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10-13 May: Ladbrokes Challenge Cup - Sixth Round Match Thread

Which game are you most interested in?  

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  1. 1. Which game are you most interested in?

    • Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC
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    • Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity
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    • Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils
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    • Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos
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    • Catalans Dragons v Whitehaven
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    • Castleford Tigers v St Helens
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    • Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors
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    • Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves
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Some dodgy decisions and a bit of bad luck.  But Saints decent value for the win overall.  

Could be a tough few months with Gale out.  Ellis is dire, his kicking game, or lack of it was a huge factor.  Didn't threaten once on the last tackle.  His defence is appalling.

Need Eden back too to provide a genuine wide threat, instead of centres on the wing or championship standard wingers like Hitchcox.

All that said we are massively unbalanced by not having a decent full back.  We have tried 2 half backs and a centre so far to no avail.  

I think this season is going to be about maintaining top 8 and recruitment for next year.  Top draw full back, centre and winger required desperately.  

 

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Just now, Man of Kent said:

Basingstoke’s finest scores a consolation interception try. 36-16

Decent turn of pace to out-run Barba & Regan Grace, even with a head start.

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1 minute ago, Gates1 said:

Some dodgy decisions and a bit of bad luck.  But Saints decent value for the win overall.  

Could be a tough few months with Gale out.  Ellis is dire, his kicking game, or lack of it was a huge factor.  Didn't threaten once on the last tackle.  His defence is appalling.

Need Eden back too to provide a genuine wide threat, instead of centres on the wing or championship standard wingers like Hitchcox.

All that said we are massively unbalanced by not having a decent full back.  We have tried 2 half backs and a centre so far to no avail.  

I think this season is going to be about maintaining top 8 and recruitment for next year.  Top draw full back, centre and winger required desperately.  

 

Ellis is carp

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Late consolation try, but it doesn't put a gloss on a flat attacking performance from the home side.


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Just now, Wildcat said:

Shenton has been awful today. 

Far too much sideways running, plus defensive misses. He can and will play better than this.


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Just now, Wildcat said:

Shenton has been awful today. 

He's not been the only one. Shocking amount of missed tackles from Castleford.


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Best team won. Well one man team anyway. Thought we were better upfront with nothing in the backs. God help Saints if Barba gets injured.

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2 minutes ago, Wildcat said:

Shenton has been awful today. 

Tbf to him, how many times in his career has he played FB? When he moved there last week I'm pretty sure thats the first time I have seen him there 

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Cas have gone backwards hugely from last year. It’s like they’ve overcompensated for Leeds’ forwards smashing them in the GF and their flair and creativity has gone out the window. 

No Hardaker, Gale and Eden obviously doesn’t help.

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1 minute ago, snapski said:

Best team won. Well one man team anyway. Thought we were better upfront with nothing in the backs. God help Saints if Barba gets injured.

They havent lost without him have they? We were disappointing when we played them eithout Barba, but Saints were still pretty good.

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8 minutes ago, MZH said:

Once you have figured out how to defend the two right to left plays that they use ad nauseum they dont have that much else really.

Not as simple as your suggesting.

Lack of proper full back is the cause not the simplicity of attack.  We just don't execute it properly because the full back is out of sync.  Add to that, our 2 main half backs missing (Ellis was awful).  No kicking game, etc!  Just not at the races at present...

 

 

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20 hours ago, snapski said:

Wish the Leigh fans would concentrate on supporting what is a very good team, instead of booing nearly every decision, the ref isn’t going to change his mind because of you.

Good to see the Cas fans not challenging any refereeing decision.

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We`re on a road to Nowhere.......................

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2 minutes ago, Gates1 said:

Not as simple as your suggesting.

Lack of proper full back is the cause not the simplicity of attack.  We just don't execute it properly because the full back is out of sync.  Add to that, our 2 main half backs missing (Ellis was awful).  No kicking game, etc!  Just not at the races at present...

 

 

Cas used to have a decent fullback a few seasons ago.What happened to him?:ph34r:


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3 minutes ago, terrywebbisgod said:

Cas used to have a decent fullback a few seasons ago.What happened to him?:ph34r:

I don't think a 56-year-old Graham Steadman is the answer, to be honest... :wink: 

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7 minutes ago, Gates1 said:

Not as simple as your suggesting.

Lack of proper full back is the cause not the simplicity of attack.  We just don't execute it properly because the full back is out of sync.  Add to that, our 2 main half backs missing (Ellis was awful).  No kicking game, etc!  Just not at the races at present...

 

 

No you are right tbf. Their ability to run their favourite plays is very much hampered by lack of personnel at the minute. Although I do think they are over relient on a handful of plays and when they dont work they struggle to break down teams in other ways.

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8 minutes ago, terrywebbisgod said:

Cas used to have a decent fullback a few seasons ago.What happened to him?:ph34r:

Dorny went back to Oz.   

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4 minutes ago, MZH said:

No you are right tbf. Their ability to run their favourite plays is very much hampered by lack of personnel at the minute. Although I do think they are over relient on a handful of plays and when they dont work they struggle to break down teams in other ways.

Agree.  Our kicking game has been an alternative threat this year.  Copped for a Jamie Ellis shocker today though...

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3 minutes ago, Gates1 said:

Agree.  Our kicking game has been an alternative threat this year.  Copped for a Jamie Ellis shocker today though...

Ellis was an odd signing from the start.

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