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  1. 1 minute ago, dkw said:

    Barra have been easily the best team, fully deserve to be ahead.

    Yes, 12-0 down after 10 minutes, but well on top for the rest of the game. Nathan Mossop in particular, has been excellent.

    Both teams have way too many errors in them to be anything other than fringe play-off contenders, but a very enjoyable game with plenty of good attacking moves.

  2. 3 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

    That is actually a fair point , POR can be a bit intimidating 

    I've posted before - it's the only ground in RL where I wouldn't take my wife & kids. I know plenty of people who just won't go there. If intimidating and unpleasant is how Featherstone as a club want it to be, then fine, but don't then complain when away fans tend to give it a miss.

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  3. 6 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

    Anyone any notion why Leigh are at a 13:45 K.O.? I didn't know it was at this time till I saw this thread and scouring the web I am still non the wiser.

    Pretty sure I saw an announcement that Leigh had brought it forward to avoid clashing with Man City v Man Utd on telly. Leigh's website seems to have been broken for months though, so it makes sense you can't find owt on the web.

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  4. 11 minutes ago, Tubby said:

    Jon, there's nothing there that I disagree with, and it's certainly pertinant to the discission.  I'm probably giving the more 'modern' fans ammunition against me when I say the game was far more entertaining before power became the number 1 priority.

    The point I was trying to make (badly) is that appeals to tradition/ we've always done it like this don't really work for me. We can't un-invent weight training and turn back the clock, and we can never make the game completely safe to play, but we do need to do things to make it safer. 

  5. 22 hours ago, Tubby said:

    Dilute it too much and the game is no longer the sport we've been watching for generations.  It may be that a more sanitised rugby is no bad thing for some people, but the aggression and impact are, for me, an important aspect of the game.

    Widnes under Vinty Karalius were one of the first clubs to introduce a gym with an organised weight training program for players. Many of the union signings around that time had never lifted weights before. Of course, many players had jobs which involved manual labour, but still. Watch games from back then on youtube and see how skinny the players look compared with today, how rarely the tackle involves several players, how little wrestling there is.

    Roll forward 40 years and I'd be surprised if there is anyone playing over the age of 14 or so who doesn't do weight training. The speed, size and strength of players and numbers involved in a tackle make the game way more dangerous than it used to be. We're already a long way from the sport we've been watching for generations. Women's RL is much closer to the sport I grew up watching - it's not so utterly dominated by size.

  6. 5 hours ago, The Art of Hand and Foot said:

    The thing with the Royal Navy is they're not your usual amateur team. They include Royal Marines, these blokes are ultra fit, not only physically but mentally. They have the back up  most super League teams dream of. Physios, medics etc. They train the equivalent to full time. I think they'll give Batley a run for their money. And may come out on top.

    They've competed in every Challenge Cup since 2000 apart from last year's cutdown version and have gone out to amateur opposition in the first round almost every time (West Bank Bears, Normanton, Myton Warriors in recent seasons). What's changed this year that makes you think they're likely to compete with a top championship club like Batley?

  7. 10 minutes ago, Dallas Mead said:

     When was the last time wire, saints, or anyone actually sold out a home game? 

    Cas, less than 2 weeks ago, as it happens. But you are of course correct in the general case.

    Dewsbury charged £10 on Monday night and had a crowd over 1000 higher than their previous home game. Hard to tell how much the reduced price contributed to the increased attendance and whether it actually brought in more money.

    Seems to me there are plenty of people prepared to spend £20+ on beer, fizzy drinks, poor quality pies/ burgers, snacks etc. once inside the ground. And plenty prepared to spend similar sums on actually getting to the game, and others prepared to pay considerably more to buy replica jerseys, hats etc.

    I don't think clubs have experimented very much on segmenting the audience. Would people pay a premium to sit in a stand where people bring food and drink to your seat like in American sports, for example?


  8. 23 minutes ago, Dallas Mead said:

    Certainly tough and aggressive, but simply not big enough…..yet.  Also rumours of “attitude” problems but I’ve got a feeling he’ll be back with us maybe next year.  Great for him to get some game time.

    He's gone from 'why are we giving this guy a game' to 'best player on the pitch' in a very short time. If he continues at the same level, I would be very surprised if he is not playing SL in 2023.

  9. 13 minutes ago, Maximus Decimus said:

    It seems to be something similar as happened when Sky showed Championship games a few years back and people would turn out because it was their chance on TV.

    Yes, I doubt Dewsbury features on national TV all that often. Widnes being top of the league probably means we take a few hundred more than a couple of years ago.

    Still, most people there last night were home fans and the Rams deserve some credit for the work they did to promote the game as an event.

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