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5. The debate yet again illustrates the  "no win" situation of the RFL

 

 

And what great profit will the semi at LSV generate? A few grand? Surely the prestige of the CC Semi final is worthy of more respect.

 

In their desperate attempt to make the match as low-rent as possible this is one occasion where the RFL really have sold the game short.

 

And everything that is right about the LSV also applies to Doncaster - which is actually properly neutral and would, I'm willing to bet, have had either the same or larger crowd.

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Yeah, it's not necessarily about there being anything wrong with the venue as such, but the location. (as in position, before any Leigh person goes crazy)

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In their desperate attempt to make the match as low-rent as possible this is one occasion where the RFL really have sold the game short.

 

And everything that is right about the LSV also applies to Doncaster - which is actually properly neutral and would, I'm willing to bet, have had either the same or larger crowd.

 

Jon it goes beyond that. The RFL took a really lazy option to do this. It is almost as if they couldn't be bothered to do anything and that they are too pre-occupied with the World Cup etc.

 

Cantman will like this but there are three clear facts here.

 

1. London is dying on its a**e and needs a leg-up

2. Wigan is the most marketable name in Rugby League

3. Wigan have probably the biggest travelling fanbase in the country

 

I have said this before on here. I can't imagine anyone who would have protested (not even Wigan) if the RFL said 'on this occasion we are going to set a precedent. We all know London needs a boost and to that end we will play this fixture at the Stoop.'

 

The local media in London would have got behind it. The Broncos could have made the effort with its database. The Wigan fanbase would still have travelled for the game (at least 3-4k) and the Stoop would have had a 2k higher crowd than would have been at Leigh.

 

Wigan would still have won and got to Wembley. But both clubs would have got something out of the occasion

 

Plain short-sightedness. We can't see what is staring us in the face sometimes.

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Jon it goes beyond that. The RFL took a really lazy option to do this. It is almost as if they couldn't be bothered to do anything and that they are too pre-occupied with the World Cup etc.

 

Cantman will like this but there are three clear facts here.

 

1. London is dying on its a**e and needs a leg-up

2. Wigan is the most marketable name in Rugby League

3. Wigan have probably the biggest travelling fanbase in the country

 

I have said this before on here. I can't imagine anyone who would have protested (not even Wigan) if the RFL said 'on this occasion we are going to set a precedent. We all know London needs a boost and to that end we will play this fixture at the Stoop.'

 

The local media in London would have got behind it. The Broncos could have made the effort with its database. The Wigan fanbase would still have travelled for the game (at least 3-4k) and the Stoop would have had a 2k higher crowd than would have been at Leigh.

 

Wigan would still have won and got to Wembley. But both clubs would have got something out of the occasion

 

Plain short-sightedness. We can't see what is staring us in the face sometimes.

 

Whilst I agree with everything you say I am still taking the moral high ground and sticking to the neutral venue thing.

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Whilst I agree with everything you say I am still taking the moral high ground and sticking to the neutral venue thing.

 

Well they should have played it at Quins RU then. :tongue: It will be a neutral venue next year.

Edited by Scubby

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Jon it goes beyond that. The RFL took a really lazy option to do this. It is almost as if they couldn't be bothered to do anything and that they are too pre-occupied with the World Cup etc.

 

Cantman will like this but there are three clear facts here.

 

1. London is dying on its a**e and needs a leg-up

2. Wigan is the most marketable name in Rugby League

3. Wigan have probably the biggest travelling fanbase in the country

 

I have said this before on here. I can't imagine anyone who would have protested (not even Wigan) if the RFL said 'on this occasion we are going to set a precedent. We all know London needs a boost and to that end we will play this fixture at the Stoop.'

 

The local media in London would have got behind it. The Broncos could have made the effort with its database. The Wigan fanbase would still have travelled for the game (at least 3-4k) and the Stoop would have had a 2k higher crowd than would have been at Leigh.

 

Wigan would still have won and got to Wembley. But both clubs would have got something out of the occasion

 

Plain short-sightedness. We can't see what is staring us in the face sometimes.

Who says that Wigan are going to win?!!!  :tongue:

Edited by williamssimonp

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Don't think the ground is exactly going to be heaving with Wigan supporters, either. Had a look at their website yesterday and tickets were still available at all prices.

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Well they should have played it at Quins RU then. :tongue: It will be a neutral venue next year.

Not necessarily Scubby.

DH is quoted in the Currant Bun as claiming the Stoop is still an option along with Barnet, Orient and Gillingham.

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And what great profit will the semi at LSV generate? A few grand? Surely the prestige of the CC Semi final is worthy of more respect.

 

 

It's a cup semi on free to air TV and we all know what that means in terms of paying attendances no matter where they are played.  Say there are 5,000 (or 10,000 or 15,000 at another venue)  there on Saturday. How do you think that will compare with the TV audience?... Its one game , one game , mind you,  and in terms of influencing people in a World Cup year with lots of games all over,  I'd rather the RFL be spending money on making the world cup a success.  Do both? well, yes , if we have the money...which generally we don't have.

 

I'm a Wigan fan and given the amount of money I've just paid out for me and  'er indoors to go to Cardiff, Huddersfield, Wembley and Old Trafford, I'll be watching the semi on TV for nothing.

 

MInd you , it would be good to see the World Cup promoted at this Saturday's and Sunday's games.

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Still think they should have held the Cup Tie at Warrington.

A direct train service from Euston in under two hours then a 10-15 minute walk to the HJ.

Wigan fans its 10 mins on the train.

Also good Motorway access for both sets of fans.

The RFL could have marketed it as not a good ground for Wigan, neither v Wire nor in the 2007 semi v Catalans.

As for Leigh, they must have offered a lower rent to the RFL to hold the gig! That's the only explanation I can think of.

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And what great profit will the semi at LSV generate? A few grand? Surely the prestige of the CC Semi final is worthy of more respect.

 

Not to mention some semblance of equal treatment for both participating teams.The reason for playing semi finals at neutral venues is to enable both teams to start on an equal footing with no built in home advantage.  LSV is not a neutral venue. We do not claim the world club championship final is a neutral venue when Leeds play it at Elland Road for instance.

 

Justice must not merely be done it must be seen to be done.

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I'll be glad when there's a decent game at the LSV next week without the incessant whinging, regurgitating of the same old tedious lack of a rail link etc. Some folks on here would complain if a game was being played in the room next door.

Ps

Please keep LobbyTroll darn south.

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