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Easter Monday

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As a few of the threads of a similar line have become something else, I wanted to throw an idea into the bear pit to chew on.

What if Easter Monday was the reverse derby round?

A sort of double pump Easter Weekend, Leeds host Bradford, then Bradford host Leeds, and so on. Keep up the momentum, "you've had your turn, now we have ours".

The idea probably has more holes than a Hull KR defence but I dunno, see what people think.

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As a few of the threads of a similar line have become something else, I wanted to throw an idea into the bear pit to chew on.

What if Easter Monday was the reverse derby round?

A sort of double pump Easter Weekend, Leeds host Bradford, then Bradford host Leeds, and so on. Keep up the momentum, "you've had your turn, now we have ours".

The idea probably has more holes than a Hull KR defence but I dunno, see what people think.

Yes it does but it's a better effort than simply saying 'Easter Monday proves RL is a pathetic farce!'

Personally I think Easter Monday has to go. It is tradition but the players take too long to recover and the Monday is always a come down. The Thursday/Friday games are great and should be kept as derbies but the Monday fixtures are just normal run of the mill games and don't appear to have any extra fans than a normal round would.

I think Widnes and Hull KR have shown this year that we will just see clubs with smaller squads writing off the fixtures if they don't think that they will win them. As Paul Cullen said, the fixtures have an effect on the following week's game and I think Widnes have decided to rest players for Salford and Hull KR have thought that Saints represents a better chance of victory. There is an argument as to whether they should be criticised for this but it's a fact of life and only likely to increase.

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Not sure if the same fans would be bothered to go to both games tbh

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I'd think we'd probably end up on Easter Monday with seven running fights intead of RL games, as players looked for revenge for perceived nasties done to them on Good Friday. I'm not sure what can be done about this as the only way in which we could reschedule the Monday round would be to get rid of the Exiles game (or a replacement) which, for all its inadequacies, is necessary for the national side.

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I think it should be just one round played over 5 days with 4 or 5 on Sky, as it is now.

The games could be:

Thursday - Leeds v Bradford (sky)

Friday - Wigan v Saints (sky), Hull KR v Hull (sky)

Saturday - Catalan v London, Huddersfield v Salford

Monday - Widnes v Warrington (sky), Castleford v Wakefiekd (sky)

Then make sure the Monday teams play on Sunday the week after.

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If we have to have two games over the weekend then The Hindle Way seems the best and fairest.

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If we have to have two games over the weekend then The Hindle Way seems the best and fairest.

I'm suspicious when you're nice.

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My vote is for the Harrigan way. I think two games is OTT nowdays. Fev v Wakey on Easter Monday will be a cracker.

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Jamie Peacock has suggested on twitter that the monday fixtures should be arranged in order of last years positions (1v2, 3v4 etc).

So if it had been that way this year, the fixtures would have been the derbys on thursday/friday:

Leeds v Bradford

Wigan v Saints

Hull FC v Hull KR

Widnes v Warrington

London v Catalans

Salford v Huddersfield

Castleford v Wakefield

followed by an Easter Monday fixture list of:

Wigan v Warrington

Saints v Catalans

Leeds v Hull FC

Huddersfield v Wakefield

Bradford v Hull KR

Salford v London

Castleford v Widnes

This wouldnt be an extra fixture or anything, just the regular home fixture for those teams involved. Immediate flaws could be if the same fixture occured friday and monday, but thats an alternative suggestion from Hindle anyway!

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The only Easter Monday game should be the game in hand of the team that played in the WCC. Of course, those two teams would get to play their first game on Maundy Thursday.

Pros:

1) Sky still get a Bank Holiday Monday game

2) You can engineer it so it's a decent game (eg. Leeds-Cats)

3) You clear out the game in hand.

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