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Joe Public
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Just finished with Wigan edging it 22-18.

Quite the best sport I've seen for some time.

Anyone else catch it?

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Some of it. Look a decent enough game, but if it was as good as you are making out, then I suppose I'll never be that inspired by Rugby League.

As to the match, I was pretty impressed by Webb of Leeds' finishing. The two tries he scored were very tough groundings. Especialy liked the quickness of thought on the second one, when the ball was slipping out of his right hand so he brought his left hand over to steady it, all above his head whilst upside-down. So unexpected was getting his left hand around that that it prompted Jonathon Davies to say, "There are hands on that ball" as a reason why the try might not be allowed. But as both hands belonged to the attacker it wasn't that relevant.

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I saw it, and was on the edge of my seat throughout. The last 20 minutes were incredibly tense. I thought Webb was excellent for Leeds, with Ashton, Richards, Palea'aesina and of course Barrett impressing for the visitors. Richards' kicking was very impressive considering he's not a specialist, or wasn't until this season, whilst Palea'aesina put in a mighty shift absorbing tackles.

Wigan look to be getting it together this season. We're not in the same class as Saints unfortunately, but two wins at Headingley is very impressive, and after some early hiccups we are starting to look daunting at home. I've got a good feeling about the Challenge Cup this year.

I'm finding myself more and more drawn to League over football, for lots of reasons. The fact that you can just turn up to almost any game on the spur of the moment is a big plus, as are the (fairly) cheap tickets - the best seat at Wigan is 17 and the season tickets are remarkably cheap - I think they're under 200 for 17 games. A good number of the players are local, which helps identify the club with the town. The league this year is very open, thanks to the salary cap and some poor buys by the bigger clubs in recent seasons, especially Wigan, but most of all, I think the sheer speed of the game is the biggest draw. The ball is never out of play for more than a few seconds except when a try is scored.

The quarter final draw has been made now. In an attempt to drum up a bit of interest, here it is:

Wigan Warriors v Harlequins

St Helens v Warrington Wolves

Hull FC v Catalans Dragons

Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants

Bradford vs Huddersfield is probably the pick of the ties.

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Any thoughts on the Vainikolo signing?

English Rugby teams do seem to be favouring these enormous Pacific Island lumps at the mo'....the Leicester pairing being very in vogue.

Must confess, the League season looks a bit more open this season, which will help retain interest for many, but I see such little product on TV at the mo'...and I only ever seems to catch games involving Salford or the sides at the bottom, and the games are usually crap. Not as crap as most of the Friday evenings I've spent at Edgeley Park though.

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Having watched the Leeds-Wigan game and having seen the draw, I can see nothing stopping the cherry and whites reaching Wembley. I believe "destiny" was what Dave Whelan spewed during a brief interlude from ranting at the Premier League, West Ham United etc etc...

Vainikolo moving is good for Bradford and good for the player.

Perhaps the greatest try-scoring winner since the inception of summer rugby, Vainikolo now uses operations to clean out his knee like the rest of us use aspirin. 18 months ago, his move would have been a big blow to the game, now, it gives a player with his best years behind him the chance to extend his career.

Bradford are still burdened by significant debt and, as Vainikolo had nearly 2 years left on his contract, have accordingly received welcome compensation.

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Dave Whelan and destiny.....hmmm.....

Long live Orrell.

As for Vainikolo, yep the dodgy knees were the first thing I thought of, plus I'm not sure he's got the distribution skills to really make an impact in Rugby. He seems a good finisher, and Gloucester are pretty expansive these days, so he'll get service, but he may be a bit one dimensional.

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I'm glad Vainikolo is leaving from a selfish perspective as he always seems to score a stack against Wigan. He's remarkably quick for a man his size, and very exciting to watch when he's on form, especially in the Bradford side of a few years ago where he provided some welcome relief from the sight of man mountains such as Paul Anderson crushing the life out of the opposition in the centre.
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The semis are just two weeks away now. Wigan have pulled the plum with an (almost) home tie against Catalan Dragons at Warrington. Since we beat them 30 - 0 a couple of weeks ago I foresee few problems there and am considering tempting fate by booking tickets for the final, as many other are doing.

St Helens meet Bradford in the other tie. Bradford won the rehearsal 10-4 last night, Saints' second defeat on the trot. That leaves the top of the table table very congested, with an exciting run-in in prospect. Wigan appear to be in touch but they aren't really - a points deduction for breaching the salary cap yet again will be levied later this month.

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Hopefully 12pts penality and a defeat against the Catalans will wash away a bit of the current arrogance in display at the Warriors. I just love Whelan pontificating about West Ham then his other club is caught, YET AGAIN, breaching the salary cap and a quick scan of the Warriors forum see nothing but "We are too big to be punished" comments.
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Four point deduction in the end, which should exclude us from the playoffs unless our form improves. That will mean a drop in projected turnover, meaning we will struggle to get under the salary cap again next season.

Judging by the ruling , Wigan do seem to have been quite underhand - there's no question of an administrative oversight. With another breach likely next season given the contracts already in place, and the tougher penalties in prospect, I wonder if Wigan will actually make it into the franchise era set to begin in 2009? I'm sure the rules will be bent if there's any danger of them missing out.

Castleford are apparently considering legal action, as they were relegated 3 points behind Wigan last season. I don't see what they will be able to achieve given that the League has just applied its own rules, but I have to admit I do feel sorry for them.

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I think Cas's big gripe is that the ruling should/could have been made promptly after Wigan's misdemeanours were uncovered.

Even a pre-season ruling would have given the RL chance (that is, if they really wanted it) to enforce the salary cap rule vigorously and to send Wigan down in place of Cas.

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Fucking typical cheating pie-eating scum. Getting away with it as usual.
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Cas's anger is further fuelled, of course, by the Michael Dobson scenario of last season.

Dobson is an Australian half-back who was on short-term loan at Catalans last season and was very impressive. Cas made a serious bid to sign him mid-season only to be gazumped by Wigan - who, it transpires, were using funds beyond the cap to acquire him.

He played no small part in Wigan's survival, needless to say.

Re GO's comment - those sentiments are very common in RL circles. Lindsay takes the stench of corruption with him everywhere he goes.

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I wonder if Ashton's still going to Northampton, seeing as they are now in ND1? Mind you, if he's looking to convert to Union, a season out of the spotlight to learn the game would be far better than another Andy Farrell "weight of expectations" scenario.

Dave Whelan. Hypocrite of the first order.

Harlequins RL seem to be hanging on in there, I see.

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Ashton is a good player - he'll do okay at Northanpton.
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