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  1. The only questions any of us needs to ask are: - are we in an at risk group? If so, keep ourselves to ourselves; - is anyone in an at risk group dependent on us, so that we need to be in close proximity to them? In which case, be very careful and keep ourselves to ourselves to the extent we can; - if not, keep away from the people in the above 2 camps, and play on. Allow anyone that wants to stand down to stand down - see who is left and play on. Test them, get them into a controlled environment and play on. The upside in terms of morale in having something to watch would be huge. Those teams that have played out of ANZ will hardly notice the difference.
  2. I really like Marshall, but there is no point picking him for England, as he is too small. Cracking player, very exciting, and (unlike Joe Burgess, seemingly) makes the absolute most of his talent. I wonder whether he has nipped ahead of Davies because of the concerns around his horrific injury last Good Friday, but given how how father’s career was blighted by bad injuries, it would be impossible to begrudge him that.
  3. I am yet to see Salford, so can’t comment on them (save to say I hope they get a good crowd, as they deserve to grow as a club), but Wigan look very dangerous to me. If the big lads like Bullock and Burgess dent the line and give Smith and Hastings room, then our back 5 will cause a lot of havoc.
  4. Having just seen the finding, it looks like both tacklers are in hot water, with Partington’s deemed the worse of the 2. They will get what they deserve.
  5. I have seen 3 man tackles in which, with bad luck, the tackled player could get injured in every game I have watched this season. Under Lam, Wigan’s behaviour in defence around the ruck has been far crisper and less intense than under Wane. I am happy to let the disciplinary committee form its own view, as I think they generally do a very good job, and if he is shown to have deliberately endangered someone he should sit out a lot of games. We should have sacked him after his horrible assault which lost us the GF, and I will shed no tears if he leaves us at the end of his contract.
  6. Didn’t Flower nearly join HKR (or was that a made up story)? I haven’t seen the game, so will need to ask my (95 year old) pitch side reporter. As it is well over 70 years since she last spotted a Wigan infringement, I expect that there will be no case to answer from her perspective...
  7. I am happy that Wane has not picked Austin and Hastings. From what I have seen, Sam Tomkins seems to have got his running game back. If so, he is our best full back. My dream back line would be (running) Sam T - Manfredi - Gildart - Percival - Johnstone - Widdop - Lomax... In the pack, Watts Clark Thompson Bateman Currie Whitehead would shake it up. Smithies is years off, but has a certain Batemanesque quality about him. He will make the most of his talent, and play for his country plenty of times.
  8. I have not seen the Giants, but Wigan are very good at the moment. Our back line is fantastic, and the wide open spaces will suit us down to the ground. Am v confident that we will win, not because the Giants are not very good, but that our backs are so dangerous and getting more so by the week, as the combinations get used to each other.
  9. Despite playing above themselves and doing our competition proud last week, Saints are clearly not the force they were last year. The week after the WCC is an ideal time to play a team, and Toronto’s trajectory is upward. My money is on a TO win in a thriller!
  10. A good idea, but is it for the non French clubs to save the French game? They would have been much better off requiring Catalans to filed a minimum number of French players as a condition of playing in our comp, particularly as, say they do nothing for TV rights. If Guasch’s dream depended on playing French players, the likes of Joel T and Tierney would be nowhere near the club...
  11. I think that Celt’s use of brackets earlier on this thread must go down as the most elegant in TRL history. You don’t get that level of parenthesis in the NRL. I was on the same flight as the Roosters this morning, and the few I spoke with about the Saints match all named forwards as being NRL standard (not that they excluded the backs, they just didn't mention them). As for Morris, field both with the same number for the Roosters and no one will notice.
  12. Happy to see Manfredi back with a try. With no trips to Cas on the horizon, let’s hope he’s set fair...
  13. Great game and encouraging for our competition. 4 to 2 tries was the same as last year, for us against a stronger roosters side but it felt closer. The roosters are great to watch - Trent Robinson is pure class. A great night for the game.
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