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  1. Some really interesting debate on this forum tonight.
  2. I'm totally with you on that. It matters because he is a genuine match winner at our level and we realistically don't have many of those in our squad. Could he have scored in that 2nd half against Toronto and won it for us ? - we'll never know. But to make it worse the same thing happened at the end of the previous season when he didn't play against London - and that was another close defeat. I know we shouldn't rely on DR players being available as such but in recent seasons I think its fair to say we have assembled squads assuming a certain proportion of additional DR players being available. On that basis if the best DR player who has played the majority of the season for us is not released (when available) for our biggest game in decades - then its never going to work for us. Should the coach stick with a winning team ? For me not necessarily - theres no time for sentimentality with so much at stake and as a winger he's not going to change the way the team plays. As for the holiday thing - well he would have to have been in 2 places at once - he was on the pitch after the York game !!
  3. Apparently he can't get down on the floor to play with his kids on his bad days. Maybe playing Day with a torn ACL would have been a better option.....
  4. I don't like Union because (no matter how many times I give it another try) I just don't understand the rules. It confuses me because we have similar terms like knock-on and forward pass but they seem to mean completely different things in Union. The other reason is that whenever I watch it, and whoever England play, year after year, there's a French bloke in charge who decides after a couple of minutes that England are infringing at the scrums making it difficult for us to win. (Not that I am suggesting refs are biased against my team btw). That said, I think it is a much better game / spectacle than it used to be back in the 80's when I used to watch it for a laugh. Doctors, lawyers and headteachers playing with a letter rather than a number on their shirt.
  5. A bit harsh. I'm a bit mixed about this rumour. In recent seasons a priority seems to have been to sign an experienced SL forward who can beef up the pack a bit. Wheeldon, Moore, Griffin, Hock, Delaney, Carvell etc etc but I don't know if any of them (apart from maybe a month from Hock) have been a real success. Yes our squad would look stronger with Ferres in it but if last year (particularly the run-in) proved anything we can do quite nicely without any star names in the pack. No disrespect to Ferres but I suspect that Brad Day is worth ten of any potential ageing SL forward ready for a drop down into the Championship. Lets just hope that, if the rumour is true, its not due to Day being out for the season.
  6. Yep great signing. I remember another pre season game at Belle Vue a few years back when he looked a different class. Can get some serious distance on his goal kicks as well (Chisholm can kick them from anywhere but he makes me nervous).
  7. As a consolation - is this the shortest close season on record ?
  8. Don't wind everyone up about that 54th minute again! There are some holier than thou folk on here who will be ridiculing you for such conspiratorial talk (For what it's worth I'm sure Dewsbury wouldn't have received any favours either) Maybe Kendal was told he would get the SL final gig if Toronto got promoted !!
  9. That's the worst bit of news I've heard since 53 minutes into Saturday's final
  10. That's the best bit of news I've heard since 53 minutes into Saturday's final
  11. Therefore at batley he was usually ineffective and at Fev he'll usually be effective. That's ok then.
  12. Having a fan base the majority of which 'do not know or really care what is happening on the field' is your problem - whether they are male or (I'll have to take your word for it) 'hot' females is irrelevant. They'll all drift away eventually 'man' and then let's see where Brian McDermott's next job will be.
  13. He he First thing i said was that he grounded it short, lost control and rolled it over with his forearm. Forget it. Nobody listens. Apparently Toronto deserved to win, they are very hospitable, we did our best and thats all that matters. Personally - just after getting over '98 I'm back in a world of pain. I'd like to be positive and congratulate Toronto but you know what they say about a good loser.
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