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Saint Toppy

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  1. Overall, pretty happy with that performance from Saints. The rule changes certainly seem to benefit a team like Saints who thrive of quick PTB's and it will be interesting to see how other teams have adapted, particularly those who's game is usually based around dominating the tackle and slowing down the ruck.
  2. Because some teams had played 2 games less than the others, these 4 teams had to play catch up with the number of games played. This was Saints rearranged game because of the WCC and the Leeds one was because of previous postponements. Next weekend it should be back to 5 games plus the 1 bye because of Toronto.
  3. For the first time this season Woolf should have a fully fit squad to choose from, close game but can see Saints nicking it. I think it looks a better balanced squad with Graham back. As good as Tommo was the team often lacked a leader on the field, especially when Roby wasn't on the pitch, and that cost them at crucial times in games.
  4. This is what happens when you let useless clowns run the game. Dumb & Dumber (Wood & Rimmer) couldn't organise a chimps tea party let alone a whole sport. And as for Elstone, he's doing exactly what he was brought in to do, he works for SL not the RFL so of course he's going to represent the views of the SL clubs
  5. Can't speak for Wakefield but many clubs these days have skills training programmes for their players. At Saints all the youngsters coming through their system are enrolled into college and all the senior players who didn't have that available to them as young players are offered training paid for by the club. Players like LMS who are coming to the end of their careers already have another profession to fall back on, in his case as a plumber.
  6. Cant see anything special in Wakeham TBH. He's getting his shot at the doggies now because of their SC constraints. I suspect they'll be attempting to bring in a top class 7 for next year and Wakeham will be back to reserve grade.
  7. Right concept but should be at a neutral venue, why should Leeds get a home advantage and everybody else not ?
  8. Joel Thompson is replacing Taia. I know Saints were looking at other back row options but probably wont pursue any now as Bentley has signed a contract extension. Having said that if we could offload Paulo then i'd take Whitley as a replacement.
  9. A few years ago he was one of the best 2nd rowers in SL, but the last year or so his form has really dipped and gone from someone who looked like an international to an average club man. Maybe a change of scenery will help him regain his form as he's got the basic talent to push for an international call up.
  10. A short term deal for the rest of this year is probably the best all round, but to be honest i'd have been quite happy if he wanted 1 more year at Saints in 2021. While he can't play 80mins anymore his experience and leadership skills will be a massive bonus for Saints come the season end big games. Roby is a good captain and well respected by all the other players but he's not that vocal on the field, and that's something Saints lack at times.
  11. Cant see Molo coming to SL, he's having a superb season from the Cowboys
  12. True Jammer's not the player he was at his peak but he's still averaging nearly 100m a game while playing only 40 odd minutes. His workrate is still up there with most props and his defence is as good as ever, he's just lost a yard of pace and probably can't manage 80 mins anymore. Jammer & Joel Thompson are much more the kind of players that Woolf likes in the forwards, tough, hard workers who give 100% week in week out
  13. Pretty chuffed with this signing, the last few years he's been in the best form of his career for Manly, really surprised he's left the NRL. Really good replacement for Taia who's retiring at the end of the season. Just a replacement prop to sign now
  14. Difficult decision for Saints on this one. He's OOC on 1st November anyway, so if the SL season resumes end August / early September then Saints would lose him after 2 months of the restart anyway unless they could agree a fee with the Dogs to keep him on for a few extra months to complete the SL season. Given how desperate the doggies are I seriously doubt they would agree to that. If they release him now then Saints get a transfer fee and a big chunk off the SC to bring someone else in when the season resumes.
  15. I think its generally been a good introduction in the NRL and if introduced in SL should see teams cut out a lot of the messing around in the ruck (O'Loughlin might as well retire now ? ) One element I haven't seen used yet is the penalising of the attacking team for milking. The commentators mentioned that this was also an option for the Ref now if they committed an infringement in the ruck in an attempt to milk a penalty (or get 6 more tackles)
  16. Not yet convinced by Bentley, he's struggling to find his true position. He doesn't have the pace or handling to play in the 3/4's and his lack of size often see's him outmuscled when playing in the forwards, particularly when playing 2nd row and having to take plenty of hit-ups. He could make a half-decent ball playing 13 but with Knowles in front of him at Saints I don't think he'll get the opportunity. A move away from Saints could actually be the best thing for his career.
  17. I think Holbrook is going to regret his decision to take the Titans job over the Bulldogs one. The Titans are a complete basket case of a club while the doggies will have their salary cap issues behind them for 2021 and are already building again.
  18. That isn't what I said at if you bothered to read my post properly. I said we should just play league games and crown the league champions as the team who finished top of the league. Then to create extra games and hence the extra income reintroduce the old premiership trophy (which is separate to the league champions). There will still be an Old Trafford final, it just wont be to crown the league champions, it would be for the premiership trophy winners.
  19. That isn't what I said at if you bothered to read my post properly. I said we should just play league games and crown the league champions as the team who finished top of the league. Then to create extra games and hence the extra income reintroduce the old premiership trophy (which is separate to the league champions). There will still be an Old Trafford final, it just wont be to crown the league champions, it would be for the premiership trophy winners.
  20. That isn't what I said at if you bothered to read my post properly. I said we should just play league games and crown the league champions as the team who finished top of the league. Then to create extra games and hence the extra income reintroduce the old premiership trophy (which is separate to the league champions). There will still be an Old Trafford final, it just wont be to crown the league champions, it would be for the premiership trophy winners.
  21. Stupidity & arrogance from the players & unions here. They need to understand they live in the real world like the rest of us and taxpayers money isn't so they end up with no inconvenience or sacrifice like the rest of the country. The vast majority of workers across the UK are having to make some sort of financial sacrifice during this pandemic and why should professional sportsmen get any sort of exemption, particularly as the majority of full time professional players earn well in excess of the national average wage ? Quit whining players (and union), take the hit like everybody else is and get on with things
  22. If we have a 14 team league, Ditch the Grand Final and return to the old Premiership trophy concept. The team who finish top of the league are champions and then on top of this teams 1-12 have a play off system for the Premiership trophy (with the higher up the league you finish the more home games you get). Teams 13 & 14 then have a single game to decide which one gets relegated
  23. No they didn't, it was never a requirement by Sky. They made suggestions as to how the game could change its image and adding the names like Wolves & Warriors was just one suggestion. It was never forced on clubs to adopt, hence why saints, after asking their fans on their opinion chose never to adopt another name.
  24. If they take a drop in TV money and play less games - where is the extra money coming from to keep some of the clubs afloat ? Half the current SL clubs are already struggling (before coronavirus), so any other loss of income could well see them go under. There aren't 14 clubs who could survive such a loss, so at best we would end up with maybe 6 or 7. So while the players like Watts may want to play less games, unless the loss of income is replaced then half the players will find themselves without full time contracts
  25. Err no ! That just means the TV money is then split 14 ways instead of 12 and having 2 extra teams and games wont then make up the loss from the TV money
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