7 talking points from rugby league weekend as Hull FC march up the table

7 talking points from rugby league weekend as Hull FC march up the table

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Hull FC are causing a sti
k after victory over Wake
ield moved them up the ta
le. Salford left Huddersfield
looking over their should
rs St Helens march on and
Leeds find some form. Our man Nigel Wiskar retu
ns with a look at the act
on, names a date for the
hallenge Cup, praises a r
f… and makes some strange
bird puns. 1. Lee trumps everyone You have to hand it to Hu
l’s Lee Radford who conti
ues his reign as the most
quotable coach in Super L
ague. Hull beat Wakefield 26-16
to move into joint second
above Wigan Warriors. Radford said: “Everyone i
saying about Wigan comin
and making a charge for
t and we’re like the fart
in the room at the minute
I quite like that.” Shame they weren’t playin
at Salford’s old ground.
Wind in the Willows, anyo
e? 2. Danny keeps the faith London coach Danny Ward d
serves an award for optim
sm after their latest def
at at Castleford. The Broncos led at half t
me but slipped to a 20-6
efeat on Saturday night w
th Ward saying: “We’re in
a decent spot and we’ll b
alright.” London are two points adr
ft at the foot of the tab
e and despite the efforts
of Wakefield and Huddersf
eld to join them in recen
weeks, relegation still
ooks likely. It’s hardly a ‘decent spo
’ and time is fast runnin
out for a team who excee
ed most people’s expectat
ons this season. 3. Mickey looks back in a
ger Michael McIlorum was one
f the first names on Stev
McNamara’s teamsheet whe
he was England coach. The then Wigan hooker was
an uncompromising warrior
lower and upper case, wh
hated Australians, some
ven at his own club. It looked like some of th
t uncompromising attitude
had chilled over the year
until he became chief po
chucker in the chimpanze
s’ tea party which masque
aded as Catalans v Warrin
ton last week. His glowering face on the
sidelines of Dragons’ 48-
defeat to Leeds after hi
two game ban had more at
itude than some of his te
mmates managed on the pit
h. When the game is won in t
e final minute and you co
a red card, it’s crass s
upidity and an act which
ay cost his side a place
n the play-offs. Expect more glowering on
he sidelines when Catalan
take on London on Saturd
y. 4. Inga the winger memory
lingers Even by Sky’s hype-it-up
tandards, comparing Luthe
Burrell’s full debut wit
that of Va’aiga Tuigamal
’s was stretching it. Inga the winger made his
ow for Wigan in February
994, a late replacement f
r Joe Lydon in a TV game
gainst Widnes at Naughton
Park. The excitement when the t
am was announced that nig
t was palpable both on th
terraces and in the TV s
udio. Tuigamala arrived as a tr
e marketable star at the
eak of his powers in unio
. For Phil Clarke to compar
Burrell, one of the many
centres on Eddie Jones’ E
gland conveyor belt in re
ent years, is hardly in t
e same league. Tuigamala, blowing consid
rably by the end, scored
late try that night 25 y
ars ago. Burrell never looked like
troubling the St Helens d
fence in that 30-12 defea
on Thursday. 5. All hail Thaler On the weekend the Premie
League capitulated to th
pantomime of VAR, the ac
ions of referee Ben Thale
deserve credit. He was borderline anonymo
s in that Saints victory
just as it should be. When Tommy Makinson does
hat he does better than a
y rugby player on the pla
et with yet another mirac
e finish in the corner, T
aler’s actions were decis
ve. He was in the right place
checked once with his to
chjudge and instantly gav
the try – to the initial
anger of the majority of
he crowd. They believed Makinson ma
have touched the whitewa
h as he flung himself ove
and wanted the video ref
to have a look. And they
ere wrong. 6. Challenge Cup date in
lace Stick this date in your d
ary – July 18th 2020. That’s the day the Broadw
y vegan market takes plac
in London Fields in the
apital. Sounds about as much fun
s a tofu burger so how ab
ut the Challenge Cup fina
at Wembley instead? Next year the game finall
loses the shackles of th
August Bank Holiday week
nd and July 18 is the dat
in place. The only notable sporting
clash that weekend is the
Open from Sandwich. So no excuses. Cheaper ho
els, less train misery an
plenty of time to plan h
ls and barbecues/flood ev
cuation around it. 7. Botham business rather
unpheasant Rugby league’s list of wr
ng uns is a long one. But being found bankrupt
or owing £50,000 for some
pheasants has to be a new
one. Liam Botham – you may hav
heard of his dad – manag
d to bounce between four
lubs in his brief spell i
the game from 2003 to 20
5. He played 15 games for Le
ds, primarily in the seco
d row, with eight games f
r London, five for Wigan
nd started with some acad
my games for Bradford. Botham runs two shooting
states with money misery
appening at his Scottish
heasant and grouseshootin
business. Others in the frame inclu
ed Jamie Peacock, Greg Bi
d, Adam Swift and er Dann
Raven.

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