Thursday, July 31, 2014
Rugby League News

Garry Schofield

The best Grand Final ever!

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 Wow! That was an unbelievable comeback from Wigan in Saturday’s Grand Final, and I’m still not sure how they did it. To find yourselves 16-2 down against a top-quality Warrington side, which had hit fifth gear when it really mattered, must have been pretty daunting.
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It’s Warrington, but only just

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 So it’s a Warrington-Wigan Grand Final and I for one can’t wait. Trying to pick a winner isn’t easy, so let’s have a look at some of the key match-ups. Fullback – Stefan Ratchford v Sam Tomkins We can’t say much more about Tomkins. It’s his last game in a Wigan ... Read More »

Disgraceful exhibition by Hull

First published in League Express, Mon 23rd Sept 2013 I take no pleasure whatsoever from Thursday night’s horror show involving Hull FC. In fact, I find it strange that I even have to say that. They’re my old club – my first in the pro game – and I always want them to win (unless they’re playing Leeds). But because ... Read More »

Wolves lead the way

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 The play-offs have started! Having watched each game, I hope the quality rises and that a few more people turn up to watch the games. Not for the first time, the first weekend of the play-offs didn’t match expectations. It was a million miles from the intensity and excitement of the ... Read More »

Giants to dominate individual awards

First published in League Express, Monday 9th Sept 2013 The Man of Steel and coach of the year will be decided soon, so I’d like to take a look at those who would be my candidates for these awards. MAN OF STEEL Danny Brough (Huddersfield) He’s been sheer quality all season and has led his team around the field like ... Read More »

Giants now face the ultimate test

First published in League Express, Monday 2nd Sept 2013 I’d like to think I laid the foundations. But I doubt many of you would agree! Joking aside, well done to Huddersfield for winning the Minor Premiership. This is an absolutely stunning achievement, even in an era of play-off football, and I’m absolutely delighted for Ken Davy. Ken has given the ... Read More »

What a letdown

First published in League Express, Monday 26th Aug 2013 Well, it was our fault for expecting a classic, I suppose. That was absolutely dreadful, wasn’t it? I’ve championed Wigan for all of Shaun Wane’s time in charge, but they look a bit lethargic at the moment. Fortunately for them, they were playing a Hull side that was pitiful beyond belief ... Read More »

A stand-off for England

First published in League Express, Monday 19th Aug 2013 Continuing my look at the options available to the England coach Steve McNamara when he chooses his squad for the World Cup, this week I’m going to look at the stand-offs that I think are of the right quality to be considered. I left the halves until last because they are ... Read More »

Brough to cap an outstanding season

First published in League Express, Monday 12th Aug 2013 Congratulations to Danny Brough, who looks to have the Albert Goldthorpe Medal, presented by League Express, sewn up after picking up another point in the Giants’ win at Wigan on Friday night. He’s the main reason why his Huddersfield side now has one hand on the League Leaders’ Shield. Brough is ... Read More »

The one-man loose forward

First published in League Express, Monday 5th Aug 2013 Continuing my look at England’s World Cup options, here is my assessment of the loose forwards who I think are good enough to make the squad. Or perhaps I say ‘loose forward’ as there’s only one on my list! Sam Burgess is obviously an option here, and we can all remember ... Read More »