Episode 28 Super League Show


Episode 28

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 Public Accounts Committee sa

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Hello, the curtain has come down on Super League's regular season for

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2013. The top eight teams are heading for the play-offs, the rest

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are heading for their holidays. Leeds' Danny McGuire and the former

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St Helens coach Ian Millward have checked in to see how everyone got

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on in the final round of matches. Some were playing for position,

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others were playing for pride. Here's what's coming up. It is a

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grand finale to the regular season and block buster closing for Wigan

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and Leeds. Warrington are looking for a repeat of formance at Catalan.

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And the league-leading part in town for the final fixture for the

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Bradford will. 15 years ago Wigan and Leeds played in the very first

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Grand Final at Old Trafford, and they're amongst the favourites to

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return there next month. The Warriors and Rhinos met on Thursday

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knowing they'd finish third and fourth in the table, but in which

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order? Dave Woods was watching. They are still juggling for third and

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fourth place. We can hold it at the moment. But they will be looking for

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a win and get some form in the league before the play-offs begin

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next week. Leeds will be pretty happy with the way it is going at

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the moment. Getting some of their injured players back. And they will

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be fresh for an assault on the defence of their title.

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Carl Ablett, has he got this all down? The referee is asking for the

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double movement here. The ball hits the ground short and then he reaches

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out so it will be a double movement. Now try and a penalty for

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Wigan. Ben Jones-Bishop with the

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interception! It has been tough for 23 minutes but suddenly a superb try

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by Ben Jones-Bishop. He read it well. A long reach of the arm and

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then the legs hopped in quickly and even the chasing Sam Tomkins was not

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going to get there. And Pat Richards is away! And two

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minutes before the break, we can have their score. Level again, with

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a kick to come. It has been an intense battle tonight.

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And Carl Ablett scores the tri-! He had one ruled out in the first half

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and not this time. Joel Moon was the creator here. Just when it seemed

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that the move had ended, branding into a cul-de-sac of defenders, he

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flicked it away and Carl Abbott did the rest. -- Carl Ablett.

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Joel Moon for the corner! Has he managed to squeeze over? Too tight

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for the naked eye so the video replay is required. It looks OK from

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the front, what about the back post your mark -- from the back? He

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created one earlier for Carl applet. -- Carl Ablett.

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Peacock has had an immense night here again tonight. Rolling back

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years, as he seems to every week. Watkins scores! Kallum Watkins. The

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referee is asking a question. Was there interferes on Pat Richards? It

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looks more like Pat Richards trying to lock of the run of Ben

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Jones-Bishop. -- blog the run. It is two tries in five minutes that have

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the leads in absolute control. They are going to win this game and

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finish third in the league. You must be pretty happy with the win and

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where the team is at this stage in the season. Wigan is or is a tough

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place to go and get the win so we were very pleased. It was a very

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intense game. It was my second game back from injury and a bit of a

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shock to the system that we are pleased with how we have come

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through it. Do you feel everybody starting to see you step up at this

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time of year? That is the plan. You know that the play-offs around the

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corner and it is the right to hit top gear. That performance gave us a

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lot of confidence. We have to get Warrington, which is another massive

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away from home. It is a big challenge but something we have

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coped with in the past. On the flip side, their league form has really

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get. On our first show we talked about where Wigan would finish. We

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said if they could finish in the top for it would be an outstanding

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achievement. They lost a great front row. Their experience Centre. Citing

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they have done very well. When you play young guys there for long

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periods they do well early on. It takes a lot out of them at the back

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end of the year. The Challenge Cup takes a lot out of you. And they

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have missed some keep players. -- keep players. I think Shaun Wane has

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done a good job. I did not think they could finish in the top three.

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I think where they have finishes well I thought they would be. Epic

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for you, yet again, Jamie Peacock. Does he have your bed, not year? He

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cannot have my vote, because you cannot vote for your own players. On

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3090 was unbelievable and he has been like that all season. --

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Thursday night. If you're looking for an man of steel, you do not need

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to look any further than Jamie Peacock. And even more impressive

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against the backdrop of his father being so unwell and dying on Friday.

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He showed his commitment to the cause. He drove across Aberdeen and

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outstanding formance. It has been outstanding. Mike to favourite

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players have been Ben Westwood from Warrington and Jamie Peacock. There

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-- the reason is their ability to lift other players. They have that

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aggressive strike about them where they can hit just as hard at the

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back end of the game. I do have a soft spot for Jamie because I think

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he is a real inspiration to people in the game. It's not too long since

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there were doubts about St Helens making the play-offs. They've been

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pretty impressive in recent weeks, though, and were all over Hull on

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Friday. They are confident they can do something in the play-offs.

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History says she can win it from fifth position. We go back to that

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Challenge Cup syndrome. Hull got beaten. Next week, they have two

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win, they go to Wigan to make the play-offs. So I think emotionally,

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this third week was training. The Saints have been on a really good

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role. They have had the younger players over the last couple of

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years that have been able to blend in. But there are important players

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are starting to come back. And the coach saying that they are learning

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to play with Manu as well. They are. I think they are a team that can

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make the final from where they are. They are in form. I think the big

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problem for whole is that they have got to sit back as seen, where their

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squad is out. It is lovely stuff, isn't it? It is a great try. St

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Helen's were struck by injuries a little bit and they had to call upon

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the young players. It was great experience for the young guys, but

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it is coming into the play-offs and coming into the big games and you

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need your experienced players around. John Wilkins has been very

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good this year. There could be a real threat in the play-offs.

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You have had to deal with coming back from a Challenge Cup defeat.

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How deep do you have to dig? Losing a final is never good and you really

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put a lot into that and it does take you a few weeks to get over it. Hull

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are probably feeling tired and you know, it could be a tough play-off

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run. They need Gareth Ellis back on the field. He is a key player. I

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think it will be tough for Hull. They have almost gone under the

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radar? We were talking about were they gelling with Nathan Brown. They

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have got a lot of young guys. I really do believe they will be a

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force. That sorts out the top five places

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in the table. Let's get a check on the finishing form with the rest of

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the clubs dm -- in the Super League. Warrington are the visitors to the

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south of France. It is out with the old for the City

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Reds. And closing time, all the best

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moments from the rest of the matches in round 27.

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Some of the worst kept secrets in rugby league were confirmed last

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week when Salford revealed 12 new signings for 2013. The club will

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have a new name next year when Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock and Tim Smith

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will be at the club. It is all change at Salford. The

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City Reds began 2012 in a new stadium and in 2013 have been under

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new management. Looking to rebuild from the bottom on and off the

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field. On Thursday, the club revealed a new

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identity. The Salford Red Devils with fighting talk from the top.

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Other big clubs came to our club and took the best talent have gone.

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I want to take the club somewhere and I just wanted to be part of

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that. With a few of the players that were coming that you heard of, you

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want to be part of something fresh and new and that's what it is. I'm

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just looking forward to being around these blokes and just building, you

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know, relationships on and off the field and making friends.

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Quite a few people laughed at us early in the season when we went for

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the very big names. But it was not a publicity stunt. I wanted to send

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that message straightaway. That's what we are go about and people have

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started believing in this message, but today is delivering on the

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promises or starting to deliver on the promises I made to the fans back

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at the end of January. Next year is going to be a very exciting time for

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us. There is just a massive buzz and there is a lot of players I know

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here anyway and that's one of the reasons I came and I'm really

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excited. The ones who have signed up are

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really impressive. I have an idea of who we would like to play next year

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and we have the personnel to do that. I'm not going to throw

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everything away to play Fiji-type rugby and in many respects the

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better teams are the ones that can defend to the best of their

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abilities that do or die type of stuff. I'm clear in what I want to

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achieve and con he canning the players, it will take a while for

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them to get together. We still have room within the club.

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I believe there will be one or two more players still to come.

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Danny, looking on from the outside, what do you make of what is

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happening at Salford? I think it is great for the game. I think he has

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come in and like we were just talking about, the publicity that he

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has brought to the game has been great for the game and he talked

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about signings and Rangi Chase, Tim Smith, Adrian Morley, international

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players, great players as well and he is building a team. He is

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serious. He is very serious and it will be interesting to see how they

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go next season and they have the makings of a great team.

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What do you make of the signings and there will be mo are? Oh, Brian has

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done a great job. First of all, he had to get some experience. He got

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that. Adrian Morley and you look at his back row.

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Hock is world-class. Junior Sa'u is a very powerful

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player. He will be ideal for here. So they have got the mix right.

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I think he bought really well and someone asked, they asked do you

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reckon it will take a while for them to gel? Brian will be loving it.

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They are good quality players and they will make a big impact on the

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Super League. And Smith and Chase in the middle

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will be the key? That's the interesting bit. Tim Smith is

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dominating. He gets the ball when he wants. He is the person that

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Wakefield mrartion look to dictate play and Rangi Chase at Castleford

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everything comes through him. It will be interesting to see how their

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dynamics work. Are you insin waiting they are going

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to play with two rugby league balls? They will probably need it. That

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will be interesting to see how their combinations work. Well, Salford's

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last game was against an inform whiched whiched and the Vikings

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spoiled the party for Salford, didn't they? Whiched whiched had a

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descent season. They are not one of the biggest squads. I like some of

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the young players they have got and they finished the season on a high.

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Yeah, I think they are looking good. They have progressed the last few

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seasons and they are improving and I think they missed Kevin Brown for a

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vital part of the season and he was key to their form at the back end.

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I was just going to say, you look at all Super League teams, when Hock

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has been out, you think what does he bring? He brings size. At the start

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of the year, they would have earmarked 20 points, 22, it is an

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improvement on last year. It has been fantastic, but it just shows

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again the inability of some teams once they lose key players to

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function. We are about to see a lovely moment.

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Did you know that Gareth Hock had this in his arsenal as well? That's

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not an easy kick. He could shut his eyes and hope for the best! I reckon

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someone said, " You can open your eyes, Gareth." He is moving on, but

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he has been great. He is a really good player.

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That's why he will play for England in the World Cup and give them an

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advantage. Danny has to defend on an edge and they want to run big blokes

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like him. Gareth Hock has size and physicality and he has been good.

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Salford's defeat gave London a chance to well.

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London have won their last two games and there is speculation behind the

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scenes where they will be next year. Once a team lose, they are play

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makers and the people who organise attack and they had both out. Even

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though they went upfront 18-0 they didn't have the people that could

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control the game and continue with the momentum and London were

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desperate. They had people retiring like Mark Bryant. They wanted to get

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off the bottom. I think Hull KR ran out of troops and they had more

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quality and desire, London. Brown is another one who came

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through the ranks. He got a hat-trick. They are developing

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players, but the sad thing is they can't develop fans or an interest,

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but they have a good network and they have a good organisation to

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develop players and you know, that's the thing that keeps them alive in

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rugby league at the moment. But they are getting head-hunted by people up

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north now. You look at London. You fear that,

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if you get a group that can come through together? They have done

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fantastic things. Louis McCarthy were the first ones to come through

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and set the standard and they keep developing players that are good

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athletes. I really like Kieron Dixon on the wing. He could do a real good

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job. You know, I have a mixed views on London. It is tough to go there

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and the fans, they don't get a massive crowd.

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It is hard. It is probably for another day a chat about London, but

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you can't argue with the London based players they have brought

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through. Their future is up in the air. Talks

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are ongoing and they are making staff redundant to make it a better

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proposition to buy. The noises coming out are they will be in Super

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League next year. It looks like they will do a deal with barnet FC. They

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have a handful of players left and a coach and a CEO and that's it.

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Catalan were hoping Saturday's match down. We don't want to see a team

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Catalan were hoping Saturday's match against Warrington wouldn't be their

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final home game of 3013. Well, it is a Guard of Honour for

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two mans who maybe bowing out. Catalan are hoping for another home

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game, but they need to win or draw against this Warrington side tonight

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who will finish second. A test in rain for both these sides

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tonight. It has been raining heavily throughout the afternoon.

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Oh, that's quick. And here is a chance for for Ryhs Evans. A video

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referee is being called in to see if he had a foot in touch here, Rhys

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Evans. And that would suggest he has got

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there before he goes over the line. So an opening try for Warrington.

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They used the conditions especially at the end here and Evans sliding

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over. It was a good try. And westwood, well as he got the

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touch down here, Ben westwood doesn't look over sure. The referee

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is certainly far from confident. Now does he manage to touch this

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down? Not clear from that angle. How about this? Well, that suggests it

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is. It has been ruled. No try. So Warrington denied.

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The rain continuing to fall here. There was a collision there. The

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referee says play on. They are complaining, I think, here about the

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obstruction. Is that obstruction?

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Or is it allowed to play on? The referee said play on.

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Warrington have their second. Was there a knock on from Ben Westwood

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as he tried to pick it up? Well, clearly referee and video referee

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say no so it is a try. The third try before the break would

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surely put Warrington in control here. Oh, it is intercepted. Now

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Evans is chasing after him. And just before the break the French side are

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back in this game. Well, they know how important this

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moment will surely be. A really important try that.

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Never likely to be an open flowing game given the conditions.

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The touchdown is clean and Catalan are suddenly in position to give

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themselves a home game in the play-offs. Steve Menzies is the hero

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of the hour. What the moment and what a turnaround in the game. They

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were trailing by ten but now Catalan have the chance to lead.

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Reilly in the corner and Warrington are back in the lead! A superb pass

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from Hodgson. As it stands, Warrington finished

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second at Catalan finishing seventh. Just under ten minutes left to play

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here. Westwood has come in and the penalty is given. And a penalty mind

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do. It was rather clumsy from the Warrington man and a clear penalty.

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He's missed it! And with that Miss, it might be the end of Catalan hopes

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of a final home game. It seems Warrington are already in

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play-off mode. Warrington the like they have played at half came there

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and I saw some comments that Tony Smith made about it being a play-off

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type game with lots of kicking and good defence. To get Catalan and get

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the win they will be pleased. Looking forward to playing them next

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week? Yes, I was enjoy playing Warrington, they are a good team and

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we have had some good tussles with them in recent years. It turned out

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to be the final home game in the wonderful career of Steve Menzies.

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He has been magnificent. He scored more tries than any NRL forward, and

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spent more tries for his club than any other. If you are as trout -- a

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scout for a coach and you are going to game recruiting, if he did not

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know how old he was, you try to sign him tomorrow. That is a great clip

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from Adrian, warrior who respects another warrior. He is very calm

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headed and players love being around him. They are the great people in

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our game that we need to keep. How do you feel that Laurent Frayssinous

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has done in his first season in charge? I think he has done a great

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job. He has had many players out for long periods drawing the year. The

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way he has presented himself has been well. He has conducted himself

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in interviews and has knock-off flustered. I think they can do to

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halt with confidence. They played you guys to week before, they have

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played Warrington, I think they are ready to beat Hull. You get the

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feeling that whole have set their stall out to get back to the Grand

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Final. Obviously they are determined, losing the Grand Final,

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it is not the best feeling. There are a few players leaving at the end

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of the season and they will be pretty determined. But the seven

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other teams up Robbie just as determined. That is the excitement

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of the play-offs. I cannot wait for your cane next week! Try telling the

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supporters of Wakefield and Castleford that there was nothing to

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play for in their derby match on Sunday. It was the third meeting

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between the teams this season, and with one win apiece so far, this

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turned into a classic battle for bragging rights. Both sides were

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anxious to allow their own supporters to end the season 's top

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dogs by recording a win. Wakefield will be happy with you not have to

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off-load to many more players. Castleford's winger raced for the

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first of four tries of the afternoon. The visitors were ten

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points to the good. It gave Tigers fans a taste of what they will find

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hard to replace next season. 40 minutes gone in the first half.

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Wakefield make a break and Frankie Mariano scores!

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A huge gap for James Clare. It is one of the biggest overlaps I think

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you will ever see. A brilliant tackle from ten metres.

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And they score to the left of the post!

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What a try from Frankie Mariano! Second the afternoon.

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James Clare completed his hat-trick to edge in front again. And Kyle

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Trout will send Wakefield into the lead! Wakefield extended their lead

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early in the second half. Liam Kay went over, on course for his first

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Super League hat-trick. Weller Hauraki, back from the sin-bin,

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reduced the deficit down to two points.

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Ali Lauitiiti has levelled the game!

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It was tainted Lee Smith to win the game but his kick hit the upright so

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the spoils with a shared. But would they?

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Liam Kay to win the game! And he has! His hat-trick has won the game

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for the Wakefield Wildcats! That was quite some performance from

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Wakefield given the backdrop of all the financial worries and not know

:36:31.:36:34.

what their futures are. the financial worries and not know

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what They have had a tough few weeks and to come out of but the

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performance in a game that is not really mean anything, both teams not

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going for the play-offs and no relegation. You can see their that

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both teams were going hell for leather trying to get the win.

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Wakefield stash it in that last minute in exciting circumstances. A

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lot of credit has to go to the players. For Castleford that was it

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for Rangi Chase, very special player. Had you play some online

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that? You're not going to play someone with that skill. He brings

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something to the game which is unpredictable and which unlocks

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defences. You talk about foot or players are training, I have seen in

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deep tricks are training where you go wow, unbelievable. They may have

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to change the style of play to adapt to new people. He has given great

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service to Castleford he does not need there aren't any bad terms.

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Huddersfield had already secured pole position for the play-offs, the

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League Leaders were at Bradford on Saturday night, Paul Anderson rang

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the changes, so this result was no surprise. There has been a bit of

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criticism about Huddersfield's team, but my opinion is they have earned

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the right to rest the players. I have no issues with that. It gives

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the youngsters an opportunity. Although Bradford played pretty well

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and won convincingly I think it is good experience for their young

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players. I imagine the young lads will gain a lot of experience.

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Perhaps not the best game to have on television. I endorse everything

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Danny says there. I have done it that many times! At the end of the

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day, you start training in November and you set goals. One would be to

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be the most consistent team, and they have done that. That has been

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then begin treatment. And imagine if they said would be great if we could

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Super League. He has gone to his chairman and size this is a heavy

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trade and we played Thursday, , I think this is the best way to

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prepare to win the trophy. The chairman says, I have faith in you,

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and that is the way it is. The fans have to understand that they are at

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Old Trafford and picking that trophy, and creating history,

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trophies mean a lot, they create 1's own great legacies. A quick word

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about Bradford. They needed a win to send their season off, times it has

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been disappointing. They are on a really good run. All the uncertainty

:39:35.:39:40.

about what happened at the end of last season with Bradford and still

:39:40.:39:45.

going on today. I think they have done a good job. They had a bad

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patch in the middle part of the season but I think it has been a

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pretty positive season. In turn the squad they probably like if you

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players. Jarrod Sammut has been an exciting player. Yes, he has been

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very good for Bradford. I think when they look back on the season they

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will probably think they have not done too bad. Super League needs

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Bradford to be strong. They are recruiting for next year.

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done too bad. Super League needs Bradford to be strong. They are They

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have got a new owner who has been very supportive. They will improve.

:40:24.:40:30.

So, 189 games have been played over the course of the last

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seven-and-a-half months. Let's get a final check on where everyone

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finished in the Super League table. The play-off places are occupy seven

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of the teams who are there in 2012. Salford got a two point penalty for

:40:51.:40:55.

fielding 14 players against Castleford. You can follow the

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play-offs all the way to the Grand Final with highlights on BBC Two

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every Sunday tea-time. Join us for the best members of the first round

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matches. Danny, you're geared up and ready for the play-offs? Yes, it is

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what you look forward to, these deep, intense games. Everyone is

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looking forward to it. Who is going to be in the Grand Final? I think

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the two best teams are deleted and white and I think they will have two

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play each other twice. I will go for Warrington. You don't sit on the

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fence! I think leads are better equipped than last year. And you

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will just echo what he says! Apart from Warrington winning! That's it

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for this week, and indeed for the season as far as the Super League

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Show is concerned. My thanks to Danny, Ian and everyone else who has

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contributed over the course of the series. We'll be back in February,

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and leave you with some of Super League's defining images of 2013.

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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.


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