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Video ref controversy

12th July 2006 Correspondent 0

Saturday’s engage Super League game between Salford City Reds and Hull FC ended in controversy as Hull were awarded two contentious tries on the nod of the video referee to ensure that they edged out a Salford side who were in control for the better part of the eighty minutes. Not surprisingly a lot of debate has centred on the effectiveness of the video referee system.

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League in the valleys

5th July 2006 Correspondent 0

Whatever your views on the matter you have to say that the notion of moving an entire round of engage Super League XII lock stock and barrel to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is an interesting one. To my knowledge I can’t think of anything like that being attempted before in rugby league history.

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Rugby league farce

21st June 2006 Correspondent 0

The biggest rugby league story this week, and let’s be honest this year, has been the possibility of seeing Wigan Warriors relegated from the engage Super League. That’s understandable – the novelty of seeing a big team struggling always interests the media.

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Smith return could go either way

24th May 2006 Correspondent 0

The news that Brian Smith, widely seen as a ‘coaching guru’, will be joining the coaching team at Bradford Bulls will be seen as a stroke of genius by the directors at Odsal, especially in the light of the Bulls’ capitulation in the Powergen Challenge Cup against St Helens. The Bradford club have wobbled slightly since Brian Noble decided to take up the Wigan challenge.

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The big kick off – supposedly

3rd May 2006 Correspondent 0

Last Friday saw those smaller international sides take their first tentative steps along the road that leads to Australia for the 2008 Rugby World Cup. It was Russia and Holland that kicked of the event, with the Russian side securing a 40-14 win over their less experienced opponents.

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Easter controversy

19th April 2006 Correspondent 0

Just like chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, bunnies and, for some strange reason, the mince pies that didn’t shift over Christmas, Easter annually brings us the debate over whether rugby league players should have to play two games over the Easter weekend. This season it has been Karl Harrison and Daniel Anderson whose voices have been the loudest in decrying what has become known as the ‘Easter programme’.

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Wigan can benefit from fresh start

12th April 2006 Correspondent 0

The biggest story in rugby league so far this week is the sacking of Wigan head coach Ian Millward. The Warriors have suffered a disastrous start to the 2006 campaign, losing seven of their opening eight games in the engage Super League, and being stuck to the foot of the league table.

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Life outside Super League

5th April 2006 Correspondent 0

If proof was needed that National League standards are on the up, Widnes Vikings provided it on Sunday. The Vikings, not even favourites for the League One title, underlined that improvement by dumping a strong Castleford Tigers side out of the Challenge Cup.

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Clarke could be catalyst

29th March 2006 Correspondent 0

If Phil Clarke wanted to cause a storm when he resigned as Great Britain manager last week, he certainly achieved his aim. Clarke, a former Great Britain player, has been in the role for the last five years, and claims that not only are we no nearer to catching up with Australia and New Zealand, but that the clubs and the RFL are not interested in the international game.

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