Highlights and analysis from the Super League. Leeds v St Helens, Castleford v Hull FC, Salford v Huddersfield, Catalans v Leigh, Wakefield v Warrington and Wigan v Widnes.
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The summer of sport is in full swing but we have had four seasons in one
weekend over the last few days of Super League. Here is what is coming
up. We have raided the retirement home
and found all Crabtree and Leon Pryce but they have left their pipe
and slippers at home. First up is the last chance for Plea to avoid
the qualifiers. Defeat against Catalan would end their hopes of
making him out of the bottom four. COMMENTATOR: It is wide from
Reynolds, Stuart keeps it alive. Here comes at Matty Dawson. Has he
got it down? Plenty of bodies in the way. A celebration that suggests
Leigh are confident here. The video referee required. Try on the field
given by the referee. We will look at the grounding by Matty Dawson. It
is given and confirmed. An opening score for Leigh with five minutes
played. Tickle to his left, he spins it back. Inside here to Paterson.
One play to go, that is sharp from dummy half and it is Danny Tickle
who has bundled over, what a start for Leigh. Second try after 12
minutes of play. Catalan having to be on their mettle. Leigh showing a
real appetite for the battle in opinion. -- Perpignan. Wonderful
stuff from the Leigh Centurions. Three tries in 16 minutes. Tickle
with a really good drive. Taking up position. They go for the kick here.
A clash of heads. It is a high one, caught safely but the clash of heads
has left two players nonplussed here. They both look in a bad way
here. It was an accidental clash of heads. What is going on here from
Jamie Acton. It doesn't looks Savary at all. Garcia, has he got there?
Not quite. Held up short. Catalan pounding the door here. Leigh
hanging on. Walsh helping it on its way again. A long pass out wide.
Jeremy Thornton must slide into school here. Cool and confident but
they will look at this again. He was flirting with that touchline. I
think he has just got it down before his foot hits the line. Frame by
frame tells us that it will be a drive for Jodie Broughton. Catalan
are back in the game. First try of the night.
Stripped back on the inside by Greg Bird, troubling the defenders
momentarily. The referee says play on, it is the sixth tackle and a big
effort. Michael Simon will claim the try. Born out of sheer
determination. So the kick and the chase, it will
be watched out of play. What is he doing. He plays on and it is the
try. What was going on there? The referee has a look. Luke Walsh is
insisting that it should be a video review but the referee is having
none of that. Does he push out the way and does he have a foot on the
touchline? He clearly has a foot on the touchline when he picks the ball
up but they don't go to the video review and Sam Hopkins is given the
try. Pelissier, hammered in again. The local, playing in Leigh colours
to night. Hopkins. A second for Hopkins in the space of four
minutes. This time he is going for the video replay. Try given on the
field. Momentum is maintained here. I think we can see the ball is
grounded, no knock-on. What a time to score for the macro. Just before
half-time they have established a comfortable lead. The kick away by
crooks. It is a pick-up and a dash and Reynolds. A little bit of
fisticuffs going on. It is getting a little ragged and untidy. Have a
look at this. Does the tackle look completed there? Bird retaliates,
more players come running in. The referee spots what is going on and
it will be a yellow card for Ben Crooks. He is off for the next ten
minutes. Greg Bird sin-binned as well.
It comes left with a pass out wide and it is given the chance. He gets
in. Again complaints from the side that concedes but again the referee
is confident. And angled run back down the middle.
They are looking urgent here, Catalan. Trying to put pressure on
the Plea line. -- on the Leigh line. Cleverly done and they will claim
the try. Vincent Duca is over and Leigh are not as comfortable
suddenly. It goes left to Paterson, he keeps
it alive and now Drinkwater, the little brother. Acrobatic stuff. Ben
Reynolds claiming it. The referee unsurprisingly having a look.
Looking forward the offside. Reynolds was onside. I don't think
anyone in front got within ten metres. Has he grounded it, great
finish. From Ben Reynolds. Leigh are two scores ahead again. A real
tussle going on here. Now they go left again. They prospered here
before. He has to bring it back towards the middle. He pushes away.
Walshe inside. King for a path through. Determined defence at the
moment. It is touched down. All kinds of confusion there. Morrow was
head of the ball. The referee says a try. He is onside when the kick
comes in. The only touches are from the Leigh players, this should be a
try. Catalan back in touching distance. Away by Anderson. Taken
him hard. Determination. He was not to be
denied. Catalan from being a long way back suddenly have a chance.
It is a penalty. Batty area malign, the ball simply thrown at him. He
throws it at the stranded Catalan player. All eyes on Reynolds to give
Leigh the lead with six minutes to play. The flags are raised and Leigh
are back ahead. Will this be a victory for them? Last chance for
Catalan, 20 seconds to go. He spins it around. He has scored. He has
somehow barrelled his way over the line and in the dying seconds,
Catalan have snatched a victory. 16 points behind at one stage. But when
it matters most they are in the lead. STUDIO: Jamie Acton faces a
potential aid and ban. What a bonkers match, you played out there,
if they get on a roll, how much does the Crown sweep them along? It is
the most intimidating ground for away players and away supporters.
The French fans really get onto the referees. When I played there, there
was a guaranteed the fans would get on the referee's back and we would
get some calls. For Leigh, is that a lack of experience, sitting back and
defending too much and not keeping ongoing? Possibly. They should go on
to win that game but it is confidence. You are in a position
where you are comfortable against a team like Catalan who can grow with
confidence when the crowd is on their side. It is difficult. You
need to maintain your head. The biggest game changer was the Ben
Crooks sin-binning. Catalan scored two tries on the back of that, what
a finish as well, spectacular. How much can they take from that finish?
How can Steve Magnum Morra build on this? The scoreline suggests two
teams who are struggling. It is two teams with poor defences. See
McNamara has come in for Catalan and when you bring in a new coach, there
is a response from the players. It is a great finish to the game. You
know Steve well, what will he bring? Piller wrote his experience, can't
be a bad coach if you have coached your country. He has worked the best
coaches and he has worked with Brian Smith and Tony Smith. I think he has
a lot of experience on the way. I am looking forward to seeing how he
goes in Super League. Leigh now know they are in the qualifiers. The goal
was to stay in Super League so they will be full of -- they will be
philosophical. The good thing for them as they are prepared for the
fact they have already been there. They have done it on the back end of
glasses and where they were top of the league. Now they don't have that
momentum, they need to get that back quickly and they know how to play
big games. Hopefully they will do the job.
Well, the leaders Castleford were looking to make it ten
Their perfect home record was on the line against Hull
who had already beaten them twice this season.
Hatton scouts, looks for an option away to the right.
Kelly, through the hands, Shaw, a little bit lateral here.
Straight over by Conor and flicks one away.
A great finish if he gives it, and he does.
And Hull hit the front and Fonua benefits.
Look at this, Connor shrugs off a couple of tackles.
In front of the railway end, Luke Gale for Castleford.
Scampered onto the loose ball and punished Hull.
Castleford on this small pitch they know how to work it.
They are loading up on the left-hand side.
And it bounces up and Castleford have tried to recycle it here.
Meanwhile, Luke Gale to make it a score lead.
It is getting a bit niggly, a bit physical this one.
They go to the left-hand side once again.
Thought about a pass, took the contact instead.
He has dropped it and it has been pounced on by Mike McMeeken.
Chris Kendall wants a look at the screen.
There does not look like too much interference there.
Talanoa looks as though he has got it.
He has got nowhere near him in the end.
It bobbles loose and McMeeken can get the grounding.
Castleford Tigers move further in front and Mike McMeeken the man.
Hull looking to get themselves on the front foot here.
He runs into traffic and gets it away to Jamie Shaw.
Hull are trying to play their way out of trouble here.
But the ball bounces loose and it is picked up by Zak Hardaker.
He accelerates into space and he has got away from the Hull cover
and he is going to scamper all the way through.
And the Zak Hardaker for the second week coming,
And Castleford is really flexing their muscles
now and Zak Hardaker, a man in form.
Five metres away, Hull scrambling back to Denmark.
And Hull scramble, committing numbers, and that ball comes loose
Sneyd pleads his innocence, but there were at least
Luke Gale and it is a comfortable lead.
Hull playing with a bit more abandon here.
Castleford know what a danger he can be.
Fonua flicks away a lovely 1-2 Connor.
But Chris Kendall is not sure and he pushes away
Griffin goes up, he takes it cleanly.
It bounces backwards for me for Minichiello,
but it does hit the deck and I think that will be chalked off.
They will go to the right of the field and they
Fonua will put it down in that corner and Hull
Castleford Tigers just need to keep their cool
if they are to come away because Hull are a dangerous side.
McShane looks to take on the Hull cover and he has
Josh Griffin makes an appearance at the ruck there.
It is Luke Gale and he kicks it no problem.
Not enough for Daryl Powell it would seem.
Thompson again really working this Castleford defence hard.
Hull are lining up the heavy artillery.
Two Castleford players could not stop him.
Albert Kelly, such a danger off either foot.
Sneyd dummies and gets one wide and Talanoa!
It sets this one up for a thrilling climax.
He keeps his feet in the field of play and he goes airborne
Neither coach at this stage knows what is going to happen.
A big shift from inside their own half here.
Castleford just need to get the tackles.
They will look to get it here with Sneyd.
He puts one over the top, the ball goes forward to Shaw.
Hull's chances slip away and Castleford go
But as it goes this could well be a Grand Final dress rehearsal.
It possibly seems odd to say it of a team that is flying high
at the top of the league but given they have been beaten by Hull twice
and also in that Challenge Cup quarterfinal,
how important was it for Castleford to win this?
I think it gives them a bit of relief when it comes to the big
games at the end of the season that they know they can beat them.
But saying that Hull were fantastic as well,
Castleford obviously deserved the win in the end but Hull
started a little bit slow, they did not get out of the blocks
and that basically cost them in the end but I think both teams
will be reasonably happy with their performances.
The defence, the tenacity from Castleford in the first half,
do you think it maybe possibly caught Hull on the hop a bit?
They were so up for this, weren't they?
They were up for it but no more than what Hull were.
Obviously that was a 50-50 situation but I think Castleford were fired up
because they knew they had to get revenge.
They had to make up for losing twice to them year.
And was it a psychological thing for them?
They will almost certainly play each other in the eights and pretty much
These two teams will be right up there at the end of the season.
I think they could play in the Grand Final against each other.
I think in this game Hull FC gave the game away early.
They gave Castleford three easy tries.
This one here was poor defence, but a great
He has made such a phenomenal transition from Leeds to Castleford.
He has been an X Factor player and is playing
I think Hull FC will be very disappointed because they kind
of gave this game away and with a team like Castleford
You talk about Hull and they seemed to start playing almost as the game
What did they step up and do that they had not been doing?
I think they just came out in the second half a little bit more
with an attitude where they thought, we are are behind, we have
So they started to throw the ball around a little bit more.
They started to work a little bit harder which initially
They were kicking down the sides and going for
This is where you have got to control the game yourself.
This is about pinning them in the corner and getting that good
I am not sure where the back row is there.
There is meant to be somebody on the backline.
They just got a try so Castleford brought somebody up and Snead saw
They just got a try so Castleford brought somebody up and Sneyd saw
But I was quite disappointed in the kicking game really early
doors because they were not doing this earlier.
They were putting it in the corner, in the light,
Then in the second half they kept putting the ball behind them
because it was a wet, slippery ball and it
It gave them pressure and it gave them the ball back and I think
if they looked to do that earlier in the game they could have got more
Castleford win, almost both winners in that Hull
will have a lot of belief from what they did
It could have gone either way and it did, it went to Castleford,
but on the night Hull realised in the end what they needed
to do to win the game and as Leon quite rightly says,
if you start putting the kicks into the corner and put
them under pressure, then you will get your rewards.
It will be exciting to see them next time around.
Next up for the leaders Castleford it is a trip
to face their local rivals Wakefield.
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Huddersfield moved out of the bottom four after going undefeated
They started July with a trip to Salford and your team-mates
They make a decent start and it has been exciting. A little bit of a
ricochet and a little pass through and they finished it off in the
corner. It has been standout play at the end of the season. Then Salford
had a little bit more of attacking play. Then it was too strong. But I
have to question the defence. Rick Stone was very disappointed with
their defence over the course of the 80 minutes. We put ourselves in a
decent position at times. These players seem to have come from
nowhere. They really have stepped up. But we had our say in the
as well and that was an nice wide as well and that was an nice wide
Salfords. This was a big one for Salfords. This was a big one for
Salford having lost a few games in the league. It was, but I think they
have been playing fantastic this have been playing fantastic this
year. Salford's attacking skills and prowess have been fantastic.
players in the stands as well and players in the stands as well and
they have got other players to come into the team and they can be even
more dangerous. Is there a possible man of steel contender? He is
probably in the top two or three. He is such a threat every time he gets
the ball. We have some good players in this game, but Salford earned
this victory. I do not want to take anything away from Salford because I
believe they deserve everything they get this season. In terms of
Huddersfield's psyche, I be looking over their shoulders at little bit?
After this game, yes, I think so. But I question our mentality. We did
not seem to try. That was a good off-load from Roberts. The pass from
Leroy was spectacular, but it was too late. We went into this game
with the mentality we do not need to win this one, we need to win the
next two. I do not think that is right. We need to step up. Salto's
performance was not good enough. We can and would this work in the eyes
of storm Doris. These are the details on this one. After their
recent run of defeats Wigan could not afford to lose this. It was the
Warriors who got the first try again.
He returned 58 days after having a kidney removed. Wigan were in
control and it didn't take long to stretch their lead as the pass found
Lewis Tierney to go in at the corner. Wigan were 16-0 ahead.
Widnes broke their dog, stroke of half-time. The ball passed through
six pairs of hands before Corey Johnson kicked over the defence to
the left. Lloyd White picked up and scored, he reduced the half-time
deficit to ten points. Like in the first half, took a while before the
first points came in second. Mellor's kick rebounded off Bateman
and they gathered to score his second of the game. Witness were
back within four points. I meant was with the Vikings and the ball to
Stefan Marsh could have them their chance to level it but Burgess was
aware of the threat and wrestled him into touch. The game was still in
the balance with Widnes Vikings still pushing but Wigan got a
breakthrough with their second points of the half. Sam Tomkins
starting his first half that macro game of the year sent it tied to the
left to find Burgess but the gap was again ten points. Burgess scored
again before the final whistle after this chip through from Liam Farrell,
securing Wigan's first win in eight games and condemning Widnes Vikings
to a bottom four finish. Tony Clubb back 58 days after having his kidney
removed. Fantastic to see him steaming at the line. It is
fantastic, to have a big surgery like that and two, and play two
months later is phenomenal. He has done fantastically well to get back
on the field. Did it lift Wigan? They have not won in the league
since April? They have a system that Maguire brought from Melbourne.
Their biggest problem is keeping the players fit. Especially players like
Bateman or Laughlin. Santon cancers come back now. International class
players. If they stay on the field, that is the difference between
winning and losing. The final scoreline doesn't do Widnes Vikings
Justice, they will take something from that. They have competed in
pretty much every game so far. The last few weeks especially. In this
game they showed what they were made of. It was at the end that Wigan ran
away with it. That is when they become scary because the big players
win the big games. I think Wigan showed that. Widnes Vikings should
be proud as they going to the backend of the season. They need to
get over the whitewash again to win games. Can Wigan get in the top
four? I hope not for Huddersfield's sake. But if they do get there, and
they should, you can see them causing upsets. Now they have those
players back, can they go on a big run? Absolutely. They can win big
games. They have the big boys back. They will be contenders at the end
of the year. Despite losing their last three matches, Wakefield were
still in the hunt for a top four finish, they hosted Warrington on
Saturday. The away side scored first. A great ball to the back row.
They have had some problems with injuries and confidence and bringing
players in and out. A nice dummy from Dwyer to get over the line.
Wakefield looking like a well oiled machine. Great to see them going so
well. It should not be underplayed how well the coach has done. It is
exciting. How much will they have learned from making the top eight?
Wakefield are not under as much pressure as other teams. Wakefield
are not under pressure. But Warrington, no matter what they do,
they are under pressure. Wakefield, it doesn't look like they care too
much, they don't care about throwing the ball around and enjoying
themselves and celebrating all the time and making it hard work for the
opposition. For Warrington, if they are to be in the bottom four, how
important in these last few games that they get some kind of rhythm?
Warrington should not be where they are. They have invested massively in
that team and they have world-class players and they should not be down
there. They will be desperate to find some kind of form and
confidence. You need the confidence to win games. They need to build
that into the play-offs. You so team against Leeds, where is that from
Warrington? Vilhete kingdom give them that lift? He will give them a
little bit of a lift. There are more issues with Warrington at the
moment. They are lacking any sort of structure that benefits them. The
off-the-cuff style with a lot of off-loads is not working any more.
And I don't think they believe in themselves. That is difficult to get
back. What they have is star players that can score from anywhere. If
they get a roll on, things could change quickly. Warrington still in
the bottom four but where will they stand in the set of six. Picking up
the challenge on their behalf is Stefan Ratchford.
Apple juice, oranges, milk, T, Coffey, water. Turtle, Dolphin,
while, fish, jellyfish, shark. Bart Simson, Lisa Simson, homeless and
sing, Maggie Simpson, Millhouse, no. And field, Olympic Stadium, St
James' Park, Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge. Goodbye,
and Eos, au revoir. I can't think of the last one.
Clearly doesn't read his horoscope. It is the fixture that has been a
Grand Final on four occasions, Leeds against St Helens. COMMENTATOR: St
Helens with plenty of ground to make up here. Inside their own 20. A
fascinating opening 12 minutes or so. Step on the inside from Dominik
payroll. He has got away and he has support from Adam Swift. Wonderful
play from the St Helens forward to make that try and the finish.
Parcell is in. Leeds pushing hard again. Back for Ablett. Looking to
make up for the missed tackle earlier. Purcell again. St Helens
warming in numbers. Still trying to wriggle through, but held on to.
Joel Moon, wonderful stuff from Joel Moon. A drop of the hips and makes
his way through. Here is ourselves. Leeds again. Mullaly was held up
short. Parcell in there. He has got a penalty. They have a penalty here.
It is very kickable. They are going for goal. Held down at the second
attempt. The chance here for Jordan Lily to add the two. He kicks the
penalty. Leeds sneak ahead. Parcell. Close to the line of Ryan
Hall. Leeds again back towards the middle. A tantalising pass, quick
hands. Stevie Ward is over. Three minutes of the second half played
and Leeds extend their lead. Walmsley rolling forward again, a
really quick play the ball from Walmsley. They send it high. Well
done. He has got it, the referee says another six here because of a
Leeds touch. They don't need it and Tommy Makinson with a simple finish.
He is having another look. He thinks it should be given. On-site and
off-site is OK, looks like an aerial challenge for the ball. Wilkin lost
it and it is picked up, is there a fumble there? The video referee has
made his decision and the sides of the try can be given. Saints are
back and getting close. The off-load goes backwards, picked
up by Morgan. Roby again. Just over 50 minutes played the game and St
Helens have not had the lead since midway through the first half. A
real opportunity here. Stepping back on the inside and
McCarthy-Scarsbrook, great play, well backed up by James Roby and the
coach and fans love it. St Helens have the lead. Wrestled to the
ground. He has hurt himself as well. Mitch Garbutt. It looks like he is
in a bad way. Jon Wilkin was late there. Pushing down in the tackle.
James Childs thinks there was and Jon Wilkin will spend ten minutes in
the sin-bin. Parcell goes left. The ball is left to handle a. Crushed by
a couple of defenders. Lomax leading the way. The kick comes through. It
is the sixth tackle. Marcel. Back with Lily with a good kick towards
the corner. Watkins touches down. A simple finish from Kallum Watkins.
The referee confident enough to point the finger straightaway. A
question of how did this land in his hands. When it comes down, he is the
man on the spot. Whilst again, off-loaded and Parcell has a step.
He has found a way through. The Saints defence recovered just in
time. Cuthbertson, Leeds poised on the verge. Moon going left again. St
Helens have to be careful. Ryan Hall is a disruptive presence in the
three quarters position. How many times we seen that before? It is now
or never as far as Saints are concerned. They are offering a real
challenge. McCarthy-Scarsbrook, just short. A really big effort but just
short. Walmsley from dummy half. I think he might be an unstoppable
there. The referee is not sure. He came from behind, he thinks it is a
try. A big moment with two minutes to play.
Saints are back within touching distance again. You can hear the
countdown. Maybe Saint Helen 's dreams in the top four have faded a
bit tonight. Where Leeds were the winners? The crucial turning point
was when Jon Wilkin got sent off. I do not think it was intentional, but
when you slow it down on the big screen, he probably should have been
sent off. How impressed were you with Jack
Walker? What did you make of him? I had not seen that much of him until
this point. He has got a bit of size about him, a bit of pace, good feet.
We were talking about him before and he is a start in the making.
Catching that ball under pressure and putting the work in. He will
have to keep his head a little bit. That was a big left footsteps. He
looks a danger as well. Leeds have found another star in the making.
Jordan Lily also had a good game. You played a bit with him at
Bradford. Have you seen him develop this season? I played with him since
he has been on loan and he is a great lad, a great character, a
great attitude. He has got a lot of talent. He stepped up to the mark on
Thursday night. He is tough. I would like to see him being given a little
bit more of a chance. What do you make of John Moon in those halves
and how Keane has he been in those positions? He said Leeds. Leeds do
not play with any attacking structure or flare. They get the
ball to dangerous players and there is no one playing more dangerously
than Moon. For me attacking prowess also always comes down to Joe Moon.
He is so dangerous. He gives the ball to Ryan who is far too big and
strong to be stopped there. Moon is the most dangerous attacker in the
game. Who else could get the chance? I am not sure, but he is definitely
a good signing. Saints are a work in progress. They have shown a bit more
in the last few weeks and they keep getting better and better. You could
see how close the game was. They had a long distance try. Six home wins
this week and this is how it is all looking in the Super League table.
Castleford are guaranteed to be in first place heading into the eights.
Catalans are the only team in the bottom four to win this week. We
return next Monday at 11:15pm on BBC One in the north and there is a
repeat showing at 7:15am on Tuesday morning on BBC Two. That is it for
this week. See you next week. Until then, goodbye.
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The Super League teams enter the final month of the regular season with all to play for as they fight to stay on the road to the grand final. The two most successful teams of the modern era renew their fierce rivalry as Leeds and St Helens meet at Headingley. The teams have met in four grand finals, and between them have been crowned champions in 13 of the 21 seasons of the Super League. The history books suggest this will be a difficult one to predict, as in their previous 62 meetings, St Helens have won 33 and Leeds 29. Their first meeting this season, on the opening night, ended in a narrow 6-4 victory for St Helens. The League-leading Castleford Tigers are out for revenge against Hull FC. Castleford have been flying high all season at the top of the table, but they have failed to beat Hull in either of their two previous meetings this year. This is the first time this season they have met in Castleford though, where the Tigers are defending a perfect home record, having won ten out of ten matches in front of their own supporters this year. Challenge Cup semi-finalists Salford are at home to Huddersfield, Leigh travel to play Catalans, Wakefield face Warrington and Wigan play Widnes.