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Re: World Cup: Thoughts so far?
Post Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:31 pm
Posted by silver2 on Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:31 pm
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Something which has frustrated me is the constant interference at the ruck and the referees inability to deal with it. We're often told that the NRL monitors this aspect of the game much better that the SL, but from what I've seen, that's simply not true.
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Post Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:26 pm
Posted by Psychedelic Casual on Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:26 pm
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I'm personally loving it. Been getting up early to watch the games live and have enjoyed them.

The Toa Samoa v Mate Ma'a Tonga game was the best international rugby league game I’ve ever seen and easily the best and most passionate sporting pre-game spectacle I’ve ever seen.

England were okay against Aus and dreadful against Lebanon. They are playing like Wayne Bennett’s interviews; uncomfortable to watch and boring.

Papua New Guinea have been great to watch and their fans are loving it. It's a shame their 1/4 final isn't in Port Moresby.

Then New Zealand v Tonga next week has the potential to be the game of the tournament!

Great start to the World Cup, just a shame England have been average and that the Aussie public haven't bothered turning up.
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Post Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:30 pm
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Psychedelic Casual wrote:
I'm personally loving it. Been getting up early to watch the games live and have enjoyed them.

The Toa Samoa v Mate Ma'a Tonga game was the best international rugby league game I’ve ever seen and easily the best and most passionate sporting pre-game spectacle I’ve ever seen.

England were okay against Aus and dreadful against Lebanon. They are playing like Wayne Bennett’s interviews; uncomfortable to watch and boring.

Papua New Guinea have been great to watch and their fans are loving it. It's a shame their 1/4 final isn't in Port Moresby.

Then New Zealand v Tonga next week has the potential to be the game of the tournament!

Great start to the World Cup, just a shame England have been average and that the Aussie public haven't bothered turning up.

Good game but can't beat 2nd test against the Aussies in 1990. Brilliant game even though we lost. Back on topic. Ive been a bit meh about this world cup. That's possibly to do with it being down under though and I can't get to see many games because of work.
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Post Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:36 pm
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silver2 wrote:
Something which has frustrated me is the constant interference at the ruck and the referees inability to deal with it. We're often told that the NRL monitors this aspect of the game much better that the SL, but from what I've seen, that's simply not true.

That's because they have an official on the pitch whose job it is to police the ruck in the NRL
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Re: World Cup: Thoughts so far?
Post Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:45 pm
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:45 pm
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[quote="Roy Haggerty”]
As the group stage ends and the quarters begin, it starts to look much, much tighter, with some really mouthwatering clashes. The quarters are looking like:

Australia v Samoa
Tonga v Fiji
Kiwis v Lebanon
England v PNG

Of those, while the Kiwis and Aussies would have to have bad days to do anything but win, they'll still know they've been in a game - especially the Aussies. England could struggle against PNG if they repeat the performance of this weekend, and if you're not excited about a Tonga v Fiji match after watching them play so far, then you've no right to call yourself a rugby league fan.

A few people need to pull their heads out of their backsides, stop moaning that it isn't the soccer world cup with dozens of roughly equal teams supported by billions of dollars of international finance, and accept it for what it is - a big party which unites our sport in a celebration of what it means to play and support the game.[/quote]


Agree with most of this but I wouldn’t give New Zealand top spot in group B just yet, they have to beat a very good Tongan side first. An upset is possible if Tonga can perform well and keep their discipline. It would be great for the game if Tonga pull it off.
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Post Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:14 pm
Posted by Call Me God on Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:14 pm
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Sir Kevin Sinfield wrote:
Agree with most of this but I wouldn’t give New Zealand top spot in group B just yet, they have to beat a very good Tongan side first. An upset is possible if Tonga can perform well and keep their discipline. It would be great for the game if Tonga pull it off.

...it wouldn't be an upset at all. I expect Tonga to have the upper hand in the pack in this game and I would rate their chances as very good....maybe only slight underdogs, but I'd take Tonga with a 10 point start........and I think the Bookies agree.
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Re: World Cup: Thoughts so far?
Post Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:52 pm
Posted by Muggins on Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:52 pm
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I like the world cup logo. it looks good on the pitch.

I really like the BBC intro with the oversized players, but the tune isn't particularly good or memorable. I like the BBC coverage though. Robbie Paul is great and it's always good to see Jonathan "and the Welshman is in" Davies. I miss the old Wembley and those 1st tests. I hope the new Wembley can become just as special when touring teams visit.

I liked watching Australia v England. For me England/GB against Australia is the best game in RL. It's what I grew up watching and I always love those matches. I hope so much that we can get to the final so that we can play them again.

I've enjoyed watching PNG. The atmosphere has been fantastic and their yellow shirts look good. I hope they can continue to develop because RL needs more genuine international teams.

Samoa v Tonga was great and I've been very impressed by New Zealand too. I'm just hoping they don't ruin things for us again if we both manage get to the SF.
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Post Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:49 pm
Posted by rollin thunder on Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:49 pm
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I liked watching Australia v England. For me England/GB against Australia is the best game in RL. It's what I grew up watching and I always love those matches. I hope so much that we can get to the final so that we can play them again.

totally agree, we had the best international rugby of any code with the kangaroo tours and we just threw it away, i no the change to summer did not help and made the long tours a thing of the past, but shoret 3 test tours with 3-4 midweek games thrown in would be great again, the big crowd that saw leeds v NZ at Headingley in 2015 proves there is a big appetite for club v tourist games.

just think if we had a kangaroo tour next year,

Cas v Roos at weldon road sell out

Wigan v roos at Dw 20k easily sellout not unthinkable

first test Wembley 60k comfortably with good marketing a record international crowd 80k

midweek Hull fc, possibly hull combined team Kc 20+

Leeds at Headingley 20k sellout

second test Newcastle st james or Coventry sell out at covenrty 40k min at Newcastle. (scrap magic weekend from 2018 onwards)

third test Old Trafford 60-70k

i think those crowds are easily achievable in given 12 months marketing and expectation 6-7 game tour would be enough for interest but won't upset the Nrl too much.
Re: World Cup: Thoughts so far?
Post Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:01 pm
Posted by brearley84 on Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:01 pm
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im enjoying it, but thats because im following it closely... most of the general public wont even know its on right now! but thats with it being in oz i suppose too.

crowds are disappointing down under, shame they treat it as a third tier competition behind the origin and nrl... the world cup should always be the pinnacle. dont think they should get the comp again for a good while if they dont respect it..... think its in the usa next and maybe england again after that... the last one in england was great for crowds.

some good games so far, looking forward to the rest of the comp! hoping for an england final spot at the very least
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Re: World Cup: Thoughts so far?
Post Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Posted by brearley84 on Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:04 pm
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Levrier wrote:
I have been impressed with the speed of the video refs calls.


yes!!! hope the sl take note
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