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Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 16, 2010, 09:24:52 AM
Tonight it's State of Origin II.

As much as I'd like NSW to beat Queensland I can't see it happening. Especially with what's happened this week with Andrew Johns and his racial outburst. (For those that are interested, but don't know click here (http://www.theroar.com.au/2010/06/13/andrew-johns-quits-nsw-over-inglis-racial-slur/))

For those of you that think SoO means nothing - watch below, you'll see a cracking replay from about 1 minute in.

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Title: Rugby League
Post by: Guy M on June 16, 2010, 10:35:40 AM
There's no substitute for pace in Rugby League!
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 16, 2010, 01:02:14 PM
There was a very good scrap in the first half tonight too, I'll post a vid whenever it makes it to YouTube.

Unsurprisingly Queensland romped home to make it 5 Origins on the bounce.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: evalast1910 on June 16, 2010, 05:46:54 PM
Hull KR :)
Title: Rugby League
Post by: TheSandman on June 16, 2010, 05:55:00 PM
Never liked League I have to say.

Too many stupid rules, too few men.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: TheTimVilla on June 16, 2010, 06:11:59 PM
I saw today's brawl; never seen a State of origin game before. A fella headbutted another, then punched him square on the nose. His punishment? He was 'on report', ie he played on! It was 10 0 at that stage. Good fun!
Title: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on June 17, 2010, 07:55:49 AM
Quote from: "TheSandman"
Never liked League I have to say.

Too many stupid rules, too few men.


Same here.

I've always thought that the support play was terrible.

The only good memories I have of "The Northern Game" is watching Eddie Waring do games on BBC2 on Wednesday nights in the 70's. For some reason they only showed the second half of any game.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 17, 2010, 08:36:57 AM
Quote from: "TimVilla"
I saw today's brawl; never seen a State of origin game before. A fella headbutted another, then punched him square on the nose. His punishment? He was 'on report', ie he played on! It was 10 0 at that stage. Good fun!


That was a disgrace. Any other NRL game and he'd have been off, but because it was the Origin he gets away with it.

I was more surprised though that Jarred Hayne* didn't start a scrap!


*He is the Rooney of Rugby League over here - fantastic talent, with the same sort of temper.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 17, 2010, 08:38:02 AM
Last nights brawl

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Title: Rugby League
Post by: evalast1910 on June 17, 2010, 09:26:37 AM
That is great doesn't even get sent off or sin binned haha!
Title: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on June 17, 2010, 10:45:05 AM
Quote from: "evalast1910"
That is great doesn't even get sent off or sin binned haha!


WTF !?!.............. no one got sent off or binned. There was just a penalty and one bloke told "you've got to calm down".

1) the tackle deserved a sending off and a lengthy ban

2) the headbutt followed by the punch (whilst the other guys arms were being held) deserved the same as well.

And we moan about refereeing in football. The officials should be banned as well.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: Simon Ward on June 17, 2010, 11:02:37 AM
The officials at the game ought to be ashamed of themselves!
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on June 17, 2010, 11:26:52 AM
Well the offending player got a 3 week ban for the tackle.

And no action taken over the headbutt!

That's twice in the past week or so a player has headbutted another and no action has been taken.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on June 17, 2010, 11:59:22 AM
Quote from: "VillaSubmariner"
Well the offending player got a 3 week ban for the tackle.

And no action taken over the headbutt!

That's twice in the past week or so a player has headbutted another and no action has been taken.


A bloke on my local Rugby Union (ie proper Rugby) team got a year ban for a headbutt. Mind you, it was the Ref that he butted.

Just three weeks for the tackle seems a bit lenient.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: Rotterdam on June 17, 2010, 07:02:11 PM
SoO is brilliant. When I visitd Aus about 10years ago we were based in Brisbane and attended a mates BBQ. Darren Lockyer was there and a good bloke.
Go Maroons!
Title: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on June 21, 2010, 10:12:53 PM
I quite like Rugby League - less scrums than rugby union meaning less fat blokes and more athletes.

I still think it suffers from the rule that when you score the opposition have to kick-off meaning you regain possession and can score again, leading to many one-sided games. Would prefer it if, like the NFL, the scoring team had the kick-off.

I "support" the Catalan Dragons in that they always used to be shit so I started looking out for their results out of sympathy. They seemed to have improved but have now gone back to being shit again. Still, in the Cup Semi-Finals so you never know.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: Yeltzer on June 23, 2010, 12:55:33 PM
St. Helens

Nothing else needs to be said.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on June 23, 2010, 01:26:36 PM
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I quite like Rugby League - less scrums than rugby union meaning less fat blokes and more athletes.


Hey, us fat blokes need sport as well. We can't all play midfield for Man City and England
Title: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on June 23, 2010, 09:52:01 PM
Quote from: "UK Redsox"
Quote from: "cdvillafan"
I quite like Rugby League - less scrums than rugby union meaning less fat blokes and more athletes.


Hey, us fat blokes need sport as well. We can't all play midfield for Man City and England


Darts?
Title: Rugby League
Post by: TopDeck113 on June 26, 2010, 08:42:00 AM
I'm not a rugby fan, but a mate is a big League fan (well, he supports Leigh) and has sold me the code's virtues.  I do now occasionally watch it and have to say much prefer it to the forward attrition/kick-fest that Union too often becomes.

Not coincidentally, the same mate played Union throughout his twenties and most of his thirties.  He said that he tried amateur League for a couple of seasons, but Sunday afternoons on some grim Lancashire playing field being continually hit hard by a psychopathic brickee or miner (those were the days) were not ideal preparation for a Monday morning in a primary school classroom!
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on July 01, 2010, 12:23:33 PM
Quote from: "Rotterdam"
SoO is brilliant. When I visitd Aus about 10years ago we were based in Brisbane and attended a mates BBQ. Darren Lockyer was there and a good bloke.
Go Maroons!


I got myself a ticket for Origin III which is next week. I can't wait!

I went to my first NRL game last Friday (St George Dragons v West Tigers) was a quality night.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 01, 2010, 12:51:33 PM
League is a better game than Union. Scrums are awful. And Rugby League has too many bizarre rules.

Having said that Union is more exciting internationally as more countries play it.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on July 08, 2010, 05:11:09 AM
Well not as brutal as the first two Origin games last night, but it was good. Shame NSW blew it at the end though.
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on July 10, 2010, 05:30:03 AM
If you thought Johnny Wilkinson pissed around when kicking, check this guy out. The fantastic Jamie Soward of St George Dragons...

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Title: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on July 10, 2010, 01:46:08 PM
My Catalans won at St Helens... could still make the play-offs! (next season)
Title: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on July 19, 2010, 11:13:56 AM
For those that don't quite know who Jarryd Hayne is, and why he is possibly one of the best Rugby League players around at the moment, watch this try from the weekend. He covered 100m in around 13 secs.

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Title: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on July 20, 2010, 01:42:54 AM
When are they going to decide on who gets admitted to Super League for the next 'franchising' period?

I think it's about time they stuck a Midlands team in there...
Title: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on July 20, 2010, 08:48:05 PM
And the mighty Batley Bulldogs won the Northern Rail cup at Bloomfield Road on Sunday beating Widnes 25 - 24 with the winning try scored in the 78th minute!

"Oh what a time we had in Blackpool"
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on August 29, 2010, 01:09:35 AM
Come on the Wolves!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: OzVilla on August 29, 2010, 09:41:45 AM
Jaryd Hayne is a horribly over rated player.  Dips in and out of games when it suits, does nothing during Origin.  Typical NSW press darling.

I know i'm biased, but if you really want to see whose the Daddy when it comes to exciting players check out Greg Inglis and Billy Slater from the mighty Maroons.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on August 29, 2010, 10:26:58 AM
There is something about Billy Slater (and Darren Lockyer for that matter) that just makes me think "what a ******".
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: OzVilla on August 29, 2010, 10:33:03 AM
There is something about Billy Slater (and Darren Lockyer for that matter) that just makes me think "what a c***".

That's cause you've been spending too much time in NSW mate with those bitter Blues.

Get yourself up to QLD sharpish.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on August 29, 2010, 01:04:47 PM
Thing is though, I thought that about them from the very first time I saw both the Storm and Broncos play.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on August 30, 2010, 12:32:08 PM
Well done Warrington. Always nice to see Evil Leeds lose, whatever the sport.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: AV1874 on August 31, 2010, 05:48:46 AM
Billy is ok, he's about the best looking of a bad bunch.

Oh and the Dragons will choke in the final series.....
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Yeltzer on November 12, 2010, 12:12:56 PM
Crusaders have gone into adminstration.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_league/super_league/celtic_crusaders/9149935.stm
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on September 16, 2011, 08:36:19 PM
Warrington are looking very good at the moment.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 16, 2011, 08:38:47 PM
I want Catalans to win the Grand Final but if they don't, will happily see anyone but Leeds/Wigan/St Helens win it just for a nice change.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: VillaZogmariner on October 02, 2011, 08:16:00 AM
NRL Grand Final on Sky Sports 2 at the moment

Manly Sea Eagles 12-2 New Zealand Warriors at half time.

Come on the Warriors!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Dave Cooper please on October 02, 2011, 11:45:53 AM
Manly Sea Eagles?
Worra crap name!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 20, 2013, 10:15:07 PM
Great game at Headingley tonight. Rhinos on the way to another grand final. Maybe.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 21, 2013, 12:09:39 AM
They seem to be mediocre all year, every year, then win the play-offs, every year. Could've lost tonight if the useless St Helens kicker hadn't scuffed one near the end.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 23, 2013, 10:50:58 AM
Can't see my Giants getting past the Wolves tbh. Pity we can't play Leeds, we always beat them.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 23, 2013, 10:58:05 AM
I'm surprised that Warrington picked Huddersfield if they dislike the club call as much as they, or their coach at least, claims they do. I'd have thought in order to invalidate it they should have picked the lowest seed they could which would have been Leeds.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 23, 2013, 11:03:41 AM
Yeah, but Warrington always beat Huddersfield  :-\
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 23, 2013, 11:30:31 AM
Yeah and Leeds beat them in the Grand Final last year and knocked them out in the semi final the year before. I completely understand Warrington's motivation, they're scared of Leeds and they've used the club call system to avoid them. Tony Smith claims the system's a farce and didn't attend the press conference in protest so why's his club then used it to their supposed advantage?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 26, 2013, 10:40:06 PM
Warrington into grand final. I thought Huddersfield would choke, it's strange, they finished top but were probably the least fancied out of any of the top 4. It would seem reputation counts. Having said which Warrington weren't considered a team capable of winning honours a few years ago so things change.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 27, 2013, 08:59:07 AM
Yes, I thought Huddersfield (my adopted team) were the least likely of the main 4 to win it.

Leeds have an annoying habit of kicking into gear a soon as the play-offs start, kind of hope Warrington win the Grand Final though.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 27, 2013, 10:11:54 AM
I support the Rhinos so hoping that annoying habit kicks in again tonight! Surely no-one can want Wigan to win??
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 27, 2013, 10:16:28 AM
Not keen on the Rhinos, although that is because I can remember the fans of the footy team to be fair to them.

Also not keen on Wigan, who I see as the Manure of Rugby League.

So hopefully Warrington will win. From what I've seen of Warrington the town, the people living there need all the cheering up they can get.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 27, 2013, 10:24:37 AM

So hopefully Warrington will win. From what I've seen of Warrington the town, the people living there need all the cheering up they can get.

If it happens celebrity fan Kerry Katona will be pleased, maybe she'll do a magazine interview to tell us what she thinks about it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on September 27, 2013, 05:32:42 PM
And don't forget the mighty Bulldogs are in the Championship Grand Final on sunday.

Give us a B; give us an A.............
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 27, 2013, 11:48:10 PM
And now I hope Warrington win as well. Good luck to Batley in championship. Yorkshire is the true home of the sport despite the Cheshire feel to this year's grand final.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cheltenhamlion on October 01, 2013, 04:12:31 PM
I am a Wigan fan. This dates back many years to my spending a few months poking a girl whose old man was from there and a big rugby league fan. I liked Central Park. Its a bit of a travesty its now a Tesco.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on October 01, 2013, 04:24:08 PM
Definitely supporting Warrington.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cheltenhamlion on October 01, 2013, 06:16:57 PM
Ah, piss off you Scottish tart.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on October 02, 2013, 01:00:56 PM
Ah, piss off you Scottish tart.

Bloody Manure fans
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cheltenhamlion on October 07, 2013, 03:35:26 PM
What a comeback by Wigan.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on October 07, 2013, 03:59:41 PM
I was inebriated in a Leeds pub on Saturday evening telling a load of Wigan-hating Rhinos fans Wigan were getting a hiding. They weren't best pleased when the final score was confirmed.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on October 07, 2013, 04:04:19 PM
I was pleased when Wigan made it interesting, but not pleased when they went on to win the game.

Did have a brief chat with a Wigan fan from Wigan, who was going to the game to watch it, in Aston, before the coach to Hull City.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on November 08, 2013, 08:45:44 AM
I'm going to the World Cup tonight, NZ v PNG. Hope it's not too one sided. I'm looking forward to the Haka.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on November 09, 2013, 11:58:20 AM
Well it was one sided but at least PNG got over the line a couple of times. Enjoyable evening.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on November 09, 2013, 02:40:56 PM
While not a huge fan I do like a bit of rugby league so was looking forward to the World Cup.

Unfortunately the idiots running it decided to put 95% of the matches on a channel with about five viewers. Wasted opportunity for the sport.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on November 10, 2013, 09:35:40 PM
One possible side effect of having it on Premier Sports is that every game has seen a big crowd, eg the biggest crowd for a sports event at Huddersfield, a sell out at Hull, Halifax, Rochdale etc.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: aj2k77 on November 11, 2013, 11:28:26 AM
Is it the most underwhelming World cup of any sport? I've been to a few Rugby league matches as my wife is from Wigan but the games were always massively onesided encounters.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on November 23, 2013, 04:25:16 PM
Well that must go down as one of the best matches ever. Nip and tuck all the match and the Kiwis scoring in the final seconds to draw the match and then win it with the conversion.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ACVilla on November 23, 2013, 07:38:44 PM
Yeah great game, really enjoyed it. If I was a proper Rugby League fan I reckon I'd have cried after that finish.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: exiled on the wirral! on November 23, 2013, 08:16:36 PM
Absolutely heart breaking to lose in the last 10 seconds like that, although there was a sense of inevitability about it....an absorbing contest though, but i think the players involved will take a long time to get over it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Jon Crofts on November 23, 2013, 08:20:11 PM
First RL game I've watched in donkey's years, great entertainment but as exiled said a certain inevitability about it in the end, that high tackle really cost England the game rather than the blitz defence.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on November 23, 2013, 10:57:11 PM
Devastated at the end of that. If only Westwood hadn't spilt it over the line, if only Hall had caught that interception, if only...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on November 23, 2013, 11:03:47 PM
Is it the most underwhelming World cup of any sport? I've been to a few Rugby league matches as my wife is from Wigan but the games were always massively onesided encounters.

A perennial problem with international rugby league. The Aussies are too bloody good and aside from England and NZ there's no-one who even comes close. The tri-nations was flavour of the month a few years ago but seems to have been dropped and in fairness, today aside, some of the best games this tournament have been between "lesser" nations.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: richard moore on November 24, 2013, 12:56:51 PM
Yeah great game, really enjoyed it. If I was a proper Rugby League fan I reckon I'd have cried after that finish.

Great wasn't it. I have a residual interest in Rugby League from my time living up north as a teenager though I've never been a true fan. Proper hard men playing that sport, each of them look like they train in the boxing ring and run 10 miles up on the moors every morning. The whole-hearted, honest commitment and physicality puts a lot of footballers to shame I think
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: taylorsworkrate on November 24, 2013, 01:00:45 PM
Devastated at the end of that. If only Westwood hadn't spilt it over the line, if only Hall had caught that interception, if only...

If only one of the players hadn't committed a crazy, needless high tackle with the game won.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Flamingo Lane on October 12, 2014, 12:13:09 PM
Anyone seen the incident that caused the sending off in the St Helens v Wigan game last night?  Jeez...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Legion on October 12, 2014, 12:34:22 PM
Here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/29583539)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2014, 12:47:58 PM
http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/rugby-somehow-gets-more-brutal-er-1645237225/+bubbaprog
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 12, 2014, 01:53:19 PM
What an absolute idiot. Play for a whole season to get to the final then throw it away like that.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2014, 02:50:30 PM
What an absolute idiot. Play for a whole season to get to the final then throw it away like that.

Yep, good job it wasn't in a proper sport
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Ad@m on October 12, 2014, 02:55:16 PM
What an absolute idiot. Play for a whole season to get to the final then throw it away like that.

Exactly.

What's even more astonishing is that no one is condemning him for it. His gaffer has come out in support, the guy he's clocked says its just one of those things, former players have said it was an understandable reaction, albeit the second punch probably went a bit far.

Could you imagine the outrage if that had happened in a football match?!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 12, 2014, 04:20:58 PM
The commentators were even saying that if it had just been the first punch, he should have been allowed to stay on the pitch.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 13, 2014, 08:57:14 AM
Police might be getting involved

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/police-may-investigate-ben-flowers-vicious-attack-in-super-league-grand-final-20141013-11551x.html.

IMO its correct that Flowers should face police investigation. His actions had nothing to do with sport, it was workplace assault.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Broughty-Villian on October 13, 2014, 09:27:48 AM
Duncan Ferguson might disagree
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 14, 2014, 07:06:49 PM
Flowers banned from The Northern Game for 6 months.

In effect, 10 Super League matches.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Ad@m on October 14, 2014, 07:08:36 PM
Flowers banned from The Northern Game for 6 months.

In effect, 10 Super League matches.

Yep, a six month ban sounds much worse than it is given the ban starts from the last game of the season.  On the basis the minimum punishment for the charge was an 8 game ban he seems to have got away pretty lightly.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Broughty-Villian on October 15, 2014, 07:59:47 AM
I dunno....Duncan McRae: eleven punches to the head of a grounded Ronan OíGara earned the New South Wales Waratahs full back a red card, a seven-week ban and a lifetime of infamy....


pretty much in keeping with the laws of the game. I'm not saying it's right, just what i expected.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: paul_e on October 15, 2014, 06:12:33 PM
It's actually the longest ban they've ever given for an on-field incident, you can't consider it to be a 'soft' one.

Ad@m, I'm not sure in league but minimum bans don't really work that way in rugby (i.e. how you'd expect) they normally have an entry point (8 games in this case) but the actual ban is then filtered through previous record, prior events (provocation), remorse, etc and they come up with something that's usually fair (sometimes bans are just the right length to give a player  nice rest before an important international, but that's being cynical).  With the other guy being given a 1 game ban for the forearm to the face that led to it (I doubt he'd have been banned without the reaction though) 10 games seems a bit high to me, I reckon any other game of the season and it would've been 6-8 games, that's fits with previous incidents like this.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 16, 2014, 10:50:01 AM
Does anyone here watch the NRL ?

Does Jarryd Hayne have what it takes to make the switch to a proper sport ?

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/whos-that-guy-jarryd-hayne-the-australian-star-chasing-nfl-dreams/
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: OzVilla on October 16, 2014, 11:06:24 AM
He's a great player is Hayne and has just shared the Dally M with Jonothan Thurston which is basically the NRL version of MVP.

Not sure he'll make it in the NFL though. Being one of the best players in a sport only played in 2 states with a combined total of approx 14 million is one thing. The NFL is entirely another.

Still if it doesn't work out he could come back and teams will queue up to sign him so why not.

Great game Rugby League by the way.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on April 28, 2016, 10:44:45 PM
Toronto Wolfpack to join League One next season. I suppose you could say it demonstrates ambition but seems crackers to me.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on May 07, 2016, 01:00:09 PM
Catalans Dragons second in Super League. Now through to QF of Challenge Cup. This all puts SWMBO's boss in a good mood.

They are playing Huddersfield Giants (who are second from bottom) in Perpignan next Saturday. I have requested tickets to the VIP section (mainly for the free bar and food, before, during and after the game).

That said, I have always preferred League egg-chasing to Union. I can most definitely trace this curious preference back to Mike Yarwood doing cod Eddie Waring impressions on TV in the Seventies

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 07, 2016, 01:20:11 PM
I adopted Catalan as "my" rugby league team when they kept finishing bottom. Odd that they are good these days.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on May 07, 2016, 11:26:30 PM
They had one or two Micah and Joleon type piss-takers in the squad. They were booted out and this year it all seems to have gelled.

It's quite funny going down the game because they get around 11,000 in Perpignan and about 3,000 of those are fat northerners on a weekend jaunt to the south of France and the Costa Brava. The Catalan fans are generally quieter than Arsenal but the English are awesome with their support. I am quite happy to support them because of all the free scoff and booze. ;-)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on May 08, 2016, 09:24:38 AM
I like Huddersfield, we've been rubbish this year, but did knock Leedsoit of the Challenge Cup. Leeds have been even worse than us though, last year they did the double and this year they could be in a playoff to stay up.

Thought they'd struggle a bit more without Peacock, Sinfield and Leieluai (not sure of spelling), but not this bad.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on May 08, 2016, 10:22:26 PM
Leeds' title defence makes Chelsea's look competent.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: wittonwarrior on July 09, 2016, 07:02:44 PM
I regularly go the grand  final with a group of mates - last season was the worst with Leeds being there. 

Football is football, Rugby League is Rugby League - agreed? So why were so many Leeds fans acting like dicks.

Usually a good day on the pop and plenty of banter but that was pure partisan with a lot of kids caught up in the "arguments"
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 10, 2016, 04:31:52 PM
Well you won't need to worry about Leeds fans in the final this year.

Wonder if anyone will get relegated this year?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on July 10, 2016, 04:41:46 PM
Hopefully Leeds and Salford. Doubt it though.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 03, 2016, 04:56:49 PM
Leigh look like they're about to get a 4th win and surely clinch promotion. Good for them they deserve it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: wittonwarrior on September 04, 2016, 12:49:05 AM
Leigh's ground is like an old football league ground pain in the butt to get too even living in the NW.

Made up Leeds are no where near the grand  final - their fans are knobs of the highest order.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 27, 2016, 12:52:02 PM
England to host Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

Hopefully Villa Park will be involved.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on October 27, 2016, 01:56:07 PM
Leigh's ground is like an old football league ground pain in the butt to get too even living in the NW.



It's a couple of miles off the East Lancs, piece of piss to get to.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: aev on October 27, 2017, 07:52:17 AM
So the World Cup starts in a couple of hours.

Guess Aussies will win it again but with a bit of luck we stick it up our jumper. Our forwards, as always are a match for anyone but we lack a bit of sparkle I think in the backs.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 27, 2017, 08:03:08 AM
The Aussies will win. The only question is whether England can pip New Zealand to finish runners-up. Be interesting to see how Tonga get on, they have managed to recruit a load of New Zealanders just before the tournament. A bit shit for Scotland who are in their group.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on October 27, 2017, 11:36:21 AM
So, no predictions of title celebrations on the streets of Beirut ?

Entitlement to play for a country seems to hark back to the days when Shane Howarth's dad once working at Cardiff Docks entitled him to play proper Rugby for Wales :)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on November 22, 2017, 11:58:49 AM
I wanted England to go through in the Ladies World Cup, but the system by which they've done it is utterly farcical.

Both teams lose to Australia, as you'd expect.

Cook Islands beat England.

In the other match, England have a piss easy game against Papua New Guinea (who lost all their games) while Cook Islands have to play New Zealand (won all their games).

Result is England beat PNG, Cook Islands lose to NZ and go out on points difference.

Why not just have two groups of four so everyone plays the same matches?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on March 11, 2018, 09:38:24 AM
Catalans Dragons lost their first four games (it would have been 5 but their game against the Rhinos was postponed).

They were playing 'ull KR in Perpignan while we were funeralling the Dogheads. Victory 18-16.

Tomorrow is a perfect for SWMBO to a) book her holidays b) mention a pay rise.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 11, 2018, 12:26:22 PM
Bring back Thomas Bosc.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on March 19, 2018, 05:07:08 AM
Well, Catalans lost 0-26 to Warrington Wolves on the back of their first win of the season. They should be twinned with the Villa.

The manager described the Dragons' play as 'poor', which is a bit Lambertesque considering they didn't score a single point.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: aev on March 19, 2018, 08:09:37 AM
There is a really good Rugby League documentary on the iplayer from BBC Wales called "Code Breakers".


Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on March 19, 2018, 09:14:08 PM
My team (Huddersfield Giants) got thumped at home by Hull KR the other day.

Why canít just one of my teams be vaguely successful?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on March 20, 2018, 07:19:01 AM
My team (Huddersfield Giants) got thumped at home by Hull KR the other day.

Why canít just one of my teams be vaguely successful?

Support Wigan instead then.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on May 30, 2018, 06:53:38 PM
Dragons beat the Rhinos last week. It's like Villa beating Citeh.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on June 16, 2018, 09:07:10 AM
Ninth-placed Catalan Dragons were winning 0-18 at HT in Huddersfield (who are eighth) last night. They lost 26-25 and had a last-minute try refused by the [English] ref.

Fucking nightmare!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on June 16, 2018, 10:52:35 AM
Giants doing well in the League at the moment, but blew it as usual in the Challenge Cup. Havenít won that since 1953.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on June 16, 2018, 01:47:14 PM
Huddersfield let people go for free last night to boost the crowd. 
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on June 16, 2018, 04:38:43 PM
Cheating bastards.
;-)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on June 16, 2018, 04:45:43 PM
Huddersfield let people go for free last night to boost the crowd. 

Iím not surprised. Theyíd have to pay me to watch League
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on July 22, 2018, 10:35:39 AM
We went to see the Catalan Dragons spank the Salford Red Devils in Perpignan last night. 44-10 and a cracking game. The Dragons are now guaranteed a Top 8 finish, unlike last year when they had to save their skins in the 'Million Pound Game'.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on July 22, 2018, 11:17:12 AM
Good stuff. It would be lovely if Leeds went down. You saving up for a trip to Toronto next season?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on July 22, 2018, 11:55:27 AM
Funnily enough, my eldest daughter has just moved to Quebec City so we are thinking of doing Canada next year. So if the dates worked out...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on July 29, 2018, 06:16:11 PM
Middle 8s should be interesting. You'd expect Toronto to make it and Toulouse will make a decent fist of it too so could be two Super League teams relegated. Leeds need to shape up quick to avoid it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on July 29, 2018, 08:56:28 PM
Hoping Toronto and Toulouse go up and Leeds and Salford go down. I'll be surprised if Leeds don't get out of it and, probably, win the Grand Final next year.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 05, 2018, 01:17:19 PM
Shock on the cards with Catalans 27-0 up on Saints at half time.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on August 05, 2018, 01:25:02 PM
Shock on the cards with Catalans 27-0 up on Saints at half time.

They are murdering Saints. Cum on the Dragons!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 05, 2018, 01:27:54 PM
Think they benefited from some marginal decisions earlier in the half but fair play they've blown them away in the last 10 there.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 05, 2018, 05:30:52 PM
No shock in the second semi as Warrington win. Hope Catalans win it.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on August 05, 2018, 07:11:55 PM
Allez Catalans.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on August 09, 2018, 09:59:14 PM
Cracking start to the Qualifiers. Widnes 20 - 21 London Broncos.

Widnes were winning 14-4 when I started watching, what only about half an hour to go.

Somehow I canít see Leeds going down.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on August 10, 2018, 01:42:37 PM
The Dragons are taking about 2500 to Wemberley I hear. People are making their own way and SWMBO's boss has chartered 3 planes to help out (I think the whole package with flights, hotel, ticket and quick trip to London thrown in comes to Ä1500!).

CATALANS! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CATALANS! 
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on August 10, 2018, 01:49:01 PM
Cracking start to the Qualifiers. Widnes 20 - 21 London Broncos.

Widnes were winning 14-4 when I started watching, what only about half an hour to go.

Somehow I canít see Leeds going down.

Leeds have been jammy with the fixtures as they don't have to go to Canada.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on August 10, 2018, 06:06:50 PM
Really hope that Catalan can win it
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on August 10, 2018, 08:40:21 PM
Hope we can do better in the Final than we are tonight.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on August 13, 2018, 12:26:24 PM
Hope we can do better in the Final than we are tonight.
He selected the kids for this game, dain't he?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on August 13, 2018, 12:27:57 PM
Get your Catalan for a day T-shirt you gloryhunters! (http://www.catalansdragons.com/en/articles-9/172-6326-new-t-shirts-for-cup-final/)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on August 13, 2018, 01:15:04 PM
Is it Wigan up next for the Dragons, Darren?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on August 13, 2018, 09:54:08 PM
Yes, 18th, Wigan in Perpignan. 25th cup final at Wemberley Vs Warrington.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 13, 2018, 09:59:19 PM
Ryan Hall out for the rest of the season and has played his last game for the Rhinos
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on August 13, 2018, 11:01:15 PM
Ryan Hall out for the rest of the season and has played his last game for the Rhinos

Still think theyíll stay up. Heís been an excellent player for them.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on August 15, 2018, 09:48:22 AM
Dragons taking 2700 to Wemberley now. Club has chartered 4 aircraft to take 500 of them (and losing money by doing so, fair play to them).
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on August 26, 2018, 12:35:59 PM
Fucking YAS. Makes a nice change for a team I support to win a cup.

No posts from Bad English. Guess he hasn't sobered up yet.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on August 26, 2018, 04:43:40 PM
Just brilliant. Let's hope it boosts RL in France. If Toulouse can get promoted as well would mean a real lift off.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on September 02, 2018, 08:21:09 AM
Great win! Really good for rugby league in France. My wife is happy because Bernard Guasch has been on cloud nine ever since and there is a fantastic festive atmosphere at her workplace.

They've had the public reception in Perpignan with a party at the ground after, the media have been going crazy, Quim Torra the president of the government of Catalonia came up to visit the club, and of course they got spanked at Castleford last night in their first league game after the final.

Before the final SWMBO bagged us tickets for the next home game against St Helens next Saturday. This was a good move as it there will be a capacity crowd to see the cup  paraded around the ground.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on September 10, 2018, 05:21:52 PM
I attended Catalans Dragons vs St Helens on Saturday. We played really well and should have beaten them. However, some abject linesmen and a ref who hadn't been to Specsavers (whose logo is plastered all over his kit) allowed TWO tries from forward passes so St Helens won 26-22.
Gutted for the lads.

(https://thumb.ibb.co/kM3r4p/IMG_20180909_095107.jpg) (https://ibb.co/kM3r4p)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on September 10, 2018, 06:35:37 PM
Fancy losing to that scummy bunch of filth.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on September 10, 2018, 06:40:29 PM
We fucking didn't deserve to our kid!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on October 10, 2018, 01:52:10 PM
The Catalan Dragons will be playing one of their games at the Camp Nou next season, probably Wigan. The president of FC Barcelona has promised to fill the ground too.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on October 13, 2018, 03:18:41 PM
Come on Wire this evening.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 13, 2018, 09:05:08 PM
Disappointing. Always seems to be Wigan or Leeds that win the league.

Still, at least I saw "my" team win the cup. I never thought that would happen when I chose them because they kept finishing bottom.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on October 13, 2018, 09:15:09 PM
Get in Wigan!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on October 14, 2018, 08:36:01 AM
About as close as I could get.
(https://preview.ibb.co/isBtB9/IMG-20180908-180726-535.jpg) (https://ibb.co/g49PJp)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on October 14, 2018, 09:25:33 AM
I'm not a massive fan, but I do have a soft spot for Wigan, as I lived there for 12 years, and for quite a while I lived a stone's throw from their old ground, Central Park (now the site of a Tesco), so went to a few games in the time of Martin Offiah and Denis Betts etc.  You could see into the ground from a bridge on the A49, and on each match day a fair crowd would always gather there. It was affectionately known as the DHSS stand.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on October 14, 2018, 11:54:21 AM
I don't really give a bollocks about rugby league. I just enjoy the corporate freebies (i.e. tickets, unlimited food and drink) I get thanks to SWMBO. To be truthful, if there were only free tickets I wouldn't go ;-)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on November 30, 2018, 01:47:43 PM
Catalan Dragons vs Wigan to be played at the Camp Nou on 18th May 2019.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/46400138
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on December 03, 2018, 11:15:24 AM
Be interested to see what sort of crowd they get. Wouldn't be amazed to see the NFL taking an interest if rugby can sell out the Nou Camp.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on December 03, 2018, 08:58:00 PM
The president of FC Barcelona has promised to fill the ground for the Catalan Dragons. He said so to SWMBO's boss.

Edit. I already said in another post. I will be there as there will be tickets galore for this. My first time in the Camp Nou will be to watch egg- chasing
 FFS!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: dcdavecollett on December 05, 2018, 07:18:07 PM
Relax, BE.

Deano'll be taking us there for the real stuff in a few years' time...
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on December 09, 2018, 07:47:10 PM
Hahahaha!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on December 09, 2018, 07:48:11 PM
The president of FC Barcelona has promised to fill the ground for the Catalan Dragons. He said so to SWMBO's boss.

Edit. I already said in another post. I will be there as there will be tickets galore for this. My first time in the Camp Nou will be to watch egg- chasing
 FFS!

Might pop over for this.  A couple of my old Wigan mates are going.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on December 10, 2018, 09:54:35 PM
Beer!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Toronto Villa on December 13, 2018, 11:09:29 AM
Tony Adams to become Rugby League President in 2019...

Yeh...that Tony Adams. The nutcase Arsenal bloke who was an abject failure at football management is somehow the most qualified person to head up Rugby League. Iíll be putting in an application at NASA later today.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on February 08, 2019, 12:30:45 PM
Ticket information for the Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors game at the Camp Nou in May.

http://www.catalansdragons.com/en/articles-9/179-6708-camp-nou-ticket-informations/

https://www.wiganwarriors.com/news/2019-02-08-barcelona-ticket-info
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on March 09, 2019, 08:43:09 PM
Catalan Dragons 0 Salford 46. Fucking hell!
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Richard on March 10, 2019, 12:14:12 AM
Catalan Dragons 0 Salford 46. Fucking hell!

Almost as shocking as Wigan's start to the season !
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on March 10, 2019, 08:37:58 AM
Wigan so bad they lost to my Huddersfield Giants.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on March 10, 2019, 09:26:57 AM
I'm in a predictions league at work this season and I'm out my depth in truth. My belief that Leeds would bounce back this season like the last time they had a bad year is costing me so far. That said, Wigan being useless is catching a lot of people out and Salford are so up and down it's ridiculous.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on March 10, 2019, 10:15:29 AM
All makes for good entertainment.  Looks like Warrington will be the team to beat he way they beat Cas but you can never rule out Saints.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on April 03, 2019, 09:38:22 AM
Catalan Dragons 0 Salford 46. Fucking hell!

Almost as shocking as Wigan's start to the season !
Not to worry! Wigan beat Catalan Dragons 42-0 at the weekend.

SWMBO was supposed to be asking her boss about complimentary tickets for the return game at the Nou Camp but she didn't dare mention egg-chasing on Monday. She might chance it at the end of the week if he's calmed down.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 03, 2019, 09:45:47 AM
Seems like when Catalans are bad, they're really bad.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on April 04, 2019, 10:59:09 AM
Nightmare.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on April 04, 2019, 06:23:55 PM
I like the Catalans Dragons special BarÁa top that they will be wearing against Wigan at the Camp Nou.

(https://www.lerugbynistere.fr/photos/full/xiii-les-dragons-catalans-devoilent-un-maillot-collector-aux-couleurs-du-barca-porte-au-camp-nou-05-04-19-4576.jpg)
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on April 08, 2019, 04:26:29 PM
Just got tickets for Catalan Dragons vs Castleford Tigers in Perpignan on Easter Monday.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on May 18, 2019, 06:44:03 PM
Record attendance for a Super League game today at the Camp Nou (31,555) as Catalans Dragons beat Wigan Warriors 31-16.

We were supposed to go but couldn't face the 2 X 3 hour coach trip with pissed up Catalans from Perpignan (it would be like going with a load of Sandwell fans).
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 19, 2019, 01:06:05 AM
Is there not a train from Perpignan to Barcelona?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on May 20, 2019, 02:49:50 PM
There is. A TGV no less. However, the timetable seems to have been thought up by someone in the Soviet Committee for State Transport and Logistics: the last train back was during the second half, there or thereabouts.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 20, 2019, 10:36:44 PM
Ah, reminds me of our trips to St James' Park when Sky would always helpfully arrange the games to kick off an hour before the first train from New Street arrived.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on May 31, 2019, 11:00:17 AM
The Dragons have failed to defend their Cup. They got hammered 51-8 by Hull FC in their 1/4 final yesterday.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on May 31, 2019, 01:31:00 PM
Halifax or Bradford will be in the Semi-finals this year.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 31, 2019, 02:25:55 PM
Halifax or Bradford will lose in the Semi-finals this year.

FTFY.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 24, 2019, 04:54:42 PM
Considering it was 1 v 2 this is still a shock today. Warrington lost about five on the bounce before this match. Saints bottling it again.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Richard on August 26, 2019, 04:34:41 PM
Considering it was 1 v 2 this is still a shock today. Warrington lost about five on the bounce before this match. Saints bottling it again.

Yes and I expect Warrington or Wigan to do them in the Grand Final too.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: manic-road on September 14, 2019, 08:32:56 AM
Well that's London Broncos down after a year in the top flight, fought well all season even beating Saints twice.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 14, 2019, 08:54:27 AM
Shame for London. They made a decent fist of it. Think Toronto will stay up (if they get through the playoffs) so Wakey/Huddersfield/KR will be nervous next year.

Can't see anyone other than Saints or Wigan winning the league. Would love to be wrong.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 14, 2019, 11:03:52 AM
I think fourteen teams would be better. Play each other home and away and one extra game for the Magic Weekend. Give every team a week off to make up for the extra travelling that comes from having a Canadian team (and maybe in an American team in a few years) in there.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 15, 2019, 07:59:27 AM
Relieved that Huddersfield stayed up, we were pretty poor this season.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on September 15, 2019, 11:45:40 AM
Are Toronto automatically promoted or do they still have to go through some kind of playoff ?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 15, 2019, 12:49:01 PM
Playoffs.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 19, 2019, 10:15:04 PM
Cas are through. Warrington are out. The cup final was about the only game they won for the last couple of months it seems.

Cas play loser of Wigan v Salford next.

Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on September 19, 2019, 10:32:00 PM
Don't like Wigan, St Helens or Salford. One of those is bound to win it. More interested in who comes up. Either Toronto or Toulouse would be good. The former would give a new dimension to the league while the latter would mean that my Catalans finally have a local derby.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on September 20, 2019, 12:11:46 PM
Anyone other than Wigan or Saints would be a novelty. Warrington, Huddersfield and Castleford have all topped the league in recent years but the title invariably goes to Wigan, Saints or Leeds. Theoretically Toronto could come up and shake things up but I imagine they'll struggle to attract the best British talent. I guess for the Aussies it won't make much difference.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on September 20, 2019, 09:46:53 PM
Saints look the best team. Warrington good, but not on a great run. Wigan were crap but have gone on a great run and will probably annoy me by winning it. Can't see anyone else being in it really.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on October 04, 2019, 10:27:50 PM
What a result for Salford. They might not be everyone's cup of tea but at least it's someone different.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on October 04, 2019, 11:00:22 PM
Phenomenal result away from home, that.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: fredm on October 05, 2019, 06:10:19 PM
Brilliant result. Whatever the result against Saints let's hope they attract better support next season and add an extra dimension to the league.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on October 05, 2019, 09:57:52 PM
Toronto up
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: wittonwarrior on November 17, 2019, 10:23:36 AM
When you lose to a team of NZ/Aussie rejects you know you have problems.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on December 11, 2019, 05:53:58 PM
Toronto up
They are playing Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on 11/04/20, and on 27/06/20, and in Toronto on 29/08/20.

I should be at the games in Perpignan. I wouldn't mind the trip to Toronto but I'm not that mad about the egg-chasing.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on January 29, 2020, 11:01:24 AM
FFS, Catalans. What you signed that c*** for? I need a new team, either Toronto or Toulouse I think. Can't seem to find a Midlands team that is high enough up the league to enable me to get score alerts (or, occasionally, watch them on TV).
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: UK Redsox on January 29, 2020, 12:42:34 PM
I know that this is just 'the Northern game', so nothing to get too excited about but ..........WTF Catalans, why go anywhere near that idiot?


Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Risso on January 30, 2020, 09:42:45 PM
Wigan made hard work of seeing off a Warrington team who had a man sent off.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on January 31, 2020, 12:26:55 AM
FFS, Catalans. What you signed that c*** for? I need a new team, either Toronto or Toulouse I think. Can't seem to find a Midlands team that is high enough up the league to enable me to get score alerts (or, occasionally, watch them on TV).
If it helps you not be a fickle bastard, SWMBO's boss, insisted on a clause in Folau's contract whereby it will be terminated if he says anything homophobic.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on January 31, 2020, 12:55:03 AM
He's already said plenty homophobic. People are entitled to make mistakes and learn from them. However, he has shown no repentance. It's a disgraceful signing. I was never exactly a die hard fan, cheering them on from the comfort of the settee. Now I'm not a fan at all.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on January 31, 2020, 01:07:04 AM
That's quite understandable. I sort of have to be a fan. We shall see if he shuts his gob and gets on with egg-chasing.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: OzVilla on January 31, 2020, 04:45:28 AM
Shame if he's going anywhere he goes to the Super League.  Could've done with him staying in OZ so we could have him back in the Queensland State of Origin side.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on January 31, 2020, 08:20:24 AM
I do wish they hadn't bought him too. On the other hand, the Dragons have never had so much media attention.

I was going to go down tomorrow to see how the opening match against 'uddersfield panned out but after another op yesterday whereby my tubes were assaulted via the old bratwurst, I'm giving it a miss.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on February 02, 2020, 08:26:03 AM
I'll be at Headingley today for the Toronto v Cas and Leeds v Hull double header. Interesting concept to have fans of three clubs in the stadium of one. Wonder how many Cas fans will stick around for the second match. Bloke who bought the tickets is actually a Bulls fan but is going to Headingley for the Sonny Bill factor. Fingers crossed he actually plays.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on February 02, 2020, 10:53:30 AM
Why is Toronto vs Castleford at Headingley?
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Meanwood Villa on February 02, 2020, 11:03:40 AM
It's one of Toronto's home games. Too cold to play in Canada at this time of year. I've heard Super League have been less accommodating about how they structure their season to stack the home games in batches to avoid the weather. Their other UK home game is at Saracens. Perhaps they can pick up some tips on creative accounting.

Edit- I'm out of date with it, they're not playing at Saracens any more. Playing at Warrington instead.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: cdbullyweefan on February 16, 2020, 11:30:36 AM
Stay classy, Catalans.

Israel Folau: Super League investigates fans' rainbow flags claim - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/51518424
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Rudy Can't Fail on February 16, 2020, 11:37:43 AM
Why is Toronto vs Castleford at Headingley?

Because Leeds is a rugby league town.
Title: Re: Rugby League
Post by: Bad English on March 31, 2020, 05:27:03 AM
Stay classy, Catalans.

Israel Folau: Super League investigates fans' rainbow flags claim - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/51518424
There were two LGBT stands inside the ground, in front of the club shop with Rainbow flags galore.
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