Jump to content

Chris22

Coach
  • Posts

    1,369
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Posts posted by Chris22

  1. Hull must be spending close to or at the salary cap and to finish with a record of won 8, lost 12 is appalling. Hodgson doesn't seem to get much stick, especially compared to what Radford or Last would have received for such a return. Is the FC fan anger turning towards the players now?

    So consistently, they put in performances like this one, which are a disgrace. Huge losses against sides towards the bottom of the league, year in, year out. I would be furious if I supported Hull (I'm a little annoyed on their behalf). The big question is how you stop it? Several coaches have been unable to.

  2. Huddersfield have flung the doors open a couple of times and for crowds of 12,000 and I think about 9,000. So that is your ceiling.

    I think you can go too cheap. For example, if I has a rugby union team on my doorstep, I wouldn't go even with cheap tickets because I don't follow the sport or have an interest in it.

    The worry, from a business perspective, is you simply charge people who would go anyway a cheaper price and don't attract many new fans.

    Cheaper prices alone is not the answer to low crowds.

    • Like 3
  3. Heavy rotation for Saints in this one. Pleased Lomax is back as he needs a game before the semi final.

    Agree with the decision not to play Percival or Mata'utai after knocks last week but a little worried about a high number of players not playing for 3 weeks before the semi.

    Think we'll line up like this: 

    Welsby, Martyn, Simm, Davies, Grace, Lomax, Dodd, Walmsley, Smith, Lees, Thompson, Wingfield, LMS

    Amor, Norman, Royle, Eaves

  4. Some incredible things here. He says that we've never been as strong politically, then in the next breath that we have been in a politically sensitive moment?

    There seems to be no idea what is happening with Ottawa. London have gone part time with seemingly no strategy for the game in the capital. Same applies to Coventry.

    We just seem to think if we change the structure again, everything will be fine. It's naive and depressing.

    • Like 4
  5. "Attacking player tucks his head and is part of the actions of the tackle in pulling the defending player onto him."

    This was the MRP's version of events. I can generally take disciplinary decisions on the chin and prefer it when punishments are seen as too harsh, especially for high tackles.

    I could accept the MRP's account if it said that Kasiano's tackle was an accident or even not worthy of punishment. But I find it hard to accept the implication that Bentley caused the incident.

  6. Stick with Newcastle. Perfect location, in a city centre with train and metro stations nearby.

    Only possible tweak is if Toulouse get promoted, maybe consider having them play at a major venue in France on the Friday night and replace their St James' fixture with a Newcastle Thunder match against a well-supported Championship team like Bradford. Understand this may be less appealing now Catalans are the table topping side and shouldn't happen if they win the title.

    Also, yes to on the road games but only in areas of strategic development. Cumbria, for example. Or venues where we are hosting World Cup matches such as Coventry. Only need a couple of these per year. We should plan ahead and do it on a rota basis for fairness so the same teams don't lose a home match each year.

    • Like 2
  7. Looking increasingly likely that this is happening. Our 1 -5 next year will be:

    Welsby
    Makinson
    Hopoate
    Percival
    Grace

    Woolf has already stated Welsby will get the #1 jersey. If Hurrell cannot displace Hopoate in the Tongan national team from a centre role, I cannot see that he will do so at club level under the same coach.  Hurrell certainly is not going to displace Percival.

    That leaves two options. Hurrell as a back up player to cover injuries (perhaps we are still concerned about Percival's hamstring), although a more cost-effective option would be to give more game time to Josh Simm. The other option is as an 'impact' second rower in the mould of Ben Murdoch-Masila. I have seen nothing to suggest that would be a good idea.

    Whilst Hurrell is a decent player, I'm not sure that given the current position of our squad it is the most effective use of salary cap space. We'll see what happens.

  8. It's a long shot for Hull to make the play offs now, even if they win, I think (although don't know thanks to this points percentage system!)

    You would certainly expect to see a determined Hull side given what is at stake. Saying that, I have seen Hull capitulate in games of equal importance. I recall them being in a do or die match to make the play offs against Castleford the other year and the match was over by half time.

    A big test to see if Hodgson has truly brought any improvement to the team in his first year.

  9. We played less than one month ago and won comfortably but this is a different game when you look at the team Catalans fielded that day and the one that they are fielding tomorrow.

    Despite losing only two matches in Super League and being on course to top the table, Catalans seem to have gone under the radar. Especially compared to when Castleford unexpectedly won the LLS in 2017. It's probably a bigger game for Catalans than us, as it is they who win a trophy with victory tomorrow.

    Really unsure which way it is going to go, wonder if a tougher game on Monday may go against us? Either way, I think these two sides have the ability to beat each other on a given day and, if we meet again in a Grand Final (big if, in my view), the result tomorrow will have little bearing.

    • Like 1
    • Thanks 1
×
×
  • Create New...