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Posted by Mr Dog on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:17 am
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Powell has now taken teams to 6 finals - 5 times as favourites - and won 1. Maybe, just maybe it's him who can't cope with the pressure?
Posted by BD on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:21 am
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Powell has now taken teams to 6 finals - 5 times as favourites - and won 1. Maybe, just maybe it's him who can't cope with the pressure?


I do think if this whole drama hadn't have happened, we'd have won. And we'd be having a very different conversation.
Posted by Mr Dog on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:31 am
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I do think if this whole drama hadn't have happened, we'd have won. And we'd be having a very different conversation.


And if my Auntie had.....

Turning down the penalties early on smacks of poor decision making by someone. Maybe the first decision was made on the pitch but after that?
Posted by BD on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:33 am
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And if my Auntie had.....

Turning down the penalties early on smacks of poor decision making by someone. Maybe the first decision was made on the pitch but after that?


Completely agree re: the penalties, but people underestimate how much rugby is a mental game as much as a physical one. The body language of the entire squad on Saturday was terrible - can only assume why!!
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[quote="Mr Dog"]Powell has now taken teams to 6 finals - 5 times as favourites - and won 1. Maybe, just maybe it's him who can't cope with the pressure?[/quote

I'll just judge him on his time as Cas where he's taken us to 2 finals. 1 as underdogs 1 as very slight favourites where he was informed 2 days before the final that he would be without his star full back for the game giving 1 training session for someone else to play full back.He then saw his side make 18 handling errors. He wasn't the 1 repeatedly dropping the ball. I know Fev fans like to stick the knife into Powell regarding finals but how have Fev coped since Powell left in comparison to 2010-13. At Cas in 3 years we've reached the challenge cup final a grand final and won the league leaders shield. No other coach could have done that at Cas.
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I do think if this whole drama hadn't have happened, we'd have won. And we'd be having a very different conversation.

But you might not have even been there or topped the league if one of your best players wasn't cheating.
So tough.
Leeds would have won anyway they were better, it might have been a bit closer that's all.
Posted by Kelvin's Ferret on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:49 am
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Mr Dog wrote:
And if my Auntie had.....

Turning down the penalties early on smacks of poor decision making by someone. Maybe the first decision was made on the pitch but after that?



I think the decision to pass up the early 2 points set the tone for the Cas performance. Lack of big game nous. I think it's all very nice wanting to play free flowing, attacking rugby on a wet autumn night, but Leeds did the sensible thing and played percentages rugby. There was a point where McShane went for a snatched one handed pick up from the ptb and dropped it, he may do that move all the time, but in the conditions a solid pass would have been better.
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Posted by BD on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:59 am
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But you might not have even been there or topped the league if one of your best players wasn't cheating.
So tough.
Leeds would have won anyway they were better, it might have been a bit closer that's all.


Hardaker is a tool but it doesn't enhance his performance.
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