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  1. So the protocols were incorrect and needed tweaking. The correct action taken by the RFL imo
    9 points
  2. I’m dun wiv it. since 1895 i have told people RL is finished, i won’t stop saying that until i am proven right. I am a massive RL fan but i love telling everyone #TheGameIsDead.
    7 points
  3. But given that nobody is arguing to take rugby league off Sky, there's no evidence being on the BBC as well is deleterious to the Sky coverage, and that your own argument seems to be that BBC viewers are a different profile to Sky viewers, it seems pretty obvious to me that Super League having incremental audience via the BBC can only be a good thing for all of the game's stakeholders? Nobody sees the BBC as a panacea, or an alternative. Just additional progress. The BBC Sport website remains the #1 sports news site in the UK for example, and if having more linear TV content broadcast on the BBC channels means that we get greater content volume and positioning on that website then that alone is a very strong argument for doing it.
    7 points
  4. At least it generated some IMG points for social media interactions
    6 points
  5. So as expected it was a misinterpretation of a badly worded rule, and not the games death knell after all...
    5 points
  6. Well I'm glad the RFL have clarified what happened and admitted that it was wrong for someone to be sent off for an accidental contact like that. It is good that they have learned from their mistake and will now ammend this. Not much consolation for Hull FC though.
    4 points
  7. Seeing how upset the aussies are over this result has just made it all the more sweeter, though its strange seeing them get bothered by a game that isnt important etc....
    4 points
  8. This route is much more preferable than entering a team in SL. The game is crying out for a 3rd fully professional league. Obviously all of the usual caveats apply about whether this will happen and if the necessary finance and backing will materialise.
    4 points
  9. Excellent, another valuable addition to our impressive portfolio of community activities. ️ utt
    4 points
  10. I think it could be a good experience for Oldham. Reading their message board and from what Long said afterwards, it sounds like they rather arrogantly thought they just had to turn up last night. I expected a much tougher game for the Lions. Anyone who thinks this Oldham team would be top end of the Championship have had a rude awakening. There's a lot of teams in the Championship who aren't as flashy or who don't look as impressive on paper but are well drilled and do the simple things right and you have to earn the right to play against them. Batley have been the embodiment of that for years. Keighley similar to Oldham spent a load of money on names, walked L1 and then couldn't do it against better opposition. From a Swinton point of view, it's another solid performance, if we keep it up some people might even be forced to predict we won't finish bottom which is where most pundits put us every season without fail. Patton is a quality and experienced half and has started well. I know Bradford fans said he was a bit hot and cold for them so we will wait and see how he goes but so far looks a very good piece of recruitment.
    4 points
  11. Let's be honest, with all the advantages that the Aussies have, it's a bit of an embarrassment that these games are even close, never mind Penrith losing for two years running. It's great!
    4 points
  12. I know it was the same for both teams so no excuse but I thought those floodlights were useless, seemed to me to be really dark and dingy for some reason. Also the kicks bouncing and dropped balls by Oldham, to be honest from where I was sat in the main stand the moment the ball was kicked in the air by Swinton even i completely lost sight of it in the night sky and would have had no chance catching it so the Oldham lads i have a bit of sympathy with on this occasion. Maybe we should play with a bright orange rugby ball for night games As for the game itself, Oldham started badly and never really got going, fair play to Swinton, they looked like a decent outfit to me and credit where its due, they thoroughly deserved their victory. It wont do Oldham any harm to get beaten so convincingly, bit of a wake up call and a reality check that goes to show we are not the finished article yet. Its still early days in the new look Oldham in all aspects of the club from on field to off field. Bound to be some bumps in the road but I do not see tonight's loss as all doom and gloom, its obvious the new look Oldham team have the signs of being a cracking outfit with potential but a dose of reality now and then can put things into perspective and stop us all getting carried away. The players just need to reflect on what has just happened, take the rollocking from Sean Long and then move forward for next week at York. This evenings game was one that just did not happen or gel for Oldham, cant fault the effort of the players (shout out for Jordan Turner by the way who i thought was immense) so reflect on it and move on to hopefully better days ahead. COME ON OLDHAM!!!!!!!!!!
    4 points
  13. 5,100 is a fantastic result for the Broncos Marketing Department and represents over 40% of last seasons ENTIRE attendance. Whilst a season of such attendances would be an incredible achievement it would make little difference to the IMG gradings for 2025, but it does beggar the question as to "why now"? What has changed at the club to achieve a stand alone attendance last achieved in 2010 for the visits of Saints and Wigan and which represents the largest gate against Catalans at home (2008 was the prior best at 3,800+)? I gather from the posts here by Atlantisman that freebies have been scattered around the borough and that the club now have a Marketing Department, something they haven't had for a good number of years. Furthermore, the distribution and follow up involved with free tickets isn't free, so what has prompted the club to do this now, especially with the visit of a Catalans side who would be even less well known to the residents of the borough and not against a club like Widnes in their first home fixture at the ground in 2022? Projections of a 7k gate for St Patrick's Day certainly don't seem too OTT after this great opening gate, but I am puzzled (although not astonished) to see London Broncos doing something good, with the right intentions, but at the wrong time. If this is just Hughes showing the powers that be what could have been, then he's a decade (or more) too late. As for the rest of SL. The games so far have been entertaining and the crowds and atmospheres have looked brilliant. If IMG/SL can keep the momentum going then this could be a really big watershed year for the game and if London do go down (as expected) let's hope IMG ensure that any 'on the road games" in future seasons are taken down south to try and build a steady fanbase for the sport that will be prepared to get behind the Broncos should they return to the top flight!
    4 points
  14. As good as it is that the RFL have acknowledged they have made an error in their protocol, it's no consolation to us. "Sorry we f*cked up and cost you any chance of winning when the game was evenly contested. Our bad. Now, here's 4 charges for your players..."
    3 points
  15. 3 points
  16. Awful display from us but full credit to Swinton. Dominated from start to finish. Patton and Hall outstanding and the rest put in a great team performance. One of my worries with our team is our lack pace especially when we go behind. Astley is lightning but is really struggling to get involved in the game. The rest of our team are good players but are very one paced and when we need to change the game we look really average. Would bring Tyrer in on the wing as I'm not a fan of Johnson. Need more pace at 7 and id be tempted to put Astley there and move O' Keefe to full back. Massive game at York and a chance to atone for a very poor display.
    3 points
  17. It was the death knell of Friday’s game, of that there is little doubt.
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. forget swinton its now york. i would play astley at scrum half thats his position. while on loan at featherstone he was brilliant. it was only when he was recalled by wigan that feafherstone dropped of. get some speed in the middle.
    3 points
  20. will they be showing score updates from the other games during live play? that's all i care about.
    3 points
  21. Great achievement especially for a part-time player in the modern game, without access to full time medical professionals like Super League clubs. He will have been injured/ill over these 4 seasons at some stage, but still put his hand up to play. Also worth noting he has played a large portion of those games out of position, covering other injured players!
    3 points
  22. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the game on Friday, despite London being totally outplayed. There was a great crowd, good atmosphere, great stadium. Easy to get to (30 mins on northern line from Euston to Tooting Broadway, then 15 minute walk). Really recommend a game to anyone in the SE, i'll definitely be going again this year whenever possible.
    3 points
  23. Yeah of course I`m sceptical and wonder whether it`s just more of the hype leading up to this weekend, buying Super League falling into the same category. He did say in another interview though that funds from the NRL wasn`t necessary and he was more interested in just having their co-operation and shared branding, probably meaning access to and co-operation with the NRL digital arm, amongst other things. Does make you wonder how much we could have to offer if we had a whole world approach to these things though.
    3 points
  24. Interview with Steve Scanlan @ 48mins Was planning to enter NY team in SL. Now pivoted to a 10 team pro USA league. 3 teams sold so far. Been talking to NRL for 3 months. Presenting to ARLC on Sunday in Vegas. Some board members own minor league baseball teams. Most things are planned. Agile with where teams will be. 2 of 3 licenses have been bought by existing sports clubs owners. $1.5mill US license fee to buy a club license. Aiming for 2025 start up. Looking at late April season start, 16 week comp. The Jimmy Smith Show The Jimmy Smith Show on 1170 SEN Sydney. www.sen.com.au
    3 points
  25. I fear ATLANTISMAN might have some weird ideological views which are clouding his understanding of the BBC's reach and importance.
    3 points
  26. If people don't want to add anything then they don't have to. But it is a significant Rugby League event and we are in the build up week, I think having a thread on it is fair enough.
    3 points
  27. Is it the same reason why Aston Villa are a bigger club than Birmingham City?
    3 points
  28. Aye up While our first Rhinos game was pretty bad & this weeks one was a shocking display of ill-discipline and stupid mistakes I come bearing the opportunity to grab a piece of 2024 memorabilia. Myself and my wife are long-term season ticket holders at Headingley and a few years ago she sadly got Breast Cancer. After 2 lots of surgery, 6 months of chemo and even now while taking daily tablets and having to have an injection every 3 months and a drip every 6 months she is looking to give back to St James's Hospital have looked after her so well. In a few months we will be doing one of the world's highest tandem skydives (18,000FT) and to help raise money for the cause we have a men's shirt which has been SIGNED BY THE 2024 LEEDS RHINOS MEN'S TEAM and kindly donated by the club to raffle away. All money is going towards Leeds Hospital Breast Cancer wards at St James to help improve the experience for patients going through cancer treatment To enter: 1) Simply donate a minimum of £10 on our fundraising page and leave a message with the hashtag #TrylineToSkyline. 2) Remember to tick the box allowing us to contact you for the chance to win. 3) A winner will be chosen at random on 1st May 2024 and contacted via email. Details https://www.justgiving.com/page/sallyandjonsbigscaryskydive
    2 points
  29. Some credit due there I think in the handling and explanation of that
    2 points
  30. Wakey have set out how the £2million for them will support the community function with actual things like the main stand having community facilities in it, and the football team being able to share the ground too for example. As far as I can tell Cas' community aspect is "this will keep us in Super League which is good". I'm not slating that from Cas, it's probably true and if WMDC are willing to accept that then great. But it is stretching the "community use" aspect to a far greater extent than expected, indeed if it can even be called that at all.
    2 points
  31. Not sure if we have had these already Salford Cas 4770 Huddersfield Saints 6812
    2 points
  32. Thanks, I realise that it's only a temporary job now. However it will still cost and it seems a shame this has to be done when funds could be used elsewhere. One of the failings of IMG I feel.
    2 points
  33. The video ref isn't from Wigan, it was Chris Kendall, who is from Huddersfield. I've seen a lot of people calling out Liam Moore (who is from Wigan) on his decisions but the only thing I saw him get wrong on the night was the ball steal on Harry Smith. He looks at the ball on the floor for the Wardle try and sends it up as a try and he cannot see the ball for the May try at the end and therefore sends it up as a no try and both calls were totally understandable on his part. In terms of the video refs decisions, there is zero issue with the May one. He cannot overturn that without getting to see it grounded. The Wardle try is the big controversy but I keep seeing people saying it is short of the line and that's not right. It gets to the line but the call is then on it being a double movement or not. I personally would've turned it down but not for it being short and it isn't the sort of obvious double movement you see dozens of time in a season. The other decision he may have got wrong was the no try on French. Even if both feet have to be behind the ball, I'm not sure how he made that call as quickly as that and that would be given in Superleague without a shadow of a doubt. Maybe he saw the moans and groans incoming from the Wardle decision.
    2 points
  34. 2 points
  35. Steve Scanlan who couldn't find the money to run the Skolars in League 1?
    2 points
  36. Article says appeal upheld - apologies Dave I either misread it or it has been amended
    2 points
  37. I assume what Paul's saying is the audience demographics mean that the in-game adverts don't hit the "right" type of people when seen through that channel. My view though would be that it's incremental: We can sell energy drinks to the younger Sky demographic, and Ovaltine to the BBC viewers, if our sport is shown on both.
    2 points
  38. They also kept their team rather than losing it and having to fight to get readmittance...
    2 points
  39. Aussie press now saying 35k tickets sold.
    2 points
  40. I thought it was forward. Thought the next pass to Isa was even more forward. But I genuinely don’t care. It pain me to say it but I’d rather you lot win it than hear and see the smugness from the Aussies that English RL is rubbish. I think I said last night that I was looking forward to the moaning from our friends down under. Some haven’t disappointed. So well done Wigan and glad you lot had a great evening. But that’s it. Back to the rivalry. Looking forward to Good Friday. Should be a belter.
    2 points
  41. Bad day at the office. I can't see us playing so badly again if Sean has anything to do with it. Their game plan was one out rugby and then a kick to force a mistake and it worked. The referee did Ok but the sin binning was a little confusing, it didn't make any difference, the game was lost anyway. Just curious, did he give us any restarts during the game? The reason I ask is that he gave them plenty. Even though we were very poor as an attacking force, you can't take anything away from the way they defended their line. Best team won and all the best to them against Sheffield. '
    2 points
  42. Could say a lot about what went wrong today but it will probably do us good in the long run ,use it to learn from and fix up , in reality we not going to win the challenge cup so a bad performance now will stop us falling in love with ourselves, hopefully see a strong reaction against York next week
    2 points
  43. There is the problem though that there are still no guarantees the full scheme will go ahead.
    2 points
  44. I’ll take the two points, a solid performance by Saints. I can’t fault Fartown for their effort they showed some promising touches, they will be a lot better than 23. The Saints goal kicking is still average, along with some of the PTB’s ie Walmsley & Blake. Full credit to the Fartown fans for backing their side for the full eighty minutes. My highlight was the Colne Valley Museum what a great place. I would love to visit the Tolson Museum but i think id get outvoted for that because i should be doing “what real men do” drinking ale before the game and continue drinking ale in the freezing cold. All in all a lovely day.
    2 points
  45. Maybe no one cares that much ?
    2 points
  46. Despite the scoreline showing 0-28 i came away from the ground feeling not too disappointed, yes i would have liked to have seen us score but Saints are a damn good side who were pretty spot on all game, once Welsby went over and it was 0-18 it became damage limitation as it was clear we weren't going to threaten their lead and apart from the 2 late tries, both from very flat passes at the very least, we didn't do too bad in containing them. Attack wise we did ok but same as last year just don't have the nouse to unlock defences on the last play, it's always a un-challenged kick and keep them as close to their line as possible, it's becoming predicatble and boring, we have 2 fast, exciting attacking wingers who see little to no ball, wwe brought Adam Swift in to replace club legend Jerry who scored tries for fun and we've not passed him the ball in 2 games?? Anyway well played Saints, it's only the new world champions next so another tough effort. Agree with comments about Tui being a full back, he isn't brave or fast enough in legs or mind to play there. We missed Jake Connor's guile a bit last night i thought.
    2 points
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