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  1. On 05/04/2022 at 09:56, Dunbar said:

    I just don't get Stuart's thinking behind having Whitehead at 13.  Yes, he wants Hudson Young and Corey Harawira-Naera in the side but Whitehead for me is not a middle forward.  I am a big fan of his but his contribution in the middle is not where it needs to be and this puts extra pressure on the props.  Whitehead is good with the ball in his hands but so are Yeo, Murray and Radley and they also offer more running as well... Whitehead is just not doing this. 

    Will he get better, maybe.  But I really think the Raiders would be a better outfit with Sutton at 13 and Whitehead back on the edge.

    I think it is the current fascination with having a ball playing 13. I'm still confused about this. Surely there have always been loads of 13s with great hands, and lots that are more about bashing it up the middle. Ball playing 13s are not a ne thing (although maybe they were out of fashion for 5, 10 years) But the oz media seems fixated with the idea that every team now needs a 13 that can act as a half back, so maybe the raiders have been spooked into putting Whitehead there?

    Do you remember when they put him at 7 a few years ago for a match? He was dreadful. I'm with you; he's a class second row and always has been. Leave him there.


  2. 14 minutes ago, welshmagpie said:

    A tray of donuts for me and the wife in front of the tele once home (still some spare don’t worry) and a burger, which was incredible. 

    Will introduce myself if you’re at a future fixture. 

    Swinton did all they needed to. Looked like a championship side. 

    I did exactly the same. Left wife and kids at home, and took four donoughts home as a bribe 🙂 . I'll message you next home game I plan to get to. 

  3. On 22/03/2022 at 19:08, Dunbar said:

    I have absolutely no doubt that you would have said the same about Hodgson if he hadn't have gone to the NRL.

    A player like Daryl Clark (many times better than Hodgson was in Super League) would be a superstar in the NRL and will be in the World Cup if fit and healthy. 

    As I've said before, Hodgson became the player he became in the NRL, not before. He developed into our best Hooker by playing against the best.

    Unfortunately that tarnishes him in many Super League fans' eyes.

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  4. If you are talking about players that achieved the most in both codes, not necessarily the best in the world, but performed at an incredible level, won numerous championships etc etc then I would say you have to mention Brad Thorn. (Admittedly he achieved much more in Onion)

    On a similar tip, Maurie Fa'asavalu.

    Shaun Edwards?

    I always though Scott gibbs looked a natural in a saints top.

    If you forget about his England Onion career, and just think about what he did at Gloucester, Henry paul.

    Thevtwo best ever for me have to be Robinson and Tuigamala. RIP Inga.

  5. 19 hours ago, Mr Frisky said:

    But the rest of the UK didn't class Sutton as a top player - maybe Wigan fans are bias towards their own players 🤔 

    Hodgson never played for a top SL club - why was that? - in a league where Roby was king just about every year and Clarke was MOS and the hottest name in SL, no one really talked about Hodgson - i would have put Houghton above Hodgson when he played SL - still would today.

    Each to their own mate - just an opinion based on loose facts stated above.

    Hodgson became the player he was in the NRL. Maybe SL fans are bias towards their own league.

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  6. 9 minutes ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

    This is what the NFL gets so right for me season after season.

    Not just nfl but most US sport. The way they market the college sport rivalry is crazy. I didn't mean to get hooked on College American football but I am, and it was because of just this. Struggling to avoid the college basketball stuff, but feel myself getting sucked in as March approaches! 

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  7. 8 minutes ago, Saint 1 said:

    Yeah Alex Walmsley played for Leeds Met too. There's loads of them in the Championship, I could name 5-10 off the top of my head, just very few who made that additional step up to Super League. 

    Oh yes, you're right about the game tomorrow, sorry! Not sure if you use Instagram but looks like Brum are pretty active on there (https://www.instagram.com/uobrugbyleague/) , the home games in the fixture list they posted a few weeks ago are:

    Home vs Northampton in National Trophy - Wednesday 9th Feb 1:30pm kickoff

    Home vs Nottingham Uni 2s - Wednesday 2nd March 2pm kickoff

    I'll post the link to the game tomorrow if it is streamed (or afterwards if not), I'll be watching it as I coach a few of the lads involved - would be attending if it didn't clash with other coaching! 

    Top man, Saint! Insta I don't use, but this might make me sign up. 

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  8. 12 minutes ago, Saint 1 said:

    There is the Origin game this Sunday in Birmingham though! 

    Going back to the original post and link, think this game is in Loughborough, not Birmingham. I was excited for a minute and thought I might drive down if in Birmingham. Loughborough a bit too far.

    I've loved reading this thread. Well done for starting it Sir Kevin. And if anyone has as link to watch the match tomorrow please post. So much I didn't know about the uni game. I might have to get into following it again. I might get myself down to a Brum game if I know when they are. I'd love the uni game to be a bit more acknowledged  and followed, but appreciate the challenges as Saint 1 pointed out. Also amazing to find out I've likley been on the same pitch as two other long time posters on here 🙂 great stuff! 

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  9. 14 hours ago, Saint 1 said:

    Northumbria are the best, followed by Leeds Beckett (formerly Leeds Met). Leeds Uni have improved under the coaching of Brett Delaney and are probably third best, they beat Beckett once this year. Newcastle typically 4th, normally comparable with the best Premier South teams (typically St. Mary's and Loughborough though this league is usually very competitive). Below them you've got Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Liverpool, Exeter, Gloucester, Hull and Liverpool John Moore who are all pretty comparable.

    In terms of the origin teams, they're selected from the regional squads. The six regions played in Birmingham in December so unless you did that, you wouldn't feature in this (unless injured or had a good excuse). This requires you to actually sign up and commit to it, which not everyone wants 

    Would've loved to have watched any of this. I had no idea there were games going on in Birmingham. I used to stroll down and watch the odd game 10, 15 years ago. 

    Would've loved to see some of the Leeds and northumbria games online. Like I said, the BUCS Super Rugby is very easy to access and it's a shame the League BUCS isn't AFAIK. Particularly when it seems there are so many great players involved. 

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  10. 19 minutes ago, OriginalMrC said:

    I can't remember anything from back then 😂 we did play Birmingham and I vaguely remember winning. I was usually wing or FB so probably one of my team mates that did that 😂

    It was the 90s, mate. If you remember it you werent there, etc. There's a credible theory (the Phantom time hypothesis) that the 90s didn't actually happen!

    But yes you did win. 

  11. 11 hours ago, OriginalMrC said:

    Played at Coventry University until '98. May have even played against you! 

    I think, and this was 25 years ago so struggling here, but I think we played you in our first game? I have a memory in the second half of lining up a centre running at me and thinking "right, I'll have him!", dropping my shoulder and getting completely done over by a massive side step. I sat there on my a%^e while I watched him go under the posts. Please tell me that was you 🙂

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  12. 1 hour ago, Man of Kent said:

    I don’t get it, chief. He used to commentate on RL.


    On itv, yes. I remember I think watching a charity shield game at anfield where he commentated. Not sure it was on national ITV, as think I was visiting Oop North at time. 

    Think he'd be a really good addition to the C4 coverage.


  13. 4 hours ago, RP London said:

    Where were you and when?

    I was at Birmingham from 97-00 and similar there in that my first year was the first year it restarted there. 

    The exact same! Brum 97-00. We might have been on the same team 25 years ago! Wow, small world. I think I played two games, well one and a third. I was swiftly dropped when someone with vaguely any ability and athleticism showed up. 

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  14. Dave Woods was singing Northumbria's praises on the cup coverage at the weekend. Saying what a great team they were and great set up.! I can see they have a few players in there. I'm sure that St Mary's used to team to beat in the south, but they seem to have disappeared somewhat.

    I find it quite difficult to follow the University results these days. The RL site doesn't seem to get updated at all. It's a shame when you see how slick the BUCS RU exposure is. It would be great to see this north v south game on youtube or Ourleague

    I'm proud, and also slightly embarrassed, to say I played BUCS level League a long time ago. The Uni was a very well established redbrick, but like many at the time had effectively banned League up until just before I arrived, so the League team was very new, not very good, and that's how I managed to blag a game or two. I wouldn't have got a look in 2 or 3 years later!

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  15. Why is no one making suggestive comments about having sexual intercourse with Adam Hills. Honestly. All this Wokey Cokey. I give up. As someone else posted, the bolsheviks have truly won!

    (Note - please reference the Emma Jones thread for context if required)

  16. 3 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    You know when an attendance figure is announced and people like to say the actual attendance is either higher or lower based on absolutely nothing? It’s like that.

    I must admit I have been to Forest Green Rovers v Barrow twice in fairly recent years and crudly estimated the attendance by estimating average people per row and times by number of rows and coming up with a few hundred or just over a thousand. 

    Then the announcer has come on and excitedly announced todays attendance is twleve thousand, four hundred and fifty, or there abouts. At which point all the Barrow fans fall about laughing.

    So it does happen. I've seen it.  Although I can only vouch for lower level soccer. But forest green have a long running planning application for a new ground, so there is a political element to announcing capacity + 20%, rather than half empty, whilst that is still unresolved. 

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