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  1. Well. Wow. I couldn't write a single post as I was totally glued to the TV. I don't remember ever watching such a quality game of RL in a final. It was a tremendous match and I don't usually say that when the tries are in such short supply. But what a way for Saints to win. God bless young Mr Welsby. For the youngest player on the pitch he showed the coolest head and the most controlled skill ever. What a guy. What a game. What a win! I just can't think of a better way for Saints to beat Wigan in a final than on the last play of the game! Flippin fabulous! Well done Saints!
  2. I was nervous prior to this match as we had lost the previous two games and our previous performance against Wigan had not been a good one. I was pleasantly surprised though both by our overall performance, which was excellent, but also in the way we handled what I thought were very grubby acts by Catalans, particularly in the first half. Some of the hits were unnecessarily aggressive, beyond what I would expect in a rugby league game (bearing in mind I enjoy the aggressiveness of RL). Well done Saints for a great performance, a great win and some wonderful tries.
  3. Er no. I was slagging him off back in March when he was busy turning us into the team under Cunningham. We tried to play a style of game we are not suited to. Trying to out Wigan Wigan is not the way to beat Wigan, as our previous coach showed us.
  4. Well that was pants. We've reverted to the Saints of pre lockdown which I hoped the covid version of RL would have banished into touch. Alas, no. Woolf has killed what was a great attacking side and it's sad to see it as a Saints fan. We don't do up the middle rugby very well. I'm sure Naiqama still had a white shirt by the end of the game so rarely was he or any of the outside backs actually involved. Boring stuff in the first half; boring rubbish from Saints in the second.
  5. Well, that was a great game to watch and what a win for Salford. I was willing them on first to score the winning try and then to hold on for a win. I ended up on the edge of my seat! Fantastic result for Salford and as others have said, such a damn shame the fans cannot be there to enjoy the final. I'll be one of many I'm sure rooting for Salford at Wembley!
  6. I can't speak for the other two but Makinson had his charge reduced from an F, hence the lower ban, and that was in recognition of his outstanding disciplinary record to date. He also admitted guilt and apologised (though whether that made a difference I don't know!).
  7. Clearly track and trace got it wrong then. Why we are relying on that I don't know when RL is such a contact sport.
  8. I don't understand why Wakefield played a game at the weekend. They should all have been in isolation for a fortnight surely? That is what happened with Hull FC and Salford. Why Wakey were allowed to play I don't know. That decision could trigger an ongoing infection.
  9. The genome thing is interesting because I think it's Cambridge University over here has been involved in Covid genome research and tracking and based on a report they released a few weeks back there are a number of different strains doing the rounds. Has the patient been ill with the apparent second infection? I read that the WHO are advising not to jump to conclusions based on just one incidence but it is a bit dispiriting to think that a first strain may not provoke the immune system into recognising/fighting future strains.
  10. Well, Wakey definitely put more into that match than last week's although they didn't endure the injuries of last week either so that will have helped. Had it not been for a couple of errors made in very vulnerable field positions then they may have pulled off a win but Chester must feel more encouraged by their performance even though he will be disappointed by the loss. An enjoyable match to watch as a neutral.
  11. Full English breakfast to me is fried bread, fried eggs, bacon, fried mushrooms, sausages and beans. Technically there probably should be black pudding and fried tomatoes on there too but I don't like those so they aren't included in my full English. Not that I ever eat a full English for breakfast. If I did I'd probably be sick. But I sometimes indulge in a full English for my evening meal.
  12. All I have seen are the figures reported in the local paper, which takes them from NHS test and trace. We've had a big leap in absolute numbers over the last two weeks which has resulted in our rate being as I previously described. We haven't got big numbers but the leap has been a big one. The rise has now been further localised to the Eccleston Park area of St Helens (because the data can now be that specific, which is a good thing) and so the council is leafleting houses in that area. Needless to say it is those in their 20s who are providing most of the positive tests.
  13. This doesn't surprise me really as over the past fortnight we have had a jump in cases in St Helens. Our per 100,000 rate was at 1.1 two weeks ago; it's now at 14.2. We have had something like 40 new cases a week over the last two weeks, which isn't many as a total figure but represents 40 times the number we had been having per week for what seemed like ages.
  14. I think we (ie rugby league) do have our own guidance don't we? As far as I'm aware, the sport developed protocols in discussion with PHE/the government which were particular to RL. Some principles will be similar to other environments - the concept of bubbles for example - but then there will be more specialised aspects around contact for instance.
  15. I think England has had a reduction in case numbers over the last couple of days. I know Mondays tend to be lower (this Monday was lower than last) but I think there were under 1000 reported on Sunday too? I may be misremembering. It looks like we might have pulled out of Spain at just the right time. Apparently Mallorca/Ibiza are now reporting 100 new cases a day. I feel sorry for Spain. They had a tough time last time around but obviously they rely so much on tourism and have opened up accordingly yet that could land them right back in the soup. They've shut all their nightclubs and brought in numerous other restrictions to try and bring the numbers back under control.
  16. There were two weddings which flouted the rules weren't there? I think all GMP did with theirs was to send people home. Probably Lancs did the same with the 100 attendees in Blackburn. Both places should be shut down for a period of time so they don't benefit from the breaches but whether they were was not reported. They certainly can be under the rules. Two pubs in Manchester have been shut down after breaches in Covid rules.
  17. Same here in St Helens, although we haven't kept any of our workings. The Dream sculpture dominates possibly our biggest former mine and the area around the sculpture is now covered in trees and pathways.
  18. I think the difference in price was to do with how deep we had to dig for the coal by the time we hit the 70s and 80s? We'd been digging coal at quite a rate for a long time by then. Here in St Helens, before it was St Helens, the coal was so common that individual families used to mine it in their gardens. It used to be sitting on the surface.
  19. I admire good defence but I also enjoy watching the odd try being scored too, preferably by my own side! Found the first half a bit boring towards the end as a result. Hopefully a more open game in the second half, hopefully (too) not too open by Saints. But Cas are playing well and so who knows. Who knows what Makinson was thinking either. I had no idea he had that in his game. I've never seen him or known of him do anything like that before. Hopefully (for us) he has a good defence but it's hard to imagine what that might be.
  20. Yeah, but the French govt are considering reinstating their 2 week quarantine for people travelling from the UK in their usual ###### for tat approach which I think is very silly (at the moment the UK actually has a lower rate of infection than many countries in Europe, including France).
  21. Given that one of the original players who tested positive didn't even PLAY in that game, your second sentence simply cannot be accurate surely?
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