help that feeling of anything could happen. I'm also hoping for Toulouse to make the top four of the Championship and Bradford to make the starting line with big talk from some owners about the future, finishing with retaining the Shield to kick on for 2018. I will be riding Leeds season differently for the first time since they struggled under Dean Bell, as every game feels like a tough game this year for the Rhinos - whilst improvement is imperative to avoid the qualifiers. Last season it was like watching a puppy on ice try to do the same things and expecting to suddenly be able to run. Im also hoping for a Super League double win in the World Club series, which I feel is possible with our clubs, and their clubs involved, and for Toronto to capture the imagination of Canada by winning - but not by 100 points. And I hope that Wayne Bennett can dumbfound us all by making it even more undeniable he is the best coach ever by guiding England to a World Cup win. Here's hoping for a crazy year. Predictions: SL Champions: Castleford Tigers Runners up: Wigan Warriors League Leaders: Wigan Warriors Challenge Cup Winners: Warrington Wolves Super League Table: 1. Wigan, 2. Castleford, 3. Warrington, 4. St Helens, 5. Hull FC, 6. Leeds, 7. Salford, 8. Catalans, 9. Wakefield, 10. Widnes, 11. Leigh, 12. Huddersfield Championship top four: 1. Hull KR, 2. London Broncos 3. Fev , 4. Toulouse Qualifiers: London to replace Huddersfield. Shield winners: Bradford
  9. Based on the fact the RFL will want to keep their pride intact, the system's success for the middle eights, and the likelihood Toulouse and Toronto could be involved in that section within two years, I find it unlikely they will change it dramatically. The tweaks I foresee happening are: A change to the top 8 semis that sees an extra round of playoffs added - in the form of a top 5 system - because it's what people want - but also because it makes it more likely the teams competing in that final playoff are subject to change, and it adds another round which clubs always want. Thursday games get binned off finally for a Saturday or Sunday after they give up on the free travel push.
  10. http://www.sltipping.wordpress.com/join-2017 10 seasons old, this is the best prediction competition out there, with its own record books, league format, promotion/relegation, super 8s, the cup and ranking based international tournaments. With just six weeks until the new season kick’s off, there’s no better time to cement your place in the best tipping competition on the planet! It’s going to be a massive year featuring: All competitions and prizes up for grabs (shown below) A simpler, quicker and more user friendly tipping process A new more exciting tie breaker system Culminating with the Rugby League World Cup All just for £6.99 You would be very welcome!
  11. RT @SLTipping: The SLTipping 2017 season is now open for players, old and new! Click for more details... https://t.co/wjMUclAL5k

  12. ​RUGBY LEAGUE 2017: ONE MISSION Made this promo video to get myself, and other people going for the new season. Some highlights from last season, some sentimental. Hope you enjoy it
  13. All the best everyone. Regardless of your views - similar or not, as long as you're not a pickled onion in disguise I already have the greatest sport in common with you and will be happy to share a stadium with you at any point in 2017 should it occur. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year Also feel free to check out http://www.sltipping.wordpress.com for my predictions competition. It's been running 10 years and has two divisions, and if you fancy having a crack next season for a one off fee of £7 for the season (with six logo'd mugs as prizes up for grabs in the Champ/SL/Cup/World Cup) then email sltipping@hotmail.com It's mainly about the fun of playing but there's some prizes there too to toast your success
  14. Sell over 5,000 season tickets six months from your first home game and maybe people will start to take it more seriously. Or maybe they'll call you a fantasist and start making bird noises...