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Heyho

That shite type of Rugby World Cup

Just watching my first match - England v Wales. English national anthem - shite, Wales national anthem brilliant. Then loads of 'swing ho, sweet charriot' form England fans. Pile of shite. Some old slave song that Eric Clapton nicked. Then there's the wales one 'bread of heaven', so inspiring.

So then time to whip those taffy arses.

I will sit back and see 10 or so penalties win or lose the game

Oh and well done Leeds Rhinos = awesome end to the regular season
fartcatcher

Always thought of Rugby Union as a toff's game. Much like hockey and polo.

The way they lift each other up at the throw ins like they are in Swan Lake is fucking bizarre. They should be wearing pink tutus.

Play Rugby, feel a man. As they say in the classics.
Heyho

There were 53 points in that game of which 43 were kicked and 36 of those were penalties. I rest my case.
Heyho

There were 53 points in that game of which 43 were kicked and 36 of those were penalties. I rest my case.
sheeps

2.3 million tickets sold for this.

RU Internationals are one of sports great occasions.

Get that bloody chip of yer shoulder.
Heyho

sheeps wrote:
2.3 million tickets sold for this.

RU Internationals are one of sports great occasions.

Get that bloody chip of yer shoulder.


Hush you!!!
sheeps

Dock

Not a fan myself but quite a buzz about in Leeds (and also round where I live near Hull they love rugby and are quite buzzy about the RU World Cup). I was in Leeds City Centre last Friday and these American lads asked me to take their picture in front of the indoor market. Looked like they were enjoying their trip and one had a jersey on emblazoned with the words ‘Fresno Rugby’. Who’d of thunk it? I didn’t realise the American’s were such fans of the game.
Late Doors

Indeed sheeps, i also like every element of RU except the game itself. I've played it albeit in the relative safety of Stand Off/Fly Half so i understand it tactically and territorially. Some of the latest rules mystify me but i get the ethos and point of the game. It just bores the behjasus out of me.

All the things i like about rugby i find in spades in league and rarely in Union. Ironically when those good things happen in Union everyone drools at it. All the turgid ponderous things about rugby have all but been eliminated in league but are still a big part of union, the kicking, especially into touch, the penalties, the mauls, rucks and scrums where fuck all happens for enormous parts of the match. Just my opinion like and i readily accept Union is the bigger game and internationally they are massive enjoyable occasions. Leeds was buzzing last weekend with Candians, Jocks, Italians and some of them other lot i cant remember. Must admit to having a laugh at the England result though
fartcatcher

Why are all these guys so huge? Is it pies or steroids? That Robshaw looks like he's just swallowed Fern Brittain.

Our game plan seemed to be based on the premise that the Aussies would run straight at us. When they cunningly ran round instead there was no plan B.

That Farrell deserves a slap for behaving like a petulant Prem Footballer when he got his yellow card.

Still - at least there was no dwarf throwing this time.
Heyho

I am happy that, despite Skys tinkering and trying to introduce French, Welsh and London teams (and failing on two of them) Rugby League is primarily seen as a cloth cap Northern game.

My worry about RL is that it is propped up (no pun intended) by Murdochs Millions. Should that money start to erode I couldn't see any of the top flight teams being able to survive is the way they do now.

RU is different and is very much a global phenomena and has much more corporate backing by large corporates.

What pisses me off is the likes of the BBC producing sub standard broadcasting for the Challenge Cup coverage.

As for the game itself I just can't get my head around things like mauls and this release of the ball in a tackle when it is so clear that an experienced opposition player can manipulate himself so that it makes it impossible for a quick release of the ball and hence results in a penalty. Same goes for the scrum and the collapse.

Nope, its RL for me all the way.
sheeps

I swing both ways.

RL is held back by the people who run it, at times with little effort they seem dumber than me.

The so called 'Super Eights', never witnessed any sporting competition less 'Super'. And why bang on about 'The Million Pound Game' what the fuck is million quid these days in sporting parlance?

RL is a great game, keep it simple, stop reaching for the unattainable and making it look stupid.
Heyho

sheeps wrote:
I swing both ways.

RL is held back by the people who run it, at times with little effort they seem dumber than me.

The so called 'Super Eights', never witnessed any sporting competition less 'Super'. And why bang on about 'The Million Pound Game' what the fuck is million quid these days in sporting parlance?

RL is a great game, keep it simple, stop reaching for the unattainable and making it look stupid.


But it has changed - players are much more conscientious nowadays. I remember a Leeds winger of old turned up at a party I was at on the eve of a match. He got hammered. I'm stood up in the South stand at Headingley about 12 hours later watching him have one of the worse games imaginable. You know what - I prefer how it was lol.

As for the Super eights, well at least four of them didn't have a look in due to the number of points they got in the regular season did they. Maybe make it a bit more interesting by wiping the slate clean regarding points but say give the top club 4 points, 2nd - 3, 3rd 2 and 4th 1 and the 5th to 8th teams zero. That way at least you get a reward for finishing top and it doesn't discount the other clubs from making a challenge.

Saying that if you were involved in the last match it was a little bit special. 79 minutes and 40 seconds special. The difference from winning the league and facing Huddersfield away as you finish 3rd. Well done Ryan Hall.
Grind

Bit of a bollock dropped for merchandising.

It doesn't bother me quite as much as it could (I'll certainly watch rugby if it's on the box, but am not that huge a fan), but I bought one of these at the airport when I was home a few months ago:-



It's a well made shirt, but I guess it may draw some derision, so it may be selectively worn.
Heyho

Grind wrote:
Bit of a bollock dropped for merchandising.

It doesn't bother me quite as much as it could (I'll certainly watch rugby if it's on the box, but am not that huge a fan), but I bought one of these at the airport when I was home a few months ago:-



It's a well made shirt, but I guess it may draw some derision, so it may be selectively worn.


A quite suitable item of clothing to be worn underneath a warm waterproof when dog walking I feel.
Grind

And, if I forget the plastic bags.......
Heyho

Grind wrote:
And, if I forget the plastic bags.......


That England top should have a concealed pocket so that you always have some on you.

But if not then argue that you have just cleared up 5 piles of shite from your dog and deposited them in the supplied bin.
Grind

Have we won this yet?
sheeps

Very nearly
Late Doors

All Irish now, aren't we
fartcatcher

Have you seen the injury lists?

The battering these guys take is frightening. They must be mental.
fartcatcher

This ref is brilliant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0ts859I4w
Late Doors

fartcatcher wrote:
Have you seen the injury lists?

The battering these guys take is frightening. They must be mental.


They need to learn how to tackle and take a tackle then

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