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The original play off format was by far the best. Top 5 and the top 2 get an extra life if they lose. Gave a huge incentive to finish top. The only way the team coming 5th could win was to beat all 4 teams above them without playing at home. The magic weekend also distorts a pure league format as certain teams get an easier extra fixture than others
Need to get a S League match onto channel five every Sunday afternoon, 3pm start. Would prefer C5 to do the C Cup and SL highlights too. BBC shouldn't be allowed to pay to show sport on TV, radio yes. Also, we should go to eleven a side, get rid of the scrum and the posts, 4 quarters of 20 minutes. 5 metre defensive line, far too many scoots from acting-halfback.
Although it's true that this season should have been more celebrated I think it's been recognised by RL fans outside of Castleford. Fans from other clubs have admitted that they've loved watching us play this year (except when it was their own team!). I'm very proud of the team/club for their efforts. My only regret is that my dad isn't around to see them finish top. COYF
Rugby League sold their soul a bit to Sky. So terrestrial TV gets maybe 5 or 6 cup games, and International games.. It needs Live Superleague games every week on Free to Air TV. Not just the not so attractive games, but the bigger games. The Superleague highlights show needs to be shown at a regular time, not as a filler at stupid times. Plus touring roadshows showing what a great game we have
I don't seem to recall the team finishing first getting anything at all for the first couple of years when the Grand Final was created, there was no trophy or anything when Wigan finished top of the league before the Grand Final playoffs in 1998. How can the GF have devalued something that never existed before?
well 2 things firstly aussie in york if we get rid of salary cap we end up like boring football were only 2 or 3 clubs buy best or we end up like rl in 90s when wigan bought all the best players.secondly before super league we had the league champions then the premiership trophy with top 8 clubs and final was were oh thats right old trafford so why cant we have champions now and then priemier cup
To JimofWigan, the last game of the season was Wakefield v Saints not some gimmick games played afterwards for the benefit of Sky TV. We used to have the old Premiership competition after the end of the season which didn't rob a team that had been the most consistent all season of the league title.
I have mixed feelings on the play offs and GF as anyone who has been to old trafford will agree it is a great night BUT having seen teams finishing 5th crowned champions doesnt sit right. Huddersfield won the LLS the other year but didnt make the GF and hull deserved better last year. I fear Cas who are currently the best by far are 1 poor game away from getting what they deserve!
Well done Castleford...really admire the back play in Rugby League...light years ahead of rugby union. If you don't believe me watch Eddie Jones Q & A to Oxford University !! I like RU but some of the skill set is not really were it should be. Lions vs NZ third test great drama but lots of errors I.e. Dropped ball, line outs not straight. So respect where it's due to a side that's entertained.
Here we go again. People who can't read the facts about the Grand Final . It is the most successful competition ever in our sport. We put 70,000 bums on seats because of the shear excitement and anticipation that the very last game of the season determine who is the champion of super league. Please do not attack success .Try and attack what is failing and that is media coverage.
Doesn't rugby union have the same thing? A play-off and a GF with the original team finishing 1st not getting anything? At least RL gives the leaders some silverware.
Castleford have been a delight to watch this year, and, whisper it, may have redefined how to play League in this country.If they don't go on to win the Grand Final it would be a sad thing indeed.
About 3yrs ago I got the Rugby League bug through 2 pals who were Cas fans.They have been brilliant all season and deserve to be called Champions however the stupid way the RL and Sky dream up the rules just isn't right. A league is won and Champions crowned after the 23 League games. The GF should be a seperate competition as you can win 20 games and have 1 bad game in the SF and win nothing.
Congratulations to Castleford on a dominant and wonderfully entertaining style of Rugby League. Article is totally wrong when it says the League Leaders Shield is devalued by the Grand Final. A league is won over a season not some money making TV driven play off system were not all the league teams are involved. League Leaders comes first, Grand Final second.
I've been to the mend a hose jungle and it is quite an experience - I would suggest everyone who's watched league on the tv should go and watch it live.
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