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  1. Shocking anti-climax of an ending. Is a draw really that bad? Still not convinced that golden point adds anything to the sport. Should only be used when needed in knockout games.
    11 points
  2. First of 4 regional 9's competitions this weekend, with plans for a 12 team 13 a side competition in 2022: https://www.totalrl.com/usa-womens-rugby-league-kicks-off-this-weekend/ This is being held as part of the Tampa Mayhem nines tournament. Broadcast live on Twitch tomorrow I understand. Brilliant to see the womens game starting up over there.
    7 points
  3. It is vaguely inconvenient but we do need to stop people being hit in the head.
    7 points
  4. I see trees of green, red roses too! I see them bloom, for me and you! And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!! This morning I got a phone call offering me a job. This afternoon I filled out the paperwork. About an hour ago I got confirmation I am starting at 7am tomorrow morning! Its not been an easy 18 months. I am a man that actually punched the air and cheered when it was confirmed.
    6 points
  5. A 2014 study found that 39% of all injuries in rugby league were related to concussion. The review found that concussion accounted for 29% of all injuries associated with illegal play, but 9% of injuries sustained in legal play. This week we have reports that a player is getting headaches and concussion like symptoms riding a bike after suffering two HIA's this year. Stevie Ward has retired very early due to concussions and continues with severe symptoms. Players are suing the sport for negligence due to concussion. Like it or not this is an issue that will not go away. Positive action to deal with it and keep our best players playing should always be welcomed.
    6 points
  6. I'm all for a clamp down on deliberate contact to the head but I'm instinctively wary of zero tolerance rules that leave no margin for interpretation.
    6 points
  7. Justice that, happy days. Can we play them every week?
    5 points
  8. Given that KIrklees seems to be anchored amongst the worst half dozen areas for Covid 19 I would assume that there are pressures to do all that can be done to get rates falling again. This might have a bearing on how cautious they are when setting crowd numbers. Mind you, if they were able to take crowd demographics into account then they would no doubt find that a majority of Championship fans are fully vaccinated.
    5 points
  9. Absolutely no one has said that. There's a legitimate question about whether automatic yellows and reds should be appropriate in cases where contact is clearly accidental on the part of the defending player. Even if your view is that accidental contact like that should be treated the same I don't see why you think that means people actively want to see head shots. Bit of a leap you've made there.
    5 points
  10. Is it really so difficult for SL to arrange a game that two teams aren't playing in blue.
    4 points
  11. You could say we are wall papering over the cracks. But compared to the PM, the Knights and the Roughyeds can only afford woodchip.
    4 points
  12. That was probably the worst game you`ve watched tonight because Brisbane are a rudderless rabble. The facts of the matter we will not have a game in the future unless we get all contact with the head by the tackler out of the game. End of story. We might think that we might get an endless stream of players coming out of countries or regions where players will disregard their long-term health to make a good living, these people will sue just as willingly in the future as anyone else. ALL players must be trained from day one in their Rugby League journey to tackle from the chest or even lower down or we won`t have a game in 50 years. No excuses, everyone must be trained to tackle low. That will be Rugby League in the future.
    4 points
  13. Indeed. Aside from Mattrhino's unfortunate snipe at Leigh, I think most of the criticism of the LSV as choice of venue is simply down to it's geographical location. If, as has already been suggested, only a maximum of 4,000 people are allowed to attend then your stadium would be a perfect choice had it been somewhere around the Bradford area, even though that is still closer to St Helens than Hull. In a sport that has great difficulty getting spectators through the turnstiles for RL Cup semi finals, to ask two sets of fans to travel a dozen or so miles to attend and the other two sets of fans to travel between sixty and over a hundred miles to attend seems absurd to me.
    4 points
  14. Bulls will be upset at less than 700 or are they exempt, due to being a Super League team 10 years ago!
    4 points
  15. Knights have signed James McDonnell from Wigan on a 2 match loan, James is a forward and Fordy has worked with him before.
    3 points
  16. Not much talk about Wakefield or Chester. I feel for Chester, it says something that the guy is fighting back tears and his players are coming out to publicly support him. Leeds might have dominated the ball but they had the rub the entire game and have enough bodies back to put on a much more capable showing than that.
    3 points
  17. Don't kid yourself Tommy, you're a really long way off and you know it. I'm disillusioned with the whole competition to be honest. We all know Saints will win it and we're all bored with playing the same teams. It needs shaking up.
    3 points
  18. Last tackle ball carrying arm was not on the floor and jay Pitt’s stole the ball??
    3 points
  19. I'm rapidly losing interest. That game was a boring draw. Leeds are utter rubbish and should never have won that game. If you're a Leeds fan you need to ask questions.
    3 points
  20. Now we have to put up with Gale, who has done nothing all night, spanning around like a rockstar.
    3 points
  21. Agar will not be sacked or called to the office if Leeds lose, he may go at the end of the season regardless if what happens the test of the season but doubt he will be sacked. its only the 6th game of the season lots of twists and turns and 22 games to play, no side is in a relegation battle or handing trophies out at this stage. Once Leeds get a settled side back they will start picking up more wins than losses. And I think Wakey far too good to really struggle to get enough wins to be in relegation fight.
    3 points
  22. Exactly . We often react by overreacting and some of the things we’re seeing penalised and put on report are ridiculous . Yellow and red cards for reckless and dangerous contact fine , I’ve been calling for onfield sanctions , but there’s got to be some nuance and common sense . I keep hearing about eradicating contact to the head but I’ve never heard how we do it yet . It’s a high speed collision sport , players are moving and things are split second . Often it’s accidental or incidental or minimal . Guy falls over and a defender with his arm by his side makes contact with his head at ankle height ... he gets put on report and potentially sin binned. How do you eradicate all these things . Grant ATKINS said this morning ‘ it’s not my problem it’s how it is ‘ . There’s gonna be some mayhem with hard and fast rules without gray areas or any application of empathy with the game . I say again , dangerous reckless foul play use the sanctions , on report is a cop out . Clampdown all you want without distinction in terms of officialdom but many things in the nature of the game just won’t change . It’s rugby league . In terms of 6 again , just use the penalty more to begin with
    3 points
  23. I think this is brought about by the recent NRL media push to deal with offences on the itch rather than the disciplinary. I am ok with that as the Refs have everything at their disposal these days to make a decision. The WC has been mentioned on this thread. A hell of a lot of kids will be taken to these games. I wonder how many parents sat with them will be confident their child is doing the right thing playing a game where getting hit on the head? They can accept a fall and accidental head clash ( these happen in every school every day).
    3 points
  24. It feels right that we should punish illegal play, it's absolutely where focus should be. We need to stop campaigning for players to be allowed to hit opponents in the head.
    3 points
  25. And indeed if your best players, your Fages and your Johnstones, are sat in the stands with head injuries.
    3 points
  26. Evidence is now becoming clearer that the largest contributor to concussions among players is contact during training; this is why the NFL has no contact at all for most of their pre-season. This is not to dismiss the HIA and other protocols as mere window dressing, but they do more to be "seen to do" stuff than actually addressing the issue. Combine this with the ever increasing push to speed up what is already a lightning fast sport and the legitimate tackling area in most cases gets reduced to the players chest region. Its not too far then to the shoulder and above - made more common by the fact that it's easier to deflect a tackling arm up above the neck, and players are penalised for high shots even when the tackled player is falling. These same techniques, and the wrestle to get the player to the floor has also created the crusher tackle. Making rules up by the week to please what you think the TV audience wants will ALWAYS have knock on effects. And this new high tackle edict would have done nothing about the disgraceful knees in by Dylan Brown last week that ut Drew Hutchinson in hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung.
    3 points
  27. Seems ours are as well, hence more loans than Boris Johnson.
    3 points
  28. I understand why there is a link to Catalan or Toulouse but from the outside it doesn't look as though Fages has any issues settling in England so whilst I'm sure it is a factor it is probably less of an issue than either wage or potential to play in big games and win things. If he is happy at Saints then you would imagine it is a case of if they offer enough then he would sign. If not then he will probably have a choice of at least 2 clubs and look at which one offers him a better deal and a better chance to win those big games. France might have a pull on him but it is unlikely that Toulouse will be a regular top club for a while (though very much could be in years to come). If he does leave Saints I'd love to see him try and crack the NRL. I suspect that he might not have enough but he has already shown in his career that he has the mental attitude to take a risk and work hard to achieve it. I think it would be great for French RL if he succeeded.
    3 points
  29. I will repeat more simpler for you. Leigh are in Super League
    3 points
  30. I don’t think that decision was that controversial, it was a strip on the floor after the ref had called held
    2 points
  31. if england are relying on luke gale to take them to wc glory it may be better if the whole thing does get called off- in over 40 years of watching the game avidly from john atkinson to john bentley this is the worst ever leeds team in my memory
    2 points
  32. Because he ran strain into the Wakey player and took a dive.
    2 points
  33. The pass from DH before that try was an mile forward.
    2 points
  34. Isn't this all about making sure to play those opponents just once in 2021. Widnes to be followed by Whithaven this weekend and Swinton next. That would then leave just Sheffield I think. Of the 22 games scheduled you have to play all the other sides at least once.
    2 points
  35. Reading between the lines, if Wigan remain injury free James may be able to remain with us for a while. IF.
    2 points
  36. I am a Swinton supporter, but I grew up in the road next to where Adrian Morley grew up in, less than 400m from Willows, I hope they survive, we need clubs.
    2 points
  37. You will be walking around with your mouth wide open catching flies , no pics do it justice , we entered the ground through the players tunnel.....WOW....and WOW again. We had Scotty and his son , Baldy and Jack Teanby with us and they were as awestruck as the rest of us.
    2 points
  38. The key issue right now is that, across the board, the game is erring far too far the other way. Interpretation usually equalling forgiveness.
    2 points
  39. We talk of player welfare, of 'State of Mind' then go on to call players "fragile" for injuries which are no fault of their own. Poor form.
    2 points
  40. It is five years, but until it changed (circa 2018) those who had qualified under the old 3 year could still play. We have to thank Mal Meninga and Semi Randradra for that when they used it to stiff Fiji despite Australia having dozens of elite players to choose from. Randradra qualified by living in Australia for 3 years but didn't qualify to play SOO that is how stupid it was and it has made it harder for countries like France as a result.
    2 points
  41. Yeah it certainly would, and maybe they will. However, even this token gesture is more than any other NRL or SL club has done to help as far as I am aware, so well done Panthers.
    2 points
  42. We used the proper shiny stick, best hockey player I saw in the army was brought up on shiny and while I was working away in the highlands I'd go and watch the locals playing.
    2 points
  43. Fages was never in the Catalans set up. He went straight from home club Pia to Salford.
    2 points
  44. Featherstone say no to their lord & masters..... No chance
    2 points
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