16/12/2013 Super League Show


16/12/2013

Reflecting on the 2013 Super League season, which saw Wigan produce a record-breaking comeback in which they completed the Super League and Challenge Cup double.


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the World Cup year of 2013 is almost over. It has been an even small 12

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months and Rugby League. The players have been fantastic and

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understanding in setting goals. Danny Brough was the player of the

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season. Trying to play good every week is a tough job. In the past I

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have not done that. Warrington's master craftsman has played his last

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game, league dryers reflects on an amazing career. It is strange to

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know I will not put my boots on to play with league. And Salford have

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the targets in the New Year. We have two players we are bringing in. We

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have to be looking at progress. There may be a couple of weeks left

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of 2013, but we are gearing up 2014 of 2013, but we are gearing up 2014

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in the club challenge. It has been some year for the Cherry and Whites

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who won the Super League cup and the title.

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Blake Green with a try that might just win it for Wigan. It is Wigan

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at the double in 2013! An incredible season for Wigan. Has it sunk in? To

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be honest, I enjoyed the weekend after. It was a few days after the

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Grand Final when I sat back and realised we had achieved something

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special. It was enjoyable, not just for me but the staff who have worked

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hard. All of the players and the head coach, but a lot of people

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behind me do some hard work. It has been a real good season, very

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enjoyable and I want to do it again. When you look back at 2012, what did

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you take from 2012 and the disappointments to kick you aren't

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in 2013? We did not play very well, I looked after the players more in

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2013 to make sure they were fresh. I tweaked how we were going to play,

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but the players have been fantastic in understanding and setting goals

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for us. The way it panned out, it worked really well. How much did you

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use as motivation when people wrote you off because of the players you

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lost in 2012? Anybody is entitled to their opinion. It was motivation for

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me personally. I understand they are entitled to their opinion, and I

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understand why they wrote us off, but everything is kept private here

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and we knew what we had to do. We had some good performances, and we

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had some indifferent performances, but I knew we could perform good

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games. Was it a relief when you got the Challenge Cup, you had got that

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first trophy? Yes, it was a big day for us, that. Just to get one big

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cup, it was good for the players to understand what we needed to do.

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cup, it was good for the players to understand what we needed to do We

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understand what we needed to do. We needed to complete and end our sets

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well. We did that and we come up against Warrington, a great team.

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Leeds and Huddersfield, huge games against great teams, but we knew

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what we needed to do, keep hold of the ball. It worked. How did you

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juggle that because it is difficult to get them to peak for the

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Challenge Cup final and then get them to come through for the

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Challenge Cup final? I know now why it is so difficult to do the

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double! Once we started to get into the play`offs and the must win

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games, the players have been great, they understood. Training became

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more intense, team meetings, we would video what we wanted in more

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detail. The players changed in their attitude. As Leeds proved, you don't

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need to finish top to win a copy. We finished fourth and we did OK in

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those two big games. It will put us in good stead for this year. How

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worried were you at half`time in the Grand Final? Honestly? I felt

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confident. I understood we had not played very well but we did get

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three tries. Warrington always have a 20 minute spell when they are

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unstoppable and they did that in the first half. I went in the dressing

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room and said, " is everybody OK, if we get hold of the ball you will get

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your rewards". As it happens, it worked out. The feeling of walking

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down and knowing we had won the game, after Pat Richards scored it

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was one of the best games we have ever had. You could not have written

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the script? The way we played the game is what we planned and that is

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the most satisfying thing. Pat Richards' last game. I was desperate

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to finish with a double. Me, personally I have known them players

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for many years and they are close to me, I love them to places, and to

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send them away with a ring as well as a medal was very satisfying. You

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did not mention losing Sam Tomkins, big names going again? Yes, we will

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struggle. He has played some good games. So has some of the others. I

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am very happy with the two London lads. We are losing some real

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talents, but we need to coach these new players into our system and let

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them understand the culture of Wigan and they will be more of an asset to

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us. If you combine the players `` combine the lessons you London 012

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combine the lessons you London 2012 looking after the players, what will

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you take into 2014? You don't have to put your best team out, I want to

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see the kids play more. Have a fantastic time together. I am

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confident with resting players, putting new kids in and using 30 odd

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putting new kids in and using 3 odd players. I will never change from

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that, I want to have that same message to all of the players, that

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if they turn up and train well, I will give them a place. If they play

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well, I will keep them in the team. My stance will never change, and I

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have the support of the chairman. Wigan's double success wrote the

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curtain down on the domestic season that featured some fabulous tries.

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There was controversy. He stuck his hand up and said, I

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made a mistake. Some new stars are merged and some old favourites said

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good ride. Tony Smith's Warrington made it to the Grand Final with some

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eye`catching tries along the way. Running his way through in

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electrifying style. Micky Higham hit some Super League tries. Warrington

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Wolves took early control in the Grand Final before losing a couple

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of players to injury. Warrington finished runners`up for the second

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season in a row. There were some tears shed and we are disappointed

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for some of the boys that were leaving. But we would rather be at

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Old Trafford having lost rather than not be here at all. Saint Helens

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enjoyed a slow start under Nathan Brown. A hammering by Huddersfield,

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one of two in the opening five weeks. Johnny Lomax emerged as the

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successor to Paul Wellens at fullback and then Saint Helens found

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their form. Other Saints in the play`offs, but there was a dramatic

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game against Leeds. Danny McGuire's drop gold had Saint

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Helens stunned. `` drop goal. On the other side, the guys can feel proud

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of their effort and commitment to each other. It was a great game,

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of their effort and commitment to each other. It was a great game but

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unfortunately for us, you lose and you are out and Leeds are

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celebrating. The defending champions, Leeds Rhinos finished

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third in the table, the highest placing under Brian McDermott. Here

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is Callan Watkins. Through the tackle. And now it is about pace.

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Callan Watkins just avoids the last`ditch efforts and scores a

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wonderful try. Jamie Peacock earned the nomination for man of steel

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International retirement allowing him to focus on the league. Some of

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the things we did last year were remarkable. He has always had the

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ability to do remarkable things. Not many people can do those things on

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such a stage. He churned those massive performances out weekend,

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week out. It was a memorable year in Huddersfield weather Giants finished

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top of Super League in their regular season for the first time in 81

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years. They were guided around the field by Danny Brough, who finished

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as a man of steel. What about that for a piece of

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individual magic? It is a tough job. This year I have knuckled down, had

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help along the way and it paid off. He is doing well off the field as

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well. I have seen him mature as a player and how he controls the game

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now. Obviously I have received some nice passes of him. When you play in

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good teams, with good layers around who make you look good as well. Just

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to pop up now and again to do something good for the team, it is

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good to help everybody along. His temperament has been great. That

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could have been under question before, but when you see him playing

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well with a nice even keel it is key to his performances. He has found

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himself a bit of a home where the crowd loved him. He cannot do

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nothing wrong and has lots of stability with long`term contracts.

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He has to make the best out of what he has got. A bit more dedication

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and wanting to do something all of the time instead of trying one

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week. I have knuckled down and enjoyed it. I am in a good place. He

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has mature this year and that is vital to his game. He has brought

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the team on massively. Long may it continue.

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He is an outstanding liar. He has carried us in a lot of games. He

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shines out, but there is a lot of hard work that goes on and off the

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ball. He is a special player, probably one of the best in Super

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League. He is a proper halfback, League. He is a proper halfback

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cheeky chappie. He has a good work ethic as well. He has been good for

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us this year. He is the centre of everything that is happening. He

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keeps us together and it is good for the team. He leads by his

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performance on the field and his effort. The great leaders always

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lead with the actions. That is why he is in that position. He has

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thrived on the responsibility and showed his majority on the field as

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well. A great season for the hover ``

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Huddersfield Giants, with me is Carol Crabtree. What was it about

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Danny Brough? The fact he stepped up. He became our captain and took

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the extra responsibility. He realised he had to do something a

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bit. I am impressed with the way he adapted in training, so that was

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fantastic, he led by example in every game. He went on to win just

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about everything apart from an England cap. I think he will be

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disappointed with that himself. But all of our fans knew what he is

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capable of. Everybody kept saying, at some point it is going to slip,

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how much did that motivate you? It was a good motivator. We enjoyed

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that position. I like to play along with it. We went throughout the

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season thinking we were going to taper off and hoping it didn't. We

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proved everybody wrong. We are a good team and we have had a lot of

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changes in the past couple of years. We are a team almost in transition

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with the players coming in. We talked about that, they wrote us

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off. It is nice to stick it to those people, but we were proud ourselves,

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we knew what we needed to do to achieve something. What did it mean

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to you to finally get your hands on some silverware? It has taken 1

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years to win something serious. . It has been a long time coming. At the

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same time, I think I was probably the only one in the stadium that

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wasn't really celebrating. I did not have this massive euphoria, it was

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almost like a bit of relief. I did not even get a photograph in the

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celebrations with the champagne I was at the side thinking, " thank

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God for that". Now I cannot wait to get back out there with the coming

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in this year, which is probably a bit better than last year. 2013

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wasn't just about Super League. At the end of the we turned our

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attention to the international game Amber Rudd the World Cup.

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The World Cup in its glittering glory. `` and the Rugby World Cup.

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Miracle pass! One of the greatest tries. Shawn Johnson, with literally

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seconds. What a performance. Australia, world`class. The World

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Cup went better than anyone could have hoped? Totally agree, it was a

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fantastic World Cup and the attendances prove to everybody how

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good it was. The Games at times probably weren't spectacular, but we

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still got the attendances. It is more than we expected. I thought the

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RFL would not do the job properly, but you have to give them credit. I

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was part of the promotion team who did everything we could to raise the

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awareness of the World Cup. It seemed to work well and I think the

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only people trying to jeopardise it where the England team a couple of

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times. But even them in the end were superb. What did they do to bridge

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the gap with Australia, who were magnificent, weren't they? They were

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ridiculous. They didn't even break stride, they just marched forward

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and broke teams down so easily. And the Kiwis in the end, superior.

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Almost a different level. The only team that tested them and scored

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against them were England. Maybe if we look at a fewer little things, I

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am sure we will be there soon enough. We are getting closer. This

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competition proves that. It is vital the game builds on what has been

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such a successful tournament, what would you like to see them do? I

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would like to see a new setup, that is missing in the game. A few

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differences in the system. If you get to a certain age, you go missing

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and it is a massive loss for rugs really. They go missing because they

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cannot get into the first team. `` a loss for Rugby League. Apart from

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that, keep going and keep everything together and we also need the

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support, we need backers and the likes of Bradford and Wakefield who

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have been in trouble, having to sell players. We don't want that, we want

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people coming into the game and build on what we have done. We got

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the sad news that Steve Prescott, the former fullback had died. He

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battled a long illness and was just 39. 2006, he was diagnosed with

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stomach cancer and given months to live. Five and six years later I am

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running marathons and doing endurance events. Take each day as

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it comes and keep going and get on with life. To do what he has done,

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is superhuman. You have cycled through France, cycled through the

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UK to London and wrote the Atlantic and now you have ran a marathon.

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What time did you do? I have got a personal best. I think we have

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rewrote the running manual. Row the English Channel the day before the

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marathon and you run a personal best. He is amazing, and so

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inspirational. Lesser people would have dealt with it differently, but

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Steve has fought. He is a huge inspiration to everybody. He will be

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sadly missed. He was a brilliant rugby league player. I will remember

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him in that light. And also the achievements he has created. He has

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just pushed him to touch in the corner. A magnificent run from

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Prescott. Cancer hospitals need help and support servers that is why I

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chose the Christie hospital. They need people like us. I had to do

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something for rugs really, it has been my life.

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An incredible man who will leave a legacy? I hope so, it is something

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rubbed the Leeds needs to make sure of as well. Fantastic achievements

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he had over the years, not only on the field, but off the field to

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raise money for different charities. Being ill, doing what he

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has done under those circumstances, that situation is unreal. We should

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be proud of that and it is something we should celebrate. That has been a

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lot of talk about changing the man of steel award to his name. I think

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that would be a fitting tribute to someone who is so special to not

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only Rugby League, but around the world because he is a recognised

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face and a recognised figure. Hull FC lost their star signing

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before the season even kicked off. But they saved their worst

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performances for their biggest games. Beaten 16`0 at Wembley, the

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coach left after a play`off defeat at Huddersfield. We have let a lot

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of people down tonight. Not only ourselves, but the fans and the

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club. It will be a long off`season carrying that around. Catalan had a

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new coach. An injury to Brenda Webb gave an opportunity to another

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player. But it was Steve Menzies, aged 39 who decided to call it a

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day. One of my biggest fears was playing a season too long. Whether I

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could play another season, I am not too sure. I don't think I could play

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another season. It came at the right time for the kid's age. Hull KR

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recovered from an incorrect call at the Magic Weekend and made it back

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to the play`offs with some big wins on the road. There were wins in the

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South of France and in Headingley, but they will have two do without

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Michael Dobson who returns to Australia. I build my career over

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here and I have the Super League to thank for that. I will miss it, I

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have enjoyed my time here. We have a lot of friends, but on to new

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horizons. Francis Cummins took control of Radford and they got off

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to a flying start but failed to make the top eight. They are once again

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under new ownership, but financial problems still dominate. Not too

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many minutes left to play. Look how much that means to all those on the

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bench. We had a great start. We said there was no point being third at

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Easter and finishing where ever. there was no point being third at

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Easter and finishing where ever. But we have that knowledge of where we

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were and being more efficient. Probably four or five games we could

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of and should have one which we threw away because of a lack of

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concentration. We are always learning from our mistakes. When the

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2014 season kicks off, there will be someone missing from the Warrington

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squad for the first time in 17 years. Labrie is has had to call it

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a day and this place will not be the same without him. It is strange

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knowing I could never put a pair of boots on again to play rugby league.

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I knew it was going to come one day. But you can't prepare yourself for

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that day. I was not prepared. Obviously I had the neck injury and

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I saw the specialist. He said, you cannot play for three months. We did

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different things in rehab and got it right. But I took a whiplash and hit

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my head on the floor and pins and needles started again. I noticed my

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hands were cramping up. I kept it to myself, let the physio note as much

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as he needed to. I played the Grand Final. I went for a scan afterwards,

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and on the 5th of November, I got the news that I could never play

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again. I broke down and cried. I am not big on regrets, I have got to

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look forward and look at the positives in my career. 18 years I

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have been playing in the top level, and who would have thought that when

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I first started out. Moving to Warrington was the best thing that

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ever happened to me. 17 years on, I am still in love with the place. You

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have to go through difficult times to come at the other end and be

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successful. We have certainly done that. There were times I did not get

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paid. Now they are one of the richest clubs in the Rugby League.

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The facilities, the staff, the club itself, the supporters it is 1

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million miles away. I would not have changed it for the world. The

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memories you can look back on and think, that is special. Being

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captain of Warrington was an honour. The World Cup for Wales in

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2000 was an experience and the Challenge Cup. To win first one was

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the best feeling. I had lost in four semifinals before. You are thinking,

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when am I going to win one? You never lose a Leali'ifano. I get

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goose bumps, I will never replicate that ever again. To win at Wembley

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was amazing. The elation after that game was fantastic. What a kick!

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Whenever I picked a ball from being a kid I would always be on the field

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saying, " Lee Briers has got to make this kick to win at Wembley". I have

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been in that situation so many times. I am glad I put the practice

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in to be able to do it. I understand there will be ups and downs in my

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life. I cannot do it any more. But I have strong people around me the

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club. I am really proud to say I have got through 450 games. Here at

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Saint Helen 's where Lee Briers started his career. He will be

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missed? He will, there are few players who have a natural instinct

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to understand the game to find the right pass, the right kick and

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create space for his team`mates. Lee Briers has been one of the finest

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exponents of those skills. He is a great personality. He has bags of

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character, he is not a machine. He has all of the skills are great

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halfback should have. He is a great guy to watch on the field. Not so

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good to play against sometimes. How will Warrington be with Howard Tim?

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In terms of their creativity, he will leave a big hole. And also the

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dummy half, whoever that may be. A lot of the organisation and the

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talk, the people on the street cannot see his communication

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skills, his ability to organise the team. Now that has gone and

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everybody will have to pick up the slack. Steve Menzies, Lee Briers,

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how important is it for road really to keep hold of those stars?

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Retention of the stars and their roles in the game is important. Lee

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Briers knows things about the game that need to be passed on to young

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coaches and younger players. It is great he can do that. Steve Menzies

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has a wealth of experience across two competitions, three countries

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and also the ability to adapt his game as time has gone on. Those

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skills and experiences need to be passed on to people in the game and

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we need to learn from them and encourage them to stay in the game.

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No Lee Briers Warrington but plenty of ins and outs as the clubs look to

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reshuffle for 2014. MUSIC: "Let Me Go".

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Gary Barlow. Obviously a few changes at different

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clubs. Let's start with Saint Helens. You have a new player coming

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in and a new halfback? Nick Walsh, has been an important part of the

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Penrith team. Coming to us, with exchange rates, inflated salary cap

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in Australia and to get a player of his quality to come to this country

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is a massive boost for the club Luke Walsh is quite small. Looking

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at some of the other moves, Tom Briscoe to Leeds is interesting how

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Briscoe to Leeds is interesting, how will he get on? He is such a good

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carrier of the ball. He is renowned for causing chaos. Making a number

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of clean breaks during the game You have Ryan Hall and Tom Briscoe in

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the same team, Leeds will be a difficult side to stop getting out

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of their half. Just those two alone carrying the ball can cause some

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damage to you. It will be a challenge to him because it is a new

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club and a new system. There is competition at Leeds as well. A

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number of players who can play in different positions. It will be

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interesting to see how they fit into the team at the start of the year.

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Tom is a class player and someone who has attracted a lot of attention

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from overseas. One of the most pleasing thing is for me is Tom

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Briscoe has decided to stay in this country. It was here in July that

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Saint Helens and Wigan served up what was arguably the match of the

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season. It was a dramatic derby with some great moments.

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Adam Swift is over. What a return for Adam Swift. They have the chance

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to have a go at this Wigan line. to have a go at this Wigan line

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Howarth is the man at dummy half. They are looking left and they may

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have got some numbers. Lomax creating another one for Adam Swift.

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What a night! Two tries already They are looking at the video.

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Having a look for the obstruction. Did Lomax take that catch on the

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outside shoulder of his man? And was Matty Smith are guilty of moving in?

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The try is given. The video referee said it is a try and Saint Helens

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are off to a flyer here. Already into double figures and two for Adam

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Swift. Wigan are desperate to get themselves on the board. Richards,

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in the corner. Wigan have their opening try. One bright start

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missing tonight but another in Ryan Hampshire making his debut for

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Wigan. They are beginning to build again here. It is a tough tackle

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going in. Wigan back to the middle. Smith with the high kick. It has

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bounced. There has to be a question here. Who did this hit? Did Josh

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Charnley get a hand to this? Let's look at this again. If this angle

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gives a clear indication. It looks as though Josh Charnley has not got

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a touch so the try is given. Wigan have their second. Much needed as

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well. Josh Charnley has been complaining of a hand injury. Logan

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Tomkins. Tomkins up at dummy half again. Looking for a bit of space on

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this right`hand side. A wonderful pass from Ryan Hampshire. Josh

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Charnley scored a scintillating try. Ryan Hampshire is capturing the

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headlines tonight. Here he is, try maker with a wonderful pass. Josh

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Charnley, as ever, the efficient finisher. Coming through in numbers

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again. Lomax trying to create the overlap. The referee is going back

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because there has been a shoulder charge, he says on Gareth O'Brien.

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You can see that it was a late challenge from Scott Taylor. Gareth

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O'Brien might have played his last tonight. Over the kick goes so

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another two, for Saint Helens. They find themselves level again.

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Pat Richards, what about that! Unbelievable. Pat Richards with a

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drop goal to edge Wigan ahead and it came from absolutely nowhere. You

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will never see a more splendid drop goal than that. Outrageous from Pat

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Richards. What a moment from the Wigan winger. Hammered forward again

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by Louie McCarthy`Scarsbrook. Trouble for Wigan because it is

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going to be a penalty. Gil Dobson hammering away at Louie

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McCarthy`Scarsbrook. You cannot do that. You cannot go beating

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someone's on like that. Team warning for Wigan, so they could find

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themselves in big trouble. He has pulled it wide. Gareth O'Brien off

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the pitch and Tom Makinson missing what could be a crucial penalty.

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the pitch and Tom Makinson missing what could be a crucial penalty The

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what could be a crucial penalty. The noise is tremendous inside the

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ground now. Pat Richards dropped on it, but it is another penalty for

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Saint Helens. He has been sent to the sin`bin, Blake Green has two

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sent ten minutes in the sin`bin. sent ten minutes in the sin`bin

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Because it was a team warning. Jordan Turner, taking over the

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kicking duties to give Saint Helens possibly a match`winning lead. Time

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in the game yet. Wigan, desperately searching for position. Smith is

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well placed. Over it goes! All square again. 16 points apiece.

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Where does this game turn next? It is level, it is wonderful and there

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is five minutes to play. They will be looking for a big kick. Put Saint

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Helens on the back foot if they can. What about this, Turner is quickly

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away. James Greenwood has won it for Saint Helens. Unbelievable. Saint

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Helens at the last. Fantastic return by Tom Makinson. He was stopped but

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eventually out to Joe Greenwood and he scores the matchwinner. How

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important is that to Saint Helens? Fantastic game, what are they like

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to play in? They are some of the most attended games of the season

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and some of the most ferocious. So to play in another cracker of a

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derby was a privilege. If you stand out moments, Pat Richards'

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intentional drop goal looked to be heartbreaking, but it was one of

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those entertaining games where it was always in the balance. When you

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look back at 2013, where there are enough close games? For the real

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rugby fans out there, every game is entertaining for some reason. But

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the neutrals, you have to look at making every game entertaining. Just

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looking at the World Cup and how competitive The Games have been in

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the World Cup in the group stages, shows that competition and the

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closeness of competition creates interest and drama, and stories. If

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interest and drama, and stories If you look at the NRL, compared to

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Super League, one of the differences is the average points spread over

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again tends to be a bigger gap in our games, so there is a lot of

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40`10, those type of scores and those of The Games we need to get

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rid of. The only way was up the witness who

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finished bottom in 2012, but ended this year in ten. A double victory

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over Warrington gave them plenty to be happy about. We have been

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competitive, some of the highlights of the year, we struggled with our

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away form. We have beat Saint Helens away, we have Peter Warrington away

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and we have done well on our travels. But again, the consistency

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and delivering that to get points on the board of one of those things we

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need to keep improving. Whitfield never found the form that took them

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to the play`offs in 2012. Some big names have already left, but they

:47:46.:47:50.

are hanging onto the captain who earned a spot in the Super League

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Dream Team. It was a great looking game. He has a great blend, having a

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laugh and a joke but knows when to lead by example. Everybody expects

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him and every one likes him. We have not been up to the standard we set

:48:15.:48:18.

ourselves this year and that has been the disappointing thing.

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Chase has found the gap. What about that for a pass? He failed to build

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on an early win against Leeds. Darryl Powell made the switch from

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Featherstone to take over. I am sure I am going to enjoy being here. I

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have watched the team in the past and looking forward to the

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challenges. The key from my best to make sure the future is strong and

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that will be about the job I do partly the way the players go about

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their business. If we start getting more people interested in the team

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and watching the team, which is a fundamental part of the business,

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everything else looks after itself. But they must cope without Chase

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next season he left to join Salford. London finished off the bottom but

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after an uncertain few months, their future is that last secure. They

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have lost 16 players since the end of last season and now face a easy

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winter rebuilding. Perhaps the most optimistic team for

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2014 is the one that finished bottom in 2013. The Salford City Reds have

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been reborn as the Salford Red Devils and they have a new look

:50:11.:50:16.

squad and they have come to Wolverhampton races for a day out. A

:50:17.:50:20.

new club and a new group of players, how is it slotting together

:50:21.:50:26.

so far? Very well, exciting times, lots of new players and coaching

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staff. I have been enjoying getting to know my new team`mates. It is

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exciting and I cannot wait to get stuck into it. You should be on your

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holidays, but you are keen to meet you guys? Yes, I got told I could

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come back in January. I thought it would be a good time to have a few

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weeks off and it is important to me as a halfback to get in there and

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get to know people and get to know the players and things like that.

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For me personally, it is important. It must be buzzing, it is a good

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squad? Yes, competition for places. There will be lads missing out next

:51:11.:51:14.

year in games who have been playing regular Super League. It keeps

:51:15.:51:19.

everyone on their toes. Racing is a sport you know, what was it that got

:51:20.:51:26.

you into racing? I enjoy coming out on days out like this and seeing my

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horses run and having winners. I am a winner. How does owning a rib

:51:32.:51:36.

league club comply with owning 0 odd racehorses? It is easier because

:51:37.:51:41.

I can control which was I buy, where I run it and what jockey I want to

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choose. With this game, when I came in, I wasn't aware of the

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restrictions on who I could buy the amount of money I could spend. So

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that is frustrating. My first priority was to build the team in

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Salford, a competitive team. When I came I wanted players like Tomkins,

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Chase, Morley and everybody was laughing at me thinking it was a PR

:52:11.:52:18.

stunt. So far we have signed almost everybody we wanted. I would like

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Williams as well. But it is not up to me. I have to work within the

:52:27.:52:35.

salary cap or ask for an exemption from the RFL. They are not willing

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to do that. They leave it to the Super League clubs to vote. Last

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time it was 11 against three. What do you think if you could bring

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Williams in, what could he do? It will cause a reversal of the trend

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of the players going over to the other side. If he comes here, he

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will bring a few thousand people to watch the match. He is the type of

:53:11.:53:18.

player Super League is desperate for. You said you were a winner, so

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what targets have you set for Brian Noble in 2014? He has to finish in

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the top eight, that is the minimum. And with the addition of one or two

:53:31.:53:35.

players we are bringing in, we have to be looking at the progress. The

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new season gets underway on Friday, February the 7th when Wigan take on

:53:40.:53:46.

hold `` Huddersfield. That has been brought forward a week to give Wigan

:53:47.:53:57.

a chance to prepare for Sydney. With me is Brian Noble. A lot of

:53:58.:54:01.

talking to be done about the future shape of Super League, what do you

:54:02.:54:07.

hope they decide? We don't know The reality is, we don't know what is

:54:08.:54:12.

happening at the back end of next year whether to will come up or two

:54:13.:54:18.

will come down. They need to make some decisions and give us an idea

:54:19.:54:23.

of where we are going to. Make hay while the sun shines, there is a

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great momentum in the game. Would you like to see it go down to a

:54:29.:54:33.

smaller league, less clubs? I think we would all like to see the

:54:34.:54:36.

competition go to a product that every week probably the result is in

:54:37.:54:43.

doubt. If we are honest, that has not been the case over the last

:54:44.:54:46.

couple of seasons. Whilst there has been the odd shot, there has been an

:54:47.:54:50.

element of predictability we need to get away from. `` shock. The only

:54:51.:54:58.

way we can do that is reduce the number of clubs or find a mechanism

:54:59.:55:04.

where we can furnish this amount of players and clubs. You have an

:55:05.:55:09.

ambitious owner, he wants to change the rules, are you backing him? You

:55:10.:55:15.

have to look at what it does to the product. Is it a good idea for the

:55:16.:55:22.

product? Yes. Is it a good idea to get more players into the game and

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better stars, so that has to be yes. And stop our biggest stars

:55:26.:55:32.

going to Australia? Yes and bring some stars back from Rob reunion.

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They are good ideas in principle but at least they are good ideas. Are

:55:40.:55:45.

you optimistic about the future of the sport? I am, we need to sort out

:55:46.:55:52.

his domestic strife, because we are all in limbo. Then we need to get

:55:53.:55:57.

back to what we do well, the players. That is just about it for

:55:58.:56:07.

all look back. We are back in February with the weekly highlights

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programme. Have a great Christmas and we will leave use a memorable

:56:13.:56:13.

moments from 2013. Branches are being thrown here. This

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will take some breaking up. Hull Kingston Rovers cannot believe what

:56:33.:56:35.

has just transpired. It is unbelievable. It is game on now.

:56:36.:56:41.

has just transpired. It is unbelievable. It is game on now.

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They are in the ascendancy now. Absolutely clinical. Sensational

:56:49.:56:55.

stuff. What a night and what an occasion. They have turned it right

:56:56.:57:07.

around. Wigan have the double in 2013.

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Tanya Arnold and guests reflect on the 2013 Super League Season. Wigan produced a record-breaking comeback in the Grand Final to complete the Super League and Challenge Cup double. Warrington were runners-up at Old Trafford for the second season in a row, and Huddersfield Giants finished as League Leaders for the first time in 81 years.

Salford finished bottom of the table, but the newly named Red Devils have brought in a number of new players and reveal their hopes for 2014.


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