Highlights from round 7 of the Stobart Super League: Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers, St Helens v Bradford Bulls, and Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
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The North West, what position are we in from your point of view, is
there something we can go away going, yeah, we should be positive,
no matter what? We have a great heritage. A will the of businesses
started in the north west. If you are pro-active and focused and you
can see opportunities, there are, there are success stories out there.
Businesses can grow. Businesses can develop. It -- it will have to be
exports. That is where we will end it. Brian, Luke, Coral, anybody in
our film, thank you very much. Thank you all for coming. Straw
poll at the end. How many of you feel more positive? Anybody more
optimistic now than they were at the beginning? You are waivering.
There are fewer of you optimistic now. Right, OK. Thank you so much
for all of you being here. The Budget is this week. We will be
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We had more than 750 points scored in Super League on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday but it was the news that broke this morning that will be the
big talking point of the next few days. Royce Simmons is no longer
the coach of St Helens. The Australian has left the club after
four straight Super League defeats. Joining me in studio are Richard
Mathers of Wakefield and the former Bradford and Wigan coach, Brian
Noble. A surprise? A bit of a shock
actually because once there was four defeats, they had been pretty
close and it is disappointing when somebody loses their job like that.
A great guy and unfortunately he has had to move on. It is a shock.
It is cut throat but I suppose at club of St Helens stature demands
results and they have that brand new stadium. They have lost some
key personnel and that is a big transition itself. It was a
surprise when the news came through that it is a bigger club. It is
just one point in the last five games they have had, was the
unlucky because some of those defeats were pretty close? When you
look at St Helens and the expectancies, is high to say the
least. They have been at the club over the last 15 years, they have
been to so many finals and won so many trophies. You know that the
pressure will be so high for obvious reasons, that they want to
win things. When you get on the back of a run, you've got to have
some answers and a way out of that trouble otherwise the consequences
are a lot higher. The chairman said that he looks ahead to the next
three fixtures and he felt the change had to be made before those
big games. They are massive gains in the context of any season but on
the back of this, is a big responsibility for Kieran
Cunningham. They will take that on board. They have been there a long
time and they know the fabric of the club and they would get the
players onside and there is no better way to turn it around
against Leeds on Sunday. So the final act of Royce Simmons'
reign was at Bradford on Saturday. The Bulls themselves were looking
for their first home win of the season but with Saints having lost
the last three, all eyes were on It is still alive, there still an
opportunity here. Oh my word! With the conversion attempt for
breathing space - can you believe And he scores! Saints are stunned.
St Helens looking for a return to form tonight but they will have to
do that without too influential players. Bradford is picking up
some good momentum after a series of good performances.
Tonight, some heavy weather, the Bradford Bulls. He might have got
in for the first score of the night. The referee wants a second look. He
is short, he is short and you can see a very obvious double movement
there are so there should be no trial and it is confirmed as such.
It is a penalty for St Helens. That look like a forward pass but the
referee was right there. Shooting of the first defender but not the
second and third. Bradford are at sixes and sevens. Since will score
the opening try of the night. Touchdown in the end by Andrew
Dixon. It could have been any one of four. Fans felt there was a
forward pass in the build-up. It certainly looked forward. A finish
here by Andrew Dickson but it has left a bad taste in the minds of
the supporters. Kicked on, it is why Ted! He has
got a bang to the head. The try is concerned. How many times have we
seen this? Then Jeffrey's kick setting up a try. There was a kick
in the head of from Foster. That has attracted the attention of the
referee. That looked at reckless, more than intentional, but a
penalty try has been given. The referee has decided that that was
reckless and the pair of the given. Another two from under the post.
Bradford lead 8-4 in a very stodgy He scores! Foster will hang his
head here. He thought he was going out of play. He lets it bounce.
Carol Price takes it up and scores. Foster is furious with himself. The
Bradford bench can see the funny side. It has been dropped. It is a
penalty. The referee is indicating a yellow card for faster. Offside,
the referee he says. A penalty maybe but sin binning him? That
seems a little harsh. It certainly has not been forced to's night. --
Foster's night. It has raised the ire of others on the pitch. He was
very laid bare. And very late. He seems puzzled by why he has been
penalised but that is why, he is lucky to stay on the field. Foster
is back on the from the bin. Tony has dropped its claim. Maybe the
last hope for since has disappeared. Only seconds remaining now. It may
only be a consolation try but a very good at touchdown. Too late to
count in terms of turning the game around, surely. St Helens, at least,
can have an smile on their face at the last memory of this game, even
if the other 79 minutes have been grim. Despite that score, it is
An oddly disjointed performance? was probably a performance that
lacked a little bit of confidence. It is great when you have it. When
it is not quite there, there's an element of anxiety and it can
change the shape of what you look like and do. There were some
instances when people were running on the tackle when the normally
wouldn't and that is the element of pressure that comes from a high
performance standards. It was littered with mistakes? Things that
were uncharacteristic and things that nine times out of 10, the
players are coming out with but when things aren't going away,
things creep in. It could be a confidence thing, unfamiliar
territory, losing four games and they are not comfortable with them.
Some of them were very basic and it cost them. We should take nothing
away from Bradford because they played well. Absolutely, they
carried on from the second have and that has given them a shot in the
arm and you can see that, they're really confident now. They were
tough on Saturday evening and they needed to be because since played
pretty well. There were errors but they were in the game all the time.
You have to say that Ben Jefferies is pretty incremental to Bradford
scoring points at the moment. He has kicked the ball plenty for
tries. The have won a tone which will be a big thing for them?
they have had great tendencies as well. -- attendances. Good solid
defence and their playing a simplistic game-plan. Then
Do you think that they can go on and do something? They had a great
start, I think it is consistency. They had some injuries as well.
There is now no reason they cannot go to the top this year. Do you
think we had written them off a little bit early? They did not
start brilliantly. I think you cannot write off a team at the
start of the season. There are still new teams out there, if you
look at Wakefield. Their finding that fluidity. They are looking
more solid than they did at the start of the season. So what next
for Saints? They're looking for a new coach. There will be a huge
list of applicants, I am certain of that. It is a fabulous club. You
need to go there knowing that a lot of people will throw their hat into
the ring. The Giants are retaining their coach until the end of the
season, which is good for them. is a great coach. Nathan Browne
announced that it would be his last year in charge and it is a strong
statement to come out now and say that. He would have to be a
favourite for the job, I am certain. He did a fantastic job at
Huddersfield. They could perhaps go for an interim? Perhaps. I'll keep
faith with a couple of experienced players who know the club Inside
Out. Warrington and Wakefield met at the
Halliwell Jones on Sunday. The Wolves slipped to their first
defeat of the season at Leeds last weekend, and you managed to give
them an almighty fright here, Richard. We played some great stuff
and defended really well against an fantastic Warrington team. We were
leading at half-time and felt like we were really in the game. But
Warrington are a great side and they came back strongly in the
second half. You seemed to be second half. You seemed to be
playing with confidence as well. The coach has given us that
confidence and backed as. And that is great for the players. We are
just concentrating on that defence, trying to tighten up in that area.
It was quite a big win for Warrington. Those close ones are
the ones that you want to get away with, especially at home. There are
still a few too many individual errors. The real test for them will
come this weekend against Wigan. They just have enough quality to
get over the line. Wakefield had some missed opportunities.
And important to build on that, Richard? We were gutted after the
game, to get so close. It is a bitter pill to swallow when you
have put so much effort into getting the result. Do you feel
that there will be a huge changes? We have improved week on week. Each
week we are working on different areas and improving as aside.
People do not give us much of a chance on the outside but we are
confident about what we are doing. Champions Leeds have been in red
hot form so far, they travelled to Salford on Friday, and despite an
early scare, it was another sensational display by the Rhinos.
They are on fire. We discussed their back line before the show and
it is the most exciting one for quite a long time. They got that
hat-trick. I think the whole back line is on
fire. Kevin Sinfield as well, the footwork from this kid. He just
moved on a sixpence, that is awesome. Then it John Bishop on the
outside, they have got speed to burn.
Kevin Sinfield has been some players for leaves. -- for Leeds.
Danny Maguire, all the players are in form at the moment which is
wonderful to see. You would pay the entrance fee just for that. It is
fabulous footwork from Danny Maguire.
They have a mixture of youth and experience. These youngsters are
coming through a mixed the more experienced players. I just cannot
say enough about them. Showing plenty of speed. And support play
and all the things that you go through in practice. To see that
wrote the performance. It is thrilling.
Kevin Sinfield is an incredible player week-in, week-out.
He puts in so many hours of practice on the training field. His
all-round playing, he thoroughly deserved to break the record. He
has been a fantastic player full -. You can be the best defensive coach
in the world, but went Leeds are hot, they are hot. But they will
need to improve defensively. They need to go back to some of the
basic things. And the attacking basic things. And the attacking
play has been impressive so far. Now it's rare these days for an
overseas player to hang around for too long at one English club, but
Ryan McGoldrick is an exception to that rule. The Australian has been
with Castleford for six years now, his staying power with the Tigers
has made him a popular figure around Wheldon Road.
I am part of the furniture. I came year into a dozen than six. I
thought I was only going to be here -- 2006. I have enjoyed my time
here. It is a rugby league town and if you're going to come all the way
from Australia you might as well be in a town like that. Where I was
before they are mad about rugby league. But we also had the beach,
so it is different playing over here! But this is one of the best
places as a rugby league community. McGoldrick's first season ended in
relegation from the Super League. But he was persuaded to stick
around. There is not much royalty left now
in rugby league. People do what they think is best. But it is
something I have always found them rather important. To see how much
people are affected, that is a big factor. 12 months later McGoldrick
and Castleford won promotion back to the elite. Castleford were the
last team to experienced the agony of traditional promotion and
relegation. If there was relegation, some of
those players would have been snapped up. So without the
relegation, you definitely can promote young people within your
squad and that is what it is all about. We have got a couple of
young hookers with a good future ahead of them. And hopefully it
will be with Castleford for a long time. That will give us a little
bit of spark. And hopefully that will continue. McGoldrick is the
great painted manner of the Superleague. His collection of
tattoos revealing his philosophy on life. I have got a few. It started
when I was 16 with a tiny tattoo on my chest. Then I convinced my
parents to get two or three, but that would be it. Then they
gradually started to sneak out from under that shirt. Then there was no
stopping it. Now I'm starting to run out of the space. There's
nothing to do with rugby league or my career, it is more stuff that I
have been through. Across my neck I have, at loyalty costs nothing.
Life is a gamble is another one. Then my to a bull mastiff dogs back
home. The names of my brother and sister and that kind of stuff.
Nothing about rugby league. But it fired a Papcastle Bridge for 10
years spent maybe I would have to! -- if I end up at Castleford.
McGoldrick is the type of character that every team needs, always
positive and looking on the bright side. He is a fabulous player. On
his day he is as good as any player in the competition. I have long
been an admirer of him. He is one of those people that can change
again. You played alongside him, any stories that you can
broadcast?! He is a great fellow. He is a bit niggly on the field.
But he is really a good fellow. He has been loyal to Castle food for
six years and gone through the good times and the bad. When the chips
are down heat always comes out as a good player. Under current
character that you want around a club like that? Yes he is not yours
terror to the core sports man. He has all those tattoos and has got a
Harley Davidson. And a nightclub in the back garden! But what we get to
see is his dedication. Ian Millward was back on the
sidelines for Castleford on Friday night. They travelled to
Huddersfield to face the Super League leaders. Dave Woods was
League leaders. Dave Woods was watching.
Robinson has a look around. George comes after it and he will
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defending it. The Huddersfield backwards. Confirmed! Again, the
defence will question itself. They could do with a response. Oh, he
has had himself been the act of scoring. But it is for desperately
needed points. He is going to be OK, they make them tough, don't they?
Jason is in trouble here, I think. Have a look at this. Add chicken
when a tackle. The referee has seen it and he is of the 10 minutes. He
has support but he doesn't need it. What a splendid individual try that
is. Off he goes. A burst of pace. A good try. George will score! Two
tries in the blink of a night just before the break. Huddersfield are
absolutely in the ascendancy now. George. It will be a hat-trick if
confirmed. The question is, how did this all get this? He has rattled
the ball free. Absolutely nothing wrong with the touchdown. It is a
hat-trick for George. Another try for Huddersfield. Nobody left to
stop the inevitable expert this time, George involved in the build
up and Brown is the finisher. Huddersfield are at a canter at the
moment. Simply no stopping them. Here is Lawrence. I think he has
got that down! He has. Though marks here for Michael Lawrence. The
strength and desire with two or three defenders on him. He just
touches it down. Huddersfield's impressive start to the season
continues. They do look impressive? continues. They do look impressive?
They are playing great rugby. One thing I really liked as well, a lot
of the starting line-up were English. Luke George's third hat-
trick. Is he a little bit unfortunate that there are so many
other good wingers out there at the moment? I don't think he will score
an easier one! When you confident, you confident. The ball bounced
perfectly for him. In the next one, this is a set play. In this one,
even you could score this one, Richard! Don't take anything away
from the Garrick, you've got to be in the frame to get those current
scores. He will be thrilled and so he should be. Is the key for
Huddersfield to sustain this. They look a bit stronger this year,
don't they? They have some superstar forwards to come back as
well. Nathan Brown is not scared to rotate them and keep them fresh.
And give some of the fringe players ago. Everybody slots into the roles
and they don't get too much disharmony in there so it is a big
focus that they have fought on, staying consistent. They have not
been afraid to bring youngsters in? Yes and you are getting the fruits
of that Labour. That policy is really in place and you think
O'Donnell not being in the team and some of the others, it looks well
for them but the challenge is peaking at the right time because
the first question you asked is a permanent one, they have to be
fresh and healthy. Castleford last seen to be lacking in convents?
They are having it tough at the moment. It has been a disruptive
few weeks for the club as a whole. A little bit similar to last week,
they just need to consolidate and improve and try to get that went in
and I am sure they will cope. that Becky, somehow get a win and
move forward? They will have to then their backs better than they
did they were about passive at the weekend. Huddersfield executed
really well and when you set your stall out to do certain things and
it doesn't come off, it ricochets downwards.
Wigan suffered a shock defeat against the bottom club Widnes last
weekend. On Sunday they faced another struggling club and it
looked for a while as though it would be another surprise for the
Warriors. They started like a house on fire and cost Wigan quite a bit
of trouble. Definitely a fright to start the game. London did look
impressive. That is under which before or, at the scored 45 pounds
the before and that has carried on. There was a little bit of quality
in this week in the team. Shaun Wane wasn't happy but there is
Gareth getting them back in again. Is he one of the best signings you
ever made? He certainly has to be up there. These guys are at the
ones that people want to pay to come and watch. Look at that, it is
terrific to see. As good as London where with their attack, they got
really close and again, they might have to talk about the defensive
side of the game. Wigan are on a role here. Once we can got in front,
they are pretty good at keeping a team at arm's length? They are
really methodical in their attacking plans. They really know
where they are going. London finished strong as well so some
great passages of play from them as well. Wigan haven't been quite
there in the first halves of games, interestingly, but to us through
this one? That was too soft. That is a sop to try. Sam Tomkins is
smart enough and thinks, I will go! He is good at that kind of think
but London will be hugely disappointed with that. I mentioned
it earlier that they have a chance to be more ruthless on Friday.
This week, it is the turn of Hull FC to try their luck with our giant
egg and spoon race. The Airlie Birds, as they like to be known,
are chasing the time set by Castleford Tigers all the way back
This week, we have a threesome hoping to fight against evil and
claimed world domination or stop only joking, they're here for a
giant egg and spoon race but there is something missing from this
picture. That's better, a giant egg and spoon. They will need to use
their psychological powers to complete the course in the quickest
time a possible. Mistakes will be punished with five second penalties.
Can Hull FC a bright those wrongs today. First of, it is Jordan
Turner. That is not a bad start, to be fair. Here comes well sharp. He
is doing pretty good here. Jimmy Ellis will be the man he is handing
on to. Surely he will be hoping to make his mark. They might have been
one or two handling errors. They dream of world domination is
shutters with at time of 42.92 seconds or stopped that leaves them
third on the leaderboard. Join us next time for another feast of
fancy footwork. And some frightening faces.
You are chomping at the bit to have a go? Just waiting for the phone
call. Our obstacle course was obviously ideal preparation for
Hull. They welcomed Widnes to the KC on Sunday and it was a bit of a
rout. Hull FC were fantastic and attacked
really importantly and they are flooded through. The first of four
tries. 34 pounds in total. Also creating opportunities. Danny
Houghton was highlighted by both coaches as being key player in this
game. He has been given Ali's to play the football they get you for
it. Knowing where to go, they look more fluid than I have done for a
while. This is good, strong running. Do you think they have gone under
the radar a bit because they missed that game at Catalan? No, coaches
and fans are smart. Some teams have played a few more games and you get
a few hiccups but they have recorded it fairly well. Andy Lynch
is a fantastic player. He has been a huge acquisition for the club.
Here we see great ship in a passing movement for. Aha aha ha ha ha go
Denis Betts didn't pull his punches afterwards saying, to have 58
points scored against you, this is unacceptable. After winning well,
chipping that amount of points, it is a shame. It will be
disappointing for Dennis. He even said that the last two tries got
flatter them will stop there are still learning. There will be
better for that experience. Catalans against Hull K hour, this
was a close game? Yes. Michael Dobson against his own club
squeezed over and they think they were winning at half-time. It was a
Tanya Arnold presents all the action and talking points from round 7 of Stobart Super League XVII. Huddersfield Giants host Castleford Tigers, St Helens travel to Bradford Bulls, while in form Warrington Wolves face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.