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  1. https://www.totalrl.com/super-league-consider-radical-season-change/ An interesting proposal. I thought it was a mad idea at first, but thinking about it more, maybe it makes sense. A less congested schedule, more meaningful games. But anything more than 6 teams in the play offs is too many. This year is about getting through rather than integrity anyway...
  2. Jordan Tansey played for Huddersfield?! Not sure there is a club that he hasn't played for!
  3. Good that it's at a stadium not used in the often used stadiums. Would have preferred a larger ground, but we have to go for the cheapest option at the minute. Makes sense really.
  4. So we are looking at the best part of a year without lower league competition. Without getting into the covid debate, I can't see how the situation will improve by April. That was around the peak of the problem this year according to the stats we have. I'm not one of 'the game is dying' or 'we'll be part time in 5 years' brigade normally, but I am become pretty worried about a lot of clubs and even the sustainability of Championship / L1 as a whole without a Government bailout.
  5. I think Salford's priority should be keeping Ian Watson and the rest of their squad. Apart from Evalds and Flanagan, I can't think of any confirmed departures? They have a decision about the full back position. Sarginson, Atkin and maybe Chamberlain are long term options, but I wonder if they will be tempted to look at O'Brien again if Toronto aren't in Super League next year. They really lacked a drop goal specialist yesterday, so a full back with a kicking game (i.e. O' Brien) would solve that. Is Kevin Brown going around again? If not, maybe they'll be in the market for a new half back.
  6. This is tricky! I'll try Saints from the Super League era FB - Adam Quinlan W - Gray Viane C - Darren Smith C - Damien Smith W - Dom Feanuti SO - Darrell 'Tricky' Trindall SH - Gareth O'Brien P - Michael Smith H - Stuart Howarth P - Brett Goldspink (honorable mention to Lama Tasi) SR - Heath Cruckshank SR - Bryan Henare LF - Adam Walker
  7. I agree that today's final was better for being at Wembley. The same applies for the Grand Final and a 'prestigious' venue is preferred. However, we do need to be mindful of costs. If we can use Huddersfield for free or a nominal cost, or Newcastle for £100,000+, I'd do the former. The sport is financially in a perilous state. Remember, clubs are usually selling season tickets now and brining in income. This year, they aren't. That is combined with a lack of income this year. We simply cannot afford to spend money unnecessarily.
  8. Really entertaining game, if not the highest quality. Typical Salford in that they hung on and struck back. The difference here was Leeds had time to come back where Catalans and Warrington did not. The difference was composure. If Leeds had found themselves in Salford's position in that last 2 minutes, I have no doubt they would have looked to level it. To go for it all was a big risk and indicative of a team without a drop goal kicked in it. Feel for Salford, you sense that was *the* chance to win a trophy and they may not get a better chance. For Leeds, thought they were strong in the first half. It was to their credit that they didn't panic when they fell behind and had the composure to win it. That's why they signed Gale. I thought Leeds just deserved it in the end, but couldn't have argued if it went thr other way.
  9. I wonder if a reverse would be better? If the video ref can't see a clear angle then discuss with the on field ref. I know we used to have ref's call but rarely used it...
  10. A rare final that I will watch where I wouldn't really mind either outcome. If Leeds win, then it's one for Rob Burrow, if Salford win, what an underdog story. I would back Leeds, their record over Salford is excellent, but this is by no means a foregone conclusion
  11. An interesting article. I was just thinking the other day that the England squad for next year's World Cup probably won't have any black players at all. Apart from the inclusivity points raised in the article, we as a sport would be stronger by drawing people from different sections of society. Look at the NRL. It's anecdotal, but there seen to be far more Pacific Island heritage players who can be classed as superstars. The NRL and international game both benefit from this. We have such an opportunity next year with Jamaica in the World Cup and playing in Leeds to tap into that community and engage them. I hope we have or are developing a strategy to capitalise on that.
  12. Not usually one for petitions, and without doubt it won't result in change, but this may be of interest to some. A petition has been launched to let fans in to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final. I can't see the logic in fans gathering en-masse in the pub to the watch the match, when they could watch in a more safe, socially-distanced, outdoor environment at Wembley. https://www.change.org/p/paul-dennett-allow-salford-leeds-fans-to-attend-the-challenge-cup-final-on-17th-october/psf/promote_or_share?guest=existing&short_display_name=Chris&recruiter=519518585&source_location=react-fe
  13. Thought Leeds were excellent. Gale kicked brilliantly, but that was helped by his forwards who got him into the position to dominate. Only 1 knock on in such awful conditions in the first half said it all. Probably the best I have seen Leeds play in a while and a sign of the progress made under Agar. For Wigan, they lack experience in the pack. O' Loughlin looked his age today and signings like Burgess and Clark can't make the 17 and they rely on the young props. Whilst they are good, they shouldn't be expected to lead yet.
  14. Great win by Salford and a good game considering the conditions. Salford were pretty clinical and took their chances, whereas Warrington could not capitalise on long spells of pressure. Salford, with their spend, have no reason to be making finals and it is huge credit to Ian Watson and his team that they have now made the last two. Really looking forward to the final. Just gutted the fans couldn't be there. Imagine what the noise would have been when Lussick got that winner? As for Wire, Price will have to make a decision about the spine of his team soon and settle on it. I suspect he may revert to Ratchford, Widdop, Austin with Ashton on the bench, but I don't think I would do the same.
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