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Standard of RL 2018.
Post Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:07 pm
Posted by amp on Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:07 pm
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A simple question, from a simple fan. Is it me, or is the standard of rugby league in England shocking this year?
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Post Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:41 pm
Posted by ChrisA on Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:41 pm
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It's been robotic and lacking genuine world class talent for a while now.
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Post Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:04 pm
Posted by hengirl on Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:04 pm
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Not brilliant thats for sure, though I did enjoy the saints v wire match tonight
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Post Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:25 pm
Posted by The Whiffy Kipper on Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:25 pm
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hengirl wrote:
Not brilliant thats for sure, though I did enjoy the saints v wire match tonight
I did my weekly online Tesco shop while half watching/listening to it, really exciting stuff
All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
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Post Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:37 pm
Posted by Upanunder on Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:37 pm
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I don't think the conditions at this time of the season are conducive to the quality served up in the 2nd half of last season.
Isn't it always like this, we hit the start of a new season after watching the end of last, and its like watching a different game.
The ground is soft, non of the players are hitting their straps yet, teams are feeling out the refereeing boundries, coaching staff are fine tuning tactics and implementation, everybody is gearing up for the second half of SL whilst trying not to drop too many points.
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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:14 pm
Posted by Ziggy Stardust on Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:14 pm
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ChrisA wrote:
It's been robotic and lacking genuine world class talent for a while now.


You've been watching Wigan too much recently, Saints were class last night, two assistant coaches as well, both played at the top level also.
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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:48 pm
Posted by Bigredwarrior on Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:48 pm
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[quote="Ziggy Stardust"]You've been watching Wigan too much recently, Saints were class last night, two assistant coaches as well, both played at the top level.

It was nothing more than a decent performance in SL against a side that offered very little against them. Saints are probably playing the best rugby so far this season, thus, emphasising the fact the the OP is correct.
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Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:26 am
Posted by jinkin jimmy on Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:26 am
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Ziggy Stardust wrote:
You've been watching Wigan too much recently, Saints were class last night, two assistant coaches as well, both played at the top level also.

Just look back at your own team if the point of this thread eludes you. Long, Sculthorpe, Lyon, etc. Way better than what you have now and it's the same at many other clubs. We might have a competitive league but it's down on quality IMHO.
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Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:41 am
Posted by NickyKiss on Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:41 am
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jinkin jimmy wrote:
Just look back at your own team if the point of this thread eludes you. Long, Sculthorpe, Lyon, etc. Way better than what you have now and it's the same at many other clubs. We might have a competitive league but it's down on quality IMHO.


It’s exactly what clubs like Wakey and Cas wanted when the salary cap was voted in and increases voted out. I’ve praised both sides to the hilt for the way they’ve played these past couple of years but without wanting to be controversial, they are where they are because the standards being levelled off in a downwards sense. We used to have 3 or 4 top class club sides in this country along with a few average ones and a few very poor ones. We now have about 8 average ones and 4 poor ones.

I’m not sure any sport should be aiming to manufacture a level playing field by bringing some clubs levels down but this is rugby league.
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Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:10 am
Posted by Bigredwarrior on Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:10 am
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NickyKiss wrote:
It’s exactly what clubs like Wakey and Cas wanted when the salary cap was voted in and increases voted out. I’ve praised both sides to the hilt for the way they’ve played these past couple of years but without wanting to be controversial, they are where they are because the standards being levelled off in a downwards sense. We used to have 3 or 4 top class club sides in this country along with a few average ones and a few very poor ones. We now have about 8 average ones and 4 poor ones.

I’m not sure any sport should be aiming to manufacture a level playing field by bringing some clubs levels down but this is rugby league.


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