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Posted by sally cinnamon on Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:29 pm
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14 March 2009.
Harlequins 60 Warrington 8

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_l ... 928258.stm

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/ ... per-league

That was our 10th consecutive defeat, we lost the last 5 games of 2008 and this was the 5th defeat of 2009, we were rooted to the bottom of the table. Matt King was booed for making gestures to fans.

Interesting to look at the team that day. It might have lost 10 in a row but I'd fancy them to give the current team a good game, possibly be favourites against them:

Chris Hicks
Paul Johnson
Martin Gleeson
Simon Grix
Matt King
Lee Briers
Michael Monaghan
Adrian Morley
Jon Clarke
Paul Rauhihi
Louis Anderson
Vinnie Anderson
Lee Mitchell.

Replacements: Paul Wood, Mick Higham, Steve Pickersgill, Ben Harrison.
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Posted by karetaker on Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:37 pm
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Would be interesting,I preferred Monaghan when he moved to 9 though.
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Paul Johnson got a cup winners medal, but he wouldn't get near today's team. Simon Grix at centre is an odd position for him to be in, even for a utility player.
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Paul Johnson got a cup winners medal, but he wouldn't get near today's team. Simon Grix at centre is an odd position for him to be in, even for a utility player.

Grix was excellent playing at centre in that period,
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Grix was excellent ANYWHERE!!
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Moe syslak wrote:
Grix was excellent ANYWHERE!!


Grix was one of the most intelligent players I've ever seen, and would have been my first pick in the team at any position. I was at that game in London and Wire were at a very low ebb. London played well, easy winners, but it was also one of those days when absolutely everything worked for them, every pass stuck, even some very speculatiove kicks bounced perfectly to be picked up a yard from the try line and so on. We've all seen games like these. Anyway, the good news is that we went on from that to break our 34 year gap between major trophies.
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Posted by sally cinnamon on Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:59 am
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Bridge, Carvell and Westwood were out that day as well - if you put them back in the team I think it would tip the balance for the 2009 team against 2019.

On paper now that looks like a "nearly there" team. Lots of quality there but it just needs a sprinkling of quality additions to be really good.

Put the injured players back in: Bridge for Grix (Grix to the bench), Carvell for Rauhihi and Westwood for Mitchell.

Then add Mathers to fullback and Hicks instead of Johnson on the wing.
Myler to halfback and Monaghan to hooker.
Solomona to another bench spot.
Atkins for Gleeson.

And you have the 2010 team, which already looks like a team that would be head and shoulders above any team around in 2019.
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Asgardian13 wrote:
Grix was one of the most intelligent players I've ever seen, and would have been my first pick in the team at any position. I was at that game in London and Wire were at a very low ebb. London played well, easy winners, but it was also one of those days when absolutely everything worked for them, every pass stuck, even some very speculatiove kicks bounced perfectly to be picked up a yard from the try line and so on. We've all seen games like these. Anyway, the good news is that we went on from that to break our 34 year gap between major trophies.


Grix was in his sixth season with us at this point, and had only played about 30 SL games. The club showed an extraordinary amount of patience with him given his struggles with injuries, many other clubs would have written him off.

He only really had about a 5 or 6 year career as a top flight regular because of his injury problems which was a great shame. Has to be one of the best all round rugby players I've seen at Wire though, he was probably a loose forward, but you could play him centre or halves and he didn't look like a guy 'doing a job' he was quality wherever he played.
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This game was Tony Smith`s second game in charge, if I recall correctly.

Martin Gleeson was shown the door after the game and was sold to Wigan.

Lee Briers was dropped to substitute for the next game, which was the kick-up the ar$e that he needed
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Grix was not really given a chance until Smith came in, similar with Ben Harrison.
I know that when Grix arrived from Halifax that there were players that played in a similar role to him but were coming to the end of their playing days that were suggesting to the then coach to give Grix a run in the team because he had what it takes.
The advice was never really taken and they both were only really given a decent chance when Smith arrived.
Maybe the coach thought they were not ready but I think Grix would have been at that time.
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