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  1. 2 hours ago, idrewthehaggis said:

    Funny in all the friendly discord in this thread, may I suggest that we seemingly are agreeing that TWP was a lost opportunity and the RFL demonstrated lacking again.

    Let's be precise: the RFL admitted Toronto to the league in the first place. And the RFL, along with St Helens, Leeds and Catalan voted to retain them in Super League in 2020. It was all the other SL clubs and Elstone who did the dirty deed.

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  2. 7 minutes ago, Dave T said:

    Yes, it's where I find diversity helps with the punditry instead of having a load of Yorkshire forwards discussing it. 

    Fortunately we don't have many of those since Stevo retired. Getting rid of the Lancastrian ones might help though.

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  3. Don't know if Hull KR were distracted by next week but they were well off the pace. And picked up some injuries as well which could be bad for the semi unfortunately, include Coote.

    No doubt some Rovers fans will mention James Child.

    I'll just say that Leeds for some reason really looked to be enjoying playing for once and that fed into a confidence with the ball we've not seen for a long time - and also stirred the Headingley crowd out of its months-long slumber.

    Tony Smith, as he sometimes does, at the end stood for a long time next to the tunnel waiting for almost every Leeds player to walk in so he could shake them by the hand. 

  4. 40 minutes ago, Chrispmartha said:

    Wilkin has a real blind spot when it comes to Leeds, he clearly has never got over them beating Saints in all those finals - he never has or has had a good word to say about Leeds.

    In the middle of all our current troubles few things can raise a smile like Jon Wilkin being so haunted by those Grand Final losse that the merest mention of Leeds drives him over the edge.

  5. 6 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    If Featherstone are promoted I can say as a Leeds fan I probably wouldn’t bother going to Featherstone away, it has very little appeal.

    Fortunately you're not representative of Leeds fans (if you are a Leeds fan). Fev away in the league has always generated very large Leeds followings, such as in 2016 and before that the famously violent game in November 94. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, Exiled Wiganer said:

    I wish him well. I think he is a really good full back, and surely playing the game he is good at is the likeliest way to ensure that his mental health is looked after. The end result is fine - if I were working at Wigan I would be very unimpressed with Leeds’ behaviour. We put in a huge amount of time and effort to see him right.

    So have all his clubs.

    Just imagine your're Cas - we got them to pay £150k for him and he then gifted us another title and they then had to write the whole lot off as a bad job.

  7. Not many more terrifying things for a Leeds fan than one of these popping into the inbox. On this occasion it's a pep talk about what a great weekend the club just had and did you see our exciting news earlier?

    One win will do that for a club.


  8. Alas there was no reflection on this from Wigan when slagging off his previous clubs when they signed him.


    Anyway, assuming this is true I'm ok with Leeds taking him on to the end of the season - but would not be getting him in on anything more than that. He's not someone we can or should be building a team around.

    No doubt Hardaker, depending on how his relationship with Mcdermott is nowadays, is eying Fev in Super League for 2023 if it happens. So a 2022-only deal should suit both parties.

  9. 4 hours ago, JohnM said:

    It strikes me that maybe Wigan have just got fed up of being Zaks personal support network, absorbing just too much management time

    But what about the duty of care Wigan said they were most interested in and how they would help this troubled young man with his issues? Unlike his careless and care less previous clubs?

    How can such a wholesome club ever use "your problems are taking up too much of our time" as a reason for withdrawing their support?

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  10. 11 minutes ago, daz39 said:

    From my quick calculations, those 3 teams have lost about 4,000 fans between them since 2019, quite strange conisdering every other club has slightly increased or stayed more or less the same, is it a case of some glory hunters haven't been able to go so have just stopped bothering or is it more long term, hardcore fans who have gone AWOL?

    It's a set of circumstances specific to each club, as ever, just as for the clubs heading the other way. That doesn't suit people who like a grand narrative version of history but it's just the way it is.

    Leeds' reasons are obvious; Wigan have been in long-term decline since, off field, they stopped having a decently functioning marketing team and, on-field, started playing the least exciting form of football. Warrington fans would be able to explain what's happening there better than I am but I'd expect it to be some combination of years of Pryce-ball, a failure to make the hoped-for breakthrough and perhaps a sense of drift from club leadership.

  11. 3 hours ago, Big Picture said:

    The problem is that in the UK RL is a small time regional game with almost all its pro clubs based in what Sean McGuire called "smallish economically disadvantaged towns. 


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  12. 2 minutes ago, stevecl said:

    It’s got nothing to do with which code you support so why does it always come down to a “my code is better than your code” pi**ing contest. 

    Ex players from both sides of the divide are taking actions against their respective governing bodies and all of them are going to need help and understanding in years to come. I’m not 100% convinced this should come at the cost of those governing bodies being bankrupted in court but it is the litigious world we live in. 

    You're missing the point.

    Rugby League probably features on ITV news less once a year and every single story is negative.

  13. 13 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Huddersfield brought a reasonable following with them too, I doubt Hull kr will match them for numbers at our next home game. The fact we still got more for Toulouse highlights the Thursday night effect, I appreciate sky put a lot of money into the sport so Thursday night games are necessary, but Leeds have had more than their fair share of this season.

    The Huddersfield game wasn't on Sky. It was a Thursday night because it was Easter weekend; it was effectively a Friday night in all but name.

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