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Title: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 16 February, 2020, 02:16:41 pm
No post on the topic.  Am I really the only one who follows the sport?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 16 February, 2020, 04:33:29 pm
No.

Rochdale Hornets ground-share with the football team.  The first half of the season is often a washout!

Good result for Huddersfield last week.  My wife's uncle, Joe Peel, used to play for them when they were Far Town.  Calling yourself "Giants" was always asking for trouble.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 16 February, 2020, 11:49:20 pm
I'm not from a league background, but inherited it from my in-laws (Hull KR).  Being foreign I nominally support the Catalans, so that whole Folau saga is working out really nice for me.  It's like we're a halfway house for players no one else would touch with a bargepole.

What are your thoughts on Toronto in the English League?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 17 February, 2020, 01:23:47 am
Same as they are for Catalans!  Anyway, the days of local sides are long gone, except in the lower leagues.  Oddly, Toronto train in Rochdale!  Rochdale themselves were founder members (with Huddersfield, I think) but those days are also long gone and Rochdale are in Division 3 this season.

I never played league, but I like the game very much.  The scrum is killing Rugby Union (that and steroids).  But I still watch it, having played ar school and college.  My limp never lets me forget!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Psychler on 17 February, 2020, 02:15:12 am
I played Union for 25 years to a pretty good standard.  In the early 80's, I also played two games of League for £$£ [under an assumed name] for a team in Cumbria.  I never told a soul until well after Union went professional as I didn't want the then mandatory life ban.

I've got to be honest, I found League boring to play.

It paid for a couple of weekends in the Lake District seeing a young lady that I'd met whilst in Carlisle playing Union for my County.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ElyDave on 17 February, 2020, 06:01:29 am
I'll watch the occasional game, but being ingrained in union as player and referee, I find league tactically less interesting with no real contested restarts and only six points of contact.  In some of the real nailbiting union matches, you can see teams putting together double figures of rucks or mauls before forcing the error
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: T42 on 17 February, 2020, 10:02:35 am
The other day I watched a highlights reel of the 1988 New Year's Day match between Wigan and Warrington, the one they called World War III.

https://youtu.be/mjLC_vqhfZ0

First time I've watched any League since I was in my teens.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 17 February, 2020, 11:28:50 pm
Union gets a big following from ex-players, as a non-player I just see people kicking the ball back and forth up the pitch, dropping the ball and then 5 minutes of stoppage until a team concedes a penalty at the scrum (seemingly at random).  When I watched it with an ex player it was much better and 10-15 years ago I remember watching some cracking matches with really good skill levels ... but it just doesn't have the appeal anymore.
League is designed as a spectator sport and as a pure spectator I find it much better than any other footy code.

Great to see that Catalans are removing rainbow flags to prevent any injury to their advertising.  I may have to switch my support to our hated Derby rivals (London).

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on 17 February, 2020, 11:36:05 pm
I think high marks in Aussie Rules football are pretty spectator friendly
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-BAaCBC1V1Q
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 18 February, 2020, 01:15:51 am
What an amazing collection, D!  I don't know how Rules is played, so I'll be reading up.  Unlike rugby union players these days, they look like normal human beings, except for being mostly tall.  There's some terrific athleticism shown - I think some of them could hurdle to an Olympic high jump medal.  There's a lot of "eye-watering" shoulder-straddling in the climbs, so I imagine the singing in the showers is pretty soprano.  I'm going to find some clips on the tube to get more familiar.  Is the injury rate high?  I imagine broken shoulders and necks are on the cards.  Definitely a bonkers sport.

Thanks for sharing - as they say on the street.

peter
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 18 February, 2020, 08:51:39 am
Yeah, I hadn't included Ozzy rules, Gaelic and Kabaddi in my list because.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on 18 February, 2020, 09:16:49 am
I come from a part of Oz that is League through-and-through (worked at the Lang Park Cauldron and all) and still think that Aussie Rules is more spectator-friendly. Amazing athleticism.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: T42 on 18 February, 2020, 09:41:36 am
Yeah, I hadn't included Ozzy rules, Gaelic and Kabaddi in my list because.

Anyone for buzkashi?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: DuncanM on 18 February, 2020, 02:35:22 pm
League is designed as a spectator sport and as a pure spectator I find it much better than any other footy code.

I used to love watching League in the days where Martin Offiah and Ellery Hanley used to boss it for Wigan. I stopped watching it in the mid 2000s I guess, when it seemed to be smash it up the middle 5 times and try for a 40:20 or whatever it was called. With union it feels like every ruck has the potential for a penalty (either way) - it drives me nuts and I don't watchi it much for that reason. With League it seemed to be all about how long you could lie on top of someone without getting pinged for it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 18 February, 2020, 09:32:35 pm
I grew up with a Leeds Rhinos season ticket and went to Headingley fortnightly for the better part of 10 years with my dad.

I love league - which has probably been helped by supporting one of the more dominant sides of this century - but I've been watching more and more union over the last 5 years and I have to say it really has grown on me, the more you understand the rules the more interesting a sport it becomes.

Generally the NRL is far superior to Super League and Australia will always be better than the Kiwi's and England/GB.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 22 February, 2020, 03:51:58 pm
Not watched much NRL, but that which I have watched didn't sell it to me as being particularly better than the SL.  SOO included.

I pretty much only watch free to view sport anyway, so I am unlikely to see more NRL or Ozzie Rules unless they get a late night show on 4 or 5.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 17 February, 2021, 12:48:25 am
Should the RFL look at the mistakes the Department for Education made and accept that they can't have P/R this year and probably not next year and plan accordingly. 
Its not been too long ago that P/R was on a three year cycle, so it's not that hard for them to put in place.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 17 February, 2021, 11:40:39 am
P/R?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: De Sisti on 17 February, 2021, 11:51:15 am
Rugby League is so much easier to understand. There are only about 5 rules* in the game.

The rules relating to forward play in Union is just so complicated. Arbitrary penalising a team's
scrum happens all the time**.


* Slight exaggeration.
** That's how it appears to me.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 18 February, 2021, 03:03:12 pm
Sorry, P/R = promotion/relegation.  My post makes very little sense without that.

De Sisti, I think that was very much the original intent of League, to make it more fan-friendly.  My experience is that people who prefer union either played or have family who played and thus they understand the intricacies of the endless rolling about in the mud and kicking back and forth (showing my prejudice here).  I think the best union matches I've watched are as good as the best league games I've watched, but in the last 10 years I have rarely seen a league match as bad as union matches can often get. 
I think there have only ever been two SuperLeague matches without a try.  Imagine a world where there had only been one Premiere Leage match without a goal scored?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 12 March, 2021, 02:53:51 pm
The NRL is back, watched the first game between Melbourne & South Sydney and I'm already excited for the rest of the season, such a zesty game.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Steph on 14 March, 2021, 01:41:09 pm
I posted a comment re League on the six nations thread. I used to watch it as a girl, but it was too one-dimensional for me. All the players are physically similar, as well. No scope for differing builds, no skills beyond the running.I recognise that they are indeed fit, skilled, hard, etc, but it lacks the variety I get from my own national game.

Crash ball---tackle. Repeat five more times, then kick.

Repeat
Repeat
Repeat.

Occasionally have a joke scrum where the ball is bounced off the back of a prop's head, and that's it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 14 March, 2021, 02:19:19 pm
Rob Burrow (now sadly crippled by MND) is 5feet 5 inches, Jason Robinson 5 8; both smaller than George Ford, who at 5 9 only looks small because of the steroidal beff-fattened rest of the team.  I think the average size of a League player will be considerably less than that of a Union player both in height and weight.  The Vunipolas are special cases as there are virtually no cubic players in League.  I'm able to appreciate both games, so twice the mud!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: De Sisti on 14 March, 2021, 05:57:59 pm
Occasionally have a joke scrum where the ball is bounced off the back of a prop's head, and that's it.
In rugby union scrums, the ball is fed through the legs of the 2nd rows to the number 8.
Honest, it's true*.


*That's how it looks to me. :-D
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Steph on 15 March, 2021, 12:47:24 pm
Occasionally have a joke scrum where the ball is bounced off the back of a prop's head, and that's it.
In rugby union scrums, the ball is fed through the legs of the 2nd rows to the number 8.
Honest, it's true*.


*That's how it looks to me. :-D
Tell me about it! I played loosehead for a while, and hooker occasionally. Back then, the ref would blow for a squint feed, and there was a lot of skill in putting the ball in on the slant, i.e. with one end pointing up at the 9's hooker's side, so that when the ball hit the ground it bounced back towards him and away from the opposition front row. Now, it looks as if the ball is being thrown straight between the loosehead's feet to the locks. The only way to take one against the head is to massively outpush the other pack.

The days of the Viet Gwent and hooking with the head are long gone: "We went up, we went down, we went sideways, but we never went backwards"
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 27 March, 2021, 11:36:08 am
@Steph, I can see the value of an inclusive sport played in schools, not sure about the pro level though.  While my first introduction to rugby was union, I am less interested in watching a sport where half the team can’t run for the whole match because they’re too pie retentive, they generally lack the basic skill of “not dropping the ball in the pass” and significant viewing time is spent kicking the ball back and forth up the pitch, or with all the forwards in a big pile waiting for the ref to award a penalty (at random?). 
I have little time to watch sports these days so only occasionally will watch union highlights.  The moment I realised I was no longer interested in watching union was ~ 15 years ago when watching France in the 6 nations I figured I could pop of and quickly fettle the bike ... I never came back to the match.
That said, a GOOD union match is a thing of beauty; just for me, on average, league matches will be better than union.

Proper split allegiances today in the KR v Catalan game.  If Ryan Hall has still got it KR could be in for a hell of a season.  Leigh impressed yesterday, suspect this is the usual Wigan underperforming at the start of the season and the new team out to prove themselves.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 28 March, 2021, 02:09:37 pm
Just watching the Swinton v Oldham cup match.  It's really noticeable how much like ordinary humans the players look in comparison to the Union players in the 6-nations, who have to have their kit sprayed on.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 28 March, 2021, 04:11:38 pm
To be fair they're semi-pros (at best). 
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 28 March, 2021, 05:47:38 pm
That'll do for me!  Do you thing the Union pros actually eat the money?!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 30 March, 2021, 03:20:13 pm
If Ryan Hall has still got it KR could be in for a hell of a season.

He was lacklustre - at best - for Sydney Roosters last season, a shame he didn't return to the mighty Rhinos but I can see why neither party would want that.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 30 March, 2021, 05:42:24 pm
How's he doing his hair, these days?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 01 April, 2021, 05:11:34 pm
It's pretty normal looking, must have mellowed a bit with age
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 01 April, 2021, 07:14:37 pm
I've just remembered - hairdressers (or in Ryan's case panel-beaters) are shut, aren't they?  And it's usually a bit obvious when he's had an appointment!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 08 April, 2021, 10:39:59 am
James Roby gets an England call-up?  Isn’t he a million years old (in rl player years).
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 08 April, 2021, 07:20:43 pm
He's 35, Cameron Smith retired from international duty at 33 and he was better...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Salvatore on 09 April, 2021, 11:43:58 am
I see Clive Sullivan is commemorated in today's google doodle. It would have been his 78th birthday today.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: De Sisti on 09 April, 2021, 11:59:56 am
I see Clive Sullivan is commemorated in today's google doodle. It would have been his 78th birthday today.
He died so young.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 09 April, 2021, 06:49:34 pm
HT HKR up 16 points on Cas.  Unexpected.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 09 April, 2021, 10:59:08 pm
Close, but no cigar.  Never in doubt.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 14 May, 2021, 11:55:18 pm
Last round of CC.  Very good indeed.
Not used to the reset rule, it makes it even faster, I like.

Not as impressed with decisions in the Cas game, felt Salford got away with slowing the ptb at a level where Cas were being penalised.  Also, the two yellows...  But what a finish!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 17 May, 2021, 07:44:16 am
A new element re: set restart has cropped up in the NRL - deliberate repeat infringements at the start of sets to give you forwards a chance to get back onside. They're showing yellow cards like it went out of fashion...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 22 May, 2021, 06:00:50 pm
Have seen more yellow cards this year than usual.  Not necessarily a bad thing if it results in less damage to players and is enforced evenly.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 29 May, 2021, 07:03:57 pm
Catalans THRASH Wigan.  Even less expected than Cas-Leeds outcome.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/57275099

Prob Wigan and Cas had one eye on the CC next weekend.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 18 June, 2021, 11:04:40 pm
RESULT for HKR. 

Also, Wigan and Sintellens losing this w/e is works in Catalans favour, so I am doubly happy.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 19 June, 2021, 10:36:01 pm
As a Leeds fan I always love to see Wigan and Saints losing - whether it benefits us or not...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 19 June, 2021, 11:53:52 pm
My FIL was a HKR fan.  The system was HKR, then "anyone but Wigan or Sintellens".  I understand your sentiment very well.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 18 July, 2021, 12:38:01 am
Eh merde
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 18 July, 2021, 10:48:16 am
I was rooting for Castleford.  did you find it hard to watch, with the shadow covering so much of the ground?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 18 July, 2021, 12:14:35 pm
Yes.  I enjoyed the first half, but realised how it was going after 50 mins.  It's hard as I should objectively just enjoy Sintellens playing, as they are very good and I have no reason to have any beef with them; but - anyone but Sintellens or Wigan.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Mr Larrington on 18 July, 2021, 12:27:06 pm
Sintellens sound like they ought to be from Belgium.

(http://legslarry.org.uk/BikeStull/coat_48.png)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 18 July, 2021, 01:58:36 pm
Even more reason for me to be less negative towards them.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 22 July, 2021, 11:14:32 am
NZ and Oz out of the world cup next year
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/57925720

On one hand, makes sense for them not to risk it, on the other hand other Nz/Oz teams have been travelling internationally/to the UK, on the other hand the domestic league in the UK has had disruptions, how can we be sure the WC won't.

As strange as it seems, I think it makes sense to go on without them, the alternative would be waiting another 2-3 years.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: markcjagar on 22 July, 2021, 05:35:53 pm
Well that'll put a massive * next to England's win
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 22 July, 2021, 10:15:56 pm
I think the Chief Exec. (or whatever he's called)'s description of the OZ/NZ decision as cowardly was, frankly, despicable, and will appear on news quizzes and so on for years to come.  You really can't have someone with such poor communication skills and so many toys and such a small pram at the top of even such an insignificant outfit as a national sporting association.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: De Sisti on 22 July, 2021, 10:23:57 pm
I think the Chief Exec. (or whatever he's called)'s description of the OZ/NZ decision as cowardly was, frankly, despicable, and will appear on news quizzes and so on for years to come.  You really can't have someone with such poor communication skills and so many toys and such a small pram at the top of even such an insignificant outfit as a national sporting association.


As above.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 22 July, 2021, 10:29:30 pm
 ;)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 22 July, 2021, 11:33:26 pm
You need to understand the context here though.
It's not true that sports players from NZ and Oz can't come to the UK, the Kiwi cricketers came over, the OZ RU players came over, they're all off to Tokyo.  So it's simply not true that they are avoiding this due to COVID.  (They also, like utter dickheads, waited about a week after the UK decided that they would go ahead with the tournament, and then pulled out.  So they showed a massive lack of class themselves).
It's (possibly/probably) not about COVID, it's about NRL clubs not wanting to have their players go to the world cup, and using COVID as an excuse.  Which is frankly despicable.
It's not just NZ and Oz that will be affected, this will hit all the PI, PNG, Cook Island teams.

If the UK want to go ahead with it, they will need to have a representative Kiwi and Australian side, made up of their import players.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 23 July, 2021, 12:28:51 am
Your points may be valid - but the "cowardly" response was made to the OZ/NZ assertion that it was their players' well-being that had prompted the decision, whether or not you think that is the case.  The word despicable was introduced by me to refer to the head lad's response.  I still think it's fair.  He should have said what he meant, if you think it was actually about something else.  Apart from anything else, he is risking the health of his own players in future confrontations: suggesting Antipodeans are cowardly is unwise, I suspect!  I'd be very surprised if he's still head lad by the time the next after-match banquet comes round, anyway.  He looked as if he was going to burst a blood vessel on screen.

It's a colossal disappointment for the towns involved - but I suspect it'll all prove to be irrelevant because we're all going to be in serious lock-down again by then.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Mr Larrington on 23 July, 2021, 12:57:11 am
BRITAIN ent safe” they cried, less than a week after an Aussie won Wmbldn.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 23 July, 2021, 02:16:39 am
I expect they were looking at the figures and graphs and reckoning it's not going to be safe come World Cup time.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 23 July, 2021, 11:41:34 am
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/57939301
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The Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) says a number of its members wanted to travel to England for the tournament this autumn.
Australia and New Zealand withdrew on Thursday because of "player welfare and safety concerns" related to Covid-19.
RLPA chief executive Clint Newton said their decision was "disappointing".
"We have had feedback from a number of players eligible for these nations stating their intentions to compete in the tournament, pending more information becoming available in the coming weeks," he said in a statement.
"Clearly, the views of those players have not been enough to prevent this decision and we believe it has been made prematurely."

"For players representing remaining participating nations, our priority will be to help ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place, and also provide them with the relevant information to make an informed decision about participation," he added.
"We had anticipated that players from Australia and New Zealand would have that same opportunity, which has unfortunately been taken away from them with last night's decision."
Seems the real reason is
Quote
There are also concerns about players and staff having to quarantine for 14 days on their return to Australia, with the country's borders currently closed because of the pandemic.
Those regulations would mean players would only return to their NRL clubs two weeks before trial games for the 2022 season begin.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 22 August, 2021, 07:05:30 pm
'luddy 'ell, Leigh won a match!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 22 August, 2021, 09:09:49 pm
Yes, good stuff!  I may have mentioned that my wife's uncle played for Giants, when they were Fartown.  In the next generation her cousin played for Leigh.  There was no player welfare in the 50s and 60s, or very little, so after someone trod on his hand and bust it, that was the finish and he had to become a joiner (where you don't need hands!).  They were both from west Cumberland and are the reason I look out for Leigh and Giants results.  Obviously, I have to look for Hornets, too, and I really do mean to get to Spotland and watch a division 12 match again, soon!  They'll be overtaken by Mayfield, soon!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 30 August, 2021, 05:15:14 pm
Big eyebrows raised at Salford besting FC and Wakey getting the better of Leeds.  I have hopes (but would not bet on) Cas vs Wigan (who will be hurting from last week).
Important match for me is the Catalan one, reckon they will get a scare from Leigh but then roll them over - expect a Catalan score late in the first half and then they get on a roll at about 60-70 mins.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 30 August, 2021, 07:04:49 pm
I may have expected too much from Leigh.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 30 August, 2021, 10:14:55 pm
It isn't difficult, is it?  Sadly.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 30 August, 2021, 11:31:59 pm
They've cause a few shocks in the first half and if anyone will be overconfident it would be Catalans at home.
All the clubs in the run for 5-6 place for playoffs lost.  Reckon it'll be Catalans-Saint for the Grand Final and I won't hold my breath.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 31 August, 2021, 12:10:11 am
I think you could be right.  I suppose I'm a traditionalist in that I feel uneasy about Catalans (or Toronto) even being involved.  It might be good to spread the game, I don't know, but I think of RL as being a "thing" from the North of England!  Billy Boston's about as international as I want to get!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 31 August, 2021, 11:37:39 am
I get where you're coming from in that there has been a history of trying to artificially seed clubs where there is no RL history (e.g. PSG, Crusaders and to some extent London) but Catalans are a really strong club with consistent backing in the French RL heartland, so pretty traditional.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 31 August, 2021, 02:00:55 pm
Certainly.  it's just an emotional reaction.  I started taking an interest as a 10 or 12 year-old in the days of Eddie Waring ("Heh, heh - earrly bath!!"), when big names were people like the Foxes and, of course, Billy Boston.  I haven't actually got a valid argument against the broadening of the geographical catchment area.  But I definitely agree with the argument against preferential seeding.  Changing codes, I remember in (I think) the 70s when Celtic and Rangers were agitating to be allowed to join the First Division in England.  The FA was, (again "I think") agreeable, so long as the Scottish teams started in the bottom division.  Obviously this came to nothing and I like to think that it was because their boards recognised that they might never get out of those divisions!  Nowadays, they'd effortlessly finish mid-table - in League 1!

Peter
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 31 August, 2021, 07:38:58 pm
Celtic and Rangers should have fielded a side in both comps.

I think with changing times where sport is funded more and more by TV rights and BIG BUSINESS there's more of an argument of seeding sides.  For example Wasps in RU have wandered about the country and are currently in Coventry.  If the RFL was offered 10% more for a SL that included London then it's a no-brainer.

I think it was better when they had a bigger SL and then split into the super-8s with bottom 4 playing top 4 of the Championship - but I am very much an armchair fan.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 03 September, 2021, 11:35:09 pm
Run in for top spot
Saints-Catalan
then Saints should win the rest of their matches, Catalan should beat Huddersfield, but then have Wigan away.

Reckon if Catalans beat Saints it's a done deal, but if not they have to beat Wigan last match of the season.  It's not impossible but I reckon Saints are more likely to win the next three and Catalans could bottle it in the last match of the season.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 04 September, 2021, 11:23:17 pm
NoFuckingWay
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/58449766

...

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Now, with their clutch of ex-Wigan players, star full-back Sam Tomkins, winger Tom Davies and forwards Gil Dudson, Michael McIlorum and Joel Tomkins, they have a chance to win a first Grand Final.
Thanks for dismissing all our home players and pushing the narrative that we don't have any. :facepalm:
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 04 September, 2021, 11:54:21 pm
Early bath..... for journalists!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 05 September, 2021, 03:01:36 pm
Looks like a French club will top both the SL and the Championship this year!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 12 September, 2021, 11:49:36 am
Losing to Huddersfield.  How embarrassing.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 12 September, 2021, 12:25:22 pm
 ;D

Well done FarTown!  Actually, do you know how many to go down.  If it's more than one, giants could still manage it, I think, because they've played more games already than, most.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 12 September, 2021, 10:52:57 pm
Nah, it's one up/one down ...
unless the promoted team don't tick the boxes (unlikely) ...
OR the RFL/SL secure massive external funding that requires a rejig for the TV and SL becomes a 10 side comp (even less likely)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 13 September, 2021, 12:28:39 am
Safe for another season, then!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 13 September, 2021, 06:46:29 pm
Now, if anyone has an idea how the playoffs work these days…
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 13 September, 2021, 07:21:20 pm
Everybody plays each other four times a week and whatever the result the championship is awarded to St Helens and Hornets go down another two divisions.  That's what usually happens....
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 13 September, 2021, 11:17:42 pm
I'm just guessing here but:
1st & 2nd place have a place in the semis, playing from home (relatively sure I read this somewhere).
Top 6 playoffs (I think)
So maybe 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5 for a place in the playoffs, lowest place qualifier plays 1st and highest plays 2nd.

I can't bring myself to hope, but we have beaten Sintellens twice this year ...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fd3 on 24 September, 2021, 11:47:45 pm
Well done those Yorkshire lads!  Did not expect either of those outcomes.
To be fair, though, still reckon it will be the top two in the final, hope Leeds leave Sts reeling and off the pace for the final.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Peter on 25 September, 2021, 12:10:03 am
Yes, that was a bit of a turn-up!