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David Shepherd

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  1. 1 hour ago, Trojan said:

    Nevertheless they were laying on, and getting away with it, we weren't. I've just watched their tries again, and if we had followed their lead at least two of them could have been prevented.  

    But we really missed some direction around the field, Chisholm and hopefully Holmes once he gets the rust out of his game.  Johnny Davis was outstanding as usual.

    I thought they were far more dominant in the tackle than us, which is why they were "allowed" to slow things down. With the ball they were getting to ground, on their fronts quickly which forces the ref to speed up play. When we had the ball, they were quite legally slowing it down and being dominant, which is why we appeared slow at the ruck.

    They were just better than us, nowt to do with the ref.

    Agree that Chizzy on the field and a rust free Holmes would have made a huge difference to our performance.

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  2. 5 minutes ago, Methven Hornet said:


    And where are the better players coming from if no action is taken on improving development? More spent on players' wages means less available for nurturing talent.

    Not necessarily.  How many kids are we losing to Kick & Clap because the earning potential just isn't there in RL?

    I know of 3 from my lad's age group that turned down RL academies for this very reason and are now lost to the game, playing a game they didn't have much interest in, but are making a living from.

  3. 58 minutes ago, oiseau said:

    Sounds like a fair result and just about everyone recognizes that Fev were poor on the day but where does this leave TO ? They can only beat what’s in front of them. Is this TO at the top of their game or is there more to come ? Maybe they only played as well as they needed to against a under par Fev side ?

    TO fans haven’t seen their side perform this season except for a couple of games on OurLeague so it’s tricky for us to gauge how good or bad they are.

    It's the first game where there hasn't been a blow out score for TO. The first real test they've had this year and they were the better team on the day.

    On paper, I see the two teams as fairly evenly matched. The Pro / Semi-Pro argument doesn't cut it for me. Fev have consistently shown that they are somewhere close to full-time in term of fitness.

    Fev were poor today. Too many errors and a serious lack of composure.  We can play way better than that. The Grand Final should be an absolute belter.

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  4. 17 minutes ago, Scubby said:

    How is the game going to earn more money than it does now in terms of corporate, TV and crowds if we have Saints beating Batley 50-0 to secure a SL play off place? The whole thing is a bloody mess.

    An extremely unlikely scenario. It's far more likely to be a Leigh/Salford/Wakefield playing a Fev/London/Halifax for that place.

    Most of the clubs I refer to as providing no value (we all know who they are) are utterly invisible in their local areas. They need to seriously up their game and stop just taking the TV money and thinking all is well.

  5. Having got thoroughly bored watching the loop fixtures that SL play over the last couple of years, I think 2 x 10 is a bloody awful idea.  Neutrals like me will switch off in droves if they see the same teams playing each other as much as 5 times a year if we include cup and play-offs.

    The only way 2 x 10 works is if it's conferences with cross-league fixtures.

    Ideally I'd like 14 in SL, with 2 up, 2 down (1 automatic, 1 decided by the MPG).

    Yes the funding has to be shared out more than it is now and yes, some of it still needs to go to the two divisions below.

    Some clubs will struggle with a lower TV allocation, but let's be honest there are several clubs that just turn up, go through the motions and collect TV money, giving no real value for money. There has to be more of an incentive to grow each club as a business.  A cut in central funding provides just that.

    As for the salary cap, it's a major limitation on the growth of the sport. I would tweak it so that clubs can spend 100% of their central distribution on salaries and then also a percentage of the commercial revenue they generate as a top up. This provides further incentive to increase each club's individual business activity.


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  6. Just now, Trojan said:

    Except of course Toulouse entering SL isn't really expansion is it?  RL already exists in France.  The idea of letting Catalans into SL IIRC was to revive interest in the game in France, so that they could operate their own elite comp. and produce a competitive France international XIII.  This aim seems to have been lost. And TBH I can't see some of the lower level SL clubs being delighted at having to fund trips to France every season should Toulouse achieve SL status.  Which I'm pretty certain they will given all the tacit assistance they've received from the RFL.   I'd like to bet which way the 5r0/50's go on Sunday at POR.

    I don't buy the TOXIII getting special treatment argument. They're victims of circumstance this season and I have no issue with the way the season and the table has panned out.

    It's actually in the SL clubs' short term financial interest for Fev to go up and we know how SL can only see the ends of their noses. They'll much prefer a few hundred Rovers fans swelling the coffers than zero Toulouse fans and the cost of getting over there.

    Hopefully on Sunday the table will correct itself and we'll have a massive crowd to celebrate our 1895 victory.

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  7. Just now, Trojan said:

    TBH I don't think the ~Cup will happen,If what the doctors say is true by the time of the World Cup Covid will be back in spades, largely because of the end of restrictions.  Things're pretty bad now, wait until the kids go back and the results of three months of unrestricted mixing present themselves.  

    Aussie RL players are pretty valuable commodities to their clubs and I don't think they want to risk them in what will be a dangerous atmosphere in the UK.  

    I've a feeling the exact opposite will happen. Just like it did in Texas and Florida when they lifted restrictions and ended the mask mandate.

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  8. 11 hours ago, Jmu28 said:

    Hi All.


    recently got into rugby league but undecided on what team to support.


    I have 2 options Hull fc and Warrington wolves.

    reasons for this are quite silly but here goes.

    Hull fc- same last name as hull player Houghton.

    wolves- wolf tattooed on calf.



    It can only be Featherstone Rovers. 

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  9. Just now, Monkeymagic22 said:

    It's a new virus and hence people don't know the long term implications of it, such as Long Covid, which effects one in eight people. It's really bad news, but health has to be the main concern.




    These are fit young men. Their risk of any bad effects is so miniscule, there is probably more chance of them becoming seriously injured by a homicidal pair of swimming trunks.

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  10. On 06/10/2019 at 12:59, POR said:

    didn't see game last night but been told sky  calling FEV butchers bakers and candlestick makers if that's true then hope club puts in a formal complaint  

    Really?  You think that's offensive/patronising/rude?  It's a figure of speech.


  11. 28 minutes ago, TboneFromTO said:

    You been to Lamport?  It's actually not a bad stadium, with real amenities built in (the beer garden is an extra for match days.

    Having been to both I think Lamport is nicer


    I've been to Lamport. It's decent enough. The seats are quite uncomfortable and it's very open to the elements (I got sunburned and wet through in the space of 3 hours).

    The bogs were of a similar standard to Post Office Road. 

    And weirdly, you're not allowed to vape in the open air. Yet you can stand outside the stadium and smoke weed.


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