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  1. If when the league splits, they run the Challenge cup for a number of weeks, this would also allow for some international fixtures mid season. Whether that be the exiles format or France v England. Also the point about championship clubs not being able to compete with SL1 clubs. The bottom SL1 clubs don't currently spend the full cap, so it's not like the top SL2 clubs will be playing clubs maxed out on the salary cap. Also as points are carried forwards, there is an evening effect in that although the SL1 clubs will be ahead in player strength, the SL2 clubs will be ahead on points.
  2. The points do get carried forward to the new competition. Also saying that the top 8 would sort itself out is not true. Yes there are always the usual suspects, but last year Bradford (the mutli superleague champions) would have not made the cut, this year Saints would not have made the cut, only 5 or so years ago, Wigan would not have made the cut. Warrington would not have made the cut. Whilst some teams are %wise in the top 8 a lot, no one is a dead cert to be at the top of the league.
  3. Thanks for clearing that up parksider, I thought it would only be SL chairmen who got a vote. If it's down to all clubs to get a vote, then I think option 3 will certainly carry the day.
  4. If I had to guess their choices. Yes Wigan, Warrington, , Saints, Huddersfield, Bradford, London, Salford No Wakefield, Widnes, Leeds, Catalan, Castleford, Not sure Hull KR, Hull I think Wigan, Warrington and Saints would all like more games against each other as these provide pretty much sell outs, therefore more cash in the coffers. I think Bradford, Salford and Huddersfield are all aspiring to be top 8 clubs wanting to be winners so securing that top 8 will be good for them. London I think would vote yes as it would take some pressure off them in terms of comp
  5. In the end would it not like all decisions come down to SL chairmen. So surely only their opinion matters. That being the case which way would they vote???
  6. Well it's fair to say the article certainly shows which camp Martyn sits in, and that is fine, everyone is allowed an opinion. I would argue that some of the assumptions made in the article are flawed or not very well explained. For example the effect on the challenge cup, it maybe that Martyn knows more about the set up of the competition, but I can't see why it should be effected by the option 3 structure. In fact I would say option 3 allows for a revamp of the CC into a more condensed competition. Currently the CC is spread over a huge chunk of the season, meaning that our na
  7. Our go forward was poor, but had we held strong in defence for 20 minutes that would not have mattered too much. Maybe it's too soon for analysis, but we had no impact from the forwards or backs.
  8. I'd be more depressed, but we did'nt look in it from 20 minutes. So the pain was eased early on. A small mercy from Wigan.
  9. I'm a Saints fan, and I'm here. Don't forget most Saints will still be at the match, but I think when they do comeback they will say that Wigan where the bette team. The only reason I'm here is because I'm with my wife whose having contractions on our 2nd child otherwise I'd be stuck in Manchester dissapointed instead of at home disappointed but with bigger issues to deal with.
  10. I would agree but Anderson has the CC finals in his favour, so I would get shouted down by Saints fans on that. Don't get me wrong I don't think Anderson or Potter are bad coaches. I think they are very good, but I just don't get that feeling of passion from them that other coaches seam to give to their teams and it's that passion and motivation that I think you need from coaches to motivate you for a final. I know people will say players should already be motivated for a final , but if the coach does not mirror that I imagine teams talks may leave you feeling pretty flat before kick off.
  11. Potter will transform Bradford, as a club builder he is probably 2nd to none. That is what bradford need. He will turn Bradford into a top 4 club IMHO no problem. I just think Saints when we play at our best have attacking ideas and off the cuff play all over the field. We are now an efficient team that can make a top 4 spot. But this season and last when it has come to important games where something is on the line that invention has gone.. Bradfords needs and SAints needs are 2 entirely different things. I just hope the new man enjoys open attacking rugby and is not 100% drill oria
  12. Well done Wigan. I'm gutted that yet again Saints have come to a final not ready to start. It's as though anything off the cuff has been coached out of the side. I know there has been alot of talk that Saints where without our half back combination. But those 16 points that Wigan ran in at the start had nothing to do with missing half backs purely Wigan where at a final and knew it. Saints just looked like they where trotting out for yet another game. The only inventive stuff we did was once the game was already gone. It did not look like the coach had any special plays or combinations
  13. I understand the hesitation to put pressure on your own side at the start. But for me when it's 0 - 0 with 80 minutes to go you can take a bit of pressure. When you're 2 tries down and chasing the game, that when you're already under pressure and taking risks just looks like desparation. I'd much rather take a risk in their half than have to throw it about in our own. Besides, makes it a little more interesting.
  14. Looks like they have shelved the 9:30 showing in favour of a football preview.
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