17/07/2017 Super League Show


17/07/2017

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


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Hello, we're starting to find some answers to the big

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questions in Super League.

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It is the penultimate week of the regular season,

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and the Super 8s loom large.

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Having been overlooked in the auditions for

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the new Doctor Who, Richard Mathers and John Kear join us with the whys

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and wherefores of Round 22.

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First up, the battle to stay in Super League.

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Yes, four of those teams face a fight for their Super League

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status in the Qualifiers.

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We already know that Leigh and Widnes are two of them.

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Warrington simply had to win at Wigan on Thursday night

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to avoid joining them.

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It was the fourth meeting between the Warriors

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and the Wolves this year, and their previous match went

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right to the final hooter.

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Here it comes.

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Last play of the game.

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The drop kick.

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He has put it wide!

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They can't believe it!

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Right on the hooter.

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That was the point that could have kept their season alive,

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instead it goes wide.

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Wigan win it.

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What a cup tie, what a finish!

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Warrington beginning to run out of last chances in terms

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of a claim for the top eight.

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Sean O'Loughlin leading out a Wigan side who desperately need two points

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to close the gap to a minimum on the top four.

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And a welcome return for Warrington and England of Ben Currie.

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We are going to have a minute's applause right now in memory

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of Evan Hawksworth, a young man who sadly passed away this week

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as a result of an accident.

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McIlorum with a nod of the head as he moves in to dummy half

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and Wigan in position.

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Warrington's resolve being tested early here.

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The opening minutes of the game, McIlorum again.

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Away with a little kick towards the corner.

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It is being chased hard by Gildart and Gildart will score.

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Runs away from the cover to score.

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The referee wants another look.

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Obstruction is what they are looking at here.

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He seemed to have gone between the two defenders, no contact made.

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And in terms of the touchdown, that looks pretty clean, as well,

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and a try is confirmed.

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One minute played, Wigan have their opening score.

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McIlorum getting involved there, as well.

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Well, they are all getting involved here at the moment.

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Joe Burgess seem to pull the back of Ashton Sims' head.

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There is a swinging arm from Ashton Sims that

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Bateman ducked underneath.

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You can see a little bit of hair pulling by the Wigan winger.

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No need for that, the referee says.

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Here's Clark.

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Moving it left to Ratchford.

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Atkins.

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Good tackle by Leuluai.

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Ratchford, though, steps it up.

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Sixth tackle coming up.

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Tries to force the issue, does force the issue,

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and Benjamin Jullien, the French dynamo, has

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burst his way in to score.

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Williams.

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Back again and space for Leuluai.

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Bateman is there in support and John Bateman underneath the sticks.

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Wonderfully crafted and creative try by Wigan.

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Bateman is thrilled to bits.

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A good time to score, half an hour played.

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Trailing by six, they would love to get something

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on the board again here.

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That is a tantalising little chip over the top.

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Leuluai knocked it backwards.

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And Ryan Atkins is over to score.

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The referee is having a look and he has given it.

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And Warrington right back in it again.

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Ryan Atkins finishing well.

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Atkins with a little plunge and a thrust.

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Clark from dummy half.

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Again, it is a grubber and it is Ben Currie.

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Out all season, back tonight, and back with a bang.

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And ain't that going to be a popular try, certainly amongst

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Warrington supporters, and England fans, as well.

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The little kick, laid on a plate, it still needed scoring

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and it will have felt good to have scored, too.

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Applying all the pressure again here.

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Leg is lifted.

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It just about remains legal.

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But Warrington are pushing hard.

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It is Hill backing in.

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Wigan's defence hanging on here.

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Sutton might have gone in for the second attempt, he did.

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The referee has given a penalty.

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Just a little bit of interference when the tackle had been completed.

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Stefan Ratchford just settles himself here.

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It should be a very simple two points, and is and Warrington's lead

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is extended to 14-10.

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It has not been the highest quality of games tonight,

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but Warrington will be satisfied if they get the win.

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This is a knock-on by Peta Hiku but then Bateman gets involved.

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And Peta Hiku is not too happy either.

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Have a look at this.

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Was the ball knocked out or did he knock-on?

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And then there is a little bit of pushing and shoving

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and the penalty has been given Warrington's way.

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Ratchford to give his side a 6-point lead.

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And over it goes and they know now they need only defend and defend

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and defend to claim the points.

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Last chance for Wigan.

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A minute to go, very nearly the last play.

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Over to Burgess.

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He cannot quite hold onto it.

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The defence came across quickly.

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He has knocked on and with that goes Wigan's last chance

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of getting anything from tonight.

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Warrington hang on for a very important victory for them.

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And a third victory for Warrington.

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Very much still part of the Warrington Wolves.

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They are winning games, but how well are they playing at the moment?

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As you say, they have played themselves into some form.

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They have not been the prettiest wins.

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That was a tough win at Wigan.

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It is always a tough place.

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But what they are building their game on is good defence.

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They are defending really well at the minute.

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Lots of energy, and it's giving them a chance to win games.

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Their attack is not flowing as you would expect.

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But they have certainly picked up form in recent weeks.

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You have been right in the midst of it this year.

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How much soul-searching has there been?

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It has been tough.

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The playing group, they are not used to losing two games on the bounce,

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or three but to be on a run, and to be inconsistent.

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What I will say is, they've stuck together as a group.

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There's no magic formula for it. There's no definite reason.

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It has been frustrating from top to bottom.

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But it is important going into the middle eights

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that they play themselves into some form.

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And to get the job done, that they need to.

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And the positive reaction to the return of Ben Currie tells

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you much about how he is respected as a player and as a person.

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Yeah, massively.

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They have missed him down that left.

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You can just see his natural instinct, showing out for the ball,

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and a great kick from Dec Patton, and you know, that's the cherry

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on the cake for Ben.

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He's had nine, ten months out, and what you don't see is the hard

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work and the processes that he's gone through.

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A massive credit to Ben Sterling and John Clark because he's come

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back and looked like he's not missed a game and he's a big, athletic lad.

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This isn't the situation he would have wanted

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to come back in with his club, but a great opportunity for him,

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still, with his country.

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Very much so, yes. I agree with Richie.

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He came back, and you would've thought the Ben Kay would have

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been playing week in, week out, this season?

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He was really match sharp.

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And he really put a marker down for that second row spot for England

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and obviously it's going to be massive in October time,

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in the World Cup. And he'll be very fresh.

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So although it's been detrimental to Warrington's season,

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it might well be a positive for England.

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If we are talking about a talisman, Sean O'Loughlin,

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400 not out for his club.

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Well done, him.

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Yeah, just an unbelievable player and person.

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And to play 400 games for your hometown club

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and to be club captain for so long, it's sensational.

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A sensational effort.

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He is a fantastic player, isn't he?

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And the fact that he's represented Wigan so often, the fact he's

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represented his country so often, it just tells it all.

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But I think the big thing is the respect that he is held in,

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amongst his fellow players.

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Every player would have Sean O'Loughlin in his team.

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So the Wolves were still standing, but Huddersfield knew

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they could save themselves, and condemn Warrington

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and Catalan to the Qualifiers, if they could beat Leigh on Friday.

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The commentator for this one is Matt Newsum.

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The commentator for this one is Matt Newsum.

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First quarter of the game gone.

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No points on the board.

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Sam Rapira for the Huddersfield Giants.

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Leeming.

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Poised.

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Will go to the right of the ruck.

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Hinchcliffe out the back to Brough.

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Slightly moved to this right-hand side.

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Gaskell.

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Cudjoe.

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Lovely ball to McGillvary.

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Into space. Back on the inside.

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And there is Lee Gaskell to open the scoring.

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Leeming jumps out of dummy half.

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A little pass at the line.

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Almost gets Ta'ai way.

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But he is grappled at the second attempt and the ball comes loose.

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Penalty goes to the Giants.

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Brough.

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To extend the lead.

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Eight points to nil.

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Leeming, again.

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He will come away to this left-hand side.

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Leeming will take the ball.

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Short ball.

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Ta'ai!

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He blasts his way over.

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Leeming so pivotal from that dummy half position.

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He had a dummy run on his outside.

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He took the contact instead.

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Rankin to Brough.

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Teasing kick.

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Swirling out towards Leigh's left-hand side.

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It's been dropped.

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And there is Gaskell to hack it on and touches the ball down.

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Try number two for Lee Gaskell.

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Short ball at the line.

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Leigh desperate for a foothold here.

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Gareth Hock.

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Put down.

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Five metres away.

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It will come to the new boy.

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Daniel Mortimer sweeps a kick. Crossfielder.

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Up goes Jermaine McGillvary.

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He's beaten to it.

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Huddersfield have made a hash of that one and it's been put

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down by Josh Drinkwater.

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Jermaine McGillvary.

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He has crashed through.

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Tries to take him on on the inside.

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Will he be caught?

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Dumps it back.

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Danny Brough runs into the tackle.

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But Huddersfield Giants have gone from the defence to attack here.

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Gaskell waits at dummy half.

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Back into the centre of the field with Hinchcliffe.

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He'll jink back to this right-hand side.

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Huddersfield flowing.

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Here goes Ferguson.

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Cudjoe.

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Out wide.

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Great hands.

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Puts him away.

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Will he stepped back infield?

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Cudjoe!

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Stretches out.

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Huddersfield destined for the super eights.

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You can't knock the effort.

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But they have more quality.

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Whilst the scoreline does not look great,

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to do the amount of defending in the area is what we did

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shows that there is still a good work ethic.

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But regarding smartness and killing ourselves, really,

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it's probably a one out of ten.

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We've had some times when we've probably thought it's a long way

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up from where we were, but we stuck at it, we stuck

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together and we gradually found a bit of belief and momentum

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and the last ten, 12 weeks have been good.

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A strange old season for Huddersfield.

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They couldn't buy a win for the first 11 games,

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and now they're doing the exact opposite.

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Yeah, you could argue that they are the form

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team of Super League.

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They have turned it around with the points in the last

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half of the season.

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And you've got to applaud them for that.

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They seem at ease with how Rick Stone wants them to play.

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They are really playing as a team, and obviously they have got

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danger men aplenty, especially down that right-hand side

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with Cudjoe and McGillvary.

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Ryan Hinchcliffe is an interesting one, because he's

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gone to loose forward.

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Has that coincided with this upturn in fortunes?

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It has, but I'm not so much on the Ryan Hinchcliffe side.

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I am more on the Kruise Leeming side.

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He has been absolutely fantastic this season.

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He's really matured into a Super League player,

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and he keeps everybody honest in that ruck area.

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And that has allowed Ryan Hinchcliffe to go to loose

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forward but I think it is more, Ryan has done great, yet,

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but I am more excited about the young man coming through,

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Kruise Leeming.

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Because I think he really has been fantastic.

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Bags of confidence, Richie, at Huddersfield Giants.

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Jermaine McGillvary saying they could go all the way

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to Old Trafford and win there.

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Yeah, and why not, like John said, they are the form team

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of Super League going into the eights and they need that

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momentum and confidence.

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When you are scoring points and scoring tries

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that they did on the weekend, that breeds confidence.

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And with the strike players they've got, there is no reason

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they can't have a run deep into the super eights.

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Having paid tribute to Sean O'Loughlin, a word

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on Mickey Higham, as well.

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500 career games.

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He is a warrior.

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His return to Leigh, and that's his hometown

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club, and obviously that

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will be where he hangs up his boots eventually.

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500 games is a heck of an achievement,

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especially when you are in

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that middle channel.

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You will have been with him at the dressing room at Warrington.

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What's he like?

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I've had two spells with Mickey at Wigan and Warrington.

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He is a great character.

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Like Peter Pan!

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It is a credit for him to play hooker, probably

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the toughest position going, to have 500 appearances is

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a testament to his professionalism.

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Yeah, he's a great lad.

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Huddersfield are safe for 2018, and the teams who will fight it out

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for Super League status via the Qualifiers are as follows...

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From the top division it is Warrington, Catalans,

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From the top division it is Warrington, Catalans,

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Widnes and Leigh, and they'll be playing four teams

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from the Championship - either Toulouse or Halifax.

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The London Broncos, who are definitely in,

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as are Featherstone, who parted company with coach

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Jon Sharp today, and Hull KR.

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Rovers of course are looking for an immediate return

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to Super League and celebrated winning the Championship

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at the Lightstream Stadium yesterday when they were presented

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with the League Leaders Shield.

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Congratulations to them.

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Now to the battle at the other end of the table, and the fixture list

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was kind to us this week as the top four went head to head.

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# Just a young gun with a quick fuse

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# I was uptight, want to let loose

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# I was dreaming of bigger things

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# I was lightning before the thunder

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# Thunder, thunder

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# Thunder

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# Thunder, thunder

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# Thunder

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# Thunder, thunder

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# Thunder

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# Lightning then the thunder

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# Thunder

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# Feel the thunder

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# Lightning then the thunder

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# Thunder

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It was second against fourth at Headingley.

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This was Leeds against Hull.

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They meet in the Challenge Cup semi-finals in a fortnight,

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but on Friday, there were Super League points at stake.

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Sharon Shortle has the details on this one.

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Hull had not won at Headingley for around ten years

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going into this game.

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They had not won their last two matches in Super League, either,

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so were desperate to pick up points.

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And they started well with first Danny Houghton going close before

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Scott Taylor dummied over from close range.

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Marc Sneyd added the goal.

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Jimmy Keinhorst was back in the Leeds side after 15 weeks out

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with a hand injury and he looked all on to get the first

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Rhinos points.

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But Mahe Fonua and Josh Griffin had other ideas for Hull,

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with a crunching tackle and stopped what was sure to be a try

0:18:220:18:25

dead in its tracks.

0:18:250:18:26

Just before half-time, Hull took advantage of a good

0:18:260:18:28

position from a penalty and Marc Sneyd launched a drop goal

0:18:280:18:31

to stretch their lead by a point going into the break.

0:18:310:18:35

The second half started with more chances for Hull,

0:18:350:18:37

but it was Leeds who scored first.

0:18:370:18:40

Joel Moon sent the ball left to Carl Ablett,

0:18:400:18:42

who found Ryan Hall.

0:18:420:18:43

His acrobatic dive to the corner was his 250th career try.

0:18:430:18:47

Leeds were back to within three points.

0:18:470:18:50

Hull were put under more pressure by a towering Danny McGuire kick.

0:18:500:18:54

Jamie Shaul let the ball bounce.

0:18:540:18:56

Ashton Golding collected it and set off for the corner,

0:18:560:19:00

only to be caught with a try saver from Fetuli Talanoa to keep

0:19:000:19:03

Hull's lead intact.

0:19:030:19:07

Joel Moon's boot was instrumental in Leeds' next points.

0:19:070:19:11

He changed the direction of play and Jack Walker

0:19:110:19:14

was the first to react to collect the ball and touchdown.

0:19:140:19:16

Jordan Lilley added the goal and the Rhinos were ahead

0:19:160:19:19

for the first time.

0:19:190:19:20

There was still time for Hull to hit back, though,

0:19:200:19:22

and as the ball was moved out to the right, Fonua went

0:19:220:19:25

over in the corner.

0:19:250:19:26

He claimed the try.

0:19:260:19:27

The Leeds defence claimed he had not got it down.

0:19:270:19:30

After consulting the touch judges, referee Robert Hicks agreed

0:19:300:19:32

with the defence and ruled the try out.

0:19:320:19:36

But Hull's chances for a valuable win were not over and with the clock

0:19:360:19:39

ticking down, a long ball to Josh Griffin allowed him

0:19:390:19:42

to put Fonua in the clear.

0:19:420:19:43

As he looked to pass back inside, Keinhorst's well-timed tackle meant

0:19:430:19:46

the ball went to ground and was mopped up

0:19:460:19:48

by the Leeds defence.

0:19:480:19:51

It saved the game for Leeds and with it second place,

0:19:510:19:53

ready for the Super 8s, while Hull drop out of the top four

0:19:530:19:56

with a third successive defeat.

0:19:560:19:58

The pair meet again in a fortnight in the semifinal

0:19:580:20:01

of the Challenge Cup.

0:20:010:20:03

We were talking on last week's show about whether this Rhinos group

0:20:030:20:06

were going slightly under the radar.

0:20:060:20:11

They always find form at the right time, even last year

0:20:110:20:13

when they have that awful season, they found form when needed.

0:20:130:20:16

How do you assess their health right now?

0:20:160:20:18

I think they are in a very healthy spot.

0:20:180:20:20

They claimed a victory against Hull FC there.

0:20:200:20:22

Despite having a number of people who were missing.

0:20:220:20:25

You just feel that Danny McGuire has got...

0:20:250:20:28

He wants to sign off in a certain way, as Jamie Peacock

0:20:280:20:31

and Kevin Sinfield did.

0:20:310:20:35

So he will have a point to prove.

0:20:350:20:41

There is a growing air of confidence and they are a very

0:20:410:20:44

dangerous team who can defend really well.

0:20:440:20:45

So, yes, they are hitting form and hitting form at the right time.

0:20:450:20:49

He is one of your best mates, isn't he, Danny McGuire, Richie.

0:20:490:20:52

He is going to leave quite a void.

0:20:520:20:53

Yes, he is.

0:20:530:20:54

It feels like the end of an era.

0:20:540:20:56

It does, it does.

0:20:560:20:57

Danny and Rob and that's probably the last of the golden generation.

0:20:570:21:00

Jamie Jones-Buchanan is battling in there,

0:21:000:21:02

but he has had a stellar career at the Rhinos and he would want

0:21:020:21:06

the send-off that Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield had.

0:21:060:21:10

He's in great form and with Joel Moon partnering him

0:21:100:21:13

in the halfs has been a real change for the Rhinos and an

0:21:130:21:16

upturn in their form.

0:21:160:21:17

Another of your former clubs, Hull FC, what are you laughing at?

0:21:170:21:23

Not another of my former clubs!

0:21:230:21:27

Thank you!

0:21:270:21:28

They have played some good stuff this year

0:21:280:21:32

that they commit so many errors.

0:21:320:21:34

Lee Radford pointed out they are actually second

0:21:340:21:36

in the area charts.

0:21:360:21:37

Is that just because of the way they play or is there

0:21:370:21:39

more reason for concern?

0:21:390:21:40

I think there might be some reason for concern,

0:21:400:21:43

but the big danger for everybody else in Super League

0:21:430:21:45

is if they do get it right, they will be a heck of a team

0:21:450:21:49

to attempt to beat, because, despite being second

0:21:490:21:51

in the error charts, they are also pretty high up

0:21:510:21:53

in the league table, as well, so let's hope they keep on making

0:21:530:21:56

those errors!

0:21:560:21:57

Yes, the two sides have had a little look to check each other

0:21:570:22:00

out ahead of that game in the Challenge Cup semifinals.

0:22:000:22:03

The leaders Castleford were looking to complete a clean sweep of home

0:22:030:22:06

victories on Friday.

0:22:060:22:07

They'd beaten ten teams at the Jungle so far,

0:22:070:22:09

and the last visitors to head down the lane in the regular

0:22:090:22:12

season were Salford, who were the first team to beat

0:22:120:22:14

the Tigers this season, back in Round 5.

0:22:140:22:16

Here's Flanagan.

0:22:160:22:17

Flanagan to Lui.

0:22:170:22:18

Murdoch-Masila's over!

0:22:180:22:19

Wow.

0:22:190:22:24

Here comes Minikin.

0:22:240:22:25

Towards the line.

0:22:250:22:26

And scores.

0:22:260:22:28

My word!

0:22:280:22:34

Tomkins.

0:22:340:22:35

Going for the drop goal.

0:22:350:22:36

O'Brien has put the ball between the sticks!

0:22:360:22:45

It's a promising position they start from here.

0:22:450:22:47

And Castleford being Castleford will test Salford's resolve.

0:22:470:22:54

McShane at dummy half.

0:22:540:22:56

Looking left already, trying to create space already.

0:22:560:23:00

Eden on the left-hand side doesn't need a second invitation.

0:23:000:23:03

Three minutes played.

0:23:030:23:04

Castleford already have their first try.

0:23:040:23:08

36th of the season for Greg Eden.

0:23:080:23:09

Tomkins.

0:23:130:23:16

Driven in by Griffin.

0:23:160:23:21

Tomkins again out from dummy half.

0:23:210:23:23

Dobson is in there.

0:23:230:23:25

A little dummy shown and good work by Gareth O'Brien.

0:23:250:23:28

Has slipped through.

0:23:280:23:30

Terrific effort.

0:23:300:23:31

They are level again.

0:23:310:23:36

McShane.

0:23:360:23:38

Millington just pops it back.

0:23:380:23:39

Roberts.

0:23:390:23:42

Then two tackles.

0:23:420:23:44

Roberts has got a man on the outside, but Roberts

0:23:440:23:46

is going to go himself here.

0:23:460:23:48

Ben Roberts' super individual effort.

0:23:480:23:53

It started with nothing on and finished with glory.

0:23:530:24:00

Back by Sene-Lefao.

0:24:010:24:05

McShane.

0:24:050:24:07

Looking to deliver left again.

0:24:070:24:08

Quick hands.

0:24:080:24:09

And Eden.

0:24:090:24:11

It's another spectacular, but with consequences, it would seem.

0:24:110:24:18

They will have a look again to see if he scored.

0:24:180:24:21

But Greg Eden has clearly hurt himself in trying

0:24:210:24:23

to get this ball down.

0:24:230:24:27

You would suspect he has got it down, because that's what he does.

0:24:270:24:31

And he has.

0:24:320:24:33

Try 37 for the season.

0:24:330:24:35

It goes up on the board.

0:24:350:24:37

But he is a man who is in trouble as a result.

0:24:370:24:40

A little bit of concern, because Greg Eden is coming off.

0:24:400:24:42

He's played his last tonight.

0:24:430:24:48

It could be worse than that.

0:24:480:24:54

McShane back towards the middle.

0:24:540:24:56

Sene-Lefao doing a good job of rampaging an extra ten yards

0:24:560:25:01

when Salford felt they might have tackled him.

0:25:010:25:04

And it is a penalty, as well.

0:25:040:25:10

Complaints of innocence from Murdoch-Masila and co,

0:25:100:25:13

but the referee is having a look at this.

0:25:130:25:16

And the referee, on the touch judge's advice, has given

0:25:160:25:18

that as a high tackle.

0:25:180:25:24

Luke Gale with a chance to extend the lead to 14 points with a kick

0:25:240:25:28

that takes Castleford out to an 18-4 lead.

0:25:280:25:34

Lui.

0:25:370:25:38

Going left.

0:25:380:25:42

Gets the off-load as well, back to Robert Lui.

0:25:420:25:44

A little step and a shuffle and away he goes and

0:25:440:25:47

support from Kris Welham.

0:25:470:25:51

Great individual play from Robert Lui to create the try

0:25:510:25:55

and Salford very much still in this game.

0:25:550:26:00

McShane.

0:26:020:26:05

Pounded forward again.

0:26:050:26:08

Salford's defences up to it.

0:26:080:26:13

Luke Gale, a little dummy shown, and Shenton and Monaghan!

0:26:140:26:18

Well, it seems it doesn't matter who is playing on the left wing,

0:26:180:26:21

they will find a way to score.

0:26:210:26:23

Joel Monaghan with his first of the night, having

0:26:230:26:25

come on for Greg Eden.

0:26:250:26:32

McMeeken wanting to get to his feet as quickly as he can here.

0:26:320:26:37

McShane is at dummy half.

0:26:370:26:39

Swinging it left.

0:26:390:26:41

Again they are swinging it left and, whatever they do, there is danger.

0:26:410:26:44

Shenton cutting through inside, has support.

0:26:440:26:47

Zak Hardaker will finish underneath the sticks.

0:26:470:26:52

It's another fizzing Castleford score and they are beginning

0:26:520:26:54

to create some distance between them and their opponents.

0:26:540:27:00

It is a bad night for Greg Eden.

0:27:000:27:02

Off to hospital, he cuts a forlorn figure.

0:27:020:27:08

Lui.

0:27:080:27:10

Was there a knock-on?

0:27:100:27:11

The referee says play on.

0:27:110:27:12

Welham picks up.

0:27:120:27:14

99 tries he has scored in his career as a result

0:27:140:27:17

of the score earlier tonight.

0:27:170:27:22

Here is Dobson.

0:27:230:27:25

Three men against two.

0:27:250:27:27

Can they make something of it?

0:27:270:27:29

Inside comes Jake Bibby.

0:27:290:27:34

Good twist and a turn from him to touch down

0:27:340:27:37

on that left-hand side.

0:27:370:27:44

They are still fighting.

0:27:440:27:52

Massey taking it in and held up.

0:27:520:27:54

Still ten away.

0:27:540:27:55

Sixth tackle is the next.

0:27:550:27:56

The referee's arm was raised.

0:27:560:27:57

Gale goes left.

0:27:570:27:58

Shenton, Monaghan, picks up.

0:27:580:28:01

It's a brace for Monaghan.

0:28:010:28:03

Four tries have come from the left wing tonight in the shape

0:28:030:28:06

of two different players.

0:28:060:28:15

Castleford home and hosed now.

0:28:160:28:17

Oh, it has been knocked on.

0:28:170:28:18

Castleford quick to swoop.

0:28:180:28:19

Here is Hardaker, quick to return.

0:28:190:28:22

McMeeken puts the brakes on.

0:28:220:28:24

Searches for something down the middle.

0:28:240:28:29

Decides in the end to take the settling tackle.

0:28:290:28:31

Six tackles still to go for Castleford, as a result

0:28:310:28:34

of that zero tackle.

0:28:340:28:35

So they still have a terrific opportunity.

0:28:350:28:37

They have a penalty right in front of the sticks.

0:28:370:28:42

Daniel Murray, the man who knocked it on, is the man who has also

0:28:420:28:45

given the penalty away.

0:28:450:28:50

Liam Watts can only look on here, because Castleford

0:28:500:28:52

are going to seal the night.

0:28:520:28:54

Luke Gale with a penalty kick.

0:28:540:28:56

Castleford still with that big gap at the top and they have

0:28:560:28:59

now beaten every side in Super League this season.

0:28:590:29:03

A very satisfying night for them.

0:29:030:29:08

Castleford march on, but at what cost?

0:29:080:29:11

This guy could be out for the season.

0:29:110:29:13

We await news of that.

0:29:130:29:16

But, as Dave Woods said in a commentary, it doesn't really

0:29:160:29:20

seem to matter who plays on that left side, they are

0:29:200:29:23

going to score tries. So, how big a loss is he?

0:29:230:29:25

Well, it is a big loss, because I think his ability

0:29:250:29:28

to finish tries is really outstanding, because he's

0:29:280:29:30

quick, he's brave and, acrobatically, he's sensational.

0:29:300:29:32

That's where he picks up the injuries.

0:29:320:29:33

It is, yes.

0:29:330:29:36

Monaghan then came on, and scored two tries himself, so,

0:29:360:29:39

he ain't a bad replacement.

0:29:390:29:40

They've also got Greg Millikin, who can go out there,

0:29:400:29:42

they've got Jy Hitchcox, so they are well covered,

0:29:420:29:44

Castleford, in that position.

0:29:450:29:48

I think, if Darryl Powell was brutally honest,

0:29:480:29:57

and you don't want anybody injured, but he would sooner lose Greg Eden,

0:30:000:30:10

than Luke Gayle or Zak Hardaker because of

0:30:100:30:11

the quality of the cover they've got their already.

0:30:110:30:14

The Tigers' home form has been absolutely extraordinary.

0:30:140:30:16

Not only going through the season unbeaten, but the manner of it.

0:30:160:30:18

They have been crushing teams.

0:30:190:30:19

Their aggregate win has been astounding.

0:30:190:30:21

Yes, they've torn up the rule book, if you like.

0:30:210:30:23

They've averaged 44 points and only conceded 16.

0:30:230:30:25

That's just phenomenal form, throughout the season.

0:30:250:30:27

The number of times I've watched them, and the way

0:30:270:30:29

they played is sensational.

0:30:290:30:37

Not many teams will want to go there in the Super 8s.

0:30:370:30:40

On the other side of this, Salford, are they going backwards,

0:30:400:30:43

and if they are, this is not the right time to do it.

0:30:430:30:46

I think it's a little tough for Salford,

0:30:460:30:48

because they are learning.

0:30:480:30:49

Castleford have been evolving over a number of seasons.

0:30:490:30:51

You know, coming fourth or fifth, and now they are

0:30:510:30:53

obviously at the top.

0:30:540:30:55

And Salford have really jumped up the ladder this year,

0:30:550:30:57

and I think they are now learning how to cope with that.

0:30:570:31:00

And I think it could just be in the back of one

0:31:000:31:03

or two players' minds, a little something coming up

0:31:030:31:05

in a fortnight called the Challenge Cup semifinal,

0:31:050:31:07

that might well be affecting them.

0:31:070:31:08

You said it wouldn't be a distraction, earlier on!

0:31:080:31:10

A top four finish is all important.

0:31:100:31:12

It means you get four home games in the Super 8's,

0:31:120:31:15

and, John, Hull's defeat

0:31:150:31:16

gave your Wakefield team the chance to move into those top four places

0:31:160:31:19

on Friday, so how did it start?

0:31:190:31:20

It didn't start that well, to tell you the truth.

0:31:200:31:23

It was a real slow play of the ball, then.

0:31:230:31:25

Our middle channel just lost concentration, there.

0:31:250:31:27

And Joel Miller's just too good, if you switch off like that.

0:31:270:31:30

We ought to ring up Bill Toupou and just ask him to talk over this.

0:31:300:31:34

First of all, he sent Mason Caton-Brown away for a fantastic...

0:31:340:31:36

I wouldn't fancy a foot race with him.

0:31:360:31:39

No, well, he's that quick he turns the bedroom light off and he's

0:31:390:31:43

in bed before it's dark!

0:31:430:31:44

He really is quick.

0:31:440:31:46

And again, that's the effect that he shows, there.

0:31:460:31:50

Ryan Ince was sin-binned for that tackle off the ball.

0:31:500:31:53

They are aware of that threat, of his pace.

0:31:530:31:57

A bit of toing and froing, there, nothing much,

0:31:570:32:01

but it was Ryan Ince who was sin-binned for that

0:32:010:32:04

professional foul tackle.

0:32:040:32:05

Just listening to you, I can sense how excited

0:32:050:32:07

you are about how your team is playing.

0:32:070:32:10

Yeah, they really are playing well.

0:32:100:32:16

The thing is, the team, they are a team.

0:32:160:32:18

There's some very good individuals within the team

0:32:180:32:20

but they know their role, they fulfil the role

0:32:200:32:24

to a high quality and they enjoy playing together.

0:32:240:32:29

There is a smile on their face and they are hitting good

0:32:290:32:32

form at the right time.

0:32:320:32:33

We have spoken about Leeds peeking, but believe me, Wakefield

0:32:330:32:36

are getting better and better and, skill like this from Joe Arundel,

0:32:360:32:39

off-loading to one of our middle men, there, Tinirau Arona,

0:32:390:32:42

to score his first try this season. He will be pleased about that.

0:32:420:32:45

But, again, it is the Bill Toupou show.

0:32:450:32:48

The little off-load, and Liam Finn, who has been very,

0:32:480:32:52

very important to us, Toupou onto Caton-Brown,

0:32:520:32:54

and over he goes. I really like this try, as well.

0:32:540:32:56

And this shows the confidence they are playing with,

0:32:560:33:01

to execute a play like this, ten, 15 metres away

0:33:010:33:04

from your own goal-line, on the first tackle as well,

0:33:040:33:06

and it releases this fellow, and, my word, can he run?

0:33:060:33:09

But he always makes good decisions.

0:33:090:33:12

You like that one, as well.

0:33:120:33:14

It is a classic move off the training ground.

0:33:140:33:17

And it makes it a little bit sweeter, when it comes off,

0:33:170:33:20

because it is all well and good, with no defenders in front of you,

0:33:200:33:24

on a Thursday afternoon when you are practising it,

0:33:240:33:26

but when you're at the coal face and doing it, like John says,

0:33:260:33:29

that just shows the confidence that Wakefield are playing

0:33:290:33:31

with, at the minute.

0:33:310:33:32

The Wildcats' tails very much up at the moment.

0:33:320:33:35

So Wakefield into the top four, but how high will they finish

0:33:350:33:37

in our set of six challenge?

0:33:370:33:41

The man in the hot seat for them is Sam Williams.

0:33:410:33:47

So, ice cream, yoghurt, fruit, sticky date pudding,

0:33:540:33:59

brownie and apple crumble.

0:33:590:34:09

San Francisco, none, New York, New Orleans.

0:34:120:34:13

Can't think.

0:34:130:34:18

Washington and Boston.

0:34:180:34:28

Snow White, Happy, Dumbo, Mickey Mouse,

0:34:280:34:38

Minnie Mouse, and Smiley.

0:34:390:34:47

Brazil, Argentina, England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

0:34:470:34:57

Right, Radio, Ring, Rhino, Radio?

0:35:120:35:15

Did I say Radio?

0:35:150:35:16

Rain.

0:35:160:35:22

A door, a box, a Christmas present, new shoes,

0:35:220:35:27

a letter and a text message.

0:35:280:35:38

Radio, he said it twice.

0:35:420:35:50

Are you going to call him Smiley at training as well?

0:35:500:35:55

It's just that, how do you open shoes?

0:35:550:35:57

That's what I want to know!

0:35:570:35:59

Very entertaining.

0:35:590:36:00

And join us next week for the final round of Set of Six, when we'll find

0:36:000:36:04

out if Leigh's Matty Dawson can knock Ryan Hall off

0:36:040:36:06

the top of the table.

0:36:060:36:07

Finally for this week let's see what happened

0:36:070:36:09

when St Helens took on Catalan.

0:36:090:36:11

The commentator for this one is Matt Newsum.

0:36:110:36:12

Catalan, bright start here.

0:36:120:36:13

Aiton onto Walsh.

0:36:130:36:15

Puts the kick against the grain.

0:36:150:36:16

Horo is chasing.

0:36:160:36:17

Bounces up for him and Catalan make a flying start.

0:36:170:36:21

Saints rushing towards the line.

0:36:210:36:23

Roby, short ball.

0:36:230:36:25

Fages scores against the French club.

0:36:250:36:30

Aiton, to Walsh.

0:36:300:36:31

We have seen this pattern before.

0:36:310:36:33

Walsh almost slips his way...

0:36:330:36:36

He's got through against his old club.

0:36:360:36:38

Roby takes on the line.

0:36:380:36:40

Alex Walmsley.

0:36:400:36:42

It's a great line.

0:36:420:36:43

Steaming through, support on his inside.

0:36:430:36:48

Alex Walmsley!

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Stunning solo try.

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Into the line, Richardson.

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Puts one back to Zeb Taia.

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The former Catalan man has won a penalty.

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Percival strokes it through.

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Paul Aiton to Walsh.

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Catalan go back in front.

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Roby has been a constant menace.

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Zeb Taia.

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Pushes one wide.

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Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

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Gigot to Walsh.

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Darting, prompting.

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Pushes one wide.

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Krisnan Inu steps of his right foot, goes towards the right side.

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The ball bounces loose.

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Justin Horo gets a second.

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Real ebb and flow as Morgan Knowles finds McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

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It's Hollywood stuff!

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From Percival to Grace.

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Can he recover his footing?

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The ball bounces at least to Fages.

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Catalan come hunting.

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The French half against his countryman.

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And he wins a penalty.

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It has been a real seesaw so far.

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Richardson pushes one wide to this right-hand side.

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Brian Morgan steps in.

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He has Lomax on the inside.

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And he picks him out beautifully.

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Saints go ahead.

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Percival again.

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Just nudging that scoreboard on.

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Roby targets this short side.

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Richardson, the little kick goes wrong.

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Richie Myler's gathered it.

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He is seeking out support.

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It looks like he will have to take it alone here.

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He might just have the pace as Saints come scrambling back to pull

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Catalan back into the game.

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Richie Myler, lung buster.

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Roby, to Fages, through the hands they go.

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Lomax.

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Well finished by Percival.

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Have St Helens just pulled away here?

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Richardson darts back on the inside.

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That is a beautiful ball.

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Jordan Thompson.

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St Helens playing some super football at the moment.

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This typifies it, as Fages looks to get away, the pass to Roby.

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He is screaming into space.

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Thought that was a kick.

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Stubbed it forward and Ryan Morgan will finish one of for Saints.

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An emphatic win to keep pace with the top four.

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Fun in the sun for Saints.

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Arguably, they were a little bit dull under Kieron Cunningham,

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which may have contributed to him losing his job.

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Is this much more like what Saints fans are used to watching?

0:40:100:40:14

I think it is, but they are playing lots of players that

0:40:140:40:17

Kieron used, as well.

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The big guys down the middle, such as Alex Warmley,

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who we will see here on that barnstorming run, and James Roby's

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playing very much off the quick play of the balls there.

0:40:290:40:31

Off-the-cuff, as well.

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Very much so.

0:40:320:40:33

We've got Theo Fages, there, who has a handful coming up

0:40:330:40:36

against the Catalan defence, who know a little bit,

0:40:360:40:38

I would suggest.

0:40:380:40:39

This is the strangest kick I've ever seen from James Roby.

0:40:390:40:44

As he is falling, he just puts boot the ball.

0:40:440:40:46

It is a bit of a kick and hope but it certainly worked

0:40:460:40:49

out there, for Morgan.

0:40:490:40:50

And they are playing with a bit of flair, now.

0:40:500:40:53

A bit of enjoyment.

0:40:530:40:54

But the biggest thing they have got now is confidence.

0:40:540:40:56

I keep going on about that.

0:40:560:40:57

Once your team's confident, all of sudden all of the structures,

0:40:570:41:00

systems and organisation all fit into place.

0:41:000:41:02

They are going to need that confidence for the next match,

0:41:020:41:04

aren't they, against Wakefield?

0:41:040:41:05

A word on Catalan.

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I don't know what's going on, there but they collapsed

0:41:060:41:09

again in the match.

0:41:090:41:10

How much danger are they in, for their Super League status?

0:41:100:41:13

They are in grave danger. Just looking at some of the clips.

0:41:130:41:17

The defensive systems, or lack of, and people doing the wrong things.

0:41:170:41:21

It's really bad.

0:41:210:41:23

Coupled with that, they are not tackling particularly well.

0:41:230:41:27

I think they are going to struggle in the middle eights, if they don't

0:41:270:41:30

find some form, quickly.

0:41:300:41:31

Do you think they could go, very briefly?

0:41:310:41:33

Mo, I don't, no.

0:41:330:41:36

When you get Greg Bird playing regularly, and I think

0:41:360:41:39

Steve McNamara has settled in, I think they've just got too many

0:41:390:41:41

big guns for that middle eight.

0:41:410:41:43

So another win for St Helens, and this is how all the week's

0:41:430:41:46

results have left things in the Betfred Super League table.

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Castleford maintain their eight- point lead at the top.

0:41:500:41:53

Hull drop out of the top four, where they're replaced by Wakefield,

0:41:530:41:56

and St Helens are now just three points behind the play-off places.

0:41:560:42:05

That's it for this week.

0:42:050:42:06

The Super League Show returns for the conclusion of the regular

0:42:060:42:09

season at 11.15 next Monday.

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We'll see you then.

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PERCUSSIVE CLICKING

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WHISTLE

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6 Music... Recommends.

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We pick...

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..new music.

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No-one... ..tells us... ..what to choose.

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Whoo!

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You've been weird ever since we came down here. There's something.

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I never blamed you.

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Why don't you see what's staring you straight in the face?

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I thought you'd been warned off.

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You need to tell him.

0:42:540:42:55

I know who killed Abigail Toms.

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Here we go. Now, this is where the red carpet begins

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and as you can see it's treachery.

0:43:180:43:20

Mind yourself. And that brings us to the backstage area.

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It's the penultimate round of fixtures before the end of the regular season, after which eight teams will contest the play-off places, while the other four will face a fight against relegation.

Wigan and Warrington meet at the DW Stadium. The teams met in the grand final in 2016, but a season of struggle for both has seen them spend much of the year in the bottom half of the table. They faced each other in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals in June, when only a single point separated the sides, and another close contest is expected. Castleford Tigers are looking to maintain their perfect home record when they face Salford at The Jungle. The Tigers have won all ten matches at home this season, but Salford are one of just three teams to beat them this season and need the two points to maintain their own place in the top four. Leeds take on Hull FC in the first of two titanic contests between the teams over the next few weeks. They will also meet in the Challenge Cup semi-finals at the end of the month.

Widnes are at home to Wakefield, Huddersfield face Leigh and St Helens play Catalans.


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