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Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:03 pm  

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Thankfully the team seem to have got over this hurdle. In the last few years there's been a lot of arrogance about them being the bigger club and they've taken a lot of teams for granted, often losing or narrowly winning as a result. From what I've seen (with the Ross Peltier interview and Keighley as an exception), they don't seem to be doing that this year. Maybe it's Kear that's bringing that about or maybe it's just a case of the penny having finally dropped and a lesson been learned. But it's a welcome change in attitude that they're not taking teams for granted any more.


I don't know, there were plenty of cringeworthy sound bites coming from the club before the season kicked off about us going unbeaten etc.
Only recently I think it was Lee Smith being quoted saying that he wanted to help get the club back to where it deserved to be. I hate that phrase so much.
The club deserves to be exactly where it is!
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:04 pm  

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I don't know, there were plenty of cringeworthy sound bites coming from the club before the season kicked off about us going unbeaten etc.
Only recently I think it was Lee Smith being quoted saying that he wanted to help get the club back to where it deserved to be. I hate that phrase so much.
The club deserves to be exactly where it is!


Fair point actually. The attitude to the games does seem different though, even if maybe the soundbites aren't.
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:26 pm  

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The attitude on the pitch is markedly different to some other arguably more gifted Bulls sides of the recent past.
"If you start listening to the fans it won't be long before you're sitting with them," - Wayne Bennett.
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:32 pm  

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can't take anybody for granted. They're in the same league as us.

What I will say is that we have a very good squad that are well capable of performing very well, providing we perform to the best of our abilities.
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:03 pm  

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Provided we stay injury free I think we'll really start to see the best stuff when the warmer days come and the pitches harden up. The spine of McNally, Keyes, Chisholm and Flanagan has lots of tries in them not to mention our man Pickersgill.

Remember we have a lot of players who've yet to fully learn how to play together. When they gel it's going to be something.
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Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:00 pm  

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I know we are all trying to be ever so respectful and humble these days - but, really, we need to be beating teams like Hunslet.

OK they are unbeaten. They scraped past Hemel in Week 1 - probably the next worst team after West Wales. And on Sunday they looked barely convincing in beating North Wales

I accept we need to be guarding against complacency - and I think Kear will make sure that doesn't happen - but I am expecting a comfortable win on Sunday, albeit after some early struggles (and possibly a bit of biff involving Flanagan :wink: )
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:44 pm  

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We really need to beating everybody if we want to achieve something, don't we?

We can't just turn up and beat them though, we need to play.
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:03 am  

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Not sure it matters how much fans being 'bullish' matters, though it doesn't look good, or win any brownie points, if we're perceived as arrogant. As I think we have learnt in the past.

As said above, I'm sure JK will keep the squad grounded, since any team which feels there are 'walkovers' to be had is likely get its comeuppance pretty quickly.
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Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:05 am  

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We really need to beating everybody if we want to achieve something, don't we?

We can't just turn up and beat them though, we need to play.


That's usually when the coach says - "we need to earn the right to play". Which is respect, building pressure, completing sets, 3 men in the tackle, all the simple, basic stuff. Which, fair enough, we have started to do.
Pollsters doing Excellent job - say recent polls.
Re: Hunslet (A) Cup Match Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:14 am  

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Indeed Highlander. We’ve a long season to complete yet too. This time last year we were celebrating beating Batley convincingly at home. All the pundits were saying we’d soon cancel out the points deduction and stay up.

Then Easter came and it all fell apart.

This year the squad looks much better and I don’t think we’ll see another slump like 2017 but it’s worth remembering to avoid complacency.

Given that Bustin, Wood and Johnson remain loanees I still wouldn’t be surprised to see Kear bring in a permanent signing or two if the right man became available.
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