Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Comment: Saints proved their critics wrong

Can St Helens recapture their Super League title next season?

Referee Phil Bentham will never have an easier decision to make. The red card he showed to Wigan prop Ben Flower after just three minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday night was the only decision he could have made at that point. No ifs, and no buts. It was a dreadful incident, and I can’t imagine what could have been ... Read More »

Opinion: Is all publicity good publicity?

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If all publicity is good publicity, as some people claim, then the RFL should strike a special medal in honour of Wigan prop forward Ben Flower. When Flower belted St Helens halfback Lance Hohaia on Saturday, and then again as he lay semi-conscious on the floor, his action was immediately picked up by social media all over the world. A ... Read More »

Hohaia: I can’t remember much of the game

Lance Hohaia. ©RLPhotos

Lance Hohaia has insisted he holds no grudge against Ben Flower for the punches that ruled him out of the bulk of the Grand Final win on Saturday – as Flower himself issued a public apology over the incident. Flower became the first man to be sent off in a Super League Grand Final after punching Hohaia twice in the ... Read More »

Consider Rowley for Saints job, says Schofield

Paul-Rowley

Former Great Britain star Garry Schofield believes Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley should be in the running to replace outgoing Nathan Brown at St Helens. In his latest League Express column, the Leeds-born pundit mentions the Championship Grand Finals day last week and heaps praise on the Centurions. “As for Leigh, what a phenomenal year they have enjoyed,” he said. ... Read More »

Feature: Garry Schofield picks his England team

Schoey believes Dan Sarginson deserves to start over the man about to tackle him - Michael Shenton

With the Four Nations less than a fortnight away, outspoken League Express columnist Garry Schofield has selected what he thinks is the strongest English 17 at Steve McNamara’s disposal. Here it is: 1 Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) 2 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 3 Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors) 4 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 5 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 6 Gareth ... Read More »

Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year shortlist revealed

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A five-strong shortlist for the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year medal has been unveiled in today’s League Express. Editor Martyn Sadler has revealed the names of those in contention and also given readers a chance to both vote for the winner and suggest anyone who may have been overlooked. “The five players we have decided to shortlist are Joe ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Wigan could “humiliate” St Helens

Matty-Smith-St-Helens

I imagine that all we’ll hear from the pundits tomorrow is that the Super League Grand Final will be close and very difficult to call. It’s first versus second, a local derby and finals are supposed to be tight games with few risks taken. I think most pundits will tip Wigan, but they’ll probably also say how close it’ll be. ... Read More »

Seven reasons to read this week’s League Express

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1 In-depth reports and analysis from all the weekend’s big games, including the Championship and Championship One Grand Finals, the NRL Grand Final, and the Super League play-off semi finals. 2 In his latest ‘View from the Strand’ column, legendary Australian journalist Malcolm Andrews pays tribute to the large British presence in the NRL’s biggest match. 3 Castleford captain Michael ... Read More »

Kallum Watkins in all three Super League Dream Teams

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Last week the RFL revealed its Dream Team for the 2014 season. The Dream Team is selected by ballot among members of the Rugby League media, and the team that was unveiled last week contained eight players – Zak Hardaker, Michael Shenton, Kallum Watkins, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Elliott Whitehead and Carl Ablett – who were making their ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: How I think this week’s play-offs will unfold

Schoey sees Saints losing to Castleford

It has been one of the strangest ends to the regular season for years, with all the top teams losing matches they were expected to win. That was perfectly encapsulated at the weekend by Saints and Castleford, with neither of them looking like they wanted to finish top of the pile. None of the top six can be happy with ... Read More »