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Exiled Wiganer

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  1. Les Cats have been far more successful than anyone had any right to expect so early in their life as a club.

    I think we have 2 things going on here - the RFL has been categoric that a club from the Championship WILL be promoted and that a club for SL WILL be demoted. They have published criteria which the promoted club will satisfy and presumably will publish criteria against which the Sl clubs will be measured.

    The point about invitation can only be relevant in so far as the RFL wishes/needs to think about expansion clubs. It seems completely fair and reasonable and desirable that they consider the broader game. This MAJOR MAJOR change does not affect Widnes because they are going to be assessed according to the promotion criteria (and will clearly come out on top). If Toulouse could point to a TV deal and sponsors thatw ould mean they could pay for themselves (vvv unlikely) then the RFL is right to consider whether they are a sensible addition to the comp.

  2. Wire obviously. Though if the mods could create a Wendall sub site so it is easier to ignore his efforts over the next 3 long weeks we would all be happy.

    Be fascinating to see whether they are robust enough against serial winners. They won't die wondering but are really up against it.

    I think the chances of a Wigan-Saints GF are greatly increased by this, indeed, may end up 5th if FC can ambush them on their return from Wembley.

  3. I must say that Leeds effort has made me re-visit Wigan's win the week before and wonder whether they would have been much better had they had to win that. Their ablity to find a way to win depsite being mostly below par shows a champion team.

    Well done to the Loiners.

    I am hoping they put so much into winning the Cup they will be off the boil if they visit the Piedome.

  4. Quins and Crusaders can count themselves really lucky that they serve a wider purpose to the game. Crusaders could be a focal point for the excellent development work being done elsewhere and could in time help support a Welsh national side. If Wales win the Euro cup thing this year, then they could go into the 4 Nations with a fair few genuine Welsh players next year. Who knows where RL in Wales could be in 5 years time.

    Quins serve 2 useful purposes. They could act as a focal point and catalyst for some essential junior development away from the heartlands and they give us a southern presence, however tenuous.

    The only basis on which clubs should be "invited" in is if they can acquire their own TV deal or show that they can pay for themselves. We have enough on our hands supporting Wales and the Quins.

    I have written this 1000 times, but the instant we have more than 14 clubs with decent facilities this ridiculous anti-sporting franchise system must go. I can see it serving a purpose to get clubs to get their act together, but once that has been achieved we must go back to p and r or risk losing once great clubs who could be great again!!!

    Finally, I will raise a glass of bubbles when Widnes retain their deserved place at the top table next year. The criteria look perfectly designed for them.

  5. Without being tedious I did have a quick look at locked threads and remain puzzled - the Wigan bottlers thread went for 5 pages longer than the Wire equivalent, Mick's thread about the gap between threads like this and the reality got 1 post, and (I may have imagined this) but I was sure I saw a thread about buying Ablett a drink lasting a day. If you re-read Mick if it is trolling it is of the gentlest kind.

    If we are to be bombarded with Wire predictions of greatness then is it not simply the flip side to point out that they may not have matched words and deeds?

  6. Saints will have my support on Saturday, and I think they will be grinning afterwards. Leeds need to be on top in the forwards to win this, and with Ablett rightly doing a 3 stretch and injuries elsewhere they won't even have parity. Saints are not the side they were and cannot perform every week like they used to, but have shown enough for mine to win this comfortably. An all Cheshire final looks a likely outcome.

    I thought that the semis last year were both excellent games and hope that this year's will equally be a treat.

    It would be good to have a classic final, as it has been a long time since we had one (any since Radlinski's foot final?).

  7. I am so confused by so many things here...

    1 - why is this a fair thread but a subsequent questioning whether they are a great team when they clearly aren't will be locked instantly (while a let's buy a head hunter a pint one goes on and on...)?

    2 - he has already played in so many bigger games

    3 - Wigan stood astride the game like a colossus for a brief period in the early 90s essentially through being the best run club in the history of the game. Their success was fuelled by 1 thing - the Wigan public's enthusiasm. In the pre cap era having the best crowds allowed you to spend more and sign better players and win things. There was nothing stopping any other club doing the same. Indeed, you could argue that success in an era where the top clubs are all capped is more down to financial juggling than being a fantastically well run and supported club. As long as you can reach the cap you don't need to see any 20k crowds. If, like some clubs but not Wire, for a period you can run rings around HMRC then you can have a full team of internationals while everyone else makes do. Success in the old world was purely and simply a function of a fantastically well run and supported club, with a team of greats

    4 - this is another example of Wire talking about doing things before they have done them. It is an interesting approach, and one that could lead to further locked threads in due course, should the next peak actually be lower than the last one

    5 - you can't knock the Treble (does the Cup count double?) Winners for self confidence and they do provide more entertainment than most clubs

  8. 3 seems fair to me. The only point I would like to know the answer to is whether the video ref is entitled to tell the ref that the tackle deserved a sending off. I simply can't see how Ganson could have seen it properly from where he was and not sent him off, and I have never known Ganson be shy about reaching for a red card.

  9. Ferriol did play against him a couple of weeks ago so may have more first hand experience than most as to how tough a player Morley is these days. I subscribe to the view that this could be stage managed to try and drum up interest in the semi, and may be as much about pantomime villainy as anything else, in which case good on Ferriol. EVen if not stage managed, perhaps Ferriol is concerned to draw the fire onto himself so that Sherwin can get through the game in 1 piece? It would be good to see him have a go at a big chap again.

    As for how good he is, rather than how hard he is, Morley looks to me like he paces himself very well these days, making the most of the dwindling number of games and hits he has left.

    He has been a great player and did a lot for English players' reputation at a time when the Aussies could have written us off altogether.

  10. Assuming this isn't a Bradford thread, I think the way things are looking at Wigan, we have...

    OUTS - Feca, Phelps, Pryce, Piggy, Deacon and Bailey (4 overseas)

    INS - Finch, Hoffman, Lima and Hock (3 overseas)

    I suspect we will play Charnley and Marsh a lot more, but may need some additional half back cover. I would like us to sign Ratchford, a good Wigan lad with some talent. Apparently we will have a quota space left over, but I am hoping we don't fill it. I am assuming we re-sign Fielden on a smaller contract. He certainly sounded happy enough with Wigan last night.

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