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Very true, but unlike in SL, an NRL team's status can change pretty quickly. Parramatta were Grand Finalists in 2009 and now look down and out. It'll be no surprise if in the next 2-3 years they're in contention again. Since 2004 the Roosters have gone from being Grand Finalists to Wooden Spoon recipients, back to being Grand Finalists (they got there in 2010 after coming bottom in 2009), back to being poor and now back to being favourites again.

 

Some teams (most notably Melbourne) have been at the top for a long while, but generally speaking the balance of power shifts far more regularly over there than it does here. For me that's one of the aspects that makes it such an enjoyable and intriguing competition.

all to do with licensing.............if they had the archaic system we are adopting again of promotion and relegation then the league would not be any where near as competetive as it is.............

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Stuart was signed because he is supposed to be a strict man manager and would not take any ######.

That surprises me a lot. How can a man with so little self-control and so many disciplinary issues be a good thing for a club in trouble? I'd have gone someone a lot less hot-headed.

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I'm sure petro will be along soon to tell us para were actually competitive and it was much better than any SL one sided game etc blah blah...

 

It's Petero by the way.

I chose not to even watch this one as I imagined what could transpire. The way that Melbourne have now formulated themselves after a mid-season blip and the way they are going now, it comes as no surprise whatever that V Parramatta they would run riot.

 

I cannot pass any opinion upon the game itself, but I would concur with another person who stated that as bad as Parra have been and are, they would almost certainly have finished withion the top eight in S/L, so crowing over something of this nature and faced with that retort (not from me either) I would think it prudent to keep quite on the issue.

As Andy Capp says too; they would have done better on Saturday than did Hull as well. Conversly though I also agree with the comment on HKR probably beating Wigan there at the weekend had Wigan played them and performed as poorly as they did in the game. 

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That isn't a stuffing at all. Rovers U19s beating Fev 116-0 on Monday was a stuffing!

 

A highest winning margin of any Hull KR side - ever. I saw about 13 of the 21 tries either side of half time.

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That isn't a stuffing at all. Rovers U19s beating Fev 116-0 on Monday was a stuffing!

 

A highest winning margin of any Hull KR side - ever. I saw about 13 of the 21 tries either side of half time.

 

But Hull Rovers don't produce their own juniors. Parky said so.

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Do you know the viewing figures for the cc on TV down under?

No I can not find them anywhere.

I did not see the game mate, I was joking, it did not get any coverage downunder and I don't think it was shown at all on free to air TV.

Probably just Eurosports pay TV channel, I know its on this Friday afternoon (I hope that is a replay and not its first showing)

I gave up on Pay TV a couple of years ago so I watch most of my English games either from a streaming site or highlights packages on line.

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No I can not find them anywhere.

I did not see the game mate, I was joking, it did not get any coverage downunder and I don't think it was shown at all on free to air TV.

Probably just Eurosports pay TV channel, I know its on this Friday afternoon (I hope that is a replay and not its first showing)

I gave up on Pay TV a couple of years ago so I watch most of my English games either from a streaming site or highlights packages on line.

Was a genuine question mate, surprised it wasnt shown on free to air, but I dont really know how many games are down under. 

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Was a genuine question mate, surprised it wasnt shown on free to air, but I dont really know how many games are down under. 

 

No I understand.

Its a shame that the ESL does not get more coverage on free TV, especially now with all of the extra freeview channels that need content.

Channel Nine has not been good for Rugby League in Australia, they totally rooted the deal they had a few years ago with SL, they showed the games before the NRL Sunday game then it was hit and miss then it was shoveled off to 12am on a Monday night.

At the time there was quite a few well known Aussies plying their trade in England and there would have been plenty of people that would have had a look to see Matt King, Buderus, Richards and Berrigan etc if they showed it at a half reasonable time.

The RFL should try and cut a deal with Channel 10 who have a sports channel that show lots of tripe like Baseball and Nascar, they would find a market there for the League fans.

 

The Challenge Cup used to be a pretty big event downunder, people would stay up to watch it at midnight, then again it was when the playing seasons were opposite and many big name players from the ARL went North in the off season.

 

I still remember watching the 1985 Final with several big name Aussie and Kiwi players on either side and the two Halfbacks from my Club on either side.

One of the best Rugby League games I have ever seen in either hemisphere.

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Thats mainly why I was surprised, I can remember "back in the day" how it was well known that many Aussie fans used to stay up to watch the final and it was held in very high regard. Shame to see it no longer gets the coverage it deserves down under.

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I'm just wanting to understand why some big "blowout" scores in some games, something I didn't think happened.  As pre previous example and just looking at last few rounds:

 

West Tigers 14 v 56 Sydney Roosters (round 23)

Penrith Panthers 6 v 42 Sydney Roosters (round 21) 

Canberra 4 v 68 Melborne (round 21)

Roosters v Sharks 40 to 0 (round 19)

 

Someone mentioned that the Wests, Parramatta & Canberra had off field issues.  But I also note the Panthers and Sharks hammering.  Both of whom are in top 10 in the "ladder". I'm guessing they where one offs and that the Roosters are so good.

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I am sure that Cronulla had the likes of Fifita,gallen, lewis out for state of origin. Roosters are good though and why they are first. Its one of the stupid things with state ofmorigin that teams are forced to send out weakened teams during this time and crowds are lower as well. SoO should be played on a weekend and teams not forced to miss thier stars

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I am sure that Cronulla had the likes of Fifita,gallen, lewis out for state of origin. Roosters are good though and why they are first. Its one of the stupid things with state ofmorigin that teams are forced to send out weakened teams during this time and crowds are lower as well. SoO should be played on a weekend and teams not forced to miss thier stars

 

Thanks, seems plausible as they are siting fifth.   On a side note I did a google on the Sharks  (I don't take much notice of NRL to be honest) and was surprised to read that they may have to relocate depending upon results of an investigation, that they are close to insolvency,  and in another article it mentions that many believe too many clubs in Sydney.

 

Gosh I thought only super-league had problems and that all was hunky dory in NRL, it came as a bit of a surprise.

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Thats mainly why I was surprised, I can remember "back in the day" how it was well known that many Aussie fans used to stay up to watch the final and it was held in very high regard. Shame to see it no longer gets the coverage it deserves down under.

 

There was no Sat TV then so the Challenge Cup would have always been on FTA. Also it would have been higher profile in the 1980s and 1990s with so many ARL stars guesting during the off-season (Kenny, Stirling, Miles, Vautin, Ferguson et al) as you say.

 

I watched Serie A Italian football in the 1990s when it was live on UK Channel 4 every Sunday afternoon. I haven't seen a live Serie A game since. Times have changed.

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