> 54-8, att 10,200 ish.
> Hull FC (fair play to them - it was a tough draw for them!) just
> seemed to be trying to rough it up, and draw the Saints players
> into a brawl.
Don't know about that. There were plenty of high tackles from Saints which
the referee didn't bother with. Including one just as Mark Hewitt (I
think) was about to cross the line for our second try. A comeback was
definitely on the cards at that point. Well, okay, maybe not!!
Hull went into this with the wrong attitude. When we nearly knocked Wigan
out of the cup a few years back and then beat them in the league they went
into the game really fired up, going all out for a win and looked like they
believed they could win. It wasn't like that this time. They looked like
they expected to lose.
Part of the difference was tactical. The number of times Saints had a 2 or
3 man overlap after the whole Hull team had been sucked into the middle of
the pitch. Possibly this was because they were frightened of the ability
and strength of the Saints pack.
The game also demonstrated how the lower teams just don't have the strength
in depth. We had a couple of the new Aussies out injured. Who did we
replace them with? Rob Nolan who has been drifting in and out of the 1st
team for years but has never been good enough to hold a place; and Rob
Danby. He doesn't look too bad against some of the lower sides and, I
believe, performs very well in the Alliance but just hasn't got the
strength to hack it with the big boys. Just look at the way Paul Newlove
pushed him out of the way when he was going down the left wing for one of
Yes, there is a gulf between SL and 1st division. I've no doubt that we
will get a few stuffings next season after we get promoted. Survival will
be the aim for the first couple of seasons. The important thing is that we
get there before the gap is too big to close. Once we are there we can
think about full time players and signing players of SL ability. Till we
get there we only need players capable of winning 1st division.
On the subject of relegtion. I know a lot of people are tipping Cas to go
down, but after their last two cup matches my money is on Halifax.
Anyway, back to the Saints v Hull match. It would have been nice if the
referee had managed to get Saints onside for at least one play the ball
during the match. He wasn't even looking to see of players were onside
(whichever side was defending). All he seemed concerned with was watching
that the ball was played properly. Even then he only penalised this once,
although very few were correct.
Hull did start putting some pressure on for the 10 minutes or so after the
try. This seemed to stop when Alan Hunte scored his second interception
try. The only was he could have intercepter that was to be 2 or 3 yards
BTW, is it always that quiet at Knowsley Road? About the only sound from
the Saints supporters was a little polite clapping when they scored!