Highlights and analysis from round 11 of the Super League. Hull FC v Castleford, Widnes v St Helens, Wigan v Catalans and Warrington v Wakefield.
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Four top-flight teams have set off on the Challenge Cup leaving eight
teams and four fixtures in the Super League.
Joining us in the studio, Gareth Ellis from Hull
and Danny Hammond will give us their verdict on Super League
Gareth and Hull FC were up against the Super League leaders
He is on red alert as he skirts the line.
Scott Taylor, great forward, big power, that is an early try.
Shaul to Connor, great hands, into the corner.
Sneyd, Castleford know what is coming.
Tap back into the hands of Fonua and that is a simple finish.
And that was late from Liam Watts and in come the Castleford defence.
And there is a bit of pushing and shoving and Liam Watts,
Throws his wrist straps away in frustration.
Continues forward, almost up to the line.
Minichiello offers the ball away to Kelly.
Try and help them out on the right-hand side.
That might have been a high shot there from Paul McShane.
Marc Sneyd, coming a long way out, but he has absolutely hammered it.
All a bit flat at the line at the moment as Ben Roberts takes
the ball away to the right-hand side and manages to break through.
He has got Webster up in support, shovels the ball away to him.
Michael Shenton on the cusp of the hooter, gets the ball down.
Marc Sneyd, from the tee, clips it through coolly.
Here come Castleford again with Roberts.
Sneyd, bit of a loose pass to Kelly who hung one up.
A real skyscraping bomb, it will be caught on the left-hand side.
Continuing to raid the line, here goes Minikin.
So how are you feeling after that one?
A bit battered and bruised, as you would expect,
after three games in eight days, but like I said before,
But when you get a man going off after 20 minutes,
At that point, it is the best we have played all year.
We were 18-0 up, we got the ball, scored some really good tries,
all the things that you work on in training were coming off
for us, and we are busy, what happened around the 20 minute
mark, really threw a spanner in the works for us.
Were you surprised at the red card or from what you are seeing,
could you understand why it was given?
I don't think there was any intent there.
I think the circumstances of the tackle, the way
he was dragged down, he caught him in the face.
I thought originally he was going to give a yellow card,
but the red card came out, for ten minutes there,
we were in panic mode a little bit, but half-time could not
We sort of regrouped at half-time and the spirit the lads
showed in the second half was absolutely unbelievable.
And although you would not wish to go through that with 12 men,
particularly after Easter, what can getting a win like that
in those circumstances do for the rest of the season?
We spoke at half-time about this possibly being a defining
So often last year we got ourselves out of trouble by being resilient
and defending in that manner in which we did yesterday.
So hopefully the penny might have dropped and hopefully we will be
able to put in a few more performances like that,
hopefully not as tiring, but it would be nice to think
that this could be a bit of a kick-start for our season.
Danny, from Castleford's point of view, they are at the top,
they have shown some incredible form, but do they need to show
composure in times like that, if they are going to go on and win
I think it is often hard when you're up against a team with 12 as well,
because I think if you are playing and you're in the team with 12
you often get that little bit extra out of yourself.
It is going to be a bit more difficult, you've got
to turn up in places which you sometimes would not.
As for Castleford, they're not going to be at their best every week,
they started the season on fire, they had a couple of defeats now,
but I am sure the coach will be getting a reaction out
They will be looking to get back to winning ways,
but the competition is so even at the moment.
If you're off your game even 10%, you will come
So, they will be getting back on to the performances,
I guess, for you guys, it has been a funny old season.
You started quietly and looked fine and now you have that dip,
how would you sum up how you are and yet you're
still within striking distance of the top?
We don't feel that we have played well, not for 80 minutes anyway,
and we were picking up wins, early doors, which was really
important, it is always great to be picking up the two points,
in sloppy conditions early on in the season and then
obviously getting hammered, over Easter, by 50 points
I had to react from that and then we got the win against Leigh,
and then the win against the table toppers in Castleford and I said
before, hopefully this can be the kick-start for our season.
Now, you'll remember that Warrington started the season
with six straight defeats, but that turned around over Easter
and four games unbeaten meant they were the form team
The Wolves took on Wakefield and Dave Woods was watching.
England climbs to his feet, Kyle Wood, Wakefield going down
Finn with a pass, which has gone to ground, but Jowitt just
about snapping it up, keeping it under control.
Finn's kick deflected and into the path of Wood,
trying to get away from Hughes, gets a kick in and it will be
Wakefield have stunned in the HJ Stadium.
Moving forward with purpose again here.
Wakefield are enjoying their time in the sunshine at the moment.
Wood, quickly there at dummy half again, lovely little inside ball,
Jacob Miller is streaking through and he has support and
Warrington looking for a purpose, Ratchford gets it away.
What a fabulous individual try that is from Ryan Atkins. Pace and power.
And a touchdown to boot. Getting to his feet. Then, another of those
tantalising little cakes which he is so good at. Brown will take it, in
an offside position, the referee decides. He was caught initially by
hard they live it. -- Livett. This would put Warrington to score is
behind. Lee then right in between the uprights and Wakefield are
travelling well. Pounded forward again. Lovely little flicked offload
as they try and keep it alive here. And eventually shouting held. Would
spill a bit away. Finn offering it again. Johnston, he will not miss
from there. Lovely ball over the top, Johnston is over. Wakefield
smiles get broader. Brown, just on the left-hand side. Trying to create
some numbers. Brian act gives, a lovely little flecked by him.
Ratchford, still has it alive. Taken in eventually and Philbin will be
put down, but within sight of the Wakefield line. Here is Gidley.
Hammered forward by him. Four defenders around him. I think he
might be over, yes years. The referee says that Chris Hill has
somehow got that down. What an effort that was. Here is the
confirmation of that wonderful try by Chris Hills. Dwyer will take the
tap. Chris Hill looking for that pathway to the try line again. Held
up just short. Here is to wire, spins it right, little dummies shown
by Kevin Brown and they are back within touching distance now. Kevin
Brownback and a try scorer. The time is ticking away. Wakefield desperate
to hang on, but Warrington will throw everything at their opponents
to keep this winning run going. Evans is put down. Shuffle back
towards the middle again. Here it comes. Wide. Ratchford's ball over
the top. That might be a matchwinner. The late, late try has
yet to be given, though. He thinks it is a try, the referee, but it
needs a second look. This will make the difference, his feet are clearly
enclave. The touchdown is good and Warrington look as though they have
snatched it, right at the end. It is another way as they continue to
climb the table. You were shaking your head as the final pass went
over to Lineham. It is still quite painful watching it. We have done it
a few times, put ourselves in positions where we should be winning
the game and we have probably tried to see games out to match rather
than carry on playing the way we have been. Great bit of skill by
Ratchford with the pass. We felt they should never really have been
there, but disappointing after good performances at Easter but no
points, it is disappointing for us. When Lee Ratchford was talking about
you retreating into your shell, is that a similar thing, do you feel
that you're backing off? We have been guilty of that. They start
trying not to lose the game rather than doing the things that got you
into a commanding position to start with and ultimately, playing against
good teams, they will have a good crack at you and do things they
probably would not have done if the game was tighter. The double the
close game like that. Young Tom Johnson just seems
to get better and better by the week, what does he bring
into the team these days? He's just such an athlete,
so he will jump higher than most people, he's faster than most people
and he has got a lot braver over the last couple of seasons as well,
you can see that in his yardage, he challenges people, his footwork,
he's a big kid as well, you can see that in his
defence there, he's getting in front of people
and holding them up and he has earned us quite a few
turnovers like that. And then his finishing speaks
for itself and he's got great As have both of our
wingers to be fair. We know when we had John Kieran
and you had lost a couple and then you won 1, he said the boys needed
that because when you're losing
closely it's hard to take, are you keeping the spirit up
because you know the The feeling in the camp
is really good. Last season we had a lot of blow
out defeats where teams a lot of points on us,
this year I think we have been in most games, really,
even the Castleford game, we had a good second half
against them and Leeds are the only team who really put us
to the sword this year. You look at our points difference
compared to last year, it's a lot better but as I said
before, it's points on the board that matter most and we need
to learn from these little errors we make and start
to turn these performances Are you a little bit unsure
what to prepare for, first half, they were poor against Wakefield,
dropping the ball again, It's similar to a few weeks
ago, we have just got Having played so many games over
Easter, a lot of it is about as, how we prepare, how we get ready
for the game. We can't control what Warrington
team turn up but like you said earlier, they have great players,
that the potential to play how they did,
late on that game. Next up, Wigan who were at home
to Catalan, the Dragons have won their last two on the road
but could they win at Catalan on the attack
looking to the first Tom Davis is on the break here, has
he got the legs to go all the way? He's not going to catch him
and Davis is going to saunter his way under the posts
to give Wigan the lead. A good one-on-one tackle there,
Wigan have another opportunity here and it's with Davis once more,
can he get away from Gigot? Davis is going to get his second
try in three minutes. Wigan enjoying a great
spell of pressure here. Burgess spots the gap
and he is going to go through. Is this going to be
the moment for Catalan to get their first points
of the day? Goes to ground, he has done really
well to get that down. He has watched it and dropped it
and it's going to be Tony Gigot that will score and he won't even
mind slipping over. Anderson has caught it
and Louis Anderson is going to score, and from 16-0 down,
Catalan have turned this around! They have made a mess
of that, Catalan, and Wigan Lovely pass and Louis Anderson
is going to go over He has gone to ground but Forsyth
has done really well to pick that one up and he has backed himself
here, and he has scored Wigan, speeding things up
at the ruck and it's paying Joe Burgess will go over,
two tries in two minutes for Wigan. Can the Warriors find their way
further in front here? They are in a commanding
position now. Into the dying embers of the game
but Wigan fancy more. Williams has broken through,
feeds it inside for Liam Farrell and that's going to be a third
win in a row for Wigan. All of the tries scored by Wigan
were from academy products, is that the difference between them
and a lot of the other teams, I was going to say amazing,
but it's something we have come to expect from Wigan,
they keep churning quality players out, year after year,
players seem to come and go there, but the quality that
comes in is exceptional. Both wingers,
absolutely outstanding. The first year I have
seen them playing, Catalan looked a little tired
in the last 20 minutes? I think with them travelling around,
over the Easter period, it might have taken more out of them
than it has other teams, just missing key players,
and the spine of the team has come back together now,
Gigot back at fullback Now, St Helens beat the league
leaders Castleford on Easter Monday, five days later they faced
Widnes Vikings who started Moving through their tackles,
moving a little closer. It's bounced off a St Helens player,
I think, and Joe Mellor is in to score a fortuitous
first Widnes try. Widnes defence, just on the rack
a little at the moment. Matty Smith goes to the left-hand
side, he looked to drop it and then he has caught it again
and that is a try! And the fumble may have put
the Widnes defence off. The dummy shown but not accepted
by the St Helens defenders who are in to meet and greet
in compromising fashion. Really good pass from Runciman
and they are claiming the try. We're going to have
to have a second look. I think there's a confidence
on the field that this is going to be OK as a touchdown
but a double-take doesn't go amiss, and that a spectacular
finish from Ah Van. He is going to go left
here, St Helens through If this is given, it
will be a timely moment That shot suggests he has,
it is a try and just before Percival to make it all square
and he puts it over so it will be Ah Van and Lee just exchanging
glances that, but it's all OK. St Helens look to punch
a hole through the middle. St Helens look to get up
and running, and offside. St Helens coaching staff
have to stand to let Percival with the chance
to give his side the lead They have been under terrific
pressure here, Widnes. And they find themselves again
with a lot of work to do to get away from the troublesome end
of the field. Trying to create a dent
in that St Helens line. It's a good, strong leg drive
that has taken Widnes The grubber kick is testing
from Mellor, Swift catches it but Widnes have forced the dropout
underneath the sticks. What a terrific set of six that is,
to go the length of the field. Walker, quick as a flash,
but equally Smith, Down the blindside they go,
and Patrick Ah Van with his second try of the game, might just have
snatched it for Widnes! It's the second win of the season
for the Widnes Vikings What a gutsy performance
from them tonight. He talked about gutsy
performance from Widnes, how much of that win was down
to sheer guts? I think they probably just wanted
it more than Saints. Saints, coming off the back
of the win against Castleford, hoped it would be a catalyst,
got a bit of a kick in the teeth When you are told as a team
you were out-enthused It's possibly the worst thing
someone can say to you, Because that's not a talent
thing, it's something from inside you you should always
want to be putting your best performance on and trying your best,
so that does hurt but last game of Easter, it's
always that sort of game, you see the young hooker there,
chasing and dragging the winger over the line,
they are things that can get you over and get you the victories,
good to see the young Danny Walker had a really
important role to play, just his second game as well,
how impressed are you and how That's what you would
expect from the young kids when they come in,
if anything, that's what you want them to be doing, things like that,
they are match-winning moments, you see great tries
from people but moments They have Gilmour back,
Mellor back, is that going to be the key for Widnes,
you've talked about that spine? They have put a lot of focus
on those two, Brown has left in the off-season,
they have left it all up to those, both young halves, both very
talented, I think the big player coming back is Patrick Ah Van,
he takes work of the forwards in yardage, you see him getting
the try there, he's always dangerous near the line,
he is big for them and you can see Would you expect a few harsh
words been said around They would have hoped they would
have got a bit of reaction, having beaten Castleford,
between the players, they were out enthused,
that's an attitude saying, that the day with be
disappointed with. The bottom team have won
and the top team have lost, this is how things stand
in the Super League table. Now the England squad
for next month's Test match These are the names that
will be heading down under. He has played the biggest
competition in Australia, he must've been playing good rugby
to get to that level. He was a winger then and he has been
drafted up to the forwards but it will be looking forward
to seeing him play. And is it nice to see Alex Walmsley
getting his debut in that squad? It is always good to see the form
players being picked. Obviously McMeekin
is a success story. Daryl and Castleford
have done a great job with him and he has
improved every year. He is a real go to player for
Castleford now and it is great to see players like that and obviously
Alex has come from the Championship as well and had a great few years
and it is good to see him getting When you look at the backs,
you have the question of what back players will you go
for, you've got Luke Gale and George Williamson, what might
he do, do you think? That is probably the
toughest selection. George Williams has been absolutely
outstanding this year as Has he grown from what Wayne
Bennett was saying about George Williams gives
you a point of difference. He has got Wigan out
of so much trouble. He has come up with a bit of magic
and sometimes in test Now it is eight months
since Gareth Hill Four Super League teams entered this
year's competition at the weekend including Huddersfield
who took gone Swinton. Championship side Swinton Lions
travelled to the John Smith Stadium for the fifth round tie against
Huddersfield. Both teams had won just two
of their 11 league games this year and it was the Super League
favourites who opened the scoring Home fans were hoping it would be
plain sailing from there. However it was anything
but with the game full Part timers Swinton edged
ahead, first with this try from Sean Robinson
and the second from Lloyd. Momentum then swung back
in favour of the home side, a score from Sam Wood meant
there was this effort by Mackintosh, which gave the Giants
an 8-point cushion. But the cracks soon began to show
from the side just one The try from Butt from the Lions,
cutting the deficit to two points Despite only having 15
players fit the day before, Swinton stunned the crowd of just
over 1000, when they went ahead in the 51st minute
through Conor Dwyer. Huddersfield upped their game
and after a dominant spell headed back with this Oliver Roberts try
on 67 minutes. With the score 24-22,
in the Giants' favour, What followed was arguably one
of the biggest Challenge Cup A spin and a push from
Luke Waterworth, just four minutes from time gave the Lions
an astonishing victory, their first win since 1928
against Huddersfield and perhaps an indication of how far the Giants
fall from grace has been. Danny, just put into context
what an achievement They are a part-time team that has
not really been performing too well in the Championship,
but believe me, I have been in a Championship team before,
playing in the Super League cup They have gone there and thrown
everything at Huddersfield and knowing Huddersfield,
and a bit of pressure as well and they have come up with a victory
and you can see how much it They will probably live off that
for the rest of the season. And for Huddersfield, what does that
say about them at the moment? They will be embarrassed
and disappointed. They have been beaten by a part-time
team as Danny mentioned. You would like to see
that there is going to be something They have to put that behind them,
as difficult as it is going to be. They had a players meeting
like you did last year. I think it is easier when you get
into these little ruts to start feeling sorry for yourself a little
bit, but I have been in teams before that have struggled
and it is something that will turn They have too many good players,
people like Danny Brough Three years ago, they had
similar sorts of players and they finished top of the league,
four years ago, these are good players, they have to start
believing in themselves again and maybe change a few things
that they are doing on the field. It is difficult for them,
at the moment, especially after that, they will be embarrassed
and hurting from that. Maybe that is the thing they needed
to get the reaction. There were no problems for Leeds
who overcame Doncaster 17-year-old Jack Walker had a debut
to remember for the Rhinos. He scored a hat-trick of tries
as Leeds beat their elite one opposition by 61points
to 28 at Headingley. Next it is two teams who traded
places at the end of 2016. Leigh were promoted to Super League
where they replaced They were back in the same field
in the Challenge Cup on Saturday and commentary comes from Richard
Stead. Century and is looking to move the
ball left. Drinkwater. Crooks has made a mistake. He is with the 30,
towards the goal line. They will not catch him. What a start for. Alice.
Rovers extend their advantage. That is really slack defence. Good try.
Burr scores. Weston. Drinkwater. Bad pass. Crooks will find Lora Turnham.
He is then. Greenwood. Wonderful stuff from Hull
KR. Towards the goal line with Johnson. A body length shy. He looks
to his right. Will it be a dropped goal? Ellis has put it over. That
should do it. The fans are enjoying that. Ryan Shawcross dummy half.
Shaw has got pace. Just the fullback to beat. That is wonderful. They are
flying. The effort was tremendous and defence. They scrambled an
really turned up for each other. That is the spirit in the club at
the moment. To beat them here, it is a big effort. We have all been
involved in a club where we have lost three games in three years and
sometimes, you don't play great. The winning feeling is always still good
and at the moment, we are not getting that. Some soul searching to
be done, some hard work. We need to fix some individual traits and when
we start doing that as a team, hopefully it will come through. You
talked about Swinton playing Huddersfield, I am guessing that
Hull KR were up for that and how much of that will have been looking
ahead to the qualifiers and lane marker and showing what they can do?
I am pretty sure as soon as that draw came out they were looking
forward to it. I know quite a lot of players at Hull KR, a lot of Super
League quality players and they have done a great job of keeping that job
together. It was a chance for them to show there is still capable of
beating full-time teams and they did that and they were really good on
the day. They came up against Leigh had a good time. They have not
really experience losing too much over the last couple of seasons and
perhaps a bit of low confidence at the moment. It was a great game and
a great performance by Hull KR. How tough is this? They have been
winning week in and week out. How tough to find themselves on the
losing streak? It is unknown territory. They have to do a bit of
soul-searching and they will find out about themselves. Your biggest
challenge is normally when the chips are down. They will find out about
the group of players that they have. A moment of Challenge Cup history as
Salford took on the Toronto Wolfpack making their first ever appearance
in the competition. Salford will not have look forward to this? I think
if you look at the Toronto team, it is as if you're on a computer game
and picked the best attacking players and take them and then you
look at players like Craig Hall and Liam King who scored a lot of tries.
They are really going to throw a lot at you and you can see the way they
throw the ball around. It is always going to be a challenge. For me, to
beat them you have to grind it out and make it a tough encounter. If
you go set for a set like this, they will challenge most teams. How
excited are you about what Toronto are bringing to Rugby League. I
think it is great for the game. Paul Rowley was talking about players
approaching him and I do not blame them. The best thing
about when I went to Australia was living there and experience in it
and that is what it offers players, it offers them an opportunity. He
will have loved that. Obviously Salford had it tough, they went down
to ten men when Justin Carney was sent off. All do they get themselves
back together to win this? They have changed a lot as a team and they can
tough games out. You can see where they are in the table. They have a
lot of big powerful men and their forward pack has been dominating
games. I think that is why they got over the line as well as the smart
halves as well. You see people like Dobson, when you're down to 12 men,
those are the players you need, who will guide you around and keep
everything calm. The last thing you need to do is panic. Is this the
character that you want to see? Is Salford are going into the top four,
is this the game that tells you a lot about them? It is a potential
banana skin playing against someone in a position like that. For them to
grind a game out, score some points this year and show some real
attacking flair, but they really ground the game out and that will
give them a big confidence boost. Toronto were disappointed they did
not go through and do this. Yes. That is part of it. They are
confident, they sat in that league where they are beating teams by 50
or 60 every week and obviously too good to be in that division but it
was a great chance for them to showcase their talent against a team
doing well in Super League and they did that really well. We are looking
forward to a trip to Toronto at some point. Salford and Leeds are safely
through and here are the rest of the results in Round 5. An 83rd minute
dropped goal helped Dewsbury beat badly in golden point extra time.
16 teams are still standing for the sixth round draw including ten from
Super League. You can see how they come out of the hat on the BBC News
Channel or online at 6:30pm on Tuesday evening. That is just about
it for now, my thanks to Gareth and Danny Bridge oiliness, we will see
you next week, but for now, goodbye. -- Danny for now.
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Highlights and analysis from round 11 of Super League, when last season's top eight teams go head to head. Castleford Tigers take their impressive early season form to Hull FC, where they won on both visits last year. The Tigers had the best attack, and the meanest defence in the first eight rounds of the season, and have taken over as favourites to win the Grand Final at Old Trafford. St Helens's dramatic season continues when they travel to Widnes. Saints parted company with head coach Keiron Cunningham before Easter, and will be looking to climb away from the bottom half of the table with victory against their local rivals. Wigan Warriors have a home game against Catalans Dragons, and Warrington are at home to Wakefield Trinity.