Action and analysis from the final round of Super League. Including: Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls and Hull FC v St Helens.
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Hello, the curtain has come down on Super League's regular season for
2013. The top eight teams are heading for the play-offs, the rest
are heading for their holidays. Leeds' Danny McGuire and the former
St Helens coach Ian Millward have checked in to see how everyone got
on in the final round of matches. Some were playing for position,
others were playing for pride. Here's what's coming up. It is a
grand finale to the regular season and block buster closing for Wigan
and Leeds. Warrington are looking for a repeat of formance at Catalan.
And the league-leading part in town for the final fixture for the
Bradford will. 15 years ago Wigan and Leeds played in the very first
Grand Final at Old Trafford, and they're amongst the favourites to
return there next month. The Warriors and Rhinos met on Thursday
knowing they'd finish third and fourth in the table, but in which
order? Dave Woods was watching. They are still juggling for third and
fourth place. We can hold it at the moment. But they will be looking for
a win and get some form in the league before the play-offs begin
next week. Leeds will be pretty happy with the way it is going at
the moment. Getting some of their injured players back. And they will
be fresh for an assault on the defence of their title.
Carl Ablett, has he got this all down? The referee is asking for the
double movement here. The ball hits the ground short and then he reaches
out so it will be a double movement. Now try and a penalty for
Wigan. Ben Jones-Bishop with the
interception! It has been tough for 23 minutes but suddenly a superb try
by Ben Jones-Bishop. He read it well. A long reach of the arm and
then the legs hopped in quickly and even the chasing Sam Tomkins was not
going to get there. And Pat Richards is away! And two
minutes before the break, we can have their score. Level again, with
a kick to come. It has been an intense battle tonight.
And Carl Ablett scores the tri-! He had one ruled out in the first half
and not this time. Joel Moon was the creator here. Just when it seemed
that the move had ended, branding into a cul-de-sac of defenders, he
flicked it away and Carl Abbott did the rest. -- Carl Ablett.
Joel Moon for the corner! Has he managed to squeeze over? Too tight
for the naked eye so the video replay is required. It looks OK from
the front, what about the back post your mark -- from the back? He
created one earlier for Carl applet. -- Carl Ablett.
Peacock has had an immense night here again tonight. Rolling back
years, as he seems to every week. Watkins scores! Kallum Watkins. The
referee is asking a question. Was there interferes on Pat Richards? It
looks more like Pat Richards trying to lock of the run of Ben
Jones-Bishop. -- blog the run. It is two tries in five minutes that have
the leads in absolute control. They are going to win this game and
finish third in the league. You must be pretty happy with the win and
where the team is at this stage in the season. Wigan is or is a tough
place to go and get the win so we were very pleased. It was a very
intense game. It was my second game back from injury and a bit of a
shock to the system that we are pleased with how we have come
through it. Do you feel everybody starting to see you step up at this
time of year? That is the plan. You know that the play-offs around the
corner and it is the right to hit top gear. That performance gave us a
lot of confidence. We have to get Warrington, which is another massive
away from home. It is a big challenge but something we have
coped with in the past. On the flip side, their league form has really
get. On our first show we talked about where Wigan would finish. We
said if they could finish in the top for it would be an outstanding
achievement. They lost a great front row. Their experience Centre. Citing
they have done very well. When you play young guys there for long
periods they do well early on. It takes a lot out of them at the back
end of the year. The Challenge Cup takes a lot out of you. And they
have missed some keep players. -- keep players. I think Shaun Wane has
done a good job. I did not think they could finish in the top three.
I think where they have finishes well I thought they would be. Epic
for you, yet again, Jamie Peacock. Does he have your bed, not year? He
cannot have my vote, because you cannot vote for your own players. On
3090 was unbelievable and he has been like that all season. --
Thursday night. If you're looking for an man of steel, you do not need
to look any further than Jamie Peacock. And even more impressive
against the backdrop of his father being so unwell and dying on Friday.
He showed his commitment to the cause. He drove across Aberdeen and
outstanding formance. It has been outstanding. Mike to favourite
players have been Ben Westwood from Warrington and Jamie Peacock. There
-- the reason is their ability to lift other players. They have that
aggressive strike about them where they can hit just as hard at the
back end of the game. I do have a soft spot for Jamie because I think
he is a real inspiration to people in the game. It's not too long since
there were doubts about St Helens making the play-offs. They've been
pretty impressive in recent weeks, though, and were all over Hull on
Friday. They are confident they can do something in the play-offs.
History says she can win it from fifth position. We go back to that
Challenge Cup syndrome. Hull got beaten. Next week, they have two
win, they go to Wigan to make the play-offs. So I think emotionally,
this third week was training. The Saints have been on a really good
role. They have had the younger players over the last couple of
years that have been able to blend in. But there are important players
are starting to come back. And the coach saying that they are learning
to play with Manu as well. They are. I think they are a team that can
make the final from where they are. They are in form. I think the big
problem for whole is that they have got to sit back as seen, where their
squad is out. It is lovely stuff, isn't it? It is a great try. St
Helen's were struck by injuries a little bit and they had to call upon
the young players. It was great experience for the young guys, but
it is coming into the play-offs and coming into the big games and you
need your experienced players around. John Wilkins has been very
good this year. There could be a real threat in the play-offs.
You have had to deal with coming back from a Challenge Cup defeat.
How deep do you have to dig? Losing a final is never good and you really
put a lot into that and it does take you a few weeks to get over it. Hull
are probably feeling tired and you know, it could be a tough play-off
run. They need Gareth Ellis back on the field. He is a key player. I
think it will be tough for Hull. They have almost gone under the
radar? We were talking about were they gelling with Nathan Brown. They
have got a lot of young guys. I really do believe they will be a
force. That sorts out the top five places
in the table. Let's get a check on the finishing form with the rest of
the clubs dm -- in the Super League. Warrington are the visitors to the
south of France. It is out with the old for the City
Reds. And closing time, all the best
moments from the rest of the matches in round 27.
Some of the worst kept secrets in rugby league were confirmed last
week when Salford revealed 12 new signings for 2013. The club will
have a new name next year when Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock and Tim Smith
will be at the club. It is all change at Salford. The
City Reds began 2012 in a new stadium and in 2013 have been under
new management. Looking to rebuild from the bottom on and off the
field. On Thursday, the club revealed a new
identity. The Salford Red Devils with fighting talk from the top.
Other big clubs came to our club and took the best talent have gone.
I want to take the club somewhere and I just wanted to be part of
that. With a few of the players that were coming that you heard of, you
want to be part of something fresh and new and that's what it is. I'm
just looking forward to being around these blokes and just building, you
know, relationships on and off the field and making friends.
Quite a few people laughed at us early in the season when we went for
the very big names. But it was not a publicity stunt. I wanted to send
that message straightaway. That's what we are go about and people have
started believing in this message, but today is delivering on the
promises or starting to deliver on the promises I made to the fans back
at the end of January. Next year is going to be a very exciting time for
us. There is just a massive buzz and there is a lot of players I know
here anyway and that's one of the reasons I came and I'm really
excited. The ones who have signed up are
really impressive. I have an idea of who we would like to play next year
and we have the personnel to do that. I'm not going to throw
everything away to play Fiji-type rugby and in many respects the
better teams are the ones that can defend to the best of their
abilities that do or die type of stuff. I'm clear in what I want to
achieve and con he canning the players, it will take a while for
them to get together. We still have room within the club.
I believe there will be one or two more players still to come.
Danny, looking on from the outside, what do you make of what is
happening at Salford? I think it is great for the game. I think he has
come in and like we were just talking about, the publicity that he
has brought to the game has been great for the game and he talked
about signings and Rangi Chase, Tim Smith, Adrian Morley, international
players, great players as well and he is building a team. He is
serious. He is very serious and it will be interesting to see how they
go next season and they have the makings of a great team.
What do you make of the signings and there will be mo are? Oh, Brian has
done a great job. First of all, he had to get some experience. He got
that. Adrian Morley and you look at his back row.
Hock is world-class. Junior Sa'u is a very powerful
player. He will be ideal for here. So they have got the mix right.
I think he bought really well and someone asked, they asked do you
reckon it will take a while for them to gel? Brian will be loving it.
They are good quality players and they will make a big impact on the
Super League. And Smith and Chase in the middle
will be the key? That's the interesting bit. Tim Smith is
dominating. He gets the ball when he wants. He is the person that
Wakefield mrartion look to dictate play and Rangi Chase at Castleford
everything comes through him. It will be interesting to see how their
dynamics work. Are you insin waiting they are going
to play with two rugby league balls? They will probably need it. That
will be interesting to see how their combinations work. Well, Salford's
last game was against an inform whiched whiched and the Vikings
spoiled the party for Salford, didn't they? Whiched whiched had a
descent season. They are not one of the biggest squads. I like some of
the young players they have got and they finished the season on a high.
Yeah, I think they are looking good. They have progressed the last few
seasons and they are improving and I think they missed Kevin Brown for a
vital part of the season and he was key to their form at the back end.
I was just going to say, you look at all Super League teams, when Hock
has been out, you think what does he bring? He brings size. At the start
of the year, they would have earmarked 20 points, 22, it is an
improvement on last year. It has been fantastic, but it just shows
again the inability of some teams once they lose key players to
function. We are about to see a lovely moment.
Did you know that Gareth Hock had this in his arsenal as well? That's
not an easy kick. He could shut his eyes and hope for the best! I reckon
someone said, " You can open your eyes, Gareth." He is moving on, but
he has been great. He is a really good player.
That's why he will play for England in the World Cup and give them an
advantage. Danny has to defend on an edge and they want to run big blokes
like him. Gareth Hock has size and physicality and he has been good.
Salford's defeat gave London a chance to well.
London have won their last two games and there is speculation behind the
scenes where they will be next year. Once a team lose, they are play
makers and the people who organise attack and they had both out. Even
though they went upfront 18-0 they didn't have the people that could
control the game and continue with the momentum and London were
desperate. They had people retiring like Mark Bryant. They wanted to get
off the bottom. I think Hull KR ran out of troops and they had more
quality and desire, London. Brown is another one who came
through the ranks. He got a hat-trick. They are developing
players, but the sad thing is they can't develop fans or an interest,
but they have a good network and they have a good organisation to
develop players and you know, that's the thing that keeps them alive in
rugby league at the moment. But they are getting head-hunted by people up
north now. You look at London. You fear that,
if you get a group that can come through together? They have done
fantastic things. Louis McCarthy were the first ones to come through
and set the standard and they keep developing players that are good
athletes. I really like Kieron Dixon on the wing. He could do a real good
job. You know, I have a mixed views on London. It is tough to go there
and the fans, they don't get a massive crowd.
It is hard. It is probably for another day a chat about London, but
you can't argue with the London based players they have brought
through. Their future is up in the air. Talks
are ongoing and they are making staff redundant to make it a better
proposition to buy. The noises coming out are they will be in Super
League next year. It looks like they will do a deal with barnet FC. They
have a handful of players left and a coach and a CEO and that's it.
Catalan were hoping Saturday's match down. We don't want to see a team
Catalan were hoping Saturday's match against Warrington wouldn't be their
final home game of 3013. Well, it is a Guard of Honour for
two mans who maybe bowing out. Catalan are hoping for another home
game, but they need to win or draw against this Warrington side tonight
who will finish second. A test in rain for both these sides
tonight. It has been raining heavily throughout the afternoon.
Oh, that's quick. And here is a chance for for Ryhs Evans. A video
referee is being called in to see if he had a foot in touch here, Rhys
Evans. And that would suggest he has got
there before he goes over the line. So an opening try for Warrington.
They used the conditions especially at the end here and Evans sliding
over. It was a good try. And westwood, well as he got the
touch down here, Ben westwood doesn't look over sure. The referee
is certainly far from confident. Now does he manage to touch this
down? Not clear from that angle. How about this? Well, that suggests it
is. It has been ruled. No try. So Warrington denied.
The rain continuing to fall here. There was a collision there. The
referee says play on. They are complaining, I think, here about the
obstruction. Is that obstruction?
Or is it allowed to play on? The referee said play on.
Warrington have their second. Was there a knock on from Ben Westwood
as he tried to pick it up? Well, clearly referee and video referee
say no so it is a try. The third try before the break would
surely put Warrington in control here. Oh, it is intercepted. Now
Evans is chasing after him. And just before the break the French side are
back in this game. Well, they know how important this
moment will surely be. A really important try that.
Never likely to be an open flowing game given the conditions.
The touchdown is clean and Catalan are suddenly in position to give
themselves a home game in the play-offs. Steve Menzies is the hero
of the hour. What the moment and what a turnaround in the game. They
were trailing by ten but now Catalan have the chance to lead.
Reilly in the corner and Warrington are back in the lead! A superb pass
from Hodgson. As it stands, Warrington finished
second at Catalan finishing seventh. Just under ten minutes left to play
here. Westwood has come in and the penalty is given. And a penalty mind
do. It was rather clumsy from the Warrington man and a clear penalty.
He's missed it! And with that Miss, it might be the end of Catalan hopes
of a final home game. It seems Warrington are already in
play-off mode. Warrington the like they have played at half came there
and I saw some comments that Tony Smith made about it being a play-off
type game with lots of kicking and good defence. To get Catalan and get
the win they will be pleased. Looking forward to playing them next
week? Yes, I was enjoy playing Warrington, they are a good team and
we have had some good tussles with them in recent years. It turned out
to be the final home game in the wonderful career of Steve Menzies.
He has been magnificent. He scored more tries than any NRL forward, and
spent more tries for his club than any other. If you are as trout -- a
scout for a coach and you are going to game recruiting, if he did not
know how old he was, you try to sign him tomorrow. That is a great clip
from Adrian, warrior who respects another warrior. He is very calm
headed and players love being around him. They are the great people in
our game that we need to keep. How do you feel that Laurent Frayssinous
has done in his first season in charge? I think he has done a great
job. He has had many players out for long periods drawing the year. The
way he has presented himself has been well. He has conducted himself
in interviews and has knock-off flustered. I think they can do to
halt with confidence. They played you guys to week before, they have
played Warrington, I think they are ready to beat Hull. You get the
feeling that whole have set their stall out to get back to the Grand
Final. Obviously they are determined, losing the Grand Final,
it is not the best feeling. There are a few players leaving at the end
of the season and they will be pretty determined. But the seven
other teams up Robbie just as determined. That is the excitement
of the play-offs. I cannot wait for your cane next week! Try telling the
supporters of Wakefield and Castleford that there was nothing to
play for in their derby match on Sunday. It was the third meeting
between the teams this season, and with one win apiece so far, this
turned into a classic battle for bragging rights. Both sides were
anxious to allow their own supporters to end the season 's top
dogs by recording a win. Wakefield will be happy with you not have to
off-load to many more players. Castleford's winger raced for the
first of four tries of the afternoon. The visitors were ten
points to the good. It gave Tigers fans a taste of what they will find
hard to replace next season. 40 minutes gone in the first half.
Wakefield make a break and Frankie Mariano scores!
A huge gap for James Clare. It is one of the biggest overlaps I think
you will ever see. A brilliant tackle from ten metres.
And they score to the left of the post!
What a try from Frankie Mariano! Second the afternoon.
James Clare completed his hat-trick to edge in front again. And Kyle
Trout will send Wakefield into the lead! Wakefield extended their lead
early in the second half. Liam Kay went over, on course for his first
Super League hat-trick. Weller Hauraki, back from the sin-bin,
reduced the deficit down to two points.
Ali Lauitiiti has levelled the game!
It was tainted Lee Smith to win the game but his kick hit the upright so
the spoils with a shared. But would they?
Liam Kay to win the game! And he has! His hat-trick has won the game
for the Wakefield Wildcats! That was quite some performance from
Wakefield given the backdrop of all the financial worries and not know
what their futures are. the financial worries and not know
what They have had a tough few weeks and to come out of but the
performance in a game that is not really mean anything, both teams not
going for the play-offs and no relegation. You can see their that
both teams were going hell for leather trying to get the win.
Wakefield stash it in that last minute in exciting circumstances. A
lot of credit has to go to the players. For Castleford that was it
for Rangi Chase, very special player. Had you play some online
that? You're not going to play someone with that skill. He brings
something to the game which is unpredictable and which unlocks
defences. You talk about foot or players are training, I have seen in
deep tricks are training where you go wow, unbelievable. They may have
to change the style of play to adapt to new people. He has given great
service to Castleford he does not need there aren't any bad terms.
Huddersfield had already secured pole position for the play-offs, the
League Leaders were at Bradford on Saturday night, Paul Anderson rang
the changes, so this result was no surprise. There has been a bit of
criticism about Huddersfield's team, but my opinion is they have earned
the right to rest the players. I have no issues with that. It gives
the youngsters an opportunity. Although Bradford played pretty well
and won convincingly I think it is good experience for their young
players. I imagine the young lads will gain a lot of experience.
Perhaps not the best game to have on television. I endorse everything
Danny says there. I have done it that many times! At the end of the
day, you start training in November and you set goals. One would be to
be the most consistent team, and they have done that. That has been
then begin treatment. And imagine if they said would be great if we could
Super League. He has gone to his chairman and size this is a heavy
trade and we played Thursday, , I think this is the best way to
prepare to win the trophy. The chairman says, I have faith in you,
and that is the way it is. The fans have to understand that they are at
Old Trafford and picking that trophy, and creating history,
trophies mean a lot, they create 1's own great legacies. A quick word
about Bradford. They needed a win to send their season off, times it has
been disappointing. They are on a really good run. All the uncertainty
about what happened at the end of last season with Bradford and still
going on today. I think they have done a good job. They had a bad
patch in the middle part of the season but I think it has been a
pretty positive season. In turn the squad they probably like if you
players. Jarrod Sammut has been an exciting player. Yes, he has been
very good for Bradford. I think when they look back on the season they
will probably think they have not done too bad. Super League needs
Bradford to be strong. They are recruiting for next year.
done too bad. Super League needs Bradford to be strong. They are They
have got a new owner who has been very supportive. They will improve.
So, 189 games have been played over the course of the last
seven-and-a-half months. Let's get a final check on where everyone
finished in the Super League table. The play-off places are occupy seven
of the teams who are there in 2012. Salford got a two point penalty for
fielding 14 players against Castleford. You can follow the
play-offs all the way to the Grand Final with highlights on BBC Two
every Sunday tea-time. Join us for the best members of the first round
matches. Danny, you're geared up and ready for the play-offs? Yes, it is
what you look forward to, these deep, intense games. Everyone is
looking forward to it. Who is going to be in the Grand Final? I think
the two best teams are deleted and white and I think they will have two
play each other twice. I will go for Warrington. You don't sit on the
fence! I think leads are better equipped than last year. And you
will just echo what he says! Apart from Warrington winning! That's it
for this week, and indeed for the season as far as the Super League
Show is concerned. My thanks to Danny, Ian and everyone else who has
contributed over the course of the series. We'll be back in February,
and leave you with some of Super League's defining images of 2013.
The final round of Super League before the drama of the play-offs sees Wigan Warriors take on Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants travel to neighbours Bradford Bulls and Hull FC entertain St Helens. Tanya Arnold presents all the action and analysis.