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Autumn International Final: England v France

Predict the margin   36 members have voted

  1. 1. Predict the margin

    • England by 50 points or more
      6
    • England by 40-49 points
      8
    • England by 30-39 points
      8
    • England by 20-29 points
      9
    • England by 11-19 points
      2
    • England by 1-10 points
      0
    • France by 1-10 points
      0
    • France by 11-19 points
      0
    • France by 20-29 points
      0
    • France by 30-39 points
      0
    • France by 40-49 points
      1
    • France by 50 points or more
      2

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Teams should be allowed to sign (born and bred) French players and not have their salary counted on the cap. Also forget the idea of having the West Coats Pirates play in SL unless they have te same quota as the other teams!

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Good to see Myler was kicked out for this one. We need someone with a better attitude and a more team-oriented mentality, like Chase.

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I agree about French players in non French clubs.

Or found French juniors like homegrown players

Something.

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Good to see Myler was kicked out for this one. We need someone with a better attitude and a more team-oriented mentality, like Chase.

Are you seriously suggesting he didn't play alright. All the key positions worked well. Tompkins Sinfield Chase Mcollorum/Burrow and Lockers. Really enjoyed it.

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Well what have we learnt

Zak is a great player and banana can't make room for him - wing for me instead of charnley/briscoe

Sinfield is a wonderful leader, kicker and deserves his place

Sam tomkins is 100% our best player, love watching him

Ellis - superb and can't wait to see his return super league

Lockers is our best 13

Chase no comment!!!

Hall our best winger and good enou for the NRL

Watkins has had a great series and all the other centres have to up their game to take his place (reed to get the other spot)

Props look good, but against a bigger pack how good are they?? Good job we've got graham and burgess's

Hock made some great breaks but too often a liability

MM - not good enough, good for Wigan but behind Danny houghton

On France, lack in fitness and I feel this is also Catalans problem.

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Really enjoyed that game, thought the french showed some real heart! like this tournament personally

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Well what have we learnt

Zak is a great player and banana can't make room for him - wing for me instead of charnley/briscoe

Sinfield is a wonderful leader, kicker and deserves his place

Sam tomkins is 100% our best player, love watching him

Ellis - superb and can't wait to see his return super league

Lockers is our best 13

Chase no comment!!!

Hall our best winger and good enou for the NRL

Watkins has had a great series and all the other centres have to up their game to take his place (reed to get the other spot)

Props look good, but against a bigger pack how good are they?? Good job we've got graham and burgess's

Hock made some great breaks but too often a liability

MM - not good enough, good for Wigan but behind Danny houghton

On France, lack in fitness and I feel this is also Catalans problem.

I agree we should have seen more from Zak. Can't understand not playing him again. Not on ten wing though, it's a specialist position, and we have 3 crackers there. He has played centre though, so we could surely have seen him there.

Chase is ok. I agree not more needs be said.

Pleasantly surprised to see Lockers look so good at 13. Had him down as a 12 at this level.

Micky Mac may develop, and I'd say he's better than Houghton, but he's not in Roby/Burrow's class.

We look further on than last year, which is plenty reason to justify this tournament.

Hock is more risk than reward at this level.

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I agree we should have seen more from Zak. Can't understand not playing him again. Not on ten wing though, it's a specialist position, and we have 3 crackers there. He has played centre though, so we could surely have seen him there.

Chase is ok. I agree not more needs be said.

Pleasantly surprised to see Lockers look so good at 13. Had him down as a 12 at this level.

Micky Mac may develop, and I'd say he's better than Houghton, but he's not in Roby/Burrow's class.

We look further on than last year, which is plenty reason to justify this tournament.

Hock is more risk than reward at this level.

Flippin eck. You and I not far out from agreeing.

Zak can play anywhere across the back IMHO

Great point on hock. Totally agree.

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I was very impressed with the French.......................................no not the team today, i meant the freedom fighters in ww2

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Interesting comment from Harris about Wales touring South Sea Islands post WC as well. That would be great!

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Good to see Myler was kicked out for this one. We need someone with a better attitude and a more team-oriented mentality, like Chase.

Get in......your predictable post has just won me £20!

Cheers

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Get in......your predictable post has just won me £20!

Cheers

You couldn't fault Chase today.He had a decent game. My objection to him is that after his foul on Ropati he should never be allowed on a Rugby field again.

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You couldn't fault Chase today.He had a decent game. My objection to him is that after his foul on Ropati he should never be allowed on a Rugby field again.

He committed the crime did the time, we need to move on.

Chase is the best England have to offer!!!

So banana thinks!!

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Interesting comment from Harris about Wales touring South Sea Islands post WC as well. That would be great!

I think that would be a very, very good development and I hope the RFL fund it, just as they funded England's needless jollies to South Africa. Not only would such tours bring on the Welsh team but it would provide enticement for Welsh players to up their game and be included in the national side. However, I do believe that if or until that happens, ie this side of the world cup (when it won't be happening!), the RFL needs to invest money in bringing the Welsh players up to the right fitness and skill levels in order to provide them with half a chance of looking competitive.

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He committed the crime did the time, we need to move on.

Chase is the best England have to offer!!!

So banana thinks!!

"did the time" a three match ban for an assault that would have landed him in jail had he not been on a football field? Graham got 12 matches for what was effectively an unproven charge. Chase should at least have had the same. The whole episode was a disgrace for RL and typical of the double standards where SL and Championship Rugby are concerned.

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"did the time" a three match ban for an assault that would have landed him in jail had he not been on a football field? Graham got 12 matches for what was effectively an unproven charge. Chase should at least have had the same. The whole episode was a disgrace for RL and typical of the double standards where SL and Championship Rugby are concerned.

Now that Brendon Tuuta. He was hard but fair.

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Now that Brendon Tuuta. He was hard but fair.

He didn't take many prisoners and he was fairly ruthless. I never saw him do to another player what Chase did to Ropati. In fact I'd go as far as to say it's one of the worst acts I've ever seen on a football field.

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Solid performance by England. Spirited performance by France: outclassed but by no means disgraced.

I absolutely agree. Yes, the French have got a long way to go but there's no lack of heart there so somehow, the score line just didn't seem to matter at all. I found it a great match to watch; was well impressed with the cohesion in the England side and delighted that France managed to put one over in the end.

Congratulations to both teams. The northern hemisphere is our home and northen hemisphere Rugby League is what we have to work on. France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, - we need to be building them all up because the better they get the better it will be for a proper, fighting chance for `up here' to compete and regularly beat `down under'.

Not all of the time but a fair share of the time. And it can be done.

I can see it already.

Believe it!

:-)

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Full back sorted (Tomkins), as well as cover (Hardaker).

Wings there's a bit of competition between the three, which is great. So we've got cover, but aren't sure who the best two are just yet.

Centres are a bit of a weak spot for me. I don't think Cudjoe is good enough, and Watkins and Reed are just the best of what's left. We used to be really strong here.

Halves are an issue. With Sinfield being captain, you'd guess that he's going to feature! I'd go with Widdop, but is he a 7? Chase and Myler in reserve. Plenty of options at least, but need to find the right combination for such an important position here.

Hooker will obviously be Roby. I think McIlorum is a liability personally. Houghton deserves a chance at this level to see how he goes. The issue then is would you want two similar players in Roby and Houghton, or a different style in Burrow coming off the bench?

Forwards we've got a bit of depth, but most of our best forwards are in the NRL now it seems! Graham and Sam obviously. See how the other Burgesses come on. Hill and Mossop looked OK. There's big Eorl also and Carvell/Morley if we need experience.

I thought Hock was a liability personally. As good as he is, there are players that can bring nearly as much as him but without the negative side to bring the team down. We don't need a player like that against the Aussies.

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once again a walk in the park for england, when oh when will people realise that the french will never be good enough to compete with us on the international stage. but FFS chase should be resigned to the scrap heap ASAP....................

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I absolutely agree. Yes, the French have got a long way to go but there's no lack of heart there so somehow, the score line just didn't seem to matter at all. I found it a great match to watch; was well impressed with the cohesion in the England side and delighted that France managed to put one over in the end.

Congratulations to both teams. The northern hemisphere is our home and northen hemisphere Rugby League is what we have to work on. France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, - we need to be building them all up because the better they get the better it will be for a proper, fighting chance for `up here' to compete and regularly beat `down under'.

Not all of the time but a fair share of the time. And it can be done.

I can see it already.

Believe it!

:-)

I agree 100%.

I really enjoyed todays match and after watching and enjoying the RU highlights the reaffirmation of the fact we have the best code flicked through my bones.

France and Wales can only improve with competion like this. Let's have more of them please.

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"did the time" a three match ban for an assault that would have landed him in jail had he not been on a football field? Graham got 12 matches for what was effectively an unproven charge. Chase should at least have had the same. The whole episode was a disgrace for RL and typical of the double standards where SL and Championship Rugby are concerned.

It was after all a tongue and cheek comment. - sorry if you thought anything else!!

I won't make comments about chase as a castleford fan can't accept what chase is.

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Interesting comment from Harris about Wales touring South Sea Islands post WC as well. That would be great!

What would be even better (but costly) is to play some of these teams BEFORE the WC if that were possible. The WC is so far off that Wales will have forgotten any lessons learned unless thy play together a good few times in the next 12 months.

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