Highlights and analysis from the Super League. Warrington v Wigan, Hull FC v St Helens, Leeds v Catalans, Wakefield v Salford, Widnes v Castleford and Leigh v Huddersfield.
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Hello. We've got two perfect records on the line this week.
It's week four of Super League
and these are the numbers that matter from the season so far.
Castleford led the way at the start of the round
and their head coach Daryl Powell is with us.
He's alongside the now former Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree.
And we'll start with the chart-topping Castleford Tigers.
Their perfect record was on the line at Widnes on Sunday
and Matt Newsum was watching.
Chris Bridge races in to dummy half,
will take on the Castleford line.
Tigers standing firm.
Bridge shovels the ball away to White,
who'll push it out to Craven.
Here come Widnes. Looks for the dummy.
Great little bit of play by Craven!
Is he going to be held up here by Castleford?
That is sterling defence from the Tigers.
Gale to Junior Moors.
Loves an off-load, Junior Moors.
He's still going! He's managed to get one away to Gale.
Castleford love to keep the ball alive,
and that's what they've done here with Paul McShane.
Out to this right edge they go. McMeeken looks to take on Widnes.
Gets the ball away to Minikin, and he's been held up.
Just outside the 10. McShane, once again,
oh, it's a beautiful switch! Minikin pops one over the top.
Minikin will touch down! And Castleford break the deadlock.
Craven hoists one up.
He's got Zak Hardaker on the scramble.
And Castleford will bring the ball out in yardage from their own end.
It's Ben Roberts in at dummy half. Will he take on the Widnes line?
Yes, he will! He's found a little dogleg as well, and here he goes!
Ben Roberts screaming through the centre.
He's got Monaghan up in support.
Monaghan takes the ball in. Have they lost momentum here?
No, they haven't, because McMeeken has come charging onto it.
He's got Minikin on his outside.
He steps back infield,
and Castleford score a thunderous try.
Length of the field. Marvellous play.
Widnes trying to slow down the play of the ball,
because Castleford have been 100mph here.
Moors gets it away to Gale.
Lifts on away to that left-hand side.
Shenton screams though.
That's his 100th try in Super League.
McShane, at the heart of everything Castleford have done so far.
As Ben Roberts runs into traffic.
Watch them lock him up high trying to stop that off-load,
as McShane gets it away to Moors, Cook,
on over to this left-hand side, Gale,
lovely little tip-on by Michael Shenton,
and Greg Eden will score in the corner!
And that is magic from Shenton.
Magic Mike for the Tigers.
Junior Moors bullocking his way through the middle.
Once again, Widnes just scrambling back into the line,
trying to shut down this Castleford attack here.
McShane. Will give it to Matt Cook.
Cook goes for the line.
Well, it took him till September to score last year,
and that was against Widnes. He's got one already.
McShane to Millington.
Widnes don't know whether they're coming or going here.
Because Castleford have been absolutely devastating.
As Gale comes to this left edge, lovely little tip to Hardaker.
Shenton again, and Greg Eden.
Well, that is a marvellous try, and caps it.
Castleford four wins in a row.
Are you having to stop yourself just grinning,
watching your team in action at the moment?
Oh, well, there's just some quality play from the boys at the moment.
We're in a groove, everybody knows what they're doing,
er, they know the opposition well, the detail of play,
and that we've got a Plan B.
We got rattled a little bit in this game,
and we found our way out of it.
But some of the things that we do just make you feel good,
and the players are enjoying
playing the game we're playing at the moment.
We're aware that we're going to be faced with some tough scenarios
as we move forward,
but at the moment we're enjoying what we're doing,
and like I said, we're in a groove.
I thought we were fantastic yesterday, with the ball,
but more importantly defensively.
To put a zip on the opposition's side of the scoreboard
is great for us. Hasn't happened at Castleford in eight years,
so we're proud that we've been able to do that,
and it's a real foundation for us.
Let's have a look at some of the attacking play.
And it was a feature last week as well, that you seemed to be
pulling sides, from one side of the field to another.
I'm guessing a huge amount of coaching is going into some of this.
Well, it's a mix, isn't it?
It's a mix of individual players' ability,
er, coaching and looking at different weaknesses,
and then players just applying things
that we practise all through the week
and that we've been working hard on in pre-season.
The pass that's just going to come up in this next one,
you just sort of lick your lips at,
but again, they're just moving the ball so well, aren't they?
It's a skill that we work on significantly.
I mean, for Michael Shenton to be able to do that -
and I've no idea how Greg Eden pulled that in.
It's just an unbelievable level of skill
that we're exceptionally proud of.
When the players can deliver skill levels like that,
er, which is something we've worked on significantly,
then that's what coaching's about for me.
It's helping players to be able to deliver skill
within the toughest environment, which is the competitive arena.
It may sounds stupid only four games into the season,
but are you having to try and keep a lid on things?
Everybody almost seems to be handing out prizes to you now,
that there is a long way to go,
and you, I guess, still need them to develop even more.
Oh, without a doubt.
We know we're going to be challenged as we move forward.
We've started the season well, that's all it is.
We break our season down into blocks.
We've just gone through our first block of games,
and we've won four, so we're really pleased about that.
What we need to be able to do now is push that behind us.
I've been constantly talking to the players
about the old saying of keeping your feet on the ground.
It's staying level-headed and keep applying yourselves and working hard
on a weekly basis. So you take each game as it comes.
It... It gets boring in coaching,
talking about every week and not getting ahead of yourselves,
but it's an actual reality
and it's something we're constantly talking about.
I think it's the manner of our performances this year.
And is the manner not just the attack we're all purring about,
but the defence? As the coach, is that the key for you
as to where your team is at, is how they're defending?
Well, that's... We've played this way for the last three years.
There's not been a significant amount of change.
But the way that we've been defending,
the way players are working so hard for each other,
and a desire to keep our try line intact, is huge.
This is a fantastic piece of play from Paul McShane
and then our ability to turn defence into attack
has been fantastic so far, as you see in this clip.
So he's not only stolen the ball,
he's thinking about what do we do next.
And that's... That's a fantastic thing to have in your team,
to be able to turn one part of the game into another.
And I suppose this is a great part of our philosophy, Paul McShane,
just a very clever piece of thinking over the try line.
That's intelligent defence,
which is something that you're always working towards.
I have to say that I'm not the only one who's already looking ahead
to you guys playing Wigan on April the 6th.
I guess you have to put all that to one side
and focus on the next game and the next game.
Well, you can't play that game, can you?
The only game we can play is Salford next up.
So... I've seen it put around in all sorts of TV channels
that this game's coming up, but it's way down the track.
You know, Salford is our focus now.
We've put the review behind us today
and we move on to Salford and looking at what they do.
And they're a challenge. I think they're a really good side.
I think they've done a good job there.
Do you just feel a bit of sympathy for Widnes who are a bit
down on numbers coming up against Castleford?
Though Dennis was very disappointed with how his team responded,
that they didn't respond in the second half
-after the half-time team talk.
I can sympathise with them simply because I know exactly
what we're going through at the moment.
It's when you have those injuries, it's pretty difficult.
And getting lads back as well and they're playing with injuries.
It's that balance of trying to do the right thing
for the players and the team and they're in a tough position.
Such as us. Do you know,
it's frustrating watching Castleford for me
because I see how they play and I see
how they're enjoying themselves, scoring points for fun,
and I'm a bit envious of it.
If you want to advertise a great sport like rugby league,
I think Castle's sort of showing the way to do it.
With great skill, great tries and working hard for each other.
It's something that they've been renowned for.
And it seems to be...
-He's going to start blushing soon.
-It's not just cos he's here!
You know, I'm not after trying to get a shirt or anything like that!
Sort that one out afterwards!
Well, before that match at Widnes there were tributes
to their former captain Mick Adams, who died last week.
He won four Challenge Cups
and represented Great Britain and England.
Our condolences to his family and his friends.
Well, Warrington and Wigan met for the first time
since the Grand Final.
They were pretty close last season,
but after three wins for Wigan and three defeats for Warrington,
they've been heading in different directions this time around.
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A dummy half here.
Wigan looking towards that right-hand side again.
Escare motoring in.
They've got a bit of width here on the left-hand side.
It is a lovely, delicate little kick and Marshall, Liam Marshall,
only his second appearance, is a Wigan try scorer.
What a moment for the youngster.
A good burst down the middle here by Forsyth.
He's done really well and Escare is there in support.
Escare is off.
They're going to close him down.
Kevin Brown across to make the tackle but Escare wriggling
to his feet and Wigan with a real opportunity here.
Williams trying to cut through himself.
But he's cut down.
Powell searching right again.
And look at the numbers
and Gelling is there for Wigan's second try.
He has had a look.
It's going to go to Leuluai on that right-hand side.
Warrington's defences up quickly but they have not
stopped the off-load.
Escare skipping across here.
Wigan asking a few pertinent questions again.
Flower put down.
Powell, now it comes left. O'Loughlin looks for the big pass
which bounces into the hands of Marshall
and gives him a second score.
He's having quite a night.
Williams going for the confrontation of Tautai.
Taking on those three Warrington defenders.
Powell, left of Williams,
Williams scuttling to that left-hand side with a lovely soft pass.
And Farrell is over again for Wigan.
They're having quite a performance here tonight.
Warrington needing something quickly here, you feel,
to lift their spirits.
Half-time is not that long away.
So Clark going left.
Step back in, Westerman with the off-load.
Clark's involved again here.
Trying to make something happen.
He's kept it alive.
Here's a chance. Oh, my word.
Had it gone to the hands of Matty Russell, he was in to score.
An opportunity to go wide here.
Lineham. Oh, that's lovely footwork from Lineham.
And he's left Forsyth there
and has support on the inside from Kevin Brown
who will look to find Atkins.
It's a real eye-catching Warrington try
just when they needed it the most.
Just before half-time.
Well, that will lift them.
And the fans sensing that there's something on here.
Working the blind side again. Atkins.
Flicking it away.
Still second tackle.
So they've got a lot of ball to play with here in this position.
Marshall picks it up.
And Liam Marshall will run away for a memorable hat-trick.
Two games into his Wigan career
and he's already a hat-trick hero.
And barely a flicker of emotion on his face.
On the inside there, searching again.
But Warrington's defence holding up for the moment.
They can ill afford to concede again at this stage.
Oh, that's a lovely little run
and touch. That has seen Wells get over for his debut try.
Big moment for the youngster.
They're all cashing in.
And across the line it goes.
And brushing away the defence,
But it's come late in the game.
And they know they're still up against it.
Clark running out there.
Back to Brown, puts the kick
and the chase on.
Escare gets there first and is able to pick it up cleanly.
And he beats a couple of defenders
on his way out of trouble.
Here's a break by Gelling,
who is pushing off defenders.
Gelling going well.
Evans comes across there to make the tackle in the end,
but look how many yards they've made,
and as Gelling tries to get up and play it,
second effort by Evans has given Wigan a penalty
right in front of the sticks.
There'll be no temptation to kick for goal,
not at this stage of the game.
They're going for the jugular again.
That was Navarette.
Farrell running away from defenders, making space,
and look who's in again.
Liam Marshall, his fourth try of the night.
Well, hardly a celebration going on,
but my word, what a game.
Now it comes left to Gidley.
Gidley's chopped down.
Atkins. He runs from dummy half.
It's a wonderfully worked move
for Lineham to score in the corner.
But the pain on Lineham's face rather summing up
the night for Warrington.
But that was a lovely moment for them.
So, into the final seconds here,
and the hooter sounding in the background.
Flower will take it in, a thumping good win for Wigan.
Really good performance by them,
but it is now four defeats from four for the Warrington Wolves.
Is this a slightly different Wigan team that we're seeing,
a different style of play?
It looks like one to me, and they've always been renowned
for being a tough, physical team
with lots of intent,
intent to hurt,
intent to get off the line
and defend hard, and that's what they do,
but now they're throwing the ball around a lot more.
They seem to be breaking through tackles in the middle field,
the centres, which... You don't even know
why they'd be there for a Wigan side.
The structure seems to be disappearing a little bit.
It's still there, but with the half-backs as well
playing really well, I think this is a different Wigan side,
and it's the best rugby. We were talking about before with Darryl,
who was saying this is the best rugby
that they've actually played, for us,
you know, the style of play, it's a lot more interesting to watch,
but they look very dangerous as well with it.
And how are you seeing George Williams develop within that?
Actually, his coach, ever critical, said he didn't think
this was his best game, that there were a couple of mistakes in there.
But how are you seeing him begin to take control in that middle?
Well, he's just a good player, isn't he?
He's an instinctive player,
and he's going to make mistakes.
Half-backs who are creative and want to make things happen
make mistakes, but he's a significant part of this Wigan team.
Just his ability to kick in attacking positions
is as good as anything else in the competition.
And he's very, very strong, so his running game is a threat,
so he attracts defenders in to him,
and the way he played on their left edge,
you see him skipping across and playing short.
-That's a significant threat to teams.
-And how significant is he?
You see him leading and talking, and Wayne Bennett picked it up,
he said he's very quiet.
Is that the bit that he has had to develop?
Yeah, well, young half-backs, young people generally take
a little bit more time to develop their communication skills.
It's just a part of human nature.
So he's growing all the time as a player.
He's still very young, but he's a threat.
He's a good kicking game, he's a good passing game,
he's very strong as a ball carrier,
so he's a significant threat.
He's got Tommy Leuluai in there with him now.
So he's got an experienced player alongside him,
so it looks like a really good combination,
and very difficult to deal with.
They're both very strong ball-carriers
as well as being good with both kicking games
and their ability to pass, so...
And the production line keeps on rolling.
Both wingers out, two new ones come in,
Liam Marshall getting four tries.
It is incredible these kids just keep coming through,
and they slot straight in, don't they?
Yeah, the pool they can choose from is absolutely fantastic,
and no matter who they put into that team, they always seem to do a job,
and I think they won the Grand Final
with pretty much half the team missing,
with all these youngsters coming through,
but then they become regulars, and someone else will drop out
through injury, and they'll bring someone else in
again to score tries, and still play like the Wigan team do.
And again, that's a frustrating thing to see, but at the same time,
it's absolutely fantastic. What they're doing,
they're doing really well.
Are you surprised at how well Morgan Escare has fitted in to that
and how much he's bringing to the team?
Yeah, it was interesting when he signed for Wigan.
You're thinking, they've got Sam Tomkins,
he is a significant part of them as a team,
but I thought he was outstanding in this game.
He's kicking a hell of a lot, and he was very accurate with that.
He's obviously very quick.
He looks strong, stronger defensively,
he looks like he's a little bit bigger than he was at Catalans.
And it looks like they've put a fair bit of confidence in him
and allowed him to play, so he's a threat, he's a good player.
How worried will Sam Tomkins be, watching this?
I think he should be worried, as well,
because this isn't the same player I've seen before, Escare.
This is his twin brother or something that has come from Wigan,
because he's a total different breed.
He's a lot bigger, a lot stronger.
He's always had the pace like you talked about.
But he just seems like he's got more presence now,
and a player that is to be feared.
And what do you make of Warrington?
What's going wrong there?
Oh, it's a difficult one, isn't it?
I mean, they started the season off so well,
winning the World Cup Challenge, and they were superb that night,
and we had to play them the week after.
And we were thinking, wow. I mean, the way that they played,
and I think they made two errors all night.
And now they're making errors,
they look like they've lost a little bit of confidence.
So this is a huge game for them this week.
I mean, Wigan were superb in that game,
and made life really difficult for them,
and they need to get back on track very, very quickly,
or you saw what happened to Leeds and Huddersfield last year.
It's tough when you lose a significant portion of games.
There's only 23 rounds, so this is a huge game for them.
Well, the next two teams that we have got have been
to the million pound game and lived to tell the tale.
It's Wakefield against Salford, with commentary from Richard Stead.
Early stages, then,
good carry from Anthony England for Wakefield Trinity.
Very clumsy looking, that.
Lama Tasi could be in trouble here.
Robert Hicks says ten minutes in the bin,
and Salford are down to 12 two minutes in.
Tasi's on his way.
Tomkins to Lui.
And... Ooh, that could be a penalty.
And you wonder if Salford might take the two here.
And the deadlock is broken,
Salford lead 2-0.
Grix to the line. Oh, that was high.
Could be a chance here for a Wakefield penalty.
Sam Williams through the uprights, two points apiece.
Miller along the line.
Tinirau Arona to Grix.
And, ooh, the ball's come loose.
Another penalty here and Tompkins has been guilty of a few,
and he's going to spend ten minutes in the bin.
Salford down to 12 for the second time in this first half.
Pretty regulation stuff, Wakefield lead.
Here come Trinity.
Finn. Nice combinations there.
To Reece Lyne.
And that's nicely taken in the end there.
Reece Lyne over for the first try of the afternoon.
Good break, this.
Johnston kicks through,
Miller and Grix are chasing.
It's a foot race, and Miller's in.
Miller's in and Wakefield extend their advantage.
A chance now for Salford. Lui, flat pass.
Murdoch-Masila barges his way over.
It's taken ten minutes, but they've struck.
Dobson to Lui.
Here's O'Brien. Kris Welham.
Welham will be in here.
Salford score again.
All Red Devils at the moment.
Here's Robert Lui.
O'Brien. Greg Johnson.
Oh, Magic Johnson!
Wonderful finish, how has he got that down?
Oh, he's in! Griffin is in.
It's all The Red Devils.
What can Wakefield do?
A chance maybe here... Oh, a try here!
Bill Tupou scores for Wakefield. Glimmers.
Reece Lyne's in!
Levelling things up for Wakefield.
Two minutes to go, this to take the lead for Wakefield Trinity
and it's through!
Have they stolen it at the death?
Salford desperate to keep it alive.
Dobson, Flanagan, Lui,
Murdoch-Masila to win a thriller!
Oh, he's bounced that. Wakefield win!
Wakefield win. He's dropped it.
A look of despair there from Salford.
Let's take another look at that, Ben Murdoch-Masila,
because Ian Watson was saying afterwards if there were sky cameras
at every game and all the rest of it,
slow-motion replays, this might have been given.
Do you reckon he bounced it?
Well, looks like it, doesn't it?
Erm... Yeah, he dropped that.
Is the giveaway the player himself?
He's not jumping around questioning the ref.
Well, he doesn't look that excited, does he? So...
Yeah, you know as a player.
I think referees generally get the right sort of call.
It's not like there are a lot of people around the player
trying to score there, so for me, it looks like he put the ball down.
Wakefield though, they've had really close games
every single game this season.
Came through last week and to build on that,
the confidence looks really good in there, doesn't it?
Yeah, it does. They're playing some good stuff again.
They've got some great players, passing the ball around a lot more
than what they used to do as well,
so they're playing out the forwards which is nice to see,
but they just seem to be working hard, they've got that confidence.
And even against us, they were the better team in the game against us
even though we managed to go on and win the game.
So I think they probably learned a couple of lessons
out of that as well. So it seems to have done the trick.
They're working hard and enjoying what they are doing as well.
Another team that have signed really well,
and they're getting the rewards for that.
Are you expecting Salford to come out all guns blazing
against you guys?
I would have thought so.
They'll... They're always confident at home.
You're always looking to respond when you've lost a game anyway.
And we found them really tough to play against last year,
so, yeah, I'm expecting a really difficult game.
Well, Leigh Centurions were looking to double their tally for the season
when they faced Huddersfield on Friday,
and your old team-mates came up against some strong resistance,
-didn't they, Eorl?
-Yeah, straight away.
I mean, we had some good opportunities in this game.
Leroy Cudjoe going very close.
But it's that Leigh defence. They work so hard.
They made it very difficult
and every time we got an opportunity, they just held us out.
Now, we know they've got some ability,
and they passed the ball wide on this occasion.
Getting finally into the corner,
but that, for us, is a soft try
where we're pretty much dictating to them what they're going to do.
And then this again, it... It's just not good enough.
A couple of opportunities,
Acton there with a try which was just a soft barge over,
and again, it made things difficult.
This was a good one with Seb Ikahihifo.
Pelissier is actually gouging his face there
and Seb just let him know about it
and then it was all guns blazing, literally.
And it's not a great sight.
It's the frustration that we've probably got on our side,
and also them as well.
They go in with arrogance when they play,
They do have that cockiness which I've talked about before,
and you can see they puff their chests out,
and I'd like us to do that a little bit more.
Is that something that you guys are lacking?
We are lacking confidence massively. It's very hard.
This is Gaskell making the wrong decision.
He's trying to do the best he can,
and I think he feared the ball would actually go out,
and on that occasion, it didn't.
And then our heads dropped. That was 18-0 there.
This takes them another try in front,
and then getting up to the last try, it just wasn't good enough.
You could see the body language of the players,
and we talked about the mood before,
and sometimes I think that's what you have got to change.
Not so much the style of play,
but trying to improve the confidence and making a bit of a happier camp.
Leigh, though, seemed to have learned a huge amount
from that opening game when you beat them fairly comfortably.
Yeah, well, it was always going to be a bit of a transition period
into Super League, but I think they've done it really well,
and quickly as well, and obviously to beat Saint Helens at home
and then they win this game...
They've had a couple of tough games.
They lost to Wigan, they've lost to ourselves, but they're doing well.
I think they're doing better than anybody would have anticipated,
and they're on the board now.
They've got a couple of wins. They'll be confident
with the home form, and this Thursday's game -
I'm looking forward to seeing this Thursday's game.
I think it's going to be really interesting to see
how Warrington fare against them.
No team had scored fewer points than St Helens
in the opening weeks of the season,
and they were up against the competition's meanest defence
in Hull on Friday.
Dave Woods saw this one.
Danny Houghton moving over dummy half again here
and Hull continuing to attack.
A little drop of the shoulder by Albert Kelly,
which has taken him close,
but enough St Helens defenders to make sure
that's not too much of a threat.
And again, they're pummelling that line with the off-load.
Little flick away.
Somehow they get it away.
Here's Kelly now. Reaching.
And I think he's got the try.
He's convinced and so is he.
And Hull with the opening score.
Fages with a corkscrew kick back to the middle.
Oh, it's been lost.
A kick in the air.
And Dominic Peyroux will score.
Comedy of errors from Hull, and Saints are back.
What a way to do it.
Dashing down the blindside but they come near.
Pushing it in and pushing hard.
Looking to get up and play it and the referee deciding
that Danny Houghton was hanging on too long.
So the penalty right in front of the sticks.
St Helens decide to go for goal here.
Percival, in the dying embers of this first half,
gives St Helens a two point lead.
Here's a push by Minichiello.
Cunningham looking on.
Hull looking to do some danger here.
Amor came and a flap of the arm
which the referee has decided was a little dangerous.
It was going down but still high enough.
So the penalty given.
And Mark Sneyd, four minutes into this second half,
will make it all square again. The kick's a good one.
His name echoes around the KCOM. It's eight points apiece.
Ball rolls back to him and out it goes.
Well, it's on the floor. St Helens have it back,
but there was a challenge there on Sneyd...
..which the referee has spotted.
A kick and a chase and Peyroux clearly across,
late and with the shoulder.
So they haven't had the lead for a good chunk of the game.
Sneyd looks to put that right from his side's point of view
and he does.
They edge ahead, do Hull.
Coming out to that right-hand side.
Oh, there's... A little bit of... What's going on here
between Turgut and Walmsley?
Play continues meanwhile. I'm not sure for how long
because there's quite a kerfuffle going on in the middle.
The referee eventually stops the clock
and will have a little conversation here with the players involved
and with his two touch judges too.
Ooh, and that's a definite use of the elbow there,
isn't it, from Turgut?
Into the face of Alex Walmsley.
He is reaching for a card. What colour is it going to be?
It's yellow. He's off for ten minutes is Turgut.
Well, he shakes his head
but quite clearly here knocked that arm in the face,
it's this elbow there that looked quite deliberate.
Percival to square things up.
40 metres out, no problem with the distance,
no problem with the angles and it's ten apiece.
Roby dashing out there. Here comes Theo Fages.
He's found a bit of space here has Fages and has support as well.
Well, they've got themselves
in a very decent position here, St Helens.
Roby goes left. Fages again.
Into the hands of Percival,
who will slide over to score.
And St Helens back in the lead.
What a crucial moment this might be.
Well, they're finding a position here.
They've got four tackles to go.
Kelly looks at what support he's got here.
That hand is good. And Carlos Tuimavave steps inside.
A couple of flimsy St Helens tackles.
And he's over to score.
And again, it's getting a little heated here.
The ref's given the try. Oh, he's given an 8-point try.
He's given an 8-point try, a foul as the try was scored, he's decided.
Tuimavave touches down
and it's that that he's given the extra penalty for.
Sneyd will kick the conversion.
So that's the lead, 16-14.
Have a look at this. It seems a little harsh, does it?
That's the referee's view.
Decided the knee was involved which is why another kick has been given.
And the eight points gathered in.
18-14. Hull lead.
St Helens desperately needing something here.
And they're keeping it alive with Percival
and Swift does well to keep in play.
Well, it's still the full tackle
and still they have a chance here
with an overlap down that right-hand side.
Flicked away. Owens comes back towards the middle.
It's Saints of old here almost.
They're still keeping it alive.
There still remains a threat.
Percival puts on the speed here.
Has beaten three.
He keeps it going backwards.
Fages again and eventually dragged down.
So five tackles.
Here comes the last.
To Wilkin now. Wilkin with a little chip.
Oh, it flies out of play.
And that might be it for St Helens.
The frustration is clear.
Hull only had to keep hold of the ball here.
They're doing better than that.
Taylor's on the way through and it's going to be finished.
Finished with a little style by Albert Kelly.
Enough to win the game and break St Helens' hearts.
First home win of the year for Hull,
a third defeat on the bounce for Saints.
Well, let's start with the 8-point try.
Not something we see very often.
I don't know which one of you wish to go on this one.
Was it an 8-point try for you or are they a little bit unlucky?
Well, it didn't make a difference anyway, did it?
But for me, he has played at him late
and he's made contact with his knee into his ribs.
It's pretty dangerous and I don't think there's any need.
There's nothing major in it, but it is an 8-point try.
You can't... It was a foul in the act of scoring a try
and I wouldn't want that in my rib cage, to be fair.
No, I wouldn't want a lot of the things
that go on on a rugby pitch.
But Keiron not impressed.
Hull, a grafting win from them, would you say?
A lot more to come from them?
Yeah, grafting, rugged, scrappy.
I think that was the whole game overall.
I thought there was some good passages of play within the game.
But overall, just a scrappy performance by both sides
but sometimes those are the games,
especially at the back end of the season,
you've got to win those sort of games.
Not normally classics. This was not a classic.
I think the best part of the game was the last try actually.
Scott Taylor through to Albert Kelly,
under the sticks for a swan dive of a finish.
That was probably the most exciting part for me personally.
Tough for Keiron because they built so much around Matty Smith.
You've also got Johnny Lomax out.
Are they just... Do you get the sense that they're just
waiting for Matty Smith to come back and do what they did in pre-season?
Yeah, it looks like it, doesn't it?
But you don't really want to get to that point.
You don't want to feel like your team revolves around
two players. It shouldn't do.
You should be able to deal with a couple of injuries.
I mean, who'd want to be a coach? I mean, that game...
you could see the tension etched on both coaches.
But you are a coach!
Yeah. The tension and Kieron is obviously in a tough situation.
They've lost three out of their first four games.
So there's some coaches under pressure.
And it's the beauty of it, it's the tension of it.
But, yeah, there's some pressure on at the moment!
You're the one sitting there grinning. You're all right.
Now, he can do the Rubik's cube in double quick time
and he is not bad on the piano either,
but what does Ryan Hall know about the really important things in life?
It is time for Set Of Six.
Er, London, Paris, Madrid,
Berlin, Tokyo, Beijing.
Harry Potter, er...Hermione Granger,
Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos,
Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves,
I should get this one. I've got two kids.
Baa Baa Black Sheep...
Wind The Bobbin Up.
What else? I can't sing.
Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Ring A Ring O' Roses.
And the Easter one is Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken.
Two, three, five, seven, 11.
13, 17, 19.
Chinese, Indian, erm...
I'll go pitta... Kebab.
It was wonderful watching you go backwards in your life
to nursery rhymes.
Well, let's get the latest on Leeds, because the Rhinos were on the ropes
after a pummelling by Castleford.
The unbeaten Catalan Dragons were at Headingley on Friday
and there was a response though, wasn't there, from Leeds?
Yeah, this is exactly what you'd expect from the Leeds outfit.
They're always going to respond
but I think it was a little bit of desire from Leeds
and poor play from the Catalan Dragons.
Like we've said before, they look like a strong team and they look
like they could cause some damage
and there was a little bit of slack defence there from Leeds
but in this game, it's the response just that they wanted.
A lot of the tries came through the middle of the field as well,
some great off-loads as they do, off-the-cuff, but this is just soft.
That is not Catalans. It's not what they do,
it's not what they pride themselves on,
and I was a little bit disappointed in them, to be honest.
Is this the fluency that Leeds have been really lacking
in recent times, do you feel, coming back?
Yeah, they got Burrow and a couple of other key players back for them,
and Cuthbertson played pretty well,
he is off-loading all over the place.
He's a real threat when he does that,
and you spend a lot of attention on looking after him.
And there's some real soft defence, and I lost a couple of players
within this game, particularly Greg Bird.
That is a blow for them, isn't it?
That's a huge blow, because he has been a real pinnacle player
for them, he's come in and he's created a real toughness
about them as a team, so losing him is significant.
Lovely to see Rob Burrow doing what Rob Burrow does,
-though, wasn't it?
-Yeah, it just reminds me of watching him
in a Great Britain jersey, to be honest.
It was that sort of try, it takes you back a little bit.
But the skill on show here's absolutely fantastic.
And can you see the confidence coming back to them?
This is the best type of rugby that Leeds play.
Off-the-cuff and actually off-loading
and throwing the ball around.
When they do that, they're really dangerous.
It's when they go into the more structured
sort of play where they struggle a little bit.
Another great kick there for him to get onto the end of.
Leeds, they looked on fire and they looked like
they've got a bit of confidence back.
Because they are slightly off-the-cuff, when it's going badly,
does it look that much worse, do you think?
Yeah, well, different teams are different.
You look at Warrington, for example.
They play slightly different, but in a similar way to Leeds,
it's off-the-cuff, they pass the ball a hell of a lot,
flat, cross the line, and if it doesn't work,
what happens next? I suppose that's the difficulty.
But when it does work,
it's very difficult to defend against, as we've seen.
When they won the treble,
they were so difficult to defend against.
And they look quite similar, some of the way they were playing there,
Cuthbertson to the fore.
So yes, it's tough when you haven't got a significant plan
and you pass the ball.
I'm going to have to jump in on you, as we're running out of time.
So, Leeds get back to winning ways,
and this is where it's left them in the Betfred Super League.
The Rhinos are up to fourth, but it's still Castleford and Wigan
who lead the way with their 100% records.
Hull are in third.
Their victory on Friday leaves St Helens in the bottom three.
You can hear the Wolves game at Leigh on 5 Live Sports Extra
from 7:30pm on Thursday.
There's more Challenge Cup action online at one o'clock on Saturday.
That's Oldham against Haydock.
And the Super League Show returns at 11:30pm on Monday night
with a lunchtime repeat
at one o'clock on Tuesday.
That is it for this week.
My thanks to Darryl and to Eorl for joining us.
We'll see you next week. Goodbye.
Highlights from the Super League as Warrington take on Wigan in a repeat of last year's grand final. Wigan claimed the Super League title with victory by 12 points to six in that match and both teams are amongst the favourites to return to Old Trafford this year. The two other semi-finalists from last season, Hull FC and St Helens, meet at the Kcom Stadium, Leeds play Catalans and Wakefield take on Salford. Castleford look to maintain their great start to the season when they travel to Widnes, and newly promoted Leigh take on Huddersfield.