Tanya Arnold reviews round three of the Stobart Super League. Huddersfield play Warrington, while London travel to Hull. And Leeds take on Manly in the World Club Challenge.
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Hello, it was Super League against the world at the weekend as the
Leeds Rhinos took on Manly for the right to be considered the best
rugby league team on the planet. Highlights from Headingley and the
tries from the weekend's six Super League matches. Here's what's
coming up tonight: No time for losers, but who are the champions -
Leeds and Manly go head to head. We meet the St Helens star who's a cut
above the rest. And seconds out, it's round three of egg chasers,
Huddersfield face our giant challenge.
Danny McGuire of Leeds and Huddersfield's grandly titled
business development manager, Robbie Hunter-Paul, have joined us
in the studio to give us their take on the weekend's action, which
began on Friday night in Leeds. Three years after their last world
title bout with Manly, the Rhinos Oh, it's a heart breaker for Leeds.
Terrific. It's Manly's year, 2009, world club
champions. Kallum Watkins returns from a wrist
injury partnering Ben Jones-Bishop on the right.
For Manly a return for former St He's the man responsible for
keeping a lid on a night of a highly charged atmosphere here at
Headingley. Already with the noise inside the ground, vindication for
bringing the game here and already, a mistake. Jason King, the skipper
on the night, knocking on. It was a the young English centre! He ripped
his way through. It was all about a test between him and Steve Matai.
First blood to Watkins. Brian McDermott keeping a cool head
here. The chasers are on. But Hall will go. 30 yards away. Ryan Hall
will score the second. 95 yards to glory. Brett Stewart with the pass.
Fantastically well read and handled by Ryan Hall. At the other end a
try. What a night it's turning out concerned at the way things have
gone here. What's the referee going to give?
He's given a penalty. It's a strange night for Klein because in
the last couple of years he's been used to refereing with another on
the pitch. And it's all too easy for Brett Stewart. Leeds' defence
not moving across quickly enough. Ablett left stranded here.
The question initially was that a penalty in the first place. Leeds
had to get up with it. Ablett across. On the inside was Stuart.
hand. It's a second for him. A third for Leeds. Would you believe
it? What a night Ryan Hall is having against -- again against
minutes of the second half played and Manly might be finding their
has been magnificent. It's like a curtain of defenders.
There's no way through set after set after set. Oh, it's caught! Has
Matai touched it down here? The question here is was there a push
on Kallum Watkins? I think Stewart put a hand on his back. No try.
finish by Jones-Bishop. Brough to Watkins to Jones-Bishop. Leeds are
creeping closer and closer to champions here, you would have
thought, eight points up and seconds remaining.
Ablett! That might put the tin hat on it.
We'll have to wait for the second opinion of the video referee Ian
smedge. -- Smith. Was there a touch by Watkins on the way through? If
not, this is a try. It is! No doubts now. Leeds will be
the world club champions. Ablett the scorer. It's a position he's
well familiar with Kevin Sinfield carrying the trove yay loft,
amongst his team-mates to signify that Leeds are the club of 2012.
They have beaten Manly by 26-12. They have beaten Manly by 26-12.
Let the celebrations begin. What does it mean to you, to the club to
be world champions? It's a fantastic tag for the club to carry.
To be a world champion it's great for me personally and for the rest
of the boys. It was such a tough game out there. 80 minutes hard
work and to get away with a victory against an outstanding team, it's
something they can be really proud of. A special atmosphere, wasn't it.
You play there week in, week out, it was special. Do you think it
unnerved Manly at the beginning? Yeah I think they were probably
surprised, not many of the Australian boys had played at
Headingley before. I think they were a bit shocked at how noisy the
fans was. It was a fantastic experience. I love playing at
Elland Road in the previous world club challenge matches. I were
nervous about Headingley, but it lived up to expectations and to get
the win as well, it were an extra special night. Ryan Hall loves
playing against Australians, another couple of spectacular tries
for him. That first one was really important. Yeah, it was. I think he,
I was inside him defencively. Brett Stewart was on the outside there.
Ryan has been fantastic for a few seasons. He's one of the best
wingers in the world to. Come up with that play there and here,
catching the ball, it's a fantastic skill. He does that week in, week
out in training. To do it on a big occasion was a real plus point for
the team. For Brian McDermott he had a torrid time at times last
year. He seems to be growing into the job. You must be pleased for
him. Definitely. Last season was tough at times. They went through
real turmoil. We stuck together. We all believes what Mac and Jimmy
were bringing to the table. We knew it would bring dividends at the end.
We won the Super League trophies at the end of last year and now the
this. Do you think some of the hard times came to pay on Friday night
because the defence were awesome at times. Yeah, Manly threw a real
threat at us. The previous week against Wigan were -- we were
stkpoipbtd with our performance. It was important that we took it to
them. They laid the platform for us and made it easier for the backs
out wide. A lot of talk of expanding this and having more
English clubs playing Australian clubs, is that something if they
can make it work, you'd like to see? Anything that promotes the
game of rugby league on an international scale would be
nothing but good for the game. We did trial this in 1997, where the
full two competitions played together and it didn't really work.
The thing that they really must do is give buy-in by the players. They
deliver the product. If they can, if all the players believe in it
and go through with, it we'll have the best competition in the world
because we'll have the four best teams from both competitions
playing against each other. That would be awesome to watch.
marquee match in round three of Super League was at the Galpharm on
Saturday. Early pace-setters Huddersfield welcomed last year's
league leaders Warrington, with the Giants keen to avoid a repeat of
last year's hammering in the play- We had four games against them last
year, two wins and two losses. The last loss was, certainly not what
we were hoping for. We know what's required and it's going to be a
really good test. I'm looking forward to see how the group goes
but in particular some of the younger guys. They will be up there
at the end of the season with Wigan. It's the usual suspects. We need to
keep up with them boys. Wae want as many victories early doors as we
can. COMMENTATOR: Quite a night for
Crabtree 300 not out, with a club he's been at man and boy. Adrian
he's been at man and boy. Adrian Morley is making his 400th club
to have a second look here. But this, if it's given, is a try in
the very first minute. It's an electrifying start by Warrington.
Does he put a foot on the line? That says no.
That suggests it's all good. And the try is given. So a minute
played and Warrington already have there. I think it's Ben Harrison.
score Huddersfield's first of the night. Robinson doing the hard work
shrugging off the defensive efforts of Monaghan. Danny Brough with the
What a night to celebrate. 300 appearances for Huddersfield and a
try to boot. Didn't look like he was going to
loves that. The handling was spot on. Atkins with the initial surge.
Myler with the support and Riley on just a little -- with just a little
dummy. Well crafted again here by
Warrington, a little duck from Briers. Myler with the surge in.
Bridge beating two with a dummy to score the try.
On a rainy night, Warrington's hands look sound enough at the
moment. Oh, my word! Well Lee Briera has
gone down. The hit from Tommy Lee, snapped his head back and Tommy Lee
might be in big trouble here. It's on report. He's a lucky lad. Have a
look at this again and look where the referee is. He sees that
Went blind on the last and despite that tangle of limbs he's found a
Bridge didn't like it. He wants a bit of retribution. The sparks are
flying again here. It has been a sparky game at times.
Look at Brown. Whether that was intentional or not, the
disciplinery will have to decide. It's on report. The penalty goes
Joe Montana. -- Monaghan. Warrington back in the lead in this
game. Westwood knew the line was two tries in quick succession for
Warrington. It might make it an advantage that Huddersfield can't
referee is not sure whether he touched it down. The video referee
called upon. You can see the ball there. That would suggest the Bam
was touched down. This should be a try here for Greg Eden. It is
confirmed. So Huddersfield find a route back. Westwood's lost it. Oh,
the referee says play on. Myler's dived over. But this has to be
looked at again. Was this a knock- on or a touch from a Huddersfield
hand? It certainly touched the Huddersfield hand, whether it was a
ball steal or not doesn't matter. It was played on. The try is given.
It will be Warrington's night. A It will be Warrington's night. A
terrific performance and terrific game. So Huddersfield have come a
long way, but a reminder there's still a way to go. It's a reminder
that they haven't got everything coming together yet. A lot of the
combinations are coming together. That's not just awe fencively, but
defencively as well. We saw on a couple of occasions it's defence
that was questioned and come unstuck a bit. That's something you
work on over the first quarter of a season. One controversial incident,
Tommy Lee. It was put on report. He has been charged by a disciplinery
panel. Should he have been sent off? Well that's the referee's call.
In slow motion, it doesn't look great. They take that into account.
If you look at it properly, Tommy's not looking at the contact. Kevin
Brown? That's the sort of thing, you put your arm up going into a
tackle. I don't think there was anything too malicious. Is there an
element that because he can put him on report he doesn't have to make
the decision. That's it. One of the camera angles from behind shows
that he's in a great position to see exactly what's going on. These
things are happening in a split second. We have the luxury of
looking at things in slow motion. He doesn't. So that's why referees
will tend to use that as an option. You guys beat Warrington in the
semi-final stage in the play-offs last year. Will that spur them on
to go further? I imagine so. Warrington are a talented team and
have fantastic coaching in Tony Smith as well. They'll have been
disappointed in the finish at the end of the season, losing to us.
Throughout the season they're probably the best team in the
competition. They've added new additions to the squad. They're
looking strong again. Crabtree, his 300th appearance. A try, you'd have
thought he was a young lad. He's in the form of his life. A lot of
people don't realise he started off his career as a centre. I think his
first game was at a ridiculous age of 16 or 17. But he's definitely
grown into some size into the front row. He's a lovely person as well.
He played what 79 minutes? actually did a bit of an interview
after the game with him. I said, you played a fantastic 79 minutes,
high quality, I think he had 43 tackles, made 147 metres and he --
I said what about the last minute. He said, yeah I'm not talking to
Browny at the moment. Bradford and Wigan record Bradford and Wigan
recorded their first wins last week. Another heavy -- They met at Odsal
on Sunday, and it was another heavy home defeat for Bradford. One thing
that Wigan do really well is take the ball straight on. They have
numbers moving in play and because they've got those numbers there,
they can come up with lucky plays as well. There's a couple of times,
though, in this game, you have to question Bradford's effort,
because... A couple of the players tweeting that they were embarrassed
by the performance. That's great honesty by them. It takes big
players to actually say that. A lot of people like to hide behind
excuses, but what they're doing there is showing some
responsibility. This is one of the most dynamic tries of the game.
Mick Potter not happy with suggestions the defence was soft.
Yeah he came out in the press and said no, he didn't question. We
only have the highlights to look at, but the highlights don't look great.
There's players dropping off tackles. It doesn't look like
there's a lot of energy there. When you get yourself into some games,
they just become so far out of your grasp you start to truly struggle
getting back into the game. It becomes like a virus. But Wigan are
hot. Wigan really moving the ball around. Wigan have a nice triangle
at the minute. We played them last week. They were really strong in
the middle as well. They've got some special players at Wigan. That
try there. Do you think this result setslet tone for both teams? From
Bradford's perspective they're probably thinking I hope not. We've
seen this consistency for the past couple of years. They do the same
things over and over very successfully. It's the teams that
stop them early on that do a lot better against Wigan. Sometimes
they can go away from what they do very well, taking a line on,
hitting the guy up the back and creating space. Now the new
generation of stars at St Helens guided their team to two wins from
their opening two matches. The likes of Lomax, Gaskill and Wheeler
have received rave reviews, but what about Jamie Foster? The goal-
kicking winger is a stylish performer, on and off the pitch.
I'm Jamie Foster. Welcome to our new home. Got the new stadium. Got
the new kit. Now it's time for a new hair cut. After bursting onto
the scene in 2010, Jamie has provided St Helens with a real
cutting edge. He may be labelled the David Beckham of rugby league,
but it's his mum who styles his hair. She's cut his hair from being
quite young. I think she's quite good. She's a dog groomer by trade.
Says a lot for me! With his good looks and funky hair styles, it's
no surprise Foster has to deal with his fair share of stick. You hear
the opposition saying come on, pretty boy, let's go Beckham. It's
just something that come was it. I know what I'm going to get when I
walk out of the house with these kind of hair cuts. When you get
them in the crowd and you can hear them calling the players and I
think, I'd like to see you on the pitch and play.
A fans' favourite he may be, but John Major yip used to idolise
Wigan. I don't get many nice things said about me from Wigan fans. I
used to be a fan until I was about ten years old. I have been to
Wembley heeps of times. I have different pictures going, just
watching the likes of Sean Edwards score fantastic tries, all them
kind of things really. It was Wigan's New Zealand international
who would have a huge influence on Jamie career. I remember him
kicking goals. I remember saying to granddad, will he kick this one. I
used to think how is she doing that all the time. It's near enough two
points every time. I remember saying to my granddad, that's what
I want to be able to do. I want people thinking I am going to kick
them. He said I could do it. But it will take a lot of time and effort.
Now I'm doing. It it's been a dream come true. He's a wizard with his
hands, squeezing into impossible COMMENTATOR: Unbelievable. It was a
bit behind me. I just managed to get it behind my back, when I felt
it in my left hand. I just had to get it over. Luckily I got it down.
I hope you're going to give me a tip for doing this? A tip? I'll
give you a tip. Go and put that kettle on. Cheeky! His tip for the
top is schoolboy pal Robbie Wheeler. He's one of the best. He's going to
be world class. What do you think of that? Looking ream.
His own salon is opening very soon. Looks after his hair. A bit
confident. Remind you of anybody Robbie? I never had my own salon,
did I. Nails. You did nails not hair. Good on him. He's taking on,
trying to go into a different industry and broaden his horriezons.
Almost left you speechless. Jamie Foster was back in the -- Jamie
Foster was back in the St Helens side that travelled to Hull KR
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yesterday. Andy Giddings was Robie. He's scored the pick of the
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Kingston Rovers lead for the first Kingston Rovers have the chance to
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Penalty to St Helens. When it matters Jamie Foster, inch
perfect. Great rugby league drama. perfect. Great rugby league drama.
Everyone in Rugby League was saddened to hear yesterday about
the sudden death of Robbie Millward. The son of Castleford coach Ian
Millward passed away at the age of 19. The thoughts and sympathies
from everyone at the BBC are with Ian and his family at this time.
He's now on compassionate leave from the club.
Well on Saturday, Castleford were away to Catalan. Andy Giddings has
away to Catalan. Andy Giddings has the details. Castleford made a
dream start in the south of France with Richard Owen's pass sending
Josh Griffin over in the corner. Catalan hit back with a move from
the scrum. Half back Lee yon price with good hands. Thomas boss scored
received by Josh Griffin. He scored his fourth try of the season.
The visitors extended their lead midway through the first half.
Rangi Chase took centre stage. He bumped off an attempted tackle
before creating the space for Joe Arundel to burst through. The young
centre won the foot race to the line. The Tigers were ten points up
at halftime. Trent Robinson's side hit back.
Vincent Dupport squeezed in at the corner. Castleford's ten-point lead
was re-established thanks to more Chase magic.
Josh Griffin with the hat-trick. Cue the Dragons' come back. Ian
Henderson's kick was spilled by Griffin and Darren Millward pounced
to score. -- Darren Millard pounced to score.
Millard finished off with his second try.
The home side went into the lead Catalan are propelled to fifth.
Two out of two for Catalan, but Widnes and Salford were still
looking for their first wins when they met yesterday, and it was
another heavy defeat for the Vikings. Another Yeah it's been a
tough start in the competition for Widnes. Salford are playing
attractive rugby here. Widnes are a completely new team. They have a
lot of new players. It will take them a while to find their feet,
develop partnerships. I wouldn't be too down at the minute. They'll
develop over the course of the season, but obviously it's
disappointing how they're performing at the minute. A few
Salford guys in tights there. Will you be wearing tights next week?
I'm not sure yet. I don't want to get into a debate about it. I think
you can think about things too much. We just want to play well. I'm not
worried about the pitch, just do our job. Have you spoken to your
mate Richard Mathers about it? had bad grazes there. And I think
they got infected. Not sure whether it was the conditions with the ice
and snow on the pitch as well. It will be interesting to see how we
go this weekend. What have you made of Salford, your old club? They're
coming into their own. I think they're talking about how the first
half of this game they did a great job. Then they let it drop away.
That is something that as a team, as a coach, you need that
consistency. If you're going to be competitive in the Super League,
you need consistency. We were talking about Wigan, about the
teamles that you have to beat. These are the teams you have to
measure yourself again. Offencively they look pretty hot, but these
issues are the defensive issues. If they can prove they can score tries,
what they need to do is exactly the same we are talking about with
Salford, create consistency there. At the moment, after watching them
play last week, they struggled there. They will have to get
together and get numbers together and work on combinations. Now the
Hull FC London game, in the a great first half this one. No, the first
half was quite flat. Both teams trying to find it. There were a lot
of errors as well. It's something that is quite surprising. In the
first half, Hull were definitely the more dominant of the two teams.
What have you made of London, they've lost the games so far?
They've made some astute signings, Robertson from Australia. Again
it's probably going to take them a few weeks to find their feet and
get the combinations going. They had a heavy defeat last week to
Warrington and lost to Hull now. It's been a tough start for them.
I'm sure they'll improve as the weeks go by. After this try,
absolute brush off there, they won't be happy with the defence.
I think these, there were a few tell tale signs in the first half.
I think... This was probably the talking point though. Is this a
sending off for you that challenge? Well, for me, I probably would have
said no. But you know, he's in the mid. Park. He has to make a
decision on the information he's given. He's decided that it's the
right play. Does the shoulder charge need to be looked at? That's
a real talking point in rugby league. I think it's a dynamic play.
I think it's very interesting to watch and one of those things that
grabs headlines. Sometimes for the wrong reasons. But majority of
shoulder charges do not end up in this circumstance, as you saw
against Manly, Ryan Bailey did a great shot on one of the front
rowers, the play rolled on. It's a dynamic type of play. I don't think
we should get rid of it. So that's round three of Super League
So we've seen the Super League leadership change hands, and the
Leeds Rhinos claim the World Club Crown, time for the important
business of the evening, round three of Egg Chasers. Here's Dave
Woods. This week we've landed in Huddersfield, with a giant egg and
giant spoon. So guess what, it's the huzered field Giant's turn to
take on the egg chasers challenge. It must be carried by three men
Tanya Arnold presents a complete review of round three of the Stobart Super League. Huddersfield host last season's League leaders Warrington and London travel to Hull. Also featuring highlights from the World Club Challenge at Headingley as Super League Champions Leeds host Manly.