Highlights and analysis from the Super League. Wigan v St Helens, Widnes v Warrington, Castleford v Wakefield, Salford v Leigh and Huddersfield v Catalans.
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It's the time of the year when local rivals get together
# In a neighbourhood like this, you know it's hard to survive
# So you better come prepared as they won't take us alive
# In my beautiful neighbourhood # My neighbourhood
# My beautiful neighbourhood # My beautiful neighbourhood
# My beautiful neighbourhood. Hopefully, these two will be good
neighbours in the studio this week. Brian Noble is alongside
Robbie Hunter-Paul, both multiple Wigan and St Helens have been
the best of enemies since 1895. They've met more than 300 times,
and watching their latest encounter Always a real intensity to this
fixture, isn't there Wigan boosted by the return of their captain.
Jamahl Lolesi in temporary charge of St Helens after the sacking of
Keiron Cunningham. And a huge crowd of well over 20,000. That's the
kick. Marshall underneath it and safely caught. A high connection
there from Kyle a more. Didn't look good at all. You look at that angle
and he seems to start around the chest. It's a red card! 11 minutes
played, just over, and Kyle Amor is sent off.
St Helens in prime position now. Wigan's defence good. The referee
has given a penalty here for the tackle of the ball. Mark Percival
looking to give us the first points of the Good Friday derby game. The
80 minute pence -- the 18 minute penalty gives Saints the lead.
A pile-up in pursuit of the lovely grubber kick. Burges reclaims it.
What does the referee think? Going to the video replay. He thinks it is
a try. Burges was in there. I think he just about got there first. Wigan
in the lead for the first time. A big draw for McIlorum when he came
onto the field from the bench after that long absence. A penalty. They
turned down one opportunity to go for two points with a penalty
directly under the sticks. This time they go for goal. Lolesi in
conversation with Sean Long, as Wigan take a 6-point lead.
A wonderful little step by Reagan Grace. -- Regan Grace. The youngster
is having a marvellous game, Regan Grace, in this, his debut. He has
helped set a wonderful position for St Helens.
He's got the try. St Helens are right back in this now. What a start
to the second half. Just flailing hand slap at Lee
Marshall. In for the try. A quick response by Wigan. They have the
lead again. Escare goes for the one point here.
Not a bad thing to do. A 7-point lead now.
The youngster strikes! In the fabulous fashion. Regan Grace. He is
having a debut to remember. The Saints fans are loving his input
into this game. That's a terrific finish. His name is being taunted by
the St Helens fans. What a way to start. But there's a moment he will
want to forget. He might have scored a try at one end, but his mistake
here has given Wigan possession back close to the Saints line.
Wigan are a little loose, a little untidy. But they had numbers, and
Farrell used that fact to dummy his way across. Liam Farrell and Wigan
establishing authority again. Marshall for the corner,
acrobatically! There has to be a second look at that, because it was
too tight for the human eye. Has Liam Marshall scored his second of
the game? He thinks he might have done. Oh, my word. The feet are on
the ground, are they? Did the left foot go down or did the ball touched
down first? So close, but I think the ball wins it. The try is given.
What a remarkable finish from Liam Marshall.
A little grubber by Williams. What a catch by Joe Burgess to finish.
Another eye-catching moment in this thrilling derby. They've not given
up. Only about eight minutes left to play, and they have to score three
times. But there's been a very different attitude from St Helens
tonight, certainly from the performance against Huddersfield
last week. Trying to create something here, and they have done.
Makinson's over. Is that too little, too late? In to the count down.
Wigan looking to finish with a flourish there. But it will be
Wigan's Good Friday Victor Ruiz. They stopped the rot of that recent
run of defeats. An eventful week for St Helens with
Keiron Cunningham going. Did you see a different team out there? Jamaal
Lolesi is an attacking player and a mindset, and there's no better Super
League fan to epitomise attacking than Sean Long, so having those two
guys at the helm, trying to breathe life into the team, especially in a
home derby. Did you see them regaining their identity? I don't
think they've lost their identity, they just haven't been playing well.
It gave them a little bit of freedom when it was difficult early in the
game for them. They had nothing to lose. I'm not too sure... They have
been trying to play that way all week, but that loosening of the
strings, a fresh start to difficult circumstances, has had an effect.
The red card Abe big talking point of the game. When we saw it at full
speed, you both winced a bit. Is it one of those ones where when you see
it at full speed, it looks bad, but in slow motion it is different? At
full speed it looks bad. That camera shop there clearly sees he tries to
hit the ball. Open palm. It comes over the head. Thankfully, Escare
isn't injured. It is just one of those situations where the fourth
official could have helped him. Would you have liked him to have
seen him do that? There's been a lot of pressure on referees lately, with
the westward insolent, and Ben Thaler was involved in another
incident. At full speed, he could have said, I'm thinking of him, of
sending him off, what do you think, and he could have come back and said
something else. Nine minutes into the game, all of that atmosphere and
energy, there is an argument that could be said that end sailor gets
caught up in that emotion. -- Ben Thaler. I would have liked to see it
go upstairs, but unless you have been in that situation... It was
Liam Marshall carrying the ball, not Escare. Marshall did bounce back up,
thankfully. Both him and Regan Grace on his debut were highlights. After
taking a shot like that, Marshall went and scored two tries. It is the
best rule change we have ever considered. Every week we have
something on social media about it. He has worked, he has speed, and he
has gone. He took its opportunity. Left foot, right foot... He finishes
his try really well. A little error early on, on debut with those
nerves. But he could not have wished for a better debut. Wigan didn't
know what he could do. They were lazy. They will have to make sure
that they will need to treat him like Justin Carney. Get the mindset,
and take him to zero. Wigan will be pleased to get the win as they have
been on a difficult run. 14 months, did you say. It was great to see
McIlorum back out there. Great to see a player who has had injury and
strife, and to cope with that for over 12 months... Great to see him
back out. The team they're all trying to catch
at the moment are Castleford Tigers. They were two points clear
at the top of the table heading into Easter,
and on Good Friday The commentator for this
one is Stuart Pyke. Wakefield in good form,
winning five of their last six. They have won their last
five against Wakefield. They know how important this game
is, even early on in the The former Castleford
star, Joe Arundel. The golden rule, never
let the ball bounce. Castleford did and
they paid the price. Every time they have the ball
they were dangerous. The ball goes to
the right-hand side. You heard there, possible
obstruction on Fifita. Roberts will get
Castleford's first try. Another promising position
this for the leaders. Roberts scored the first,
he has made the second. Very difficult to stop
on the goal line. After taking the lead,
Wakefield have spent Ball inside from Gale
and a second for Millington. Total control against
their big rivals. They have managed to hold
firm so far in this One of the best wins
in their Super League They get the opening
try of the second half. In the second half,
that is the big surprise. They have restricted Fifita
and might get another try. Wonderful athleticism and it is
surely a try for Jones-Bishop. Top of the pile, eight
wins out of nine. Another incredible tried to end it.
They are just fantastic. You often criticise the administrators, but
they were awesome. They were indeed. Castleford not at their best, but
they won it 42-24 even so. You look at this picture behind us, and there
was a lot of joy on their faces. There's something good going on at
Castleford at this point in time. It's better to turn up and play
badly and win than play well and lose. They are in that sort of form
now. I will not say they played completely badly. They still know
how to get over the try-line. They had a purple patch in the first half
that won them the game. Is that the key? When that purple patch hits,
close them down? You've got to be ready for that. They are extremely
strong. It's going to take a champion team... The team that can
go there and beat them down there is the team that may have the say
towards the end of the season. They play an attractive brand. They know
what they are doing. When they are on a roll, you may be needed to slow
the game down. And playing that ground particularly, you need to
hold your nerve. Andy Lynch is now in his second... His 450th
appearance. As he's grown longer in the tooth, he has added more to his
game. A much smarter player now, great energy, can pass the ball and
take the pressure on himself. He would do all right in a number six
jumper, although prefers being up front. I think he would book a bit.
A frustrating afternoon for Wakefield. It is frustrating as they
have been going pretty well. I can only reinforce the local derby
aspect. You have to be on your game and prepared for 80 minutes of
challenge from this Castleford team. They are on fire.
The only team who can match Castleford's form
They were at home to Leigh on Friday.
Not may points on offer here, Robbie.
What's it like playing in a game with so few tries?
It was an intense game, as can be expected from a local derby. A very
physical game. Leigh turned up. Both teams had key personnel out. Gareth
Hock was missing with a one match ban for the Leigh Centurions. Both
without key players, but they muscled out. It was a really
physical game. The supporters turned out in massive numbers and really
enjoyed themselves. Attacking football, but some big hits were
going on as well. They will be feeling it come this Monday. And a
big improvement for Leigh? It is getting used to that week in, week
out Super League competition. In 11 league, some of the team may have
had a rest. This top level means you are on the game constantly
throughout the season. If you haven't got your best players out
there, it becomes a hard game. The type of game that Salford might have
lost last year. Is that the difference? They have a culture
within the squad where they really enjoy being in each other's company.
That translates onto the field. You can see them around the club itself.
There is a lot of camaraderie going on. That has been translated into
how they play on and the pitch. They play an attractive, advanced Rugby
League. You have got over Brian at fullback
also. These three guys are pivotal to making the strike happen all over
the pitch. You have one when you have Justin Carney there, big
strikers on the edges and muscle in the middle of the park.
One thing missing from the Easter programme this
Fear not though, because we've had a dip into the BBC archives
and found one in the 1981 Premiership Final.
Eddie Waring was behind the microphone for the final time.
They have been playing for 13 minutes.
He's stretching the defence. He scores in the corner. A magnificent
try. It is a tremendous game and a
tremendous crowd. You can see the supporters, still behind the lads. A
bit of a push. The referee needs to be in there very quickly. The sixth
tackle coming up. He goes on his own. Off he goes, and
scores the try. Yes, yes. All the ingredients required. A good try. Is
it going to be one of those finishes? Hull are really going into
this... Hull Kingston Rovers take the trophy. Some brilliant Rugby
League, and what a great advert for Rugby League. Well, there it is. A
great moment. Isn't this wonderful! This is fantastic. Gorgeous. Well,
isn't that wonderful? Bryan, are you missing the Hull
derby? I never played in one, but I get what you are saying. We miss any
big occasion in rugby League. You could see the crowd there.
Absolutely banging. You do miss it. The modern day Hull FC
were at home to Leeds on Friday, with both sides looking to bounce
back from defeats in Round Eight. Just six minutes for the deadlock
to be broken by the visitors. Dives over and opened
the scoring for The The home side responded
with a score of their own. Kelly's kick out wide
collected by Michaels. Impressive leap and finish
levelling the scores. Just five metres,
a long ball to Ryan. He shows to the left
and then goes himself. He is running, dancing,
weaving and stretches out. Developing a stronghold
in the game, Gareth Ellis' arrival helped
the But the visitors
continued to dominate. The visitors gained further ground
but Hull responded in The fullback tearing
through the defence to score A second penalty from Sutcliffe kept
Leeds more than an arm length After a neat passing spell, a dive
gave Hull hope but not for long. It is picked up and The Rhinos
have scored another try. For the second week running,
Hull staring another They will have a point
to prove when they Leeds, though, have
a boost for Widnes. Talking about a lack of confidence,
going into their shell. As simple as missing a couple of players? Halton
is a keeper? Yes. Pivotal to success. -- Houghton. What they are
physical and they are flat without that. They are not quite ready need
to be in the last two on three games. They need to pay attention to
their results. Having won the Challenge Cup, we were expecting
them to move forward. Is there a weight of expectation on Hull?
Always when you have a successful year before. We need to mention that
Leeds are in very good form. Every team will have peaks and troughs.
Hull are in a trough. Leeds are on a peek. They are enjoying themselves.
Moons playing well. Stand-off for Salford. And back in New Zealand.
Hull will have to figure a way out of it. Houghton a key member of the
group. When you have a smart hooker, half-backs will call for the ball.
He knows which one to go with. The Cassini space. I think he plays as
an 80 minute player. Key to have McGuire alongside him? The criticism
last year, they did not have a settled half-backs combination, not
fluent. The two people look on their game. Danny playing regularly is
massively important. Now Huddersfield against Catalan
doesn't quite fit into the theme of derby matches,
but they were quite close Just a point between them,
how are Huddersfield playing They snatched defeat from the jaws
of victory. They were comfortable in the first half. Murphy, the big boy,
he scores. This Catalan team, they are not going to go away. They had
their fullback back. A game of tennis in the first half. A lack of
ball control from the home team. Look at his enthusiasm. He is just
about that try. -- pleased about that try. Every time you thought the
Catalans had gone away, they got two and three scores. Mentioning
Castleford going in to try spurts. They did it, too. The game was won
in the end in the second half. The finishing. Needs to have a word with
the referee. I'm not sure it is the first time for him. He is a
confidence, competitive man. When things are not going your way, you
do display that. He has been upset by something he has said, the
referee. When it comes to Danny, it is a unique situation. It is like
losing two men. He is pivotal. He marshals them. He is a goal kicker.
If he goes off the field for ten minutes, it is like losing two men.
And this man can play multiple positions. He can even play
background. Good ball-handling skills for a guy of his size. He can
see is based. -- see space. But who can he work with to create a good
partnership? Our final match today is the meeting
of Widnes and Warrington. They were the top two
in Super League on Good Friday last year, but this time around
they were the bottom two. Early stages of what should be
a fairly intense battle. In the first minute,
a try and what a start. Having gone behind in
the opening minutes, suddenly They will make sure
he did not drop it. He got away with one last
week, but not today. Gidley.
Going left, great urgency. A drive in by Jullien,
and Gidley at dummy half. Does the video referee
decide that is A subject for debate.
Given the try. Again, close, but it goes
against Warrington this time. A couple of minutes
before half-time. Warrington would desperately
love another score here. A good dig they are having
in this second period. Bridge puts it in and
Runciman puts it down. I think at this stage of the game,
with a couple of minutes to go, Warrington will
settle for two points. They are moments away from
celebrating a second successive win. Five points from their
last three games. Back-to-back wins for Warrington.
What are they doing right. They are a good team in their own half. An
element of execution in attack. They have had to roll this leaves up,
Warrington. They have got two now. Can they make the top four? It is a
tough ask. Anyone who goes on a run can make that top four. In
Took a clatter. That is a heck of a hate. Whiplash. Why have you
smiling? He is watching the attacking player. He has to take on
the speed. And then the man turns up in front of him. He looks after
himself and clears out. The quote, his side are dying for fear, teddy
bear. But you have to try things and get the right balance. They have
played expensively in previous years. When they get their people
back, they will improve, but sometimes you have to grind your way
to results. You learn how to win, you learn how to lose. You have to
grind, work your way out of it and feel your way back. Will the home
from worrying him? They have been good in recent seasons. You have to
give credit to the team is going to play there. Most teams will train on
a similar service beforehand. That has been cruelly taken out of the
occasion -- clearly taken out of the equation. But one of the East that
So part one of the Easter double header is done.
Here's how they stand in the Betfred Super League table.
No changes in position for the bottom four. We get to do this all
again on Easter Monday night. The highlight of round cairn. -- ten.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks to Brian and Robbie. We'll
see you on bank holiday Monday. Goodbye.
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Highlights from the biggest round of matches on the Super League calendar as Wigan take on St Helens, Widnes play Warrington and Castleford face Wakefield. The Easter matches are traditionally played in front of sell-out crowds as local rivals go head to head in some intense atmospheres. The rivalry between Wigan and St Helens stretches back to 1895, making it one of the oldest derby matches in world sport. The teams have met over 300 times, and their latest contest will be one of the highlights of the season. Wakefield make the short journey to take on their high-flying neighbours, the Castleford Tigers. Castleford averaged over 40 points a game in the first seven weeks of the season, but Wakefield have been in impressive form themselves, having already won away to Catalans and St Helens so far this year. Widnes and Warrington go into the Easter weekend in the bottom four and both the need the victory, and the two points on offer, to help them a climb away from the foot of the table. Salford play Leigh, and Huddersfield are at home to Catalans.