Highlights and analysis from the latest round of matches in the Super League. Including Huddersfield v Wigan, Hull KR v Hull FC, Wakefield v Warrington and St Helens v London.
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start of the play-offs, there are all sorts of issues to be decided.
We'll find out how all the clubs are shaping up, and for some forward
thinking we have two from the top. It has been a big weekend for the
leading clubs. Here is what is coming up.
The men in black top of the bill. It is first against second. Salford are
already alert for the visit of champions Leeds. And when push comes
to shove, the fight for bragging Just one point separated the top
three teams in Super League at the start of the weekend. The race for
the League Leaders Shield has rarely been this tight, but was likely to
loosen a little on Friday when the top two, Huddersfield and Wigan,
went head to head. Dave Woods was a long way to determining who
finishes top of the table in 2013. Andy Gregory with the Huddersfield
Giants of today, and some of the great names in Wigan's history
providing the guard of honour for the Wigan stars of today, hoping to
reclaim that top spot in the Super League table. A very good crowd here
today as well. Wigan, without three Huddersfield. Their staying power
questioned all season but close to the finishing line, they are still
but they are being tested, they are look. Little doubt that he prevented
the touchdown from there on in. It dropped on by Sam Powell. They are
going to have a look again. The video referee called into action.
The first question is offside, but Josh Charnley seems to be onside. If
he touched it, it went backwards. It might have come off a Huddersfield
hand, Powell can't believe his luck, with a solid enough touchdown, that
is confirmed, Wigan have the opening are going to have to wait. Offside
is the question again. Murphy is quite clearly on. It is a clean
enough catch and pick up, and a clean enough touchdown. It will be
Josh Charnley scoots away for an absolutely fabulous try! He has
scored plenty this season and plenty of those have been at the end of
some fantastic work on the inside. This was all down to his skills, his
powers of evasion and his speed at the end for a very memorable
touchdown. And they love it. He would have been proud of that, Billy
A little bit of entanglement. It will be a penalty for Huddersfield
here. He has to roll away, but the might of those Wigan defenders,
claim it! And it is given. Sheer determination from the second row
forward. Robinson involved, it might have been a forward pass, you know.
Have a look again at this. It is not going to alter the decision, it is a
forward pass, but Ferris did not in the ascendancy now. Well, he had
to try something creative here. The original creative kit came to
naught, but he caught it and scored concede another try, you would have
efforts of Josh Charnley, he has got it down, and the try is scored in
the end. It took some determination, attracting two defenders to him.
and claims the score. The referee again is asking the video referee to
have a look at this. Does he have control of the ball as he reaches
out over the line or has it come loose? It might have come loose. And
it is no try. It is the Huddersfield supporters who have their moment of
can see that it was. There has been some controversy, about shoulder
charges. Paul Anderson says, let's go for the two. It is just a matter
of eating of these extra seconds. It has been a fabulous night for the
Huddersfield Giants. Stand up for the league leaders!
Wigan, with a lot of yards to cover, but they are already celebrating
here. I think that will be the last act, I don't think they will have
time. The hooter sounds, and Huddersfield Giants with a huge
scalp. That might be one hand on the confidence, that you can come
through, against a team like Wigan? It was pretty big for us, we have
been in some big games this season I am sat next to a good friend of
mine. They always get a number on us, it is disappointing. We knew we
had to deliver in this game and change our mentality to give
ourselves a chance and fortunately for us, we stood up on Friday night.
Was there some talking after the Challenge Cup defeat? We went into
the game knowing that if we went into the right things, we would have
a chance but when we went into it, it all went out of the window. A
little bit of inexperience, we got the lead around. -- we got bullied
around. That is what was disappointed, we knew we had to
change our mentality to get through this game and we showed our intent
from the kick-off. We knew we were going to give them a game
straightaway and after half-time we could see getting closer and closer.
You looked like you were enjoying yourselves out there, there were
some nice tries. Some fantastic players, that is the good thing.
Even when Danny isn't putting in the best kicks, Scott comes up with
something magical. He was my man of the match by a long stretch. And
Aaron Murphy, he does well to finish this. You thought he would get
dragged over, but he didn't. Wigan had key names missing. They have
lost a few games of late. The last years, they have been the most
consistent side. I do not think there is any panic, it was a case of
Huddersfield playing well on the night. He will get his superstars
back soon. They will be a force to be reckoned with. Josh Charnley,
30th try of the season. His ratio of tries per games is incredible. This
try, not many players could have scored this. Evasion. There was a
nice swan dive. When you play them, you have to keep an eye on him.
Looking good for the World Cup? was fantastic. The Super League
season, it has been especially good with youngsters coming through with
people stepping on to the mark. Putting their name forward for the
World Cup. It is exciting to see. And for the rest of the regular
season, focusing on each game and to get the shield. We have been going
one game at a time. We have three tough games now. History will prove
these are the games we would lose. People are waiting for us to taper
off. We have not done it yet, we do not intend to. It is in an our
hands, the League Leaders Shield. We have not achieved anything that we
would have liked to have done, and we are desperate for that. Plenty of
attention then on Wigan and Huddersfield, but Warrington
continue to breathe right down the necks of the top two, you played
Wakefield on Saturday. You played Wakefield, what was your
verdict? Scrappy. It showed in the performance when Garth pulled out.
We were lucky to go in at half-time winning. We just did enough. We did
not really excel. I don't either coach was particularly happy. It was
two points. We keep the pressure on Huddersfield. We would like the
shield ourselves. It is great Huddersfield are there. Not just the
usual suspects. We would like to overtake them, but it is great they
are there. What did you make of Wakefield? They needed to win. They
had a good run. Last year, they timed their runs great. This year,
it looked like it would be the same with the play-offs. Being pipped by
two points here and four points there. It is a tough place to go to
Warrington, and get a result. have got your own superstar winger.
His tries ratio to games is fantastic. Two He has signed an
extension. Wakefield, I think their season has gone in terms of making
the play-offs. A few injured. Should everybody be back soon? He had a
recurrence of his knee problem. It does not look good for him, Richard.
I should be back, this Thursday would be too soon, but the week
after Wembley. I think Ryan Atkins is back at the same time. We are
looking healthy and good at the moment.
So it continues to be tight at the top, but let's find out how the rest
of the Super League Clubs got on at play-off points with a Hull derby at
Craven Park. It is friends reunited at Salford. Could they produce a
Super League surprise? And the best of the rest. Tries and more besides
Back to back wins against Hull and Wakefield had pulled Bradford to
within striking distance of the play-off places. The Bulls were
looking for a third consecutive victory when Catalan were there on
Sunday, and they got off to a flying start. They got off to a flyer. This
is a strange game. You expect Bradford Bulls to come away with a
victory because Catalan have been so poor recently. Playing against
ourselves, they seemed at sea. They were not cohesive. They did not seem
to have the passion. Bradford, 18-4 at half-time, which is ridiculous.
There should be no getting back from there, but Catalans put in decent
performances and got tries and got confidence. Scoring lovely tries.
They looked comfortable, in charge, but they seem to switch off. Right
at the end of the game. Catalan came back into it. Leon Pryce showing
skill. Webb coming back. Bradford looked in control. It looked like
they would go on to win it. It is a great result. When you look at
Catalan and their form, and did you think they could come back? They are
not in great form. This sport is about momentum and form and the way
they came back, being beaten by the scoreline, it was a fantastic
achievement and it will give them hope to get back to that. It was
D-day for the Hull clubs who met for the third time this season, with one
win apiece from their two meetings so far. The Black and Whites are
heading to Wembley of course, but could they keep up with their local
rivals in the play-off race? Dave going at each other's throats for
a punch up before this match and it is threatening to boil over here.
The referee has control. Just. Some self-policing going on. This is the
the advertising hoardings went over. It is a yellow card and Hodgson is
sin-binned. Both sides down to 12. wherewithal to catch it again.
the advantage play. Briscoe gets under way. That was a good off-load.
Miller reaches. He will claim the Arundel picked it up cleanly. It
getting their name on the decided a penalty to Hull Kingston
Rovers. They go for the two points. A chance for Dobson. A half-time
referee is looking for the potential penalty try. That went backwards. He
grabbed hold. Did he stop him scoring a certain try? The referee
has given a penalty try. Without doubt, he tackled a man without the
Intercepted by Whiting. He is not blessed with the greatest speed. He
has found support. Shaul scores. The length of the field. The second try
in six minutes. They seem to have grabbed the game by the scruff of
Arundel, he went on the inside between two defenders. Hull Kingston
Rovers have not had their hands on the ball. Between these two scores.
In the space of those minutes, surely putting themselves well in
Walker. Over the line. They are not giving up. There is a hint of a
possibility of Hull Kingston Rovers They claimed it was forward.
Whiting. His 200th Super League appearance today. That will not
please the Hull Kingston Rovers touches down. The grounding was
fine. He is clearly onside. And the try is given.
It has not been their day, Hull The last seconds of the game. But
Travis Burns is sin-binned. The hooter has sounded. The final
successful kick. That was a Hull FC lip -- leapfrog their
result like that? We spoke about momentum and form and it was
important they put in good performances before Wembley. That
will have done their confidence good to beat a team of that quality.
the downside, it looked like a nasty injury for Tom Lynam. He has been a
shining light and one of the standout players in super league. It
is a shame to see him pick up a knock like that. I think that game
lacked a bit of intensity. Those fights, really most intense part of
them. Hull KR have picked up the odd injury, how do you see them towards
the end of the season? They are very dangerous still. They are not a team
with strength in depth so when you do get players injured, it they do
struggle. When they get the full quota on the field fit and healthy
they are a match for anyone. They beat us this year, whoever gets them
will be in for a tough game. You have to go back to the 27th of
April for the last time London celebrated a Super League win, that
was against St Helens at the Stoop. It was the return fixture on Friday,
and a different result this time. I thought after their humiliating
defeat in the Challenge Cup semifinal, they showed a real
improved performance against Leeds now, some of the form throughout the
year, this is a bit of a result for London, really. But they are
struggling at the minute, struggling to compete with teams, it is not the
end of the world for them but they will want to be finishing the season
with a lot more pride in their jersey. Saints almost going under
the radar with all the problems they had, beginning to play really well.
They have won six or seven on the bounce now, people aren't talking
about them but they seem to have brought the youngsters through, they
have persevered with them, there are so many injuries but they have made
sure they get the lads into the team nice and early, get a bit of
experience and coming into the back end, they are looking pretty
dangerous. They are a threat to anyone. We have a new team-mate of
yours coming up in a minute, he has been a fantastic winger, Francis
Meli. Fantastic winger, very strong, he will be a great asset to the
than a trip to Greater Manchester. Not only have the Champions made Old
Trafford their second home in recent seasons, but they've not lost at
Salford for 20 years. The City Reds are expecting some big changes over
the winter, but with two home games to go, were hoping to go out with a
bang in 2013. There have been a lot of good things happening off the
field and particularly on it, we struggled last week but in the
second half, some really positive signs.
Our form hasn't been that bad, we snatched defeat from the jaws of
victory once, but some of the pennies are starting to drop.
Considering the team we were left with after the players left, we have
had an average season, I think. We can't talk on next season yet
because they're not letting us know until after the last game who they
are signing for next year. We have announced the signing of
three quality players, we have already signed four more, and I'm
looking forward to signing. We are in the process of chasing three
world-class players, should I get one or two of them, anything is
possible. What comes in, comes in. There is no
point trying to bust your salary cap, because it can't be done on two
players. Experience with youth makes a good match.
I think we're going in the right direction now, definitely.
I think the injuries we have had, the young lads we have, we have done
brilliantly. It is looking good for the future, there are good lads
coming through. Make one or two signings for next year and we will
finish top. The young ones are good, they are
going to give the older ones are run for their money but there are still
a lot of life left. We are playing a champion team
tonight, they turn up at the right times of the year, they have some
real quality around their best players, a slightly different
challenge to the Catalan challenge. We are looking forward to it.
It was a landmark evening for Kevin Sinfield, making his 400th Super
Leeds are through with Sutcliffe. He dummies to his left, passes to
Watkins who will score on the left-hand side, right in the corner.
Great try for the Leeds Rhinos. Leeds upped a gear and went ahead.
He will go over in the corner, he took the pass from Watkins, and
Hardacre has increased the Leeds Having spent much of the first half
in Leeds territory, Salford finally got some reward with Gibson pouncing
on an error to give the home fans hope. However, Leeds responded with
a trademark try. Borrow with the try, half an hour.
He was at the centre of things again before half-time, giving the score a
one-sided look that didn't reflect Salford's battling performance. He
scores the first try of the second half for the Leeds Rhinos. They are
definitely going to win this one now. Salford kept going and got some
reward ten minutes into the second half. Gaskell scored the outstanding
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when this move broke down, they were Midway between the right-hand
touchline and the posts. Leeds have scored again, 34-10 they lead.
Salford still refused to buckle, and this exchange of passes saw the
young French scrum-half dart through to score, but the last word went to
Leeds. a bit, but they have world-class
players and when it got difficult, they showed up and made game
breaking play. Reid puts a lopsided effect on the scoreline because I
thought we completed the long periods and were threatening
ourselves, just didn't quite have the arsenal they had. -- it probably
puts a lopsided effect on the scoreline. We made the gap probably
a bit bigger than I thought it should have been on the night.
The most pleasing thing for me was our defence. We had to repel a fair
amount of Salford's attack, they can score some tries, I thought some of
their players were pretty good, and Gaskell at the back terrorises a
bit. We had to come up with the goods defensively. When asked those
questions, we had to come up with some stuff offensively. That is
where we fell down a bit. Some well worked tries, some athletic tries as
well, some of our athletes get given the ball in some areas of the field,
they come up with special stuff. We can't rely on that. I like to think
we would come up with one or two of those towards the back end of the
year. If we can come up with them in home for next season? No, I didn't.
It has been a dream of mine to represent my hometown as a
professional. I didn't think it was going to happen in my career but the
timing was right, I have the opportunity next year so I'm
excited. It must be exciting hearing the names that are being linked with
the club. They will be very competitive next year. I still have
a couple of commitments, but when I have played my final game, I am sure
I will get really excited. You are one of the names I haven't heard
linked? I think he has lost my number! I sure he has it locked away
somewhere. Is it exciting seeing a club building? Super League could do
with Salford being a stronghold again. It is very similar to
Warrington's turnaround, when they got the new stadium, they got
increased attendances, they are a powerhouse now, so Salford could be
the next Warrington, but everything is all set up. It just needs a
competitive team, I am sure the spectators will come back and it
could be anything. Finally this week it's Widnes
against Castleford, not a huge amount to play for in this one, but
plenty of tries. Not one for people who are experts in different! --
People falling off tackles, not the prettiest game in the world. That
was disappointing, but it is good to see a few decent tries along the
way. But it just seems like it is last-ditch efforts, they weren't
interested in them. Not having relegations, there is not that much
to fight for, and teams are a little bit too happy for my liking just to
get through the games and not put too much emphasis on it. You want
intense games throughout the season, to make it really interesting. You
want to see teams battling for everything. Work on defence is going
to be crucial, you can't lose this many tries. I don't need to be too
disrespectful, because both sides haven't got much to fight for, but
you would expect a little bit better from both teams. If you haven't got
anything, then what is the point? Next year, if you want to achieve
something, defences can't be like this.
Gareth Hock is a player who is exceptional on his day. World-class
player. He has had his troubles over the past few years, but when the
performance is like this, you have to say he will have to be in Steve
McNamara's plans. Whenever he has played he has been outstanding.
Widnes got themselves back in front. Dennis Best said they crumbled
mentally. To score 38, you think that be enough to win any game, but
it has been their problem all year. -- you think that would be enough.
They can score points but they also let in a lot, same with Castleford,
really. They can score points, but they have been letting into many
themselves. It wasn't a classic game in terms of the defensive efforts by
some great tries on show and some good skill. And Widnes have a
turnaround for Thursday night as well. You would like to think this
one would be a bit tighter. Warrington will be expecting to come
away with a victory, you can't blame them, especially after seeing
performances like this, but this is where it can be troublesome, where
you think you have got a team who come up with a team who make it
difficult for you. Sometimes the lower teams cause you trouble. I'm
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Salford but you have been linked with going down under, are you
going? Not yet, although the sunshine does sound appealing. I
have a couple of years at Huddersfield. Would it appeal to
you? It would appeal to any Super League player, a rugby player, these
are the things you want to do, it is about life experience and why not?
Tanya Arnold presents highlights and analysis from the latest round of matches in the Super League. Two of the title contenders go head-to-head as Huddersfield travel to Wigan, and one of the most anticipated derbies of the season comes around again as Hull KR host Hull FC. Elsewhere, Wakefield are away to Warrington and St Helens face London at Langtree Park.