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Kiddzyy69

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Best bit of those old Origins ? The great biff you seen . Pity you have watch old games to see it now ( un PC I know ) . Guys going head on and the commentators giving classic lines like ' How goods this ! Two big blokes having a go , nothing wrong with that ' , and ' there's been plenty of this in origin but this is one of the best !!! ' . No biff , no shoulder charge , no dominant defence , no shoving blokes back or over the touch line now ... Administrators have forgot that physical dominance and intimidation is a big part of the game , and you can make ground without the ball as you do with the ball . Everything's a penalty now or outlawed . Stop sanitising the game I love !!!

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In terms of isolating some forgotten skills, I'm struggling to remember the last time I saw a prop forward push through a tackle and slip the ball away to a supporting player - a la Crooks, Kevin Ward or even our very own Neil Kellett. I'm sure Neil himself would be the first to admit that he was hardly a great athlete, but some of the moments of sheer handling brilliance he regularly executed were worth the admission money alone. During the State of Origin series earlier this year, when Premier Sports were showing some great matches from the past, I was alarmed by how mundane and formulaic the modern RL has become in comparison to what I witnessed. Sure, games were a little chaotic and disorganised - and the odd beer belly was floating about (as opposed to the musclebound gym machines of today), but the skills on show were by far and away superior to what we see nowadays. No kicks to the corner on the last tackle, either. How boring has that play become?

 

 

I think that insufficient credit is given here to modern day defences. That is what prevents most of the "skills" and "dazzling props" that you recall from the past from being in evidence nowadays. Modern day players are no less skilled than those from the past, they simply have less time and space in which to exhibit such skills. Much of this is, admittedly down to much greater fitness, but is that such a bad thing?

 

I recall, many years ago (in the good old days) standing in the paddock at Headingley having watched Bradford wallop Leeds when the general consensus of the ageing Leeds fans was that Leeds were clearly the better more skilled side, it was just that Bradford were fitter - a fact that was viewed with no little contempt. Plus ca change...........

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I think that insufficient credit is given here to modern day defences. That is what prevents most of the "skills" and "dazzling props" that you recall from the past from being in evidence nowadays. Modern day players are no less skilled than those from the past, they simply have less time and space in which to exhibit such skills. Much of this is, admittedly down to much greater fitness, but is that such a bad thing?

 

I recall, many years ago (in the good old days) standing in the paddock at Headingley having watched Bradford wallop Leeds when the general consensus of the ageing Leeds fans was that Leeds were clearly the better more skilled side, it was just that Bradford were fitter - a fact that was viewed with no little contempt. Plus ca change...........

 

Unfortunately, it is such a bad thing when the 'product' (another Aussie-ism) has become so mundane and devoid of style. Good defence is, of course, a part of the sport that is equal to attack in terms of its importance, however I don't know anyone who goes to a game with a hungered desire to see a fantastic defensive display. As for modern day players being as skilful as their predecessors, I have to disagree with your opinion. It's not that they aren't capable of them, just that they don't seem to be coached or given any credence - judging by what we see week in week out.

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