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  1. Let’s hope they find him safe and well
  2. Derek Pyke was one of the best at it, he’s not the first bloke you’d think of in this regard but he was an amazing handler of the ball and offloader. The absolute best ball handling forward I’ve ever seen was Bill Ashurst, he was a magician at it. There were times when you followed Bill with your eyes for a few seconds before realising that he’d already passed the ball and you never saw it. On the other hand he could throw a dummy that the whole stadium took. Closely followed by Steve Norton!
  3. I played against both and I’d rather tackle Platt and run at Ward than the other wat around
  4. He wasn’t a noted defender like Platt was, a hard man for sure but Platt was cast iron and had superb defensive technique & timing.
  5. Kevin Ward v Andy Platt which would you pick for GB Ward was great going forward and had a decent ‘around the man’ offload Platt had more pace, got involved more and was a brick wall in defence!
  6. Fielden was a very good player but he needed to play off the back of other very good players to be his best. The momentum created by Anderson, Vangana, Peacock, Mackay, etc was great for a player like Fielden who could time his runs so that he took the ball in full stride after a quick PTB following Vangana scattering the defence. He played a similar role in the GB side, again with other great players around him. He didn’t have those players around him at Wigan where ‘he’ was expected to be the front runner who created forward momentum and as a result he didn’t have the same impact. He should never have been on the tour with GB when Mason cheap shotted him, his mother had just died (the day they flew out) and I don’t think Rugby League 12,500 miles away was the Nō1 thing on his mind. The Mason incident just sickened him off I think and he never loved it the same after that. McDermott played his game wherever he went and it wouldn’t have mattered whether it was for Oldham, Wigan, Leeds, Great Britain or Saddleworth Rangers, he would have still been the same. There’s some value in that, he was never intimidated and saw other props as a challenge to his reputation as the apex predator on the field. He had good leg speed for a prop and a pretty good step just ahead of the collision which often saw him make busts or win a quick play the ball. Id take Barry over Fielden as he didn’t rely on others to make his impact
  7. Full tours or something like them! Its not beyond the wit of man to create an International Calendar is it? 2022 World Cup 2023 Lions Tour of NZ, Tonga & Samoa 2024 Kangaroo Tour of Europe 2025 Northern Hemisphere Cup / Southern Hemisphere Cup 2026 World Cup 2027 Lions Tour of Australia, PNG & Fiji 2028 Kiwi Tour of Europe 2029 Northern Hemisphere Cup / Southern Hemisphere Cup cycle starts again......
  8. If they’re not careful they’ll destroy the lad under the weight of expectation. He came on for 10 minutes, passed a ball and kicked a couple of goals but other than that he wasn’t involved. Listening to the commentary you’d think we’d just seen the emergence of the new Jonathan Thurston. His dad’s a Leeds legend and rightly so but that’s where Kevin Sinfield achievements end (on the field) so let’s not rewrite the limited levels of his career.
  9. Newman gets his second of the day Leeds 34 v 6 Wakefield Newman 2 Murphy Briscoe Handley 2 sezer GK Sezer 3, Sinfield 2
  10. Leeds running away with it now which was predictable when looking at the squads on duty. Leeds 28 v 6 Wakefield
  11. Hall and Murphy on the left centre/wing positions look like they could be real prospects for Trinity. Hall has the stature and subtle skills to make a really good play maker for Murphy on his outside who has decent levels of physicality, genuine pace and the know how to play his position properly. They’ll need game time at SL level to act as a finishing school and drag the potential out of them.
  12. Neil did a fantastic job at Dewsbury, they looked all but down and relegated when he took over and he had an immediate impact taking them to mid table. He improved them again in his second year and things looked to be heading in the right direction until a personal tragedy brought his time at the club to an end. Happy to see him back in the game, his knowledge of Championship Rugby and his time in Union will make his credentials tough to match.
  13. Gallen had it painfully illustrated to him that Boxing has a skill set that can’t just be picked up in your late 30s over a short period of time. you wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of. Sam Burgess punch though
  14. He’s had a good career which he’s done on his own merit, it can’t have been easy carrying the Jason Robinson legacy on his shoulders. Best of Luck to him
  15. I’ve had cause to work with Rob Hicks in the past and have since often chatted with him when our paths have crossed. I have always found him to be honest, friendly & to have great professional integrity. He was a Referee so I get why some will never take to him but I’ve had the chance to really get to know him and he’s a good bloke!
  16. Kevin Sinfield Prove me wrong, you won’t be able to because I’m right !
  17. In fact, the WF Post Code (Wakefield) produces the most professional players in the game and is vital to the general health of playing stock. LS Post Codes (Leeds) by comparison produce relatively poor numbers of professional players!
  18. I wouldn’t argue too vehemently against your opinion but I don’t share it
  19. If there are players who IMO are better in a position than Ellery was then how can I term him the master of that position. I find this attitude that Hanley must be picked ahead of everyone else a bit strange. Yes he was a superb player & a superb athlete but that doesn’t automatically make him the best ever Loose Forward or Greatest ever Stand Off. There are other candidates for those positions who might not have had Ellerys athleticism but nevertheless played the position better than him.
  20. If you don’t want insults then think about the tone of your reply’s and maybe cut out the daft emojis Ive stated a couple of times that it’s My opinion, can you point to anywhere where I’ve stated anything I’ve written is a fact!
  21. Depends what you want from your Loose Forward I suppose! I lean more towards a ball handler like Norton but Scullthorpe had the ability to do both and was a better defender than Norton
  22. As I’ve stated a couple of times already but just for the hard of reading like you, IMO Hanley was an outstanding Rugby League player and a superb athlete who could play many positions to an extremely high standard. However there are specialists in all those positions who played that position better than Ellery. For example, Hanley played on the wing to great effect but would you pick him ahead of Offiah, Drummond or Robinson? By Master of a position I refer to being THE BEST in that position, that doesn’t take anything away from Hanley ability.
  23. Ahead of who? was he a better centre than Schoffield or Newlove, no not in my opinion a better stand off than Tony Myler, not even close and he wasn’t better than Sculthorpe or Steve Norton at 13 He was an outstanding athlete who could play in many positions but historically he isn’t the master of any of them.
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