The View From The South Stand
This column is going to start with a phrase which I honestly thought I would never ever say in life, 'I sort of feel for St Helens'. Yes, I have said it and it feels very dirty to say, but I do. The whole Kyle Eastmond saga has been a farce and in some ways of which us Loiners have experienced before (the constant rumours of Lee Smith moving to Wasps and Iestyn Harris to Union), however, to me this seems very different. No disrespect to St Helens here but what has the tiny Scrum Half won for St Helens? Well, not really a great deal. However the aura that surrounds the kid has been massive (partly due to 'slaphead and Eddie') and it's almost as if the lad believes the hype himself.
Now donít get me wrong, in life if you are offered more money to do a similar job, you take it as after all you do have to look after number one and make sure you have money coming your way. But there is a respectful way to do this, and to treat the fans the way he did on Friday night was disrespectful to those folk who have paid money and supported him over the years. The reactions on Twitter on Friday night from some of my St Helens friends said it all, they were willing to pay his taxi fare to Bath from Widnes on Friday night. Rugby League is a gentleman's sport however Eastmonds' attitude almost mirrors that of a Premiership footballer when he doesn't get his way, Eastmond - the door is that way lad.
The reaction from some Leeds 'fans' due to Friday nights result has made me laugh, a fan on Twitter tweeted the Rhinos saying if they dont buck their ideas up he was going to return his season ticket and want a refund. Now having been to Leeds RL games since 1993 is this really the sort of reaction from a true 'fan' if yes, what is a true 'fan' now a days?
My predictions for the weekend....
Harlequins v Huddersfield - Quins by 12
Hull FC v Crusaders - FC by 6
Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Wigan by 26
Catalan Dragons v St Helens - Dragons by 4
Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos- Rhinos by 2
Bradford Bulls v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats - Bulls by 22
Castleford Tigers v Hull Kingston Rovers - Tigers by 12
Lawrie (formerly known as Mr X)
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