General ESL 2020

Hardyman's Yugo

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Super League referee Ben Thaler has been suspended by the Rugby Football League pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Thaler, 38, has not officiated since taking charge of Hull FC's win against Leeds Rhinos on 2 February.

It is not known what the RFL's investigation relates to.

An RFL statement said: "Ben Thaler will not be considered for appointments pending the outcome of an internal investigation."

The statement added: "The RFL will make no further comment until that investigation is complete."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/51530941
 
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playdaball

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Another loss for Toronto.
 

matiunz

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Another loss for Toronto.

I know it’s a little unfair but they almost need an exemption from relegation for the good of the game. There needs to be the likes of Toronto and a French team in that comp- even London to an extent otherwise it’s just a northern English comp. It was a shame when the Crusaders and the original PSG folded too
 
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Hardyman's Yugo

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Another loss for Toronto.
Castleford v Wakefield was last nights TV game and I haven’t seen the highlights yet, but reading the match report suggests Toronto were much improved. Their season will hinge on remaining results against teams in the lower half.

Buying a former superstar for his profile whilst losing every week shows the mistake they’ve made though
 

pbrown01123

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half-time in Leeds v Warrington - Wolves with Austin ( might as well have been Austen ) and Widdop in the halves and Ben Murdoch-Masila are getting beaten 14 - 0 and lucky to get away with that. The only thing Widdop has done is throw a forward pass.
I'm not going to argue that the NRL is a higher standard than the ESL, but this is a really entertaining game and sometimes ( always? ) it's the entertainment that counts.
In one area the ESL wins ( I think ), is the commentary from Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Knowledgeable, unbiased, informative, likeable, no scores to settle and as dry as my glass. eg; Leeds' last play kick from Luke Gale left Konrad in a jumping contest with the Wolves athletic young centre, which Konrad obviously lost..... 'not much hang time there, Barrie'

that being said, because it's the ESL, it's not over yet!
 

pbrown01123

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half-time in Leeds v Warrington - Wolves with Austin ( might as well have been Austen ) and Widdop in the halves and Ben Murdoch-Masila are getting beaten 14 - 0 and lucky to get away with that. The only thing Widdop has done is throw a forward pass.
I'm not going to argue that the NRL is a higher standard than the ESL, but this is a really entertaining game and sometimes ( always? ) it's the entertainment that counts.
In one area the ESL wins ( I think ), is the commentary from Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Knowledgeable, unbiased, informative, likeable, no scores to settle and as dry as my glass. eg; Leeds' last play kick from Luke Gale left Konrad in a jumping contest with the Wolves athletic young centre, which Konrad obviously lost..... 'not much hang time there, Barrie'

that being said, because it's the ESL, it's not over yet!
57 mins.... 28 - 0 .... it is now
 

matiunz

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half-time in Leeds v Warrington - Wolves with Austin ( might as well have been Austen ) and Widdop in the halves and Ben Murdoch-Masila are getting beaten 14 - 0 and lucky to get away with that. The only thing Widdop has done is throw a forward pass.
I'm not going to argue that the NRL is a higher standard than the ESL, but this is a really entertaining game and sometimes ( always? ) it's the entertainment that counts.
In one area the ESL wins ( I think ), is the commentary from Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Knowledgeable, unbiased, informative, likeable, no scores to settle and as dry as my glass. eg; Leeds' last play kick from Luke Gale left Konrad in a jumping contest with the Wolves athletic young centre, which Konrad obviously lost..... 'not much hang time there, Barrie'

that being said, because it's the ESL, it's not over yet!

Do Enjoy ESL, interested to see how the Wolfpack went and have a soft spot for Catalans and Leeds- the bias in commentary certainly changes when they commentate international games though...
 
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Hardyman's Yugo

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Barrie McDermott is a real character. He was the first person in Britain to be arrested following the police use of CS gas, the use of this had just been brought in. He doesn’t like Ricky Stuart one bit, apparently Stuart mentioned something about ‘getting the one eyed b*****d’ during a test match, then proceeded to stand about 10 yards behind the Aussie defence (McDermott lost an eye as a young kid, someone shot him with an air rifle).
 

snake77

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Saw a snipped of an interview with Brian McDermott on Sky Sport last night. Looked like it was after Toronto's win to be promoted to Super League.

He had some good points about including Toronto and other bigger cities into Super League. When they go to negotiate broadcasting deals and sponsorship's its an easier sell instead of a competition based around towns in the north of England.
 
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Hardyman's Yugo

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It’s a shame, I play footy with a couple of Canadians and they reckon League has taken off since the Wolfpack started- need them to stay in the top flight
I’d love them to do well. Unfortunately they are a team of Nomads playing their games away from home with a small squad. They’ve also made the mistake numerous RL chairmen made in days gone by, paying over the odds for someone who was playing rah rah but is way past his best in the mistaken belief it gives them some profile, to,quote my Grandad “it’s a young mans game”

They desperately need a win to give them some confidence
 

Hardyman's Yugo

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Lancashire, England
Hull have just been hammered by Warrington. Instead of the usual post match interviews with the coaches the Hull chairman turned up and announced he’d sacked the coach Lee Radford. Even the players didn’t know, they were being told in the dressing room during the interview

He could have at least left it until the morning and let the bloke go outside the glare of publicity. Poor management imho
 

playdaball

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Hull have just been hammered by Warrington. Instead of the usual post match interviews with the coaches the Hull chairman turned up and announced he’d sacked the coach Lee Radford. Even the players didn’t know, they were being told in the dressing room during the interview

He could have at least left it until the morning and let the bloke go outside the glare of publicity. Poor management imho

I saw an article and ex Hull FC forward, Steve Kearney, mentioned as a possible replacement coach for Radford.

Yes, please ...
 

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