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Everything posted by Waynebennettswinger

  1. Watching this as a neutral (well as neutral as I can be when Wigan are involved ) I thought Wood had real impact but I thought Jowitt had a great game, Hampshire was always involved too. If Mason Lino can cut out the errors then he is a real handful for opposition defences. For Wigan I thought Pearce-Paul looked dangerous with every involvement. When Harry Smith is good, he is very good but when he’s off….clearly needs time to develop his game. Wigan as a team look very much like Saints at the moment. Very efficient in getting up the field but missing a spark, to be fair last night they were missing a good few who can provide a spark, interesting few weeks coming.
  2. Wigan and Saints as dull as each other at the moment. Both looking like they need a real spark. Obviously Wigan are missing some quality tonight in fairness.
  3. Wigan need to get the ball to Pearce-Paul, looks a handful every time, certainly appears their biggest threat tonight so far.
  4. Wigan should already be well up on the scoreboard with the weight of possession and territory. Hopefully Wakefield can ride the storm.
  5. My vote went to Whitehead and I’d still be ok with that but reading this article…https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/tom-davies-england-debut-drive-20875562.amp then I would actually change it to Sam Tomkins (Davies isn’t yet captaincy material.) Won’t lie, I have slagged Tomkins off many a time in the past, that often happens when great players play for rivals and have a bit of ‘character’, but both he and Davies deserve enormous credit for making this journey when others have made themselves unavailable for whatever reason. This determination to play for his country is typical of Tomkins attitude IMHO. Can’t take back the many thoughts and shouts of the past but certainly shows a lot about Tomkins and Davies true characters. Never thought I would say this but Tomkins for Captain!
  6. Rumours now gathering pace that he has asked for an immediate release, they are just rumours for now though.
  7. You mean seen the light . Are you prepared to admit to liking any Saints player ever? C’mon this is a safe environment to discuss such things I’ll go first and give you Radlinski…I could never find any reason to dislike him. Wonderful athlete, nice fella.
  8. I always thought I would find him annoying if he played elsewhere. He’s that kind of player isn’t he?
  9. Ok, to be perfectly honest I didn’t watch the post match interviews and haven’t read anything attributed to Woolf yet. If that is true then I guess that he has made it the main focus ‘globally’ to detract from what was a poor performance. We’ll never know what he said to the Saints players but if that is or was his main focus in the dressing room then I would be worried as Saints weren’t at the races at all yesterday regardless of any incident. Truthfully I don’t think Saints have put together anything more than a solid 40 minutes at a time this year, maybe that will change as the season goes on but there is much work to be done. Sometimes there has to be an acceptance that they weren’t allowed to play their normal game by a stern defence or effective game plan. That’s up to Saints to do something about that. Yesterday Saints attack was battered by Warrington’s defence. The problem was there was no variation when Wire closed them down each set. Normally you would expect Saints to score more than 6 but yesterday Warrington really outsmarted Saints. Credit is due for that, and although the players carried out the game plan, Price and the coaching team deserve most credit.
  10. Would have thought it was pretty clear to anyone tbh but we’ll have to agree to disagree. Woolf should absolutely focus on Saints, there’s a fair bit of work to do. Price seems to have worked Saints out, as has been referred to on here already, Woolf must respond to that by coming up with greater variation in play.
  11. Sadly all clubs have fans who do that. Most decent people don’t like to see injuries, what frustrates is when players feign or “play” on an injury. Ultimately it is up to the ref whether he stops the match or not but to see players rush in to the defensive line and then “break down” to test the ref isn’t a great look for our sport.
  12. What do you think of the situation at 9? I can’t see Leeming or Dwyer staying as bit part players. I think they both have real qualities, do you see either capable of a positional change if a young 9 comes through. Rightly or wrongly, I was more concerned when Leeds seemed to move Leeming to 1/2 at some point in the Challenge Cup game, is that an option with a strong experienced half?
  13. I love that analogy . Some of the games have been really full this year sadly. I think this is a fair question and we should be able to ask it without just being accused of negativity. We also need to watch the play acting and feigning injury. It’s always been there and most sides are guilty of it but it is getting far worse. Although I am Rugby League through and through, I was brought up in a football dominated area and was always able to hold my head high at how the majority of the players in my sport conducted themselves. I got turned off from football for 2 reasons, the ridiculous money and the soft play acting. Sadly, I don’t see money becoming a RL problem but the RFL and Super League need to clamp down on the play acting.
  14. Probably a little bit tinged with disappointment he is going. Reality is he is a good young player and the Rhinos pack is developing really well, he will only add to that. The main concern for Bentley and Leeds is that he recovers well from injury. Leeds didn’t have their best year last time out but still took out the Challenge Cup. If they can get the right quality in the experience they bring in in other positions then there is no reason why they can’t be challenging again.
  15. The academy situation is disgraceful IMHO. Bentley covered at 9 (mostly if not always from the bench.) He also covered in the centres but wasn’t convincingly. He is a strong runner of the ball, absolute workhorse in defence and is best suited at second row. I like him and I am disappointed that he is going but in a salary capped sport in particular every player has their value. Saints didn’t believe he was worth what he wanted, Leeds did. Not going to get into calling another club (on this occasion ), he has the opportunity to earn what he thinks he is worth at a club he supports, good luck to him and the Rhinos.
  16. https://www.therhinos.co.uk/2021/06/18/leeds-rhinos-secure-bentley-on-two-year-deal/ Bentley to Leeds on a two year deal. When he first broke through at Saints, I thought he was too small for the modern game but this lad leaves nothing out on the field, he has been exceptional. Sad to see him go but you can’t knock a lad for joining the team he has supported all his life. Hope he recovers well from his injury and continues to develop.
  17. Seems to only be causing him an issue when he wants to slow the game down
  18. Ratchford’s behaviour is as spoilt as his nose tonight. Shame, always thought he was better than that.
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