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15: Feb: SL: Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers KO 5pm (UK Time)

Who will win?  

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Catalans Dragons
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  • Poll closed on 15/02/20 at 17:00

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2 hours ago, Manfred Mann said:

If Folau, Tomkins, Maloney, Drinkwater, Casty, and  McIlorum can stay fit for most of the season, then Catalans will do well in 2020. They still have David Mead to come back into the centers, and Mead also offers quality cover for Tomkins at full back.

Just imagine them with a decent coach. That is some squad - arguably the strongest spine in SL.

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3 hours ago, DavidM said:

Sorry if I missed it but what is the issue with French tv that’s changed from from last year 

 https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/catalans-live-tv-coverage-to-stop-signings-for-limoux-and-ex-hull-kr-half-joins-st-gaudens/


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4 hours ago, Cheshire Setter said:

Yes, you can search Netflix or Amazon Prime comedy movies for 'Airplane' and it's bound to be on there somewhere.

'Surely' you can't be serious?

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3 hours ago, Chris22 said:

Catalans never fail to confuse me. By all accounts, they sounded really impressive tonight, meanwhile against Huddersfield they sounded appalling!

Or Huddersfield were better??

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3 hours ago, Pigeon Lofter said:

No shortage of broadcast cameras at the game :

 

 I see Wednesday lost again😒

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Interesting to read that Tomkins had a blinder and scored three tries. His try against Huddersfield a few weeks ago showed some of that old spark too. Promising signs for him, Catalans, and England.

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3 hours ago, Old Frightful said:

Sheff Wednesday are ###### ######.

They have a manager who has class, values, shows res..............🙄

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3 hours ago, Futtocks said:

Some people with rainbow flags have apparently been told not to display them by stadium security.

I would imagine it's the same for all political/ religious symbols?

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3 hours ago, MZH said:

I know all fans do this sometimes, but you Huddersfield fans are really bad for taking it to heart when someone criticises your opponents. No one said Huddersfield weren't good, but a team with Catalans quality shouldn't be getting beaten that easily at home. 

It's probably because we've had 20 years of it, we never seem to be able to win games without the opposition being really ###### or the referee being pants etc, we hardly ever get praise, this season already, we best Catalans because they were abysmal and rusty, and apparently the only reason we beat Salford was because it was on TV ......

Even after last year's 55-2 thrashing of Hull at Liverpool it wasn't us, it was Hull that had an off day or couldn't be bothered or something.

We're used to it now.

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Just now, meast said:

It's probably because we've had 20 years of it, we never seem to be able to win games without the opposition being really ###### or the referee being pants etc, we hardly ever get praise, this season already, we best Catalans because they were abysmal and rusty, and apparently the only reason we beat Salford was because it was on TV ......

Even after last year's 55-2 thrashing of Hull at Liverpool it wasn't us, it was Hull that had an off day or couldn't be bothered or something.

We're used to it now.

Again though, when a team with good players is getting beat 55-2 they haven't given anything like their best. No matter how well you play you just don't beat a professional side by that score unless they have had a very bad day. You played very well in Liverpool, and I haven't seen the Catalans game but I have no doubt you played well there too. But that doesn't mean your opponents weren't under par. 

Hull beat Leeds 30-4 a couple of weeks ago. We played really well but I don't have any problem with people saying Leeds were poor. They were rubbish. 

Stop taking it so personally. 

And for the record I think you have a useful looking team this year. With a bit of luck with injuries you could be battling for a playoff spot. 

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This game got a mention on the news headlines on Triple J. It might be Castleford's bigger ever audience.

I think you guys in the UK are going to have to get a VPN and watch on rugbyleaguehub.


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Some cracking scores from the Catalans, who in attack, look quite creative.  With Tomkins in such sharp form, and Folau looking big, fast and strong, they should be an attacking threat this season.  

Defensively though, they still looked prone to switching off.  Couple of fairly soft line breaks for Cas, that shouldn't happen at this level.


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48 minutes ago, Pulga said:

This game got a mention on the news headlines on Triple J. It might be Castleford's bigger ever audience.

I think you guys in the UK are going to have to get a VPN and watch on rugbyleaguehub.

Wasn't this a Catalans home game 

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6 hours ago, Pigeon Lofter said:

Sky Sports News emphasising TWO people in the crowd with rainbow flags!

 

Saw it too. That’s the main story, how he does is meh.

Everything he is is against the values of RL and its followers here, so I hope he has an unpleasant year then crawls back into the cave he came from.

 

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1 hour ago, aj1908 said:

Wasn't this a Catalans home game 

Yes, but Cas got a mention is what I'm saying.


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1 hour ago, DC77 said:

Saw it too. That’s the main story, how he does is meh.

Everything he is is against the values of RL and its followers here, so I hope he has an unpleasant year then crawls back into the cave he came from.

 

agreed.  Same with those lower-tier clubs (we know who they are...) who's fans spout racist abuse at reporters and French fans.... again, their behaviour is completely against the values of RL, and I am sure like me, you hope they sink too.

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2 hours ago, DC77 said:

Saw it too. That’s the main story, how he does is meh.

Everything he is is against the values of RL and its followers here, so I hope he has an unpleasant year then crawls back into the cave he came from.

 

That's not the main story in Australia.

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28 minutes ago, Celt said:

agreed.  Same with those lower-tier clubs (we know who they are...) who's fans spout racist abuse at reporters and French fans.... again, their behaviour is completely against the values of RL, and I am sure like me, you hope they sink too.

That's a clever response!

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Samkins and, to be fair, Danny Richardson, looking rather impressive in the following video.

All the tries from the game :

 

Give it a day or so and I think the full match may well be available on Youtube.

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34 minutes ago, Old Frightful said:

Samkins and, to be fair, Danny Richardson, looking rather impressive in the following video.

All the tries from the game :

 

Give it a day or so and I think the full match may well be available on Youtube.

Some cracking tries in that.  

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Sam Tomkins was in cracking form. Israel Folau and James Maloney were good but can only get better.

With those three in top form, plus either David Mead or Samisoni Langi at left centre, plus Fouad Yaha, Lewis Tierney and Josh Drinkwater playing well, the Catalans will have the best attacking backline in Super League.

What the coach needs to do is try and stop their defensive lapses, and indiscipline at times. If he can achieve that the team will not only be top 5, but also seriously in the hunt for silverware.

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3 minutes ago, Manfred Mann said:

Sam Tomkins was in cracking form. Israel Folau and James Maloney were good but can only get better.

With those three in top form, plus either David Mead or Samisoni Langi at left centre, plus Fouad Yaha, Lewis Tierney and Josh Drinkwater playing well, the Catalans will have the best attacking backline in Super League.

What the coach needs to do is try and stop their defensive lapses, and indiscipline at times. If he can achieve that the team will not only be top 5, but also seriously in the hunt for silverware.

From the highlights, Tomkins scored 3 good tries.  Looked a little like he is getting back some form.

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