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Everything posted by Chris22

  1. Mossop sent off, Hurrell off for a HIA, Thompson off too for reacting according to Leeds twitter. Jack Wells sin binned a few minutes later for a tip tackle. Here is the incident. I doubt Hurrell will go after Mossop again.
  2. The incident involving Akauola and McCarthy in Thursday's match between Warrington and Leeds has set me thinking! Why is it that attacking players are allowed to lead with the shoulder and defensive players are not? It doesn't make any sense to me. When we banned the shoulder charge, we have led to defensive players having to go into tackles front on and risking heavy contact with the head. It seems to me that, say in the match on Thursday, it would have been far safer for McCarthy to lead with the shoulder but it would have been illegal. I think it's time to allow the shoulder charg
  3. I was shocked to hear the comment. I believe that we have a much more lax attitude in society towards disability discrimination compared to racism, which is wrong (you can see that by the way that the word in question is used frequently on this thread, in a way that racist language would not be). If the Aussie use of the word is an abbreviation of mongrel, though, then it is a simple case of crossed wires and should just be dealt with a quiet word as to the English interpretation and an apology. If not, then it should be severely punished. Warrington have released a statement an
  4. Replace the word that Price said with a discrimatory word commonly used against black people and what would people have said? Many called for Tony Clubb to be sacked for using a racist term. Yet opinion is that using a common discrimatory term aimed a disabled term should not result in a sacking. Without getting into punishments, why do we see discrimatory language against disabled people ad more acceptable? Edit: Although the explanation above about it being a shortened term for 'mongrel' is an innocent explanation, makes sense and an example of how words can have different mea
  5. Huddersfield have named a 13 man squad with more players to follow. Twitter post confirming this since deleted.
  6. I accept that for one reason or another not all of those players would be free but I have listed 16 who, in my view, would have been improvements and could have named more. I disagree on the Championship player comment being insulting. I know it's an extreme comparison but you wouldn't see a Queensland Cup player in State of Origin. Whilst we are nowhere near that level, I think it is a bad look that we cannot find 17 non-English players from our premier competition to play in this fixture. I agree that the squad is ok but the fact that players who are in England's elite training squ
  7. In their respective positions, I would rather have seen non-English players selected. If you are relying on Championship players to fill an All Stars squad, then it is not worthy of the name, in my view. To answer your question, in place of English players (or indeed other non-English players) we could have seen: Coote, Grace, Parcell, Takarangi, Mamo, Clark, Hurrell, Martin, Tetevano, Paasi, Mau, Fonua, Sao, Yaha, Bousquet and Garcia, to name a few.
  8. Oh dear. There are so many questions! Why are so many of the better players not in? Have clubs refused to release? Why is one of England's top try scorer playing against us? This is deeply embarrassing. Only saving grace is capacity limits will excuse the awful crowd.
  9. If Hull KR were to finish 5th or 6th, that would be an excellent season. To win the comp, they would likely face a run (at present) of Wigan away, Catalans away, Warrington / Saints in the Grand Final. I cannot see them winning all of those fixtures and 66/1 seems about right to me. Saying that, Hull KR have been playing some wonderful rugby of late and Tony Smith is doing an excellent job. They won't win the competition, but if they make the play offs that will be a huge success.
  10. He has been by all accounts, although seems that this failed!
  11. It's an interesting question but rugby league fans have always moaned. The game always used to be better. When I got into the sport, I was thrilled by it. It was probably the same era that many on here laud over. My grandad used to tell me how that era was rubbish compared to how it used to be. He bemoaned the obsession with quick play the balls and said we had eliminated skill from players. "I'd like to see how these players would have coped with the 5 metre rule" was a common one or "it's like watching kids in a playground running around, they're not proper men anymore". Defences are fa
  12. And apparently, the attacker falling to the floor when running around the back of another attacker negates the penalty. Sometimes you even here the referee say 'go down'. That is not in the laws of the game. Once upon a time, it may even have been called a voluntary tackle and the attacker penalised for that. The laws of the sport are inconsistently applied, sometimes we make them up and sometimes ignore others. A total mess.
  13. Top signing for Leeds, we will miss him. He's an 80 minute player which is rare for a second rower. Plenty of development still in his game, especially in his attacking game. If Leeds can harness that, he will get even better. Can't hold it against him at all, the pull of signing for your team is very difficult to resist. Hope he goes well.
  14. In an attempt to turn the conversation away from straw clutching, was that a really good game or really bad game? I'm honestly not sure what I think. Thought it was quite tense towards the end but wonder what the neutral view was?
  15. Last Feb, we lost 19-0 away at Warrington. Too many errors from us tonight. Warrington perfect defensively and totally snuffed us out. This is exactly why I did not want Warrington at Wembley. They have a blueprint of how to beat us and we have not figured a way around it yet. Thought the result was a fair reflection. Our defence will keep us in any game but there are severe limitations to our attacking game that an organised defence and team that can play for 80 minutes can exploit.
  16. Ideally, internationals should be on a stand alone weekend. If not possible (and I get why not this year), then there is no excuse for Super League matches being on at the exact same day, Why the other matches couldn't be Saturday I do not know.
  17. Enjoyed the way that Castleford played yesterday. Great to see a side play with ambition and enterprise in a big game and be rewarded for it. I anticipate that they will do the same in the final as this would give them the best chance. A thoroughly deserved win. Showed Powell to be a shrewd coach too in how he targeted Warrington's poor edge defence.
  18. For what it's worth, I am entirely biased in this debate given how much I wanted Saints to win. Whilst I am leaning towards being ok with Fages' actions, I don't know if that is because we benefited. I am genuinely unsure what I would have thought if I had no interest in the outcome. That's why I have probably paid greater attention to the neutral observer in the debate.
  19. I can understand the arguments both ways on Fages' conduct. There are merits to both sides. Fages is employed to win rugby league matches, that's it. He acted in a way that furthered that and there's no room for sympathy. Fages would not have stopped if Griffin was injured as a result of a big hit, or if he was limping (some may even encourage players to run at the injured player). On the other, a player was seriously injured (and I think that was clear, even in the moment) and he chose to take advantage of that rather than show concern for an opponent who was in considerable distress.
  20. Really nervy match as you would expect for a semi final. The Fages moment was big and kept us away from Hull for a while. Incredible bad luck that you can't account for. The suggestion that Griffin should have held on to the ball is ridiculous too, the pain must have been excruciating. A second big point was kicking. Coote nailed two sideline conversions. If Hull had the post 40-20 set with the scores as 21-20, that game ends very differently. Pleased to see Saints becoming more clinical in attack. The ability to hold off Hull in a strong first 15 was key too. A few years ago,
  21. Very torn on the Fages try. The sport is about winning and Fages would have been panned by our fans if he didn't score and we went on to lose. Equally, it didn't look good. Very awkward, almost no win position. More important than all of that, horrible injury and let's wish a speedy recovery to Griffin.
  22. Paasi out for Saints and Norman to make his debut. Makinson and Grace both fit but Percival out too. We are a little light on the bench today and I've no doubt Hull will take us on up the middle primarily. Huge opportunity for Norman, will be interesting to see how he goes.
  23. There's something about women playing sport that seems to rile people and I cannot figure out why. It's not the same level of quality of the men's game. But that's probably because the players are amateurs who give up their time to play the sport. And they have only been playing even at this level for a couple of years with a year out due to the pandemic. I saw a comment on Twitter before that you can tell which players are the most experienced and I agreed. With time, more high quality players will develop and the product will improve. Saying that, St Helens scored some classy
  24. That is unbelievable bad luck to twist your ankle celebrating a try. Got to feel for her.
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