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East Coast Tiger

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  1. My attempt at shooting an NRL game. Very difficult at night by the way.
  2. Poor old Richard Lewis. We all know how desperately he doesn't want this to happen but those nasty Aussies are putting a gun to his head. He doesn't want him organisation to poach players from Wales, Ireland and Tonga etc but what on earth is he to do about it? He's only the boss of the RFL, it's out of his control.
  3. The rugby league scrum is no different from the union scrum. The side that feeds it wins it 99% of the time, except in RL we don't waste half an hour of every game packing and re-packing pointless scrums and spending hundreds of hours training just so a team can nullify the other side's equally pointless scrum push. As for backs being the same as forwards, it's just not true. The roles in RL are pretty clearly defined for the most part and the forwards and backs have their own roles.
  4. Good move for Salford. Once they get a second rate NRL coach they can start to buy some second rate NRL players.
  5. Paddy, if you're going to buy Canon - a great choice if I may say so - there are a couple of things to think about. Firstly, the 2000D is coming out soon. It will be better than the 1000D but that might mean you will get the 1000D cheaper and it will still be a good camera. But also, have a look at a 50D and compare prices. I got my 50D for a steal (about $900 Australian). It's a step up from the 1000D yet it's probably cheaper at the moment. Of course if you're looking at lens kits that will change things a bit. On lenses, a Canon 70-220mm F2.8 is a must for any fair dinkum photographer. Of course you have to be able to afford one but they are great. You'll need to get a 1.4x converter to go with it to give you some more focal length but it's worth it. The other reasonable option is to get a Canon 300mm F4. It will give you the focal length you will need without losing too much quality and it will be a bit cheaper than the other set-up. But it is a less versatile set-up than the previous option because it's not a zoom lens and you don't have the option of shooting at F2.8 without the converter attached. To be even cheaper you could look at Sigma's versions of the same lenses but they aren't quite as agood and aren't water proof. When I advise people on what to get that's what I always say. If you don't quite have the cash to get a 2.8 lens yet it's worth saving up and waiting. Trust me. If you buy a cheap lens now you'll only want a better one later anyway. If you're keen that is.
  6. Actually half the games are in New Zealand. So you're a prize goose aren't you.
  7. I know this is a wind up. But you really are kidding spud. Every year we hear about how great the pommy forwards are yet they never win anything. It's a myth.
  8. This system is perfectly okay. It's better and less complicated than the Macintyre system the NRL use and most NRL fans would probably rather it went back to the SL system. The top 5 system is the best, not doubt. The only problem - it means you can only have 5 teams in the finals. Obviously.
  9. The footy season is coming to a close so I thought I'd add some of my favourite shots from the games I've been to. and a couple I posted earlier in the year
  10. We all know the pitfalls of franchsing, but the RFL knows there are advantages to it as well. Providing stability for the lower teams in SL is a big plus. Allowing the likes of Salford, Cas, Quins and Crusaders the chance to build for a year or two and close the gap with the higher sides is clearly the aim. Yo-yoing up and down only ensures the lower clubs will never be competitive. And that's without considering other factors like finances, stability for players and promoting junior programs etc. There are some people who will never agree with franchising but you can't please all people all of the time.
  11. Looks likes Matai will be out for at least some of the tournament after his effort yesterday.
  12. They're not promoting them. They're giving them a franchise. Many sports give franchises to clubs that don't even exist as an on-field entity before gaining the franchise.
  13. On what grounds do people think a sporting club has a legal right to play in a competition that has P&R? Or to put it another way, that P&R must exist in the competition? If a club and its players need more motivation to win than personal and collective pride, possible financial bonuses, the chance to win a premiership and the chance to better their career prospects by playing well as individuals they probably shouldn't be playing the game. If you want to see what can still be achieved by a club that has "nothing to play for" look at what the Storm have done this year.
  14. Pfft, actually just watched this. There was sod all in it. Radford looked like he was swatting flies off Bailey. I don't think he even connected. The cut could have come from Bailey's reaction or the original tackle. I reckon the ref only sent him because they were still carrying on afterwards. Although how Bailey didn't at least get the bin after Radford got sent is a mystery. Bailey was carrying on like a dick (whoda thunk it?) and was fully willing to go on with. So I'd go both should have been binned.
  15. Baily sent off and Radford given a pay rise and keys to the city. If there is one bloke who deserves a beating it's that dirty b@stard.
  16. Meh. Hardly the buy of the century. If he is added he'll be okay but if he's being signed because Greeenshields is on the way out they won't be better off overall. Better than losing Greenshields and not signing anyone though.
  17. Someone has to counter the ignorant ###### on here. The mods certainly don't do it. Just look at some of the suggestions people are making on here. It's clear no one is even watching the NRL. It's little wonder people on here struggle to comprehend matters of culture and identity when they don't even know what's going on in RL.
  18. My opinions are stated in exactly the same way as everyone else's. Saying NSW has no decent halves is no different to me saying England don't have any. Funny how you didn't jump in to point out the anti-Australian opinions on here are only opinions. I think that says it all really. You're quite happy to let people have their opinions and have them uncontested unless you don't like them yourself.
  19. Well done Dave. How did you come up with that piece of genius?
  20. Todd Carney is better than any half in SL. But I suppose that still doesn't mean he's "decent".
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