>You are of course talking complete and utter bollocks, I was >at Central Park the night the Wiganers stuffed Manly a feat >which yo=
u Australians thought of as being "impossible".
Tell you what though, the Wigan that one last night against St.
Helens couldn't beat the top 5 Aussie teams, except maybe the
Roosters. They wouldn't stand a chance against 1996 Manly.
>Saying that Manly lacked pride that night is an insult to your
>own country, they gave their all and were beaten fair and
>I was at Old Trafford the night Widnes SLAUGHTERED Canberra.
Oh yes, I loved that result!!!! In some way, it was sweet
revenge for a Balmain supporter who happened to be at the grand
final. I *still* think Balmain would have beaten Widnes though.
Oy, I wonder who Andy Currier would have played for that night
seeing as though he was contracted to both teams.
>Canberra didn't seem to be lacking in pride up to half time,
>thereafter they were blown away by some of the highest speed
>rugby I have ever seen.
>I was also at Anfield the night Wigan SLAUGHTERED Penrith.
>Now that was a pasting :)
>Wigan mercifully decided to give your teams a chance when
>they let the Bronco's have home field advantage just so
>that you couldn't moan and what happened, Wigan won again.
But you're talking about the past here. I'm talking about 1996
>Wigan, Saints and Bradford could quite easily compete in your
>Optus cup, do you seriously expect me to believe that >Tuigamala, Connolly, Robinson, Paul (x2), Goulding, McDermott, >Perelini, Sp=
ruce, Newlove, Cunningham and Sullivan could not >more than hold their own in your competition.
I never said anything of the sort. There are some great players
in England, but there are better Australian players in same
positions. If I had to pick a world team, I'd only pick
Robinson in the starting lineup from England and maybe Andy
Farrell, Goulding and Cunningham on the bench. I would rather
have someone like Steve Renouf in my team than Connolly or
Newlove. I'd rather have Alfie Langer or even Andrew Johns over
Goulding and I'd rather have Glenn Lazarus or Paul Harragon
over McDermott. I'm not saying that British clubs sides would
not be competitive over here, for arguments sake, Parramatta
were competitive this year and they finished 13th. I just think
that when it comes to the crunch, the only British sides in
with a chance of making the Australian top 8 would be Wigan and
Saints. Bradford would come close, but there are better sides
I'm lucky, I have the opportunity to see both leagues, so I did
a bit of comparing. Trust me, there isn't a side in England
which could beat Manly, Norths or Brisbane and they would
struggle against Sydney City and Cronulla.
>The fact that Andy Currier looked like a world beater when he
>played in the Winfield Cup convinces me that your league >cannot be all that good, now there's a bloke who was shit :)
Currier played well for one year and I'm still eternally
grateful for that, but he was in reserves for 1990 when
Tim Brasher started to really come of age. I'm not saying there
aren't good players in England, or that teams over there can't
compete here, or that the ESL is crap, just that it is better
in Australia. Come on, Denis Betts said so himself.
"Ventress, I will not have one of my men wasting
valuable police time wrapping plastic ducks."
- Sgt Blaketon