I've never played a game of Rugby League. I do realise however that the basic premise is that you have 6 attempts to score a try and if you are too predictable the ball will be 'turned over' to the other team. The first half yesterday resembled just that. The late Eddie Waring would have been in his element!
For 45 minutes, one side was a poor man's Stoke, the other was far worse than that. The pattern of play went something like this; Long throw,long throw,long throw,corner,goalkick. Long throw,long throw,long throw,corner,goalkick. Long throw,long throw......(you get the idea!) There were kids in front of us snoozing to their hearts content. With Jason Roberts again all alone up front, Rovers were limited in their attacking options. Wolves were worse than awful and with more adventure, Rovers would have gone in at the interval with more to show than Diouf's opener. The 2nd half was different.
Rovers were inventive and mixed things up and the default mechanism was thrown in the bin.They removed their shackles and with the instrumental Dunn surging forward with energy and purpose, they threatened the Wolves goal on countless occasions. There was a spell on the hour mark when Rovers treated the faithful to an exhibition in the art of passing which had some of us looking through the history books as to when that last happened!
On this showing, Wolves have assured the rest of us, that there will be two other births to occupy when the dreaded trap door opens at the beginning of May. Rovers however can look forward to the future with the returning Emerton who gives a different dimension to the team and a cameo appearance from Michel 'Cover Me' Salgado who with one wonderful pass showed the quality he posseses.
I do wish Big Sam would adopt a less fearful approach from the outset against teams like Wolves beacuse the side needs to continue playing at this tempo with that small occasion at Ewood looming on the horizon on October 18th.
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