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Everything posted by Moove

  1. Can't say I'm a fan of either tbh. It's a difficult sponsor logo to fit into a shirt which doesn't have a horizontal band but on the away in particular it looks poor. The home just looks like someone forgot to say stop as the designers kept adding different elements to it. Oh well.
  2. That's got disaster written all over it. Grants at grassroots level is a great idea - similar to the WC2021 grants - but selectively dishing out multi million pound grants to professional clubs to put towards stadia would be incredibly devisive and would risk delivering very little value back into the sport. Imagine they give £8m to say Wakefield for stadium improvements, they get relegated and are living off 2k crowds or whatever. What an absolute waste of money that would be and a massive kick in the knackers for those clubs who have already invested in or taken on debt to fund their own improvements. We'd be far better investing in digital media offering, maybe bringing TV production in house, youth development etc, things which benefit the game as a whole which in turn attracts investment for individual clubs so they can then afford their own investment in infrastructure. If we were to invest a significant sum in stadia etc I think it would either have to be in the form of low interest loans, or into a single project (like the Etihad complex) which might provide the RFL with a long term and year-long income stream.
  3. Yeah it was 'The Director'. 'Split, Fish and Curry' is the other one I remember. Probably still got a couple with some old programmes somewhere too.
  4. England Knights aren't the national side and I can't see them having the same attraction for TV so I know where SB is coming from. England v France, no problem as a regular fixture, good chance for us to give some fringe players a go.
  5. No idea what Leeds offered tbh so can't comment on the first part. Heard it mentioned a few times that Hurrell approached Woolf to see if there was an opening for a year too before he goes back down under. Not sure how much truth there is in that but they'll know each other well either way, plus Paasi who he's played with before and we've got another Tongan coming in too in Hopoate. Obviously he's had a tough year off the field so it might just be one of those cases where a change in environment does the trick. Not sure I see it as being that puzzling in fairness. If there's a little bit of space left on the cap and he's available, sure it's a project for Matt Daniels but there's very little to lose. It's not like he's a disruptive character and Woolf showed last season with Joel Thompson that he had no problem dropping and leaving out players who weren't performing.
  6. As for Hurrell, as I think I said on the previous thread, if he gets fit he's got a lot to offer over the course of the season, adds more strength in depth and less of a drop off when we rotate. A couple of injuries in the backs, we can bring him and Simm in and shuffle things round. If he doesn't get fit then he doesn't play but we've not lost out on much - he hasn't been signed in place of anyone else, just an extra body really and by all accounts not an expensive one either. It's only for a year so it's not like he's tied in on a risky long term contract.
  7. Lussick likely to be starting most games I believe with Roby on the bench. Smith is at Leigh for a year to prove himself worthy of a new contract. Personally I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay at that level, needs to show a lot more durability than he has so far.
  8. More games with over 200k viewers than before, 10 clubs featured in those. Conflicting messages on GF viewers - Davy says more than double the 200k, League Express says less than 400k. Not sure if I'm misreading or someone has their maths wrong. Two Catalans v Hull KR games in Perpignan had the highest figures of the season (pre GF) at just under 300k. Guessing being a foreign team is less important to UK viewers than high quality, decent atmosphere and entertaining RL. Who knew...
  9. Starting later, good. Finishing earlier, good. Cramming the same number of games into a shorter period of time, not good. Conditioners and physios are going to have their work cut out next season. Could be a tough one for any clubs running with smaller squads.
  10. Yeah I think Eaves will turn out to be a very good signing there. Disappointed he's left us to be honest as I've always thought he had more about him than Aaron Smith, but with Lussick coming in there's no game time really. Had a couple of really unlucky injuries which wiped out two full seasons for him as he was coming through otherwise he'd have had a lot more opportunities. Hope to see him back in SL at some point.
  11. Not bothered about this in the slightest. The thought of another potentially strong, financially secure club is guaranteed to make a few nervous. It's what they need. The attendance for our home game against Catalans was bigger than the one against Castleford. Away fans shouldn't be a problem. If it is then maybe on that basis we should bin off Castleford too. For clubs with small attendances, limited or no income from corporate etc I can see how 500-1000 away fans would make a big difference to them financially. But that's only because they're too lazy (or simply refuse) to think outside the box. Hopefully Toulouse get off to a competitive start next season and we see a few clubs being put under pressure. There are some who have got away with the bare minimum for too long and it's great to see that less than 24 hours after Toulouse's promotion they're already bricking it.
  12. Only way I can see it happening is if we go over there. With quarantine potentially you'd assume that would mean us fielding the academy for a couple of weeks and starting the season early to fit everything in. So all in all I'd be very surprised if it took place. Shame really as even though wins are unlikely these days it's a good test of a teams strength and usually a great occasion.
  13. Why stop at 40k? Play it at the LSV and really really pack them in. Being able to put the sold out signs up a couple of years in advance would instill a real fear of missing out and would be great publicity for the sport. I can see the headlines now... 'RL so popular the 2035 GF is already sold out!' I like your thinking
  14. What's he ever done for RL? Although James Roby picking up the inaugural Jesus Christ Trophy on Saturday has a nice ring to it
  15. There was no match report of the women's shield semi finals last week. They very rarely report on second tier anything other than football.
  16. Couldn't be happier with last night. As much as I haven't really clicked with Woolf's style I think with games like that it's hard to deny his abilities as a coach. I think Agar summed it up well with the word 'relentless'. With defensive effort and the approach to building plays out from the back it certainly is. I know the focus is on Walmsley's performances (which have been top notch) but with Coote, Makinson and Percival making 370m between them it doesn't half make his job a lot easier. A proper team effort and while I've seen more talented and skillful Saints sides I don't think I've seen one working as hard for each other and as consistently as the current one. And that's including the 2006 team that only lost four games by a total of something like 10 points. A hat tip to Sione Mata'utia too. Looked pretty poor early in the season but I thought he was excellent last night and has been for a few weeks. Looking like a really good signing now. For Leeds to kick on next year I think they'll need to demand a lot more from the likes of Prior and Tetevano. Seeing them manage just 34m and 62m respectively last night isn't good enough when the big games come around. When they throw in 18 missed tackles between them it's always going to be tough (in contrast the whole Saints team put together missed just 25). I'm guessing Holroyd was injured given his two carries? And Oledzki not fully fit? Plenty of cause for optimism for the future with those two though, plus Gannon to come back in, but they'll need more from the big earners. Different kettle of fish next week though. Catalans have a big strong pack, in Drinkwater they'll have a better kicking game so we're perhaps not on the front foot as much etc. They'll also take a lot of confidence from the last 10 mins of the Magic Weekend game. Similarly I think Saints will go into it focussing on last night's performance and the way they controlled much of the rest of that Magic game. Should be a cracker between the two stand out teams of 2021.
  17. Think I saw on the news last week that it was just going to be sponsorship on the front of a shirt at first from 2023 at the earliest. So title sponsorship and sleeve logos like we have now would be OK I guess. Only a matter of time before they're all banned though I would have thought.
  18. I know it's entertaining seeing a team trying to offload regularly but at times it looks like they're just doing it for the sake of it chucking the ball out of a tackle in any direction. Just seemed a bit dumb from Rovers for large parts of that, particularly when they're getting joy from high kicks and moving the ball wide quickly (SKD's try case in point). Smarten up with the offloads a bit and they'll get plenty more opportunities. Fast pace and a close scoreboard, enjoyable watch so far.
  19. I imagine it'll be Lomax and Dodd in the halves with Welsby on the bench. Probably seems a bit harsh on Welsby given his form but it's a 17-man sport and I think we'd have better balance that way round. Came off the bench in the CC final and changed the game, would be helpful to have that option again in the play-offs. Also means we might be able to give Knowles a breather when Walmsley and Lees/LMS go off without such a big drop off in quality. That's burned us a couple of times before and I imagine it's a period in the game Leeds would be targetting.
  20. Geez that's bold. I'm not superstitious in the slightest but I've never even voted on a Saints match thread poll, never mind publically guaranteed a win. I'm blaming you if we lose.
  21. Outstanding, well done Rovers. Proper team effort, working their backsides off for each other throughout with some superb game management from Abdull. Plenty of errors in the first half in particular but entertaining stuff and guaranteed a new team in the GF. Both Wigan and Wire nilled at home in one weekend. Lovely jubbly Made up for Tony Smith too, top coach.
  22. According to their website they're due to publish more in the 'coming days and weeks'
  23. You'd do better ignoring RedVee, like most Saints fans do these days. Last time I looked it was just kids, adults acting like kids, conspiracy nuts and trolls left on there.
  24. Who's moaning? It was well known (and wanted by every Saints fan I know) that we'd be resting players for the playoffs and giving a debut to the four academy graduates on the back of their newly signed professional deals. But well done you for making something out of nothing for cheap likes. Bravo
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