Originally Posted by Preacher
More skilled? I take great umbrage to that.
Union is definitely as if not more skilled than league. it takes more instincts than skill to run, scissor, and break free.
Union, where must always be running TO support, yet from tackles, knowing when to ruck and maul, and when to get out for the scrummies to take over, then to make decisions on flexing weak and strong sides on the fly, on TOP of running, scissoring, and possible breaking free, is a more quick thinking, skill sport.
After all, when was the last time YOU saw a ruck march the ball down the field while it is being turned in a league game? The combination of strength, awareness, and decision-making in union vastly outweighs its equivalent in league.
What you say is why everybody in NSW is calling rugby union...RUGBY YAWNION it is the truth compared to league union has become as boring to watch as dryed out paint peeling from a wall.
Take last Saturday nights test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies, the result a 19 to 18 win to the All Blacks. That score line is a total of 37 points scored but yet only 1 try was scored in the game. That my friend equals a very boring tired game. Even the Kiwi coach agrees.
Also take the best rugby league players and the best rugby union players in the world and put them up against each other. Playing 1 game of rugby league and 1 game of rugby union. The winner is decided by which team scores the most amount of points, with all aspects of scoring being the same points. 5 points for a try, 2 points for a try conversion goal, 2 points for a penalty goal, 1 point for a field goal. The end result every time would be a massive win to the rugby league team. The rugby union know this and that is why rugby union would never agree to such a game because they know they would loose every time.
As for the best spectical of either rugby game, that happened in the 1980's and 1990's, in rugby league in Australia it was and still is the 3 games played every year between NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES vs QUEENSLAND MAROONS. Known as State Of Origin Rugby League, The games they put on back then were far better than anything seen in any rugby union world cup.