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Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:21 pm
Posted by Deano G on Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:21 pm
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nicktom wrote:
If we go on to win 3 trophies this year do you think SW would have MM to thank for his schooling and ultimately his success ? I would suggest that if you asked him, he would say he learned a lot from him but also MM learnt a lot from him in aspects of the game.


Yes and yes.
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IMO, Sculthorpe at his peak was better than Hanley was at his.


nickmanator wrote:
billy boston in todays game might pinch a spot bringin the cone on and that bein kind


robbierotten wrote:
Imo Sam Tomkins is a very poor mans Danny Brough he is just a average player getting bigged up by the idiots who comentate on sky.


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Jonathan Davies, who is his equal in [Super League] today?

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Wellens
Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:08 pm
Posted by Geoff on Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:08 pm
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Lazy J wrote:
There are lots of urban myths regarding Nobby and Sam, a quick check of the teams listings up untill Smiths injury and Nobbys damascus moment shows that out of 21 games before smiths injury Sam started 9 and was sub in 6, so hardly rotting in the 20's



Like so many others, you ignore the 2008 season, when he was completely ignored after scoring 5 tries on debut, so it's 40 games, not 21. Smith should never have got back in, after being dropped after the Quins game, when we'd lost our first three games and were losing to Quins before the substitution.

Bilko is always pretty fair with his match reports, here's what he wrote at the time:

Quins game:

The big one though is Noble finally giving a chance to young Sam Tomkins. Well overdue but he took his opportunity well. Didn't look out of place at all. People will recall his break just after half time which ended up a try but it was a simple but effective grubber in the final moments of the game that impressed me more. That small thing showed that he knows what he is doing and provided just a little bit of calm that has been missing from Tim Smith. Young Sam knew the clock was ticking and by kicking into touch, Wigan could reset with the scrum, calm down a bit and not get caught on a fast break.

Tim Smith for his part was again uninspiring for me before he got substituted.


Bradford game:

Well what a difference a fortnight makes. Two weeks ago the boys got booed off after a dreadful display against Castleford.
And the difference? Well a simple change of personnel in the half backs. Sam Tomkins in for Tim Smith and Wigan all of a sudden have skill, spark and most importantly pace in their go forward.

It's easy to praise young Sam to the hilt for his performances so far, I mean there's a long way to go before he makes it yet, however, for me, he is only a try short of a perfect start to his Super League career. Simple as that. All by himself, with just with a touch of magic here and there, he has lifted the whole side.


Practically everyone apart from Nobby could see, even in 2008, that Sam was better than Tim Smith.
Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:16 pm
Posted by Odem on Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:16 pm
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Geoff wrote:
Like so many others, you ignore the 2008 season, when he was completely ignored after scoring 5 tries on debut, so it's 40 games, not 21. Smith should never have got back in, after being dropped after the Quins game, when we'd lost our first three games and were losing to Quins before the substitution.

Bilko is always pretty fair with his match reports, here's what he wrote at the time:

Quins game:

Bradford game:

Practically everyone apart from Nobby could see, even in 2008, that Sam was better than Tim Smith.


Those quotes are from 2009. In 2008 Sam scored 5 against an awful whitehaven team. 2009 was the perfect time for him IMO. It was just a shame that he didn't start every game from the start of 2009. We could have finished much higher that year.

I remember his performance away at Cas to seal our play-off spot. He was already one of the best and most skilled players in the league. He is now the very best!
Dropkick Murphy..we actually saw and heard a mass of bouncing and scarf and flag waving to Dale Cavese that drowned out anything we could muster.. It stopped us singing our own celebratory songs, it died out seconds later when we accepted we couldn't be heard over the Wigan lot
Celebrations muted from us, job done from them. Most fans who slag them off are jealous their own club's support is nowhere near that good
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sally cinnamon..Why not discuss Wigan? It's a rugby league message board. Wigan are the most famous brand in rugby league
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Tre Cool..Saints fans are hopeless unless it's a cup final or grand final. Wigan fans are so much more loyal and passionate
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the flying biscuit..Wires havent been massively succesful over the years, but I've spoke to Brian Bevan And he spoke to me and i wouldnt swap that for Wigans History, ever
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Ande..on the TV i could only hear the Wigan fans with about 10 to go
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Saint94..Every team is in your feckin shadow, we all know
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Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:40 pm
Posted by nicktom on Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:40 pm
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I agree the RFL + SL need to do something about making the 18 comp a lot more competitive in order to improve the quality of the players. Imo it should be a joint effort to stop the major top 4-5 sides swamping the talent at 16-18,s and the rest going to the lower not fancied teams. This leads to a lob sided comp with the top teams smashing all before them.

Perhaps the RFL could help fund the SL teams wages at this age group and defo not include them in the SC , this way they could try and create a more even playing field with lads feeling the don,t have to go to Wigan, Saints, etc at the expense of your Salfords, and Widnes. I know the odd superstar will always get the the main clubs into a dutch auction for their signature and that could be looked at. This could lead to a very competitive comp which only can improve them as players and therefore SL + GB.

I still maintain that if we look back over 10 years of SL + 10 years before SL, most teams would have fielded 2 or more overseas players in the spine of their team, imo this had lead to the decline of us producing top quality 1,6,7 +9,s. These players that were showing promise have either got p..... off waiting and moved to lower club for 1st team rugby or become journey men as you stated.

Reducing the comp to 10 teams would help, but if these teams are still full of "overseas journey men" or lads trying resurrect their career over here, then our talent coming through will end up playing in the lower tiers of the comp. This will only lead imo to more Aussie domination at test level.
Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:46 am
Posted by exiled Warrior on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:46 am
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Am I alone in thinking that the problem is not totally with SL? For me the quality of competition in the Championship is not strong enough - this should be a proving ground for young players - how many in the last five seasons have made the switch up to SL level? Barely a handful if that. Most of the teams in this league are filled with journeymen / 2nd rate imports and over the hill players.

Perhaps there is a case for having either SL clubs fielding a 2nd team in the lower levels of the game or having feeder/tie-in with teams below SL level to encourage player development. With a formal arrangement between clubs this would open up the possibility of shared training/development and player exchanges/loans.

Whilst there are many positives in the game what is needed is a thorough look at the structure of the game from reserve/U18 right through to SL level to try and produce a more structured/cohesive game. Of course this is never going to happen.
Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:58 am
Posted by Wigan Peer on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:58 am
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exiled Warrior wrote:
Am I alone in thinking that the problem is not totally with SL? For me the quality of competition in the Championship is not strong enough - this should be a proving ground for young players - how many in the last five seasons have made the switch up to SL level? Barely a handful if that. Most of the teams in this league are filled with journeymen / 2nd rate imports and over the hill players.

Perhaps there is a case for having either SL clubs fielding a 2nd team in the lower levels of the game or having feeder/tie-in with teams below SL level to encourage player development. With a formal arrangement between clubs this would open up the possibility of shared training/development and player exchanges/loans.

Whilst there are many positives in the game what is needed is a thorough look at the structure of the game from reserve/U18 right through to SL level to try and produce a more structured/cohesive game. Of course this is never going to happen.


Just reduce the size of SL, that will move players down and raise the standard of the Championship, or am i being too simplistic? That would also give you a more intense SL.
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Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:09 pm
Posted by KyleJones on Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:09 pm
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Your all asking for a smaller league, dont bite my head off, but what about a bigger league?

You're all saying that clubs like widnes, cas and wakey are embarrasments, but yet all 3 of them have either beat, or run a big club close this season. If we could put 2/4 more clubs of that strength there, surly it would give more room for huge upsets, more teams for young players to break through and more competition at the bottom of the table.

ATM, the poorer clubs have about 4/6 games a season which they look at a possible win with a few upsets in there. If there was a few more clubs there, that could be doubled into 12 games they were looking for a win.

With this, surly more supporters would be attracted to these games which would increase income and popularity of the game.

But hey, thats just me, fire away :SHOOT:
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Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:14 pm
Posted by Wigan Peer on Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:14 pm
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KyleJones wrote:
Your all asking for a smaller league, dont bite my head off, but what about a bigger league?

You're all saying that clubs like widnes, cas and wakey are embarrasments, but yet all 3 of them have either beat, or run a big club close this season. If we could put 2/4 more clubs of that strength there, surly it would give more room for huge upsets, more teams for young players to break through and more competition at the bottom of the table.

ATM, the poorer clubs have about 4/6 games a season which they look at a possible win with a few upsets in there. If there was a few more clubs there, that could be doubled into 12 games they were looking for a win.

With this, surly more supporters would be attracted to these games which would increase income and popularity of the game.

But hey, thats just me, fire away :SHOOT:


Its the money thats available that the problem. just not enough of it.
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Re: Ellery hanley has his say
Post Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:04 pm
Posted by cherryandwhitedavid06 on Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:04 pm
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Is there any way of watching the footy show over here? Can you stream it or get it on Premier Sports? I love that program.


Just google NRL footy show then go on the video tab. They have the highlights of each weeks programmes
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