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  1. 18 minutes ago, FearTheVee said:

    He coached England / GB on 19 occassions and there are probably 3 proper wins amongst that - the 2017 world cup semi vs a good Tonga side and the 2018 series vs NZ (two excellent close wins and one walloping 0-34 in return).

    There are then wins against France (x3), Scotland, Samoa, Combined Affiliate States, Lebanon, France , PNG and the Denver test which are all just padding.

    Then there was 0-4 debacle in change of an important Lions tour, including losses to Tonga and PNG.

    All said, nothing to write home about and some truly dreadful selections across his time.

    I think his record is far from a disaster.

    Did we ever see or hear this quote that Bennett said Percival’s defence wasn’t up to it?

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  2. Just now, FearTheVee said:

    My point is that I just think it is a lazy generalisation that Percival is a poor defender.  It simply isn't true, he's actually an excellent defender but people still use it as a reason not to select him.  I just find it odd, I'm not sure what they are watching in reaching that conclusion.

    Did we ever get a reason why Percival wasnt selected by Bennett.  I seen this quoted many times on here but never the quote.

    Secondly, Bennett has one of the highest success rates for England.  Similar to Mal Reilly for GB.  

  3. 2 hours ago, dkw said:

    A shame we had so many injuries as we were on top after the first 10 minutes, but it told in the last 15 unfortunately. Great tries from Barrow though, that's what they can do against a team on the back foot 

    They were well on top in the first half.  Gave a daft try away and then didn’t get back into any kind of rythmn in the 2nd half.  A few more fit troops and you’ve got a powerful side there.

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  4. Seems some time since George Williams came onto the scene and I thought, at last we have promise at half back.  He still has work to do, imo, and if he’s selected, has to partner Widdop.  If not that pairing, I would have Lomax and Dodd.  

    Could be too early for Pryce but he has the ability to be one of our best.  He has to be in the squad as does Connor.

    Hooker is an issue for me.  I don’t think Clarke is a run on Hooker, think it might be too much of an ask for Roby and Leeming is not Rep standard at present.







  5. 7 minutes ago, bobbruce said:

    I think that’s Toulouse’s big problem by the time they get up to speed quite a few of the games they would be targeting for wins will have already gone. 

    Indeed.  Their run in, to the end of the season, is difficult.  If any better players are available now, then they need to act quickly imo.  

  6. 35 minutes ago, Chrispmartha said:

    The game in Friday is huge for Leeds for a number of reasons.

    If they don’t have a change in attitude Agars gone (if he hasn’t gone before)

    if they don’t put in s good performance what should be a great occasion in the Saints home game which is in the preferred time-slot of Friday night will be a total fizzer.

    If they don’t pick up a win, I think the season’s done for us.


    Basically the team, coaching staff and management all should be taking a good  look at themselves and asking themselves what they are wanting to achieve at Leeds Rhinos. The fans and sponsors who have stuck by them deserve a lot better than they are getting at the moment both on and off the pitch.

    To be fair to Agar, he's quoted as saying its down to him.  Long way to go in the season yet.

  7. 3 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

    Bennett also played John Bateman at Centre

    Wane has to pick a squad to his preferred balance.

    I'm nit disputing he was brilliant tonight (against a poor Leeds performance), but past record shows he'll likely go missing in a few games or get himself sent off.

    Silly comparison. 

    Lacking tangible evidence on whether he 'goes missing' or 'get himself sent off'.  Id be happy to see some overall evidence throughout his career rather than a high shot, swan dive by Gaskell.

    We are talking about Jake Connor being selected by one of, if not the best, Coaches the game has known and not selected by Wane. 

    I can see why but ive already mentioned different styles of coaches.  I know which style gets the best out of players and Bennett has proved that over and again.  

  8. 10 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

    I think its more that he comes across as a bit of a prat. 

    Some coaches will tolerate that to an extent. Tomkins for example, though even he and Hardaker have grown up massively in recent years. Tomkins is arguably also far superior at FB to Connor. Clearly Wane isn't in the mood for it and hasn't seen enough to convince him otherwise.

    His inconsistency, going from a performance like tonight to being non-existent against other opponents and being sent off against Wakey earlier this season for example, is probably another leading factor in his failure to nail down an England spot.

    Bennett didn’t have a problem with him and he’s arguably the best RL coach there’s ever been.  

    If Wane doesn’t think he (Wane) doesn’t have the skills to coach him then leaving him out is the right decision.  That begs the question of whether Wane is the right man though.

    Sounds like Connor was good enough tonight.  


  9. 6 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

    When is too much more than enough?

    Just looking at the TV schedules from this morning to Monday night, Sky are broadcasting 7 games, BBC RB and iplayer 2 games, Premier 1, YOU TUBE 1, = 11 and if you have access to the NRL another 6 mens and women, add in Channel 4 when they schedule and that is wall to wall saturation. 

    So I should imagine like me folk are going to be selective on what the watch these days, unlike when we had a small handful and eagerly looked forward to the next transmission.

    Personally I also go to the local community games at the weekend and that adds in another 1 at least.

    The OP is a daft suggestion.

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  10. 25 minutes ago, Wellsy4HullFC said:

    Interesting stats and just shows how different they are year still offer greatly in their respective strengths.

    Our attack is very reliant on Connor. Walker seems to be more individual in his talents.

    It looks like a reliant at times.

    I forecast that Hulls season would get worse before it gets better this season but still think they are good enough to win by 10.  


  11. 7 minutes ago, Saint Toppy said:

    Real class players shine in any team !! Tedesco was a star in a very ordinary Tigers team, Trebojevich was a stand out even When Manly were struggling

    If Connor is that much of a "mega star" why does he rarely even get a sniff at a test squad place. I also keep reading that he was amazing when he did play for England against the Kiwi's, funny how he never got picked again after that series.

    I'm sorry I just don't see what it is you Hull fans see in Connor, and that's a view shared by successive England coaches as well.

    He played for GB in 2019.  Bennett selected him for both.  Do you actually think before you type?

    Imo Jake has all to do.  He needs to take the energy out of niggling and transfer it playing.  With the ball in his hands, he is a threat to any team, sure, he’s work to do on defence and his overall game but not as much as some of those selected for Wanes training squad.

  12. 12 minutes ago, Scubby said:

    Barrow have come a long way and should be congratulated. They are no better or worse than Halifax, Widnes, Batley, Bradford, York et al at the moment who will be in the play offs come September. These clubs are almost entirely really on the heartland part-time system of solid Championship level players earning £10-20k on top of their full time job. 

    That is why the huge chasm between SL and the Championship exists. Try and unpick this model and all the cards fall down. Who gives up a job to play RL full time for 9 months before having their contract torn up?

    Always loved going to Barrow. Great ground and a RL town. They are really getting community buy in. Good news story.

    You liked the journey?  

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