Episode 31 Super League Show


Episode 31

Tanya Arnold and guests reflect on an historic year in Rugby League, which saw Leeds Rhinos complete a clean sweep of the major prizes.


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The final set, it is unfoldhng and I am watching the clock ticked down, I

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just went to the assistant and am watching the clock ticked down, I

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just went to the assistant `nd said just went to the assistant and said

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this is tough, this. You pax for just went to the assistant `nd said

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this is tough, this. You pay for it. this is tough, this. You pay for it.

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This is really hard to take. Huddersfield, Roy Keane now. I did

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not suspect anything. I felt he would kick long or come up with

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something. Down that blindside. McGuire. He has missed theex-mac he

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is a runawayex-mac within the

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circumstances! He said I have never seen him run as fast as he did

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there. Within the 15 second period I tell you the whole landscapd of that

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tell you the whole landscape of that season changed. I is the tile we

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were like meerkats, Popper heads up, we can smell something here. That

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was a mere cardboard for us, that was more significant than whnning

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was more significant than winning that one game. Winning that was a

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huge boost, going into the week after with that. We were in the

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Grand Final as a young, fresh, tough team. We had that bit of molentum.

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team. We had that bit of momentum. Trying to push his way throtgh, get

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Trying to push his way through, get him all the way to the end. We know

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what Wigan are about, we know the quality they have got. We could not

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get much of the ball but whdn quality they have got. We could not

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get much of the ball but when we quality they have got. We could not

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get much of the ball but whdn we did get much of the ball but when we did

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we defended well to give ourselves that opportunity and the god that

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try in the second-half to put that opportunity and the god that

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try in the second-half to ptt an that opportunity and the god that

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try in the second-half to put an end try in the second-half to ptt an end

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to it. It is going to be a score for Walters, Josh Walters is over.

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Winning Grand Finals is not just a bit field position and position it

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is about something else. I thought those three retiring helpers, that

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is what got us over the lind. is what got us over the lind.

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Leagues take a hold and win the treble! What a way to finish a

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magical season. I have been here since 1984, it is tough going, but

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it is exciting as well. I could not have dreamt of a finish like this.

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Relief, relief, again, it is a weird emotion. You would think it would be

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euphoria. But we had been so close and to make the Grand Final, to have

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not won the Grand Final. I would have got over it by now but it would

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have been a huge, on the field have got over it by now but it would

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have been a huge, on the fidld you look at the faces of those three,

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everybody likes a fairy tale romantic finish. You'll look back at

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them from a distance and thhnk this them from a distance and thhnk this

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must be great for them, to be sent out on such a high, first at a high

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level of performance, it must be brilliant for them. Joining me is

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Jamie Peacock. Is -- hasn't sunk in what you guys managed to achieve? It

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has now, I am away from the place and have time to reflect on what an

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achievement it was from the team, it is just because the competition was

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so tough. What we did was unbelievable. It has been an

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unbelievable effort. An incredible last couple of months for everyone

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involved. That just added the cup we did not do it the easy way. We

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nailed that performance at Wembley. Mostly it's just took a lot out of

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us. To use the boxing analogy, the 12 round knockouts. To win that way

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in sports, it is great. When you are fewer in the semifinal, what did you

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think? That game was so emotional for me and I knew it could be my

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last game but I did not want it to be my last game because we would be

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losing one and for him to kick that when we got the turn of the momentum

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of the game, the Saints had been cut her life for a long time to come up

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with a piece of skill lake that on that level brought us up. You knew

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they were retiring, at what point did that start to drive the team

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forward? Not till the end, H'd steer forward? Not till the end, I'd steer

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the end of the season. You can see the will in the eye in the last

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couple of games. As much as they wanted to win themselves. Especially

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when we had to dig in India Grand Final, if you do not hold a team

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like Wigan like we did in the last 15 minutes without having some

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desire to do something incrddible desire to do something incrddible

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that the will to do it for somebody else so I probably felt that for

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them more than anything, but throughout the season, the season is

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too long for that. Did you think of that team could do the cable? How

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that team could do the cabld? How tough is that? I would not say no

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but you hit the nail on the head with the word tough. To win the

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treble, to do the treble, I wrote it had been done before and we wanted

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to sense Jimmy out in the bdst possible way. When you need

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something above and beyond winning the treble, the last duck in the end

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that Grand Final in maybe if they get a few of us retiring at the end

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of the year and play with the great club at a great coach with the great

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managers of a new habitat btt club at a great coach with the great

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managers of a new habitat btt I think it will be difficult. It was

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not just about team honours for the beach Rhinos, their full-back Zach

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Hardaker was named Super Le`gue s man of steel.

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An incredible year for Zach, what do you think has been the diffdrence

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you think has been the difference for him this year? I think players

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go up as they get older and are in a good environment ideas in a good one

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with the court, and some of the senior players in there. He was in a

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few last chance saloon and he got the last chance saloon and

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delivered. He has had an am`zing delivered. He has had an amazing

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year. He was a great person for me to play alongside, always

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enthusiastic, always wanted to win and what ball in his hand and win

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the game. A true competitor. I am delighted he was the top man. Is

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defensively the best full-b`ck out defensively the best full-b`ck out

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there? There is not a better full-back in the game at the moment.

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full-back in the game at thd moment. You cannot say it is the strongest

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part of his game because he's great at attacking with the ball `s

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part of his game because he's great at attacking with the ball as well,

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he has the strength and evasiveness that good full-backs have btt his

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defence, you do not want to concede tries and you do not get many

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full-backs like that who do not want to concede tries, who want to save

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fries and he sees that as the top of his priority. He is still a young

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man and has played a lot of games, he will be one of the more

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experienced players this year. How experienced players this ye`r. How

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will he respond to that? He has the right attitudes to become a leader,

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and what he needs to shape the most is his own discipline

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self-discipline and as that progresses and grows in strdngth he

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progresses and grows in strength he will develop into a fine le`der

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progresses and grows in strdngth he will develop into a fine leader with

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will develop into a fine le`der with great experience and will be

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will develop into a fine leader with great experience and will bd key to

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great experience and will be key to the future of the Rhinos. 2015 will

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be remembered emphatically as the be remembered emphatically as the

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year of the Rhinos, everyond be remembered emphatically `s the

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year of the Rhinos, everyone else will be playing catch up in 201 .

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George Williams won the Young Player of the Year. Sliding through, George

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Williams, that has set it alight! It was a bit of a shock, I was happy to

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be there in the time it was a massive achievement and somdthing I

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am proud of. To win it was massive. am proud of. To win it was massive.

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Knowing and Burgess played their final games for the club as the

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Warriors came within seconds of claiming the league leaders shield.

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They made it back to the Grand Final They made it back to the Gr`nd Final

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but for the second year in April it but for the second year in April it

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was a second win in a row. Gutted, really. But we came back stronger

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and thought we were going to win 15 minutes ago but it was a great

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final. I watched it back a few times. Anderson went through every

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emotion in charge of the Huddersfield Giants, Jermaine

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McGilvray enjoyed a stellar season. 27 tries mutant Super League's top

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27 tries mutant Super Leagud's top scorer. They asked me which I have a

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year like this I would have said no way but things have fallen into

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place and I have matured as a player and played better than I have in

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previous years. I am not one to previous years. I am not one to

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really look at my tries, I look at how many Carice I am doing, if they

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are effective and stuff likd that. The Giants were 14 -- 14 in the

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stage winning five of their matters. The Giants were left stranddd once

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The Giants were left stranded once again. It was that final hurdle once

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again that he could not get over, we were coming up against big teams in

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big games. I am 27 years old now and these guys were only about 2526 and

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have plagued in five or six Grand Finals and stuff like this, I am 27

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and have not played in one. Whether that be a Challenge Cup or a

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and have not played in one. Whether that be a Challenge Cup or ` Grand

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Final, I just wanted a metal ring or something like that. They do not

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come to you, you can wish or hope all you want but you need to go out

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and grab it. 2014 Super League champions St Helens were halmered

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39-0 by said Sydney in the rule cup challenge but got off to a fire in

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defence of their domestic title. Huge toss from Wilkin and hd

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defence of their domestic thtle Huge toss from Wilkin and he will

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score. He played his last g`me, Huge toss from Wilkin and hd will

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score. He played his last game, so score. He played his last game, so

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too did lines or higher, as Saints used seven different full-backs. It

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is Quinlan in support for a hat-trick. What a night. We got to

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two semifinals which does not sound too bad to be honest but from our

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point of view, slightly disappointing because we knew we

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could have done better, we could have gone to those finals are

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probably could have gone on and won those finals but at least we

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probably could have gone on and won those finals but at least wd got

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those finals but at least we got knocked out by the eventual winners,

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if that makes any differencd. The if that makes any difference. The

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season was OK, generally good but from her point of view we probably

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thought he could do that little bit better. We talked about Zach

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Hardaker, how good a full-b`ck was Hardaker, how good a full-b`ck was

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all? Use the best full-back in Super League from his consistency, his

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will to win, I have spoken about League from his consistency, his

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will to win, I have spoken about it already, he was pleased with the

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will to win that he had it hn will to win that he had it in

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bucketloads. He is an incredibly brave player, in the first time I

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played alongside him at the 200 World Cup, I cannot believe how

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tough and a player he was at the Centre will miss madness that

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tough and a player he was at the Centre will miss madness th`t strike

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Centre will miss madness that strike he has the leadership at thd field

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he has the leadership at the field as well, what a fantastic m`n, an

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absolutely fantastic man. There are types of people that you see in the

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types of people that you sed in the game over and over again, very brave

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on the pitch but an absolutd on the pitch but an absolute

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gentleman offered. It seems right that you two are bowing out at the

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same time. I have so much respect for him, he is a player I h`ve

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always looked up to, I think he was a pioneer going to Australia when no

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a pioneer going to Australi` when no British players were there. He took

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the competition by storm and then came back over the and was pivotal

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to the success. The toughest player I predict X, went up again but off

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the field, his kindness is second to none. This humility is what makes

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him the man he is today and I am glad to see I played alongside

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him the man he is today and I am glad to see I played alongshde him

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glad to see I played alongside him and in his friend as well. What

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about yourself, as sunk in that you have done? I have no regrets, no

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nothing, I am delighted to have had the career I have had met the people

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I have met and I believe I have been involved with two special teams have

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involved with two special tdams have got to do things I never could have

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got to do things I never cotld have imagined doing so I am quite

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imagined doing so I am quitd content, quite happy. Who wants to

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content, quite happy. Who w`nts to train in this kind of weather?

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content, quite happy. Who wants to train in this kind of weathdr? I

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train in this kind of weather? I don't! And bowed out in the best

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possible way. Incredible, it finished the best possible way. Now

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working time for Jamie Peacock but he like the rest of us will follow

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every twist and turn of 2016 on the BBC.

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We have moved to Keely when in maybe had to come to terms with the sudden

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death of half-backs Danny Jones who suffered a cardiac arrest dtring a

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suffered a cardiac arrest during a game in London and died aged just

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29. He left behind a wife, Lizzie, and five-month-old twins Bobby and

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Phoebe. The community have raised a quarter of ?1 million to help the

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family. To say thank you was a sign about with the head of the Challenge

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Cup final. Lizzie joins me now. When you look

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back to me and such an awful time, or what was it like in terms of

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everybody rallying round yot? or what was it like in terms of

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everybody rallying round yot? It was amazing, the Rugby league family

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amazing, the Rugby league f`mily have been the most amazing I could

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have been the most amazing H could ask for, there would be no other

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support that would come frol ask for, there would be no other

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support that would come from any support that would come from any

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other sport in the world. Rtgby other sport in the world. Rtgby

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league are wonderful family. Taking you back to the Challenge Ctp final,

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what are your memories of singing? Magical. Crazy to be able to have

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done what I did. So honoured to be asked to do that, and so wonderful

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to keep Danny's memory alivd, asked to do that, and so wonderful

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to keep Danny's memory alive, but also to spread the message that

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people need to be checked, `nd I want you that message going and keep

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singing and making people rdmember singing and making people remember

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Danny, but also make them think we Danny, but also make them think we

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need to look after ourselves and make sure we are safe and hdalthy.

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make sure we are safe and healthy. How important is how is the campaign

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going? I don't want Danny to have died in pain and the campaigning is

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going fantastically, everyone is behind me, the RFL have been

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amazing. Things are happening all the time. Deferable later is, I see

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it everywhere. I get messages, it everywhere. I get messages,

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Facebook, Twitter, everything coming through about people who have been

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saved, about campaigning, money being raised so we can have a

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defibrillator in our amateur league club, and it has been so lovely to

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see... I hope it keeps going. How are you doing and how are Bobby and

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VB? They are good, Bobby has been a bit poorly but is on the mend. Just

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keeping them out of the cold, but generally we are doing OK, we are

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busy which is nice, and we have a wonderful support around us.

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Rugby league reached a whole new level at the end of the season when

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a group of former players and supporters climbed Kilimanj`ro.

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supporters climbed Kilimanjaro. Their aim was to play the hhghest

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Their aim was to play the highest ever game of rugby league, hnspired

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ever game of rugby league, inspired by the late Steve Prescott. Amongst

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the group was Becky Meehan. It is not easy but it is an

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opportunity to test ourselves, opportunity to test ourselvds,

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knowing what Steve was like, because for the last seven or eight years of

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his life, he pushed his body for the last seven or eight years of

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his life, he pushed his bodx to for the last seven or eight years of

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his life, he pushed his body to the limits. So, you know, it is just a

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shame knowing he wanted to do this, that he can't be here, becatse he

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would be leading the pack. @fter three days of walking and within 24

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hours of the crater, the effort is starting to take its toll on us all,

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including Warrington Wolves legend libra years. I'd don't know if we

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will get there. I am determined to. will get there. I am determined to.

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You will. I never thought it would be like this. I am used to tough

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things, I like tough things, but I am all over the place, I am doing my

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best. It's hard. It is, and I know when big Chris gets up, we will all

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be really pleased for him. Don't, I'll be off again! I know. Let's get

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a cup of tea. Cup of ginger tea, I think.

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It is 4am and this is summit day, the day we have been looking forward

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to with some trepidation, f`ir the day we have been looking forward

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to with some trepidation, fair to to with some trepidation, fair to

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say. This is the day we will head to the summit, hopefully getting

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therein about ten hours, thdn play rugby in the crater of Kilimanjaro.

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rugby in the crater of Kililanjaro. Let's see it goes. Dash-mac how it

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goes. As the sum rises we start to lose members of the party to

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altitude sickness dash-mac `s the altitude sickness dash-mac as the

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Sunrisers. Finally, on the rim of the crater of Kilimanjaro, 4685

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the crater of Kilimanjaro, 5685 metres above sea level, just below

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the summit. Come on everybody, well done! For Adrian Mori, this

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achievement marks the end of a 20 achievement marks the end of a 0

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year playing career -- a de Mori. So we had down into the crater of

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Kilimanjaro to camp overnight. It is so inhospitable here nobody has come

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for several years. Tomorrow we aim to play the highest ever rugby

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league game and make the sulmit After a night in the crater of

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Kilimanjaro we are getting ready for the match. We will kick that way.

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All right. 80 gruelling minttes under RFL referee Robert Hicks.

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A full measured marked out pitch with inflatable posts in a bid for

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the world records for the hhghest the world records for the hhghest

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ever game of rugby league. Job done. And so for the last pushed the

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summit. But not before we lose another man to crippling altitude

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sickness. We have made its, the peak, the

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highest point in Africa. Whdreas highest point in Africa. Whereas

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Adrian Morley found out, I dven the Adrian Morley found out, I even the

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simplest task seems insurmountable. Feels pretty weird, doesn't it? It

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does. There have been dark times, it is the hardest thing I have ever

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done. But we have 38 in the group, and we have had to pull each other

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through. Things like this last a through. Things like this l`st a

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lifetime. A fantastic effort from everybody

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involved there. Let's catch up with four more teams, the one that -- the

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four more teams, the one th`t - the ones that finished right in the

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middle. Castleford ended the season in fifth

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but enjoyed some memorable nights against the teams that finished

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above them. Roberts! To win it! On the for Castleford. I think it was

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the season of near Leeds, rdally, the for Castleford. I think it was

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the season of near Leeds, rdally, we just missed out on the top four

:28:12.:28:16.

finishing fifth, and I think many people think this is a good

:28:17.:28:20.

achievement for Castleford, expecting us to come near the

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bottom, but we knew once we got nations going we would be a threat,

:28:25.:28:29.

and we were, coming to the middle part of the season. We just missed

:28:30.:28:33.

out on four which was disappointing. Liam Finn, no mistake. This one for

:28:34.:28:42.

Castleford. We like to play good, attractive rugby, and when the

:28:43.:28:45.

defence comes unstuck we score points. We just let a few more in.

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We will work on that pre-season and hopefully the close games c`n be

:28:52.:28:54.

more comfortable. Warrington failed to make the Super

:28:55.:29:02.

League semifinals but did score some eye-catching tries. Their season

:29:03.:29:04.

eye-catching tries. Their sdason included home and away wins against

:29:05.:29:11.

Leeds. On the search and has found... Scores the opening try. A

:29:12.:29:16.

very consistent year. We had injuries but you have to get on with

:29:17.:29:22.

it. We have come once a month with a big win and we couldn't take it

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it. We have come once a month with a big win and we couldn't takd it onto

:29:25.:29:24.

big win and we couldn't take it onto the week after. Consistency wasn't

:29:25.:29:29.

there at all. I think we will work on it this year. Richie Myldr, John

:29:30.:29:33.

on it this year. Richie Myler, John Monaghan have left the club. It

:29:34.:29:36.

would be a new look Warrington in 2016. We have to build and we have a

:29:37.:29:41.

good few signings coming next year will bring a lot to us.

:29:42.:29:47.

Catalans 10th Super League season was much like many that havd gone

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was much like many that have gone before. The Dragons lost just twice

:29:50.:29:52.

at home but won only twice ` before. The Dragons lost just twice

:29:53.:29:55.

at home but won only twice a way. Overall we had a disappointhng

:29:56.:29:57.

season, we set ourselves goals at season, we set ourselves goals at

:29:58.:29:59.

the start of the year, wantdd to the start of the year, wantdd to

:30:00.:30:03.

finish top four before we split to super rates. Once again awax form

:30:04.:30:05.

super rates. Once again away form wasn't the best. I think if we could

:30:06.:30:10.

turn that round we would have had a better season and push for the top

:30:11.:30:13.

four but like I said we didn't do that. Todd Carney started jtst 2

:30:14.:30:16.

that. Todd Carney started just 12 games. Zeb Tye was in the Dream

:30:17.:30:23.

Team. Don't they love the moment. He is a world-class player and when he

:30:24.:30:27.

plays with a different team as you have probably seen, he controls it

:30:28.:30:30.

better for us and we are better when he plays with more wins with him and

:30:31.:30:38.

the team. Hull FC recovered from an E`ster

:30:39.:30:39.

Hull FC recovered from an Easter derby defeat to avoid the

:30:40.:30:44.

qualifiers. Their mid-season form included seven wins from nine.

:30:45.:30:51.

Trillo fix Ben Ali, real power, what a pass! -- terrific finale. What a

:30:52.:30:57.

try! Just seconds on the clock, drop goal territory, and he will win the

:30:58.:31:02.

game with that kick! The black-and-white site aiming high in

:31:03.:31:06.

2016 with Frank Prichard among the new recruits. My goal is to help the

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team move forward, stick your spot team move forward, stick your spot

:31:10.:31:15.

in the top four and most of all help the younger boys as well, so give

:31:16.:31:17.

them extra knowledge. If you are dash-mac-Salford is

:31:18.:31:27.

really dull but they avoided the drama of the million pound name

:31:28.:31:32.

which fell to Bradford and Wakefield, the Wildcats sectring

:31:33.:31:34.

Super League status in dramatic Super League status in dramatic

:31:35.:31:35.

fashion. Brian Smith loved ht Super League status in dram`tic

:31:36.:31:37.

fashion. Brian Smith loved it so fashion. Brian Smith loved ht so

:31:38.:31:40.

much he has come back for more. I came back because I loved it, I came

:31:41.:31:49.

back because Wakefield asked me to. All the time I was here there was

:31:50.:31:53.

pressure and it was at times nerve wracking but I don't think there was

:31:54.:31:55.

a day when I didn't enjoy mxself, a day when I didn't enjoy mxself,

:31:56.:31:59.

and certainly in this environment of pre-season training it is easy

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and certainly in this environment of pre-season training it is e`sy for

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me to walk in and lead the way when everybody is ready to rumble.

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me to walk in and lead the way when everybody is ready to rumbld. We

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everybody is ready to rumble. We start work at 6am or 6:30am and

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finish about 3pm, and we do it six days a week, so enormous work going

:32:17.:32:19.

on here and we know we have to do it, we are starting from a position

:32:20.:32:23.

no other team has had to do, make up as much ground as we have too, so

:32:24.:32:28.

there is no two ways about it, we need to work our way back into being

:32:29.:32:33.

force in Super League. It is a am Alam but Brian is good, knows what

:32:34.:32:38.

he's doing. He has all the knowledge in the world so we can put ht in

:32:39.:32:44.

good stead. Wakefield took the long route to survival in 2015,

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victorious in the winner takes all million pound game at Bellevue.

:32:49.:32:55.

Overall it was a very tough season with a lot of disappointments, then

:32:56.:33:00.

it finished on a real high, and a lot of the misfortune the club had

:33:01.:33:03.

suffered throughout the course of the year all of a sudden turned into

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fortune. Rumack finds a way through, Scott Moore for the line! Hd has

:33:10.:33:16.

just scored the ?1 million try. Wakefield by the skin of thdir teeth

:33:17.:33:23.

go on to the Super League -- hang onto their Super League livds. I

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onto their Super League lives. I have been in a couple of Gr`nd

:33:25.:33:27.

Finals but this is the best game I have played in, fighting for jobs

:33:28.:33:32.

and mortgages, a tough week but you can see everyone is made

:33:33.:33:35.

It was a tremendous amount of courage and commitment from the guys

:33:36.:33:43.

left standing. Wonderful frhendships forged in the pressure of those

:33:44.:33:49.

situations that the back end of last year, to make those guys care about

:33:50.:33:51.

the club, and we have been able to the club, and we have been `ble to

:33:52.:33:55.

add guys from outside. I definitely feel they have the necessary

:33:56.:33:58.

feel they have the necessarx characteristics and talents to

:33:59.:34:02.

balance the team into a much more formidable team than we were

:34:03.:34:03.

balance the team into a much more formidable team than we werd last

:34:04.:34:08.

season. The teams in the bottom four last year probably don't want to be

:34:09.:34:12.

there this year so everyone is fighting for the top eight. The

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competition will be fierce `nd competition will be fierce `nd

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hopefully that can bring the competition will be fierce and

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hopefully that can bring thd right hopefully that can bring the right

:34:16.:34:21.

results. I am joined by director of rugby

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league at Salford Tim Sheens. What brought yourself and Brian Smith to

:34:27.:34:32.

the lower reaches of Super League? Please! LAUGHTER. Probably a

:34:33.:34:34.

the lower reaches of Super League? Please! LAUGHTER. Probably ` couple

:34:35.:34:34.

Please! LAUGHTER. Probably a couple of old eyes looking to use xears of

:34:35.:34:39.

experience I suppose, you like to experience I suppose, you lhke to

:34:40.:34:44.

think so. I would like to think there is still plenty of value in

:34:45.:34:51.

the years we have spent in the game. For Wakefield with Brian and Salford

:34:52.:34:57.

for me, it is a new lease of life. What did you make of the new

:34:58.:35:02.

structure in Super League? The mid-late is very interesting. You

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have to say it was successftl have to say it was successful

:35:05.:35:08.

because it kept the crowds coming and people interested in the game

:35:09.:35:13.

till the end of the season. Generally once you have an eight

:35:14.:35:15.

till the end of the season. Generally once you have an dight and

:35:16.:35:18.

half the team on there they lose interest. The downside is that

:35:19.:35:22.

recruitment takes a risk at that point because it is an unustal

:35:23.:35:25.

point because it is an unusual system here where if you ard

:35:26.:35:29.

eliminated, you write off every contract in the club. So asking

:35:30.:35:35.

people to come when you are not sure of being in Super League is not

:35:36.:35:41.

easy. It is in the DNA of being which public with football `nd rugby

:35:42.:35:49.

league, and so on, so I think the clubs in championship now h`ve

:35:50.:35:50.

league, and so on, so I think the clubs in championship now have a

:35:51.:35:52.

chance to be good enough to work their way back into Super League.

:35:53.:35:56.

You have had a big turnover of players again over the winter, big

:35:57.:35:58.

players again over the wintdr, big names leaving like Rangi Chase,

:35:59.:36:00.

names leaving like Rangi Ch`se, where are you at for the season? At

:36:01.:36:02.

the rebuilding stage, no dotbt, where are you at for the se`son At

:36:03.:36:04.

the rebuilding stage, no doubt, but not to the point where we are not

:36:05.:36:07.

confident to make the play-offs. not to the point where we are not

:36:08.:36:08.

confident to make the play-offs We confident to make the play-offs We

:36:09.:36:11.

are very confident to make the top eight. There wasn't much in it this

:36:12.:36:16.

year, between the 12 teams to be honest. This year with everxone

:36:17.:36:21.

strengthening more teams will take more wins from each other, and with

:36:22.:36:22.

more wins from each other, `nd with 12 teams in eight spots, it is a

:36:23.:36:26.

realistic goal for any team starting in Super League, whether it be Brian

:36:27.:36:32.

and myself with our sides at this end all at the top, two or three

:36:33.:36:38.

teams have been there since Super League started, anyone can lake

:36:39.:36:40.

teams have been there since Super League started, anyone can make that

:36:41.:36:40.

League started, anyone can lake that top eight. Is it time for stability

:36:41.:36:44.

at Salford on making headlines on the pitch? The only way to get out

:36:45.:36:46.

is not only coaching your w`y out the pitch? The only way to get out

:36:47.:36:49.

is not only coaching your way out of it and putting together a strong

:36:50.:36:55.

group of people, but also the recruitment, so recruitment will be

:36:56.:36:57.

an ongoing thing for the years, not only from the outside in

:36:58.:37:03.

but recruiting from within, youngsters, we have a number of

:37:04.:37:08.

outstanding youngsters I believe will feature in Super League in the

:37:09.:37:10.

will feature in Super Leagud in the next three years. So it is a

:37:11.:37:13.

will feature in Super League in the next three years. So it is ` matter

:37:14.:37:14.

next three years. So it is a matter of staff, recruitment is thd most

:37:15.:37:18.

important thing, that's what the club is built about, those

:37:19.:37:22.

personalities and the history of any organisation is part of the

:37:23.:37:24.

structure as well. We are vdry keen structure as well. We are very keen

:37:25.:37:30.

to drive what is the football side of things here and turn it back into

:37:31.:37:33.

football club. That leaves ts of things here and turn it back into

:37:34.:37:34.

football club. That leaves ts two more teams to catch up on. Here's

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more teams to catch up on. Here s what happened to witness and Hull

:37:38.:37:44.

KR. -- witness. Rovers beat Wigan and said Helen 's early in the

:37:45.:37:48.

season but Kelly got the fans on their feet. Albert Kelly is a wave.

:37:49.:37:55.

Isn't he covering ground? Swift in hot pursuit but Kelly will go the

:37:56.:38:01.

distance. What a try for Kelly. There is a lot of pride and passion

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in the jumper, you can see the fans turn up in numbers and are very

:38:07.:38:08.

loud, it is up to us to go up turn up in numbers and are very

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loud, it is up to us to go tp there and get points. I love it at the

:38:11.:38:15.

moment. It is like a wild roller-coaster, having a lot of fun,

:38:16.:38:20.

making a lot of memories. They made it to Wembley in the Challenge Cup

:38:21.:38:21.

but recovered from a record,breaking but recovered from a record,breaking

:38:22.:38:25.

defeat to secure their Super League status in style, winning seven out

:38:26.:38:30.

of seven in the qualifiers. He is on his way with the pace, what a

:38:31.:38:42.

finish! Dixon. Short pass he is over! He scores a

:38:43.:38:50.

try! The biking season got off to a dramatic start but they failed to

:38:51.:38:52.

make the top eight -- the want dramatic start but they failed to

:38:53.:38:54.

make the top eight -- the w`nt a Mac make the top eight -- the w`nt a Mac

:38:55.:38:56.

season. They ended up in second place in the qualifiers. We are a

:38:57.:39:01.

bit short on a couple of games, in bit short on a couple of games, in

:39:02.:39:06.

seventh, maybe sixth when you look at the table, we acquitted ourselves

:39:07.:39:09.

well in the qualifiers, did what we set out to do which is maintained

:39:10.:39:14.

Super League status, we did that convincingly, it was a different

:39:15.:39:16.

feeling. We are in good ste`d convincingly, it was a diffdrent

:39:17.:39:18.

feeling. We are in good stead for feeling. We are in good ste`d for

:39:19.:39:19.

the future. The year ended with a visit from the

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number one Machan New Zealand, the Kiwis over for a three match series

:39:24.:39:27.

against England. -- the number one team New Zealand.

:39:28.:39:31.

He claims the try. The skipper has won it for England!

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It is all on, it is all on, he scores!

:39:47.:40:01.

Some finish here, he has had to go over the top of Zak Hardaker! Push

:40:02.:40:13.

it, and scores! He has the series to win! He has!

:40:14.:40:19.

So, Tim, England finally winning the series, how important is that

:40:20.:40:20.

So, Tim, England finally winning the series, how important is th`t to

:40:21.:40:20.

series, how important is that to them? Obviously you would h`ve to

:40:21.:40:23.

them? Obviously you would have to ask them but looking in, very

:40:24.:40:26.

important. They have been narrowly important. They have been n`rrowly

:40:27.:40:32.

beaten, made it to four Nations finals in England in 09 and 11,

:40:33.:40:37.

missed out on the World Cup by a whisker in the last few minttes

:40:38.:40:39.

whisker in the last few minutes, probably last year in the four

:40:40.:40:42.

nations were lucky against us, so so nations were lucky against ts, so so

:40:43.:40:47.

far... At the end of the day at nations were lucky against us, so so

:40:48.:40:49.

far... At the end of the dax at home in England they are a stronger side,

:40:50.:40:50.

there is no doubt, and getting there is no doubt, and getthng

:40:51.:40:57.

stronger all the time. Good to see them winning at home and the crowds

:40:58.:40:59.

them winning at home and thd crowds and the game here would have

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benefited. How do you see the four nations going with Australi`

:41:05.:41:05.

benefited. How do you see the four nations going with Australia having

:41:06.:41:05.

nations going with Australi` having the best part of the year off. A lot

:41:06.:41:13.

can happen. Injury, depends what the teams turn up, New Zealand were down

:41:14.:41:15.

for the series and we were in last's for the series and we were in last's

:41:16.:41:21.

four nations. This year England didn't have two freaky people and

:41:22.:41:24.

Burgess back will make a huge difference. It is too far away to

:41:25.:41:29.

make that decision as to how they will go, but you would like to think

:41:30.:41:34.

that English full so many playing in Australia and the domestic, dish in

:41:35.:41:37.

here looking strong, that they should field a good team and the

:41:38.:41:44.

injury guys look after them. You were replaced as Australia coach,

:41:45.:41:48.

how do you see the appointmdnt? There is a lot of controversy over

:41:49.:41:52.

the situation with state football versus test football, but hd

:41:53.:41:54.

the situation with state football versus test football, but he is a

:41:55.:41:54.

versus test football, but hd is a good fit, there is no doubt. He has

:41:55.:41:58.

played at that level and captained at that level, state level is in

:41:59.:42:01.

at that level, state level hs in many ways as high a level, but the

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test level needs to be lifted in its test level needs to be lifted in its

:42:05.:42:07.

profile in that country. St`te of profile in that country. State of

:42:08.:42:13.

Origin really controls the dominant stage by way of 40 in Austr`lia and

:42:14.:42:15.

stage by way of 40 in Australia, and I have said for a few years, and

:42:16.:42:20.

fortunately it is difficult thing given the press and the amount of

:42:21.:42:26.

hype around the state series, it pushes the test games down somewhat.

:42:27.:42:32.

However, when you looked at the World Cup here in 13, the ldvel of

:42:33.:42:35.

World Cup here in 13, the level of interest in the body of Australian

:42:36.:42:38.

players, so many played four nations including Australia here, it is

:42:39.:42:43.

still the pinnacle of football when you put on that test jumper, be it

:42:44.:42:48.

New Zealand, England or Australia, so it is good fit, hopefullx

:42:49.:42:54.

Australia, who are in a change mode at the moment, will sort th`t

:42:55.:42:56.

Australia, who are in a change mode at the moment, will sort that out,

:42:57.:42:58.

and make it a good series, not only this year that the World Cup in 17.

:42:59.:43:01.

Next door may seem a long w`y off Next door may seem a long w`y off

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but you can follow every twist and but you can follow every twist and

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turn of the four nations on the BBC. Before that the show returns on

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Monday, February eight, and once again we will have highlights of

:43:15.:43:18.

every single game throughout the season. Until then, have a very

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happy Christmas, and we will leave you with some memorable moments

:43:23.:43:24.

happy Christmas, and we will leave you with some memorable momdnts from

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2015. Goodbye. Some say our fate

:43:25.:45:14.

is tied to the land.

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Tanya Arnold and a host of star guests reflect on an historic year in Rugby League. Leeds Rhinos completed an incredible clean sweep of the major prizes, becoming only the third team in the modern era to do the treble. Wakefield secured their Super League status with a dramatic victory in the Million Pound game, while there were emotional farewells for a number of the sport's giants, including St Helens's Paul Wellens and Salford's Adrian Morley. And the year ended on a high as England defeated the world's number one nation New Zealand to record their first series win since 2007.


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