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Great win for Wigan last night and a superb send off for Shaun Wane, our departing Head Coach who is heading over to the ‘dark side’ and a coaching role with Scotland. It was a really tough game with both defences on top but Wigan having the edge on creativity and doing just enough to win it. Also leaving now are John Bateman and Ryan Sutton, both have signed on for Canberra in the NRL together with Sam Tomkins who is heading for Catalan Dragons. Special mention for Shaun Wane who has had his detractors over the last couple of seasons for a ‘less exciting’ brand of football. I have never wavered in my support of him and our trophy cabinet speaks volumes. Three Championships, one Challenge Cup, one League Leaders Shield and one World Club Challenge (winners) under his seven year tutelage. Legend.

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Messy end to the Catalan Warrington match tonight.  

3 or 4 players sent from field of play after the 80th min hooter.

Bit of a mini riot in the stands as Wire fans clambered up hoarding to fight.

All very football. Unlike the rugby fans.

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Tomkins has been suspended for three games and McIlorum for two after their part in the end of game rumpus. Both were also fined £500.

Haven’t really seen any proper footage of the crowd trouble although it does surface from time to time, sometimes at Challenge Cup Semi Finals, Grand Finals or one or two other high profile games where supporters have been on the lash all day. On the Warrington RL Fans forum, they seem to be blaming a mix of both sets of fans in corporate above and behind the Wire supporters with objects having been thrown around. That’s only one side of the story though. An investigation is currently underway and no doubt hefty fines for both clubs will follow. It’s definitely not wanted in Rugby League.

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7 minutes ago, K-Hod said:

I’m not a rugby fan at all, but I came across this video again at the weekend and thought I’d share. ‘I can’t speak’. Brilliant.

https://youtu.be/U2cmMUrwRKs

Yeah it's hilarious, just tell us what you really think about the ref Mick. Skerrett, who went in with the swinging arm, got his jaw broken by a similar " tackle " in a subsequent game against Cas.

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Not rugby league at all but there doesn't seem to be an easy to find rugby union thread and I have to say it somewhere. Huge congratulations to Sale Sharks on winning the Premiership Cup last night. Bit like us winning the Worthington Cup. Its not the biggest competition but its a trophy. De Klerks  try was worth watching for on its own.

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1 hour ago, gumboots said:

Not rugby league at all but there doesn't seem to be an easy to find rugby union thread and I have to say it somewhere. Huge congratulations to Sale Sharks on winning the Premiership Cup last night. Bit like us winning the Worthington Cup. Its not the biggest competition but its a trophy. De Klerks  try was worth watching for on its own.

Tell you what gumboots they made heavy weather of it!

Looked for a while like they’d lose out, they had little continuity to the play, but they came through in the end as Harlequins tired :tu:

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We were all but conceding we'd lost it at the hour mark. It was very hard to watch and the ref wasn't great. Seemed to miss a lot and not consistent which was lucky for Sharks as, having given away all those penalties, some of which were doubtful and could have gone either way, at the crucial stage of the game they suddenly got the benefit of every 50/50. That Will Evans penalty seemed to knock the stuffing out of Quins. Big shout to Rob du Preez who had a disaster in the earlier league match against Quins with his poor kicking, but stepped up and put in a flawless performance last night. Just wish we could have been at the AJ Bell to enjoy it with the team.

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One of the great Rugby League Finals today. Just a shame it was behind closed doors. Anybody that needs cheering up after todays Rovers no show I can recommend it. Most of the guys out there expended more energy in 5 minutes that our lot did in a full 90 according to my son.

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36 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

One of the great Rugby League Finals today. Just a shame it was behind closed doors. Anybody that needs cheering up after todays Rovers no show I can recommend it. Most of the guys out there expended more energy in 5 minutes that our lot did in a full 90 according to my son.

I missed the League final, gutted really, but I did manage to catch some of the European Cup final Exeter Chiefs v Racing 92 - Superb game from what I saw. You watch football and see the modern footballer rolling around on the floor when the strong wind blows, these lads are 100% every game and tough as old boots, puts thing into perspective for me. 

As for Rovers, we've had a tremendous start to the season and an excellent window, lets hope it pays dividends. 

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21 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

One of the great Rugby League Finals today. Just a shame it was behind closed doors. Anybody that needs cheering up after todays Rovers no show I can recommend it. Most of the guys out there expended more energy in 5 minutes that our lot did in a full 90 according to my son.

That was a great game,wanted Salford to win,when it's a Lancs v Yorks scenario i always pull for the team on the west of the pennines.I know Salford is classed as Greater Manchester but when it comes to sports they're still in Lancashire for me.

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Just watched the NZ vrs Argentina game which the All Blacks won at a canter after losing to them a few weeks ago.

The highlight for me was actually before the game started,  the All Blacks lined up for the Haka and Sam Cane walked forward, placed an All Black shirt with 10 Maradona on the centre spot, absolute class.

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The Grand Final, last night, was one of the best Rugby League games I have ever seen. An absolute arm wrestle of a match. Saints won 8-4 with a freakish try right on 80 minutes. They had enjoyed the better of the possession and territory but Wigan’s defence was immense. When Wigan edged ahead 4-2 with 10 mins left, that could have been it but more drama was to come. St Helens levelled it to 4-4 with a harsh penalty for an alleged high tackle and then Wigan were awarded a penalty of their own with 2 mins remaining. They opted to try for the two points on offer instead of going for field position and going for the drop goal, which would have undoubtedly won the game. Zak missed, Saints came upfield, went for their own drop goal. They also missed but the ball bounced back off one of the posts, down into the field of play then spun wildly, taking it into the in goal area, where one of theirs touched the ball down to win the game. You couldn’t have written it.

The tackling during the game was brutal and both teams must take credit for their defence and stamina. It’s not very often that low scoring games have you on the edge of your seat. To put (association) footballers to shame with their play acting and cheating feigning injury, Wigan’s centre Oliver Gildart tweeted a photo of himself with Joe Burgess, saying between them they had a broken finger and a broken jaw. Wigan’s Jackson Hastings took studs in the face, leaving him cuts to his forehead, eyebrow and cheek, two of which looked like they could have done with stitches. St Helens’ James Graham took a tackle early on that could have damaged one or more ribs (when that lad stays down, you know he’s hurt) and their Walmsley somehow managed to finish the game, despite being severely injured. All the aforementioned carried on playing, without even the hint of a whinge towards either the ref or their own bench. Most of these lads are on about £75k per YEAR or less.

A big shout out to two legends of the game who retired after the match, Warriors’ Sean O’Loughlin and Saints’ James Graham. It’s been a pleasure to watch you both.

What an advert for the game. If no one can get interested in Rugby League after that, then there’s no chance. I am deeply disappointed but there’s always next season. We go again.

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That's a great post CLB, it sums up perfectly what Rugby League is all about.  Possibly before your time but I remember the great Alex Murphy doing the same thing, hitting the post with a shot at goal but following up to score a try, on more than one occasion.

One of the most titanic games I ever saw ended 7-2

Edited by Tyrone Shoelaces

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