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Re: Welsh - Pirates
Posted by: telfs123
Date: 31/05/2012 13:09
Anyone mentioning falcons attendance problems and relating them to welsh is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. For us we were averaging around 5-6 thousand, and we viewed that as poor. But when they were needed the public did come out and we got close to 9000 in for a game. Compare this to oxford welsh who for the most important game for their club in several years managed 3,500. Not comparable
The simple facts are we should go down and bristol should come up. If Welsh are attacking the RFU/the rest of the PGB over the MSC in order to come up, then surely they must accept that they should not be coming up anyway as they did not finish top of the table and the playoffs, an RFU intervention to improve the clubs and raise standards (just like the MSC were intended to do), are ridiculous.
In terms of the MSC, Welsh don't have a leg to stand on. Their ground failed on "various issues" one of which was a category A issue- primacy of tenure. Many people are commenting that various premiership teams don't own their own stadium, but as smithy has said several times, that is NOT primacy of tenure as laid town by the MSC. It is simply the ability to be able to host a game on any day specified by the RFU, and if not have a stadium WITHIN 30 MILES (where the welsh bid failed) to play the game at. All premiership clubs satisfy this. Welsh did not. Therefore Welsh failed. They knew the rules. Its just like a penalty, you know the rules but you didn't follow them so you get punished. If Welsh do take the whole thing to court it will take our game to new lows. If welsh claim to be premiership quality, then they should be able to win the championship any year, therefore next year they can get their bid sorted out properly, following the MSC, and be welcomed into the premiership. But quite frankly if the team i watched last night is allowed into the premiership then it will be dark days for their supporters. They would get hammered on a weekly basis. Teams like leicester can put 40 points on teams at the top of the table. Imagine what they would do to the welsh team that played last night. So welsh have got to think, if they do fight the ruling, are they really ready for the premiership?
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