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    As a NRL-loving Brit I read loads of articles on The Roar and on other sites and am genuinely confused by this doom and gloom laden picture I am constantly being bombarded with about the great game.

    Our old Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, could be talking about you lot when he declared: “Our people have never had it so good.”

    I guess context is everything and you must understand how dire the state of rugby league is in the UK.

    Open up our national newspapers and you’d be hard pressed to see a mention in the sport’s pages of the game.

    In some papers women’s rugby union, American sports and yachting will all get more column inches even though they have far fewer professional or amateur participants or viewers.

    Being a northern sport, untouched by the interest of the wealthy, it has second-class status. Oh how giddy I get when I see tomes of writing in your papers.

    Your administrators are all a load of clueless duffers apparently but we have this nailed down.

    Witness Bradford Bulls going into administration in 2012, 2014 and finally folding in 2016.

    The RFL in their wisdom decided that poor governance shouldn’t be a hindrance and fully reinstated them again back into the fold this year.

    Well, they do own Bradford’s stadium so I guess they needed someone to pay the rent.

    They also have a head coach that is not allowed to coach! Geoff Toovey wasn’t granted a work visa but mysteriously is still on holiday in Bradford all this time.

    They surprisingly did do one good thing which made league fans simultaneously drop their bacon sandwiches on the kitchen floor by taking the national set-up seriously.

    Wayne Bennett was brought in at a fair expense to bring about change. He organized a mid-season England training session abroad but this was cancelled by the RFL at the last minute as the parochial interests of the clubs took precedence.

    We love to triumph a bold new direction as long as there is an understanding that no change should actually happen.

    Your players are rewarded handsomely which is only right for such a brutal and skilled game although there seems to be discontent nearer the low levels of player in the NRL.

    In the 2016 World Club Challenge the young Leeds halves of Sutcliffe and Lilley were up against Morgan and Thurston. They were on a combined annual income of £30,000 a year.

    Seeing that to rent a one bed flat in a stabby area of South London costs a grand a month please just be happy your players can afford food!

    The main reason I would watch NRL over Super League is the wonderful coverage you get and still you seem to have it in for Gould et al.

    The knowledge, humour and ease your boys have over us is embarrassing, (perhaps with the exception of ‘Blocker’ Roach who is a living example of why lax concussion rules in the old days were a foolhardy thing).

    We have the combined commentary power of Eddie Hemmings, a man whose knowledge is in a race to the bottom with his humour and the two old meat heads, Barrie McDermott and Terry O’Connor.

    These guys are an out dated stereotype of what a Londoner assumes a northerner is. In your currency it would be having two Les Pattersons in the commentary booth.

    But even worse is the camera work. Imagine watching Test cricket but you miss the first ball of every over because they are showing a super slow motion replay of last over’s forward defensive shot. It’ll drive you insane.

    This is league on Sky. All flow and momentum (and enjoyment) is lost due to pointless replays. Watching the NRL is thrilling and enjoyable but I just end up shouting at the TV with SL.

    Coming from the Old Dart I know about negativity for a good reason, cut me and I bleed despondency and grey clouds.

    This is not your territory, this is not you. Rejoice in the fact that you have a game that is on telly, that is splashed across the media, that is a glorious spectacle.

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    • June 20th 2017 @ 11:25am
      jeff dustby said | June 20th 2017 @ 11:25am | ! Report

      great article, some people just dont know how good things are in the NRL

      • June 21st 2017 @ 5:49pm
        Mickyo said | June 21st 2017 @ 5:49pm | ! Report

        They are going so well in Sydney they don’t even bother going to a NRL game or watching on FTA now.

        WTF, FTA ratings down 25% in Sydney, can’t say I blame em, it is a pretty sub standard call on 9.

        Regional FTA down 14%

        Fox down, crowds down, I guess you get the picture Jeff.

        Some people are just not appreciative of what they have got.

        • June 21st 2017 @ 10:38pm
          Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 10:38pm | ! Report


          AFL FTA TV ratings are the most embarrassing of all sports in NSW and QLD after billions spent.

          Not AFL fault it’s just a poor game to watch on TV.

          Lets have a look at the SoO TV ratings in Melbourne tomorrow? The AFL would kill to get the same in Sydney!!
          The games between two states that have nothing to do with Melbourne but still gets super ratings. Sorry!

        • June 22nd 2017 @ 8:14am
          Craigo said | June 22nd 2017 @ 8:14am | ! Report


          The drop in FTA TV ratings can be explained here. Sorry!

          Origin delivers record audiences for Telstra as fans switch to Mobile

          • June 22nd 2017 @ 4:09pm
            Cathar Treize said | June 22nd 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

            So true, I would never have imagined that I now watch more NRL on my mobile than a TV, it’s just the way my lifestyle has changed that has seen this phenomenon

    • June 20th 2017 @ 12:35pm
      Flea said | June 20th 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

      Nice article David! Good to read some perspective.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 12:56pm
      Wild Eagle said | June 20th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      Good to read your view from the other hemisphere. After being a fan since the early 70’s I only started looking at fan forums in the last couple of years and like you was amazed at the negative attitude to all sorts of things.

      Have a look at a fan forum 2 or 3 years before a premiership and you’d swear the sun was never going to appear again with all sorts of doom and gloom.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 2:51pm
      Rod said | June 20th 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

      The old saying things are never as bad they appear or good for that matter.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 5:10pm
      Craigo said | June 20th 2017 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

      For 30 years I been hearing Rugby Union types in Australia telling me the NRL is dying and It’s only a matter of time before Rugby Union takes over.

      You only have to see the TV ratings across Australia for tomorrow nights SoO to see how well Rugby League is going.
      The SoO will be the top rating show of the year so far.

      • June 20th 2017 @ 9:37pm
        Led Medley said | June 20th 2017 @ 9:37pm | ! Report

        But it cant grow Craigo. It will be forever stuck in QLD and NSW because it doesnt appeal to the General sporting public.
        What will happen when this dying generation of Rugby League supporters die off completely?
        Its not like the younger generation these days love the game

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          June 21st 2017 @ 1:59am
          peeeko said | June 21st 2017 @ 1:59am | ! Report

          and i am fine with that. the kids will inherit the game. totally unfounded last sentance

        • June 21st 2017 @ 7:12am
          Agent11 said | June 21st 2017 @ 7:12am | ! Report

          and you think the younger generation are all jumping on board AFL, cricket or Union? lol you might be in for a shock if thats the case…

        • June 21st 2017 @ 8:51am
          Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

          @Led Medley

          Going by FTA TV rating the AFL can’t get many watching in the Northern States with all the money the AFL has invested. Not a good look.

          Rugby Union is a dead man walking and league will take all it’s private school players over the coming years and the Wallabies will be lucky to qualify for a world cup in 10 years.

          NRL club memberships have hit an all-time high at the half-way mark of season 2017, with more than 302,000 fans signing up to support their clubs.

          • June 21st 2017 @ 9:20am
            Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

            Why cant Rugby League expand? Its all good and well Craigo givibg those figures but you seem to forget participation numbers and numbers outside hearlands. Just asking the question. Why didn’t you mention soccer in your argument?

            • June 21st 2017 @ 9:44am
              Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

              @Led Medley

              Football has been king of Junior participation numbers around Australia for decades.

              Why cant Football get crowds or TV rating with great Junior participation numbers?

              Because people want to watch the best of the best the NRL, BBL and the AFL have the market in those areas. The A-League is 3rd rate compared to EPL and Aussies know it and that why football in this country will continue to be played in summer in the shadows of the NRL, BBL and AFL.

              Why cant Rugby League expand?
              It has!
              What it’s done over the last few year in the Pacific Islands like Fiji, Tonga, Samoa is great and its the nation sport in Papua New Guinea. The Melbourne Storm got the biggest crowd and the highest Foxtel ratings on the weekend in the NRL. The World Cup this year will show how far Rugby League has come over the last 10 years.

              • June 21st 2017 @ 10:02am
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 10:02am | ! Report

                Craigo trotting out Aussies playing for other countries isnt growth.. its serious desperation to keep up with Soccer and Union in the international department

              • June 21st 2017 @ 11:10am
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                What ever Led. Keep telling yourself that. Those Papua New Guinea, Kiwi, English player etc don’t look to Australian to me. The Rugby League World Cup will out rate on FTA TV anything Football and Union will put on this year.

                With all that international power Rugby Union and football are pretty sad if they are so far behind the NRL in this country.

              • June 21st 2017 @ 1:49pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

                So Craigo 4 out of the Countries in the World Cup dont have Aussies?
                What are the ratings going to be in USA, Tonga,Fiji,Italy, Scotland etc?

              • June 21st 2017 @ 2:50pm
                Matt said | June 21st 2017 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

                Led what’s going to happen when the Socceroos miss out on the World Cup? It might not happen for the 2018 one but missing the 2022 one is a real possibility. They have all those junior players and still can’t produce a squad of 25 players good enough to get into a World Cup. Rugby Union has gone down the path of getting rid of a team. That means that they can’t produce 200 players, based on 40 players per squad per team, that are good enough for Super Rugby. Yet poor old Rugby League is consistently topping the ratings on both FTA and Pay TV. They even have their second tier state based competitions on FTA and somehow you are potting League. How is that? Both Union and Football would kill for their main competition to be on FTA let alone their second tier one. Yes League could be run better, but so could those big world sports.

              • June 21st 2017 @ 3:36pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 3:36pm | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                Do yourself a favour and watch tonights SoO and see why it’s the top rating program in Australia year in year out and something Football and Union will never get in this county.

                Then ask yourself this question.

                With all footballs Junior participation numbers and international power why do TV networks and Advertisers pay billions to be are part of Rugby League in Australia?

                Because Rugby League is entertaining and Football is Yawn-Inducing.

              • June 21st 2017 @ 3:59pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

                Craigo i watch the first set of 6 and go ti bed because i know it will be repeated for the next 79 mins.
                If Rugby League is so entertaining why does it lag behind so many sports for interest around the world? I mean it wasn’t invented 5 years ago.

                Cathar Treize imagine if the big sports were run better? There goes Rugby League for good

              • June 21st 2017 @ 4:10pm
                clipper said | June 21st 2017 @ 4:10pm | ! Report

                What Craigo fails to mention is that there were only 4 games with an average of only 12,385 and the 17,124 the Storm got was lower than all but one of the AFL games

              • June 24th 2017 @ 9:17am
                Justin Kearney said | June 24th 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

                Good old clip. The afl fan boy at his most boring. Derailing another league thread out of pure spite!

              • June 21st 2017 @ 5:15pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                “Craigo i watch the first set of 6 and go ti bed because i know it will be repeated for the next 79 mins.”

                Led you sound so bitter I feel sorry for you. I’m going to love it with all the millions around this great country.

                “If Rugby League is so entertaining why does it lag behind so many sports for interest around the world? I mean it wasn’t invented 5 years ago.”

                We are talking about Australia Led didn’t you read the above article?
                Rugby League is one of the 2 biggest football codes in Australia.

                ‘Cathar Treize imagine if the big sports were run better? There goes Rugby League for good’

                LOL, Yep, thats what Rugby Unions been saying for year as it sinks to the bottom behind Netball and WAFL. Wait! Football is also behind Netball and WAFL on FTA TV. Sorry

                Led, Rugby League is not run well from the top. It’s full of self interest greedy clubs and a idiot for a Chairman and still runs rings around Football and Union.

              • June 21st 2017 @ 5:23pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 5:23pm | ! Report

                What clipper fails to mention is that with billions spent in QLD and NSW no one is watching AFL on TV and QLD AFL crowds are so bad even I feel sorry for them.

                Lucky there are a lot expats Vic in Sydney to give to AFL something to hold on to.

                Lets have a look at the SoO TV ratings in Melbourne tomorrow? The AFL would kill to get the same in Sydney!!
                The games between two state that have nothing to do with Melbourne but still gets super rating.

                Rugby League football really is the greatest game of all… Sing it with me Clipper… Rugby League football is the greatest game of all!!!!

              • June 21st 2017 @ 5:26pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

                Craigo, so only Victorians go watch the Melbourne Storm. Just like all those Victorians they are producing and encouraging to play Rugby League

              • June 21st 2017 @ 5:33pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                “Craigo, so only Victorians go watch the Melbourne Storm. Just like all those Victorians they are producing and encouraging to play Rugby League”

                The Storm crowds would be Kiwi’s, NSW and QLD expats for sure just like the Swans crowds are mostly from the Southern state. Do your homework Led. Victorians are producing local players. Coming from a Zero base 20 years ago it great and more and more will come.

                The TV ratings for AFL in Sydney and NRL in Melbourne tell the true story. But tonight Melbourne will become RUGBY LEAGUE MAD!!!!

              • June 21st 2017 @ 6:08pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

                Yea i bet they will Craigo! Its a bit of a worry you and people like you think everyone will be watching and cant wait for it. In reality about 3 million out of a country of 24 million will turn it on either watch it or change the channel.
                But ill let you go with what you think i dont want to upset you anymore

              • June 21st 2017 @ 8:12pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 8:12pm | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                LOL, Go back to your A-League. Im about to watch SoO in front of 83,000 people watching the greatest game of all with record TV ratings tonight

              • June 21st 2017 @ 8:15pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 8:15pm | ! Report

                83000 is that all Craigo? 96000 was at MCG to watch a friendly last week shown around the world.. whats with those guys wearing blue wigs? Why does the ground announcer have to get the crowd going to cheer?

              • June 21st 2017 @ 9:13pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

                You are watching the greatest game of all.
                Good one you Led Medley.

                We don’t have to import teams like soccer did to get a crowd and Argentina Brazil still got bad TV ratings. What was the crowd at Socceroos at MCG 49,874. Not to good. TV rating even worse. SoO got 90,000 and record TV ratings in 2015.

                Hee, hee you lose again. Watch out for record TV rating tomorrow Led

              • June 21st 2017 @ 9:17pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 9:17pm | ! Report

                Craigo you CANT import teams from overseas because nobody knows what it is.
                Now that 49k was once again a practice match between 1 vs 48 in the world. Thats 31k more than the ANZAC test about 2 months ago. Thats 1 v 2 in the world (out of 3)..
                As i said Craigo 3.5 million out of 24 million turning it over on the TV is impressive!!
                But can you answer me what is with the tools wearing wigs? And why does the ground announcer have to get the crowd excited?

              • June 21st 2017 @ 10:24pm
                Craigo said | June 21st 2017 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                Wow what a game of SoO. Great crowd and record Australian TV ratings!

                Led, you should move overseas If you want soccer to be the game people watch.

                soccer is a nil all joke in Australia. I don’t care what people think of RL outside of Australia. I live here and love it.

                The ANZAC RL test out rated both the Argentina Brazil and Socceroos games put together. Sorry!

                “As i said Craigo 3.5 million out of 24 million turning it over on the TV is impressive!!”

                No other TV show or sport can get those ratings in Australia mate!

                “But can you answer me what is with the tools wearing wigs?”

                It’s called having a good time and a great night out!
                Without soccer flares violence at most A-League games and around the world!

                need I say more!
                You are embarrassing yourself.
                Soccer is a sad joke and will flow rugby union down the drain in Australia over the next couple of years.

              • June 21st 2017 @ 10:44pm
                Led Medley said | June 21st 2017 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

                Craigo this original conversation was about the growth of Rugby League and how you were telling everyone how its expanded everywhere and how the World Cup coming up will be huge and now you’re saying you dont care what happens outside of Australia? Haha what is it mate cmon??
                Remember Rugby League is not an Australian game its a Northern English sport played and followed in NSW and QLD!
                I think its bedtime for you Craigo..

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 9:24am
                Crosscoder said | June 22nd 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

                I don’t know whether Led Medley or Lead Zeppelin is a new moniker from the same old mob who haunt rl threads, suffice to say he has displayed the usual ignorance about rl so typical of these try hard posters.

                FYI if rl is only followed in Nth England and 2 states of this country, what on earth is PNG (pop 7.5m est) where rl is the national code doing?
                All walking the Kokoda Track apparently with no interest .Seriously your obversations are clueless.

                Again you have shown little idea as to what rl development is /has taken place overseas.Thus the only growth you perhaps recognise is ,ego.Talk about insecurity.

                Then he waffles on about” desperation to keep up with soccer or ru” internationally.Reality check ,growing a code is not an act of desperation but a natural progression for any code to expand its borders ,in a world that is shrinking due to technology.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 9:48am
                Craigo said | June 22nd 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                LOL!! Not only was the game a sell out look at those TV ratings!!!

                #Origin Game 2 had a national average audience of 3.483 million (5 City: 2.380 mil/Reg: 1.103 mil) last night. National Peak 4.013 million

                Adelaide 102,000 Perth 139,000 on FTA and they don’t even have a RL team!!

                Thats the growth of Rugby League we love to see. Football would never get those number in Adelaide and Perth and they have A-League teams.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am
                Led Medley said | June 22nd 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

                You really do believe all yhe hype dont you Craigo? Its bloody scary..
                By the way you’re the one who says im a soccer fan. Whats wrong with following 2 or 3 sports mate. I know Rugby League fans think its the be all and end all but remember Craigo, thats the pinnacle of your sport State of Origin. It doesn’t get any bigger.The A League is probably the 40th ranked League in the World and gets bigger regular season crowds then NRL. Take Broncos out of the Comp and id hate to see the crowd averages..
                So in this article you’ve attacked Rugby Union, AFL and Soccer like a good true Leaguie

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 10:13am
                Crosscoder said | June 22nd 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

                I believe Led needs to keep up to speed.

                One of the first responders to this thread was an obvious AFL fan, who bagged rl crowds ,and he is hardly alone.
                A Mr C Foster and a Mr Hill from the A League perspective have no problem having a regular snipe at rl.
                And of course Mr Medley initially had a go at rl on this thread,suggesting it can’t grow ,as no one is interested.
                Then he made an ignorant comment stating only Australians played in rl comps in other countries.Which is false.Sometimes it pays do do ones homework.

                You reap what you sow ,with the responses you receive.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 10:24am
                Craigo said | June 22nd 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                Mate, I picked you for a Rugby Union guy hiding behind the A-League banner.
                Your Union is dead so you need another sport because you are to embarrassed to say to follow union and you hate that RL is taking any junior with talent.

                “thats the pinnacle of your sport State of Origin”

                And doesn’t Australia Love it!!!

                “The A League is probably the 40th ranked League in the World and gets bigger regular season crowds then NRL”

                You are embarrassing yourself. I love proving you wrong!!!!

                ATTENDANCES for A-League 12,650 in 2016-17
                ATTENDANCES for NRL 16,142 in 2016


                The NRL is the second most attend football code sport in the country.

                Great game last night looks like more BILLIONs coming the NRL way!!!

                Looking Forward to game 3 and so is AUSTRALIA!!!!

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 11:08am
                Crosscoder said | June 22nd 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

                BTW Craigo.Did you get those so-called ( “8 free SOO2)” tickets from a certain gent, who shall remain anonymous, mailed to you?

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 11:20am
                Craigo said | June 22nd 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report



                That gent was full of it.
                Never got any SoO tickets.

                But I would of been shocked had I got the tickets.

                He was just trying to big note himself. Sad guy. feel sorry for him.

              • June 24th 2017 @ 8:59am
                Justin Kearney said | June 24th 2017 @ 8:59am | ! Report

                Hi craigo. I think led medley is the new id of the fraud who promise you the origin tickets.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 1:13pm
                clipper said | June 22nd 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

                Craigo – the Australian Open final is the highest rated sports program so far this year, just to correct your claim that it’s SoO..

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 2:16pm
                Crosscoder said | June 22nd 2017 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

                It may well be only temporary Clipper,so I know you will be watching in anticipation.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 2:21pm
                clipper said | June 22nd 2017 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

                Neither of us can predict the future, Crosscoder, but as it stands the original comment was incorrect.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 2:34pm
                Led Medley said | June 22nd 2017 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

                Craigo wouldn’t know what sport is the Australian open. Typical Leaguies its Rugby League and nothing else. Hence why it continues to go round in circles

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 2:37pm
                Craigo said | June 22nd 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report


                How about those ratings for SoO in Adelaide 102,000
                and Perth 139,000 on FTA and they don’t even have a RL team!!

                The NRL would be pretty happy with that.

                Thanks for the Heads up on all things Rugby League clippper you must be a closet fan.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 2:47pm
                Craigo said | June 22nd 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

                @Led Medley

                OMG you are back.

                I’ve upset you Led Medley by pointing out the true facts and I’m sorry.

                The best thing you can do is stick to the Rugby Union & Football pages on the Roar.

                Well…Maybe not the Rugby Union pages they are pretty depressing reading.

                Maybe just read the Football pages it’s a big game OS.

                Or be like clipper and learn everything about Rugby League so when you write a post you don’t embarrass yourself so much.

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 4:14pm
                Cathar Treize said | June 22nd 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

                Led Medley is just Mathew Stealer & whoever he was before that. I see he brought me into this conversation even though until now I haven’t even read the article. Same person who trolls me on twitter & facebook. Get a life please.

              • June 24th 2017 @ 10:55am
                Justin Kearney said | June 24th 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

                The qustion remains as to why the mods let this peanut get away with it?

              • June 22nd 2017 @ 4:54pm
                Crosscoder said | June 22nd 2017 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

                And if the situation happens to change Clipper for SOO3,.one will expect you to be honest and forthcoming ,giving your usual admission.Or maybe not.

    • June 20th 2017 @ 6:39pm
      Rod said | June 20th 2017 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

      I think League is doing pretty well. But the game has a great opportunity to really make a leap forward. I hope those in charge make the right choices, re grassroots , getting the refs to enforce the rules, as opposed to bringing in news rules as it too hard to enforce the old one. Ie no contest in the play the ball , can’t play the ball forward, no scrums , basically very few real contest for possession .But hey you can’t everything.

      I still love the game and watch it every week, can’t comment on Super league so much, but I would watch a handful of games every year to see what’s going on. The games have watched have been good, at least there is far less wrestling

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        June 20th 2017 @ 11:10pm
        David Brown said | June 20th 2017 @ 11:10pm | ! Report

        Hey Rod, I agree that Super League offers up some good games but as I said the camera work drives me crazy. Literally every 5th tackle play gets shown no matter what. The innovation of having replays in a box at the corner of the screen is definitely the way forward.