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Wembley 2010 Previews - McLaren_Field
Posted by southstander on August 23 2010 - 14:57:47

Spot the Concrete Wall
It's Wembley week!

We've asked a number of old timers, past contributors, and messageboard regulars to preview saturdays massive sell out Wembley final against the Warrington Wolves. We'll be bringing you these previews throughout the week culminating in the usual preview on friday morning.

The second one today is from 'McLaren_Field'. Don't forget to keeping checking back for more previews all week.

Read the preview here....

By McLaren_Field

"Write a preview" he said.

"Your thoughts on the game" he said.

"Tactics, team selection, strengths and weaknesses" he said.

I thought he'd asked the wrong person.

"There are plenty of others who will cram statistics down your throat until the cows come home, ask them" I said.

"I have" he said, "now I want your opinion."

So here it is...

Stats mean nothing, OPTA Schm-OPTA, meaningless garbage for geeks to study late into the night and then ferret away on a secret spreadsheet that they keep hidden from the wife's view under a password derived from their favourite Star Trek Voyager episode.

It matters not that you compare one player against his opposite number, matters naught that you weigh each pack and one is heavier than the other, matters nada that one team had what is percieved to be an "easier" route to the final, team selection and the mix-match of who starts and who stays on the bench is meaningless in a game of multiple exchanges, none of these things, the things that the geeks pour and salivate over long into the night, none of it matters.

Neither does the number of tickets sold, or what songs you sing, or what replica shirt you wear, or what colour socks or underpants you choose, it doesn't matter that you didn't stop at Leicester Forest this year and you always stop at Leicester Forest, it doesn't even matter that you've brought the bloody wife with you this year and the last time you brought her to a game we got beat by Martin bloody Offiah and his ten tries, none of this matters, not one jot of it.

The only thing that matters, the only thing that will decide the game on Saturday, the only difference between the two teams, will be which big daft lads are still willing to run full pelt into a concrete wall after 80 minutes of doing so, just because you tell them to.

The only thing that matters is which coach has better convinced his big daft lads that it won't hurt if they run the ball into one more tackle, and for my evidence I point to the game-breaker from the last time that Leeds won the Challenge Cup, the Barrie McDermott try - do you think Barrie was worried about whether it would hurt or not as he hit the defence to fall over the line with ball in hand? Hell no, he nearly hit the goalpost, that's how bothered he was about how much would it hurt.

Big daft lads running into concrete walls time and again, just because the coach tells them to - that's what wins games of rugby league, it's a simple game made complicated only by those who wish to look clever by analysing, it needs no analysing - just run into a concrete wall until I tell you to stop.

Photograph by kind permission and Andrew Varley

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