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  1. I know it's my club's home ground so I'm a tad biased but what a job the audio visual guys did with the stadium last night. Talking about using a facility to it's maximum potential, playing the pre match video across the white draped section of the East Stand was genius. And although there was a strange comment about the "lack of grass" IIRC, I thought the pitch lent itself perfectly to the occasion. All in all, it was the perfect setting for the best SL Grand Final I've seen. The RL served up was more like a throwback to 30/40 years ago when defences won matches and there were plent
    14 points
  2. OK, this post is sound crazy to start with but hear me out. For those criticizing the the full game but praising the finale and its drama. That Welsby try is like the final scene of An Officer And A Gentlemen when the Richard Gere character walks through the factory in his Navy whites and picks up his girlfriend and carries her out to a new life. In isolation that scene is just cheesy and people watching it consider the movie to be soppy and romantic. But in actuality, the whole movie is gritty and hard hitting and the final scene has impact because of what has gone before.
    13 points
  3. To those that didn't enjoy that, you are watching the wrong sport.
    12 points
  4. It was a great game. Repeat, it was a great game. If it was cricket everyone would get a MBE. If it was union they'd make a film about it. it was a great game.
    11 points
  5. If you can't appreciate the skill on display in the defence, the brutal hits, the desperate plays in defence to stop some certain tries, then I don't think you like the sport as much as you think you do.
    9 points
  6. Just spotted this BTL comment on the Grauniad's match report: "Just watched someone in a Wigan shirt, pretending to be a chicken, running around a Waitrose in South London. A bet forfeit?"
    8 points
  7. The game is getting a great reaction overall and rightly so . I thought it was an outstanding game , as intense a game as you’ll see and fitting of a grand final . Indeed it was one of the best . You don’t need a shedload of points , you just need two teams going hammer and tongs at each other , giving everything and giving away nothing . It was a titanic slog with a dramatic ending they’ll be talking about for a long time . After everything that’s gone before it was a classic end to the season and summed up in 80 minutes everything great about our game . Roll on 2021 , when hopefully and fing
    7 points
  8. Spot on. I actually jumped up and ran around the room to the hilarity of my family when Welsby appeared to have scored. Not because I support Saints or even particularly wanted them to win, but because the tension and intensity of the preceeding two hours was such that I just couldn't help it when something so unexpectedly sublime happenned. It was a visceral response.
    7 points
  9. I'd much a prefer a game which both teams smashed each other and keep the intensity up for the full 80 minutes instead of a game which finished 40 - 36 where tries come too easy. The main reason why we struggle to beat the Aussies is because their defence has usually been better than ours and they keep the intensity up for the whole game. If more SL clubs played at the level of St Helens and Wigan then the SL would be a better product and it would probably help us win a WC
    7 points
  10. Great stat on twitter, Bentley made 6 less tackles than the entire Ireland RU team v England .
    7 points
  11. Its funny looking at some of the positive tweets such as the ones I posted last night from Tony Bellew. Some responses from RL fans range from you should have watched it years ago when it was so much better to if you think that's good you should watch the NRL. That final was as good as it gets and was better than any NRL game I have seen this year. Fans of other sports never seem to constantly disparage their own game and compare its competition unfavourably with others like some RL fans always do.
    7 points
  12. You should have watched tonight's game on Sky. Saints V Wigan in the Grand Final. The complete opposite of the game you watched.
    7 points
  13. Thanks but I have to take the neighbours dog for a walk at that time, he doesn't know yet.
    6 points
  14. With Wigan and Saints being the best two teams this year, we could get them to play off in a final game to see which is the best. It would be a fantastic occasion. We could even brand it the 'Grand Final' to give it the kudos that it would deserve.
    5 points
  15. Its pretty pathetic isn't it, made worse by if this had been an NRL final I guarantee many would be saying it was a classic, a war of attrition, such high intensity blah blah blah....
    5 points
  16. Just realised you're the OP. I don't think it would have mattered what kind of game it was. You need to stick with the point you tried to make at the start of the thread
    5 points
  17. I showed that game in Denmark to an audience who were humouring me. They ended up being caught up in it. How did those men come out in hte second half to carry on? It was a great advert for the sport when it needed it.
    5 points
  18. Yes, dampen. You called it a joke. If that's not dampening, I don't know what is. Grow up? This post sounds more and more like a tantrum! Some many parts to that final try made it more than just luck. There was luck, but you create your own luck in sport. They still had to take the shot, and they still had to chase the ball, and he still needed to put it down before going over the dead ball line. It was an amazing piece of skill to end the game. I understand you're upset, but don't diminish the efforts as a fluke and a joke. When you've settled down after the first settles, I think y
    5 points
  19. Personally I’d like to see York get promoted, they’ve steadily grown with a good financial footing over the last two or three years. They’ve just moved into a purpose-built Stadium which would be a great asset to super league. Perhaps their biggest attribute would be geographical as it’s a small step from rugby league heartland into a city that has an international profile and a well established amateur game surrounding it. If the rugby league has ambitions to expand into the north-east then York would be the logical choice!
    4 points
  20. Just to add to the drama of what was a fantastic game of RL the posts used last night were not those belonging to Hull FC but were the RFL ones which are significantly taller and without which Makinson’s drop goal attempt wouldn’t have hit and bounced etc. On such small things
    4 points
  21. Hardaker has been our best centre this year and one of our best players. In fact there aren't many centres in Super League I'd swap Hardaker for. He's been strong in attack and defence and is one of the key reasons our defence has been so strong this year, especially out wide. Bibby had his chance at centre but he couldn't force himself into the position because he didn't play well enough. He was nowhere near as good as Hardaker or Gildart. He only made the side because of injuries to Manfredi and Marshall and was playing on the wing because we didn't really have anyone else. There'd
    4 points
  22. I'm cool with people preferring a more open game with lots of breaks and tries on show. That's a perfectly reasonable preference. Personally, I love the attritional side of Rugby League as it was played last night with two teams refusing to yield and battling for 80 minutes. It's why when I try and watch 9's I become bored after a minute... I prefer it when teams earn the right to score tries. To be honest, I'm not sure the highlights of that game today on the BBC will be great, you have to watch a game like that unfold for 80 minutes to appreciate the sheer will and effort of the p
    4 points
  23. What a game! I’ve been awake since 5.30am still thinking about it. It was absolutely incredible. One of the best games of Rugby League I can remember watching. The BBC feed described it as one of the greatest sporting moments in history. Obviously I’m biased but I have to agree. Two well matches sides, both playing at their peak and putting everything on the line to win. It has to be up there with the all time great sporting moments like Federer/ Nedal - Wimbledon 2008, City winning the league in 2013 and the 2012 Ryder Cup. Both teams played absolutely brilliantly, they were so co
    4 points
  24. That was a brutal way to lose a match. We can walk tall though, we dug deep. Congratulations to St Helens, they stuck at it, and gave themselves a chance to win. Winning the league is a considerable consolation, and we have recruited really well for next year (and our young lads have plenty of improvement in them). We can reflect on the heartbreak, and come back stronger. The Rob Burrow segment was truly moving. What a man, it seems so unfair. So, that’s it for TGG for 2020. We needed it more than ever, and the players stood tall.
    4 points
  25. The last time Leigh were involved in an intense game, they still had a train station.
    4 points
  26. Posters should take a moment here to contemplate they have seen a finish to a grand final that is unlikely to occur again in most peoples lifetimes. 40-- 50 years from now people will still be talking about the Welsby Grand Final in the same hushed tones as the watersplash Challenge Cup final in 1968.
    4 points
  27. Do you even like rugby league? It was a fluke one way that the drop goal missed. That is the inches that can win and lose you a game. And it wasn't a fluke the other way because he had to chase that, and beat the defender, and then finish it before going into touch. Only in rugby league could a fan try and dampen such and amazing piece of sporting drama as a fluke and a joke.
    4 points
  28. Saints have gone a new celebrity fan, former boxing world champion Tony Bellew. He was super impressed with the Grand Final and with the sport.
    3 points
  29. They'll be angry if they don't get it, and possibly even more angry if they do!
    3 points
  30. Of course he hasn’t but facts don’t tend to play a part in his campaign strategy,straight out of the Donald Trump playbook.
    3 points
  31. I thought Lomax was one of Saints best last night. His passing game was accurate as usual, he put in a few dangerous kicks that earned repeat sets and as the game wore on he ran the ball more and looked like one of the most likely candidates to make a decisive break.
    3 points
  32. Spare us all the NRL fanboys. You are the one saying you would not watch Leigh if there was no P&R. But here you are cheerleading for NRL... who don't have P&R!
    3 points
  33. As posted on the match threads, here is the wording for a 'goal' in the laws of the game A goal is scored if the whole of the ball at any time how scored during its flight passes on the full over the opponents’ cross bar towards the dead ball line after being kicked by a player So, as the ball has finished its flight when it hits the ground it is no goal if it bounces over the bar after.
    3 points
  34. I’ve watched a lot of NRL this year and whilst some of the individual talent maybe better, that Grand Final was superior to any NRL or SOO game this year
    3 points
  35. This sounds unlikely. I'll have to watch again to check.
    3 points
  36. I thought Robinson and McGuire were both very good. They both come across really well and are both very knowledgable. Robinson smashes the stereotype northern RL accent, yes I know we have RU to thanks for that and that he sounded very different when he lived in Wigan. He is made for TV. Get these on every week with a rolling current player. Maybe get Leon Pryce in too. Keep Carney and Wells. Get rid of everyone else and all the dead wood that have been about for years.
    3 points
  37. Why was it the fluke you keep harping on about, less than 4" to the left the drop kick would have gone between the sticks and that would have been lauded in St Helen's as much as Wigan fans never shut up about Joe Lydon's effort at Main Road for years. But it hit the upright and one player from Saints chased just in case it hit a post and rebounded in field the kick was always big enough and long enough to go dead, pity for Wigan was none of their player's had the same idea that the ball could possibly hit a post, no fluke at all but a bloody big reward for foresight and never give up attitude
    3 points
  38. I'm glad we live in a compact City. Like you say it's easy to walk around, although I wouldn't fancy walking from Acomb to Monks Cross! Acomb to Heslington is about 4 miles, so if you're doing that in half an hour, you're a hell of a walker! I've lived all over the country when I was in the Forces. York is bigger than Portsmouth, Brighton, Exeter, Oxford, Cambridge to name a few cities I've lived in and around. Norwich is about the same size. Historical cities are generally very compact, and easy to get around. We don't have the big industrial areas that other cities have, that have wast
    3 points
  39. Clearly you do care what people think, or you wouldn't have started a thread. FWIW, that was a cracking final - one based on brutal and uncompromising defence, rather than than care-free attacking abandon. We all like to see tries, but that was a classic of resilience, determination and stubbornness. An 80 minute Grand Final that is decided after 79 minutes and 59 seconds? Yes please.
    3 points
  40. I've watched an enormous amount of big sporting occasions over the years - pretty much all of them it feels like - and that will be one of those that stays with you forever. Gripping game, astonishing finish, and then almost overwhelming emotion from players, coaches and even commentators afterwards. After the year from hell, it meant more than anyone realised. Rugby league, we scrub up well when we want to.
    3 points
  41. Absolutely gutted by how that ended. Probably the best Grand Final I've ever seen. I suppose there was always going to be a huge defining moment in the game - but for it to come in the last seconds. That's hard to take. So much credit must go to the players for what they've put themselves through this year. Also to the coaching and backroom staff at all the clubs too. They had to put the effort in to allow us all to see an amazing Grand Final. It feels like we made some costly mistakes but we win and lose as a team. Hardaker's decision to go for the 2 seemed misguided at the time but
    3 points
  42. 3 points
  43. Well. Wow. I couldn't write a single post as I was totally glued to the TV. I don't remember ever watching such a quality game of RL in a final. It was a tremendous match and I don't usually say that when the tries are in such short supply. But what a way for Saints to win. God bless young Mr Welsby. For the youngest player on the pitch he showed the coolest head and the most controlled skill ever. What a guy. What a game. What a win! I just can't think of a better way for Saints to beat Wigan in a final than on the last play of the game! Flippin fabulous! Well done Sai
    3 points
  44. Have I missed a decent game? In other thread a poster who will remain nameless said the Final would be boring with Wigan and Saints in it, so I decided to watch Good Morning Australia instead ....... not
    3 points
  45. 3 points
  46. Some of their hotels are ok
    3 points


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