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  1. 5 points
    And a coach who can coach.
  2. 5 points
    Personally I think one of the most important things DP has changed is the culture at Cas and this ultimately underpins everything else. I think the Cas of today is the fruit of what Powell started from day one at the club. We were terrible all round under Basil (No wonder as at the time our leadership players included the likes of Ryan Mcgoldrick and Rangi Chase - both of whom were notoriously bad trainers amongst other things). Rangi alluded to how bad the culture used to be and how good it is on his return recently. I heard at the time of Basil's tenure a number of Cas players would 'end' training early, start late and on occasions not turn up. DP's 1st season recruitment was key looking back. Chase out, Mcgoldrick had long since gone, Ferres out. IMO he also made 3 key signings in terms of culture change: Lynch -one of the hardest trainers in the game. Dorn - good attitude and all round bloke. Finn - see above 3 leaders, HIS guys who would help drive HIS culture change. This underpinned huge changes around training, prep and style of play. I think he has always had a vision for how he wanted the game played and has held to it, gradually signing players who he felt would fit this vision, had or could have the sills he needed and fitted the culture at the club. He's also done so very patiently signing young players to develop. He has created a style of play which I think differs to most other teams, when Cas attack they seem to put more players in motion and involve more players ie forwards ball handling. You can see plays coming but it's still hard to defend because so many defenders have to make decisions individually. He's also created a style of play that players enjoy playing which helps on the field but also with recruitment and retention. So far this season our defence also looks better - remains to be seen if we can keep this up. I also think conditioning wise we look in really good nick. We looked physically very ready even in pre season. IMO Cas's (relative) success is down to a combination of having the right culture, identifying/recruiting the right players, developing a difficult to combat style of play and have a team who enjoy playing rugby as a team. Long may it continue.
  3. 3 points
    Dickin Sheffield always gives me a glow. The rotund one will be displeased this evening. ???
  4. 3 points
    Well seems like I get a backlash for wanting to see Canadian players playing. They have a team that is going to walk this league, this is from a supporter of league 1 team. This is the time to blood Canadians, not when they move up the leagues & the standard is higher. Playing 2 per match isn't going to effect their performances & may actually help the Canadian development. but I guess it seems like many people don't actually care about seeing actual Canadians play this great game.
  5. 3 points
    A very big thank you to the steward at todays match who found my wallet and handed it into the Hornets Office. The girl in the office says that she will point the steward out to me at the next home match so I can thank and reward him. I had got all the way back to Rawtenstall before I discovered I had lost it. I drove back over to Rochdale thinking I had left it in the Tesco Express. When that proved not to be the case I went back to the ground. The were just ready to lock the office up as I arrived and made my day when they said it had been handed in. The wallet contained all my Bank cards, Driving Licence Trade cards etc plus £50 or so. I was one relived happy bunny. Many thanks again to the steward. I will meet up with you at the next game I hope.
  6. 3 points
    Hull KR fans have had their fair share of bad press over the years, but they were impeccable throughout the minutes' silence for Norman Smith............ Well done to them and thanks to Norman for some great memories. RIP, sir
  7. 2 points
    One of the worst performances ive seen in a long time. forwards bullied all afternoon, defence was abysmal and the team spirit we built our season on last season was nowhere to be seen. bear in mind this was against a team thrown together less than 8 weeks ago. The sporting equivalent of trying to thumb in a softy. Some soul searching needed in this squad, we cant have gone so far backwards since last season.
  8. 2 points
    As much as it seems quite a controversial opinion judging by social media, this wouldn't bug me that much. I can see the logic behind it. Its not like it would be for a whole season anyhow. What alternatives are there? Elland Road - would be my first choice but probs not Hetheringtons money wise. Perhaps could be used for selected big games with only the lower tier open. WF stadiums - all far too small Huddersfield - probably alright as an option but doesn't have the RFL profitable stadium aspect. Valley Parade - wouldn't make sense when odsal is right there. Anywhere further out ie. Oakwell is simply too far out when Odsal is there.
  9. 2 points
    I completely agree with you, if it helps!
  10. 2 points
    Phil is a good mate of mine and had he not got injured in the 76 semi at half time we would of won the double
  11. 2 points
    Hopefully Wakey will have more luck than Wigan in that respect.
  12. 2 points
    I'd agree with that, we were terrific in parts esp Tyson, Lippy and Hewitt. Just a couple of errors hurt us and some sloppy defending at times. For the most part though superb performance..
  13. 2 points
    Farcical statement Seeing the back of the clown will make me happy Seeing my team embarrassed wont
  14. 2 points
    No thanks, like you lot, I need to get my laughs from somewhere - there were certainly none to be had at Odsal this afternoon!
  15. 2 points
    Last 10 minutes of both halves killed us! Awesome game of rugby with everything but came away thinking we'd been robbed.
  16. 2 points
    Well we played our " Get Out Of Jail Free " card there today alright. After an error strewn first half performance that somehow saw us with our noses in front at 14-6 in spite of 3 relatively easy kicks at goal all being missed I said to my pal " Well we can't play that bad again ". Well I was right, we were worse. I know the ball was greasy and I know we had a tough game last week and our opponents didn't play at all but the number of mistakes we made was unbelievable. We made every mistake in the " Dumb Rugby Handbook ". Probably the worst being were Danny Bridge threw a wild pass straight into touch after a scrum when we'd gone about 5 minutes with no ball at all. When we finally managed to put some coherent sets together in the last five minutes we actually looked like we knew what we were doing and managed to get two converted tries. Throughout the game we had no problem getting over the Oldham line, we just had major problems getting into their half. I reckon we must have scored every time we got good ball in their 25 but we didn't do it often enough. For large parts of the game we were out enthused by a hard working Oldham side who will probably go away thinking " How did we not win that one ? " Their kicking game especially caused us problems throughout the game. Pluses for Hornets were Danny Yates who looked really sharp and Josh Crowley who was our best forward. Not many of the other players covered themselves in glory in a poor performance. We need to learn how to build pressure and that in this league you don't have to score on every play. Our defence was good given the amount of tackling we had to do and we stuck at it until the end but that was a point we were lucky to come away with.
  17. 2 points
    But the manure all over it helps the grass grow.
  18. 2 points
    Probably a fair reflection, but from an Oldham perspective we let Rochdale off the hook by letting them score in what seemed to be the last mnute of each half. Plenty of talking points from penalties, missed drop goals, missed conversions, forward passes, ball steals etc. which I am sure will be viewed differently but what made it such a great derby. Well done to both sides
  19. 2 points
    our 2nd try is an absolute peach http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/rugby-league/10799872/widnes-0-34-castleford
  20. 2 points
    He doesn't waste his time texting.
  21. 2 points
    The answer is simple - Daryl Powell is the best coach in Super League by a country mile. I think this obsession with off the cuff rugby, the so called "English style" as opposed to safety first does a disservice to Daryl Powell. At no point do Cas play in a way I would describe as unstructured or risky. On the contrary they have played to a highly effective set pattern in every game I've seen so far. The champagne rugby only happens when they've torn teams to shreds up the middle. Just look at the clever way they rotate their forwards, particularly Springer and Millington, in every game - completely predictable every time but it still works. In other words, they're only able to do the flashy stuff because it's built on an effective defense and a well thought out game plan. Not to mention his man-management skills which have seen players careers turned round and young guys reaching their full potential.
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Appreciated, all I want is this fantastic opportunity this sport has with Toronto not to be missed developing the Canadian game. The time is now in League 1, not in years to come.
  24. 1 point
    Quick update on this. Fantastic dinner with a packed room at Headingley. 8 of the original Leeds Uni team were present and there were players representing all eras of Student Rugby League in attendance. Really reminds you just how important the student game is to RL. And a quick plug on a related subject - England Students are heading to the Student World Cup later this year. Can you help? Www.gofundme.com/englandunirl
  25. 1 point
    If you are prepared to go back to the 50's and 60's records you may find that we did. This is no consolation, however.
  26. 1 point
    The loss and score was as expected - but i also thought it a decent Rams performance. Rams kept at it and heads didn't drop which suggests team spirit remains good. A big positive was the return of Guzdek - quality (- I can't see him being with Rams for long). A big negative was Sykes' kicking in play - woeful - he is a centre, we need a different option for kicks. It was also interesting to see the choice of passes the KR halfs and hooker have - we simply dont have or create those options. While the KR fan's barracking of every referring decision got a bit irritating towards the end, it was good to see a decent crowd that sings and plays its part in creating an atmosphere. Despite the score it was not a bad afternoon's entertainment.
  27. 1 point
    I agree, a quickie gives me just as much satisfaction.
  28. 1 point
    Come on York we've had the talk Let's now walk the walk
  29. 1 point
    I think they need a gardener at the wreck not a groundsman???lets hope they didnt unearth any taties during todays game.
  30. 1 point
    Poor team performance today, can't keep relying on the experienced players to win games, hope we can turn it round next week against Rochdale.
  31. 1 point
    Its as plain as the nose on anyones face!! .... Our forwards are better than last year!! our outside backs are as good as last year !!! ... We are defending much better than last season ... but we are doing nothing of note or entertainment in possession!! WE DONT HAVE ANY DECENT HALVES!!! ...... or we play them out of position! Sykes is not a 6!!! ... Coe ... was he on the field today? is not championship quality! ... Glover is not a half ..... ( imo he is a 13) ...... KAIN IS A 6!!! ( not ever ever ever a 7) why don't we play him at 6???? ......... PLAY KAIN AT 6!!! ..... I don't mind relegation if we are not good enough!! but relegation through ignorance arrogance and stupidity I find hard to take .... I hope this 7 we have just signed is a space finder!! ... I don't know anything about him so I am hoping he is our missing link!! Great to see Josh back ... great game today .. so safe under the high ball and good link play! So lets just speculate...... I think this team would not be relegation fodder ( well coached with some planned plays) ..... 1)Guzdek,... 2)Morton,.. 3)Crookes, 4)Sykes,... 5)Brown/Potts.... 6)Kain ....7) A DECENT SCRUM HALF!!!... 8)Stringer ...9)Ward ...10)Sheriffe ..11)Hale ...12) Walshaw ...13)Brown ... subs ... Spicer, Teanby,Tonks,Glover/Speakman... No DR unless injuries or loss of form!! ........ I know Hirst scored today .. but!!.. i don't think he wants to play for us! ... Annikin does .. where was he today?? .... Oh I could go on for ages ..... but whats the point???
  32. 1 point
    When Cas break the line, they back up in numbers and move the ball fast. If you can scramble back, they take the tackle and then spread it wide at speed and stretch the defense out wide. if you can stop that, they then have a first rate kicking game to stretch you again. Cas also have some slick set plays that they execute perfectly Cas have recruited well over the last year and replaced Solomona and Dorn really well Powell is one of the few coaches in SL who was a back in his playing days and I think that shows in how his teams are set up. It surprises me how many plodding forwards are now head coaches in SL
  33. 1 point
    It was on the side of a bus.
  34. 1 point
    Even in the most poorest of ram's team also including Dewsbury RLFC for me we've never been as bad This season's stats Played 5 Lost 5 (would have been 6 if the tide at Oldham would have been out) Played 7 halfs without scoring Scored 3 tries in 5 games Kicked 4 goals in 5 games Scored 20 points in 400 minutes of rugby league Even when we was pizz poor in the terry crook era,or in either fisher era's have we been so inept at crossing the whitewash, the players are better than this,morrison is not its just about his level Wouldnt put him in charge of shawcross under 7's If we're not going to sack him,bang him on leave,pay him to stay away Surely we didn't let him dictate his contract extension and what terms he can leave, putting get out clauses would have been taken into consideration to cover the club in the event of disastrous results??
  35. 1 point
    Me and my kids still practice putting high kicks onto the crossbar in training, just like Mick did in the 82 semi final
  36. 1 point
    Yes,this season
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Lose your ground and lose the viability of the club. Only ever, ever, ever dump the $h!t hole that you are in until you have a new home to go to that is long term and viable.
  40. 1 point
    Despite the fact that we got hammered,and still scored more points in one match than you have all season? I guess in your situation, any straw is worth clutching!
  41. 1 point
    i;m sorry ifwhat i put upset you, i know you can only comment on the players you've seen, and as i say, i liked Phil, but i can go farther back , and obviousley have seen a lot more players. when you say best to wear the Fev shirt, then you have to include the likes of Don Fox, Alan Marchant, Carl Dooler, Reg Dunning, Peter Banner, Tex Hudson, Steve Nash, Deryck Fox etc. as i say Phil was a good player with a good rugby brain and that little bit of devilment in him. ( it's not everyone who would kick Mal Reilly up the backside). that's a heck of a list of good scrum halves tho.
  42. 1 point
    At least it will make you happy if we lose.
  43. 1 point
    Congratulations to Vicheyssoise on his victory this week . Congratulations to the minor prize winners. including myself
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    That is possibly the most ignorant thing I have ever read in my 13 years on this forum. Congratulations.
  46. 1 point
    same mindset last season, played for back of shirt instead of the front
  47. 1 point
    That's got to be good for the league and the game . The people in these outposts putting so much work in deserve some encouragement made by solid progress . It's still very hard to get a handle on this league yet , a lot of unknowns for us . We've just got to keep turning up week on week and try to string some performances together and see where it gets us .
  48. 1 point
    Let's see, what words can I use to describe the Cru's performance - how about useless, appalling, pathetic for a start. They just didn't seem to play as a team. Play like that against an in form Toronto on Good Friday and the game'll make Huddersfield's 142 - 4 against Blackpool in '94 look like an even match-up. I know that I shouldn't be talking about sacking the coach after only two competitive games, but with 94 points conceded in two games something's got to change PDQ. 305 of us there on an overcast but not too bad day for mid-March.
  49. 1 point
    Definitely another point lost today. We had most of the possession & territory but couldn't convert pressure into points. Don't agree with Naylor's use of 3 hookers but Owen had best game of season.
  50. 1 point
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