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Posted by Marvin on Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:30 am
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GAME ON : Wakefield Trinity v Widnes Vikings - 18:30:00 GENERAL CHAT ABOUT THE GAME, BUILD UP, THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENS AND AFTERMATH BELOW.
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This match has just been suspended after 25 mins of play due to the poor weather conditions.

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Posted by Call Me God on Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:19 am
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summer rugby......it's the future
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£20 a ticket and £15 on beer and merchandise.....so an away fan is worth £35. At best, 1,000 is the average away support split across 11 rounds and I am being really generous here, so Toronto, replacing say Wakefield will cost a SL club £35,000.
The minimum turnover of a SL club is £4,000,000 so Toronto instead of Wakefield is worth less than 1% of a SL clubs turnover.

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Posted by wrencat1873 on Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:03 am
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Massive credit to the Widnes fans that made the trip over and I hope they all got back over the hill safely.
The weather was unbelievable and with ungritted roads in the area around Belle Vue, getting away was certainly "fun".

It was without doubt, the worst weather that I've seen at a rugby league game in the last 40 years.

THe Trinity fans stayed for a while singing in the snow, it was all quite surreal.
Posted by vastman on Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:12 am
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Massive credit to the Widnes fans that made the trip over and I hope they all got back over the hill safely.
The weather was unbelievable and with ungritted roads in the area around Belle Vue, getting away was certainly "fun".

It was without doubt, the worst weather that I've seen at a rugby league game in the last 40 years.

THe Trinity fans stayed for a while singing in the snow, it was all quite surreal.


I quite enjoyed it though I hope it's another forty years before it happened again.

Sad really because it was playable at 5-30 and by 7-30 it had totally died down again.

It was a judgement call and some times you win sometimes you lose :-(
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Posted by Matt_Horton on Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:04 am
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I was covering the game. Like you say, when I got there at 5pm there was a little snow on the pitch and everything was fine. Then the first flurry covered the pitch a little more but a great effort to clear the lines. Rather than just abandoning the game, if they had let the snow stop. Wait 20 minutes, clear the lines again then I don't see any reason why the game couldn't have been completed.
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I was covering the game. Like you say, when I got there at 5pm there was a little snow on the pitch and everything was fine. Then the first flurry covered the pitch a little more but a great effort to clear the lines. Rather than just abandoning the game, if they had let the snow stop. Wait 20 minutes, clear the lines again then I don't see any reason why the game couldn't have been completed.


Not sure it was really playable after that 20 minute blizzard, it was no longer just a covering. I think on balance player safety would have been severely compromised, but yes it may have been possible.

However I don't think anyone would have guessed that at the point it was abandoned. Shame because both teams looked up for it.
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I was covering the game. Like you say, when I got there at 5pm there was a little snow on the pitch and everything was fine. Then the first flurry covered the pitch a little more but a great effort to clear the lines. Rather than just abandoning the game, if they had let the snow stop. Wait 20 minutes, clear the lines again then I don't see any reason why the game couldn't have been completed.


Not sure it was really playable after that 20 minute blizzard, it was no longer just a covering. I think on balance player safety would have been severely compromised, but yes it may have been possible.

However I don't think anyone would have guessed that at the point it was abandoned. Shame because both teams looked up for it.
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Posted by Matt_Horton on Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:47 am
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However I don't think anyone would have guessed that at the point it was abandoned. Shame because both teams looked up for it.

Not too sure about the Widnes coach though........
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I was impressed by the turn of pace of both benches on the referees whistle to stop the game :lol:
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