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Hello, it is around three of Super
League, and we are on the road in a
town where everything is black and
white. Welcome to Widnes.
Is he going to go all the way again?
What they try! He is delighting
those Widnes fans. What a finish
that is. He is going to score. His
hundredth try in the Widnes colours.
What an interception. He has got him
on the outside, what a tackle.
Widnes are the rugby champions of
Yes, a club steeped in history, but
we are in the modern day now. Here
are Tom Gilmore and Joe Mellor.
anybody speaks about is the 80s were
we used to win trophies, so
hopefully now we can do it again,
and get a run of games together and
get the young lads group and when
theoretically be the half-back
pairing for a couple of seasons, but
you have played so few games
It wasn't the ideal season
last year, I was injured before the
season and Tom was injured early in
the season, but we managed to play
together at the end, hopefully this
season we can stay fit.
Has it been
a frustrating season that you have
been playing well but only got the
one wins over?
It is frustrating,
but playing against big teams in
tough games, sometimes you come off
worse. We are staying positive, and
hopefully we can pick up a win
And you both talked about the
injuries you have suffered last
year, but have you seen how the
younger players who had to step into
those roles have grown from the
It was too early for
some of them, they played a lot of
game time, but hopefully we will see
more coming through this year.
Gentlemen, thank you for joining us.
The round started just down the road
from here, at Warrington, where
Wigan were the visitors. Four tries
from Liam Marshall made at a
comfortable win for Wigan last year.
Their Challenge Cup quarterfinal
went right to the wire, but not
right for the wire, as it sailed
wide. Your commentator for
Warrington against Wigan is Dave
COMMENTATOR: Wigan's defence
remaining intact, Warrington 40
metres out at the moment. A duck and
a dart, Cooper. Warrington looking
towards this right-hand side with
Hughes, but Wigan are hanging on,
and in fact the referee has given a
penalty for that late hit club
catching Roberts late with the
shoulder. So a penalty for
Warrington. Goodwin with his chance
to give his team an early lead, and
Warrington do lead 2-0.
It goes for Atkins, good Atkins, and
Mitch Brown down the right-hand
side. Making rapid progress.
Warrington want it played quickly,
and here it comes, Atkins again with
the running. Westwood missed out.
Ben Currie with a wonderful pass out
wide, and Tom Lineham will score the
try. Great pass, good work all round
by Warrington. Everybody wants to
join in the party.
Richard joining in from the
full-back position. Warrington still
rolling on, opportunities knocking.
Held up from moment, Tyrone Robert
trotted off, and it is driven in.
It would have been a try, but Atkins
just unable to catch this,
desperately close. Frustrating
times, as well.
Good work from the Warrington
defence, and as they try to keep it
alive, the board is given away.
Bryson Goodwin goes streaking away,
and there is plenty of pace,
including Tompkins. Brown out a
dummy half. Ratchford with the
weaving run. And I think he has been
taken a little higher. Tompkins
going high, so it is a penalty for
Warrington. Goodwin with the chance
to take his side into double
figures. Relatively straightforward,
as it proves, and it is 10-0.
Roberts delivering it back on the
inside for Ben Westwood. It is a
chilly, chilly night at Warrington.
Murdoch-Masila, and a surging run
from him. That is what he made his
reputation on last season with
Salford, and he has taken Warrington
to within touching distance. They
Now can move it left, Brown with the
long pass picked up by line.
Searching back on the inside. The
next will be the last. Here comes
the kick. Atkins is trying to get
in, the ball is there, and Atkins
drops on it and will claim the try.
Well, the referee wants to have a
look at this again. He thinks it is
a try on the field. They are all
onside. He gets the hand on there,
and did it go backwards anyway, even
if it was a Warrington hand, the
ricochet off Wigan legs. Roberts did
seem to have knocked it backwards,
and Atkins will claim the try. And
it is confirmed. Warrington moving
Williams, Andy Goode left foot by
him, great support, and Wigan have
support now. A wonderful position
they find themselves in. Still
tackles in the bag as well. Tompkins
takes it forward. They are plotting
and planning. Sean O'Loughlin,
Williams with the pass out wide, and
Marshall with the dive for the
corner. Well, the flag has gone
down. The referee will have a look
at whether there was a foot in touch
here. Remember the flag is nothing
to do with it. The fact it went down
suggests they were getting close to
that touchline. Feet still in the
field of play, and that looks about
good enough. It is terrific from
Marshall, and Wigan are edging their
way back in here. Thomas Lee off and
running, Williams gets the offload
and is back on the inside for
Farrell. Warrington lining up, and
it is back with Tony Clubb, who
putters is way over. Wigan have
something to cheer at the end, but
surely time is running out.
The Wigan head coaches here. Do you
feel they stepped up another notch
against Wigan in that defence?
got some confidence here, it was a
very tight game, it could have gone
either way at the end, but I know
they got confidence and a win under
their belts. They were going back
home and facing a wood inside that
travelled to Australia, there was
always a chance they would get
something out of it, and I think
they are aside that are little more
structured, and they have worked
very hard this season.
Kevin Brown very well, is it suited
very hard this season.
Kevin Brown very well, is it suited
him a little more?
I think it is a
little more structure, he likes to
be organised. He believes that they
best suit his game, and he can make
them better players, and that is
what he is allowed them to do, give
them some leadership roles in the
captaincy role, she thrives on that
kind of thing.
They looked a little
flat, did you feel they lack that
bit of energy?
I think they did, the
travel can make it difficult, there
were reasons why they didn't have a
lot of intensity in the game, but
one or two were terrific in defence,
they have done a lot of work
preseason, and I didn't think Wigan
had too much to answer against a
defensive structure. I hope the
signs are looking good for
The leaders going into
the round was led Helens, and they
travelled to Huddersfield. The first
real trouble for the league leaders.
Jon Wilkin scores the first try, it
is easy in the end for the Saints.
That is a good run around, and broth
with the dummy, he is always
dangerous close to the line.
James Roby, and in the end, that has
got to be a penalty from Dominique
Peyroux. The young scrum-half has
kicked superbly all season, and
Saints are head once more.
Huddersfield have had a lot of ball
in this first half, Saints have
defended really well, Dale Ferguson
as they look to try and strike
before half-time. Alex Walmsley
guilty as charged, can't have too
many complaints there. And broth to
give us a level game close to
half-time, up go the flags, it is
eight apiece. Well, an unexpected
chance for St Helens right on the
stroke of half-time. Dominique
Peyroux brought down. James Roby has
been involved in everything with a
ball, he is involved again, and he
scores for Saint Helens.
Lomax, what a good run from Taia,
and he took the angle superbly.
Lomax with the pass, and Taia with
the try, Saints dominant now. Either
side of half-time, they have been
devastating. Here is Robi again,
Lomax with a high kick, and Percival
will get it. He takes the high ball,
that was right off the training
ground, and that could be game, set
and match. Huddersfield now, Roberts
trying to get over, he may well have
squeezed over the line, and he has.
The second try for the Giants.
Obviously really proud, the boys did
what they needed to tonight.
Huddersfield a tough place to play,
and I thought we did well, so very
It was a little frustrating,
happy with the way we competed for
the majority of the game, I thought
we played well, it was a tough game,
and they took their chances a bit
better than ours, a couple of lapses
of concentration in certain periods
just before half-time, and after
half-time, really cost us in the
In Round 1, it was our attack
that was outstanding, in Round 2, it
was defence, and tonight it was a
mix. Every game is important, but it
is important to win.
impressed by what you're seeing from
Very. They have done some
work in the pre-season started to
look like a side that starting to
understand the coach towards the end
of last year. I think they have got
some fantastic quality in their
side, Percival and Lomax, and they
have the outside backs that are
great with the ball in hand, and
then you have got Walmsley and James
Roby in the pack, they are a tough
side to play against. They went to
France on the back of a massive
first game, and I thought they
looked sluggish, but they managed to
scrape the win, and against
Huddersfield they look like they
were back to normal again, they were
Huddersfield had fits
and starts, they were blurred in
I think that will be
Huddersfield throughout the season,
personally. They have a slim squad,
not really in-depth squad, so they
will have times in the year where
they are skinny, and the best they
can really try and achieve is to get
around that age and that is a target
for them to get into that eighth
place. Probably the best side in the
moment in the Super League, and they
did OK to compete.
A couple of hours
to kick off of your game. What is
the next couple of hours like for
It is easy backstage, because
the prep is done. Have got to do
something now, I haven't worked hard
enough in the week. The team is
ready to go and they will turn up. I
will have a chat with some key
players, but nothing too formal, it
will just be a quick quiet word to
see how people are, but I try to
stay out the way, because I probably
get more nervous than they do
leading up to game time, so I keep
myself out of the way. The boring
part about being involved in game
day is the corporate staff.
suited and booted!
Freezing cold in
a suit, so I will go up to the
directors' lounge, a bit of that
before the game, we have prepared
well this week, I'm happy with the
way we are running, the training
sessions have been really on top
note, so they just have to transfer
that now, we are missing a few
players but the young lads coming
into the side, Chamberlain is
playing on the win today, he is
exciting in a World Cup that he will
be waiting for this opportunity, so
there is a lot happening here at
Widnes, and they are starting to put
this game into some form of
Wakefield are one of
the 100% team is going into this
round, and they travelled to
COMMENTATOR: Wonderful opportunity
for Wakefield to try to build
something here, and here is Tupou,
trying to bring to the line, testing
the central defence of the Catalans.
Good defending the Catalans for the
moment. Finn Stanton waits, he will
go down this side, Reece Lyne get
there. The Wakefield players are
looking confident. The referee has
gone for the square in the air here.
Here is the reach, and that looks
perfectly OK. It is a try, try for
Wakefield, and they take the lead.
RX Da Costa, in their marshalling
his troops, switching it towards
this left-hand side, and the holes
are beginning to open, and Garcia
will get his way over the line to
score. Bullying his way in. Catalans
have their response. All things
being equal, it will be another wave
of Catalans attack coming forward
here. Julien Bousquet coming
forward, and a penalty has been
given for Catalans. So, here is an
opportunity to take his side further
ahead, and the flags go up, and
Catalans have an extra two. Da
Costa, a little ramble forward by
him, edging his side close again.
They are going for a drop goal
attempt, but it comes to the maul
and it is picked up by Paulie
attempt, but it comes to the maul
and it is picked up by Paulie, and
Tom Johnson is away, he chases hard,
but they can't get to him, Johnson
in lightning form again, and what a
wonderful Wakefield try.
Sensational play from the winger,
and what a wonderful score that was.
Just double-check to make sure there
wasn't a foot in touch, but the try
is given, Wakefield rejoice.
Catalans looking for something here
in these late stages. They'd love to
go in at the end of the half with
some kind of a lead. They are
pushing hard. The ball has gone to
ground, the referee says penalty. It
was stolen. Every chance they will
go for goal here, I think the signal
has already been sent out to take
the two points and take the lead at
half-time. Albert, quick and
efficient, and Catalans should have
the lead at half-time now.
Wakefield moving closer. Tupou is
put down, Finn is in a dummy half,
and Miller is scampering across the
face of the defence, trying to put
questions in the minds of those
Catalans players. The French side's
defence holding on for the moment.
It is the big hit forward, and carry
forward again, terrific stuff, and
he has not tackled. He is allowed to
carry on, and he has made his way to
the goal line here. The big fellow
causing real problems as he took it
in initially. The referee said play
on, and they are just going to
double-check that he wasn't tackled
here. But he is fairly confident he
has scored a try. Have a look at
this. He goes to ground, but nobody
is in the act of making a tackle, so
he has every right to get himself
back on his feet. He does that
quickly and efficiently, you can see
the Catalans defenders are moving
back to defend the next tackle, not
realising that the last one hadn't
been completed. And David Fifita
just about keeping his feet to drive
himself over the line. There is
confirmation that the board is
touched down. It is a Wakefield
tribe, and Wakefield have the lead
again, crucially. Art it goes. West
is coming down. Good catch, terrific
catch, and Johnson is off again
here. He has got support on his left
hand side. It is taken on by Tupou,
now switched out, wonderful clearing
by Wakefield, and they have done a
wonderful job of clearing their
lines. Catalans forced into defence
here. Penalty given Wakefield's way.
You can see he wants to tap the ball
and run, but I think the decision
from the benches to go for goal.
Here is the penalty. Just the lift,
the legs go up in the air. Liam Finn
with a chance to give his side a
6-point lead. He has hit it really
well, wonderful confident strike,
and it is 16-10. Da Costa inside.
Catalans moving forward, not finding
a way through at the moment. Da
Costa is in there again. Numbers on
the left-hand side, swiftly through
hands it goes here, towards that
left-hand side, and Tupou puts his
head down and runs for the corner.
He has got it back to within two.
The difficult kick from the
touchline, but Catalans in touching
distance again. Well, this is huge,
absolutely huge. Put this over, and
Catalans could be edging towards
their first point of the season, but
he has put it wide, and Wakefield
hanging on here. Last few seconds,
Wakefield, job done, you feel. They
just want to keep that ball in hand
and run the clock down. Catalans
desperate now, but they know they
are not going to get another
opportunity, and the hooter sounds,
the referee says that is it, a blow
of the whistle. This wonderful start
to the season from Wakefield and to
just keeps rolling on.
The Leeds Rhinos Richie Myler has
joined us. Your old team struggling
to get off the mark. You thinking
you are glad you're not a part of
it, or are you thinking of what they
went through last year?
That was a
slow game last night, I watched it,
they are struggling at the minute
that I have a lot of senior players
in that team at the moment, and they
are going in the right direction.
They are obviously just unfortunate,
they have had a lot of players in
the World Cup and that will take
time to bedding, but hopefully they
can turn it around.
You saw a few
sparks of recovery?
Yes, I think
they are struggling a bit, because
the halves are down. Although they
like to think they can keep left,
right and centre, once they get a
few more people back on the field,
hopefully they can turn it around.
Fabulous winter Wakefield, unbeaten
this season so far.
exceptional, and everybody was
saying before the season that they
had got topside together, and three
Ramdin they are doing exceptionally
well. And jumping on the back of
that with Catalans, I think teams
are better going to the south of
France now, it as a siege mentality,
they go over on the same day, travel
in the morning, play the game and
get out of the country, and it is
that siege mentality which teams are
better equipped now going to the
south of France it makes it makes it
a more difficult challenge for
And wonderful to see
Thompson flying down that when.
missed him last year in Super League
when he got that injury, and credit
to him after he got that, and seeing
him chasing that down, fantastic
And how is the jet lag, are you
Wednesday I started
to sleep normal, I have to kids, so
that doesn't help.
How is your rib
cage, that was some challenge you
It looked worse than what it
was. We have a good squad, and we're
going for the line-out today and
hopefully we can get the results. We
are missing quite a lot with a few
not playing, so we were quite down
on troops, so we will be relying on
our young boys to step up and really
command position, and hopefully
fight for a shirt, we have spoke
about it all week. There are not too
many places in this team come up for
grabs that often, and they have a
chance to check it.
joining us just before the game.
Have a good one.
Salford and Hull KR will be forever
remembered for that epic £1 million
game and they met this week.
COMMENTATOR: Hull Kingston Rovers
looking to attack with Tommy Lee
stepping into acting half-back. It
is pounced on by Thomas Minns. Super
Salford relying on their playmakers.
O'Brien sending a wicked bouncing
kick through, and he picks it up
himself. What a response. Salford
again close to the posts. Whipping
the ball away. Junior Sauer, what a
line and score. Find stuff from
Salford. Rob Lui, back to the ten
they go. Lee Mossop celebrating a
200th Damon milestone, taking
Salford within metres of the
goal-line. There is a penalty for
and O'Brien from the tee makes no
mistake from that kind of range.
Salford on the attack again with
O'Brien. Was he tripped? He regains
his footing. Criswell and for the
line. What on the load for Jake
Bibby. Stunning stuff from Salford.
-- what an off-load. Coming from
behind, Salford working hard.
Cutting room. Has Rob Lui alongside
him. Classic Rob Lui, going back to
his Cowboys days and Salford are
running away with it. Tompkins sends
up the little pass. Hull Kingston
Rovers swarming the attack, they are
offside. A soft penalty. O'Brien
from the tee, makes no mistake from
there. Bang in the centre, drilling
it through. A bit of one-way
traffic. A bit of respite as Shaun
Lunt picks up the off-load. It
ricochets through and Adam Quinlan
gets there first. Superb finish. Rob
Lui takes Salford into a promising
position. Away to the left-hand side
and O'Brien with the cutout ball and
there is Niall Evalds. That might
but it's too bad. It's been a
thoroughly professional display from
Salford. They come to the left edge
again. Niall Evalds goes through
again, and stretches out a poor, a
stunning win for the Salford Red
A massive to get the win. We
felt over the last few weeks we have
really improved. In the Wigan game
we were good in large parts. In the
Wakefield game our defence stood up
and we outscored them. Unlucky not
to come away with a result. Today we
have shown what we are as a group
and how committed the boys are to
each other, to come out with a great
attitude and be really enthusiastic
and get the two points with a great
disappointed, I think all the boys
are. Started well, but the period of
time in the first half, where we had
no ball. The penalty went against us
and we were struggling to make
ground. We started to shoot
ourselves in the foot with poor
options. At half-time I thought we
regrouped, were ready to come out
and we gave up the try for the first
set, very disappointing.
for Salford to get the win and they
Exceptionally well. I
thought they built on last week's
performance against Wakefield. They
were good defensively against
Wakefield but didn't do enough with
the ball. They certainly did that
this week against Hull KR, throwing
the ball like they did at the start
of last season, looking dangerous in
the halves and on the edge. The pack
of forwards did well. It was a
really good team performance. Hull
KR will be very disappointed after a
great performance the week before.
Tim Sheens being get Salford himself
would have wanted a good
performance. They will be
exceptionally disappointed about
Again bring in the Widnes
chief executive. James, is your life
taken up by what might be happening
next year. Maybe going down to ten
teams down to 14.
There is a lot of
debate for the future, but as we
have seen today, there is a lot
going on at club level. Like most
chief executives, your day to day
life is firefighting is and keeping
things moving forward. There is the
club level, what you do as a sport,
and those meetings come and go.
you have a preference?
preference for me would be the
licensing model, but that is a long
finished debate. We see the benefit
of it now with an academy that has
19 players in the first-team squad.
The work we have done in the
community and with the constantly
improving facilities. There is a lot
of work to do before we get to a
definitive collective position in
the sport beyond this year.
would you like to see happening?
timeline of when everything will be
announced. As a game we want to know
what direction we will go in because
teams want to plan and fans want to
plan. The million pound game is
coming again this year. Will there
be a restructure next year or not?
Will it stay the same? Those are
questions that need to be answered
and relatively quickly.
seeing just a little bit of the work
you do in the community behind us.
Is that a problem in terms of
planning for you and would it be
possibly in doubt if you don't know
what is happening going forward?
Every club has its own philosophy.
Some clubs will have a plan for the
very short-term, disbanding their
academies and disk into doing what
they do in the community. But this
is a cornerstone of our philosophy.
We want to be at the heart of the
community. -- and discontinuing what
they are doing in the community.
That is unchanged for us. With all
the parameters that may change in
the sport, we want to have those two
key drivers that keep you a stronger
club that is emotionally attached to
the wider community.
Looking at next
season come you do need to know what
is happening sooner rather than
We do, and like all debates
and dialogues it can take more time
than you like, and finding a
collective consensus can be
difficult. We will get there in the
end. Everybody recognises we have to
get there quickly. We all want a
vibrant Super League and a strong
sport of Super League, so we have to
make some decisions and get forward.
It gives us something to talk about.
Hull FC were back in England after
their trip down under to Australia.
They headed to slightly colder
climes at Castleford. COMMENTATOR:
Will Hull's Australian adventure to
bite them at the Jungle? We will
see. A quick play-the-balls. Still
then this need. What an opportunity
opportunist try. Terrific from Marc
Sneyd with Hull hitting the front.
Marc Sneyd causing all sorts of
problems with ball in hand. The
penalty against Foster for holding
on. You can't do that, Alex. Gave
the referee no choice. Will it be
eight points for Hull and Marc
Sneyd? Of course it is. Terrific
start from Harbaugh. Not too many
opportunities. They have one now.
Minikin with the bouncing ball. Have
they squeezed in at the corner? The
long pass from Jamie Ellis. We will
have to do have a look at this. Did
Griffin get across in time? Minikin,
a terrific try. The Tigers are
finally on the board. Just before
half-time Ellis... A brilliant run
from Webster. He picked the angle
perfectly. Wonderful from Webster on
the stroke of half-time. Castleford
are level. The try just before half
time making all the difference. A
click through from Ellis and
McMeekin! It looks like a try either
side of half-time from Castleford.
Jamie Ellis involved in all three
tries. You can see there, James
Giles, the video referee, being
asked by Chris Kendall to check the
onside offside. He's onside and has
got the ball down. Mike McMeekin
extends Castleford's lead. Shenton!
The Castleford captain, has he made
it three tries in eight minutes?
Michael Shenton on the wing because
of that injury in the first half to
Greg Eden. I have to say, this looks
OK. And it is going to be a try. 20
unanswered points for the Castleford
Tigers. You feel they have to score
next. And the main man, Faraimo,
once, twice, three times, and it's a
try. A stutter, a stumble, and he
dives over the line. Faraimo, maybe
a lifeline for FC. Again, they come
to the left-hand side. It's a long
pass out, and Shenton again makes it
look very easy. He is a natural
winger. A natural try scorer. Is
that it for Castleford? Will it be
back-to-back wins for the Tigers?
They appear to be running out of
steam. And Mickey Paea. Nobody was
going to stop him from that
distance. They will not go away,
Hull FC. Just two scores in this.
Hull will still believe. Was that a
forward pass, was it a knock-on?
Castleford claiming Bowden was in an
offside position and he is. A
penalty for the Tigers right in
front of the posts. Luke Gale will
not miss this. That makes it a ten
point a game. A long way back for
It took Castleford a little while to
get going, but when they did, did
they look more like their old
The combinations are
starting to come back. They have had
a difficult start after taking the
beating at St Helens. It's taken
time for them to build resilience
back up. I thought Luke Gale was a
lot better, going to the line and
the combination on the left edge.
Castleford are looking more like the
attacking threat we are used to
seeing from them. Defensively they
were stronger as well. It was a
difficult game for Hull. Coming back
from Australia and having to deal
with that. I don't think Lee Radford
was happy with their performance.
had a right old go at them,
virtually all of them apart from
Underneath that I think
he will be aware it is difficult to
go to Australia and deal with the
travel and everything there, and
then come back and have to prepare
for a weekend game. Castleford will
have been really eager for that game
and want to put in a good
performance. It's difficult to go to
Castleford anyway, but off the back
of that, doubly so. He will be aware
of that and wanted a reaction from
his team because they have started
the season very well.
The reason we
are here is for today's game with
Widnes taking on the champions,
Leeds Rhinos. COMMENTATOR: Heremaia
from dummy half takes the ball to
the line, into the hands of Gilmour.
A slick move away to the left-hand
side. Leeds make the tackle. Danny
Craven sends the ball back infield
to Heremaia. To the onrushing
Wellington Albert who frees up the
float. Mellor to the left-hand side,
and he will go himself and touch the
ball down. Widnes in front. A quick
tap. Jamie Jones-Buchanan. We must
get a presence from him. Works the
little pass away. Lead is within
range here with Richie Myler
directing the troops. The dummy half
attempts to go himself. As he got
the ball down? Leeds will celebrate,
looks like Dwyer got it down. Picked
up I Rhys Hanbury. Scampering to the
line. He surely has enough pace.
Will go to the outside and take on
the full-back. Just held up short.
Terrific work from Ashton Golding to
make the challenge. A sweeping kick
from Crossfield from Tom Gilmore.
And Krishna Nino, what a start to
his Widnes career. Bats Krisnan Inu.
Jones-Buchanan makes the tackle on
Craven. The ball comes loose. More
than one in the tackle ball steel.
Robert Hicks says yes. A rocket of a
right foot to level that one from
Krisnan Inu. Softening up the Leeds
defence. Back it goes for a drop
goal from Craven. Popping it through
the posts. Robert Hicks confirms and
it's a dagger through the Leeds
parts. -- Leeds hearts. Chapelhow
again with his foot strapped up
heavily. It hasn't stopped him.
Walker will go from dummy half
across the line. Spins his way
across the stripe. It's a superb try
for the Widnes Vikings. Might they
celebrate? What a performance from
Danny Walker. Fizzed across field
from Mellor to Gilmour. Chapelhow
again battering his way through.
Walker playing with the poise of a
man far beyond his years. Mellor
takes it to the line. It comes
loose. Stripped by Leeds. The icing
on the cake from Widnes. Krisnan
Inu. What a signing in the
off-season. Playing a big role for
this Vikings side.
Quite a try
scoring machine here at Widnes.
doing my best.
Are you enjoying
100%. The fans and boys
are making me feel at home. I feel
welcome at it makes it easier for
We have played four game now and
we could have won them all. Got
pipped in the last two and weak won
the first. Nice to get two points
and keep going up from there.
don't always get what you deserve in
sport. It's one of those misnomers.
We just needed to keep the numbers
high, stick at the fight and keep
our skill level good and recognise
there is a process at the moment and
the scoreboard will take care of
itself. We will start to recognise
that as a group that we fit, we are
fighting for each other. And we have
ability. We will keep plugging away.
The fact we went to Australia last
week I don't think had a bearing on
it at all. But the fact we are
missing some players, it made us
more disjointed than we normally
are. But again, I will say again, we
had enough out there and we expected
to win. I wanted to win that one.
was a handsome win in the end for
I didn't think there was too
much in the game. Leeds competed and
they were in the bar. It's probably
the travel that got them. And the
changes they made. You felt Widnes
got stronger as the game went on.
Widnes were patient through the game
and took the opportunity.
McDermott is not making excuses and
didn't put it down to the travel,
but all three other teams that have
gone to Australia and comeback have
Coaches try not to use any
excuses that players can hang their
hat on. None of the coaches have
used it as an excuse but it has to
take it out of you. They have gone
back and within a week they have had
a really tough game out there. Made
a lot of changes and it will impact
your performance. A lot of young
players out there today but credit
to them, staying in the fight.
Widnes have been really good this
year, really close in all the games
they have played and they will be
happy with their place in the table.
Widnes had a few players out
themselves. Are we seeing what they
went through last year and the young
players on the game time they had
I think so. Widnes will
do OK this year and they have a good
chance of making the top eight. This
picture is a big weapon for them
because no team likes to come here
to play on this field, no matter
what they say, off the record it's
very difficult to play on and Widnes
are always dangerous at home. Denis
Betts will be looking to hang his
hat on the home form.
Krisnan Inu is
looking like a good signing.
Exceptional signing. When he left
Catalan Dragons last year I thought
it was a strange decision for them
to let him go. A real coup for
Widnes to get him because five of
six Super League clubs would have
wanted him. He has shown he has a
real threat on that right-hand edge.
It's what they needed, that threat
on the edge they have not had in
recent years and they now have it.
Lets see how that leaves everybody
in the bet Fred Super League table.
St Helens and Wakefield are the only
teams with a 100% record in the
Catalan Dragons are the only team
yet to win.
We are back to the warmth of the
studio next week for the Super
League show. Thank you for braving
the elements. From a very chilly
Tanya Arnold presents highlights and analysis from the latest round of matches in Super League.
It's round three of the season, and four teams are looking to extend their unbeaten start to the year, but all four are away from home this week. St Helens have been installed as the early favourites to win the Super League title and their latest challenge is a trip to Huddersfield, whilst Wigan are away to Warrington in a repeat of the 2016 grand final. Leeds return from their World Club challenge match in Australia to take on Widnes, and Wakefield look to make it three wins out of three when they take on Catalans. Castleford are at home to Hull FC and Salford play Hull Kingston Rovers.