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17/02/13 - London Broncos v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats - KO 3pm

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • London Broncos
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I'm going for a London win. More through hope than expectation though, to be honest

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It's almost traditional for Wakefield to abysmally capitulate to a London team that's previously looked incapable of winning.

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I think I should be going to this game, so the Broncos to lose.

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Positivity at the Broncos has evaporated like an ice cream at Coober Pedy. Forget everything else posted about the club this one is on the players and is a MUST WIN game for their sake as well as the club's. Some of you think I moan about the club not making it to 2014 so here's the scenario.

  • Broncos continue to lose on the field
  • Crowds dip to 1200/1400 for the visit of Catalans and further on in the season
  • The club is unable to find a "friendly" soccer club looking to charge less than £ 350,000 rent to its partner revenue stream
  • David Hughes facing financial pressure and not getting any satisfaction from watching a losing team thrashed every week decides to enjoy his retirement and ceases funding the club
  • Despite being debt free the club has no buyers as its only assets are a celllar dwelling team and an evaporatring fan base
  • This dovetails nicely with the 12 club Super League faction who wish to cut the SKY pie 12 ways as opposed to 14. so RFL sadness is muted as it concentrates on "watering the grassroots" along the M62
  • The programme on 17th August headline reads "Thank you London" one final time - not a dry eye in the house..

What can the players do about it . For starters do your job, too many are still stealing a living and being out enthused by the opposition. The players job is a simple one winning Rugby League football. It's in their interests, although they will not be reading this, but are there any of them that seriously think that other clubs will be clambering over themselves to sign players from a rockbottom club even if their Super League contracts become null and void come season's end.

To quote Vince Lombardi "Winning is not everything - it's the only thing".

Win lose or draw sunday, I want to see desperation and a will to win from the team wearing the old horses head.

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Positivity at the Broncos has evaporated like an ice cream at Coober Pedy. Forget everything else posted about the club this one is on the players and is a MUST WIN game for their sake as well as the club's. Some of you think I moan about the club not making it to 2014 so here's the scenario.

  • Broncos continue to lose on the field
  • Crowds dip to 1200/1400 for the visit of Catalans and further on in the season
  • The club is unable to find a "friendly" soccer club looking to charge less than £ 350,000 rent to its partner revenue stream
  • David Hughes facing financial pressure and not getting any satisfaction from watching a losing team thrashed every week decides to enjoy his retirement and ceases funding the club
  • Despite being debt free the club has no buyers as its only assets are a celllar dwelling team and an evaporatring fan base
  • This dovetails nicely with the 12 club Super League faction who wish to cut the SKY pie 12 ways as opposed to 14. so RFL sadness is muted as it concentrates on "watering the grassroots" along the M62
  • The programme on 17th August headline reads "Thank you London" one final time - not a dry eye in the house..

What can the players do about it . For starters do your job, too many are still stealing a living and being out enthused by the opposition. The players job is a simple one winning Rugby League football. It's in their interests, although they will not be reading this, but are there any of them that seriously think that other clubs will be clambering over themselves to sign players from a rockbottom club even if their Super League contracts become null and void come season's end.

To quote Vince Lombardi "Winning is not everything - it's the only thing".

Win lose or draw sunday, I want to see desperation and a will to win from the team wearing the old horses head.

If I was a betting man, I would put my house on this scenario. Then again knowing the Broncos we will probably end up at Wembley. Boy, is the Stoop gonna feel like a morgue (if it doesn't already) if Broncos lose on Sunday. A long season.....but at least we have the prospect of the Skolars busting a gut for promotion!

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Woa!

Hang on a minute, London has oft been the proverbial banana skin for Trinity but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

Where has this line of thought come from, the one which suggests that London are such favourites to beat Wakefield that anything else is a disaster for the Broncos and announces the beginning of the end for RL in the capital.

Wakefield are a very decent side and beating them will be tough for most while losing to them is far from embarrassing or disastrous.

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Positivity at the Broncos has evaporated like an ice cream at Coober Pedy. Forget everything else posted about the club this one is on the players and is a MUST WIN game for their sake as well as the club's. Some of you think I moan about the club not making it to 2014 so here's the scenario.

  • Broncos continue to lose on the field
  • Crowds dip to 1200/1400 for the visit of Catalans and further on in the season
  • The club is unable to find a "friendly" soccer club looking to charge less than £ 350,000 rent to its partner revenue stream
  • David Hughes facing financial pressure and not getting any satisfaction from watching a losing team thrashed every week decides to enjoy his retirement and ceases funding the club
  • Despite being debt free the club has no buyers as its only assets are a celllar dwelling team and an evaporatring fan base
  • This dovetails nicely with the 12 club Super League faction who wish to cut the SKY pie 12 ways as opposed to 14. so RFL sadness is muted as it concentrates on "watering the grassroots" along the M62
  • The programme on 17th August headline reads "Thank you London" one final time - not a dry eye in the house..

What can the players do about it . For starters do your job, too many are still stealing a living and being out enthused by the opposition. The players job is a simple one winning Rugby League football. It's in their interests, although they will not be reading this, but are there any of them that seriously think that other clubs will be clambering over themselves to sign players from a rockbottom club even if their Super League contracts become null and void come season's end.

To quote Vince Lombardi "Winning is not everything - it's the only thing".

Win lose or draw sunday, I want to see desperation and a will to win from the team wearing the old horses head.

Good stuff. Continuing the theme of quotes from American football, one might add this simple one from Al Davis:

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London squad: Chris Bailey, Mark Bryant, Michael Channing, Matt Cook, Liam Colbon, Kieran Dixon, Craig Gower, Alex Hurst, Antonio Kaufusi, Olsi Krasniqi, Tommy Lee, Will Lovell, Chris Melling, Jamie O'Callaghan, Chad Randall, Michael Roberston, Shane Rodney, Scott Wheeldon, Michael Witt.

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Wakefield squad: Richard Mathers, Peter Fox, Dean Collis, Ben Cockayne, Paul Sykes, Tim Smith, Justin Poore, Paul Aiton, Andy Raleigh, Ali Lauiti'iti, Danny Kirmond, Danny Washbrook, Kyle Wood, Kyle Amor, Oliver Wilkes, Frankie Mariano, Vince Mellars, Reece Lyne, Chris Annakin.

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Where has this line of thought come from, the one which suggests that London are such favourites to beat Wakefield that anything else is a disaster for the Broncos and announces the beginning of the end for RL in the capital.

I don't think anyone has downplayed Wakefield.

What is being said is that if London have three losses out of three after Sunday's game, their season is almost over before it has barely started and the downward spiral continues. After all they would have lost two fixtures they won last year in what was a grim season.

Personally I think Wakefield showed in their run at the end of last year that they are strong minded whereas London look a mentally weak team to me. If Wakefield score early I can see the heads going down again.

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I am looking forward to seeing the game. Trinity are a decent side, while London have a lot of talent. I have loved watching hundreds of Bronco games over the years and would be sad to see them go, but I genuinely believe that we do not need a London team to keep up our profile in London. We should make sure there are half a dozen "events" in London every year - charity shield, an England game, millennium magic, a couple of on the road fixtures and an Exiles game (which would be an easier sell to London Anzacs than northerners). Londoners are more likely to turn out in numbers to watch Saints Wigan than Broncos against either of them. Virtually no Londoners associate themselves with London as a single concept. They are mostly from somewhere else or like their town within the city. The vichies get massive crowds for events involving no London teams with entertainment at the cheese rolling level solely because they are events.

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I am looking forward to seeing the game. Trinity are a decent side, while London have a lot of talent. I have loved watching hundreds of Bronco games over the years and would be sad to see them go, but I genuinely believe that we do not need a London team to keep up our profile in London. We should make sure there are half a dozen "events" in London every year - charity shield, an England game, millennium magic, a couple of on the road fixtures and an Exiles game (which would be an easier sell to London Anzacs than northerners). Londoners are more likely to turn out in numbers to watch Saints Wigan than Broncos against either of them. Virtually no Londoners associate themselves with London as a single concept. They are mostly from somewhere else or like their town within the city. The vichies get massive crowds for events involving no London teams with entertainment at the cheese rolling level solely because they are events.

Don't worry if the Broncos go ####-up, the Skolars will do London proud!

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