Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Aug 2009
Re: Official Rugby League & Rugby Union Thread
What a try to win it for Wales! Watched it on and off, but the last 10 minutes were well dramatic, even if the rest looked like a typical Northern Hemisphere kickfest. The decision at the end was correct, it definitely wasn't clear enough to award a try, pity for England it was after full time, otherwise they probably would've scored off the scrum.
From the S15, the Australian teams are lucky they get to play each other twice so that they can actually win some games. Honestly, the Reds vs Waratahs game was one of the worst games of top level rugby I've ever seen, and I'm thankful I didn't see the Force vs ACT game. Both NZ derbies, on the other hand, were class, and thankfully the Highlanders delivered, thus winning me $20 off a mate who said they'd get done by at least two tries. Only one game was decided by more than 5 points, looks like it'll be a top year.
As for the league, who is this clown Adrian Proszenko who writes for the Sun Herald? I'm biased because I've supported Newcastle my whole life, but in the NRL preview, he said that the Knights are trying to 'buy a premiership'. What a load of rubbish.
They had 8 signings listed in their preview: 3 were former Knights returning (Buderus, Tahu, Snowden), two were from the local comps (Laurie the local league, and Wade the local union), Adam Cuthbertson is past his best, and nobody else wanted him and Alex McKinnon has played a handful of first grade games. Darius Boyd is the only high profile signing, and he's the only established rep player that Newcastle has ever signed. And yes, they signed Wayne Bennett, but who wouldn't sign him if they had the chance? He has good reasons for coming here. How is any of that trying to buy a premiership? All clubs recruit players, and they recruit a lot more than we have over this off season. The majority of our side are still Newcastle juniors. I honestly see them finishing no higher than 4th. We came 8th last year despite a horrific injury toll, so I think 5th/6th would be a likely finish.
tl;dr Adrian Proszenko is a clown