01/05/2017 Super League Show


01/05/2017

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


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Hello, we have hit the halfway mark in the first part of a Super League

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season and we have hit the road! It is Salford, and dated your

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turnaround for the Red Devils this year, last season they survived by

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the skin of their teeth... Drop goal from the start, has O'Brien got it?

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He has! In 2017, it has been so far, so good. But. Numbers here now... --

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so good for Salford. What a finish! Sending it away, and he goes for a

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try! It sums up the day, Salford are absolutely dominant. O'Brien goes

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for a drop goal! Putting the ball between the sticks! A lovely kick

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from Louis! The Red Devils are scoring! Salford in total control.

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Salford play Widnes today, building up to kick-off, Todd Carney and Mark

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Flanagan join us. How are you enjoying life insulted? It is good,

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as we mentioned before, it is a similar feel to Canberra. It's not

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an issue for me, the weather, the club is good and the boys have

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welcomed me here well. An unfortunate few weeks where I have

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been out with injury but hopefully I will be back sooner rather than

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later. Mart, so far so good for Salford this season compared to the

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last? Yes, that Million Pound Game was a kick up the backside for us,

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we don't want to be in that position again. We've been unlucky with

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injuries but hit good form. We are halfway and can play good rugby

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towards the end of the season and I think we will be OK. Todd, what

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atmosphere did you walk into, a tight-knit group of guys? Yes, it

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took a while to get the deal done here but I'm speaking to the players

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from various clubs before, like Dobson and Justin Carney, they said

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that as the main thing about the group, it's a tight grip and when I

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got here I noticed that. After a couple of months I've noticed it is

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a tight group but like every club you feel there is a good group and

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on the field, the boys sticking the games and are well in the Docklands.

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You are a month a group of very creative players, on the pitch you

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do you decide who does what? It's general advice from Dobson, we've

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been lucky when we got onto the field, mixing them altogether.

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Hopefully we can continue to do that, I can come off the bench and

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it has been a blessing. Mark, when you started out the season it was in

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the Million Pound Game, are you looking at the top four and thinking

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you can be in this? Yes, on our day we can beat anybody. We are an

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ambitious club and group of players. Looking at the top eight and top

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four. I think without the team spirit with God, it can take as

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anywhere. -- team spirit that we have got. Thank you for joining us,

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Todd, we would like to see you soon back in the game.

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Now, time for Castleford and Wigan. COMMENTATOR: A shift to the left

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edge... Shenton spirals into the space, can he get away? Away to Luke

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Gale, inside to the line come he had to get it. Quick play of the ball,

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Adam Milner goes to the line! He touches down for Castleford. Jesse

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Sene-Lefao... Shenton takes the ball from Greg Eden and dives into the

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corner. What a start! Hardacre running into a cul-de-sac. A big one

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as well. A bit of afters... The referee stopping the clock. Still

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making his point to Robert Hicks here. The penalty goes the way of

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Castleford. He gets ten minutes in the sin-bin, the last thing we need

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is the loss of a big front rower like Frank Nuuausala. Luke Gale puts

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it through nicely. Wigan are enjoying a little purple patch here.

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He finds the gap in the line! And he goes through to score. We can have a

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response! Sam Powell, would that be the spark?

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Julian Moores comes off the bench in typical fashion, scattering the

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defenders. McShane to Matt Kirk, to back then, and somehow, in the pile

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of bodies, he has got the ball down! A lovely wraparound play there,

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putting Shenton into space. When the ball goes loose, it is in

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Castleford's way. Greg Eden takes the ball across the line, McMeekin

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steps back into the field. The gap opens up in front of him, and Ryan

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McMeekin strike through for Castleford! Lowing Wigan away. --

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blowing Wigan away. George Williams has gone off injured, they could

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have done with him. Luke Gale offering that kind of skill for

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Castleford, he is nearly there, look at that! Swinging on. Robert Hicks

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has no option, but to send the Frenchman into the sin-bin. In

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discipline, punishing Wigan. Massey prizes his way through. Wigan are on

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red alert. MacShane is chasing, a looping ball to the right hand

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side... Greg Minikin touching down in the corner! Castleford working

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the ball beautifully, Grant Millington passing back to Luke

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Gale, and Luke Gale is sauntering through again! Through one-way

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traffic... A little kick early on for MacShane, it goes back into

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zero, and Paul McShane going through... To Grant Millington! It

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is party time in the Jungle! Jake Webster. They cannot stop play, this

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Castleford Tigers side going through the gears, McMeekin gets away to

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Webster on this right side... Too strong! And barrelling over. Almost

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up to 50. It has been a complete and utter demolition here. As McMeekin

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strides into the space. Will Zak Hardaker getting to work -- get into

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the scoresheet? Who is going to stop these Castleford Tigers? What we

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were looking for, I did not expect us to get away from Wigan like that

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but we have lost a smack straight. You start with a fair bit of depth,

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I am delighted with how the players have gone about their work tonight.

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They were superb from start to finish. We got beat last year at

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Castleford, but the players, you know, no excuses from others about

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the personnel. We got absolutely schools. -- we got absolutely

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schools, we will show fire next week. We are joined by Denis Betts,

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the Widnes Head Coach. That was an eye-catching scoreline? Yes, one

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that you do not expect for two high-flying sides in a top of the

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table coach but that is the kind of form that Castleford can get. If

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they get you on the robes. Are you scratching your head about that?

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There's no real pattern to this year? Every team on their day is

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capable of beating the other, we aim for that when we start the Super

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League, but Castleford, they can add some source to their performance,

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they are good in the Jungle, they can do that for any team. In that

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style of football that they play, if you are not ready for the field and

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the day, you can go second best as they did yesterday. With you're in

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and had on, losing George Williams, how big a blow is it for the England

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team? Significant, his form this year has been outstanding, and

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Gareth has been in sensational form on both sides of the world. Both of

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them injured is a blow for the selection. We have players in the

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squad, Kevin Brown contributed well, he is still in the England squad, a

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big part in the early part of the year, it's an opportunity for Kevin

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to go to Australia and play in the team. You come here in better

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spirits than in recent weeks, how tough has this season been? When we

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lost Kevin in races and we knew that it would be tough. -- in the

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preseason. We lost both of our nines. We were battered around the

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place with significant market players. We are in the similar place

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as other clubs. If they come out of Easter a little jaded and beaten up.

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I remember Brian telling me years ago when he was having a tough time

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with Bradford, when you are losing it is a lonely place to be. You go

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through every emotion there is in the game, how relieved where you at

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the end of last week? You ride a roller-coaster with players. You

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need to stand and watch and let them play as a coach. Things don't come

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across on paper on the pitch. We had a roller-coaster this year, we

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handled it pretty well. Internally we are really strong and a good

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group. Brian, you are nodding away. Tennis is an experienced coach but

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it is tough? -- Denis. You cannot quite base your whole season on the

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winning and losing ratios, but sometimes the ball directors can ask

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questions. As long as Denis Betts has the answers here, as you clearly

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indicated, at the start of the year you build the season around

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particular personnel and they are not there, it is difficult to

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replace them overnight. You need to hold your nerve. White bag lets look

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back at the rest of the week, Warrington looking for their sixth

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successive win the other night, let's go over to our commentator.

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The night dedicated to the memory of Jack Harrison, marking 100 years

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since his death. A record try scorer, Andy Victoria Cross war hero

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as well. -- and a Victoria Cross war hero.

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That kick looked inch perfect from Marc Sneyd! A wonderful take by Jake

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Connor for the first try of the game. Barely two minutes played.

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Danny wash Burke -- Danny Washbrook, stepping back towards the middle

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here. The Warrington defence doing their job at the moment, but again,

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Danny wash Burke. -- Danny Washbrook. Mahe Fonua, with a ball

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dosing effort. Managing to score. They will get some pace on here

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through Ryan Atkins. Kurt Gidley waiting to deliver. Towards the

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right-hand side... What a wonderful pass from Ratchford! And Matty

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Russell, to score in the corner, really well executed, that

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Warrington try. Redford will be reasonably content with what he sees

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so far. Warrington creating resistance here. Ryan Atkins,

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staying down. Clearly in some trouble here. He does not luck happy

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with somebody... Have a look at that. Is that a chicken wing tackle?

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Gray dangerous contact, your armies in a dangerous position. An

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automatic yellow. A sin-bin for the dangerous contact. There, you can

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see the leveraged of his arm, the lead has reduced Hull to ten men for

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the next few minutes. Warrington have a wonderful position to work

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from here. Kurt Gidley wants to get on with it again. Ashton Sims, with

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a smashing effort. Three defenders in his face, Hull fans trying to

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lift the spirit of their side, but it is the former Green man

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-- Hull man who manages to score. Westbrook switching it towards the

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middle. It's the chance for Warrington to get it back. And it is

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a penalty! A penalty for the structure. The referee decides. The

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ball goes down, Kurt Gidley is accused of holding back Danny

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Washbrook. Marc Sneyd with the chance to cap this first half for

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Hull with another two points. Giving the side a 4-point lead. 14-10.

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Wonderfully poised at the start of the second half. Hull punching out

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to a big 12-0 lead but Warrington have got themselves back in the

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contest. Look at this from Joe Philbin! There he goes, this could

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be astonishing! Joe Philbin, over the 20 metre mark and is eventually

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dragged down by Jamie Shaul. What a break that was. Right at the start

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of the second half. Warrington are in prime position here. If they can

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score now, what a comeback that would have been! Almost picking his

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way through... Just held up. Within touching distance of the Hull line,

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back he comes again... He is over! The referee wants to see this again,

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he thinks that it is a try, but possible obstruction is what they

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are looking at, it is the man who started it, Joe Philbin, making

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contact with Marc Sneyd as he goes through the line. It's not a try.

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But what a start to this second period. Looking left again, plenty

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to the right, Hull lining up on the left-hand side, mini cello takes it

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in. -- Mark Minichiello. A little step by Marc Sneyd, going out

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towards Connor... Jamie Shaul puts it down. They are celebrating and

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the referee gives it. Surviving a scare at one end, and a try at the

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other. Washbrook... The referee gives a penalty, given against Evans

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for two much of an effort here. A decision that he was making, to get

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up and play with it as quickly as he could. Marc Sneyd with a kick where,

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if successful could give the side a 12 point lead, moving closer to

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where they want to be. 22-10 now. Danny Washbrook going back again...

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Kelly... He has got to the line! Albert Kelly, with no right to get

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anywhere near. They are having another look, what a big moment this

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is going to be. He thinks that it is a try. Albert Kelly, reaching...

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Rashford's boot is beneath the ball. Where does it go from here? The ball

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is rolling, still moving, the hand on the ball too. Brushing the

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whitewash... A try is confirmed! Albert Kelly, the scorer. Needing

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something here... The ball is out of the top! Ouma- Neuer with an

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interception, he could go the distance here. Being chased hard,

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but he has support at the very last -- Mahe Fonua. Albert Kelly scores

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that try that made sure that Hull FC would be the winners here tonight.

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Hull's winning ways continue! Was that arguably the best 80

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minutes that Pramac have put together? Certainly with 13 men on

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the pitch? Yes, the difference between the two teams at the times,

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they kicked on in the second half and created a performance the Hull

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fans would have wanted. By their own admission, they hadn't played that

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well, doesn't bode well in the second part of the season? When

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journalists and pundits get carried away with the here and now, we do it

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every week. I'm a big fan of what happens towards the back end of the

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season and the final third. If they can find form now and rhythm towards

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the back end, that is what contenders are looking for. I think

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there are a few people to go back into the mix. It's a good one for

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them in relation to momentum. In terms of Warrington, they played

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better in that game and played worse and one a couple in recent weeks?

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And Pramac they scratched a couple of wins, tough and gritty, over the

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line. -- they scratched a lot of wins. I think it really affected

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them a little bit, but Hull deserve a win and Warrington Wolves cut that

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performance in defeat and go, we are OK as well. Two games to catch up

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on, including Leigh against St Helens.

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Early-season optimism disappeared for Leigh after six straight defeats

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in all competitions. Glenn Stewart setup Jamie Acton as Leigh

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registered their first try on Friday, as good as it got for the

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Centurions on the night... Mark Percival crossed for St Helens, and

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their first score of the match, the centre signing off before joining

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England in Sydney. Then, the try of the night as the home side went half

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the length of the field to take the lead, Tommy may consume and Mark

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Percival combining, sending their player over for their third try of

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the season. St Helens leading 12-6 at half-time. Three more tries came

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in the second half, making a comfortable looking win for St

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Helens. Before charging over on the side. There was another moment to

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remember for Regan Grace, Fages the provider down the left-hand side at

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the time, as the young winger got his third try in four matches. Alex

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Walmsley run it off for the Saints, as they got their second win under

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their interim coaching team. For Leigh, a second consecutive defeat.

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Catalan in good position. Looking to soften up Wakefield here... Right

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before the sticks... My lead takes it to the line, bumping up a tackle.

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-- Myler. Catalan in front. It has been a first half where Wakefield

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have really struggled to set any platform. Jacob Miller trying to get

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one here. Into the corner... Mason came Brown and somehow, from

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somewhere, Wakefield have got the try. Mason Catton Brown... Wakefield

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are in a strong position. Hadley at dummy half, directing traffic. Rees

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-- another spectacular finish! Keegan Hirst, backing in. He has had

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some punch off the bench for Wakefield since coming on... A

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looping pass over to Caton-Brown, steaming it into the corner. What a

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fine try! Catalan had their lead wiped out here. They are in a decent

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position, Paul Ayton... Could there be a goal-line sneak? Myler... And

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into the corner! A strong finish there from Yaha. Wakefield are

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leading by only two points, they turned the game around, and onto its

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head. Miller to Greg Studer. Caton-Brown with a hat-trick! What a

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finish. Catalan... Greg Bird is back in the side. A bruising challenge on

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him there from David Fifita. Jones-Bishop has the pace to go! Can

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he streak away with the ball? Nobody is going to catch him... Ben

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Jones-Bishop might have sealed this one for Wakefield.

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Great QB wins this, for sure! On his 300th appearance, Wakefield are

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informed. We got the reward at the end of the game but obviously, we

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got two yellow cards which is frustrating. I think that the school

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board does not reflect the game. We ground out a really good win today.

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The first double of the season. I was pleased with every player on the

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field today, a strong defensive performance, scratchy at times but

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we got nice tries. If we got a decent kick, it might have been 40

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points. I'm delighted to say that we've been joined by the Salford

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head coach, what about this last hour and a half before a game, what

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is that like for you? As a player you are more nervous, in

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the changing rooms, you can Chatbot focus on your job. In the first five

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minutes of the game, -- you can have a chat and focus on your job. As

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coach you need to make sure they are prepared but this is a nervous time!

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Do you look at the players, you know them so well individually and make

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sure that they are all right, can you see they are ready to go? You

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have to observe them over time and in the last year, getting to know

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the players and body language in the changing rooms, you get a lot of

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different characters. From the Sirius guys to ones who want a joke.

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It is about respecting space, really. I use setting the top four

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as a target or are you trying to focus on each game? Game by game,

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but we had to focus and set high expectations for ourselves. We've

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put ourselves in a great situation. You give yourself a big tick and a

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pat on the back. Now we want to see if we can nail the top four spot. As

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you get ready to prepare for the game today, we will continue a look

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on the rest of the weekend's action. Huddersfield at Leeds, it's time to

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go over to our commentator. COMMENTATOR: A sad day today, after

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the death of the wife of the chairman, Jennifer Davie. It hardly

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matters in context but defeat is hardly the backdrop for a game like

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this for Huddersfield, how are they going to respond? Jones hits the

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line hard, taking them on another stride or two. Support to the

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left-hand side... As easy as that! Huddersfield had possession but

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Leeds had the first try of the night. Matt personnel, very easily.

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-- Matt Parcell. Was there a Leeds hand on that? Yes, it is free play,

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what a way of taking advantage! Mamo. On-site, offside, that is what

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they are looking at. It is very tight. The fact that they have got

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this far, suggesting they are OK with it. Mamo's got the response for

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Huddersfield tonight. And the first response. Matt Parcell with two more

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wrapping themselves around him. A kick out of the dummy half, this

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could be 40-20... What a kick! Gareth Southgate, the England

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football coach, looking on. He would have enjoyed that at work, but what

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comes next for Huddersfield? Headingley is nearly silent at the

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moment. A big surge forward, the Leeds defence holding out for the

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moment. Leading again from dummy half, he is over to score. Getting

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that try that Leeds will not exactly be proud to concede. Huddersfield,

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they have got the lead. It has been a strange path for rugby league so

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far. A long way from satisfying from the Leeds point of view. Some

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magical footwork year! And support from the young full-back. It finds

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its way into the hands of Joel Moon. How did that happen? Same from you,

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go away! The referee is taking charge here... Making sure that

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there isn't a knock-on here. And off-loaded by Walker. Darnell

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McIntosh getting his hand into it, into the hands of Joel Moon. As long

:31:36.:31:40.

as he does not knocked it back into Macintosh, that is OK... Looking

:31:41.:31:45.

fine, Joel Moon by the side of the sticks... It's a trifle Leeds! They

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will be back in a moment -- it is a tried, for Leeds! Galloway...

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Heating the line hard. Huddersfield hanging on at the

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moment. Support here... And Danny McGuire is over to score! Again, we

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are going to have to defer to the video referee. Danny McGuire thinks

:32:21.:32:34.

that it is a try on the field but he is looking for obstruction. All

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OK... Is the Leeds player in the face of the Huddersfield man? Is it

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enough to be called as an obstruction? It is given as an

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obstruction, it is going to be controversial... O'Brien in his

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second game here... Against the Swinton line in the cup last week. A

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look around... A grubber kick in... He hurts himself in attempting to

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score, it is a big moment if he has scored. He is OK, and even better if

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it is given. Does he get it down? He does, and it will be given.

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Huddersfield are back in the lead again, against all of the odds.

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Denny the ball rolls out of play... No,

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not quite, Walker has two player at. What a return from Jack Walker! The

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17-year-old full-back, letting up nicely on this occasion in his first

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Super League appearance tonight. Dropped, the youngster did well.

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Darnell McIntosh is over for another Huddersfield try! One hour played,

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they manage to get the lead! What a turnaround tonight. Leading down the

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blindside, back towards the middle. Mellor... Held up, 12 away.

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Huddersfield, back to Denny breath. One point meaning that Leeds had to

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score three times to win the game. -- Dani wrote to. Does Roberts get

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it over the line? The referee, again, is going to the screen. --

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Danny Brough. This is a big moment. Oliver Roberts... Trying to force

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his team-mate over the line, Jake Mamo, does he touch it down? The

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referee says tried. Is there still a hand on the ball? Are they going to

:35:22.:35:29.

give this? They are anxious and nervous, but they don't need to be.

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Huddersfield with a try and surely now the victory? Nobody could have

:35:34.:35:44.

predicted that. STUDIO: All of the players dedicating their life to

:35:45.:35:50.

Jennifer Davie, who suddenly lost her life last week, our thoughts to

:35:51.:35:57.

her and the family, does that galvanise a side? They played an

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emotion? They found a sentiment and focus, they went close, there is

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always good to be a performance. When you have extra intention and

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extra dynamic in the game, his kicking was superb. They got better

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and to be fair, Leeds were not at their best but that is not taking

:36:23.:36:28.

away from Huddersfield, there were years -- some young blokes. And get

:36:29.:36:35.

that best performance. They need to build on that? I think what they

:36:36.:36:38.

want to do is the emotional reason that they rocked up on the Friday

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night, they need to replicate that for themselves weakly. He galvanised

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and energised in relation to wherever they play. Ian is the

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executive at Salford, you've worked your socks off to get the fans in,

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how is it going and what do you make of the reaction that you are getting

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from the public here? We started that season well, Wigan and

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Castleford but the fans with them. Disappointed with the sales up until

:37:11.:37:15.

now, we hope that the sun shines and people come in on their feet but it

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has been slow ticket sales, that's why we've been on social media.

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Unlike you, you are a positive person. I was voicing

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disappointment, it was whether people took it as negative, it's up

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to them. I'm not a politician, I will tell you what it is. It was

:37:35.:37:38.

more of a rallying cry, get behind the team, we are challenging for a

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top three, Salford need to get behind their team. Is it a unique

:37:45.:37:49.

challenge getting people to come here? I don't know, we need to wake

:37:50.:37:53.

up to the fact that they are a top team, that's the difference, while

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they have struggled and the bottom end of the table and got to the

:37:57.:38:02.

higher echelons, they are there, you've seen the rugby league team,

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the brand of football is very good, and entertaining. I can understand

:38:09.:38:12.

Ian's frustration. But persevere, who knows what will happen? It is

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difficult, it is a business, if you can't get the fans coming in, is

:38:18.:38:23.

there a point where you go, we can't make it work? Look at all options

:38:24.:38:26.

and look further afield to see what we can bring in corporately

:38:27.:38:30.

business-wise, we have Robbie Hunter-Paul in the back office for

:38:31.:38:37.

us, we want to be a Seba Super League club, I want to be in the top

:38:38.:38:41.

four and not in the bottom. That's in the corporate world as well as

:38:42.:38:49.

for the fans. There's so much people can be doing, we are a stone's throw

:38:50.:38:53.

from the Trafford Centre? There is a big city next door to Salford, you

:38:54.:38:58.

cannot mix the two up, there is a whole new audience. We are in the

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middle of heartlands here. Manchester needs to play their part.

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It's the Salford identity and Salford club, the sort of people

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need to support it. I remember when there will be 8000, 9000, 10,000.

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Well done with what you achieved this season. Now, it is time for

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Salford against Widnes. Com Tait an arm wrestle in these opening 20

:39:25.:39:29.

minutes. I think Denis Betts would be pleased with Widnes carrying on

:39:30.:39:36.

where they left against St Helens. Salford have come close on a couple

:39:37.:39:41.

of occasions. Going to the right again with Dobson... He is going to

:39:42.:39:48.

score, Murdoch-Masila! You cannot stop him from there. A man mountain,

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with a terrific try. Robert Lui again... And Big Ben, unstoppable,

:39:59.:40:08.

it seems, this afternoon. Dobson! Wonderful from Greg Johnson. We have

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seen some great tries this season from the wingers, that one is right

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up there. Big 40 minutes head for Widnes, if they get off the bottom

:40:27.:40:30.

of the Super League table. For the first time this season. Gilmour

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combines. A lovely sidestep from Gilmour, with room here. Patrick Ah

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Van with a great off-load. A deserved try and Tom Gilmore with

:40:49.:40:52.

the score, you felt that they had to get that first try of the second

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half, and they have. Salford are exposing this right-hand side. A lot

:40:59.:41:04.

of their players come down here. Stopping just short. Murdoch-Masila,

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switching play. A lovely kick from Robert Lui. Salford score! Right of

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the training ground, and Widnes didn't see it coming. With a crucial

:41:18.:41:28.

try. Steven Marsh, does he have the legs? A good tackle. Widnes have men

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out wide, if they can stretch the ball with Gilmour. Patrick Ah Van

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has got the strength and he has got the power. He has got the try. A ten

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point ball game, Widnes very much in it. Dobson alluding a tackle. Doing

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well, a couple of yards from the try line. Patients running out... It's a

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penalty... Some will not miss from here. Stretching the advantage to

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ten points. Salford closing in with a little over ten minutes to go.

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Tomkins. Dobson again. Ball in hand... Looking really get this

:42:27.:42:30.

afternoon. Josh Jones not far away again. Dan Bibby. Back to the wall

:42:31.:42:48.

for the Vikings here. Dobson and Robert Lui combining, and its

:42:49.:42:51.

Murdoch-Masila who gets a second for Big Ben! One of the standout stars

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for the Super League this season. Unstoppable! Some icing on the cake

:42:58.:43:05.

here for Salford... 26-10 they are leading. It's another tough day at

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the office for Widnes. Jones with an off-load for Dan Bibby! That is

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going to do it. It's another dominant Salford performance. Six

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wins out of seven, Widnes stay bottom of the table. -- Jake Bibby.

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How tough was that today? We lost a few men but we stuck together well.

:43:38.:43:42.

Widnes had a good win last week by getting this point is massive for

:43:43.:43:47.

us. Happy with those results, we lost a few more today but we keep

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working hard. The trip to Catalans was a turnaround, we had some

:43:53.:43:56.

injuries but we showed she drank and depth. Some boys coming in, I've not

:43:57.:44:00.

played much myself but it was good to get a win -- we showed strength

:44:01.:44:07.

and depth. How pleased were you with where he took his opportunities

:44:08.:44:13.

today? He is really good, the squad that we spoke to him about, you bide

:44:14.:44:18.

your time and take your opportunity. He has done that, my other boards,

:44:19.:44:22.

it is difficult, he had a really good season -- Niall Evalds. We have

:44:23.:44:34.

plenty of desire and attitude, we looked beaten up at the moment

:44:35.:44:37.

because that is what losing does to you, taking away your confidence and

:44:38.:44:42.

putting you in a bad place. It takes something special, but what was more

:44:43.:44:46.

disappointing than anything else is that we had a gutsy effort against

:44:47.:44:52.

St Helens last week. A lot of work went into getting that for the

:44:53.:44:57.

players. We had a couple of days off, but we just didn't turn up with

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it today. You've got to turn up and want to win. Brian, what did you

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make of the game and the quality of it? A team down on their luck and

:45:06.:45:09.

performances in relation to confidence. Widnes, Salford managed

:45:10.:45:15.

to inject themselves, physically getting on top of the opposition.

:45:16.:45:18.

Smart players at the right time getting them over the line, they

:45:19.:45:23.

were looking strong here. I think that the scoreline flattered them a

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little. They got good players and a gamebreaker is probably Widnes at

:45:29.:45:32.

the wrong time, with a bounce on the ball. Ian spoke beforehand about the

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depth of the squad, and that this was an important game to show that.

:45:37.:45:40.

What do you make of the players coming in and those youngsters that

:45:41.:45:44.

they had? I got the impression they did not look out of sorts when the

:45:45.:45:49.

players were on the field, they were at no disadvantage, they will be

:45:50.:45:52.

thank for getting those players back, that is the challenge of any

:45:53.:45:56.

squad in the Super League. Make those changes seamless, we spoke on

:45:57.:46:01.

the Super League show about it, they will go through a run of injuries

:46:02.:46:06.

and it's about how you cope. It looked seamless. At the end of a

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round of 12, how do they all stand in the Super League table?

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Castleford stay top, the Tigers are now one point clear of Hull moving

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into second. St Helens are up to seventh. We will be back in the

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studio next week, where hopefully it will be a little less windy, if

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nothing else. But from Brian and from me for now, it's goodbye!

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You are not a fun person to share a trishaw with.

:46:53.:46:53.

You are not a fun person to share a trishaw with.

:46:54.:46:59.

Highlights from the latest round of matches in the Super League as the first part of the 2017 season reaches the halfway stage. Two of the competition's high-flyers, Castleford and Wigan, meet for the second time this year. Their previous meeting was just three weeks ago, and ended in a comfortable win for Castleford, but Wigan have been in great form since, and will be out for revenge against the team who have led the table for much of the season so far. Hull FC meet Warrington for the second time in a month. The two teams contested the Challenge Cup final and the League Leaders Shield last year, and their 22-22 draw in their first meeting this year suggests they are just as equally matched this season. St Helens are at home to Leigh, Salford take on Widnes, Leeds play Huddersfield, and Wakefield are at home to Catalans.


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