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Everything posted by paulwalker71

  1. Completely different situation Harry Barrow won promootion at a canter last season and were already recruiting for life in the Championship before the end of the season. They were last seasons equivalent of Keighley this season. And Keighley will easily stay up next season! Swinton stumbled over the line with a late try in a tight play off game that could have easily gone the other way. Most of their team are the same players who got relegated in 2021 winning only two games all season Who knows? Maybe they've got a whole raft of player signings to announce. I hope they have - because that team they have now will finish bottom two next year.
  2. I guess we’ll see but if ever there’s a season when the promoted club doesn’t start the season as red hot favourites for relegation then this is it.
  3. It was decent game and the best team, just about, edged the victory. I hope Swinton have plans to signficiantly strengthen because that team looks relegation fodder for the Championship. In fact most of the team seemed to be the same guys who played for them the last time they got relegated. I don't think Doncaster would have fared any better - again, unless they'd have significantly strengthened. The Champ will be pretty strong next season - it looks like any two from Swinton, Newcastle and - on current recruitment trajectory - the Bulls (possibly throw Whitehaven in there) for the relegation places.
  4. Perhaps the team beaten by 20 might have fancied their chances of overcoming that in a second game? Look, I'm not necessarily favouring this idea, but I think its worth more consideration than some on this thread are giving it. Teams need more than 11 home games, and this is one way to increase that.
  5. Keep in mind that 12 clubs are already guaranteed to be in this round - and they are looking (it seems) to get to 14 top-flight clubs soon. At that stage, there are only going to be two Championship teams even making it to that stage. If they are competitive Championship Grade B clubs like Fev or Halifax or whatever - teams aiming actually to get to Grade A level then they ought to be at least competitive. It's not like every SL club is going to play a low-level team TL: DR There wouldn't be that many blowouts.
  6. Looks like the Bulls will be in favour https://www.bradfordbulls.co.uk/article/1674/jason-hirst-statement-on-img-proposals
  7. I predict the answers on this thread will be defined by: "whatever MY club has right now"
  8. Everything will depend on the criteria for A, B and C I'm optimistic, but we need more detail
  9. So RL supporters don't have opinions of their own? Funny, I could have sworn this was a forum. I don't understand why Fev fans are being so coy. They've been telling us for months that Mark Campbell made a mistake in appointing McDermott. Who would they like instead? It's a perfectly reasonable question
  10. Not at all When John Kear left us earlier this year, there were a multitude of suggestions from our fans. Of course, we ended up with someone we didn't want, but that's not really the point. Rugby League fans have opinions on these things. What's yours? I mean, I thought this was forum...
  11. I'm surprised that the Featherstone fans here - many of whom have been calling for McDermott to go - are seemingly bereft of suggestions as to a replacement. All I've seen so far is the idea of trying to lure Craig Lingard! I thought you'd all have a raft of better coaches in mind
  12. Well, you got your wish Fev fans - who is next for the hot seat? Feel free to tap up Mark Dunning lol
  13. I don’t believe I’ve ever said I “don’t like” Featherstone. I don’t think they are Super League ready, but that’s just an opinion. If they’d have won promotion then fair enough - I’d wish them well. I was actually looking forward to a Leigh vs Fev Anyway, hopefully Featherstone can regroup, rebuild and go again in 2022, perhaps give Toulouse a fight.
  14. I wouldn't. But then, as I've posted before, I wouldn't randomly add two teams to SL anyway. I'd be planning far longer in advance to expand SL, and there'd be criteria for teams to step up. If Featherstone met those criteria at the end of the assessment period - which would be at least three years - then good luck to them. But it wouldn't be guaranteed.
  15. All those people who havew repeatesly posted on this forum saying "Just promote Leigh and Featherstone and make SL into 14 teams" seem to be quiet. Featherstone are nowhere near SL quality at the moment. A top Championship team, yes - but that's where they are at right now. Leigh look like a SL-ready outfit on and off the field and would have battered Featherstone next week. As for Batley - well, you just can't help but love them, can you?
  16. Awesome from Batley. Even if they get pumped next week, which they will, they've exceeded al expectations and had an incredible season. Featherstone were dire, weren't they. They need a complete clear out of their "Dad's Army" and complete rebuild, starting with a new coach.
  17. Let's wait and see what happens in the World Cup If it turns out that New Zealand or Tonga actually win it - then a 2023 tour from either of those countries should be box office. It would be England vs the World Champions - and if we can't sell out three decent sized football stadiums for that, then we're not really trying
  18. The ones I bought weren't. It just said they'd be sent out a month before the game
  19. I bought two tickets for the game at The Riverside yesterday, and I could have bought tickets anywhere in the ground. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear I might be sitting there (with my non-RL wife) in an empty stadium But then sticking Tonga vs Cooks in a 30K capacity stadium was a bit odd. I'm going at least partly because I've never met another RL fan around here and felt I ought to make the effort lol
  20. What a game and well done to York I expect they'll get mullered next week, but fully deserved that they at least got to the Semi
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