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  1. Looks like they will be attached to the Dragons from now on after the Elite 1 has finished. Rouge (half back 18 yrs) has number 31 and Franco 32 (Winger/full back 23 yrs). Makes 6 apprentices in total along with Laguerre, Joe Chan, Cozza and Le Cam. Rouge played for Limoux in Elite 1 in 2020 7 games before joining St Esteve this passed year. Made a name from the off. At nearly 6 feet (182cms) and weighs 13 stone (87 kilos) takes the ball to the line, Very physical presence for a teenager and does more than any in defence. He hasn't the template of the usal French half and why he is turnin
    7 points
  2. Agree completely. The Aussie coaches who come to SL inevitably get the SL teams to play like NRL teams, but that defence first mindset just isn't there in most British players as that isn't the way they've been coached all through their junior rugby. We need to get away from just trying to emulate the NRL way and start playing to the strengths of our players instead of trying to mould them into poorer versions of NRL players. Maybe the only way round this is to have less Aussie coaches in SL, but I guess this will only happen if the coach gets counted on the quota like the players.
    5 points
  3. I have to agree stirlin but i said after the first few games of the season some of our new signing were very slow out of the block and they still are, and i will harp on about our line speed untill Fordy does something about it it is poor very poor, we don't get into their faces any more, last week Fax.s forward ran hard and from deep and we let them instead of moving up on them and knocking them out of there stride ,we on the other hand get the ball stood still and the opposition are on us and snuffing out our so called attack , Fordy has to change his tactic's and game plane, fresh faces a
    4 points
  4. That match was an almost carbon copy of the Catalans game and my comments after that game hold true for this one. Woolf only appears interested in defensive structure because since he took over Saints attacking plays have gone completely. Regardless of who they are playing its the same plays every week. When they're not close to the opposition line its monotonous, drive up the middle winger or centre, drive up the middle winger or centre, drop off play, drop off play, drive up the middle, Fages kick (occasionally Coote) - repeat ! When they get near the opposition try line they only
    4 points
  5. No one ever did though a fair few folk like to imagine they're the only ones that do. Although Rule 345~B section five : No Opponent can steal a ball from a player who's broken through the line except on the third Friday in a month with an R in it is my all time personal favourite.
    4 points
  6. Be good to get to Dewsbury on Sunday, always a good away day. Shame such a great win last week had to come at the expense of a few more injuries. Gutting in particular to see Brad helped off given how hard he'd worked and how well he was going, it's terrible luck for the lad if he's picked up another longer term problem. Best wishes to him, and hope to see him back in action soon.
    4 points
  7. Note "Rugby" player. Positive story. Always the same. You have to wait for negative stories if you want to see "League" in the headline.
    4 points
  8. Great victory by Hull KR Tony Smith really is masterminding something good over there.
    3 points
  9. Saints love injuries. Their fans love to boo them, their players love to score unopposed tries from them, their coach hates it when they are stopped from exploiting them.
    3 points
  10. There's probably a few quick wins that would start to make these changes; As said previously, make the coaches count on the quota. Clubs would then think carefully about their next appointment instead of automatically going for the NRL option. A few changes & tweaks to the rules to try and encourage more open play, such as getting rid of the ball steal rule (which thankfully they're doing for 2022). As much as it pains me to say it as it hurt Saints many a time, players like Lauititi were a joy to watch with their offloading. Have the officials change the way they enforce t
    3 points
  11. The academy situation is disgraceful IMHO. Bentley covered at 9 (mostly if not always from the bench.) He also covered in the centres but wasn’t convincingly. He is a strong runner of the ball, absolute workhorse in defence and is best suited at second row. I like him and I am disappointed that he is going but in a salary capped sport in particular every player has their value. Saints didn’t believe he was worth what he wanted, Leeds did. Not going to get into calling another club (on this occasion ), he has the opportunity to earn what he thinks he is worth at a club he supports, good
    3 points
  12. Don’t want to drift off the topic of the actual game, but what is the answer to the problem that so many of us can see? We all know we don’t enjoy the action quite as much as we used to, but we seem to put it down to RL fans being negative. If we want the sport to have a renaissance (maybe even a survival ) we simply must make it attractive to potential new fans. In the days of the Romans the colosseum was packed to the rafters because of the extravagant battles. I wonder if it would have gone down the same if it was just a borefest of slaves getting lethal injections? (Probably not the
    3 points
  13. Ellis might do a job for us, but it’s just a sign of how the season is crumbling. A combination of big name signings totally failing to deliver, players woefully out of form, injuries (that all teams get), a game plan that an under 10’a opposition coach could spot and nullify, plus wafer-thin defence has led us to where we are. So we now have a lad from Cas, on loan at Feath who is now with us??? While we loan a big strong winger who is surely worth giving a run of game to as the present incumbent is leaking tries and hardly scoring for fun (though as he never get a a decent pass that’s hardl
    3 points
  14. A bit surprised that fans aren't commenting on the Jamie Ellis loan? He's whats described as a journeyman in the game but as far as I know he's always tried his best wherever he's played and at super league level. Isn't he the sort of experienced play maker we need, and although he's been around for a while he's still younger than our other ex super league "stars"?
    3 points
  15. I could throw Scotland into the list. It is boring for us, but rather fun for North Macedonia, Slovakia, Finland and Scotland. Of course, teh real reason is to ensure as many of the major economies as possible do qualify.
    3 points
  16. I do think we need to be careful in this country with the Aussie influence. Too many clubs are going down the defensive percentages route, and it will turn fans off. I enjoyed last night's game as it was a great battle between two of the best teams, but I dont want to see those tactics every week.
    3 points
  17. Nobody moaned or said anything but then she was pretty discrete. If you think these younger people are more tolerant, you're mistaken - they just have different ideas about what is acceptable or not. They will be just as intolerant in a different way. And older people using the term 'boomer' is completely ridiculous. Don't do it, it's something 18 year olds say.
    3 points
  18. I think the point being made is that London v Sheffield and Sts v Wire is more appealing to the general public than Workington v Featherstone and Sts v Wire as an overall package. He is not advocating the removal of the bigger clubs, it's about the clubs which complement them not adding to existing local saturation. Anyway, great effort and financial commitment by Toulouse to get their games played.
    3 points
  19. No. I think they were booing because, in their mind, any injured player is supposed to give them the ball to score.
    3 points
  20. Kev leaving is entirely symptomatic of the issue RL faces though, it can’t be just shrugged off any longer. Although it will be.
    3 points
  21. I think Saints' tactic of waving to the referee that a player is injured so everyone else stops whilst another of their players collects the ball and attempts to score on the sly was found out today...
    3 points
  22. Not as happy as Sean Long and Martin Gleeson at Odsal that time
    3 points
  23. It was always going to ruin the season when Morgan Smith got injured. You can't get a good half back on long term loan, they are all employed, so you get a young lad, like Dean, but they can't lead a team around, or you get someone on a 2 week deal. Nothing offers consistency to build a team around. Doesn't help that O'Hagan always has a note from matron as well!
    3 points
  24. I don’t know the rules of Rugby League anymore.
    3 points
  25. Politics can go guff here. This really does epitomise my passion for rugby. Best game ever. Cracking pic lass.
    3 points
  26. Not only because they are French though. The fact that they are another fully professional team in the game (when the sport in Europe is struggling to support fully pro squads) makes them attractive too. They add a huge amount of credibility to the game - a well known city name in a league which is full of unknown towns. Seeing them on the horizons of Super League gives the game a boost IMO, in that we will hopefully having another well known location on the Super League map, instead of a third Wakefield team, or another club from Wigan (for example).
    3 points
  27. Yes I feel same about the the football team. The union team is almost 90% domestic so don't why you're bringing that up.
    2 points
  28. 2 points
  29. Because I've seen every Knights game this season, that's why I'm worried.
    2 points
  30. Ok, to be perfectly honest I didn’t watch the post match interviews and haven’t read anything attributed to Woolf yet. If that is true then I guess that he has made it the main focus ‘globally’ to detract from what was a poor performance. We’ll never know what he said to the Saints players but if that is or was his main focus in the dressing room then I would be worried as Saints weren’t at the races at all yesterday regardless of any incident. Truthfully I don’t think Saints have put together anything more than a solid 40 minutes at a time this year, maybe that will change as the season goes
    2 points
  31. I think there are genuinely 5 teams that could reach the Final in this tournament, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and England. While Australia will be favourites against whoever they face anyone of those sides could beat them. We’ve had some big RL upsets in Internationals recently, Tonga have beat Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, Fiji have beaten New Zealand, PNG have beaten Great Britain. I’m sure one of the so called Tier One Nations will lose to a Tier Two Nation at some point in this tournament.
    2 points
  32. No, back to 800 as I will be there for this one.
    2 points
  33. I realise this post will probably get lots of abuse, but it just my honest point of view. I am not a supporter of either club on show last night, there is sour grapes or bias on my part. I think most of the reason the game is becoming a "borefest" is largely down to the referees/laws committee/rule makers. Certainly last night's game was a decent example of it. Both sides were allowed to play offside all game, and were not made to stand square a marker, and Kendall either didn't notice, or simply ignored it all game. Therefore, the dummy half's and halfbacks had no room to run or
    2 points
  34. I agree with you, Dave. The other thought I had was that it was very much a game for the existing fan, who would understand the nuances of defensive play and appreciate them. However, I would not have wanted someone I was introducing to rugby league to see that as their first game. Saint Toppy's excellent post a few up from this is sadly a very thorough analysis of Saints' current situation. The problem may stem from a belief that winning is all that matters. I don't think it is. Defensive skill is obviously important and, as I said in my first paragraph, is something to be appre
    2 points
  35. I love that analogy . Some of the games have been really full this year sadly. I think this is a fair question and we should be able to ask it without just being accused of negativity. We also need to watch the play acting and feigning injury. It’s always been there and most sides are guilty of it but it is getting far worse. Although I am Rugby League through and through, I was brought up in a football dominated area and was always able to hold my head high at how the majority of the players in my sport conducted themselves. I got turned off from football for 2 reasons, the ridicu
    2 points
  36. No Roby, hopefully not playing him to keep the number of games he plays this season down. Come the WC it should be Roby and Clarke all day long.
    2 points
  37. The Staines Massive celebrates.
    2 points
  38. As part of the 28th annual France-Africa Summit in October 2021, Cameroon men’s and women’s rugby league teams will travel to Montpellier with a key... View the full article
    2 points
  39. I have said this for years Toppy, I would have a maximum of 4 overseas player's at any club, if they are born and raised and learned their trade overseas then that is that, non of this residency rule carp, they are still overseas player's AND if an overseas coach is employed he becomes a part of the count. Back in the 70's the Aussies placed an embargo on their clubs signing British talent, it was claimed that it was holding back the opportunity of their homegrown players, I would say that can be multiplied by a factor of 6 or 7 over here.
    2 points
  40. I think it might be because Toulouse is a city with near 500,000 people, home to a significant business community which can be tapped into and they offer the prospect of creating a brand new rivalry for SL which may attract more TV coverage in France Add to the fact that an increase in opportunities for French players could help the international game in Europe (which really is the key to our survival) and this is probably why many of us are more excited about Toulouse in SL than Fev or dare I say, even Bradford.
    2 points
  41. Good luck to him. Leeds have doubled his money and Saints won’t be held to ransom. After a bit of a breakthrough year, he was wanting a large increase which we weren’t prepared to offer. I suppose it’s the salary cap and a sustained period of success come into effect and players on middling contracts want a big increase, as is the case with Fages, too, and it’s up to Saints to decide what they can do and what they can’t. His numbers defensively are very good, a few too many penalties conceded at times but he’s still young and has only had a year or two playing at the top level. Att
    2 points
  42. We have been seeing them everyweek here though Dave,once again we are trying to emulate what is happening down under but the difference is between here and in Aus, when a glimmer of opportunity presents itself to attack they have the players to take advantage with loads of skill and speed.
    2 points
  43. Of all the RL forums I look at redvee is by far the most toxic, dominated by people who appear to have deeply unpleasant, aggressive views on anything and everything, including far right politics. I can see why even the people on there are worried about what's happened to it. But from what I can tell they still haven't got over losing that cup final to Warrington a couple of years ago and still inexplicably bleat on about being screwed over by Hicks. It's a coping strategy I guess and I suppose it looks like we have a similar issue here. After all "the S" couldn't possibly lose to a
    2 points
  44. Yes, many people seem to be confusing the issues he may have had at Leeds with the wider picture. It’s irrelevant if he did brilliantly or terrible at Leeds, it’s the fact he’s gone to a rival sport - and not just any old rival - that is the big deal.
    2 points
  45. I thought they'd reduced the obstruction calls if no-one was actually obstructed a few years ago. For me, the referee should identify at least one player who was obstructed when giving a decision.
    2 points
  46. There is no doubt in my view that Sinfield was a great player. Of course, no one is perfect and all players make "mistakes" Needless rubbishing of Sinfield does nothing to address the issue: the opportunities in our game for ex players, who need to earn for upwards of 30 or more years before retirement, are severely limited, as is the money, possibly, too. Sinfield won't be the last to take this path, just as he wasn't the first.
    2 points
  47. Oh don’t get me started. I thought you were allowed to steal the ball one on one, but apparently not if the attacker has broken through the line. New rules every week.
    2 points
  48. As a social experiment, I would like to get two teams and play a game of Rugby League and referee it as it is written in the laws of the game. I would love to see if we enjoyed it.
    2 points


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