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  1. 55 minutes ago, Michael Bates said:

    Would the bad conditions really be that bad for us? Given the quality I believe we have in our pack and the flair of Chisholm unavailable, would stripping the game back and attempting to batter them up the middle actually favour us?

    I think our pack is pretty strong to be fair. In my opinion its the quality you have in your backs that could make it a rowt on a fine day.

    6 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Yep just a rumour...Roberts & Wilson in on DR.

    We are looking pretty much close to full strength going on the squad named. I feel a bit better for having Moore, Barber, Robinson and the two DR lads in.

  2. 58 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Hmm...I'd say there were at least 250 Fev fans in the North stand at last season's game plus maybe a sprinkling seated in the main stand, and that followed immediately after our worst performance of the season when Barow hammered us at home.

    If true then it would suggest some fiddling of the numbers going on or that we had less home fans than we normally do although that does go along with the thinking that the Fax V Fev games are no longer the big draw they were.

  3. I think getting rid of DR would dumb down the Championship for a little while but then when some fringe SL players realise they are struggling to get regular game time at SL clubs they will inevitabley move down to the Championship which should in theory raise the standard in the Championship. SL would never go for it though as they can just stockpile players at the moment and with a combination of DR, Loans, "season long signings", and whatever other things to bend the rules they can come up with, they know they can use the Championship teams to develop their players with very little risk of losing them.

    We are Super Leagues bitches.

  4. 41 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Rumours they might be fielding an Australian International with 200 NRL appearances and 118 tries on DR on Sunday...hope so, maybe some of the flak we usually get for our use of DR will get shared about a bit more, then again...

    Oi thats my rumour. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    In all seriousness though I don't think its too likely as the only player that didnt really perform in the backline against Sheffield was Woodburn Hall and I cant see Uate playing centre. I thought your assesment of our game against Sheffield was spot on though and it were a total contrast to a couple of our pre-season performances. The only thing I would say though is that last season we would not have won that game especially going 7 points behind with the same amount of minutes left and a couple of tries disallowed that on the replay look perfectly fine along with a sin binning for an aggresive tackle. I may be clutching at straws but as we won its what im clinging to.

    I can't see anything but a comfortable Fev win so Im hoping Fev are complacent and we catch them cold.

  5. So handicap wise....

    Leigh -16 V Sheffield

    Toulouse -34 V Oldham

    London -32 V Whitehaven

    Swinton -4 V Dewsbury

    Widnes -20 V Batley

    York -8 V Bradford

    Fev -12 V Halifax


    I said I would take Toulouse with anything up to -36 so Im still taking that. Nothing really stands out apart from maybe Batley at -20. I expect Widnes to win the game comfortably but not sure if its 20 points comfortably.

  6. 3 hours ago, MADREDNIGE said:

    It's a good job Rovers fans don't boycott Fax away because you'd lose a decent chunk of revenue!ย 

    Fax V Fev games don't have the same sort of pull that they used to have. That was clear at the home and away games last season with maybe only a hundred or so travelling away fans at each. Our home games against Fev used to be our biggest attended games but last season it was in line with games against teams like Batley.

  7. 13 hours ago, MADREDNIGE said:

    Can't see it being a big crowd, poor ko time and Fax don't bring many.ย 

    True. Still quite a number of Fax fans that boycott this fixture. Its sad but its hard to argue with their reasoning.

    Game wise it should be an easy win for Fev as we were pretty poor against a very average Sheffield team so Im just hoping for can compete for a big chunk of the game and anything else would be a bonus.

  8. Yeah all home wins.

    I think Leigh comfortably beat Sheffield if they play anything like they did Sunday and the same goes for Fev beating Fax. Toulouse Im taking them on the handicap with anything up to about 36. London easy home win, Swinton a tight one but Im not expecting Dewsbury to get out of the bottom 4 this year so going to go with home advantage. Widnes easy win against another team I see in the bottom 4. York game could be tight but think York will have too much despite their poor showings so far this season.

  9. On 29/01/2020 at 11:08, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Only one I might disagree with there is Leigh -10. Dewsbury seem a bit more upbeat this season and on a Friday night in January this might be a close contest against a Leigh team who are probably still finding their feet as an attacking force.

    Confidence will be increased if Beaumont predicts an unbeaten season for Leigh beforehand.

    Dam talkerd ourselves out of it. Its going to be the only winner now.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    I read somwhere that Dewsbury completed in the upper 80's percentage wise. That's some beating if true and could be worrying signs for the season. I wonder when they will pull the trigger and bring the Bradford lads in that are sat in the stands for Hull Kr.

  10. 21 hours ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

    Only one I might disagree with there is Leigh -10. Dewsbury seem a bit more upbeat this season and on a Friday night in January this might be a close contest against a Leigh team who are probably still finding their feet as an attacking force.

    Confidence will be increased if Beaumont predicts an unbeaten season for Leigh beforehand.

    I got itchy feet over this one and took it out. I saw the match highlights from Bradford V York game and it were a bit of a mud bath. On paper they should beat the handicap quite easily but its likely to be a slogathon in the forwards and I don't see a massive gulf in quality in the packs.

  11. 12 hours ago, DOGFATHER said:

    I can only assume that the money involved is a fairly substantial amount, otherwise, why would Oldham need help in paying for the change of accommodation? Surely there own chairman could fund this out of his own pocket?

    As I am sure you are aware, finance has a large bearing on final league positions. Therefore, I am just a little surprised that one of the poorest clubs in the Championship are somehow finding the money to fund this, when that money could be used to strengthen the squad and help us to avoid relegation. If Oldham had to find this money, surely they would have less money available to strengthen their own squad, thus again improving our chances of staying up. I would have thought this was obvious from my previous post?

    If we are relegated this season and Oldham survive, which make no mistake is a very real possibility. I wonder how many clubs will be rallying round to help us to get out of L1 as a result of this fabulous gesture, after seeing what a great club we are?ย 

    The answer is, probably the same amount that have chipped in to help Oldham with their terrible predicament. Afterall, the "RL family" always look after there own,..

    but seemingly not in this case.ย 

    That is not to say that I disagree with the decision to do this. As I stated earlier, it is fantastic and the right thing to do, but I would have expected all of the other clubs in the "RL family" I keep hearing about, to either help out, or better still, pressure/shame the Rfl in to doing the right thing by one of its member clubs.

    I guess fax will have the buckets back out in support? Or did you have to pawn them to pay for your pre-season signings?





    Its about things been bigger than sport. Its about doing the right thing by your mates.

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  12. 12 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

    Skybet offering some seemingly generous handicap odds eg Widnes -8 v Oldham

    Thats printing money. Oldham are going to struggle to be competitive this season. Im going to have a bit of that.

    Now just for giggles we all know that bookies love people betting on accas im going to give it a whirl. Will try to put them in order which I think is best value(Using Bet365) as can't get more than 50p on at Sky):-

    Widnes -10

    Toulouse -10

    Halifax -4

    Leigh -10

    London -8

    Fev -12

  13. 12 hours ago, DOGFATHER said:

    Whilst this is a fantastic gesture by the club, why on earth are Oldham not paying for this?

    I feel for Diskin and his mental issues as a result of what happened last season with Archive. But I fail to see what Oldham do in France has to do with Batley. The Oldham team won't be traumatised by what happened.

    So why are we getting involved and helping one of our biggest relegation rivals?

    We are short of centres and half backs, presumably missed out on signing Sammut due to money, yet we can fund a rivals' hotel bill in France and also give 20% of the travelling support revenue to one of the clubs that regularly pick off our better players. at what is likely to be one of our highest attended games.

    I'm all for helping people/clubs out, but we never seem to get our outstanding generosity reciprocated.



    In regards to the Whys? Oldham probably can not afford to pay for the hotel and sometimes things are bigger than sport and sometimes just because its the right thing to do. For those people who found the young lad and the weight of feeling responsibly for your players welfare, its hard to even begin to imagine what they went through and are going through. The RFL refusing to change the hotel, when they spend money on all sorts of stupid stuff, is quite frankly a disgrace. State of mind when it suits them.

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  14. 57 minutes ago, Tony F said:

    Well at least the supporters know where they stand in the pecking order now.ย 


    I saw that tweet and cringed. Players(and their families) come and go but when its all said and done theres only one group of people that are still there through it all.

  15. 14 hours ago, Bartholemew Smythe said:

    Still it could be worse being a Fax fan ๐Ÿ™‚

    The last 8 years have been one big disappointment unless you count making the 8's and not winning a game, to some people that is a success.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    Seriously though after last season where we expected so much, this season would have to be a total disaster to top it and we still cling to the hope that every year where there has been no expectations we seem to do pretty well.

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