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Sat 10th Sept: SL: Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils KO 13:00 (Sky & Channel 4)


Who will win?  

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Huddersfield Giants
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1 hour ago, Blind side johnny said:

I have watched Huddersfield a few times this season as a complete neutral observer and he has impressed me - not a superstar but a really important component of the team. Most tellingly, in all of those games that I watched (all of which they won) the Huddersfield pack was dominant. In my experience of watching RL there are very few instances that I can recall where a half back shone behind a beaten pack.

Thanks. 

He tried yesterday but couldn't do much as you say behind a pack. 

Last four years he has finished 1st, 1st, 1st and 3rd. 

Scrum half is such a key position that no way could an average player achieve this. 

Sneyd is another player who was under appreciated but I always thought he was exceptional also.

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2 hours ago, ShropshireBull said:

No in your original post you said they would be in a relegation struggle, I am saying they certainly won’t be. 

Although I cant see them coming 3rd the way Leeds are going and if Tony Smith can revive Hull 

 

I maintain that IF the Giants continue to play 5 drives and kick next season without any REAL PACE in the outside backs they will be in a relegation struggle.

Some different tactics are needed for next season and certainly some pacey outside backs

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6 hours ago, FearTheVee said:

I love Theo Fages but yesterday reminded me of how much we struggled at times with him at 7 for saints and how much more rugby we played when Dodd came in.

The problem is he hasn't played much this season so you aren't playing much more rugby with him. 

I know he is injured but physicality and being able to play week in week out are just as important. 

 

 

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Mock I hope. Bit with even the last ten minutes to go, I and my mates would not be the only Reds thinking and expecting a sudden Huddersfield fight back.

Nevertheless having expected a close game, pretty much from the fifth minutes onwards, I did not worry, the result did not seem in doubt. It was a breeze born on a cloud that gracefully slide across in style.

I forgot how much I like Huddersfield as this was the first occasion I had seen it in the daytime on a nice day for some time. In one of the many multiverses is a version of me, typing out my woes from defeat from the kitchen of my yorkstone cottage overlooking Castle Hill.

Salford's defence was resolute. The attack via the Golden spine was relentless. Huddersfield like a many a side this season, seemed overwhelmed and quickly frustrated. Russell did not need to slide into Croft did he. but he did.

This is a tremendous season for us. It places optimism in our hearts. It feel remarkable. Even when faced with the reality of Rowleyball smashing teams week after week, it still feels astonishing.

What happens next is unpredictable. Saints is the exact place for a moment of history or a resounding battering.

But I will say this again. 

There is no pressure on Salford.

All the pressure is on St Helen's.

Enjoy. I am. 🤟😃✌️

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Question.

I have a friend who has had a stroke, has mobility issues and uses a stick to get about. They can not stand for a match.

Away allocation at St Helen's is standing. That is ruled out. 

They wants to be with fellow Reds or beside them.

What can they do and how?

Please advise RL family.

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11 minutes ago, idrewthehaggis said:

Question.

I have a friend who has had a stroke, has mobility issues and uses a stick to get about. They can not stand for a match.

Away allocation at St Helen's is standing. That is ruled out. 

They wants to be with fellow Reds or beside them.

What can they do and how?

Please advise RL family.

I’m sure a section of seating is given too away fans at Saints if needed. 

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On 10/09/2022 at 23:36, Josef K said:

I think Salford will beat Saints next Saturday. If Percy, Hopoate, Mata’utia do play they’ll not be match fit, but if they don’t play them then i fear Davies & Matautia will be playing out wide which doesn’t fill me up with much hope because  we lack pace. As for kicks in general play that is another area were we will struggle, Saints kicking game is awful.
It should be an exciting game and im looking forward to it. If we win I’ll be over the moon, if we lose i will be devastated, but with Salford being the most entertaining side too watch in 2022 id like like to see them lift the GF. 

Watching that game Hudds played like Saints did against Salford last month, their line speed in defence was awful. Time after time they just sat back waiting to see what Salford would do with the ball which gave them space to play how they wanted.

The offloading & throwing the ball about works when you get that much space so the key for Saints is to get back to where they've been in other games this year with a quick defensive line that cuts off Salford's options for going wide at every opportunity.

If Saints get their defensive line speed right then I think they'll smother Salford and force them up the middle, where Saints are definately the more dominant team. If they let Salford play then I do think they could find big gaps up the middle as they did against Hudds.

St.Helens - The Home of record breaking Rugby Champions

 

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Personally I think Watson is judged harshly. He had an aim this season and it was to get to the playoffs and improve on last year. No one can say he hasn't done that. Next year will most likely see a different type of play from Huddersfield. This is why I think he deserves a coaching mention. It takes time to rebuild from scratch something Wigan and Saints don't do.

Still bitter he walked away but that isn't clouding my judgement just enhances the sweetness of the win.

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13 hours ago, Niels said:

The problem is he hasn't played much this season so you aren't playing much more rugby with him. 

I know he is injured but physicality and being able to play week in week out are just as important. 

 

 

He’s had one injury to his achilles.  Before that he was playing hooker for us, he’s a tough kid. 

Oh and guess what big softy picked up a season ending injury in the middle of a cup final to give Dodd his chance?

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42 minutes ago, Red Willow said:

Personally I think Watson is judged harshly. He had an aim this season and it was to get to the playoffs and improve on last year. No one can say he hasn't done that. Next year will most likely see a different type of play from Huddersfield. This is why I think he deserves a coaching mention. It takes time to rebuild from scratch something Wigan and Saints don't do.

Still bitter he walked away but that isn't clouding my judgement just enhances the sweetness of the win.

Even harder to rebuild on a much larger scale when you've got no cash and your best players are continually cherry picked RW!😁

My heart bleeds for him.😉

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2 hours ago, SalfordSlim said:

Even harder to rebuild on a much larger scale when you've got no cash and your best players are continually cherry picked RW!😁

My heart bleeds for him.😉

It is, which is why Rowley deserved the plaudits turning round the mess Marshall left.

Top Teams have all the structures in place and are adapting a team to play their way, teams like Huddersfield, Wakefield and us are building from a standing start. It may be exactly what Smith has to do at Hull too.

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One final point on Saturday's game before attention turns to Saints...😁

Got to say Hicks had a really good game. Having watched the game back via various outlets (C4, Sky, BBC highlights) he didn't get any of the big calls wrong at all. Brierley fully deserved his yellow and he dealt with any of the silly stuff (Hill/Ormondroyd) sensibly.

Like the way he reprimanded Burgess as well for "doing a Myler" in the 2nd half and putting himself in a dangerous position. Pretty much told him to stop being an idiot or he'd hurt himself.👍

I guess the players generally helped him by not acting like Leeds & Catalans on Friday but fair play for a good, solid performance anyway.👏

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7 hours ago, SalfordSlim said:

One final point on Saturday's game before attention turns to Saints...😁

Got to say Hicks had a really good game. Having watched the game back via various outlets (C4, Sky, BBC highlights) he didn't get any of the big calls wrong at all. Brierley fully deserved his yellow and he dealt with any of the silly stuff (Hill/Ormondroyd) sensibly.

Like the way he reprimanded Burgess as well for "doing a Myler" in the 2nd half and putting himself in a dangerous position. Pretty much told him to stop being an idiot or he'd hurt himself.👍

I guess the players generally helped him by not acting like Leeds & Catalans on Friday but fair play for a good, solid performance anyway.👏

He could have sent 10 Salford players off for a few minutes to give us a chance, but other than that, I agree 🙂

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I miss this thread, as it has given me so pleasure, but now I'm moving on to the semi final v the so called 'Big Club'.............

BRING IT ON!!!!

'The Invisble Man is at the door'.     'Tell him I can't see him'.      The late, great Tommy Cooper

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21 hours ago, meast said:

He could have sent 10 Salford players off for a few minutes to give us a chance, but other than that, I agree 🙂

Only 10? I’m not convinced that would have been enough

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