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  1. Late to the party but I was disappointed to watch our collapse in the second half. I thought those days had gone. We appear to be going backwards. I hope this dismal tour means we see the back of Wayne Bennett. I thought when he was appointed that he would be the person to get us over the line as we had come so close so often under the previous coach. Instead he has undone a lot of good work and we look a shadow of our former selves (because call this team whatever you like, it is actually England with some Aussies stuck on). However, I was happy for PNG. It will encourage their fabulous obsession with the sport to grab a win over England (GB) and that can only be a good thing. They are so enthusiastic and it is great that the fans have witnessed a win to celebrate.
  2. Hastings is better than the Hastings we saw today but he's a runner of the ball and there wasn't much of that going on, which maybe more to do with the coach than the player.
  3. A lot of the players for GB play in the NRL so I'm not sure your point holds water. Coote had a Wembley style game rather than an Old Trafford one which was unfortunate but clearly he has that in him. Jammer, bless his wonderful cotton socks, is now past his best but his effort is still as it ever was. However, ultimately, the choice of personnel and the choice of game plan/style belongs to the coach and while his predecessor had reached the limit of where he could go with the team IMO, I am disappointed that the final tweaking in our attack which was needed at that time hasn't happened under the current coach. In fact, I think we have gone backwards in attack. Hopefully the cobwebs and confusion created by a new team playing together will have been blown away (literally I think!) by a rather splendid NRL Tongan team and we can show a bit more of what we have in our skills locker against the Kiwis next week.
  4. Er, I don't have a car. Like I said, you should keep your inappropriate comments to yourself.
  5. That's right. I couldn't be bothered. Sure. I'd suggest you keep your inappropriate comments to yourself.
  6. What? I've been to the stadium lots over the course of the season to watch them. I went to Wembley to watch them.
  7. Saints turned out in big numbers as this year's Challenge Cup final. But we hadn't been there for 11 years and so that might have had something to do with it.
  8. This side have been called the best because they broke a record in finishing top of the league by 16 points, which is the greatest margin in 124 years.
  9. Utter rubbish. There was only one decision that may have had a bearing on the scoreline and that was the one I pointed out above. Any other so-called errors had no bearing on anything because Salford had plenty of time and opportunity to defend them.
  10. Tony Smith had a good few whinges before he left the game in a huff if memory serves. I seem to remember the Hull KR chairman chipping in during past years too. I think you will find that there have been comments made by coaches and chairman on and off throughout rugby league history but of course they are all forgotten now because those terrible Saints people said something! Wicked, wicked people. The 'attack' was not prolonged. That's just hyperbole. It was an article in a match magazine. Has Hicks reffed a major game since Wembley?
  11. I have said already that I believe the ref made a mistake in calling a knock on by the Salford forward when I believed a penalty should have been awarded to Salford for interference in the ruck by Smith. That was a significant error I thought as Salford had just kicked a 40/20 and were on the line pushing for a score. Had they been awarded a penalty they may still have not scored - they were scoreless in the second half - but that they were denied the chance was then and is now a problem for me. But in my view that was the only problem. We were pinged for a forward pass on the way to the tryline that didn't look at all forward. Regan Grace was whacked in the face just before he did his jump (which at the time I didn't know was an offence) and we didn't get a penalty. There were times in the first and second half when the ref could have decided either way on a few things for and against both Salford and Saints. I've just watched the match again now and so that's all fresh in my mind. But as I said, in my view the only actual definite error he made was the call I described above.
  12. Must say, that was a new offence to me. At the time I thought he was just trying to avoid being tackled. I've seen players jump before and not get penalised for it so I didn't think anything of it at the time. Interesting though that just prior to his jump, Grace got whacked in the face by a Salford player. No penalty for Saints. Evens on that one I'd say.
  13. I do hope that Salford are able to build on their first grand final appearance. They played well and I didn't begin to relax until halfway through the second half. At the end of the first half I was convinced Saints were in trouble. It was great to see Salford at OT and I really do hope they are back there soon.
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