Highlights and analysis from the Super League. Leeds v Hull Kingston Rovers, Dragons v St Helens, Huddersfield v Warrington, Wakefield v Salford and Castleford v Widnes.
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Hello, Super League has been
all over the place in Round 2,
for once quite literally.
We're going global with games
in the east of Australia,
the South of France and four
in West Yorkshire,
as the 2018 season continues.
COMMENTATOR: So, the
start of a new season.
Look at the pace here!
My word, has he got it?
What a finish!
What a start to the season!
What a start for Saint Helens!
Yes, Saint Helens were amongst
the stellar performance in week one.
Kyle Amor is here to represent them.
He's alongside the triple Grand
Final winner Robbie Hunter-Paul.
And we'll start tonight
on the other side of the world.
Wigan and Hull have met in Wembley
finals and semifinals in recent
seasons but took their latest
Super League clash to Australia.
The commentator is Dave Woods.
COMMENTATOR: History made with Wigan
and Hull to stage the first ever
Super League game outside of Europe.
And a decent crowd as well.
Around 12,000 in here.
Wigan try to force their
way downfield here.
Into Farrell, who's found a bit
of a gap and has support
here on this left-hand side
from Liam Marshall,
who'll race away to score!
He's in red-hot form already this
season, Liam Marshall!
And he gets the game's
opener here in Wollongong.
Another clatter of limbs.
Williams again to
this left-hand side.
Marshall puts the foot down!
What a wonderful change
of pace that was!
In and out.
In terrific style.
Well, they're having a look at it.
Looking at the obstruction there.
Doesn't look like it, does it?
Once the ball comes to Marshall,
boy, is he a finisher?
Have a look at this.
Stands up Jake Connor,
and runs away.
So it's confirmed as a try!
Marshall and Wigan's second.
Ooh, he's lost it.
And an opportunity for
the counter-attack here.
Connor trying to hold them off.
Wheels it back on the inside.
Hull have an excellent
Full set here to have a real
go at this Wigan line.
Into the hands of Sneyd.
Here's Jamie Shaul,
who carries it well.
And Talanoa will claim the try.
Inevitably, we're going
to have a second look at this.
This is a heck of
a finish, isn't it?
If he's managed to put it down.
He's in mid-air, he's in mid-air...
And I think he has got that
down before any part
of his body hit the ground.
Great try for Hull!
Moves it left.
Ooh, he's found a bit of space here,
and he's on the outside of Davies.
The defence had to come
across smartish there,
in the form of Escare.
But Hull still with a chance.
A grubber kick and a chase
as there is a mix-up
and confusion and a touch down.
Jordan Abdull claims it.
But there was so much
going on there.
On the field they say try.
So, making sure there's no offside.
A little grubber kick through.
He seems to be ahead
of any of the chasers.
So the video ref having a look here.
Looks OK so far.
Don't think anyone gets a hand
on this until Abdull
puts his big paw on it.
It is a try!
And Hull are right back in it. An
embarrassment of riches in the
middle of the field at the moment,
Wigan, with Powell and Leuluai able
to slot in there as well. They have
a penalty here. Georgia Williams as
So Tompkins with the chance to give
his side the lead, and over it goes.
12-10. It's been an eventful first
Williams will take them on!
Wonderful side run from Williams.
Defence back quickly, had to be, and
again, just too much of a delay in
staying in the tackle. So the
penalty. It's Powell. Looking to
bring it back with a bit of Wiggo
and vigour. -- rigour. Williams with
this step, back to Powell. And close
to the line! It's Ryan Sutton who is
crashed over. And claims a vital
Wigan try. Early in this second
Back inside for Joel Tomkins. Trying
to get the arms free but the
defenders hanging on. Five tackles
close to the line. Powell put it
back. He is barged his way over
here, Flower! No try.
He had the
position all the way through. It's
Does he get it down? That's
the question here.
Just there, we
conceivable underneath, and there it
is again there.
Well, you heard the
video referee explaining that the
ball was grounded. And the try,
therefore, is given. And Wigan leap
into what you would think now is an
Griffin finding it tough out there.
Towards the touchline and there he
goes. You could hear the... He's
going to give a penalty. Griffin's
not happy. These two are having a
right little go. Its head in the
face from Sam Tomkins. Well, right
at the end of the game there is some
sorting out to do for the referee.
There is a slap from Griffin. A
little head-butt and now Sam Tomkins
is put in the sin-bin. Josh Griffin
likewise. But in the sin-bin for his
actions as well. So that wonderful
trophy. Peter Sterling for Hull in
that famous 85 final. , --, rated
between these two sides.
This was very much about the
occasion. Do you think it was a
success and do you think it has a
I think this was built on
the success of that World Cup. This
gives the Australian audience a bit
more emotion of the game over here.
Next week with the double-header as
well is the World Cup game even
more. It also brings the best out of
the players. This, the most closer
game in the world. I think they were
also having to do with the heat and
you can see the perspiration
dripping off the players so there
was more put down. But I think there
is some real value in a growing
market. It's already a rugby league
marketplace but they are able to
pull some interest back into the
market over here.
Ian Linden thinks
these games will become the norm
rather than the exception. Or going
back and forth, could it be a bit
It's not ideal after
recovering from the jet lag but as a
player, speaking after coming back
from the World Cup, to go out there
and gain those life experiences and
have those memories for when you do
end up finishing, it can only be a
good thing, so I think to be exposed
as to admit a shrug as many
different environments in your
career is only going to help you out
Hull picked up a fewer
injuries. Taylor had a rumbling
tummy and ended up having his
appendix out. A bit of a price to
I've been out there with only
two days of preparation before Test
matches before. They just got
unlucky. All of those instances
happened so they really lost some
rhythm, especially with Danny held
to not being in the middle of the
park. It is going to be expensive. I
think we saw last year when Danny
got injured, how important he was to
how well the team travels, so I
think it's going to be something
they will rue and they will
reconsider when the option comes up
Wigan are looking very
different side with way they are
bringing players on and moving them
around. They look a tricky
opposition for the rest of it.
Obviously, when you have that much
movement going around is going to be
hard to pin a game plan down onto
that is they've got so much
versatility around there, so they
are looking pretty good for the
start of the season.
Australia, let's stopped off in the
South of France, because, well, why
wouldn't you? Saint Helens with air
to take on Catalan.
Centrefield, Luke Thompson. He's
having a wow of a season already.
Just in his first couple of games.
The big front rower. Lomax at the
back. He's got support from Lomax on
his inside there. Saints might just
have the first score of the game
within the first minute of the game!
What a flyer! Saint Helens hit the
mark and it's Johnny Lomax.
Thompson again. I'm probing away for
Saints. Inside the centrefield. Good
hands. Richardson. So slick. And
Catalan not able to lay a finger on
Saints, and that's two tries. Right
under the post. A waiter left hand
side. And James Roby rises to the
Catalan man like a Bucking Bronco!
Scored... Why will he? So close to
the line! They will beg to look at
this from the video referee but has
he got his second try in as many
games? It was a triumph of a
decision. Grips the ball, touches
the line. That's good for me. And
the try is confirmed and Catalan on
Catalan trying to soften. And that's
a tough tackle! It was like a judo
throw. Some points on the mat but it
might well earn him a trip to the
bin and worse. It's a red card!
Offensive footwork from Johnny
Lomax. The squeeze applied and Lomax
has stayed down. He's holding his
neck. He comes in over the top. That
is a crusher tackle. And the
punishment is ten minutes in the bin
for him. 12 apiece in the meantime.
Away to this left-hand side, Saints.
So slick again.
Percival, back towards the centre of
the park. Richardson now. Into the
hands of Lomax. Back inside.
But they managed to
stop him this time.
It will be Percival back
towards the centre of the park.
Sweeping from left to right here.
Into the hands of Lomax.
Away to that far side.
Comes back inside.
Swift will score!
And maybe that is game over
for Catalan and Saints edging closer
to back-to-back wins.
Pressure being applied.
St Helens just about scramble.
Another goal-line snake
and for the second time,
Catalan score from close
to the line.
Saints switch off.
Maybe it is not game over.
To Richardson, who has
had a great game.
Walmsley, looking to skip
through the defenders.
Clinging on for dear life here.
Just a converted score in it.
There is no going back.
In the pocket.
There is the drop goal.
It is a two score game.
And that might just be
the daylight needed.
A minute to go.
Time ticking down.
Saints so close to a famous
win in Perpignan.
He might have been able to finish
it off, but he might
have been clobbered,
but David Mead, the Frenchman,
back on familiar turf,
was absolutely taken out
by that swinging arm.
And Richardson to finish
this one off for Saints.
Another tough examination passed off
Saints' title credentials.
They have beaten Catalan by 21-12.
We saw a free-flowing
stylish Saints last week,
you really had to grind that one
out, didn't you?
Going over to Catalan any time
of the year is pretty tough,
but with it being their first
home game, they were
really fired up for it.
You know, we got off to a great
start with that early try,
but from then on in,
it was pretty much, backs
All game, I thought Catalan
were outstanding in what they did.
A really tricky place
to go and get the win,
but thankfully we got it.
Young Danny Richardson, my word,
he is growing into that role
in the middle, isn't he?
He really seems to relish
directing everyone around.
Again, he is growing
into that role now,
and we were saying before,
off air, he is a real cocky lad,
and I mean that in a nice way.
He is very much the cheeky chap,
the half-back, you know,
and as we have seen with his kicking
now, he is learning more and more
how to control games and for me,
his goal-kicking as well.
The amount of wind that was flying
around there in Perpignan,
for him to nail all those kicks
that he did, it is great for him.
I think he has only missed two kicks
out of all of the tries
that we scored this year.
He is really helping us
out in that department.
What is the mood in the camp?
You must be pretty chipper with
the way you started this season.
I can say that about everyone,
to be honest, it has
been a great preseason.
Everyone has been real lively,
you know, upbeat, ready
to get our teeth stuck
into the season.
Long may it continue.
Though Catalan lost the game,
Steve McNamara, an awful lot happier
with the way that they played,
certainly a huge sign of progress,
wasn't there, from last time?
In reflection to last week,
they gave away something
like 15 penalties to four,
so the discipline was
a lot better yesterday.
Still some room for
Over the course of the weekend,
he would have been happier,
but still not happy.
The excellence that Steve wants
for himself and the players,
that he has around him.
It is a big scalp for
St Helens to go over there.
At Catalan, it is a tough place
to go, all in one day and come away
with the win, great win.
Well back-to-back wins
for St Helens, Ben Barba was once
again in the thick of it for them.
He has enjoyed a great
start to the season,
wearing a magic number at Saints.
I love putting a smile
on the fans' faces.
Especially the younger
generation, to come through.
Especially at Saints, 14 or 15,000,
it feels like 30 or 40.
When you sort of make
a break or someone scores,
it makes me feel good.
What a start to the season by Barba!
People are already talking
about you as the Man of Steel 2018.
Look, we have got some wonderful
players in the side and I am sure
anyone in this Saints side,
if we play well enough,
we will be able to win that award.
We have got the right people
in the side right now,
to go a long way, but it is a long
way to go until we want to play
in one of those big games.
Here comes Barba, great
pass, fantastic finish!
With Justin now having
the reins from game one,
the structure is now in place,
I think it is something
to be excited about.
You came here under
a bit of a cloud.
I suspect you might not have been
here had it not been for that cloud.
And it was a drugs issue, wasn't it?
A cocaine issue that
you were caught doing.
What are the lessons that
you have learned from that?
Not to take anything
for granted, really.
I guess what I had was taken away
from me in the space of a few weeks
and I really didn't know
what was going to happen
with my career and obviously,
then that took me to rugby
and France and that finish,
and then again, I was hanging around
and I did not know what to do
and then this opportunity to come
back to Rugby League and St Helens
came along and I was pretty
blessed for that.
Slipped away by Barba,
good one and Percival to finish.
They made a lot better
decisions than I have.
I have had a wonderful career,
I am not saying it has been bad,
I have made some terrible decisions
and it has put me...
Obviously into some rough places,
but I have worked my way
back to where I am now.
It is Barba who stands up to Junior.
A bit of Barba magic.
I do not know what I would
do without the game.
It was tough when it was sort
of taken away from me.
Yeah, I don't know what I
would do without it.
Is it a long-term project,
or is the ambition to
get back to the NRL?
Yeah, look, obviously my plan
is eventually to go back.
I think I have hopefully got a few
more years left in my legs,
but I am focused really hard on this
year and tried to give
my all for Saints.
I am still under contract
for another two years,
but I have got a young family
and some younger ones will be
starting school very soon, so, yeah,
some decisions have to be made
at the end of the year,
but at the moment, I am ready to go
this year and hopefully,
win some silverware
here at St Helens.
Well, he admits that he wants
to go back to the NRL,
but you must be loving having him
at the club at the moment.
He is fantastic.
He is everything that we
thought he would be.
Obviously coming over and not
playing for so long,
it took him a little
while to get his fitness up,
since preseason, he has
been absolutely flying.
He is such a leader for us,
both on and off the field.
He is absolutely
great to have around.
He is a good lad as well.
He fits well for us.
Enjoy watching him while we can.
Two games in and we have not even
hit the M62 corridor yet,
but let's put that right,
because Leeds popped across the city
to Elland Road for Round 2.
They were at the home
of their footballing neighbours,
while redevelopment work
continues at Headingley.
Hull KR were the opponents
and we were watching.
Tommy Lee at dummy half here.
Kick away, a little bit
of pressure on the kick.
Jack Walker as well.
He has collected it safely here,
conditions are terrible
here tonight, with the rain
absolutely pouring down
and have a look at this,
response from the Hull KR defence
here and Walker is dragged back
into his in-goal area.
Three against one and once
they started the momentum,
there was simply no stopping it.
Jonny Bairstow here alongside
Brian McDermott, the Leeds coach.
Nice hands, away on
the right-hand side.
He has support as well
from Ryan Shaw, Shaw
looks to the inside,
goes through the defence.
And slides in to score.
18 minutes played and then
to have the game's first try.
Nice off-load again.
Skip and a jump from Quinlan.
Hull Kingston Rovers are making
good yards once more,
they are troubling this Leeds
defence at the moment.
Cut back by Carney.
Leeds have to be on their game,
in that moment and again
here as Tommy Lee collects.
Little inside ball, wonderful.
Quinlan is there, great hands
and good work from Chris Atkins
and Adam Quinlan will finish it off.
They might well be delighted.
Leeds along the line,
they have that ability to strike
at any given moment,
so Hull Kingston Rovers know
that this score is not decisive.
And there is one of the reasons why.
Adam Cuthbertson, just over
half an hour of play.
Ablett, moving it forward.
Trying to get the arms free.
As close as that at the moment.
Parcell delivers the ball,
out left it goes.
Keinhorst, that is great work
from Jimmy Keinhorst!
He was in pain until late yesterday,
now he's a try scorer.
Great finish, as well.
Wonderfully taken try.
Early in the second half,
Chris Atkins' dropped goal nudged
Rovers back in front and the scores
remained the same
until the 67th minute.
Remember, as soon as this game has
finished, these Leeds players
are on the bus to the airport.
They fly first thing
tomorrow to Melbourne.
Watkins back to Parcell.
Lively character on the field,
jogging up into position.
Ball back on the inside, Keinhorst!
Picked his angle superbly.
To score his second of the night.
Leeds in the lead.
Defence is in quickly there,
well read by Chris Atkins.
Made sure that Stevie Ward
had nowhere to go.
Leeds still have an
That is another testing kick here.
Where is it coming down?
Into the hands of Ryan Hall
and Jimmy Keinhorst!
As we mentioned earlier, 24 hours
ago, he was not sure of his place,
now he has a hat-trick.
Lunt who brings it to
this right-hand side.
Hull Kingston Rovers looking
for something here at the end!
Has he got it down?
Referee is putting
the spur in the air here.
Ryan Shaw claiming it.
Obstruction is what
they are looking for.
Is there an interference in there?
Well, the game rolls on.
Hull Kingston Rovers denied.
And Tim Sheen is not sure why.
Well, it was a brave effort
from Hull Kingston Rovers,
but Leeds are the winners,
they are off to Melbourne and that
World Club Challenge,
but Hull KR will take great heart
from their performance here tonight.
So, Robbie, Leeds coming out
the winners, but a massive effort
from Hull KR and Tim Sheen saying
afterwards, that it was a huge
step from last year,
let alone from last week.
Yeah, it would have been
disappointing for KR last week,
losing at home, that opening game
of the season.
And they have been building,
but this is the thing that will be
most pleasing to Tim Sheen.
That is attitude.
You get three players that
are willing to put young Jack Walker
back 15 metres into his own goal,
get the ball back, that tells me,
as a coach, that the players
are in the game today.
Not only this, when they have
had the ball in hand,
everyone is moving forward.
If you wait for this next shot,
you will see that they have a number
of players that they can play
towards, as well as the three
players, but right at the top
of the screen, they need to take
as many metres as
possible when they can.
At this point in time,
Leeds are scrambling.
Opening minutes of this game,
they are scrambling.
Their defensive line is not set
and that means that Hull KR are able
to release players like Carney
to punch even further holes in it.
Then, they happen to spread
their line, they have
not got their line set,
gaps in between their players.
Take the ball to the line, Quinlan
back up the middle, try time.
So what do they need
to build on that effort
to actually get the wins?
Personally, I probably think
that they are missing a half-back,
so a talented half pair can push
them around the park.
McGuire is there, he is a great
finisher and the type of guy that
you want to get on at and a number
of players are creating the play,
but another half-back,
I think with a little bit more
experience will help
them release talent
like they have got on the edges.
So, for Leeds, they really
needed someone to step up.
Ryan Hall was the man,
he made massive metres
and he was somewhat overshadowed
in the World Cup by
but what we are seeing is just how
good he is in the last
couple of weeks?
Yeah, Ryan Hall is box office,
from 16 carries, 169 metres,
that's absolutely astounding.
It's what you want.
This is the final 20
minutes of the game.
Leeds are having to get ahold
of the dominance of the game
and a player like this comes up
with these game changes for you.
He goes 50 or 60 metres
from catching that ball
and everything's then
on the front foot.
He also is big enough,
he's like a front rower
who plays on the wing.
He punches holes in the defensive
line, he gets his nose down
more often than not,
leaves players on the ground,
meaning they can get
on the front foot.
The defence is then split apart.
There you go, another
man left on the ground.
This is the telling
moment in the game.
Ryan Hall, there's no reason why
he should catch this ball.
Out jumps his opposition,
gets the ball to Keinhorst,
Keinhorst scores the try to really
solidify the game for Leeds and gets
them to go down under
with a smile on their faces.
Will Melbourne's storm be worried
by Leeds or not, do you think?
I think they'll be worried
by players like Ryan Hall.
I think Leeds didn't turn up
with the right attitude.
If they turn up with the right
attitude, there's going to be
a real competition on.
Let's hope so.
Of course, we spent quite a lot
of last season analysing
the Castleford Tigers.
They were back at the Jungle
for Round 2, with Widnes
Vikings in opposition.
After their opening-round
defeat at Saint Helens,
Castleford were looking to shake off
the air of nervousness surrounding
the team and its fans,
according to coach Daryl Powell.
But the home crowd were left
biting their nails for some time,
with Greg Minikin's opening try
coming just short of
the half-time whistle.
Still, much to the relief
of the Tigers fans.
Visitors Widnes, buoyed
by their Round 1 win,
moved ahead in the start
of the second half.
Tom Kilmore with their grubber kick
and Matt Whiteley with the finish.
The home side lacked the fluency
and finesse of last season
but certainly showed the fight.
Jamie Ellis' crossfield kick
was worked out to the left
and Hitchcock's try on the hour mark
put the Tigers back in front.
2017 man of steel Luke Gale
put his boot to good use to move
Castleford further ahead,
first with a penalty
for interference, then
with ten minutes to go,
Gale's drop goal provided
a bit of breathing space.
And it was much needed,
as Widnes were not done,
J Chapple putting the visitors
in with a chance
within minutes to go.
Gilmour had two failed drop goal
attempt for the Vikings
in the dying minutes,
but Castleford held on in this
with half-back Luke Gale declaring
the cloud of gloom around the club
had finally been lifted.
Kyle, your guys gave Castleford
a little bit of a hiding last week
and they were nervous after that.
Daryl Powell saying afterwards,
people need to chill out,
it won't be like last year.
Did you sense any of that
with them last week or was it
what you did to them last week?
I think it was what we did,
Tanya, to be honest.
We set our stall out
pretty much from the off
that we were going after Castleford
and obviously we did
a great job on there.
For Castleford, I think it's
difficult, isn't it?
Like you say, like Daryl was saying,
everyone in the town's expecting
these big scorelines and big
performances, but Castleford
now are on everybody's
radar as a top side now,
so I think attitude-wise,
a lot of teams come with a different
approach now and really take it
to them and they're going to have
to deal with that and handle that.
Like I say, there'll be
a lot more teams coming
after them as well this year.
Interestingly, he did admit
afterwards that Greg Eden
was going to play at fullback
and he picked up a knock
and Ben Roberts stayed in there.
When you're not quite sure at this
point of the season who's even
going to be your fullback,
it is a very different start
to the season, isn't it?
Yeah, you're right.
With the way they play,
the fullback is pretty much
a fulcrum, an indicator,
a key indicator, as to
which direction that
Castleford's attack will run in.
I think it's a really
important win, though.
It's a little bit of the, "Oh,
we've finally got those two points
and we got them at home in front
of our fans, now we can
relax a little bit."
That's what they need to do,
just from what he was saying.
They're not going to sneak up
on anyone this season.
They're going to be on everyone's
radar and every game they go into,
they'll be expected to play like one
of the big four.
For Widnes, they were fantastic
last week, really good
in this and interestingly,
him saying, I want them
to be disappointed that
they haven't won this.
I think at the start of the year,
a lot of people took Widnes to be
a side that were struggling,
and over the last two games
they've certainly showed
that isn't the case.
He's right in what he's saying.
The players obviously will
and they need to feel disappointed,
but I'm sure there are plenty
of positives to go to Castleford
and to lose just by one point,
I'm sure there'll be a lot
of positives to take out
of that into the next game.
Now to the mobile rocket stadium,
that is Belle Vue in old money,
where the Friday-night fliers
were Wakefield and Salford.
Our own rocket man is Matt Newsome.
COMMENTATOR: The kick swept in
towards that in-goal area. Taken at
off the ball. That will be a
Wakefield penalty. A tap from
Wakefield. Away to this left-hand
side. Johnson the threat on that
wing. On his own was good enough! A
try for Trinity after five minutes.
Not going to go down the short side.
Off-load. Loops back to the centre
of the park. Taken hide perhaps,
there. That tryout is blown up for
the Wakefield penalty. A meaty
tackle and it was that man in.
Interference. Half-time looming. To
make it an 8-point ball game. He
makes no mistake from there.
Works the ball. Great cover tackle.
Wakefield all at sixes and sevens.
He takes full advantage! Salford off
the Mark! Fine play from Robert Lui.
Away to that left-hand side now.
Good hands. Getting away to Evalds.
Their fans jumped for joy. Already a
try in this game for Trinity. Keep
the ball alive. Away to that
right-hand side they go. Is there a
gap in this Salford line? Tackled
again. The midfield running aground
here. There's Jacob Miller! Oh, my
word, what a play! Wakefield
schools! Is he the man on the spot
for Wakefield? He's onside. The kick
is a sublime one. The chase and
gather even better. And Jacob Miller
might just have restored Wakefield's
lead here, and he has! A super try!
Wakefield are made of stern stuff
this season! Last chance saloon for
They will look to run it down this
right edge. Put down just a couple
of metres away. Out of the corner!
Oh! They might just have done it!
They are back within two! They can
steal a point here! The focus is on
Gareth O'Brien. A saviour of Salford
in the million pounds game. Has his
boot found the target? No! Wakefield
cling on to win it! Wakefield
Trinity come through another test.
Two from two.
Really tough on Salford, that, but
Wakefield going to have to learn to
be the favourites? You talked about
Castleford, very different for them
this year. This year Salford are
tipped to be in the top four after
last year in the bottom.
will have to learn how to go into
the game as favourites and deal with
that. Again, when you go to
Wakefield, you've got to be on your
game because I know from previous
playing there, you know, you can
sense when you can go after teams
and they will be quietly confident
going about their business the way
that they do and I think they
will... Yeah, they will handle it
It is a big, big pack they've
got, isn't it?
Will just talking,
those starting front rower! -- we
were just talking. They are Giants.
But that can be a hindrance as well.
These teams get their nose down
quickly, jumping up, the big boys
get picked on and they will have to
spend some time making sure their
cardiovascular systems are up to
Not looking forward to
facing them, though, would you?
would look forward to any challenge!
For Salford it was really tough.
They played well, didn't they?
did. I live in west Yorkshire I hope
I don't get any brick through the
front window! I thought they were
the dominant team in the game. The
amount of tries that they scored.
Devastated for Gareth O'Brien.
Absolutely cold-hearted person.
tough kick as well, all of them.
Yes. You would still expect him and
he would expect himself, like I
remember, that £2 million game a
year ago. He would have those
expectations on himself.
the year we will be finding out
about the stars of Super League
through the eyes of their
team-mates. First and the chair
Warrington Wolves and this is their
Probably quite a few in that
category. Jack Hughes is a good
Definitely not bene
George King. Awful dress sense.
Top to bottom. Bad. Some
of his outfits are very questionable
and the size of the outfits as well.
Matty Russell thinks he's pretty
sharp but most of his close don't
fit him so I would put him in that
category as well. -- most of his
I would say Ben Westwood
just a comedy value.
He would all about the plants so
pretty useful, actually.
He would be
able to catch our dinner.
Tommy line. Very intellectual.
King, maybe. Very intelligent.
across very dumb but very
Trying to get you to
come for a coffee, come for a beer,
anything that involves spending
money. You will usually have an
Who is down with the kids? One of
Toby or George. Tyrone
Roberts. Probably someone who will
be throwing that move out pretty
soon, I reckon.
Not even too sure
what that is!
I am assuming you both know what
Is before my time. You will
have to ask these young fellows.
will get you doing that! Warrington
met Huddersfield on Thursday. Two
teams looking for their first win of
the season. Here's Sharon shot.
Horrendous weather conditions meant
this would struggle to be a classic,
with wind and rain affecting passing
and kicking. It was Warrington who
adapted better, moving the ball
across the pitch one way and that
the other, to allow Ratchford to
launch a kick to the corner.
Momentum stick them over the line.
As the game went on was Huddersfield
who will learn to handle the slippy
ball better. They crashed through
some relatively weak defending to
level the scores. The Giants' next
try was kept alive. Patted back for
Ferguson to collect. He shrugged off
the tackle to get the ball away and
position went to Jake Munro. This
caused problems for the war defence
and Macintosh was the first to get a
hand on the ball for the try. Roth
extended their lead to ten points
with a penalty after Warrington were
found guilty of holding down the
tackle but that was cancelled out
for the walls on the stroke of
half-time. This towering effort
putting them back to within eight.
Huddersfield are off the mark. They
disappointed Warrington coach is
still waiting for his first win.
accept that as a club and to come up
with a display like that is very
We got a good
response considering how we went in
the second half last week. I thought
our effort was great. 17 players,
had a real crack and just competed
really hard for the whole game.
about it is also a personal
responsibility to be disciplined in
the game. Dishing up those combined
errors and penalties you will not
give yourself a chance. It is pretty
It is pretty simple. You
were at that game, Warrington were
I think the face of Steve
Price and demeanour explained how
Warrington played throughout the
full 80 minutes. There were a couple
of moments where individuals sparked
up for a short amount of time but
there was nothing good together.
Huddersfield got a sniff of some
success and they put on the gas a
little bit. It was again controlled
by the conditions, terrible
conditions, it was not the most
enthusiastic game, but Huddersfield
have the lion's share. Some
interesting things from
Huddersfield, I like the idea of
putting in Jordan Rankin, it offered
another layer. They had Lee Gaskell
and Jordan Turner, both playing in
the centres. Ball-handling players
in the centres with Jordan Rankin
who can take the line. After he got
tired, after the first 15 minutes,
and started taking, got a little bit
of fatigue. He looked quite
dangerous, Danny Brough controlling
everything. They looked quite good.
Something to grow.
surprised by Warrington? They have
got so little read them, quite a lot
of new players, but it is just not
It is not at the minute. I
expected Warrington to start the
season really well and for whatever
reason, they cannot get going, you
can see through the interview with
Steve Price, not happy, he is
scratching his head and he is laying
it down on individuals for being
responsible for dropping balls,
giving penalties away. That is
something, those players will get it
right and I have no doubt that
Warrington will have a good run at
some stage and be up there towards
the top of the table.
Huddersfield, important to get on
the board, they had a bad start last
There is a lot for them to
work on and it will be interesting
to see how things unfold over the
next two months to see whether they
Early days still but
let us look at how things stand in
the Super League table. Four teams
have a perfect record and Saint
Helen 's lead the way on points
difference. For more are looking to
get back of the mark with Catalan
Dragons still on the foot of the
table. That is it for now, my thanks
to Kyle and Robbie. Join us next
week when we will see how the Rhinos
get on in the bid to beat Melbourne
Storm. This game means the world to
Tanya Arnold presents highlights from an historic week for rugby league as Wigan and Hull FC take their Super League fixture to the other side of the world. Their round-two clash takes place in Wollongong, Australia, the first time a Super League match has ever been played outside Europe.
The teams have travelled to Australia to help promote the competition to a new audience, and with all-important competition points at stake, are expecting a match every bit as intense as their meeting in the 2017 Challenge Cup final. Champions Leeds are also in unfamiliar surroundings as they host Hull Kingston Rovers at Elland Road. The Rhinos have temporarily moved to the home of Leeds United whilst rebuilding work continues on their own Headingley stadium. Newly promoted Rovers now include Danny McGuire in their ranks, the man who captained Leeds to their Super League success in 2017. Catalans Dragons are at home to St Helens, Huddersfield play Warrington, Wakefield are at home to Salford and Castleford play Widnes.