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Post Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Posted by PrinterThe on Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:31 pm
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Should it be scrapped?

Obviously keep the Good Friday big games like Saints/Wigan and the Hull derby but what do the Monday fixtures achieve. Most were one sided and poor quality and has had a knock on effect the following weekend and tonight.

Before anyone starts, we (Leeds) may well have still lost tonight in one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar but it would've been a much better game played at a different date in the calendar.
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:29 am
Posted by Him on Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:29 am
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I agree. I think the Easter Monday games can be scrapped without any loss really. I’m struggling to remember a really good Easter Monday game yet I can think of plenty of Good Friday ones.

I’d also reduce the number of league games, not the number of teams but certainly the number of games. I think we could reduce it from 30 to 24.
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:25 am
Posted by TheUnassumingBadger on Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:25 am
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I would scrap it in a heartbeat and have everyone play across thurs and good fri like they do now. Last night was a great advert for reducing the number of games in the season, there needs to be 2 or 3 weeks off for everybody throughout the year. Imagine if everyone had the week before easter off, there would be some belting matches on Good Friday
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:25 am
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:25 am
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Yes playing two games over one weekend should be scrapped.
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:53 am
Posted by Him on Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:53 am
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TheUnassumingBadger wrote:
I would scrap it in a heartbeat and have everyone play across thurs and good fri like they do now. Last night was a great advert for reducing the number of games in the season, there needs to be 2 or 3 weeks off for everybody throughout the year. Imagine if everyone had the week before easter off, there would be some belting matches on Good Friday

Yep. I think the NRL benefits massively from this. Having bye weeks and just fewer games in total. Combined with smaller squads in SL I’m convinced it’s a big factor in the difference in quality between the comps. There are other factors obviously but I think it’s a way we could close the gap a little at least.
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:13 am
Posted by Psychedelic Casual on Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:13 am
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The Monday games were terrible quality
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:59 pm
Posted by wire-flyer on Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:59 pm
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Coaches and players complained about it. So what happened? The RFL introduced a second double weekend!
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:15 pm
Posted by knockersbumpMKII on Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:15 pm
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Scrap it, it flies directly in the face of player welfare and players union should advise the RFL that their members will refuse to play on the Easter Monday.
Whilst getting a win is great if you back up you're basically watching a game that isn't as good as it might be and as seen thereafter the effects further down the line are clear.

Players are already playing through injury and being jabbed up and I believe it leads to more injuries/greater chance of injury when you're playing fatigued and/or carrying a knock.
If we have to extend the season because of it, so be it.
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Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:54 pm
Posted by Jake the Peg on Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:54 pm
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Play the easter Monday matches at the magic weekend. Fixture congestion and lop sided fixture list solved in one fell swoop
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Post Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:47 am
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:47 am
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Could a poll be added to this thread?

Is there anybody that’s in favour of playing twice over one weekend.
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