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3 minutes ago, Jill Halfpenny fan said:

London too big, too fast and too strong today. Regarding the attendance, the bloke behind me said it was a lot bigger than usual and there were certainly a lot more than 50 Widnes fans there.

I believe you could bring a friend for free.

Sadly I have no friends. 

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22 hours ago, The Blues Ox said:

Good win for Fax who started very slowly but Toulouse came up with a ton of errors which made it uphill sailing for them from pretty much the 20 minute mark in the game. Toulouse nothing to play for and potentially had one eye on next weeks game against Fev but for Fax it gives us a good chance of making the playoffs now and despite been pretty average for most of the season, if we can make the playoffs I am not sure any team would fancy playing us given our seeming tendancy to up our game in big games.

Love your optimism Oxy but after watching London today if I was looking for a dark horse they would be my choice. Size all over the park and Norman, on one leg today, pulling the strings.

Just because you think everyone hates you doesn't mean they don't.

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1 hour ago, crashmon said:

32 points 100% gets you in playoffs
31 poins might get you in playoffs, but 50/50

30 points is possible, but needs a lot of other results to go your way

What complicates it is the number of games involving two of the candidates. They can't both win.

I actually think 30 might be enough but I'm not going to waste my time going through all the possible options.

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14 minutes ago, Griff said:

What complicates it is the number of games involving two of the candidates. They can't both win.

I actually think 30 might be enough but I'm not going to waste my time going through all the possible options.

I don't think 30 will be enough.

London should beat keithley last game :- So thats 32

Fax should win both remaining games :- 31

Batley should beat newcastle :- so on 30

one of Sheffield or Bradford has to be on 31 seeing they play each other.  So looking at that at least 5 teams should be on 31 or better

Fev

Tolouse

London

Fax

Bradford \ Sheffield

so means for a team other than Batley or Bradford to qualify on 30 (assuming results above) you would need

Batley to lose to York

Sheffield to lose to Widnes

London to beat Bradford

Bradford to beat or draw with Sheffield

Can't see all of the above 4 things happening TBH

 

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49 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

London are going up. Seen this before.

I've seen it. Didn't end well, to be fair.

"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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1 hour ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

Not sure what to make of this and some of our French friends will perhaps know more, but there's worrying news in an article in La Depeche suggesting Toulouse Olympique are on the verge of bankruptcy  and are appealing to be bailed out by the local/metropolitan council.

Reading the article it looks like €120k of the €300k required has already been committed by the Regional Government Sports Dept (€50k) and the Haute-Garonne Departmental Council (€70k), with a further €110k from Toulouse Metropole to be voted on at the next Council meeting.

The article finishes with the paragraph:

"We cannot imagine that the TO XIII will file for bankruptcy. There is the professional team but also all the youth teams" explains an elected official from the Metropolis. Before adding, without believing it too much: "Now, we all hope that the TOXIII manages its budget squarely". 

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9 minutes ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

Reading the article it looks like €120k of the €300k required has already been committed by the Regional Government Sports Dept (€50k) and the Haute-Garonne Departmental Council (€70k), with a further €110k from Toulouse Metropole to be voted on at the next Council meeting.

The article finishes with the paragraph:

"We cannot imagine that the TO XIII will file for bankruptcy. There is the professional team but also all the youth teams" explains an elected official from the Metropolis. Before adding, without believing it too much: "Now, we all hope that the TOXIII manages its budget squarely". 

There are some gloomy prognoses on the Toulouse forum I can tell you, though I can't work out who are the reliable posters on there.

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1 minute ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

There are some gloomy prognoses on the Toulouse forum I can tell you, though I can't work out who are the reliable posters on there.

Seems that they were also 'bailed out' last year by local gov - the Departmental official mentions giving them €70k a year ago too - which I guess explains the last comments.

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55 minutes ago, Fevrover said:

It's more fun being Americanised though lol 😆 😅 

Not forgetting Beninorm, LA (that's Low Ackworth) and my personal favourite, the Big Apple - Bramley.

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1 hour ago, crashmon said:

I don't think 30 will be enough.

London should beat keithley last game :- So thats 32

Fax should win both remaining games :- 31

Batley should beat newcastle :- so on 30

one of Sheffield or Bradford has to be on 31 seeing they play each other.  So looking at that at least 5 teams should be on 31 or better

Fev

Tolouse

London

Fax

Bradford \ Sheffield

so means for a team other than Batley or Bradford to qualify on 30 (assuming results above) you would need

Batley to lose to York

Sheffield to lose to Widnes

London to beat Bradford

Bradford to beat or draw with Sheffield

Can't see all of the above 4 things happening TBH

 

If you say so.  I'm quite happy to await the outcome.

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11 minutes ago, DEANO said:

It would be interesting to see a proper league table without the ridiculous summer bash

Why don't you do it?  It's one game apiece - how hard can it be?

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2 minutes ago, Griff said:

Why don't you do it?  It's one game apiece - how hard can it be?

Because it would be so tight with points difference. Am not clever enough to work it out. I know York would be plus 30 points better off 

sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward

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2 minutes ago, DEANO said:

Because it would be so tight with points difference. Am not clever enough to work it out. I know York would be plus 30 points better off 

Quick look suggests York would move up 1 place to 8th. Only team to benefit by moving into the play offs would be 'fax (7th to 5th) at the expense of Batley (6th to 7th). Other teams to move would be Bradford (5th to 6th) and Widnes (8th to 9th).

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8 minutes ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

Quick look suggests York would move up 1 place to 8th. Only team to benefit by moving into the play offs would be 'fax (7th to 5th) at the expense of Batley (6th to 7th). Other teams to move would be Bradford (5th to 6th) and Widnes (8th to 9th).

Would make it even more interesting for the final 2 games don’t you think

sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward

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First Broncos game since they moved to Wimbledon today and thought they looked really good. A big team on the whole, and that contributed to some fairly soft scores up the middle. I would guess at a crowd of 1200, with 250 Widnes, but nothing to compare to so could be way out.

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