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In another blow to SL, their most experienced referee, Richard Silverwood, has been suspended. Suggestions that there was an incident with a turnstile operator where Silverwood turned up to a game as a spectator, without his official pass and kicked up a stink when they wouldn't let him in free.

 

Or it could just be the multiple dog-fucking incidents or that time he threw Molotov cocktails into a daycare centre, or the many other alcohol-related incidents, or the match-fixing allegations or ...........

 

Really?

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In the 2nd Division (Championship) over the weekend, it looks like Bradford set a new HT record. They led 52-0 over Whitehaven at HT. The previous best was probably Newcastle Knights 48-0 @ HT over the Cows in 2003.

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Very exciting finish to the relegation play-off. Hull KR were leading 18-10 with 3 minutes left. Salford scored 2 unconverted tries to tie it up then went to Golden Point. At the end of the first set of 6, Salford kicked a field goal from halfway. They call it the Million Pound game because the team that loses gets £1 million less in 2nd div than the winner who stays in Super Duper League.

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There was some kind of head clash and Bird was unconscious on the deck.

Opposition forward facing a suspension because he towered over unconscious Bird and lifted his head up by the collar and let it drop into the turf.

 

Take away the fact that it was Bird, it was a pretty cowardly act, but nothing unusual from a Pom.

 

Didn't see the original clash, but both Bird and the opposition player both seemed to be out cold. 

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I couldn't even be bothered starting a new thread for SL this year. I didn't watch many games and it's a bit sad because this was the year that broke the mould. For the first time in years Wigan and Warrington missed the finals and Castleford finished on top of the ladder. The English fans see this as a sign that the lower teams are improving but really it's because even the rich clubs can't afford legitimate stars anymore. Here's the 2017 official SL Dream Team, with former NRL players in bold:

 

2017 Betfred Super League Dream Team:

Zak Hardaker (Castleford); Greg Eden (Castleford), Michael Shenton (Castleford), Mark Percival (St Helens), Mahe Fonua (Hull FC); Albert Kelly (Hull FC), Luke Gale (Castleford); Grant Millington (Castleford), Matt Parcell (Leeds), Sebastine Ikahihifo (Huddersfield), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford), Mike McMeeken (Castleford), Sean O'Loughlin (Wigan).

 

 

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Good to see Parcell doing well. I'd like to see if Brisbane could entice him back .....?

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Parcell has been effective going forward having scored 17 tries and creating another 16 and in defence has excelled with a staggering 1018 tackles - a number that's only been topped by Ryan Hinchcliffe, Jon Wilkin and Danny Houghton.

Hmmm....a dummy half who can attack AND defend. Sounds nice.

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12 hours ago, Mr Fourex said:

Good to see Parcell doing well. I'd like to see if Brisbane could entice him back .....?

 

Hmmm....a dummy half who can attack AND defend. Sounds nice.

Unlike Jake Friend last weekend !

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On 27/09/2017 at 7:43 AM, Diddee said:

Having so many Aussies in Super League was only ever going to harm the game over there.

Less emphasis on developing the game and too much emphasis on lifting a trophy.

 

 

 

The only way to improve the game over there is to have more Poms playing over here.

Snap up some of their juniors...but then that leaves the door open for them to play for Australia eventually anyway, so what's the point.

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Yeah, agree with that.

Also, if they show some promise, every club wants to sign them and there is no reason for them to return.

Take Hodgson at the Raiders for example. He had an average season, but plenty of clubs would give him a go should the Raiders punt him.

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On 9/26/2017 at 9:23 PM, Mr Fourex said:

Good to see Parcell doing well. I'd like to see if Brisbane could entice him back .....?

 

Hmmm....a dummy half who can attack AND defend. Sounds nice.

I couldn't believe Parcell signed there in the first place.

 

On 9/27/2017 at 7:43 AM, Diddee said:

Having so many Aussies in Super League was only ever going to harm the game over there.

Less emphasis on developing the game and too much emphasis on lifting a trophy.

 

 

 

Most of those clubs didn't spend anything on development anyway so they were always going to need Aussies and Kiwis. They used to have U20s (or 19s or 21s?) but scrapped it a few years ago because clubs didn't want to spend the money. This year they introduced a Reserve Grade but I think only 5 of the 12 SL teams entered teams.

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Just watched the Million Pound Game, the relegation playoff for SL.  Catalans beat the Leythers 26-10 after trailing 10-4 at half-time. It just proves what I've always thought about the promotion/relegation system.

 

Last year, Hull KR were relegated and Leigh were promoted. This year, Hull KR were promoted and Leigh were relegated. One season isn't long enough to build a competitive first-grade squad. The SL salary cap is about £1.9million and the Championship cap is about £1million. The team being promoted clearly can't expect to win using the same squad and because all the good players are on 3- and 4-year deals, there's not much chance of top players being available in the year your team is promoted.

 

So far we have seen about 40 players signed as transfers by NRL clubs for 2018. You could make a good team out of them but there are still about 5 players who've never played first grade and another 10 who've only played less than 10 NRL games. The British player market is tiny by comparison and most teams don't have U20s so there's no home-grown product coming through.

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