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TheFlash

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  1. Highly doubtful... Remember hudds will bring virtually no traveling support. Would love Barrow to roll them over, but I can't see it. The full time pros should win this one without too much panic.
  2. Could that be their biggest ever attendance? Probably not mind you... I remember when Wire went up there about 12 years ago - it seemed like the whole town (and a good few outlying farms and homesteads too by the look of things) had showed up for the game.
  3. Looked better than I expected "marra". The sun must have dried it out a bit. The ground didn't look great mind - really run down. And what's with that name 'The LEL Arena'?? Who on earth calls that place an "arena"???
  4. I have to say, the coverage on the Sportsman was great. They really are carrying on from where they left off last season. It won't do much for the visibility of the sport, but for fans who know where to find it, they are a great addition to the overall coverage of rugby league. I love watching their Cup games.
  5. Agreed, but you are talking about quite a primitive town.
  6. "Made you chuckle"? I had to turn it off after about 25 seconds.
  7. Agreed. I can see England frantically scraping the NRL for eligible players the closer the competition gets. The level in Super League is just too far behind, unfortunately.
  8. It was an educated guess. 'His' whingeing hand-wringing, excessive wokeness made it obvious that he has almost certainly never been a rugby league player.
  9. Eh?? The uni RL competition has been going for 30odd years. My brother played at York in the mid 90s. Union have had their university final at Twickenham since those days too, yet all these years later we still can't even manage a club stadium?? (In fact, we can barely manage to hold it on a Rugby League pitch ... Did you see the in-goal areas on that Nottingham field??)
  10. Saints by 60. Would be more, but that Cumbrian quagmire is a real leveller. Any skill is negated when players are running through treacle. Saw Whitehaven at Barrow the other week. Village stuff. Whitehaven guy let the opening kick off rebound straight off his chest - no attempt to turn his body. Real amateurish stuff. Saints by a mile.
  11. I started watching and playing the game in the late 80s/early 90s. There were already 3 man gang tackles in the game then. That's 30 years ago. I have no idea what era you are referring to, but it sounds like it was a very long time ago indeed.
  12. I have not. I stand corrected - didn't realise it was the club offices. Good to know it is such a thriving success. Will this booming hospitality market enable the club to spend the (mediocre) salary cap any time soon?
  13. You would hope so. They are surely going to demolish those god-awful council flats (sorry "executive hospitality stand") later on as part of the stadium development?? They will then need the hospitality areas in the new stand. You aren't telling me they are keeping that thing!
  14. Honestly, I always assumed he was a complete duffer as well. You would imagine it: a sort of old fashioned Yorkshireman, coaching old fashioned rugby league, in an old fashioned style. I then had an opportunity to watch him work. I couldn't have been more wrong. He is actually a very impressive coach: hugely detail focussed and very up to date in his methods. The guy is a good coach, and will find another job I am sure.
  15. Warrington need to play much smarter in the middle. Start chesting up the defenders more, getting to floor quickly and forcing a third Wakefield player to "join" the tackle late. They can then pressure the ref to penalise Wakey for flopping. With such a lightweight middle unit, Wire need to be far more intelligent, particularly around the collisions.
  16. Watched the last part of the game. A bit odd in that there was some really good play (particularly in defence, where even late on, players were locking on in the tackle, controlling the ball carrier, getting 3 in where needed etc) but also some really poor play, like the Leeds guy who ran in a 1 out carry on the last tackle ... Idiotic stuff. Définitely a lot of positives though. Shame it was played on a university field in Nottingham mind... Can we not do better than that?? The union kids get to play their final at Twickenham - I can't see us attracting many of the better student rugby players when there is such a humongous difference in the profile of the two sports at student level.
  17. Exactly. Thanks for explaining. Saves the rest of us from replying to her.
  18. The Rate My Takeaway guy gets more viewers than Wakefield v Warrington on Channel 4 (national, terrestrial TV). If the RFL/SuperLeague are not actively trying to engage him, it is complete lunacy. The guy strolls about in RL gear non stop, and eats the diet of the vast majority of heartland RL fans. He gets more views, than our top division teams playing live on nationwide TV. We need him!
  19. It has absolutely nothing to do with gender. I just don't really want to listen to an amateur player as one of the "experts". I said I enjoy their coverage, and simply that they could probably lose the woman panelist IMO. You obviously like listening to a woman amateur player, and that is great if it gets fans like yourself engaged. Please refrain however from making sweeping (and completely uninformed) generalisations about me. You know nothing at all about me, and your facepalm emoji inferring that I am some sort of sexist is completely ridiculous.
  20. I don't think she's that great tbh nor particularly relevant. She plays a (basically) amateur version of the game, whereas the other two have relevant insights from the modern pro game. Just my opinion of course, but I think she would be more relevant if there was a televised women's game for example. I find myself hoping she won't say too much as I prefer to hear from the others.
  21. I have found their coverage to be superb. Really enjoyed it whenever I have seen it. They could probably lose the woman player from the pundit panel, but the insights from Pryce and Henderson have been first class.
  22. The overwhelming majority of players in the World Cup will be NRL players. Certainly from all the serious contenders... NZ, Australia, Tonga. Additionally, the teams like Samoa, Fiji, England and PNG while not serious contenders, could still have a say in the outcome. These sides will also have a big core of NRL players. With all due respect to your Wales and Irelands and Frances... They are basically there to make up the numbers, and so it is less important that the flagship tournament uses "their" rules. NRL rules are a 'must' unfortunately, as it is NRL players who will be contesting the big money games at the end of the tournament. Hopefully after this tournament, the RFL will realise that the game is driven by the Big League down under, and adopt NRL rules where possible, or at least force some dialogue in order to get some standardisation. At the moment, there are only two professional leagues in the world, and the fact they play with different rules is a joke.
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