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7th October: When Wigan beat Manly

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 7th October Twenty-six years ago today, Wigan were celebrating becoming champions of the world, after defying underdog status to beat the Australian Champions Manly in a bruising first official World Club Challenge match. The idea of staging such a match was Maurice ... Read More »

It’s Wigan at the double

Wigan celebrate their Super League Grand Final victory

SUPER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL WARRINGTON WOLVES 16 WIGAN WARRIORS 30 TIM BUTCHER, Old Trafford, Saturday 5th Oct 2013 Shaun Wane’s grin was as wide as the Manchester Ship Canal as his Wigan side completed the League and Cup double in spectacular style, looking almost dead and buried when 16-2 down just before half-time before blasting back with 28 unanswered points. ... Read More »

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.
    Just getting a foothold in the ... Read More »

Who should run Super League?

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 The RFL will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday to debate the proposed new structure for the competitions from 2015. RFL chief executive Nigel Wood will argue strongly for his proposal of having two top divisions of 12 teams that split into three divisions of eight teams after 23 rounds ... Read More »

What a game! And now for the World Cup!

League Express Editorial, Monday 7th Oct 2013 Wow! What away to finish this season! Whatever the debate about the eight-team play-off system, the 12s plus three eights, referees, spidercams, too many/not enough TV presenters etc, can we all agree Saturday night’s Super League Grand Final was one heck of a game? Wigan and Warrington produced a contest high on skill, ... Read More »

Toovey poised for greatness

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 What makes a great coach? You might as well ask: “How long is a piece of string?” It’s indefinable. One thing is certain. It’s not necessary to have been a great player. Many of the greatest players have not succeeded with clipboard in hand because they played by instinct – and ... Read More »

30th September: Rhinos win away to reach Grand Final

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 30th September Leeds Rhinos fans will have fond memories of the last day of recent Septembers as they have twice won nailbiting semi-finals, away from home, to reach the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. On the first occasion, in 2005, ... Read More »

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 »

Championships leading lights

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 Mitchell Stringer and Jono Smith claimed the two main awards, as the leading lights in the Championships were rewarded for their 2013 efforts last week. They were handed the accolades after topping their respective cumulative tables in the weekly Premier Sports awards that have run all year. It’s hard to argue ... Read More »

Will Sam crack the NRL?

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 The news that the New Zealand Warriors have signed Sam Tomkins on a three-year contract was hardly surprising, given the way it has been telegraphed for much of the season. Sam has made it clear that he sees the NRL as a better competition than Super League, and he wants to ... Read More »

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