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steve wild

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Plenty of honest endeavour, but mistakes on first tackle and a penalty count (which was about 0-12 at one point I think??) didn't help. A few injuries especially in centres is a bit if a worry also. Leigh by far best team we've faced all season, but can't help but feel we contributed to our own downfall. Dust down and prepare now for Keighley.

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10-7 Penalties .  6-0 at half time most of them justified too.

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Definitely a weaker side than we usually put out plus the loss of Halliwell after 5 mins (seems like every game) but once again they played for the full 80 mins. Think we're now seeing who our weaker players are.

I wonder if it is a Leigh tactic to constantly pat players on the head when they make a mistake to wind them up? Judging by the number up in disciplinary next week it is! No wonder it kicked off!

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Hard to draw too many conclusions from this one. Daft penalties and knock on's just fed the beast that Leigh are . They were always going to win this one. Lions need to win two or three away games somewhere to stand any chance of survival and Rochdale are up soon. By way of comparison Hornets came within 6 points of Leigh in the Cup and 12 in the League recently .I would have had them down as a possible away win but that looks pretty unlikely on current form. I just hope today they got all the mistakes out of the system for the next couple of games . 

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Did we deliberately play a weakened team or do we really have that many injuries? We must be the unluckiest team in the league with injuries.

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...but once again they played for the full 80 mins. 

 

At least I'd give them full marks for effort. Another gutsy performance albeit not very fruitful in the long run.

Once more they played as their nickname implies, lions, all of them.

Even a bonus point was never really on the cards today against easily the strongest side in our division.

Come on lads! Let's murder Keighley next Saturday.

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Leigh are a very good side but we gifted them field position with penalties and coughing up the ball then all we are doing for most of the game is defending!!! We need to tighten up on the fringes and cut out the silly penalties. Roll on keighley!!!

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The best team definitely won today, .however our unforced errors and stupid penalties will be the reason we go down if we don't fix it soon, I think Watson could cut his own out and maybe the team will follow suit and I'm sorry to name a player but Watkins is simply not good enough, his defence is awful. He should never play centre

Cut the errors out and we can win on Saturday

Wayne

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Liam Hulme was top tackler and when I left the ground they were trying to find an emergency dentist to replace his two missing front teeth which he had in a glass !!

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I agree we were exposed far too much down that side agree that Watkins gets exposed at centre and is of more use at SR but I don't think the positioning of Walker helped very much. Penny was having to constantly come across from his wing to cover and Leigh scored most of their points down that side by simply slinging it out fast nothing special and they bore fruit nearly every time. Not good enough I'm afraid

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I do think we are struggling for centres and today our weakness down the right was exposed time and time again - to the point where Darren Hawkyard was switched from 2nd row to right centre. The team never gave up which is a testament to the team spirit and fitness.

 

Johnson sadly lost his temper after being antagonised throughout - so now I assume he will be banned for several matches as I counted him launching at least 6 punches......

 

Penny was again outstanding and I think the pack competed well.

 

I hope we can strengthen the centres for  Keighley - but with Halliwell definitely out as it looked like he has torn a muscle and I do not know of Nanyn is near fitness.........I think we will be struggling. 

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Another one of the negative aspects of dr Im afraid. Apparently O'brien (who had a blinder today and was my M.O.M) and Riley were called into the Wire side this morning otherwise they may have turned out for us again plus Dwyer was sat twiddling his thumbs in the crowd. That means players who haven't played recently had to step up today against an unbeaten side. How many changes from last week?

In the end we had a bad day at the office but that doesn't mean we will next Saturday, after all, we are the Lions!!!!!

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That Luke Menzies is a BIG beggar, would hate him running at me !

again impressed with Hawkyard (the one in second row no 12?) always gives 110%.

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The defence wasn't up to it yesterday. Leigh are the best team in the league, but they didn't have to get out of third gear to beat us. The mistakes and silly penalties just gifted them easy field position.

kev Penny's tries were the best in the match IMO. Great kicks through from Ormsby and Ackers. Ormsby looked a far better player than he was last season, great to see some progression with him. Again, how is Kev not in the wire squad every week? I make it ten consecutive league matches that he's scored in now. 12 tries in 10 games is unreal. Does anyone know the current Lions record for tries in consecutive league games?

Barrow and Whitehaven at the end of 2013. Halifax, Sheffield, NW Crusaders, Featherstone, Leigh, Barrow, Workington and Dewsbury so far this season.

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We all think the same about Penny - not only is he by far the best winger in this division he is so committed to playing for the Lions, so while he deserves a place in the Warrington side it would be a real shame to lose him - I guess he will get his chance against Doncaster in the cup ( I think Warrington play Doncaster in the next round don't they ?).

 He motivates the whole team - must be good to play along side him.........

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Leigh played simple, flowing rugby - at a pace! They used the ball and plenty of width, rather than trying to batter their way up the middle. Makes good sense to me!

Bags of effort from our boys, but too many daft penalties and errors handed Leigh plenty of cheap yardage.

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Bryce, Kev Penny has scored tries in HIS last ten matches, which is indeed an impressive sequence. But in terms of club records the sequence is broken by the fact he didnt play against Gateshead & York. The club record is 9 successive Swinton matches, and is shared between Jack Lewis (17 tries in 9 games) in 1900, and Derek Bate (13 tries in 9 games) in 1986.

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Hiya Steve, Derek Bate, yeh what a great player he was back then for us. one of my top players looking back. My good mate of that time's dad used to work with him and ive played cricket with him. great player and very nice bloke too. good old days eh. more to come hopefully!!!

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Thanks Steve, so it's likely that Penny scoring tries in ten consecutive league games is indeed a record?

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Watto needs two points for 500 for Swinton !!!

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