Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles. Middle units in the middle of the park playing Up the Middle.
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W/C 06/08/2018 – Last updated: 06/08
Monday – A look at League One
Hull FC’s dual-reg partners Doncaster beat Coventry 46-4 on Sunday, but there was no Black and Whites taking to the field. Does that mean the likes of Jordan Lane, Jez Litten etc will be lining up for Hull against Wakefield on Friday, or was Richard Horne simply rotating his squad?
Results: West Wales 6 Hunslet 86 | Bradford 46 Whitehaven 0 | Hemel 28 Oldham 60 | Newcastle 46 London Skolars 14 | Workington 34 Keighley 12 | York 30 North Wales 0 | Coventry 4 Doncaster 46
Monday – Hull FC recap
There was no game over the weekend for Hull FC, with the Challenge Cup semi-finals taking place in Bolton.
A sell-out crowd watched Catalans and Warrington progress to Wembley, with the French side smashing St Helens 35-16 after being 27-0 up at half-time. Catalans were outstanding, with Josh Drinkwater, as he has been since joining in April, instrumental in the win. In the second game, Leeds were hilariously destroyed by Warrington 48-12, with Ben Westwood missing from the tee in the final minute. Div.
Monday – Why Up the Middle?
One confused FC Forum listener (yes he was of a red and white persuasion), got a little puzzled to Johnny Compton’s term ‘Middle’ or ‘Middles’ when used in context with Rugby League.
A Middle is your middle unit, which consists of your props, hooker and loose forward. They play through, and defend, in the middle of the field, hence the term middle.
Like counting the number of tries Tom Briscoe scored at Wembley, it’s a pretty simple equation, and considering the East Hull outfits association with the Middle version of the 8s, you would assume they could grasp it.