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I'm bingeing on the lot via OurLeague this weekend - great value IMO at only ¬£20 for seven gamesūüėĀ. The (lack of) power from the floodlights last night at Fev made me feel nostalgic for childhood viewings of the BBC Floodlit Trophy......

 

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20 hours ago, THE RED ROOSTER said:

First off well played Halifax you beat what's in front of you and, if anything, there must some disappointment about the points not scored. I apolgise for underestimating the size of your winning margin.

As for the London Broncos, I have watched the Club for over a quarter of a century, in which I have also watched a heap of NRL, Super League and International RL. I have never, ever seen a London side that poor taking the field, the tries conceded were schoolboy errors, and if there are some posters on here who think that people will flock to pay £ 25 to watch a Championship 1 side renting a shiny stadium at exorbitant cost. Then you need to be sectioned under the mental health act.

That is all I am too angry to continue.

It was embarassing. Simple defensive errors, rubbish kicking, no structure.

Maybe Sammutt will give us a lift when the antibiotics have done their job maybe he won't 

We didn't even look fitter than them and we are a full time side

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15 minutes ago, RBKnight said:

I'm bingeing on the lot via OurLeague this weekend - great value IMO at only ¬£20 for seven gamesūüėĀ. The (lack of) power from the floodlights last night at Fev made me feel nostalgic for childhood viewings of the BBC Floodlit Trophy......

 

Might get the pass next week as have only streamed the Broncos so far

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3 hours ago, damp squib said:

I bought a ticket for the York v Toulouse stream on OurLeague yesterday but it now looks like I won’t be able to watch the match. Does anyone know if the On Demand feature on OurLeague hosts the full match later or just highlights? Also when do they usually put them up?

I watched the Keighley game twice (second time midweek) so should be possible 

I won't be watching the Fax game again that's for sure 

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14 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Who’s going to stop Toulouse this year? Their pack is exceptional for the Championship. Can see it being a bit of a procession. 

Possible Travel restrictions may be their only undoing

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I thought TO looked very dominant in the forwards and defensively very, very good. The only real opportunity York got to even score a try was the Ben Jones-Bishop interception. 

On the same note TO lacked fluidity because they lost their half back Ben Reynolds in the week and then in the first 5 minutes lost two of their strike three quarters Vaivai and Shaumkel after taking head knocks. So they had to shift things round a bit and lost cohesiveness as a result, it was really evident on their 4th and 5th tackle options, they looked very nervous on these plays, made a lot of stupud errors and was not as confident as they normally are. If they can get an organiser in the halves as a replacement for Reynolds they could fix these issues up very quickly. 

My big concern for TO is they had a lot of walking wounded, it was a big defensive effort and several players were limping or injured at the end of the game. With their thin squad it makes me wonder if they could manage the whole season with all the injuries etc.

On the whole both teams looked decent, but if they can keep their squad strong and fit I only see TO challenging for honours

Based on what I seen in the past few weeks only TO and Fev are in the running to be promoted. 

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29 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Who’s going to stop Toulouse this year? Their pack is exceptional for the Championship. Can see it being a bit of a procession. 

Only Fev, it's between those two. Maybe Halifax. 

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3 minutes ago, The Daddy said:

I thought TO looked very dominant in the forwards and defensively very, very good. The only real opportunity York got to even score a try was the Ben Jones-Bishop interception. 

On the same note TO lacked fluidity because they lost their half back Ben Reynolds in the week and then in the first 5 minutes lost two of their strike three quarters Vaivai and Shaumkel after taking head knocks. So they had to shift things round a bit and lost cohesiveness as a result, it was really evident on their 4th and 5th tackle options, they looked very nervous on these plays, made a lot of stupud errors and was not as confident as they normally are. If they can get an organiser in the halves as a replacement for Reynolds they could fix these issues up very quickly. 

My big concern for TO is they had a lot of walking wounded, it was a big defensive effort and several players were limping or injured at the end of the game. With their thin squad it makes me wonder if they could manage the whole season with all the injuries etc.

On the whole both teams looked decent, but if they can keep their squad strong and fit I only see TO challenging for honours

Based on what I seen so far in the past few weeks only TO and Fev are in the running to be promoted. 

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Having a weaker squad at start of season for Toulouse is no issue. Do they have enough to make the playoffs? Yep. They have a player pool of the entire Elite 1 they could pick up to add quality should they need it when we get to the business end. Dispatched a York side who made Broncos look average a week ago. 

Broncos need to fix it fast or they could be the one missing out on the top six. Will be curious to see how Newcastle go versus a Widnes team whose fixture list looks very kind for a playoff finish.  

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45 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

Having a weaker squad at start of season for Toulouse is no issue. Do they have enough to make the playoffs? Yep. They have a player pool of the entire Elite 1 they could pick up to add quality should they need it when we get to the business end. Dispatched a York side who made Broncos look average a week ago. 

Broncos need to fix it fast or they could be the one missing out on the top six. Will be curious to see how Newcastle go versus a Widnes team whose fixture list looks very kind for a playoff finish.  

Which props from the Elite do you think would automatically make an impact at Championship level? 

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50 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

 They have a player pool of the entire Elite 1 they could pick up to add quality should they need it when we get to the business end.

Apparently no. Can't touch the Elite 1 teams squads during the current Elite season. 

 

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Very nicely surprised with the TO win today, I had them  down as one of the 5 games they would lose this season. Not a draw dropping match to watch but a win is a win in the end. The pack and tackling were immense, I hope they can get some players back quickly in the week off and push on

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