Wolfcast Toronto 002 – Border Security

Synopsis: A sombre note to start the show as we recall the tragic news at the Ariana Grande concert. #PrayforManchester

We get into the topic of the show regarding the difficulties visiting teams have when they come to play in Toronto. We discus the jet lag problems and visa issues for convicts.

This leads us into an interview Chris did with Wolfpack coach Paul Rowley where he responds to some of the claims of unfairness in his usual witty way which does include, warm cup of tea and a cuddly toy.

We then read comments from a Sportinglife article where Barrow Chairman Michael Sunderland calls out (and that’s an understatement) the RL for not assisting the teams coming over.

The comments that we heard so far have come from before the actual game, so the next segment takes place at the post game conference and we hear from coach Rowley again as well as CEO Eric Perez. Perez also comments that it would be nice that the RL would help a little more.

And to make sure we give everyone a fair shake (might not always happen in the future) Chris reads some quotes from RL representatives who deny, deny deny. As they say, three sides to every story.

We touch on the enthusiasm we have heard so far from a few @CoventryBearsRL supporters and from the team itself and we hope they all have a blast while in town.

Chris then promises to ask @TheRLBlogger for help for a past Barrow Raider question. We then thank Andy @swampo for correcting Dario about last week’s show.

(Chris is a lot more thankful… Dario meh, not​ so much)

Our final segment the “I know more about rugby than you!” begins. Chris starts off with a question about scoring and Dario counters with his question on the different nationalities on the Wolfpack team. Beers were drank, tears were shared, lots was learned and Chris and I still fail to get a point in the game.

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5 Replies to “Wolfcast Toronto 002 – Border Security”

  1. To answer your question in the podcast, a one point field goal is helpful when your team is 6, 12 or even 18 points ahead and there is less than 5 minutes on the game clock.

    If your 18 ahead a field goal can destroy the opposition’s morale even 10 minutes before the end of the match.

    To get 7 points ahead means the opposition has to get a try, the conversion AND something else to win.

    They are also useful if scores are tied and there are only a few minutes to go in the match. Defending teams also have to waste defenders to try and defend it which can open up holes the attacking team can then choose to run through.

    1. We are surely getting the hang of things and that certainly helps us out…

      Is the last minute field goal strategy something that defending teams will typically expect? I gather that because any player on the pitch can take the kick it makes it really difficult to anticipate.


      1. Only those with the skill set can be trusted with the kick and the other team always knows who on the opposing team is a good field goal kicker. If scores are equal and hardly any time is left they will monitor those people closely for their field position etc.

        When scores are locked or if you are 6 points down and the clock is winding down a defending team will expect the attacking team to consider a field goal.

        The defending team will try and charge down the kick or they will deter it by showing extra focus on the guys that can kick (but this creates gaps in the defensive line that can be exploited).

        You can sometimes see the attacking team set it up by running the ball really safe up the middle with few passes while at the same time their kickers stay back waiting for the ball to be passed to them. They stay back to avoid charge downs.

        If a kick is charged down it isn’t a “knock on” either and the defender can gather the ball and run for his or her life to the other end of the field. In regular play if a player knocks, or drops, the ball forward it is a “knock on” and the other team gets possession. …. but not so with a kick charge down.

        Some guys can get field goals from the halfway line. Usually it’s 20 to 30 metres in front though.

  2. Thank you for explaining some of the strategies of the game. Although it is not identical, I see some resemblances to American Football as teams have a choice to go for 1 or 2 point conversion after a touchdown. Appreciate you sharing that knowledge as we continue to learn more about the game.

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