Tanya Arnold presents highlights from the Stobart Super League. Wigan Warriors take on Warrington Wolves, and St Helens and Leeds Rhinos meet at Langtree Park.
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It is a massive boost and it is a big relief. We played Wakefield
last week and they put 30 points past us, even though they did not
win, they got a lot of confidence and it was only a matter of time
before they posted a big win and Catalan is a big scalp to take.
have got a Catalan comeback, not surprising, we are used to that
this season. It was pretty much an off day for them. It is never easy
having to travel every second week like they do. If you get a team in
the mood like Wakefield at the time, at the start of this game, it's
going to be a difficult afternoon. Weak field will be desperate to
sink their teeth in and then pushed down, keep them in there --
Wakefield. He has announced this will be his last year? He has been
one of the most consistent players in Super League for Catalan. That
will be a big loss for them. Friday night was Derby night on the west
side of the Pennines, in what is traditionally one of the biggest
fixtures of the seasonthe season against Warrington at the DW
Stadium. I'm not sure it was named Stadium. I'm not sure it was named
in honour of Dave Wood, our commentator, but he was there any
way. A fantastic atmosphere inside the DW Stadium tonight. 20,000
packed in here, too early to define either side's season, but a
psychological blow could be struck one way or another tonight. The
referee, Richard Silverwood, doing his bit for Sport Relief as well.
Here's Leuluai, picking it up from the base of the scrum. He was
caught, the referee has decided, that has given Wigan the penalty
for the high tackle. A swish by Morley and a spot by a Westwood. A
moment of potential history here, if Pat Richards puts this over, it
takes him past 2000 points in a Wigan jersey and a bit goes, 2-0 on
the night, 2000 plus one in Pat Richards' week in Korea. Here's
Rich at dummy-half. Westwood. Here's Briers, now they have some
options. Atkins for the line! Ryan Atkins claiming the try, the
referee wants somebody to have a second look here. Steve Ganson has
been asked about the grounding. Real strength from that position,
but that looks OK. What is the verdict, Steve Ganson? Warrington
have the lead. A quick response. The carried England football
manager, Stuart Pearce, just getting a bit of advice. Tony Smith
offering him a few words. Here's Richards, only inches away, my
word! Warrington's defence hangs on. Hop! Hoc scores. A second opinion
will be sought, but it looks like has found a bit of a gap and
Farrell is off. Just put down, but he has... Laurent Blanc has scored!
The referee's happy. One or two questions here as to whether Liam
Farrell actually play the ball. Very quick to his feet, the referee
says play on. Michael Laura Bechtolsheimer masking no further
questions. Here comes Morley. So five tackles from here. Warrington
looking to make a big impression if they can. Briers hurling it wide.
Here's Monahan. Terrific, absolutely terrific! Confirmation
is being looked at again here but look at this for a finish.
Wonderful dive, no doubts about the grounding. Some moments deserve to
be legitimate for their sheer brilliance and that was one of them.
Nothing wrong with that. Jol Monahan the eye-catching scorer.
Ryan gigs and Michael Carrick, the two Manchester United players a
month to the watching crowd tonight. 21,267 is the official attendance.
The referee has given a penalty to Warrington. Timely for their point
of view, the hooter has sounded. Not square at the marker. Hotson
with a chance to level things up as they go into the break -- Hodgson.
with real brilliance. Over the halfway line. Here goes Tomkins.
Watson is beaten, Tomkins still going. -- Hodgson is beating.
Tomkins can't get it away. There were players in attendance and if
he passed it, surely Wigan would have scored, but he held on and
Warrington hang on. Still a decent position, though. This is A flower.
Some solid defending on that Warrington line -- this is Flour.
Carmont, Richard! Try! That position set up by Sam Tomkins. Pat
Richards with a simple finish. Some super centre play by Carmont, by
the way. But this is where it all began. Tomkins from behind the line
making mincemeat of that Warrington defence. He had so many auctions to
pass here. He thought he could do the job himself -- so many auctions.
Stopped in the end but it was all academic because right at the last,
Carmont with a wonderful pass here and Richards with the score.
Tomkins steps out of the way. The ball is back on the inside. Grasped
by Finch out of thin air. Flower. Morley holds him down. A penalty
has been given! Too much interference from Adrian Morley. He
hung on when he should have been dropping off. So Wigan have made
the decision to go for two here. half. -- Lima. It has been
intercepted, Lee Briers, ever the magician. It is a saunter to the
try-line for Lee Briers. Leuluai trying to get back, but he really
committed himself here, Briers. He read the situation perfectly. The
veteran Welshman snaps it up and runs away. Warrington right back in
possession and a penalty has been given, a rather obvious penalty as
well. Clearly more than one man in the tackle and he simply got over
Looking for his second success of the night to give Wigan the lead
once more. Finding his form with the penalty has been given. It was
the tackle had been completed. He came in and arrested the man in
The match was described as absolutely enthralling, but a
complete match. Was that fair? would agree with that. It was
compelling to watch. Everybody loved watching it, but you have to
say the ball-handling from both sides was not great. There were a
lot of penalties and drop balls. Even though both sides were not
great, it was a reasonable game to watch. In the end it was penalties
That was his first game back and what a kicker he is. He is free
call under pressure. That was the difference, the goal-kicking.
want to defend him on the one that is coming up. There are a few fists
flying in and they were busy on the reports this week. What do you
reckon? It looks terrible on TV, but when you have two players in a
tackle like that, you find that it is the guy on the other end the
swings around. The only thing you can really do... It would have
looked worse if he had followed through with it. You can see that
he let go. There is also their ability -- responsibility of the
defender to make sure that no-one is put into that sort of dangerous
Fair to say you guys are doing it up at the moment. We are. We are
not playing great to be fair. We set ourselves some very high
standards last year. We are dropping too much ball. It is
something we had spoken about and addressed. We are hoping we tied in
a few things up. There's a lot more As big games are coming thick and
fast. Wigan last weekend and then we have St Helens this weekend. It
will be interesting to see how we go. What you make about Wigan? They
have already lost three this year. What the coach pulled over to begin
was a new system to the lead. It was very direct and in-your-face.
The defence has had a couple of years to look at what they do and
how they deliver it. Look at a key individuals and target them. Sam
Tomkins is a big indicator as to where the ball is going. They are
able to deal with it a little bit better this time. All teams are
having the control in the ruck. should give backbenchers -- Pat
Richards a mention. He passed 2000 points. Sensational for a winner. I
like to call the muscly linesman because you have these guys in the
middle of the bark that a doing all this work India the pretty boys out
on the edge. I thought you were the pretty boys in the middle? Pack
which is does not just scored tries for fun. He comes in and does the
work, but his great with the boot if it had been eight football match,
it would have been called a six- pointer. A huge win. A classic case
They have been working really hard. They go the win a couple of weeks
ago against Wigan. This proves they are not just a one-game team. They
in get a couple of wins on the board. A very this can be the
springboard for them to get the confidence to win a few more.
who is on loan from Warrington is getting a huge amount of good
reports. He played a couple of games for us last year and that a
bad be injury, but now he is fit and ready to go. The club thought
it would be good for him to go elsewhere and get game time. He has
been absolutely sensational. The club rate him very highly. This
would do in the world of good, getting a bit of experience in the
Super League. What you make of London though it? They played
bravely against Wigan. By the looks of it, one of the things they need
to do is they do not seem to have a problem scoring tries, it is the
defending they have a problem with. You can see it happen where markers
champion at the dummy-half. Spring has sprung, the clocks have gone
forward and nowhere has the Sunday shining brighter than at the
stadium. It was more akin to the west coast of America than the West
Riding of Yorkshire when the eggs I'll let you decide which one is
Pamela Anderson. It is addition number seven of eight chases. We
are in wake filed as the Wildcats phase one of the biggest challenges
of the season so far. The aim of the game is to complete a
specially-designed obstacle course Although books reading things off.
-- Oliver Wilkes. He is looking good. Kyle a more is second to go.
His West Yorkshire's answer to David Hasselhoff. House that was
Hang on, I think we have found out Well, what a time of. Unbelievable.
No penalties. Fantastic from the Wakefield wild cards. 41.93 seconds.
As Good As It gets. They are on top of the leaderboard. Have you seen
anything like that before? Surely no-one can be thrown them after
Anything you buy to add to that? do not think I can. I think re-
enacting Baywatch is clearly the way to win the next week. It is all
about consistency. That is what we were looking for from them. They
were back with a win this week. final game to complete the
weekend's highlights, breadth and - - Bradford welcome Salford. I think
we got will drop last week so there was a bit of soul-searching during
the week. Probably disappointing for Bradford at who were winning
early on. I was with them on Friday evening. He was talking about what
he was trying to get out of the players. I think he will be really
disappointed with that. Bradford are doing it really hard. They have
13 players out with injuries. After their performance last week against
St Helens and how they had been performing over the recent past, I
think we would have been looking for a lot more consistency than
what was on offer. Talking about players being back. This one is
back. He looks good. It was unfortunate he got the injury, but
looking at this game there is a couple of tries. They are
entertaining. He looks like a terrific signing. They are in the
right half of the table, they just need to stay there. You live in the
area, how important is it too had suffered doing well? I always keep
a lookout for them to do well. I went to check out the new stadium
last weekend. It is absolute the fantastic. If they can get a
successful team, the crowds will flock there and it will be a
vibrant rugby league city. Robbie, what you make of the performance
though? Just in terms of their defence. They seemed to lose it
again. They seem to be falling away. It was interesting to see that they
are creating a very basic sort of system. The coach has had to do
that because the players are dropping left, right and centre.
They are having to glue a very simple game plan together with each
A big win for Salford, let's see where the city Reds and everyone
Changes at the top and the bottom this weekend. Warrington had moved
back to the summer after their win against Wigan. Hulme of up to third
after their win had castors and You can all have a Sunday afternoon
of at the weekend because the Super League action is all on Friday and
Saturday. Leeds meet Huddersfield. Wigan make the short trip to
Salford. And the newly revived St Helens are away to Warrington.
Saints for you next weekend. Paddy prepare for a game like that?
are the games that you don't need much preparation for. They take
care of themselves. We will do everything that we normally do. The
fact that it is one of the biggest games on the calendar will be
pretty exciting. You could not scripted any better. They had been
up and down. They are up at the moment and we are top of the table
so it should be a classic. We are all looking forward to it. That's
Tanya Arnold presents all the action and analysis from the Stobart Super League, as Wigan Warriors host Warrington Wolves and last year's two Grand Finalists, St Helens and Leeds Rhinos meet at Langtree Park.