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Everything posted by Chris22

  1. Four RLWC games, Magic Weekend, Newcastle promoted to the Championship. It's set up to be a brilliant year next year for Newcastle in rugby league. They look to have a patient, sustainable approach to expansion and I wish them all the best.
  2. The PPV point is an interesting one, looks like it's actively under consideration. If we're going to stream, I definitely think a small fee would be justified rather than giving it away for free.
  3. Slightly off the point, but how do boxing and UFC avoid such actions, where the objective of the sport is to attack the head? Wonder if it's because that is the explicit purpose of the sport, and it isn't in rugby?
  4. Like most others on here, I don't know the position legally. Although I very much doubt that the RFU would want to risk this going before a Court. I suspect a negotiated settlement is the most likely outcome. Should we worry about similar claims? Yes. We are at risk of similar action with potentially large liability for compensation payments and legal fees. Whilst we should be doing it anyway, it re-emphasises the need to take preventive action. We have made good progress by putting in place detailed concussion protocols. But we can do more. Significant point deductions for breaches of the policy for example. Secondly, and I include myself in this, we should stop lauding players playing with serious injuries. I accept it is hard for protocols to be put in place regarding this. You cannot prevent head injuries in a sport like rugby league. But you can punish attacks to the head and ensure protocols are stringent.
  5. Interesting to see how Wigan line up next year. Mid-season, I would have said that Wigan should release Leuluai, but he finished the season strongly. But he ended the season strongly so did earn the contract. By my reckoning, that's Leuluai, Field and Smith going for one spot, with maybe a bench spot for the other. Wonder who will miss out? Would be a shame for Smith to be pushed out, he looks to have good potential.
  6. Made it past £777,777 now! Apparently Derek Beaumont has made a several thousand pound donation, which is incredibly generous. Whilst this fundraising obviously shows the regard Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield are held in, it also shows how this very sad story has touched the public at large. A shame Sinfield can't finish his final marathon with a huge crowd to welcome him at Headingley!
  7. I seem to recall reading that Salford and WIgan have linked with the Welsh RL and West Wales to provide a talent pathway, which seems a sensible approach. It would obviously take a while to bear fruit, but I hope the clubs stick with it. Wales, in particular, I have always felt is an undertapped resource, especially North Wales, being so close to the heartlands.
  8. I thought the same. I was bouncing at home. If that was at Old Trafford the stand would have shook!
  9. I'll reflect more tomorrow when I've stopped shaking. Unbelievable game. Two widths of a post decided it. Two very evenly matched sides. Nothing between them at all. Credit to Jack Welsby. One of two players to chase that kick. Once in a career it pays off. Even as a Saints fan, genuine sympathy for Wigan players and fans. A heartbreaking way to lose. Sport is joy and pain. This Wigan side will win trophies before long. They're building well. God I love this sport.
  10. Worst thing about this thread is that both of these things will happen!
  11. Yes...turned out the account's 'scoop' that Jackson Hastings was going to sign for Huddersfield was a bit wide of the mark!
  12. Seen a few suggestions on here that Saints sent LMS back on the field having failed a HIA. The club doctor is Simon Perritt, who as well as serving as the Saints club doctor, has a leading role in the local clinical commissioning group, is an NHS practitioner and has worked closely with the RFL, including being the chief medic at RLWC 2013. He is vastly experienced and to suggest, implicitly or explicitly, that he breached protocols without evidence, is dangerous to say the least. To do that, he would risk not just his sports career, but his professional career. Now, it cannot be ruled out that clubs may directly or indirectly add pressure. And certainly, some doctors (like in every profession) are not 'clean'. But I think we need to be very careful when making statements questioning competence and ethicacy without evidence. Back to the main point of the thread, very sad to read of Stevie Ward's injuries. It shows the need to take head injuries seriously and ensure greater punishments for offenders to dissuade recklessness.
  13. Yep. Whilst the run of GF losses clouds judgement, James Graham has won every trophy in the domestic UK game and all bar one on several occasions (plus Man of Steel). It's a record that many would envy.
  14. On that basis (if we're going with hookers only), then Aaron Smith for Man of Steel!
  15. Heart says Saints. But with my head, we've got a big job on our hands. We have lost to Wire twice this year and the one occasion we have played a full strength Wigan team, lost. And on two of the three occasions, we were comfortably beaten. If we are to win, we need to make big improvements on those matches. But, Walmsley didn't play in two of those matches. Now we shouldn't be too reliant on one player, but we are (hopefully addressing that next year). An unfit Walmsley and we'll lose. Fully fit, we've got a shot. We had more problems last time against Wigan in that we only looked like scoring once (although we did take that chance). Against Catalans last time, we looked a lot more fluent in attack, more so than we have for months. Wigan's defence is a different matter though! Going in with hope rather than expectation for this one!
  16. If we think this alone isn't that impressive then fine. So look wider. Look how Newcastle have grown their fanbase to one of the largest in League 1 and had a several thousand pre-Magic weekend crowd. Look at the work that the club and city are doing to promote RLWC 2021. See how participation figures and junior rugby league is growing in the north east whilst in decline elsewhere. Read about the ambitions of Newcastle to have top flight rugby league and union working together in the city out of the same base. Look at Newcastle's ambition to win Super League by 2030 on a model of sustainability. Yes, if you want to take a narrow, derisory view of this bit of social media engagement then you can. Or, you can look wider and see that this isn't a chance encounter or fleeting moment of social media fame. This is all part of a larger, sustainable strategy to expand our sport in the north east. It won't happen quickly, Newcastle may never be a powerhouse of the sport at all, but I have confidence it will result in long term benefits for the sport instead of a boom and bust approach.
  17. Possibly the only rugby league moment that actually made my jaw drop when it happened. Incredible moment, magnificent game. Shame we didn't capitalise on the opportunities that game presented!
  18. First time I went to Huddersfield was the 2005 Cup semi final, traffic awful on the way there. We had to pull over to allow the Saints team bus past, which was being given a police escort (as it was also running late, quite the omen). We eventually parked up and realised we had no change for the car park! Then, you could not pay for the car park by card. A very generous Hull FC fan paid for our parking (we're a good set of fans in this sport). Saints got trounced. Despite most of our fans leaving early, traffic was awful on the way home. We were behind a Saints fan, who took a different route. We assumed they knew a shortcut. Turns out they were from Sheffield and were taking a back route there. With hindsight, it took us far too long to realise this! It was a long way home, with a big diversion after a long and unsuccessful day!
  19. It wouldn't be the dream team if we didn't complain about it! I'd swap Hurrell for Wardle and Powell for McShane. I may have made a couple more changes, but can understand the inclusion of the rest.
  20. I also think the MOS should be for on field achievements only. But we do miss a trick by not having a 'spirit of rugby league' style award (like the Helen Rollanson award) at the Man of Steel event. That would be perfect to recognise people like Rob Burrow for his charity and awareness campaign for MND or Mose Masoe for his immeasurable mental strength in his continued recovery from his injuries or people who give so much to the sport in their community.
  21. The salary cap, I understand, was brought in to prevent overspending and keep the competition even. If that was the aim, then it has failed on both counts. It would be better if we saw a greater variety of teams in the Grand Final. But the answer isn't to try and tie an anchor to the top teams, such as by re-introducing the top 8 for example. Correctly, we now have a system where the higher you finish, the greater the reward. The likes of Hull FC, Warrington and Catalans should have the ability to compete at the top. They have good stadiums, big crowds, the ability to spend the salary cap, why should they not be getting to finals regularly and winning? I suppose the difference in the teams that win have the best youth sets ups and the ones that fall short don't.
  22. Really pleased with tonight. That was our best performance in a long time. We knew about our good defence, but our attack has been clunky. Good to see us find a rhythm again. Think we will benefit from Catalans style. Wigan will play in an equally aggressive style, but with far greater composure and probably on the right side of legality. Two dominant performances over the last two nights. Both sides will go in confident next week. Really tough to call.
  23. Nerves are kicking in now. Later than normal as I'm not there! I'd have gone Simm over Welsby, but understand Woolf's decision. Four forwards on the bench makes sense. Glad to see Peyroux get his shot, although do have sympathy for Smith missing out.
  24. True. Greenwood is back I think, so I'm guessing he will come in for Flower if injured. If Powell's fit, he'll probably replace Smith, with Hastings switching back to the half back role. Some tough calls for Lam.
  25. Thought Hull had the better of the first quarter. The right call to kick at goal. But they needed a try too and couldn't break Wigan down. That head pat incident was big. Stupid penalty to concede. I just don't get why you would give the referee the option. No complaints about the pen from me. Regardless, rest of the match was all Wigan. Totally dominant, composed and unlike Wire last week, respected their opponent and earned the right to play and then score. This will be controversial, but would you pick O'Loughlin next week? I'm not sure I would. Didn't offer much tonight and hasn't all year. The counter argument relates to his leadership.
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