13/02/2017 Super League Show


13/02/2017

Highlights from the Super League. Wigan v Salford, Catalans v Warrington, Wakefield v Hull FC, St Helens v Leeds, Leigh Centurion v Castleford and Widnes v Huddersfield.


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The long wait is over and raced to the

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12 teams have their eyes on this prize.

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# And it's safe to say the storm's gone away

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# And I'm dancing on the morning after

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# Something like freedom, freedom

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# My God, I'm breathing underwater...#

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2016, Wigan are the Super League champions.

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And joining us, we have Hull FC's Gareth Ellis

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and Jamie Jones-Buchanan of the Leeds Rhinos.

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not just who maybe want to get into the England squad,

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but Scotland, Wales and some of the South Sea Islanders

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It's a massive achievement to play for your country

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and particularly in a World Cup, to go over there and do it is certainly

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something that resonates with me over the course of my career.

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I think, you know, particularly Scott Taylor coming

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back with his first England cap and I think it's sort of gives

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a few of the other boys that ambition to get

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out there and impress and hopefully get the nod at the end of the year.

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There have been calls in some circles for more entertainment.

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They want a more entertaining brand of rugby league.

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Is that something that you as players have been talking

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about or is that very much coming from the outside?

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That's a really interesting question actually.

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I read a really good article from Dave Woods talking

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about needing a bit more dazzle in Super League and I...

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I don't know, it's big to call, but I don't know

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I think we're playing with a generation at

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the minute who know how to play the game

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competitions in all kinds of sports where

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the taking part that counts so what you find

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is a lot of people who were

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really good at playing a game such as rugby league, outstanding

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players, but there's not that many competitors and I think when I look

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back over the years and watch some of the old games, particularly from

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the 90s, there are some real mavericks out there, some real

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You know, getting some penalties, playing the ball,

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looking, thinking about what can I do here?

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Just really competing and I think we probably need a few more

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So your call for 2017, more mavericks.

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Well, highlights from every game in Round 1

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coming up, but before we get going, here's a reminder of some of

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the wheeling and dealing in the transfer market.

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Obviously, you've acquired from the other side Albert Kelly.

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Was surprising to you guys that you were getting him?

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Obviously, you know, it's not the done thing,

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He's really added to us in training and he really could be

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the difference between us, you know, winning something again this year.

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He's got a really vital role to play in us going forward this year.

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When you look around at other teams, is

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there a transfer that particularly took you by surprise or

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stands out for you as a really good signing?

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I think the big one's probably Kev Brown, you know,

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Unfortunately, he doesn't play, obviously this week

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with his injury, but I think the big scale will be on Widnes and the fact

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It's been pivotal around him, their game

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plan for the last few years and he will be sorely missed there.

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But certainly exciting for Warrington to

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get a player of his calibre and that control around the six as well.

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Over 21 years of Super League, we've become quite

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accustomed to the season ending with St Helens playing Leeds.

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They've met four times in Grand Finals, but this year,

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the long-time rivals face off on the opening night.

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Well, things are starting to get a bit

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heated, as it often does between these two.

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What a finish to a game that never disappoints.

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What a great way to start the new season between Leeds and St

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Helens, two of the real big names in Super League, but on the back of

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relatively disappointing seasons last year.

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Rob Burrow makes his 500th career appearance tonight.

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Burrow, switching it away as Leeds try to

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find something amiss in that Saints defence,

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And a little push away from Moon and Moon might just

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Phil Bentham wants a second look here.

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And it's a Leeds who have first blood here tonight.

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Well, if he's had time to have a look around.

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Referee again is going to ask for another opinion here.

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Ashton Golding might have done a terrific

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Putting himself in a position to stop that

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And it is not a try, so full marks to the Leeds defence.

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St Helens fans beginning to get a little excited here.

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They sense that their side have an opportunity.

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Roby goes running away, spinning away and

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Golding again, just getting in there, but Walmsley...

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Well, from the naked eye, it looked as though it was short.

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And I think Golding was involved again there.

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There's a couple of team-mates in there as

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But it looks as though they've held that ball up.

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Can't see any way for that to be given and it isn't.

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And Walmsley hurt for his pains as well.

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Richardson with a step back on the inside.

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Eight strides away from where they want to be.

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And the little Frenchman is in to score.

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Six minutes of the second half played.

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Theo, Theo, is the chant from the stands.

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So, Percival with a chance to give his side the

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Under the cosh for most of the first half, but they now lead

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Here's Watkins looking on the outside.

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The athlete of old, the ball inside, a try is it?

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What a tackle that was from Tommy Makinson.

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If you watch every game between now and October,

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you might not see anything as good as this.

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Terrific effort and St Helens hang on for a narrow,

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Well, given where you were at this time last year, it's a similar sort

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of result to the beginning of last year, but did it feel very different

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I mean, first of all, for me, it was really exciting.

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My 18th year I think going out and playing and the novelty's never

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Where we'd been last year, I think that you can work really hard

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in preseason but you can't really get a measure until you've had that

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So playing away St Helens, a good St Helens side,

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is a great measure for us and whilst not happy with

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a 6-4 loss, I think it just shows we've come on leaps and bounds,

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particularly when it comes to defence.

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And watching that Tommy Makinson tackle again, are you

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still thinking Liam's going to go over?

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I remember being pretty tired and just

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giving the ball to Cal there and in a bit of space, Cal's magic.

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I'd have backed him all day through this,

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but the back three at Saint Helens I think are the biggest

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Swift, Makinson, Lomax, were outstanding.

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And the real difficulty when you're bringing the ball back, but coming

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up with try series like that is what wins you games,

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Obviously, presumably part of the game plan for you guys was to

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Obviously with Matty Smith out, he was the key man.

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Did you expect his energy levels to start to drop at some point?

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Yeah, I think he did about 40 tackles.

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Anyone would think we were spotting him

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and trying to get at him, but

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credit to him, I think he stood up to every one.

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We had a few good ones, like this one here, stopping the try

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With the ball in hand, very, very dangerous.

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Got over the line for them and he is a strong

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player and a good addition for Saints.

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How impressed were you with him, not just with his defence but

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also his attack, particularly given he had to be the main man?

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Yeah, obviously there were a lot of questions resting on him

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Defensively, he built his game around that, he came

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on to everything that Leeds threw at him.

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He managed to come up with a real pivotal moment in the try

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Another man who had a very good game for you guys, Ash Golding.

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You know, now he's taken over that number one shirt to have had as good

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a game as he had and be as defensively

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And, of course, he played for Stanningley as well.

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But a lot of people ask me, you know, I suspected

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that Leeds might have had a few more signings

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this year and you look at

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somebody like that, what we want to do is promote from within.

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And that talent is there for me, Ashton

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Golding, will be world-class in a few years.

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I'm sure he'll play international.

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And it's not till you actually watch the game back that

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He is massive for the forwards and the amount of tries...

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I think he had three try saves in that game which is just huge and

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You can sign somebody from overseas but when

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you've got it on your doorstep, you know, a kid who's saving tries,

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winning games and gets you to Grand Finals,

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How impressed were you with St Helens, particularly given they've

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obviously built their pre-season around around Theo Fages with

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Matty Smith, that they seem to cope very well without him but he will be

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massive for them, won't he, when he comes back?

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He's a massive addition for them this year.

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Really steers the team around the field and

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he'll be a big asset, but

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You plan all your pre-season around a certain combination and

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then for that to fall away, moments before

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the start of the year, it

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would have hit them hard, but I thought they adapted

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Safe to say that you guys are feeling in a better place than you

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Homeless, apart from anything last year,

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Yeah, we spent the pre-season in waders last year.

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And it's not an excuse, it's just a reality,

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We've got a great new training facility.

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We've had a really cohesive pre-season.

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Got the young lads coming in and adding some

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enthusiasm and I think it showed in that game that we're

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in a good place and ready to keep moving forward.

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Well, the defending champions of course

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are Wigan and they take on

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Cronulla on Sunday in the World Club Challenge.

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We'll bring you highlights of that next week, but

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their warm up was a Super League fixture at Salford.

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Your commentator for this one is Tim Steer.

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Brilliantly kept in play and Gelling will score.

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The referee, Ben Thaler, puts it on report.

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Burgess is after it and Burgess will score.

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Chance for the break here from Gildart.

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It's Gildart and it's a brilliant try for Wigan.

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It's been a dominant first half from Wigan.

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And George Williams dances his way through.

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How many more points can Wigan put on the board?

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Well, Joel Tomkins adds another four.

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Salford looking for their first points of the game.

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Chris Brining goes over and gets them.

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Oh, he's done well to get that one down.

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Well, it's been a better second half from Salford.

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There's plenty of red shirts after this one.

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Wigan have dropped it and it's Dobson who is going to

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But it will be no more than a consolation and Wigan

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We need to be a lot better and we will be a lot better.

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We just had to blow the cobwebs off today.

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That's the first time we've had that team together really.

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So happy with the win but we know there's a lot of work to do.

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I feel and the boys feel that an opportunity missed for us

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because of the way that we turned out in the first half.

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Like, we can put it down to different things saying that we

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lost Junior, we lost Robbie, but we feel we're a good

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We've had time together to be able to kick

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on and we have to do that straightaway from the off, not in a

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It's 30 years ago since I've played and it still gets mentioned

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to me once a week around Wigan, so it means a lot to our town

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and I'll be getting a few of the players in

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from 30 years ago to chat to the players this week and make them

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understand, if we need to, to understand how

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Cronulla are a very good team from a fantastic comp and it will be

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How much will the World Cup challenge

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have been on the minds of the Wigan players,

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however they try to talk it down beforehand?

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Yeah, I think you do, as a team, don't you, when

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You want to address the one that's right

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in front of you but I think at half-time, the job was pretty much

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done with the quality that they've got.

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You couldn't see Salford coming back from that.

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But they certainly would have had one eye on the game

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with a pretty much full strength team next week and a few of the old

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guys coming back to play in it as well.

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I tell you what, there's something about Wigan though.

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Tommy Leuluai, obviously was back and Joe Burgess

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for them, I mean, it's a nice fit for him, isn't it?

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Well, I think there was nobody else he could go play for.

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They've got a lot of loyalty at Wigan and they get a lot of their

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young guys really putting their heart and soul

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I think Tommy Leuluai will be massive for them this year.

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I think right back to 2010 when they had Leuluai, Finch and Tomkins

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Even though you knew what they were going to

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And, you know, there's a bit of their reunion there with Tomkins

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back now and I think they'll be really exciting.

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Like Gareth says, a winter win this week and all their

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focus will be on becoming world champions this weekend.

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It was very clear from Ian Watson how frustrated

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he was at how they performed first half.

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How influential do you think he could be for them?

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Yeah, he's going to be another big signing for them.

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The quality that he's got, he certainly

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But you could see disappointment in the

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Salford players and in the Salford coaching staff.

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You work all pre-season, you know, and it's a bit unknown.

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You want to go out there and prove that all that hard work

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And also particularly, they've talked so much,

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haven't they, about the culture at the club

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and not wanting to be in those million pound game?

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Would that have made it even more frustrating,

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I think, you know, everyone wants to get off to a good start.

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Like I say, you put all that hard work in.

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You want to feel as though it's for something and I think they were

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really disappointed with how they played

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Well, Warrington checked in and out of the south of France on Saturday

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without their new signing, Kevin Brown.

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The Wolves won twice in Perpignan in 2016

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and were looking to start the new season

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The commentator for Catalan against Warrington is Matt Newson.

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Warrington, Mike Cooper back at the Wires for 2017

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He'll come to the right of the ruck here.

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It's a lovely little pass and Andre Savelio on his debut for

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Catalan trying to get front ball through Bird that time.

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Rhys Evans, oh, he's allowed to bounce.

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He's flipped the ball to Richie Myler.

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Walsh, we've already seen one of these towering bombs.

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It's going to come down under Matty Russell.

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And Horo is going to try and get the line here.

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And eventually, the referee, James Child, has gone

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for the sin-bin and it's Tom Lineham who will have ten in the bin.

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Catalan forcing the issue around the ten metre line here.

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Takes it to the right of the ruck here.

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Warrington sniffing a come back here.

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And they'll come to this right-hand side once again.

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Great tip on by Ashton Sims and it finished by Rhys Evans.

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Catalan looking to extend their lead, make sure of the points.

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And Catalan have all but sealed it now.

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But he has great presence, great power

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Catalan make a winning start to this Super League season.

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Talking about big signings earlier, how big a signing

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could Greg Bird be, do you think for Catalan?

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He was big for them when he was there first time round

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and he's world-class and his experience and he's been on his

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travels and it just shows how excited, not just him but the whole

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team were about getting that win in the South of France.

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It was a great trip over there, especially for the

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fans, and I tell you, I can't make any excuses for Warrington,

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they had a few out injured and they had a few

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uncharacteristic errors as well looking at it, but let's not...

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We've got to give credit to Catalan because not

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many teams are going to go over

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He signed a five-year contract, Greg Bird and there seems

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to be a culture shift of who they've brought

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in and an emphasis on families

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with people settling a bit more.

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Do you think that could be key to them just gelling for a whole

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It's great that the club have decided to do that.

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It's something that Leeds and Wigan have done very well over the years

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Not only on the field but how they behave off it.

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And, you know, with Greg Bird, we spoke about competitors.

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He'll certainly bring that to Super League this year.

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Obviously, Warrington face Brisbane next week.

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Will this result worry Tony at all or at least

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offensively will he be fairly happy with it an attack to work on?

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He's always got his eye a few weeks in front and I think credit

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first of Brisbane for bringing a team over and put in that

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spectacle on and, you know, Wigan aside, if

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there was another team in Super League you'd like to see test

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it would be Warrington to chance their arm.

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They are mavericks, like Gareth says.

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They are full of competitors and as long as you practice, Tony

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Smith will let you do what ever you want and I think they'll be

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dangerous and it will be a great game.

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And for Catalan, do you think that...

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Do think the competition needs them to really make an impact?

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We all sat here for the first half last year and thought this could be

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their year but is it important, do you think, that they make a real

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impact at the back end of the season?

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Well, I think they've threatened for a few years and

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everyone spoke about Catalan being dark horses

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and, you know, there's a lot of changes

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this year but obviously they've got off to

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a great start and they'll be wanting to continue

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in that sort of vein of form,

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picking up big wins against big teams.

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So we are up and running in the 2017 season and it will be

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a relief to many to be talking about rugby league.

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It's been an eventful winter to say the least.

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It's been quite a negative off-season and, you know,

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there's a few things going on within our sport.

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The Sale director of rugby, Steve Diamond, says they've

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done nothing wrong in signing the record-breaking Super League

:23:42.:23:44.

winner Denny Solomona from Castleford.

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The England rugby league team have cancelled

:23:48.:23:49.

their pre-season trip to Dubai next month.

:23:50.:23:53.

I think it's been a bit of a time of confusion and at some stage,

:23:54.:23:57.

we need to calm down and get a bit of calmness about us and a bit of

:23:58.:24:01.

There are some things that are going really well.

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There are other things that aren't going as well so

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one of the things that were looking at at the moment is talent

:24:09.:24:11.

retention, so we're working hard to make sure we've got the best

:24:12.:24:14.

I think there's been a concern that we've

:24:15.:24:17.

been sort of losing some of that talent and as a result, the product

:24:18.:24:21.

We've got to look at what's happening in our competitive

:24:22.:24:30.

businesses. I don't even call them competitive sports. Particularly the

:24:31.:24:36.

NRL. We can't let it continue, the gap, financial gap. We've got to

:24:37.:24:40.

look to incentivising investment in talent but more importantly to

:24:41.:24:43.

retain the very best talent in this country. I hate the phrase, goat

:24:44.:24:51.

testers off in the NRL. We should be saying to Australian players to go

:24:52.:24:54.

test themselves in the Super League expect we are too passive, were not

:24:55.:25:03.

ambitious. We've already started central player contracts. We need to

:25:04.:25:05.

look at the next generation of players. The George Williams is, the

:25:06.:25:09.

Johnny Lomax is because we need them to play in Super League. England's

:25:10.:25:13.

rugby league side have cancelled plans after eight town versus

:25:14.:25:19.

country row. We shouldn't just show up and expect everyone to turn over

:25:20.:25:23.

backwards for you. You have to work hard to have that rapport with the

:25:24.:25:26.

clubs. And I suppose that is been the bit that has been lacking in

:25:27.:25:29.

recent times. It's wrong because some of the commotion I think if

:25:30.:25:33.

there had have beans and better communication between clubs and the

:25:34.:25:39.

administration and the England campaign, I think we would have

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overcome a whole lot of heart ache, if you like. I think we should learn

:25:43.:25:47.

lessons from this. If you're going to improve your chances of winning

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the World Cup, you start for years beforehand. You do start one year

:25:52.:25:54.

beforehand. You need to get the clubs to buy into the whole

:25:55.:25:58.

programme. We didn't go ahead with a can. We have streamlined the

:25:59.:26:01.

training sessions. We have one of the best coaches in the world who

:26:02.:26:08.

has put demands on the player so it has a real ballot in terms of player

:26:09.:26:11.

welfare. Our players need rest, not more work because of the demanding

:26:12.:26:15.

schedules. In terms of resting players, we can't possibly do that.

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We need a club, a fan base, a very important competition cold Super

:26:23.:26:24.

League we should be promoted and strengthened and we should put out

:26:25.:26:27.

our best players in every single game. We will always do what is best

:26:28.:26:32.

our players and so if our player needs a rest, we will do that when

:26:33.:26:36.

we can. That's therefore means we will actually be doing the best for

:26:37.:26:45.

England to. Start with you as someone who went to the NRL to test

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himself. Do you see that Gulf between is getting bigger,

:26:51.:26:54.

particularly into financially now? I am a big fan of Super League and

:26:55.:26:59.

when I was out in Australia I thought I was presenting England and

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Super League all the time I was there. I can see the Gulf and is

:27:03.:27:08.

getting bigger and we need to address it and the administrators on

:27:09.:27:13.

their spoke about bridging that gap and making it more lucrative and

:27:14.:27:17.

more incentivised for players to want to stay in Super League and

:27:18.:27:22.

it's a tough task. A tough task. Financially, rugby union has a lot

:27:23.:27:25.

more money. It seems that rugby league is under attack from all

:27:26.:27:30.

angles. Yes, the money side of it is obviously big. A big part of what

:27:31.:27:36.

you do. But there is a lot of incentive to go, testers off in the

:27:37.:27:40.

NRL, to want to play for England and Rugby union. It is something we have

:27:41.:27:44.

to address and I understand all the reasons why things have to happen

:27:45.:27:49.

and the plans that we put in place for England because we all want to

:27:50.:27:52.

see England winning the World Cup, that would be absolutely magnificent

:27:53.:27:56.

of our game, but I think there has been a communication breakdown

:27:57.:27:59.

somewhere between them and the clubs. We are in the final year of

:28:00.:28:03.

the current structure. They then have 4-mac years to plan for the

:28:04.:28:07.

World Cup. Being in this country, what would you like to see the next

:28:08.:28:11.

season of rugby league, would you like it be shorter so that are not

:28:12.:28:16.

playing as many games as we go towards the World Cup? I don't think

:28:17.:28:20.

what's out there matters. The only thing that matters is that everybody

:28:21.:28:25.

buys into the idea. That matters to me. Long-term planning, get everyone

:28:26.:28:29.

to buy into an idea and let's go for it. It might be a bad idea, but we

:28:30.:28:33.

don't know it'll be all buy into it. But do you need to play fewer games

:28:34.:28:39.

to be at your peak in November? I don't really buy into that. I just

:28:40.:28:44.

think I have always not bothered wasting energy on the things that I

:28:45.:28:47.

can't control and most of the things that I can. If I have to play 30

:28:48.:28:52.

games in a season Matt Garrett has to play 30 games, we'll have to play

:28:53.:28:57.

a lot of games. That's irrelevant. Get on with it. What ever is out

:28:58.:29:00.

there and what was put in place for us. War that strengthen us as a

:29:01.:29:04.

nation? If we are prepared to just say this is what we have to do? And

:29:05.:29:08.

we do it because we are players are we just get on with it, but I think

:29:09.:29:12.

the NRL, when I was there, in four games we played 70 something years.

:29:13.:29:17.

They were fresh and ready to go at the end of the year and I will be

:29:18.:29:21.

honest, I used to get to the end of the year in England and think, I

:29:22.:29:24.

can't wait for the end because I was that tired and drained and ready for

:29:25.:29:26.

a rest. We've got to play those

:29:27.:29:32.

games for the revenue. Everybody is talking

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about, there is no money, that is why we have got

:29:39.:29:39.

to play so many games. This could be

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a discussion for the rest It was anything but summer rugby

:29:43.:29:45.

at Wakefield on Sunday. How difficult were

:29:46.:29:49.

those conditions? We recognised there

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wasn't going to be much opportunity with ball in hand

:29:53.:30:05.

so reverted to Plan A, stick the ball up the jumper

:30:06.:30:08.

and take each other on Both teams went hammer and tongs,

:30:09.:30:10.

it was a close contest. Lee Radford said he

:30:11.:30:14.

knew this was coming. Earlier in the week we had

:30:15.:30:19.

rough weather and we had prepared ourselves with a game plan

:30:20.:30:25.

to approach it in that way and you saw it in the game -

:30:26.:30:34.

we took two points That was important,

:30:35.:30:37.

realising any opportunities. What do you make of Danny

:30:38.:30:39.

Houghton doing that? We saw that a couple

:30:40.:30:41.

of times this weekend. I have seen it a few

:30:42.:30:43.

times over the weekend. It is not something

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I am a big fan of. But when you are playing in that

:30:49.:30:50.

pressured environment and winning is all that matters, you

:30:51.:30:55.

see things like that. But I would like to

:30:56.:30:57.

see it addressed. Wakefield feel disappointed not

:30:58.:30:59.

to win the game but what did you Both teams went forward hammer

:31:00.:31:02.

and tongs and went at They have got some good

:31:03.:31:12.

combinations in their team now. They will be there

:31:13.:31:33.

about the top eight. Hungry for more

:31:34.:31:37.

silverware after what you This for me is our biggest

:31:38.:31:39.

challenge, hunger, obviously we fell away towards

:31:40.:31:42.

the back end of the year in the It has been a long time

:31:43.:31:45.

since the club has won anything, the magnitude of playing

:31:46.:31:50.

for the first time in a Hopefully we will find

:31:51.:31:53.

ourselves in that position And I'm sure we'll react

:31:54.:31:56.

differently and approach that at the back end

:31:57.:32:08.

of the year in the super eights Fair to say you are looking forward

:32:09.:32:11.

to the summer and a bit of To Castleford, first

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stop on the Super League Back in the top division

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for the first time in 12 years This Leigh defence

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is doing well so far. Gale, the prop forward,

:32:24.:32:55.

over to score the game's first McMeeken has been mentioned

:32:56.:33:13.

in England circles. Working things forward again

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here for Castleford. That was roughly

:33:28.:33:58.

from the full-back and Minikin almost in at dummy

:33:59.:34:12.

half but that's left instead for Roberts who goes

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scampering away here. Weston was lingering

:34:25.:34:26.

too long in the tackle. Luke Gale has landed

:34:27.:34:34.

his three conversions. That is a good strong

:34:35.:34:48.

carry from Jake Webster. Castleford now looking

:34:49.:35:07.

a little more lateral. Castleford are tearing

:35:08.:35:11.

Leigh apart in the Leigh under fire again right

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at the start of the second 90 seconds of the second-half

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played and Castleford Another chance for another attack

:35:49.:36:02.

at this Castleford line. Any points on the board

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at the moment but it might This is an excellent position now

:36:30.:36:32.

for the Super League That is a lovely soft handed pass

:36:33.:36:35.

that sees Hampshire through. Lovely from Drinkwater

:36:36.:36:39.

to set things up. Hampshire, against his

:36:40.:36:40.

former club, has scored. Nice spell from Hampshire

:36:41.:36:57.

and a kick on here. Luke Gale will claim that

:36:58.:37:11.

but there are a few questions The referee will put

:37:12.:37:16.

the square in the air. All those who chased

:37:17.:37:19.

I think were behind the The drop before anybody

:37:20.:37:24.

made contact with him by Hampshire and the grounding

:37:25.:37:34.

is good and that adds up to what should be

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Leigh's pedigree and character really been tested here tonight

:37:39.:38:00.

against a team who could well be rattling a few tins in Super

:38:01.:38:03.

Castleford are enjoying themselves here.

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He will be enjoying playing against Castleford, the club

:38:19.:38:23.

that resurrected his career last year.

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That is a lovely ball from Drinkwater and a try in the corner

:38:28.:38:30.

Taken in by Paterson who has got himself to the ten metre mark.

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Leigh carry it on and Danny Tickle, his 100th career try, against one of

:38:51.:38:53.

Too little too late to make a difference as far as

:38:54.:39:00.

the outcome is concerned but Leigh have something to cheer on their

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But it is Castleford and by a distance.

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Castleford are being talked about a lot when people

:39:11.:39:13.

The last three or four years, during Daryl Powell's

:39:14.:39:25.

tenure, he has just built a club, and when you go there the

:39:26.:39:28.

I went to the game to watch Leigh and the ground was

:39:29.:39:32.

bouncing, the fans, the staff, the people who work there.

:39:33.:39:35.

Watching Castleford running on and off the pitch, really cohesive.

:39:36.:39:39.

They look like they are enjoying their

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They are playing well and scoring lots of points.

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They look red hot at the minutes, even

:39:56.:40:08.

They have been notorious. Their attacking play. Everybody seems to

:40:09.:40:32.

want to go forward. There has been tough battles against Castleford

:40:33.:40:36.

over the years. They have players who could throw the ball around and

:40:37.:40:41.

make it difficult for the defence and defend out wide. Are you doing

:40:42.:40:50.

your homework on Leigh? What do you make of them? Tough. They have got

:40:51.:40:56.

some great players. Very physical side. I expect a very physical game.

:40:57.:41:06.

One of those Games where you can get knocked off the ball, disillusioned,

:41:07.:41:12.

tables can turn. They have been given a tough set of fixtures. Is it

:41:13.:41:17.

a case of almost hanging on in there at this point and not getting their

:41:18.:41:21.

heads drop if they find themselves in a match like that? I think so.

:41:22.:41:26.

Being promoted it as a new experience for them. A challenge

:41:27.:41:32.

every single big. Life, sport, it is all about persevering and taking

:41:33.:41:38.

knocks on the chin. Playing against one of the best teams. The need to

:41:39.:41:48.

hang on. Throughout this year we will be testing the general

:41:49.:41:51.

knowledge of some of the Super League's stars in a brand-new

:41:52.:41:57.

challenge. They have got to complete six sets in two minutes.

:41:58.:41:59.

First it is Luke Gale. The Darryl Powell, Brian McDermott,

:42:00.:42:24.

Chris Chester. Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland,

:42:25.:42:36.

Sweden, Poland. Goldeneye. The man with the Golden

:42:37.:42:44.

gun. Moon Raker. Casino Royale. Octopussy. Goldeneye.

:42:45.:43:00.

Elephant and Castle. This is a hard one stop I used to live there as

:43:01.:43:08.

well. Elephant and Castle. Can I pass?

:43:09.:43:19.

Frankel. Galileo. Red Rum. Red marauder. See the stars. What else?

:43:20.:43:40.

Vegetables. Broccoli. Carrots. Partner. -- pas Schlupp. This is

:43:41.:43:58.

harder than you think. Cauliflower. How many is that? Right. One more

:43:59.:44:02.

would be... Courgette. Raised eyebrows in here. Courgette

:44:03.:44:23.

is a fruit. It has seeds. Do not see we do not inform you. Are you

:44:24.:44:28.

looking forward to doing that? You will be in the hot seat when we come

:44:29.:44:34.

to your club. Finally, let us see what happened in

:44:35.:44:39.

the match between Widnes and Huddersfield on Friday. Big changes

:44:40.:44:43.

at both clubs. They have both been written off in some quarters, how

:44:44.:44:46.

much will that have motivated them? Hopefully, Huddersfield have never

:44:47.:44:53.

really lost it to be fair. They have still got all the ambition and

:44:54.:44:57.

firepower that they have had previously, and some skill. Talk

:44:58.:45:00.

about attacking teams, Castleford is one. Huddersfield is another. And

:45:01.:45:11.

they do have that straight power. You had a tough year last year. How

:45:12.:45:15.

important, so many new players, to get a win? Obviously it fills

:45:16.:45:22.

confidence. There are a few that are coming back. I do not think anybody

:45:23.:45:28.

will be looking too far into the future. But to get a first-round

:45:29.:45:36.

result is imported. Widnes have not have a great record. It will be good

:45:37.:45:44.

to see them performing again. How much will they feel they have a

:45:45.:45:50.

point to prove? From the division below, they will want to show that

:45:51.:45:55.

they are ready for Super League. I am sure they will be ready and

:45:56.:45:58.

raring to go, and to make the difference that is needed to do

:45:59.:46:07.

better than they did last year. No Kevin Brown, Joe Mellor out as

:46:08.:46:11.

well, do they have to learn to live with out them?

:46:12.:46:16.

Exactly. They have had a few weeks to prepare for this but to lose a

:46:17.:46:22.

player like Kevin Brown who has been so instrumental for Widnes for the

:46:23.:46:26.

last few years is going to be a big hole to fill. What are you overall

:46:27.:46:32.

impressions of the first week in? The thing that stood out was that it

:46:33.:46:37.

was quite a low scoring week. That is a bit of a leveller. A lot of

:46:38.:46:44.

teams concentrated big on defence. Looked at the statistic last year,

:46:45.:46:50.

the Grand Final, the second lowest point scoring, and comes back to

:46:51.:46:54.

this competitive nature, a lot of teams work on not losing as opposed

:46:55.:47:01.

to scoring points. We will see. We are underway in 2017. Thank you

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to Jamie and Gareth for joining us. We will see you for the same time

:47:09.:47:12.

next week for the World Club Challenge. Goodbye.

:47:13.:47:16.

CROWD CLAMOURS Karen!

:47:17.:47:17.

Hey, Julie. JULIE LAUGHS

:47:18.:47:19.

Have you heard where they found her? No. Have you?

:47:20.:47:23.

Tell her she owes you the truth as a mate.

:47:24.:47:25.

'You haven't lost you faith in people...have you?'

:47:26.:47:36.

How long did you resist working for us?

:47:37.:47:38.

Tanya Arnold is joined by the players and personalities of Super League for a new series of highlights and features from the world of Rugby League.

Wigan Warriors start the 2017 season as favourites to retain their title, but after an intriguing winter of transfer activity the competition looks wide open once again. Wigan start the defence of their title away to Salford, Catalans face Warrington and Wakefield play Hull FC. St Helens and Leeds renew their epic Super League rivalry. The fixture has delivered some of the most intense matches of recent times, including their four grand final meetings. It's a historic season for Leigh Centurions - who are back in Super League for the first time since 2005 - they play Castleford. Widnes are at home to Huddersfield.


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